Trogenator Double Bock
Review by Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier
The Trogenator Double Bock has moderate aromas of cherry wood, soft bread, and molasses. The beer is a deep but translucent bronze color with an off white head of about half a finger.
On the palate the Trogenator Double Bock has characteristics of dried cherry, smoked wood, and sweet molasses that coats the palate in a soft yet mean full bodied brew.
The mid-palate has soft bread roll and roasted sugar malt characteristics with a little cocoa lingering on the finish. A filling brew that may serve as a meal on its own or paired with a lighter gamey dish like venison loin. Scroll to bottom to read the amazing history of Dopple Bock !
Tansey’s Blind Rating – 83 Points
BeerAdvocate – 87 Points
RateBeer – 91 Points
2014 Great American Beer Festival – Gold Medal
The Break Down
Beer Selection – Trogenator Double Bock
Producer – Troegs Brothers
Region – Hersey Pennsylvania, USA
Style – Double Bock, Doppelbock
Malts – Chocolate, Munich, Pilsner
Hops – German Northern Brewer, Magnum
Yeast – Lager
Alcohol – 8.2%
IBUs International bittering units – 25
Food Pairing – Grilled meats, venison, lamb, aged cheese or as a meal itself.
What is a Double Bock ?
A dopplebock is an interesting style of beer that has a very rich history. The beer is technically a double lager style of beer hence the name “Double Bock.” Bock means bier, which in the U.S. is beer, so these are “double beers”, essentially.
The story begins in the 16th century with the Paulaner monks who made strong, yeast driven beers that where really just liquid bread, to supplement them through the holy fasting season of Lent. Lent lasts 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, during which time the monks could allow no solid foods to pass their lips.
They made these beers to ease the hunger and nourish the body. They deemed this liquid feast ” The Salvator” meaning the Savior, in reference to Jesus Christ the Savior, the one for whom they were fasting.
This liquid holy beer soon leaked out to the public and in that day, the monks were considered to be role models for everyone else. So if the monks were drinking the big bocks, then the common folk wanted to be, too. The monks actually never intended for the commoners, or anyone not fasting, to have access to such hardy beer.
This caused a rift in the holy system as this higher alcohol content beer slithered through the veins of the commoners, allowing Satan to do his deeds and poison them with drunkenness, which in turn lead to civil suits and trouble for the holy monks. In 1751 the beer was outlawed but after much lobbying and politicking the monks got their dopplebock-brewing privileges back in 1780.
Then in 1799 Napoleon Bonaparte ordered the separation of the church and the state, banning the church from profiting off the common people. This shut down the Paulaner Brewery until it was reborn in the 1800’s by a common brewer, Herr Zacherl (not a monk), who brought back the Salvator, which naturally became very popular again.
Soon other brewers began to jump on the band wagon, imitating the brew and its name. After more legal battles, the Salvator became a trademark name and the imitators were forced to find new names. So names like the Triumphator, Maximator, Celebrator, and the list of “Ators” goes on and on. Still to this day, there are hundreds of “Ators” out there and they all signal one thing, the original Lent bread basket beer, Dopplebock. Cheers! Eric Tansey,CSW
From the Brewery
Monks had fasting figured out. No food? No problem. Just drink a Double Bock. Thick and chewy with intense notes of caramel, chocolate and dried stone fruit, ‘Nator (as we call him) serves as a tribute to this liquid bread style.