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Aass Bock - Aass Brewery

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89
very good

59 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 32
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Aass Brewery visit their website
Norway

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 11-18-2000)
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Photo of Beertracker
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +24.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Sigmund
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ABV in Norway is 6,5%. This is the best Norwegian beer you can get. Beautiful, very dark reddish brown colour, moderate carbonation. Complex aroma and flavour, hints of spices, oak and liqourice. Very well balanced. Great aftertaste.

Sigmund, May 29, 2002
Photo of bobinverted
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been to Norway, it is a beautiful country and Aass Bock is an incredible beer. Aass (according to their website "A real Norwegian Viking would pronounce it 'Ouse'.") is brewed in Drammen Norway and comes in a green bottle with an image of little goat drinking from a stein on the label. It pours dark reddish brown with minimal head and leaves a little lacing as it's enjoyed. The smell is of sweet malt and a little carmel. The taste is exceptional. This is beer is the number two reason why I'd like to move to Norway, beat only by the number one reason, the beautiful Norwegian women! Aass is the best bock I've ever tasted. Full bodied and smooth at the same time, it's almost too easy to drink. Sweet malt, carmel, slight fruitiness and a little hops in the finish. Damn, why did I have to be born in the land of Bud and Miller? Do yourself a favor and try Aass Bock. Mmm...

bobinverted, Jun 18, 2003
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Almost as good as their seasonal Jule OL. Aass makes some of the best beers in the world and this bock is a shining example of the brewery. Lots of complexity, smooth and delecious

DrDocRudge, Mar 02, 2001
Photo of RusImpStoLuv
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth and creamy, Munich malt I believe. Unbelievable mouthfeel and taste, perfect if I could dare say. Very well done Dunkler Bock, lagered very well, for at least 3 months. Must try from Norways oldest brewery, dating back to 1834! Family owned for four generations now.

RusImpStoLuv, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of JohnnyP3
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .33L bottle into a pint glass. Bottle purchased in Norway. Shape does not match the picture, although label is similar. Bottle says best for 12:08. Not exactly sure what that translates into. Light lacing in the glass as I drink it.

A: Pours a rich caramel brown color with a foamy head about 2 fingers in width. Head gradually lowers after a couple minutes, but does not completely disappear.

S: Very inviting with notes of caramel, toasty malt, perhaps some chocolates? Overall a very sweet smelling beer.

T: Wow, this one is a winner. Caramel taste predominates, with a delicious sweet malt taste flowing throughout. There's something else there, a taste almost like cookie dough? Brown sugar? Whatever it is, it's fantastic. Barely notice the alcohol on this 6.5% bock, but it's faintly there in the background. Bottle recommends (in Norwegian) pairing with sharp cheeses or sweet dessert, I believe. I'll be doing that the next time I pick up a bottle of this delicious bock. Hops are faintly there, but this beer is a malt powerhouse.

M: Incredibly smooth and a little syrupy, but in a good way. Really coats the mouth with the caramels and sweet toasted malt flavors.

D: Top notch. At 6.5%, will likely catch up to you before long, but I could really sit down and savor several of these in a sitting. A truly great find.

JohnnyP3, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So there it was sat staring at me in the Beer Store, a lone distinctive looking green glass 11.2 fl.oz bottle embossed with the Brewery name & with a light-faded looking black & lilac colored labels – it so intrigued my beer genes that I had just had to pick it up & explore this offering further. A lovely Victorian style neck label that has a picture of an old port town, which together with the main oval label depicting a Goat on its hind legs drinking out of a frothing stein style mug, makes for something different.

I think this is the very first beer I have ever had from Norway. Aass Bock Beer, I am sure there are plenty of puns concerning the name Aass, but they will not be found in this Review sadly. Well the bottle says that they have been established since 1834, so this beer does have quite a pedigree. In fact, further reading reveals that this is Norway’s oldest Brewery.

