Tree Captivator Doppelbock

Reviewed by on March 30, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Tree Brewing

  • Origin: Kelowna, BC, CA

  • Rated On: March 30, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 8.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Captivator, named in the doppelbock tradition of adding ‘-ator’ to the end of a bombastic descriptive term, is Kelowna, BC’s Tree Brewing’s limited release spring time offering.  The dark, ominous monastic dudes on the label pay due testament to the original (not that it’s totally gone away) nature of the season.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves an irregular layered ring pattern of painted lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of lightly-roasted biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, some vaguely sweet oily nuttiness, a bit of musty leafiness, muddled black fruit, and a soft alcohol edge. The taste is big on the biscuit and bready caramel malt, with a lesser adherence to some bitter hazelnut notes – a la the bottle label, I admit – more rock toffee, fading dark fruit, a spicy leafiness, and an enveloping, mildly edgy booziness. The carbonation is moderate, just a lolling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, and just a tad prickly (from hop or alcohol, it’s just too hard to tell!). It finishes off-dry, the sweet boozy Toffifay essence almost (almost) offset by that still heady biscuit graininess.

A tasty and fairly drinkable doppelbock, one displaying a heck of a lot more specific attributes that make me conjure up ideas of an Imperial ESB, including the well-integrated and elevated ABV.  More than appropriate for the current spell, when the last of the niggling snow patches have yet to melt, so I’m happy to enjoy it just fine right now, before everything turns green and pungently summery – yeah, who wants that?

Brady White



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