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Bock De Joliette - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 20.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-07-2003)
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LeTonneau

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

That is my day to day beer. It posesses all of what I enjoy in beer.

Orange colours and a beige head. Good carbonation.

Smells like caramel with a floral presence and roasted malts...

Taste is quite sweet. If you serve it just a bit warmer (around 12-14 Celsius), you'll taste the sweetness even more. Butterscotch and roasted cereals combine to satisfy the taste buds. Not a hint of bitterness is to be found.

As mentionned, day to day beer so drinkability is near to top on my list.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 18:08:37 | More by LeTonneau
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear amber with an off-white foam on top with intense lacing. Very pretty. Mild aromas of mustiness and metal with a backdrop of toffee candy and hints of mandarin oranges. Flavor and feel are extremely smooth. The sweet caramel and toffee are melded wonderfully well with the hopping and they form a flavor that slowly evolves thoughout the sip from sweet to balanced and from caramel to a definite tobacco. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 01:24:38 | More by waughbrew
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

08-13-2012 11:26:26 | More by Melomanemusher
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sent to me in CanBif. Thanks Patrick!

Appearance: Pours hazy ambery orange colour with a modest white head, settling to a nice lacey layer.

Aroma: Very sweet malty, heaps of caramel, butterscotch aromas. Previous reviewers note of cotton candy shows up faintly.

Taste: Sweet caramel like flavours with a pronounced woody element in there as well. Well hopped as well, slightly floral with a nice grapefruit bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty sharp but with a decent body. Suits the brew well. Drinkability is high.

Final Statement: I love this beer. This is actually my first bock, and its a wonderful style. It has a wonderful flavour, easy drinking. Just a good solid beer. I highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 05:30:01 | More by MMansfield
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with excellent carbonation, immediate head formation (from inside the bottle even) A mucky orangy appearence. Great malt presence. Smell is rather delictable. This beeing my second beer of this brewery I can see they like their hops as well. They know how to use them, great aroma. Flavour is a la Rogue Dead Guy, this makes a pretty good clone! A lot of hop bitterness up front. Mouthfeel a little dry but not as much when considering the style. Some wood like character, trace notes of dried fruits (plum mostly, a tad cider-esque) Flavour backdroped to caramalyzed malt/amber malts. Good foundations but some room for improvement. I highly enjoyed it, prefered to the Bieropholie. This is no doubt an excellent bock and this brewery seems to be doing good things

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 16:00:59 | More by biegaman
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color, low carbonation, small white head

Smell; Malty and caramel

Taste: smooth amber, caramel and malt very small bitterness, almost none,

Mouthfeel: a little bit dry, kind of mellow aftertaste,caramel again

DRinkability: nice amber bock, smooth, taste good
mellow for 6%

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 22:08:40 | More by Otterburn
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chefelf

New York

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think I have the right one here. The one I have just says "La Bock" on the label and doesn't match the one pictured here. It seems like this brewery changes their labels around a bit.

It poured a nice dark amber color with not very much head at all. I found the beer to be enjoyable though I'm not very familiar with the bock style.

The reviews look a little inconsistent and there was some talk about maybe the batches varying in flavor. Mine was pretty good so either my tastes are different or I got lucky with this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 14:28:32 | More by chefelf
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange/caramel colour topped by a dense, cream-coloured head of fine bubbles that leaves generous lacing on the glass. The aroma is all sweet malt with a hint of alcohol and faint hops. Malty sweet flavour to start with low bitterness. Caramel appears in the middle, along with a metallic flavour that carries through to the end. Spicy bitterness with some herbal character also shows up part way through, balancing the malt very nicely, and lingers into the finish. Medium bodied and very smooth with fairly low carbonation. The hop character really surprised me (in a good way), and I'd definitely have this one again.

Tasted again on 01-06-2006: I noticed a little licorice in the flavour and the lingering hop bitterness seemed a little stronger. Other than that, it was still full of malty goodness. Thanks northyorksammy.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 19:18:34 | More by DrJay
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HardTarget

Texas

3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Un-notched date on the side of the label. Notes 6.1% abv,

Aroma: Sweet, slightly malty, bang on style for a bock in my book. Slight caramel note as it warmed.

Appearance: Clear amber glass with a thin white cover that lasted as a collar leaving bits of lace.

Taste: Sweet malt balance with a light clove note and a firm Jolly Rancher apple taste that was enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, mild carbonation

Overall: Sweet with a nice flavor. I enjoyed it with my chicken sandwich, and in complimented the cheesecake dessert as well! I’m a sucker for bocks, so my numbers might be skewed a bit high, but I’ll stand by them.

