Benzai (8092) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ weekly tasting shared by Dutchdrebus. Nice dark brown color with a dark red glare coming through when held into the light, average sized beige head. Aroma is malts, sugar, sweetness, a hint of candy, molasses. Taste malts, light to moderately sweet, a hint of wood somehow, lightly raisins. Suitable body, average carbonation. Not bad at all.
angelkostvo (577) - CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark ruby colour, beige head. Aroma of caramel, mollasses, dark fruits, bread. Taste is light to medium sweet, almost no bitterness, very well balanced. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation.
Douberd (2172) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 355ml, poured into a snifter at home, ABV 5.5%
Dark brown colour on the body with nice ruby shades when hold against the light but then again just some hints of it because it’s so dark. Two fingers of a brown thick head, creamy, with good retention, leaving medium lacing on the glass.
Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, dark ripe fruits, some red wine-like notes.
Taste also of roasted malts, red wine, some chocolate, light alcohol although it’s just a 5.5% beer, lots of dark and red fruits, mildly sweet, light caramel too.
Medium body, good carbonation, smooth on the palate,as well as dry.
Very good bock, if one third of all the different bocks produced here in the Netherlands every autumn could be as good as this, we would be looking forward to the winter months.
ansjelaah (1355) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @benzai. Amber brown color with a beige head. Smells sweet, fruity, wijnbal. Tastes sweet, roasted malts, fruity.
DutchDrebus (3956) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ benzai. Dark amber to brown colour with a small to medium off-white to beige head. Smells sweet, some roze kermis zoetstok/wijnbal, hint of cinnamon, brown sugar. Tastes sweetish, slightly roasty, hint of coffee, hint of banana, slightly wijnbal. Decent. Medium body, nice carbo.
RCx240 (34) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark coppery brown, tan head. Aroma of toast, cereal, nuts, and slight citrus. Taste is sweet, with caramel, toasted oats. Finishes bitter with a slight hint of citrus. Full bodied and average carbonation. Very well balanced and drinkable beer.
mbgrayson (528) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark brown, with tan head. Aroma of rich malts. Taste is deep and a little sweet. Notes of caramel, malt, and smoke. This a delicious bock beer, smooth and very drinkable. Thumbs way up!
androman (346) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
35.5cl bottle @ home from De Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Deep ruby-brown color, medium brownish creamy mostly lasting good lacing head. Aroma red wine, caramel, chocolate, light coffee, medium roasted malt. Taste medium sweetness, medium bitterness, light sourness. Medium to full body, slightly sticky texture, soft carbonation, caramellish bittersweet finish. Not very easy but delicious dessert beer.
Alengrin (913) - BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting Californian seasonal, one of the younger beers in the Anchor range and one of the few American bocks I’ve had so far. Tanned, regularly shaped, dense and stable foam, very dark brown, clear colour with a copper-reddish hue. Herbally sweet aroma, the kind that makes me melt, with impressions of cacao powder, milk chocolate, freshly ground coffee beans, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, banana, liquorice, raisins and citrussy American hops. Taste begins caramelly and chocolatey, very malty, soft and sweetish with a slight sourish impression from the wheat malt, then quickly becoming assertively bitter with lots of mouth-filling, coffee-like toastedness as well as fresh, ’green’, citrussy and spicy hops, long. The typically American hoppiness made it more stout-like than truly bock-like, I think, but being true to style becomes less important in a great beer like this, at least to my taste.
dnicolaescu (735) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - JUL 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: clear ruby-brown almost black, beige frothy to creamy head.
Aroma: rich caramel, molasses, dark honey, sweet chocolate topping, some hop accents too.
Taste: quite complex and developing flavour, starts with some burnt sugar sweetness, roast accents, salty notes, light spicy hop bitterness in the finish.