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Aass Bock - Aass Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

52 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium brown with not much head to speak of,big fruity aromas some orange peel along with some sweet caramel and nuttiness.Taste is dominated by a caramel sweetness with an underlying bread dough maltiness not overly sweet but not much if any hops to be found.Somewhat of a "modest" bock but not a bad brew I would drink again givin the chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 00:42:56 | More by oberon
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aged bottle, similar but not identical label as pictured, also in a tapered brown bottle bearing the Aass brewery stamp.

It poured a deep crimson tone, with a thin ring of bubbles.

Molasses, raisin, and dried plum/prune aroma.

Flavors of sweet raisin, carob or cocoa in the finish, also nutty. It feels full, a little syrupy, with low carbonation.

Wish I had a fresh bottle to compare...considering the source, this one is probably 5+ years old.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:43:48 | More by emerge077
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.5%

12-06-2011 18:41:32 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Zorro

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear brown brew with no particular head on it.

Smell is big fruity and grainy with a fairly strong malty scent.

Taste is sweet and malty, as you would expect fair amount of plums and raisins in the flavor. No real hop flavor present this is a malt beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable bock beer, a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2004 02:05:04 | More by Zorro
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A murky brown, not too viscous, not a lot of head on this one. Really, the beer is some weird combo of green and brown. Cool goat though. Not much aroma wise.

Beer was very different than most bocks I've had, this one was thin, lacked a fruit character, just seemed like someone chinced out on making a porter, went with 1/2 the malt and ended up with a thin brown ale, decided to call it a bock. It was a little undercarbonated, and just lacked taste. Newcastle-y at times. A little creamy, or maybe it just comes off that way because there is nothing else to pick up on.

Cool name though.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:06:38 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep clear garnet the color with the head voluminous and light tan in color, the lace a decent covering upon the glass. Nose is all malt with a sweet hint of caramel; start is inordinately sweet and the top light. Finish is delicately dry, benignly carbonated, leniently hopped, drinkable, but a little "Weak/watery for this "olde Strong Beer Lover".

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2002 15:34:51 | More by Gusler
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-21-2012 01:49:47 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 17:40:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 03:18:32 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good looking amber/garnet color, with a fine, creamy head and nice lacing. Nose exhibited some malty sweetness, yet was restrained, while the mouthfeel was quite acceptable. Medium malty flavor, with some toffee and choco notes thrown in. Not overly strong on the flavors, though, with a somewhat bitter finish. Personally, I'd like to see the maltiness stronger, with less of a bitter finish, and perhaps more of an alcohol presence. Thanks to WilliamPhilaPa for helping me score some Aass while in Philly.

overall: 3.65
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

270

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 04:52:46 | More by Bierman9
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 17:04:34 | More by Suds
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beerguy101

California

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep red brown color. Medium foamy head. Coffee and chocolate aroma. Full bodied bock. Malty and hoppy. Malts are slightly sweet. Coffee and chocolate flavor. Nice balance. Full flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, a very slight alcohol bite in the aftertaste. Nice bock.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2002 19:45:21 | More by beerguy101
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and clear color. Head is a decent 1/4 inch for about 30 seconds, then a yellowish trace. Woody and chocolatey smell. Taste is decently malty, a little too sweet, some sense of walnut, toffee, and a bit of a sweetened tea impression. Touch of twang at the finish. Decent flavor, enhanced by aroma but too sweet and non-complex for me...the carbonation is on the fizzy side as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2002 07:45:42 | More by ADR
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

04-13-2012 20:19:14 | More by aztraz
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet and sticky, raisiny and caramelly, on the sweeter side of the scale, a bit syrupy. Beautiful red-brown colour, with nice off-white head, leaves a nice flavour in your mouth, slightly roasty and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 21:03:44 | More by rastaman
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Todd

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2000 12:39:59 | More by Todd
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with amber tints throughout. Tan head forms and then just as quickly fades, leaving minimal lace on the glass.
Aroma is sweet malt, caramel and wheat bread, yeasty note with a hint of alcohol.

Flavors of dark fruits, caramel, slight touch of molasses and a hint of smoke. Minor bittering on the finish but majority of flavor is sweet malt. Hops just prevent from becoming annoyingly sweet. Alcohol taste on the finish is very warming and a touch dry and spicy. Well balanced beer.
Mouthfeel is a touch thin but not anything to subtract from enjoyment. Drinakability is high, can imagine a few pints of this would do some damage to the grey matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2004 03:36:14 | More by CRJMellor
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macrosmatic

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

04-10-2012 01:34:19 | More by macrosmatic
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buzzy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

07-31-2013 00:48:00 | More by buzzy
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woemad

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this at the Viking in Spokane. Was surprised at how good this beer tastes, considering its coming in a green bottle - probably the first green I've encountered that wasn't at least a little bit skunked. Anyway, it poured a very dark brown, with tinges of red when held towards light. Smell of sweet, fruity malt. Tasted likewise, with very little hop presence. This beer is nothing without its malt. Had a dark yet fruity flavor to it. It was a little "heavy" to drink. This is not something I would have downed in any quantity, but it was nice after my meal.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 21:33:06 | More by woemad
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice surprise! Got this bottle from a collegue of mine who was in north Europe. Thanks Diana!

Poured this one into my Struise chalice. Nice big head, very creamy with nice lacing. Deep darkred fluid with no carbonation. That's a pity...

Taste is good. A bit sweet with hints of salmiak. The mouthfeel could be better with some carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 18:55:06 | More by Brabander
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2003 19:38:38 | More by BeerResearcher
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putnam

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 13:16:53 | More by putnam
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BeerManDan

California

3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a reddish brown with very little foam that dissapated quickly. The aroma was of a malty grainy smell. The taste was of a sour bitterness that really turned me off. I just don't care for this beer. The sour feeling in my mouth was the turn off!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2003 16:38:43 | More by BeerManDan
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +23.2%

12-01-2011 18:48:17 | More by Beertracker
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Aass Bock from Aass Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.