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Old 03-01-2006, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Today is Ash Wednesday, the traditional start of the Doppelbock season

Just a little beer fact:

Today is the start of lent which is also to start of the Doppelbock season in Germany. Here I found a great description of this style:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doppelbock#Doppelbocks

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i'm starting my fast and having a 22 oz. schnorzenboomer for breakfast.

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My dentist office (where I had an appt this morning) is directly across the street from a Whole Foods (tm)(r) grocery store so I went in for their breakfast bar and a coffee. Afterwards I scoped out the beer section and see they have the celebrated Celebrator in stock...think I'm going to grab a 4-pack on the way home tonight to christen the season.

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My dentist office (where I had an appt this morning) is directly across the street from a Whole Foods (tm)(r) grocery store so I went in for their breakfast bar and a coffee. Afterwards I scoped out the beer section and see they have the celebrated Celebrator in stock...think I'm going to grab a 4-pack on the way home tonight to christen the season.
I almost thought you are going to say that you had one for breakfast.

But can you imagine living off this stuff for little more than a month. Even if it was not as strong as todays versions, it's pretty heavy and I wonder how the beers came out that they brewed during lent. If they were allowed to work during this time.

I have some of the Carolina Brewing Company Doppelbocks at home. But I think that they are to bitter for the style.

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I almost thought you are going to say that you had one for breakfast.

But can you imagine living off this stuff for little more than a month. Even if it was not as strong as todays versions, it's pretty heavy and I wonder how the beers came out that they brewed during lent. If they were allowed to work during this time.

I have some of the Carolina Brewing Company Doppelbocks at home. But I think that they are to bitter for the style.

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Believe me, the thought crossed my mind more than once, but I can never remember the silly blue laws around here and couldn't remember if you can't buy beer in the morning, or if that's only on Sundays. I didn't want to look like a total idiot at the checkout.

I have a number of friends that give up alcohol during Lent...I'm not sure why, but I think I like the German system better the more I hear about it.

CBC's Doppelbock, I'm sure, is an American interpretation of the style and hence uses more hops. At least that's my theory. The barleywine was certainly in the American style.
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I just read that link. Could you imagine fasting AND living on doppelbock for nutrition?!? It's a wonder there aren't more holy visions recorded!

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well ity may not have been as strong in terms of alcohol beacsue of teh lack of knowledge about yeast and antiquated brewing techniques, but the original gravity was probably similar, so it must've been a hearty brew and would have to be get you through 40 days. i'm sure they must've had some serious mystical encounters after the first couple days.

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I just read that link. Could you imagine fasting AND living on doppelbock for nutrition?!? It's a wonder there aren't more holy visions recorded!
I imagine it's kind of hard to write (or even talk) when all you've had to eat is doppelbock for 40 days...at least that's the way it works with ripple, IIRC.
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I imagine it's kind of hard to write (or even talk) when all you've had to eat is doppelbock for 40 days...at least that's the way it works with ripple, IIRC.

I suppose, unless you were dictating, there wouldn't be too many memories of it, especially if the stained-glass guys were also eating at the same cafeteria. I wonder if that's where all the meal-replacement drink stuff started?
"Hey you can't drink at work!"
"Oh, sorry I'm on a diet and it's my religion. It's lent, you know."
"Very good then, can I convert?"
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I"Hey you can't drink at work!"
Can f@(*&ing sho! Itch Lent, dammit! Ju heared of da 31st ammendmant? I'll file a grievance.
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