In French, you have the saying “C’est ma Madeleine de Proust”. It means that a certain smell or aroma brings back memories. The saying derived from Marcel Proust – the famous French writer – who was reminded of his childhood when he smelled the aroma of the Madeleine butter cake. We had to think of that story when brewing Madeleine, a 6% bottom fermented Bock. Madeleine has a very chocolate-like malty character, using Hallertau Tradition and Spalt. Besides her soothing caramel and chocolate aromas, Madeleine has a rich palette with toasted flavors. With subtle late and dry hop additions adding some extra herbal and spicy notes to the beer.