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Christoffel Bokbier - Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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81
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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 10-10-2005)
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz squat flip-top bottle, the cool kind with the ceramic topics, none of that plastic crap.

Presentation: A firm pour produces a murky dark brown beer with garnet highlights, capped by a substantial light-tan head that soon fades to a thin ring. Pretty nice overall, but the head's a bit dissappointing.

Smell: Here things improve vastly. Rich toasted malts, hints of alcohol, raisins, and sweet candied fruit (maybe prunes?) all make their apperances. There's also a deep earthiness, almost a musky quality in the background. Overall, quite pleasant and complex.

Taste: Dark chocolate-covered cherries, sweet candied fruit, caramel, and crusty dark bread. All present and accounted for. The fruitiness takes center stage, backed by the dark malts, and the beer finishes with a slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost oily texture. The one problem for me is that it was slightly under-carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty high, especially considering it's 7.8% abv.

Conclusion: A nice Dopplebock with wonderful aroma and nice fruit-forward flavors. The dark fruit, sweet dark malt, and hoppy finish are balanced together wonderfully; my only real complaint here is that I wish there was just a little more carbonation/slightly heartier mouthfeel. Overall, another great beer from Christoffel.

BedetheVenerable, Dec 03, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chesnut brown with a half finger off white head that is quick to vanish leaving no lace bhind.A nice mix of roasted chesnut,dark fruit,and leafy hop in the nose,everything seems to meld well together.There are some good malt accented flavors but it seems to be missing something,roasted nuts along with some raisin flavors start out well, but it seems to have an abrubt ending,not as chewey as I would like either.Its not a bad Bock beer, it just needs something in the finish to make it complete.

oberon, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Novare Res

Glad to see this as it was part of my Uprising list.

Served in a tallettaier glass.

The beer is headless but has a nice amber color.

The nose is sweet caramel and slight fig.

the tase is heavy, very sweet caramel toffe with a roasted bitter finish.

bishopdc0, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of warmth on this, the first official day of winter...

Poured into a chalice. A dark sludgy brown-amber, leaving behind just the slightest amount of head. Doesn't last long, however. I can't really call this an attractive-looking brew by any stretch.

The nose is much better: rich malty goodness, a light touch of grassy hops, candied plums and grapes, sugar, and a bit of alcohol.

Not a bad tasting bock by any means, but it certainly isn't anything special. A fine study in malts, I will admit. Dark and fruity, with notes of caramel, sherry, figs, plum and grape. Very sweet, but finishes with a slight hoppy dryness that helps things along.

Mouthfeel is thick, definitely under-carbonated. I know bocks shouldn't be highly carbonated, but this one just drank too much like a barleywine to really feel right.

A decent bock, but not nearly as good as others I've sampled this year, nor is it the best from this brewer (I enjoyed their Nobel a great deal). There wasn't anything offensive about it, it drank pretty well, but it wasn't fantastic.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a real nice deep amber colour. some nice head, off white nothing too crazy. there is some nice island head that stays around. carbonation levels are tough to tell due to the haziness in the beer.

Smell - i can pick up some malts, caramel and dark fruits. very well balanced and straight fwd.

Taste - found this to be a nice tasting beer with a lot of taste upfront and little bitterness near the end. Right off the bat the malts and caramel/sweetness come forward. finishes with the dark fruits and slight bitter. Very warming beer.

Mouthfeel - slight amount of carbonation added, brings fwd more bitterness and a greater mouthfeel. The beer remains the same taste.

Drinkability - I simply picked this beer up on a "nice bottle" appearance and quite happy it turned out. this is a nice winter beer that offers a well balanced taste.

Swedes21, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of mintjellie
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany colour, it's tan coloured head is thin, poorly retained, and doesn't lace. Very light cloudiness. Mild dried fruit and mixed nuts aroma, a little bit of brown sugar too. Sweet and malty flavour with toasted whole-grain bread and plum notes. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Not very flavourful. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth but thin. One and done.

mintjellie, May 14, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark colour with some whitish head. Sweet aroma. Malty sweety bock,creamy choc cocoa milky caramel mouthfeel.Sugar present, maybe a bit of roast. Fine one, but one dimensional sweet. High alcohol. Dessert for supper really, but good to try this rare one.

Sammy, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Filosoof
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a strange beer. It looks nice, the smell could be the introduction to a nice glass of beer, but the taste...
L: chessnut brown, yellow, good lasting top;
S: strong caramel taste, with a bit of prunes/raisins;
T: hmmmm, a very musty malt flavour comes through; quite penetrant, other elements aren't mentionable anymore; not very nice;
O: disappointing; couldn't finish it; too penetrant.

Filosoof, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and rather sturdy looking squat brown bottle with a ceramic swing top. Received as part of the beer of the world gift pack from world market. Poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours into a streak, mud cloud in water brown with cherry highlights. Half inch head quickly recedes into thin, whispy collections of foam on either side of the glass. Little lacing to speak of.

Aroma is a pretty big punch in the nose. Big whiffs of cinnamon mix with a sweet maltiness that remainds me almost exactly of raisin bread. An interesting boquet to say the least.

