Douberd (681) - NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml long-neck bottle, at home. Poured into a snifter. ABV 7.7%, heavy alcohol on this bock, letís see.
Dark brown colour, very dark, almost black. Two full fingers of beige head on top, thick and soapy, with very good retention, leaving light off-white lacine around the glass.
Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of the alcohol. Faint stewed fruits aroma as well.
Taste is sweet, I canít say that it has a specific flavour that stands out. Just a flat sweetness. It becomes much more interesting on the aftertaste though, with roasted malts, offering a nice bitterness, while the almonds are there, but way back on the background and very discreet, in fact so discreet that Iím not sure if I am tasting them or I just imagine it. The high alcohol is very well hidden.
Full body, good amount of carbonation.
Good bock beer.
safaricook (5) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 7, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This tastes more like a stout than a dutch bokbier as gets very heavy on roasted malts. I donít get the almonds, but I donít know the regular Nelis. Good feel and all in all decent.
Martinus (1877) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly hazy reddish amber brown colour, off-white head. Aroma of almond, red fruits, HCN and black olives. Sweet malty flavour, caramel, nuts, bitter roasted malts, light smoke. Finish caramel and roasted malts.
Nice and quite nutty. Might be the best of the three.
(From 33cL bottle @ home)
ClubGonzo (2760) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with Bierkonig. Deep ruby-hued brown body with a large, creamy off-white head. Lovely looks. Nose is definitely nutty, with almonds coming in first, followed by an array of deep malty and caramel-toffee-like tones. Taste is chocolate, nuts (not so much almonds as just general nutty flavors), hints of burnt toast, grains and brown sugar. Almonds do appear after all, in the very last part of the finish, lasting a bit into the aftertaste. Full, creamy body and soft carbonation. Some toast-like astringency in the aftertaste as well, which pulls down the score somewhat. Otherwise, a very nice doppelbock. Wonder if they actually put almonds in it, and if so: how? Fatty nuts do not work wonders in beer...
OllieBBommel (707) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle@home, 330ml. Head: beige foam. Colour: clear ruby brown. Taste: some nuts, hops. licorice. Palate: bitter-sweet, medium body. Overall: nice.
Borresteijn (3681) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl Bottle from Mitra Rokin. Clear dark brown colour, thick beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malts, alcohol, some chocolate sweetness. Flavour is bitter almonds, bitter chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits, milk chocolate, quite bitter nutty and roasted finish with some alcohol. Medium-bodied. Really nice.
tderoeck (3057) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2/XII/12 - 33cl bottle from Mitra (Maastricht) @ home - BB: IX/13 (2012-1329) Thanks to Anniek for getting me the beer!
Clear dark brown beer, big aery beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: mocha, chocolate, roasted flavours, caramel, vanilla, sugary, not the expected marzipan / almond flavours though. MF: ok carbon, medium to full body. Taste: little sweet, caramel, brown sugar, some chocolate, mocha, bitter hint. Aftertaste: chocolate, mocha, some caramel, sweet, little sourish.
BoBoChamp (4251) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl, with handwritten necklabel íNelis met Amandelí, new exclusive Dutch brew Anno 2012, with almonds, from De Bierkoning Amsterdam, complex brew, sweet/malty and slightly roasted/fruity, balanced, cloudy, good head, good brew
jmgreenuk (1373) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Deanso. Poured a dark cloudy brown with a big frothy tan head. The aroma is rather nondescript. The flavour is bitter with smoke and liquorice. The best of the hazelnut three!
kermis (2602) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared thanks to Deanso. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of caramel, light burnt malts witha little smoke. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.