Brother Benedict's Bock - Granite City Food & Brewery
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.23/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle with rather simple label, which wouldnt be a problem except for the monk looks a bit creepy. A code stamped on the bottle, but no clue what it means. This was always surprisingly good back home at GC on draft, so it will be interesting to see what it's like in the bottle (or if my tastes have changed).
Appearance: Rich, deep chestnut hue. This is a very attractive beer, with lazy, steady carbonation. The only real downside is that the light tan cap fades to a thick ring and thin film a bit too quickly for my liking.
Smell: Smells like a bock! This sounds a bit redundant, but the rich, bready, malty, dark fruit notes are all there. Smells rich, but not quite sweet. This is refreshing, as the few 'bock' type beers we can regularly get in the US are so often not much more than a slightly darker colored American lager w/out the rich malt background typical of the style.
Taste: Not bad, but not as tasty as the aromas suggest. The first problem is that this is a bit too highly carbonated and that, coupled with too much sweetness, keeps the leather/tobacco and toasted, bready malt notes pushed out of the focus. Really, I think this is really hampered by the sweetness. This isn't something I remember being a problem on tap, as we used to put down a couple of 25oz mugs of this without any trouble whatsoever. Maybe a recipe change, or maybe a bit different in the bottle?
Mouthfeel: Too fizzy, but other than that, nice
Overall: Nice flavors, wondeful aromas, but way too sweet. I'll definitely give it another try on tap at the brewpub in Peoria, IL when I head back home next, but I won't likely be buying a sixer of bottles, which is sad, because I've been really keen to find a good, traditional, readily-available bock beer.
B- to C+
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2012 04:13:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.14/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Appearance - a clear reddish amber, barely any lacing
Smell - light roasted malt, light dark toffee, light crust
Taste - nice combo of light roast and light toffee, light minerals and crust in the back
Mouthfeel - lighter side of medium, easy drinker, smooth, medium carb, nice edges
Overall - not a bad bock, nice flavors, a little on the lighter side, very drinkable.
Serving type: on-tap
03-14-2014 22:40:31 | More by blackcompg
Brother Benedict's Bock from Granite City Food & Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.