Trunk Nothelfer Fastenbock

dark beer in glass with bottle

Trunk Nothelfer Fastenbock

Brewery: Brauerei Trunk Alte Klosterbrauerei
Town: Vierzehnheiligen
Style: Dopplebock
Color: deep mahogany
Head: off-white, rocky
Nose: milk chocolate, burnt caramel
Body: full
Palate: rich malt, burnt caramel, chocolate
Finish: fairly clean for alcohol, some bitterness from the burnt caramel

Served: from a bottle bought locally

Impression: This was one of the first countryside breweries in Franconia I went to and I’ve had all their regular beers and a seasonal on tap but have yet to be there for either of their Bocks. I recently sampled their Hellerbock and was happy to find a bottle of their much heavier Dunklerbock a few months later. This was one majestic brew with a deep mahogany hue, nearly black and truly massive off-white rocky head. The nose fit nicely with burnt caramel intermingling with milk chocolate. It’s a supremely rich malty Bock that manages a fairly clean finish with no residual stickiness, not easy to do at 8%. The hops are buried but must be there as it’s on the dryish side, making this dangerously drinkable for such a heady brew.

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