Ezelenbok (for SNAB) - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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Reviews by BarryNL:
4.65/5 rDev +14.8%
Holds the title of Best Dutch Bockbeer for 2001, 2002 and 2005 (and in some of the other years only lost to another beer from the same brewer). Also, another beer from the SNAB brewers (the Pale Ale) is among my favourites, so, I was expecting something pretty special from this beer....
I have to admit, I got it. Let's do the characteristics:
A: Deep, opaque, brown until held to the light when beautiful clear ruby colours show through. I have the advantage of pouring from a 750ml bottle so the first glass had no suspended matter that I could see. The head begins off-white and fluffy and lasts well.
S: Big bouquet of malts - particularly the chocolate and crystal malts come through. The style doesn't really call for any yeast or hop aromas and the beer doesn't really need them but I wouldn't have minded a little more complexity in the aroma. But this is just nitpicking really...
T: Wow, big malt flavour - if I hadn't known what I was drinking I would probably have guessed it was a porter - and a rich one at that. There's also a well balanced bitterness and some nice hop notes from the Hersbrucker hops used in this beer, but this is basically a beer that's all about the chocolate and crystal malts. An excellent example of the style - I can't wait to try their other bock if it snatched the "Best Bock" title from this one.
M: A lot of dark malt gives a lot of body. There's certainly elements of the "meal in a glass" about this one - and with an alcohol content of 7.5% - why not? The carbonation is spot on and lasts well.
D: Well, I have a 750ml bottle all to myself here - and I kind of wish I had another to follow it (though it's work tomorrow, so maybe not).
All in all, another excellent offering from the North Holland Alternative Beer Organisation (SNAB) - this is rapidly becoming my favourite brewery and I'm looking forward to sampling their other offerings.
12-13-2007 19:38:56 | More by BarryNL
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3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
This beer has been brewed for the Stichting Noordhollandse Alternatieve Bierbrouwers at the Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi Belgium. Bokbier is a Dutch speciality beer and is brewed at the end of the year. Dutch bokbeers differ from the German ones The first are usually sweet, malt-bitter and top-fermented, where German beer are bottom fermented, so clean and less sweet.
This beer was offered in a special package with an 'old' bottle from 2002 and a fresh one. Normally I think beer should be consumed fresh, but anyway....
I will review the 2002 (old) version.
It pours a murky brown colour with a steady stream of bubbles and a minimal head.
The smell was really excellent; strawberries, raspberries and after that some malt.
Unfortunatelly the fruit was not in the taste; a slight cork taste was present, which is understandable when the beer is kept for 4 years. It was dry and bitter, with some caramel. It warms my throat as I drink it. Unlike the usual bokbeers it lacked the sweetness and it was far too bitter to meet the specifications. This beer was elected as the best bokbeer of the last 5 years, I can't see why...
I will review the fresh bottle to see if aging this beer has done it any good.
04-08-2006 21:02:47 | More by Absumaster
3.83/5 rDev -5.4%
No freshnessdate given but 2006 edition as stated winner Best Bokbier van Nederland 2001, 2002, 2005. Poors in with good and lasting beige head and dark rubybrown beer. Nose is extremely malty with kristal malt very noticable, good carameltones and a note of honey. Herzbrucker hops noticeable also and overall very balanced as the whole of the brew is. Taste also good buit more a winner in smoothness and balance as in full taste. Lots of chocolate and caramel though and bitterness well noticable but far from well done IMO. Fine and not too high dosed carbonisation makes it an easy drinkable and enjoyable brew but if you ask me not that great of a bockbeer but very accesable.
11-30-2006 15:16:37 | More by paterlodie
Ezelenbok (for SNAB) from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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