The 11.2 fl.oz pours perfectly into my English Half Pint handled Mug. It is dark brown, almost totally flat, hardly any head whatsoever, but it does retain some carbonation such that a persistent but thin tan ring of bubbles clings tightly to the edges. No lace to be seen anywhere. When held to the light, the beer reveals a pellucid body which exhibits a lovely deep ruby red character.

Aromas are of sweet malt, molasses, sultanas, burnt sugars & dates. Tastes are quite sweet, but not sickly as I served this beer slightly chilled, this added a refreshing character to it - as it warmed it had stronger flavors, but was a little more cloying. Has a smooth & extremely silky feeling on the tongue. Tastes are malt dominant at first which crescendo into a very strong molasses dimension in the middle, finishes with a sweetish burnt sugar & caramelized end. Well balanced & very accomplished. This beer proudly states that it has “only natural ingredients” & that it conforms to Bavarian Purity Laws of 1516. The Aass Bock Beer is lagered for 6 months before bottling & I believe this adds to its very smooth, silky drinking appeal. Quite a beer I have to say!!!

I found this to be quite drinkable when slightly chilled to be honest & I would recommend that you drink it this way – I am not sure what the official recommendation is though. I wish I had more of this, never seen or heard of it before – I wonder if I will ever see it again? If I do, it’s a definite purchase – only $1.99 a bottle, very reasonable I think.

“Aass Good Aass It Gets”
I knew I would fail to miss a pun – Damn, and I tried so hard.

TheLongBeachBum, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany brown with a creamy, tan-toned head. rich, resonant nose of old guitars, django rheinhart, dry, mellow, thick and fluffy with caramelized onions, nuts, roasted, blanched, Spanish almonds, good grip on the finish of refined grain fiber, hops and wood smoke.
Bock vs. 2xBock. This doesn't pretend to have the heavy malt of a 2x. For a regular Bock it is hard to top this one for integration, complexity and depth. Not a hammer. Class.

putnam, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Tom_Gilman
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Tom_Gilman, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of 49degrees
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable bock beer that exemplifies character, robustness, and smooth flavors all in a single package. One of the oldest (perhaps oldest ??) breweries in Norway having been established in 1834. Brewed using a unique process called double-docoction which boils the brew for longer than normal and then they age it for upwards of 6 months. All of which make for a uniquely smooth bock beer.

Pours deep ruby brown with a reasonable size, off-white foamy head. The head dissapates rather quickly leaving little more than a midsize collar. Through the drink you won't find much lacing on the glass with this one.

An interesting, smooth and appetizing aroma with hints of toffee. Almost reminscent of something like Killkenny's without the tart bitterness hit. Flavorise, this is very smooth and very enjoyable and doesn't suffer from too much complexity or the heaviness that (I feel) plague too many bock style beers. This is a bock style after all, not a Porter.

I've only encountered 2 retailers selling this one within about a 500 miles radius of my place and after having this first time experience with it, I'll be sure to keep my eyes peeled for more of this too. Very reasonably priced ($1.98USD for a 11.2fl oz green bottle).

49degrees, Jan 29, 2003
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Metaltildeath, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Fenrisulven, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Todd
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml custom green bottle. There's this little goat, with big horns, that appears to be either mounting or hugging a big 'ole stien of beer. Regardless, the little buddy looks excited.

Appearance: Dark amber/tarnished brown in colour with a nice, full tan lace.

Smell: Sweet malts, caramel and grain aromas.

Taste: Smooth, full bodied beer with loads of upfront rich malt complexities. Ripe fruits, caramel, burnt raisin and faint hints of molasses. Some toasted flavours. Hops are there, but they are soft. Just enough to balance the malt sweetness with a floral flavour that is incredibly delectable. Alcohol is warming and mixes well with a light hop prickle/bitterness. Finishes with some residual sweetness and some grain dryness.

Notes: This is a formidable Bock beer. Truly inspired and addictive to the palate. Bottle conditioned.

