ALLOVATE (3063) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 22, 2006
I’ve honestly waited years to taste this one; Heineken’s desperate retort to counter the common drinkers move away from the giant and on to some decent craft-brews. Is this the best they could do? Pours a lovely garnet brown, brilliantly clear, with a thinning, soapy tan head that left some legs. Generous in the aroma; lightly earthy, coffee and cinnamon notes underlie a strong burst of toffee, chocolate and tangy cherries. A little different in the mouth....Oooh, is that metal shards!?! First sip brought about some noticeably astringent nasties that started it off in fine form. Luckily this eased under layers of fruit esters and sweet malts. Gooey toffee, lightly woody malt and hops and sweet berries cross the tongue and finish off long and tangy with a lingering must of stale hops (Obviously not a good point). Relatively soft on the tongue, medium-light to light bodied and a little cloying, becoming overly sweet as it warms (Not too bad chilled, though). Overall, it was an easy drinker, but lacked depth and balance with the flavours not quite coming together. Average (30cL, BBE 09/06, Int’l Beer Shop, W. Leederville) joergen (29216) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
Clar orange coloured with a small off white head.
Sweet aroma of malts, fruits and alcohol.
Flavour of fruits, malts and spices. MiP (15972) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2006
Bottle. Weak aroma, brown sugar. Very dark brown colour. Big, stable, light brown head. Very sweet flavour, a lot of brown sugar here. Thick, syrupy mouthfeel. There is a hint of alcohol flavour, but it would need a lot more to balance the sugar. DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2006
"Available in Netherlands only"... How lucky am I that the guys at the International Beer Shop in Perth were able to import this stuff? Deep ruby brown, full beige head that collapses quickly. Slightly sour aroma with toffee predominating. Extremely SWEET palate with brown sugar and huge banana presence. Syrupy mouthfeel. Very good, but too chewy for me to session this one! MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2006
A Mes rate:
33cl bottle at Lowlander. Freebie for a lock in alongside the Grolsch and Amstel bocks. Not something I would have purchased myself and having sampled it that is how it shall remain...
turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - JAN 5, 2006
Dark reddish-brown with a nice dense head. Sweet aroma and sweet flavour with over-the-top caramel. Very sweet, did I say that? bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 12, 2005
Deep dark ruby red body with some light amber tinges and an off-white, short lasting head. A really sticky nose, caramel and then traces of hops. Smooth easy drinking taste with a touch of burnt caramel, rich fruit and late in the palate some liquorice. The body is a touch thin which makes it easier to drink, it has got a good bit of bitterness there and the wheat characters dont come on to strong, which is what Ilike. This is the best Heineken I have had. Zoob (85) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Aroma= Roasted malts and hints of coffee, some earthiness from hops
Appearance= Strong rocky head and brilliantly clear brown with orange hues
Flavor= Nice and malty, leaning toward a balance between prune and chocolate. Finishes with some carmel sweetness and just a touch of late bitterness, if anything faint sweetness lingers but not cloying
Palate= Great among the best I have had, smooth and silky a nice vollbier (full body)
Overall= I think this is a great bock! It has wonderful flavors that are nicly balanced and expose themselves throughout the tasting. It falls and finishes on the sweet side, which I deem to style, rather than suggestions that the hops are missing. I beg to differ, there is an earthiness and a ever so slight brief hop finish after the carmel. If the hops were not present this would be candy. Sample bottle from Holland and shipped to Canada, traveled well. NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - NOV 12, 2005
This bock from Heineken is way too sweet. Dark brew with very sweet aroma. Not enough bitterness to be called a bock. Hunsell (403) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 9, 2005
Dark brown with reddish shine, weak sweet, caramel-malty nose. Typical macrobock, too sweet, lacks bitterness and depth. Still, miles better than Grolsch-Herfstbok, which isn’t a miracle really, but Amstel and Bavaria clearly have better Bockbeers in Dutch Macroland. Typical 3.0-rating-beer.