Alengrin (2885) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another attempt at popularizing Bock beers in Belgium, a style practically unknown here - call me cynical, but I don’t see the point in this. Anyway: medium, lacing, crackling, off-white head, reasonably stable, over a hazy brownish coppery coloured beer. Aroma of industrial caramel, biscuit, tons of iron, dish water, raisins, dates, weeds, overripe (if not rotting) pear, medlar, brown sugar, pancakes with powder sugar, cocoa, hint of liquorice. Sweetish, fruity, estery onset, some overripe fruits, some candi sugar sweetness, fairly strong and sourish carbonation, very caramelly in the malt department, a bit nutty, outspoken metallic ’sound’ reflecting the iron in the nose, medium body, notably yeasty, finishing in fading caramel malt sweetness along with a certain, yet subtle earthy hop bitterishness, boring yeastiness and a basic sourishness, medium dry, a bit cloying but not overly so; a faint hint of warming, generic alcohol is also present. Something, however subtle, went wrong with its fermentation, that much is clear, and I wonder where all the iron comes from; this is a bit of a disappointment compared with his other beers. Being Flemish, I get the intended pun in the name (and the 6.6% ABV), but that is more or less where the enjoyment stops, I’m afraid. Acceptable alright, but obviously redundant. Concentrate on the Double Port and Double Espresso, Johan, and do not waiste any further time, money and effort on this!
Stuu666 (5597) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Cafe Gollem. Pours deep brown, nose is malty toffee, taste is light spices, malty, dry.
erickok (4073) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet sticky fruit, brown sugar, red berries and gluhwein. Simple but satisfying. Taste is more watery than hoped and not as thick as a good bock is for me personally. It’s okay. (On tap at Lotus Publicus)
markextrae (1599) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
from draft, poured a cloudy darker brown colour with a caramel head. caramel malts, plums, yeast, chemical sweetness, malt, weak bodied beer, some metallic hints, bad beer
jmgreenuk (5398) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - DEC 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Het Brouwcafe, Scheveningen. Poured a muky brown colour with a frothy light tan head. The aroma is earthy mineral malt, light yeast. The flavour is moderate to light sweet with a light malt bitter, light ripe fruit yeasty palate with average carbonation. A little light all round I’m afraid.
Douberd (2971) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Broeder Jacob Gijle Bock) Bottle 750 ml corked and caged, at home, served into a snifter. ABV 6.6%
Red to brown colour on the body, clear, with a big tan head sitting on top, frothy, with low retention, leaving spots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of grains, light nuts, caramel, some floral notes too, some spices.
Slightly sour taste, again grains, more nuts, more caramel, spices.
Medium body, active carbonation, mildly sticky on the palate.
Overall okay, I expected it much better.
JanEric (1101) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On Tap at de Heks, Deventer. Creamy white head on a red copper brown coloured beer. Nice taste, smooth, not too bitter, some nuts in aftertaste
sic1314 (4450) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured reddish amber with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet berries, nuts and caramel malt. Medium body, flavour is medium sweet berries, light nuttiness and warming toasted malt.
tricksta_p (1683) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma of malt, caramel, a little chocolate, yeast, some spicy notes. Flavour is sweet with a light bitter finish. Body is thin, watery. Thin and dull, did not enjoy this one.
Countbeer (5034) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@HWT’14: Served in a taster:
Cloudy amber with an offwhite creamy vanilla head/lacing.
Aroma is very light, some prunes, malts, cardboard and glue. Some candy comes through later...
Flavours of salmiak, sweet wood, ash, liquorice wood, some malts, hints of malts, prunes and bitters with a meaty/fishy sprinkle.
Aftertaste is a mix of malts, bitters, some dried leaves and herbs.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a creamy texture.
It even has the slightest tart tone.
Not to balanced!