Todd, Nov 18, 2000
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color, little bit of a head, no real lacing to talk about.

Very rich malt and 'plum like' fruit aromas, sweet smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells, sweet, malty, fruity.

Nice creamy sort of smoothness in the mouth, sweetness on the tongue, warmth of alcohol on the finish.

Drinkable?... yes, it's good and drinkable. 6.5% abv doesn't stop me from sessioning this one.

Happy Spring!

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color was a dark brown, with good head. The smell was very maltish. The taste was a very sweet, cerealish taste. Mouthfeel was smooth. Drinkability-wise, with sweetness that wasn't cloying, I could definitely knock these back!

I had heard that this beer was going to be discontinued, but fortunately it wasn't. A quality bock, with a name that won't soon be forgotten, and hopefully I'll be able to have some more Aass!

beergeek279, Nov 01, 2003
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color, with a light tan, sticky head that dies pretty quick. Huge caramel malt aroma…emm so inviting. On the palate, you taste the caramel malts upfront, small bit of fruitiness, and toffee, and almonds in the background…very nice sweetness through out. The mouth feel is buttery smooth. Overall this brew very good. May be one of the finest brews from Norway…a must try...

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of Suds
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a green, 12 ounce bottle. The color is dark brown with a big, puffy, off-white head. Aroma is a dominantly cereal maltiness, with a somewhat fleeting wort-like character. Very nice sweetness up front, and a nice, subtle hop finish keeps the beer from being cloying. Wonderful for sipping. Rich, intense, and marvelously drinkable.

Suds, Nov 02, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

buzzy, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of mjohn27603
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogony in color, the head dissipates quickly. Large bubbles of carbonation cling to the side of the glass like a soda. A malty smell is present. First sip reveals a brown sugar sweet taste with detectable bitterness. A hint of chocolate flavor is revealed too. A great brew for a winter's night.

mjohn27603, Dec 21, 2002
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this from francisweisen today. Thanks and skoal! I sampled this beer a looooong time ago...before Michael Jackson began rating beer or dangling babies from balconies and it's just as I remembered it. Dark brown prune juice in color with a beige/tan head and slow-sliding lace. The aroma is particularly distinct with molasses, coffee, hops, and light alcohol fume. The molasses sweet malty body emits flavors of raisins and prunes and a hint of chocolate. The citrusy hops add just the right amount of bitterness for the style. Nice any season beer!

BeerResearcher, May 21, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy and sticky tan head over deep mahogany liquid. Malty nose with a tinge of sulfur and grain. Sweet and nutty malt flavor is enhanced by sulfur and balanced out with just the right amount of bittering hops. Creamy and good and worth finding, but the steep price may make it a one-time treat.

inebrius, Sep 03, 2002
Photo of Andy
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn color. Creaminess in aroma. Spicy malt flavor, slightly nutty. Big mouthfeel (though not too full).

Andy, May 13, 2002
Photo of cbl2
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:

Crystal clear dark brown with 1/4" tan head

Smell:

Herbal and fruity

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Sweet at first showing off its malty side which is soon followed by a smooth herbaceousness inherent to its hoppy side. A perfect blend of ingredients. Truly a remarkable beer.

cbl2, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of mzwolinski
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle which highlights the brewery's proud heritage, dating back to 1834. The traditional 'bock' goat holds center stage on the label, enjoying a fine looking stein of beer.

The beer itself is ruby-colored, evenly carbonated, with a thin, lacy head. I've seen better heads on this beer -- perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

Aroma is crisp and lager-like, with rich, toffee-like malt undertones.

The beer itself is medium to medium-full bodied, with a heavy malt flavor. These flavors develop a bit of complexity as the beer warms, with raisin and nutty flavors coming out nicely. Hop flavor is negligible -- could perhaps use a bit more for balance.

Altogether quite drinkable. I'd like another soon.

mzwolinski, Sep 30, 2002
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Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
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