Ettaler Kloster Dunkel

On the strength of thier overly alcoholed keg on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, Illinois, I decided to try another of their offerings, namely Kloster Dunkel.  This Pepsi-brown dark beer is fairly effervescent, even if it doesn’t produce much of a head.  The bouquet quickly shifts from ligh, rusty hops to a rich caramel.  The thin texture is not what I wanted or expected, but the tangy hops and roasted malt finish somewhat made up for that.  Overall, I’d give it a “not bad”, and say it’s slightly better than Beck’s Dark, but far from as enjoyable as the Ettaler Doppelbock previously alluded to.

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