Aldersbacher Kloster Dunkel

Aldersbacher Kloster Dunkel, Aldersbacher Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

The Aldersbacher Dunkel is a perfect example of a traditional Dunkles landbier. It is a dark lager with subtle hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt sweetness that is balanced by a crisp finish that ends clean and easy. The body is bold and complex with a breadiness that is easy to drink. An old time style that is a favorite in the beer halls of Bavaria.

Profile

ABV: 
5.3%
Judges Review 
Dan Preston's picture
Judges Rating:
87
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Aldersbacher Kloster Dunkel by Aldersbacher Brewery​ is a Munich Dunkel and will be judged under BJCP 2015 category 8A as such. This beer pours a deep brown color with a creamy tan head that clings to the glass. It’s nearly opaque, but seems clear and can be seen through. The aroma is very rich and malty full of bread crusts, melanoidins, toast, nuttiness, medium caramel, hints of cocoa and dark fruit (raisin, plums). There is not much else beyond the malt as there is no hops and a very clean yeast profile. The flavor is similar, but takes on more sweetness, not so much from higher caramel character, but from low bitterness leading to a semi-sweet finish. This also seems to be from a fairly high final gravity as the body is medium-full yet not cloying with a rich, crisp mouthfeel. This is a great classic example of the style, but towards the sweeter side. A touch more bitterness or slightly higher attenuation would bump this to another level.

Brewery Introduction

In the heart of Lower Bavaria, in the valley of the Vils is the brewery Aldersbach, among other venues of the Bavarian State Exhibition 2016 "Beer in Bavaria". Aldersbach is also widely known for the former Cistercian monastery, whose church was equipped by the Asam brothers.

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