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March 14th, 2011
The Lenten Beer Quest


A man named J. Wilson in Corning, Iowa is giving up FOOD for Lent.  And instead, he's just going to DRINK BEER.

It's not just any beer, though.  Wilson says he was researching Franciscan monks and found that they sometimes sustained themselves during Lent on a special, high-carb beer.

So he brewed some of that beer himself, and now he's going six weeks on four glasses per day.

Each glass has 300 calories, so he'll get a total of 1,200 calories each day.  A doctor is going to be monitoring his health.

Wilson says, quote, "I want to educate beer-people about God . . . and I want to educate God-people about beer."


Doppelbock or double bock is a stronger version of traditional bock that was first brewed in Munich by the Paulaner monks, an order founded by St. Francis of Paula.  Historically, doppelbock was high in alcohol and sweet, thus serving as "liquid bread" for the monks during times of fasting, when solid food was not permitted. Today, doppelbock is still strong -- ranging from 7%12% or more by volume. It is clear, with color ranging from dark gold, for the paler version, to dark brown with ruby highlights for darker version. It has a large, creamy, persistent head (although head retention may be impaired by alcohol in the stronger versions). The aroma is intensely malty, with some toasty notes, and possibly some alcohol presence as well; darker versions may have a chocolate-like or fruity aroma. The flavor is very rich and malty, with toasty notes and noticeable alcoholic strength, and little or no detectable hops (1626 IBUs). Paler versions may have a drier finish. The monks who originally brewed doppelbock named their beer "Salvator" ("Savior"), which today is trademarked by Paulaner.  Brewers of modern dopplebocks often add "-ator" to their beer's name as a signpost of the style; there are 200 "-ator" doppelbock names registered with the German patent office.




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