jmgreenuk (2613) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ABC Beers, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a reddish hue and a frothy tan head. The aroma is creamy caramel malt and yeast. The flavour is medium to strong bitter. Medium to full bodied, lively carbonation and a creamy texture with a bitter sweet, spicy hop palate. Very drinkable, but could probably use less bubbles.
Douberd (1216) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle poured into a tulip. ABV 8%
Opens with a loud pop that scared me to death! Pours an almost black beer with some dark ruby shades when hold against the light. Tall and thick beige head, with low retention for the biggest part but after it has collapsed to a one finger sized, it holds pretty good. Light lacing on the glass.
Dark malts on the aroma, smell of black olives at first that gives its place to a hazelnut one but without ever leaving, hints of alcohol.
Great taste! Roasted malts, chocolate, a little bit of vanilla, hints of smoke. Alcohol is notable but not annoying at all.
Medium thick body, good carbonation with a light bite.
Really great beer, I will be keeping an eye for it.
Benzai (5743) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle @ home. Almost pitch black color, slightly red glare coming through. Small to medium sized beige head. Smell and taste malts, slight hint of smoke, light to moderately roasty, a hint of earth and light bitterness. Finish is medium bitter. Medium carbonation, medium to full body.
JanEric (919) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, flat, no head. Aroma has roasted malts, candy and caramel. Slightly bitter taste, with coffee, mocca. Medium bodied, fairly good. For me not reaally a bock but more an imperial stout. Nice.
erickok (2810) - Tours, FRANCE - NOV 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown body, quite clear I think, with foamy, soapy light brown head. Toasted aromas, earthy yeast, dark fruity notes, apple butter/syrup, dark malts... much richer than expected. Full bodied, syrupy mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Burned favours and a strong hop presence. Wow, did not expect this at all. And even more so intrigued by the ’burned malts with carlsberg yeast’. Packs the fruity, rich flavours of an ale with the spicy, earthy ones of a lager. I haven’t been much impressed with this brewer before - usually just okay - but this is quite a step up. Well done! (33cl bottle, from ABC beers)
dEnk (3106) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Aroma is big caramel, some fruits, some roast, touch of yeast. Flavour is some roasty malt at first, then some fruity hops and yeast, then some caramel malt and followed by a light bitter roasty finish. Nice.
kiwianer (2916) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is medium, the body black. It smells roasty, a bit alcoholic. The taste is roasty, malty, creamy, alcoholic-creamy. Overall interesting. 11/12/12/11/-/11
PotjeBier (1290) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ PINT Bokbier Fest 2012. Black color, soapy head. Aroma’s: heavy roast, coffee, hints of cooked vegetables (not detectable retronasal). Flavor is rather sweet, roasted. Body is medium. Finishes with more roast, bitter, laurel. Nothing to do with bockbeer, and no balance between aroma & flavor, but still rather nice.
Borresteijn (4138) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at PINT BBF’12. Black colour, light beige head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, Belgian chocolate, coffee, tar, laurel. Flavour of liquorice, sweet coffee, laurel, roasted malts, roasted bitter and sticky finish. Medium-bodied. Really nice, but hardly a bock.
kermis (3667) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared from ABC Beers. Pours almost black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of burnt malts, dark chocolate and a little caramel. Flavour is fairly heavy sweet, a little fresh and sugary with a light bitterness hidden behind. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.