Bock De Joliette - Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
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3.26/5 rDev -0.6%
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.
08-08-2013 01:36:42 | More by laituegonflable
3.5/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
01-02-2013 00:14:10 | More by Haydn-Juby
3.85/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
09-09-2011 14:28:32 | More by chefelf
2.7/5 rDev -17.7%
Poured in a mug. Reviewing from notes. 11/08
A- Dark Amber colored. Small 1 finger off-white head that fell quickly to almost nothing. No lacing.
S- Sweet malt is upfront. Caramel. A little fruit also.
T- Caramel malt and fruits are present, but too faint. Not too much alcohol…
F- Medium mouthfeel with some carbonation.
D- It’s an easy drinker, but lacks in taste for the style. I do not plan on having more of those any time soon.
08-16-2011 19:51:17 | More by ctgui
3.18/5 rDev -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.
07-20-2011 00:53:45 | More by Jwale73
3.33/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-11-2010 20:25:13 | More by Yoonisaykul
2.9/5 rDev -11.6%
Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber colour with an average size off-white fizzy head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing. There really isn't much lacing and the head was gone in a flash.
Smell - metallic, lemon, malts, breads/grains
Taste & Mouth - The beer has a near average amount of carbonation and feels and tastes slightly watery. The flavour that is there consists of malts, lemons, creating a somewhat rusty flavour. There is also a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a biscuit/lemon bitter aftertaste.
Drink - I've had a few beers from Quebec which have a flavour similar to this one. It doesn't really do it for me.. It's not awful; just not my thing.
10-28-2010 23:32:05 | More by spinrsx
3.88/5 rDev +18.3%
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%
03-14-2010 22:08:40 | More by Otterburn
British Columbia (Canada)
1.5/5 rDev -54.3%
On this damp, rainy evening I felt like a bock. This one isn't it either.
A: Surprisingly clear, copper-orange hue with a light tan head, very little retention, no lacing.
S: Chocolate & fruit with a slightly sour, grainy astringency.
T: Chocolate covered cherries (I'm being kind) with a light tartness, grainy, modest bitterness. The cardboard & vegetal flavours are obvious imperfections and the lingering aftertaste gives me convulsive shakes.
M: Light to moderate body is over-carbonated.
D: I could choke it back if I had to, but the rest of this is going down the drain.
The ratings are all over the place for this. Is it really that inconsistent or is there a house infection that causes it to SEVERELY degrade with time?
I don't think they could've bottled it in this condition, and the label does have numbers to indicate the date, but nothing is marked. I wasted my money on this, so the review stands.
05-28-2009 01:17:35 | More by Derek
2.45/5 rDev -25.3%
A clear amber coloured bock with two fingers of pale tan head is sitting in my pint glass. Decent retention although it has now dissipated to just a collar. Leaves some half decent intricate lacings.
Big whiff of butterscotch from the nose, im not getting much else here, other than some tart aromas.
A mildly sour butterscotch is the main flavour here, along with some green apple. There is some nondescript hop bitterness underneath the sweet yet tart flavours.
Took me a while to get to this brew, as the other Ive had from this brewery scared me away even though they were fresh. Had a maibock today so i figured I'd have another. This is pretty light in body, with no real malt or hop presence, it tastes more of candied corn than anything else, and if it were not for the hint of grain husk i would be surprised to find that this is indeed a beer.
Im going to drink this, and almost enjoy it. It is an interesting beverage, but it certainly is not a good bock. There is a good beer scene in Quebec, but unfortunately I've been disappointed in the offerings from L'Alchimiste.
11-03-2008 21:25:14 | More by demcorhip
2.13/5 rDev -35.1%
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a medium foamy head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of overcooked vegetables is dominating with a thin medium sweet malt profile. Taste is also dominated by DMS with some very light sweet malt. Body is definitely too thin for the style and carbonation is quite low.
10-30-2008 13:20:20 | More by Phyl21ca
4.33/5 rDev +32%
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.
07-08-2008 18:08:37 | More by LeTonneau
Bock De Joliette from Micro-Brasserie L'Alchimiste
77 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.