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St. Bernardus Bock

St. Bernardus Bock
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Brewed by St. Bernardus Brouwerij
Style: Dunkler Bock
Watou, Belgium

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18954) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2003
Bottled (6.8%). Dark amber. The malt character is similar to other St. Bernardus - deep, soft and rich. It is clean and has a salty finish. Really good, but lacks the final touch to make it truly astonishing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 15, 2003
Very little head, immediately gone. Dark chestnut-ebony. Cold haze, clearing to red shine. Thick brown candi-sugar, honey and gingerbread whilst pouring, later sugar, honey and caramel. Also something bitter-spicey. Yeast from St. Bernardus rules. Bitter start and surrounding around the thick dark malts in the taste. Retronasal sweetness becomes really honey-ish and something earthy appears. Mouthfeel gives heavier impression than expected from 6.7 ABV. Restrained fermentation? Alcohol impression all the same. Impressive for its relative ‘low’ ABV. I didn’t know the Dutch market was still large enough to accommodate a special product.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2002
Caramel and flowery aroma. Brown, off-white head, good lace. Sweet, caramel, light roasted, buttery. Long lasting finish. Like bierkoning I was surprised to find this beer but it really has that distinctive St. Bernardus flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (9826) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 20, 2002
From tap at De Engel, Oldenzaal. Creamy head, full bodied beer. Sweet at first, than becoming dryish with some roasted malt. Firm hopbitterness. I’m surprised that a Belgian abbey ale brewer has a bock, but it is one of the best I’ve had so far this year.


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