Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Salvation in a glass

After recent weeks of drinking alot of pale lagerbiers or pilsners, Salvator from Brauerei Paulaner seemed like a reset switch. Fizzing with life during the pour, this is a wonderfully rich amber-brown, but the life appears to disappear relatively quickly, leaving a thin scum of a head and occasional bubbles. The aroma speaks of heavy carmelisation, almost like burnt toffee apples. No doubt, this is a sweet. A burnt sugar sweetness, and actually, I like it. There are some nutty, salty flavours at the back, but dwarfed by that rich caramel. I thought I could detect a faint apple-like sweetness too, as hinted in the aroma. At 7.9% this is actually quite easy to drink, and not as sticky-sweet as some doppelbocks.

Went great with some medium cheddar by the way.

7 comments:

Pivní Filosof said...

I remember drinking this beer for the first time 9 years ago. It blew my mind. A few months ago I tasted it again. What a big dissapointment it was.

Adeptus said...

Perhaps you built up the memory too much? I found the same thing with the movie Highlander. Man, what a crap movie! :D

Compared to many Doppelbocks which I find can sometimes be a bit sugary, I thought this had a better balance.

Lost said...

This sounds absolutely delicious. Gonna have to find me some!

Saruman said...

Lovely stuff, if you read my blog on it you will see this was the last straw during a tasting session and pushed me over the edge into amnesia. Lovely beer though.

Adeptus said...

It's certainly a bit of a benchmark in terms of Doppelbocks.

Pivní Filosof said...

I'm not saying it was that bad. Only that I found it really, really boring. Back then, I couldn't have enough of it, now, I wouldn't bother.
I've always liked the legend behind the name, though.

Adeptus said...

Ah yeah. Taste changes all the time I find. I reckon a year ago I might not have found it so interesting, but lack of hop powerhouses have made me more appreciative of any flavour I can get :D