Enjoyed in Montreal at the Toi, Moi, & Café down the street from the Dieu De Ciel.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 03:42:18 | More by HardTarget
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jpworld

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

02-01-2013 01:42:23 | More by jpworld
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1/2 liter stubby from Joannette Metro. Poured a gorgeous dark orange-amber with a great frothy 2 finger off white cap. Moderate carbonation. Nose is pure malts...some Munich and caramel and some pale hell malts over light musty German hops...smells delicious! Mouth feel is medium bodied...smooth but the surprise is the malts are well balanced off with some saaz, Hallertau, Hersbrucker and Spalter hops deliver herbal aroma and some bittering to the layered substantial sweet bready malts. There is a very close flavor profile that parallels Creemore lager....maybe this is why I like this bock...it's just a tad heartier and sweeter

Tasted again 15/7/06...still a decent bock but DMS detected in the nose...this was a industry standard 341ml brown botle...perhaps this batch was a tad green.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 18:10:41 | More by pootz
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JOaikido

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Very nice amber colour with a reddish-orange tinge. A few streams of bubbles rising in the glass. Smallish, off-white head.

S- Very malty aroma. Caramel.

T- Very dominated by sweet malt. A little unbalanced towards the sweet. Nice little touch of floral hops. Some dried fruit flavours.

MF- Good soft, full-bodied mouthfeel.

D- Decent beer but the overly sweet flavour would limit the quantity I could have at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 16:42:47 | More by JOaikido
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Ajlvt

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-08-2013 23:51:29 | More by Ajlvt
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DaveR514

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

05-30-2013 17:08:38 | More by DaveR514
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks coppery but yet very clear and transparent. Nice little head for a while. Not much lacing. Looked appetizing.

S: Smelt good. Bready smell to it.

T: Once again very bready/yeasty smell to it. Kind of watery with very upfront sweet malts. Not much bitterness but that's to be expected of the style.

M: Crisp enough. Meduim body and went down pretty smooth. Carbonation was mild and not to thick.

Overall: It was a decent beer. First Bock I've ever sampled. I wasn't super shocked or impressed but it was okay. I gave it a 3.5 because its more flavorful than your average macro but it wasn't really my thing. Might be the style or just the beer itself i dunno. While it was good I probably wouldn't buy it again but I probably will be on the lookout for more bocks to compare this too.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:14:10 | More by Haydn-Juby
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-28-2012 17:18:32 | More by t0rin0
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- vigorous pour yields a good two fingers of head. Nice clear amber with lots of carbonation bubbles rising. Bad head retention.

S- Smells both good and bad. Good like caramel and alcohol. Bad like metal and wet cardboard. Hops are a tiny bit onion-ish

T- Same as smell. After-taste ressembles that of a Molson ex but with a nicer, cleaner sweetness and bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Dry.

D- Good. Refreshing.Flavorful enough (not all good flavours though). Definitely not delicious but I'd drink a 6-pack.

No real need to purchase this unless it's in the mixed-pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 20:25:13 | More by Yoonisaykul
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Vices & Versa.

Burnished amber colour, clear, with steady bead. Head is off-white, just a rim. Bit strong-looking, but OK.

Smells malty, sweet. Brown sugar, molasses with a touch of diacetyl. Maybe underattenuated as well. Bit simple, not a lot of nuance to it.

Tastes milky, creamy, lots of toffee with creme Anglaise and orange peel. Quite peppery on the back, kiss of booze and a bit of Grand Marnier.

Fluid, seems a little warm but nice crisp backing up.

Not a bad bock, I guess, but I have had more interesting heavier beers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 01:36:42 | More by laituegonflable
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-16-2013 20:44:18 | More by wizo
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groleau

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

12-02-2013 04:15:11 | More by groleau
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

09-13-2012 01:25:07 | More by Molson2000
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Thirstybird for bringing this back across the border. Served at 53 degrees in a pilsener glass. Pours a translucent amber with a half inch, frothy, off-white head. Head eventually settles into an 1/8th inch consistent skim - no lacing on this one. Nose expresses caramel malt, dark fruit (raisins and prunes) and an earthy/grainy quality. Taste is consistent with nose, but comes off really quite dull and watered down. There's also a faint metallic character interspersed, but not particularly prominent. Flavors open up a bit more as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a lively, almost gassy carbonation. Overall, a somewhat lackluster bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 00:53:45 | More by Jwale73
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

09-20-2012 11:17:49 | More by beerhunter13
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clesius

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -8.5%

04-19-2012 00:33:47 | More by clesius
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this in a trade from papat444 -- thanks!

Shared this 12 oz bottle with my dad in two small sample glasses. Looked great upon pouring -- deep amber colour with a slightly eggshell head that stuck around. Lots of good lacing.

Aroma was pleasant, if mild. Fresh bread with hints of sweet cotton candy or caramel. Taste was, unfortunately, disappointing -- definite skunk in there. The bottle had a dateline on the label, but it was unmarked, so I'm not sure what happened. I have had a couple of unexpectedly skunked beers lately, so I may need to investigate my storage area to see what's up. Anyway, I can see the potential of the flavour, but the skunky Heineken-like flavours overwhelmed what might have been a decent beer. Also somewhat overcarbonated for the style, in my opinion. I would like to try this again with a different bottle to see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 16:04:14 | More by crwills
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Bock De Joliette from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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