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Where Spotted: Rustico, 825 Slaters Lane, Alexandria
Price: $9 for a 14 oz. glass, $5 for a 6 oz. taste
Fast company: Doppelbock, a strong brown lager, was created by Paulaner monks to give them sustenance while they fasted through Lent. The liquid bread was as rich in booze as it was carbs and protein, so it kept the Paulaners happily penitent during the 40-day fast, as well as during a monthlong fast preceding Christmas.
Penitence front: Most doppelbocks are thick and chewy—at best, pecan pie; at worst, Tootsie Roll. Eggenberg’s take on the style sports a lighter body, like the original Paulaner Salvator. It pours a tawny amber just a shade below butterscotch, with mild carbonation and an effervescent head. Honey and brown sugar flavors disappear into a dry finish. It’s a beer worth reserving a Zipcar for; in the D.C. area it’s exclusive to Rustico.
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