The second meeting with the Paulaner brewery. Today beer from which it all began – Salvator.
In previous post I recalled briefly the history of the Paulaner Brauerei.
The beer, which marked the beginning of the style doppelbock, was founded in Munich monastery of The Minims, already in 1629.
Beer warmed the monks and nutrition at the same time during Lent, to compensate for their sometimes demanding fasting ritual.
The head of the monastery brewery since 1773, Brother Barnabas refined the recipe and introduced the custom the annual trying to beer in the presence of esteemed guest – Duke of Bavaria.
Over time, this dark strong beer came to be called Salvator (it means Savior), and the monastery brewery, acquired by the Duke of Bavaria, became the seat of the brewery Paulaner.
Recipe of Salvator remains almost unchanged since the time of Brother Barnabas, a brand under this name has been patented by the Paulaner Brauerei in 1896.
Salvator is doppelbock (double bock), so the bottom-fermented beer.
Malts used to it brew are Pilsner and Munich varieties.
Hops are used in three varieties: Herkules, Taurus and Hallertau Tradition.
On the label we have, of course, an illustration of historical moment, when Brother Barnabas treats Charles Theodore Wittelsbach, Elector of Bavaria, the illustrious beer Salvator from a freshly opened barrel on April 2, on the next anniversary the death of St. Francis of Paola.
Before tasting I suggest yet a short film, in which the master brewer from the Paulaner Brauerei, Martin Zuber, presents beer Salvator.
Name: PAULANER SALVATOR (Doppelbock, alc. 7,9% ABV, ext. 18,3%)
|The color of beer – chestnut.
Foam light beige, medium-high, quite quickly falling.
Light cloudiness – visible suspension.
|In aroma pronounced sweetness of caramel, treacle, brown sugar, honey bringing floral tones.
The second leading aroma are fruits type of plums, raisins.
As the warming of beer is released alcohol.
|The two main flavours are sweet malt, treacle,
and on the other hand immersed in it the fruits – ripe plums, raisins.
This begs the association with a sweet fruit cake.
This sweetness melts nicely in the mouth.
But it is not cloying – keeps it in check the bitterness, which is moderately intense.
Bitterness carries the accents of coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa.
This fruity sweetness and the bitterness are balancing together to form a harmonious, balanced flavour.
The finish is bitterish, coffee with the hint of fruits.
Slightly perceptible alcohol, as beer warming – increasingly.
Beer is bodied. Low carbonation.
Paulaner Salvator – splendid beer!
Intense, pleasant aroma – a combination of fruits and caramel-honey sweetness.
The taste is malt sweetness combined with dark, ripe fruits.
At the same time the beer is not treacly – sweetness is countered by the coffee and cocoa bitterness. It passes in the finish, which is clear, but quite short.
What can I say – the beer is simply delicious.
Knowing the history and origin of the Salvator beer at the end I will add one thing: with such a beer fasting is not terrible.