Brewed by Gulpener Bierbrouwerij
Style: Dunkler Bock
Gulpen, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
A ruby coloured bock brewed for Autumn.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ha1ag (787) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2006
It took me lots of efforts to try an other Dutch beer (read my comments about Wiekske Witte) but this was above expectations. Mahagoney red color, soft beige head. Middle carbonation which covers sweetness first. Malt and Caramel comes through. A bit too sweet for my taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8647) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 8, 2006
Yellow-brown head, slightly irregular dark beer with bright-ruby highlights. Sweet, gingerbread nose, vanilla, green cardemoms, caramel filling, very pâtisserie-like. Burnt, roasted, (autumn)leafy flavours (nuts & mushrooms), much less sweet than suggested by the nose. Bit coca-cola-like too, all the same (qua combination sweet-spicyness). Palate is a bit empty, shame. Rather fizzy, bit burning MF. Medium bodied at best. I like the initial taste, but gradually, too easy soft-drink characteristics take over. As said, shame, it appears to have more possibilities.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Choos (680) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2006
Aroma: light sweet malty notes with a hint of berry. Appearance: dark amber brown with a fluffy white head and amazing lacing. Flavour: sweet malty and candy with some floral notes and a touch of spiritousness. Palate: thin but gently carbonated with a hint of cinamon and berry in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ALLOVATE (2683) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2006
My second bottle of this, having tried my first a few weeks ago, confirmed that it all just falls apart halfway through. With the initial promise of a grand bock, it becomes tired and bland by the last few drops. Something I’ve never before had happen with a bock-bier. Poured into a chalice glass; the head erupted to a loose, frothy tan layer before condensing to the thickness of cream that stuck like glue to the sides. A wonderful glow of deep ruby brown beer filled the rest of the glass. Aroma had strong notes of alcohol and rough woody malts with underlying savoury dried fruits like sultanas and figs with just a touch of toffee making it altogether sweet and mellowing. Rich fruitcake flavours in the mouth with the body to match. Carbonation is quite soft for style and it has the viscosity of maple syrup. Juicy, meaty melanoidous malt flavours showing a controlled rich sweetness that dries of in the back with some burnt fruit notes giving it a gentle astringency. Finish is long, sweet and tangy with a touch of acidity (?) and alcohol. As it warms the flavours meld and lose appeal, becoming flatter and thinner as I moved along. But that’s just a personal opinion as overall it wasn’t bad!!! (30cL, BBE Dec ’06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville)
Maybe I’ll try for a third...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3068) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2006
Really deep ruby red body with an off-white head. Fairly smooth taste, a touch of spice accompanying some lovely malts, thins a bit towards the finish, caramel and some burnt characters in the aroma as well as the taste. A good bock but not a great bock.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 30, 2006
(Thanks bierkoning for the bottle) Clear and ruby dark amber colour with a small foamy off-white head. A bit shy but quite sweet dark malt aroma with caramel and a tinge of herbal hops. Sweet flavour, medium to full bodied, smooth carbonated mouthfeel. Sweet malty initial taste with dark and slightly roasted malts, caramel, also toffee; drying out sweetness towards the end; malty and slightly hoppy and bitter finish. Tastes like a German malt lozenge but is not too sweet for my kind of taste. A fairly good Bock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2005
This is a rather normal bock. Sweet aroma and taste. A bit spicy, but not as a regular bock.Enjoyable, but not special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HermanW (1053) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2005
Nice bock beer in this wet and cold summer 2005.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25072) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
(Bottle 30 cl) Mahogany coloured with a warm, red glow. Very classical dark and malty beer with a pronounced sweetness fully balanced by a good, dry hoppy finish. Nice beer that just needs a bit in personality to be a great Bock. 110304

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2004
Bottle. Red-brown color, sweet caramel malty aroma and taste, medium body and a light alcoholic finish. Tak to Ungstrup.

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