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Brewed by Jopen
Style: Dunkler Bock
Haarlem, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Until 2008 brewed by Huyghe. Until 2006 brewed by Van Steenberge. Jopen 4 Grains Bokbeer is made as a ruby red beer made with the three traditional Haarlem grain and rye as a forth grain. The beer contains 6,5% alcohol and has a fruity aroma combined with the dark malts. The taste is lightly smoky from the dark malts used, but there is some sweetness in it to.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2738) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 11, 2005
This poured a murky brown with a beige head. Good lord look at the floaties in this thing, like a sample of water from Lake Erie. A caramel, nutmeg, chocolate, and plum aroma. It will tickle your freaking nose. The flavor is very sour with some grapes, chocolate, and bready. A doughy presence is definitley there. Some alcohol in the finish. Not bad at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 8, 2005
Bottle, snifter. Lots of floaties before I even got near the bottom of the bottle; dense, various sizes; looks sort of like curded milk. Hm. Deep amber-brown hue with a frothy, light tan head with some coarse bubbles. Rich pure malt sweet aroma, chocolate, dark bread, light brown sugar, raisins, plums. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic (sour) flavor. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish. Interesting raisin/plum tartness to go along with the sweetness. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Odd sour dark fruits for a bock, but tasty enough.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HermanW (1056) - Coevorden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2005
Taste is good, bad head.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2005
Muddy brown pour with a huge fluffy head that lasts. An amazing amount of yeast sediment and floaties. Fruity, yeasty aroma. Flavor is initially tart and astringent. Malty flavor with raisins and yeast then appears. Not altogether bad, but the overall experience was sub-par. Strange.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Papsoe (25068) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
(Bottle 30 cl) This doesn’t really look very appetizing. Muddy brown with a head to match. Some rather indefinable flavours - probably because of the unusual mixture of malts. Has some bitter notes but nothing much more really. This is not unpleasant, just hasn’t really got much pow. 070403

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2638) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Bottle. A dirty swamp murky brown color with a HUGE thick foamy tan head. Lots of action in the bottle with a good bit of floaties. Semi-sweet, smooth, weizen-like in the smooth and light feeling on the palate. Malty enough to get the bock character but the fruitiness adds a nice twist. A raisin and caramel aroma.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2005
Had this one at the 27th Bokbierfestival in Amsterdam (2004), but did not make any notes and forgot most of the impressions I had. But all in all it was one of the better beers I had that evening.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (17494) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Cloudy dark amber color. The aroma is very simple, with a light malty sourness. Mouthfeel is medium, well malty, with a light sourness (probably the rye). Drinkable but simple.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (3010) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma:Big caramel aroma... Appearance:very hazy brown with chunk of yeast inside,good head... Flavor:Caramel,biscuit..... not bad...

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2005
A nice medium sized brown head covers this murky brown ale, loaded with sediments. Surprisingly yeasty aroma immediately proposes bready flavors, but the malts quickly come in, not quite as I expected them. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t get much fruit component from that bottle. It may have been a bit oldish from the slight musty suggestions, but it was all sweet biscuity malts, reminiscent of the commercial molasses one we call "Bear Paws", around here anyway. Pretty rich on that particular caramelly or toffeeish department, but otherwise not very complete. Nice creamy palate though with somewat expanding carbonation that felt smooth on the tongue. Not bad.


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