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Grolsch Herfstbok - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 15.17%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-09-2004)
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Reviews by BarryNL:
Photo of BarryNL
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note, this review is of a 2008 vintage - the recipe of this beer does seem to change and this is a significantly less sweet beer than the 2007 version.

A: Dark, with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Filtered clarity.

S: Rich, dark malts; hints of toffee and caramel.

T: More balanced than in previous years. Initial flavours are malty - mostly chocolate - and sweet but the hop bitterness comes through strongly in the aftertaste leaving a pleasant, astringent sensation.

M: Fluffy carbonated, and a slight puckering astringency.

D: Still a little too sweet to drink all evening, but a definite improvement on some earlier vintages.

Extra note, the classification of the beer as "year round" is incorrect. This is a seasonal beer "herfst" is Dutch for "autumn" - this beer is brewed and sold every autumn - mosly through until spring when the "lente" (spring) bok takes over.

BarryNL, Oct 13, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of anders36
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark ruby colour and a big cream coloured head. But the head disappears quickly, leaving just a thin ring. It has a big malty sweet smell. The taste is also sweet, very sweet. It also have a big malty taste and a hint of caramel. Even though it is abit to sweet it is a nice beer and tastes good on cold winter nights.

anders36, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of Kampfar
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Kampfar, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of RCH1
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

RCH1, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Maakun
2.76/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very dark brown, with beige head that disappears quickly. Quite clear too.

Smells a lot like Grolsch pilsner actually. Grassy, some hops, bread dough, later some dades.

Taste: very sweet at first. Oh, this is really really sweet, very sugary. Not at all what I'd expected from the nose. Some light notes of over-ripe apples, malts and something spicy, cinnamon, honey and dades. The sugary-sweet taste is very overpowering though.

Mouth is medium, carbonation starts nice but after a few minutes there's not that much left. The sweetness makes it feel a bit syruppy.

Overall: not bad,. but the overpowering (almost chemical) sweetness really ruins it for me. Completely ruins the balance.

Maakun, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of RuudJH
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal beer by Grolsch, this has a dark chestnutcolour, with a decent head, nice lacing, and nice carbonation.
The smell and taste is, apart from the roasted malts, hoppy and fruity, but overpowering sweet caramel. The alcohol is light and masked pretty well, warming character making this a smooth drink for the colder evenings.

RuudJH, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Jose9e
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of Douberd
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this last year and I wasn't planning to get it again this year too, but it was on offer, so here it is.
A standard dutch bott;e of 300 ml, with an ABV of 6.5%. Ingredients include sugar to sweeten it and caramel as a colouring agent. Poured into a snifter glass.
It pours a beer with a dark ruby colour, but not so deep as in other bock beers I had recently. Two fingers of beige head, that disappeared quickly, leaving behind light lacing.
On the aroma mostly caramel, it's missing all the characteristic aromas of a bock.
Taste is sweet, aftertaste is sweet too. Again, mostly caramel and that's pretty much it. At least alcohol is not that obvious.
On the body is quite thin, with light carbonation. Very flat for a bock.
Overall, I was disappointed by this one, having recently tried quite a few of the other bock beers on the market. They tend to be sipping beers but this one goes down as easy as an ordinary lager and I don't mean it in a complimentary way. It's not bad, but it's not that good for a bock beer.

Douberd, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a typical Dutch seasonal and usually it is pretty sweet and full of caramel and dark malts.

Appearance was dark brown with some glass sticking foam which leaves a small ring on the beer.

Smell is almost non-exsistant, some slighlty burned notes, but that is it. No alcohol or dark malts, nothing!

Taste SWEET! tooth-aching sweet! This beer must have been stopped halfway during fermentation. The sweetness overrules most of the potential flavors. There is the roasted malt side and the caramel, which has probably been added by some kind of coloring agent, because there is a funny and artificial taste to it. My lips stick together of the sweetness and stickiness, yak!

This is one of my least favorite bockbeers this year (2006), together with the Heineken tarwebock, that was also nothing but sweet.

Absumaster, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -7.1%

bostonryan, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of safaricook
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

safaricook, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 January 2006, Best Before May 06

Appears a royal clear reddy brown colour with a medium sized dense white head, decent head retention and some lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some raisins and plums. The flavour is sweet, almost sickly sweet. It tastes of brown sugary malt and caramel with some alcohol noticeable in the finish. Full bodied smooth mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Overall I found this too sugary and the alcohol a little bit unwelcome. Not a bad beer though.

ohitsbrad, Jan 04, 2006
Photo of vollie
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

vollie, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of IPA35
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a caramel coloured beer, not surprising considering the used caramel colourant...
The white head fizzes away quickly, leaving very little lace.

As other users say, it smells alot like the Grolsch pils/lager. It has a very similar grainy note on the nose and the same hoppiness. It is darker though, more sugary (sugar is added as a sweetener) and a tiny tiny hint of dark fruits (more wishful thinking I guess).

A very easy to drink beer. Alot like the lager but more sweet and with a slightly more robust malt character. Not much going on really.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium, on the lighter side of medium. It works with this beer though.

Overal not very special. Decent. I much prefer the Hertog Jan Bock by the way.

IPA35, Dec 17, 2013
Photo of RueSailmana
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

RueSailmana, May 20, 2013
Photo of BeerNutta
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Herfstbok

A = Poured a dark mahogany with a thin foam head that quickly dissapated leaving a light lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Smelt of stewed fruits like plums and figs. Slight maple syrup undertones.

T = Initial sugary caramel taste that gives way to a dry bitter finish. No trace of alcohol. If anything, the taste was a little watered down for a bock.

M = A little light bodied for a bock. I would have liked it to be a little more full bodied.

D = Drinkable but there are better bocks out there.

BeerNutta, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good bockbeer this Grolsch herfstbock. Drank it yesterday after a walk in the cold. Poured in a Palm glass the head in nice and thick and it disappears after a while leaving a ring of small foam.

Good smell with roasted malt. A bit sweet but very nice. Drank two of them...which means that i liked this bockbeer. I had a La Trappe bockbeer before this one which was just as good.

Brabander, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Vancer
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear, amber, and topped with a pillow of tan – this brew is how women should look.

Spicy and sweet in the aroma, but the quaff – wow, this is one caramel sweet brew. No alcohol of course, the sweetness has covered the wimpy lil’ 6.5 like a wet blanket. Another round of fermentation would have helped – but still, a fine tasting brew and worth a try. I only had one bottle, I would have like to see how a second round tasted – it may be too sweet for a session type brew.

And this was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. I was sent this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from the brewer.

Vancer, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of rvdoorn
4.13/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: the beer pours a tawny-red color with a big light-brown head.
Smell: Sweet roasted malts, toffee and some sugar
Taste: Roasted malts, toffee and nuts. Aftertaste is sweet with a medicinal finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew

rvdoorn, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Jayamefu
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Jayamefu, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of PapaEugene
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I almost got to the end of tasting all available bock beers in this 2009 season... and I have to say that most of them are pretty generic. Until now the La Trappe, Brand and De Molen were great exceptions.

A: Brown/amber and a lightbrown bubbly head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and citrus notes.

T: Again roasted malts and caramel. Hint of red fruits and a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body.

D: Not bad. Still a little too high in the sugars though.

PapaEugene, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of ZeppelinNL
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

ZeppelinNL, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Robje
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Robje, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of rekel
3/5  rDev -7.1%

rekel, Nov 28, 2011
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Grolsch Herfstbok from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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