The Beer of Lent Part 1: Traditional Doppelbock

The Lenten Season in the Christian Calendar is suppose to be a time of fasting and self denial. Despite this, some wiley renaissance monks were able to convince the Pope that during lent they should be able to drink as much of a delicious, malty, and very sweet beer that they came up with. A beer nutritious enough to live off of.

This beer style doesn’t seem to very widespread in my area. Most places I looked didn’t have any in the style, and the one big liquor store I found didn’t even have the original Paulenor Salvator anymore. I ended up with Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock as well as 2 other slightly less traditional versions I’ll talk about in Parts 2 and 3 of this series.

The Aroma was very malty and earthy. I would also say that there was a musky and even leathery flavor to it. Very intriguing.  I don’t smell leather in a lot of beers. I’ve heard leather tasting descriptions of Shiraz Wine, but this is more leathery than any Shiraz I have ever had.  Upon tasting it you immediately notice the sweetness. It has some dark fruit and raisin flavor, with a bit of candy sugar. In that aspect it very much reminds me of some dark Belgian beers. When it warms a bit, you get some coffee and a bit of bitterness. There is no hop flavors as expected. Some people claim there is a smokey flavor, but I don’t get that at all.  It has a big mouthfeel, like a milkshake. This is the true liquid bread. It is a rich black color, with a white head.

This is an exceptionally delicious beer, and it is very drinkable. You could definitely live off of this for 40 days.

You can find part 2, an American Dopplebock, here.