Ah... beer mail. This came a few weeks back and, in fine style, there were two bottles. Two bottles is a good thing to get to have a decent think about a beer. Neighbour of Düsseldorf, Dortmund is in the North Rhine-Westphalia matrix of beers that are alleged ales... no... hybrids... no.... traditional... maybe... tasty... for sure.
For me, this beer takes me back. Before there were amber beers, alt beer was one of the early types of beer that craft brewers sought to emulate. In the mid to late 80s, there was a brewer in south eastern New Brunswick out east called Hans Haus. Recollection of taste back a quarter century is a perilous thing but to my mind this was close to one of those beers of my youth. Nutty malt. Almond more than hazelnut. A wee jag of steel in the hops. A twitch of smoke and a lot of brown bread crust as well. Fruit as well. A little wild cherry maybe overshadowing a little bit of apple butter. All with the feel of soft water.
BAer respect. I can live with that.