Dunkel Buck from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company in Vankleek Hill, Ontario pours a hazy nut brown colour with a rusty orange tone around the edges. A very frothy, tan-coloured head takes a while to burn off, leaving minimal lacing behind and a nice, thick collar and film.
This dark, strong and unfiltered German ale has strong fruit tones in its smell. Banana and bubble gum notes are joined by a plum or cherry-like smell and a hint of cloves. A honey-like sweetness and alcohol come though after warming.
The taste of Dunkel Buck follow suit with a slightly sweet, fatty banana flavour taking the lead. The beer is backed by a toasted wheat taste and a cocoa or roasted baker’s chocolate tone that fills out the body and lends a nice bitterness to the finish. The mouthfeel is quite creamy thanks to the long-lasting collar and sediment, while managing to not come off as too thick.
There is a low carbonation but a mild prickly sensation occurs on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry and tart, with a peppery note and the warming effects of the alcohol coming through on the back of the tongue and throat.
The packaging of Dunkel Buck features an image of the iconic fedora worn by John Candy in the 1989 movie Uncle Buck and one of a power drill on a red and green-coloured plaid background. A description of the beer and freshness dating can be found on an included card and an ingredients list and individual bottle number can be found on the label.
The only thing holding this beer back is the price. At almost eight dollars a bottle, Dunkel Buck will have to serve as a treat while it’s available, rather than a go-to beer like Beau’s regularly produced Lug Tread Lagered Ale or their seasonal offerings. If you like dunkelweizens or bocks, there’s an excellent chance you’ll like this; it hits all the right notes.
Dunkel Buck pairs well with German sausages, smoked salmon, mild cheeses and even vanilla ice cream. Approximately 5000 bottles of this beer were brewed as part of the 2011 LCBO-OCB one-off series and it is the tenth release in Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s own Wild Oats Series. It can be found at select LCBO locations and the brewery.
Type: Dunkelweizen – Bock
Region: Ontario, Vankleek Hill
Brewery: Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 600 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.8%