Taste focuses heavily on the phenols, and the spicier end of the phenol section at that. Yes there is a bit of estery yeast, but really almost no hop character to speak of, but then again why should this bother me, it's a bock beer after all and I'm here for the malts and that is what is given to me in fistfuls. Ears of clove and a pinch of nutmeg round out the more dominate malt aspects. Mouthfeel is sligtly coating with pin pricks of malt bitterness touching the roof of the mouth, but really this beer defines itself with its smoothness, like a well worm down comforter this on has some edges to it though.

Maybe it was beacuse I was drinking this out of a long and rather tall glass, the beer dissapeared on me. The slight cinamon (and realy that is all you need to make a noticeable impression) drew me in from the first sip and would not let me go even after the last drop was gone.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small fading head.
Nose shows golden syrup, caramel, prunes, figs, sultanas. Very fruit. Tempting.
Flavours show the same dark fruits and caramel, along with sweet, bready, melanoidin malt. Some booze creeps in in the finish. A bit cloying.
Could use a little more carbonation, body is overly syrupy.

CrazyDavros, May 22, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of heavily caramelized malt with light brown sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by heavy caramel malt with notes of brown sugar and more residual sugar then I had expected. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Heavier and sweeter then expected though still very enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce swingtop bottle acquired along with the more commonly available Blond at La Bodega in Riverside, CA, December 2007 for $3.99.

Pours a slightly muddy medium brown with light ruby highlights. Minimal head at the start, and lack of carbonation throughout kept any foamy white substance from getting in the way. This may be due to a sizeable slug of brown sediment that fell in from the bottom of the bottle. I stopped the pour but there was enough that I didn't see that got in the glass.

Aroma is caramel-toffee malts, light roasted coffee bean notes, and that's about it. Flavor intensifies the aroma, with a short sharp shock of astringency at the end of the swallow. Not much really of hop bitterness per se, but the dryness at the end gives the solid, sweet malt profile something to dance with, and that's a good thing.

A solid example, and an enjoyable beer.

Dukeofearl, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that eventually faded away, leaving only traces of lacing and a thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits, malts and yeast are present in the nose along with slight hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell except it has hints of spicy flavors and a slight amount of bitterness. It doesn’t seem to be overly malty.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The unfiltered and unpasteurized nature of this beer lends some complexities to the taste and makes this an interesting beer to sample. I found the drinkability to be a lot better compared to other beers in this style, especially since it wasn’t as full-bodied or malty compared to other bocks. The alcohol is also well hidden from the taste.

metter98, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of mrnobody
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby with one finger of beige head which recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells malty and metallic, maybe a bit of fruit (cherry, plum), mineral.

T: Tastes of lots of sweet fruit, a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-full body with low-ish carbonation.

D: Honestly, with the sweetness/heaviness, I can't see having more than one of these plus the flavour is just not that interesting.

mrnobody, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of chrisrhoppe
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy with little head. Bottle is a swing-top and opens to little fanfare. Smell is malty and yeasty with light raison notes. The taste is yeasty with milk chocolate, dates and raisons. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly… well.. chewy. Finishes sticky with nice lingering yeasty date flavor. A good beer but not my favorite bock.

chrisrhoppe, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

pin, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Murky brown colour with a small size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't make out of much carbonation there is and there really isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits (dates/raisins)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. Right off the bat I can't taste the alcohol which isn't a good sign. I can also taste a fair amount of brow sugar sweetness mixed with some dark fruits and malts. The beer finishes with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was really disappointed in the look of this beer. It was completely lifeless. The taste started out a little harsh but in the end the flavour wasn't half bad. It's a decent winter warmer/sipper - I wouldn't buy this one again however.

spinrsx, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop bottle form the LCBO, best before June 2012.

Poured a murky burgundy, unfilitered and almost resembled prune juice. Finger or so of creamy, mocha head. No lace and mild retention. Nose has some earthy and toffee malts, hints of smoke, lots of grape juice; sugary and sweet. Taste has more malt, yet some drying bitterness from some mild hopping (I'll guess). A bit of some awkward interplay between the components and almost vinous in some aspect (not in a completely positive way). Slight note of alcohol in the midmouth. Sweet and sticky yet dry in the finish. Decent mouthfeel, with medium body and carbonation. Alright overall.

liamt07, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of uno99
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rich and murky brown. Respectable head sticks around for a little while but doesn't leave much lacing

S: Quite buttery and rich. Sweet busicuity malts reminds one of fresh baked bread. Toffee and almond suggestions along with ripe fruits. Quite inviting.

T: Quite sweet up front with bitterness in the back presumably provided by the malt. Hops are only really present in the extreme edges of the finish.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Quite slippery and not too sticky.

D: Well this is quite the malt bomb. A good bedtime sipper but not one that's easily consumed. Very bready and rich.

uno99, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Absumaster
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown beer with red hues and a thin head.

Smell is malty and has a strong malt character. Some green malt smells that has some vegetable in it.

Taste is full of munich and caramel malt with a light maltbitter taste. A good malt backbone like a bock should have. Definate bottom fermented beer with a clean and light sulfur taste. Bitterness is almost absent and according to style. The beer is sweet, but not sugary or syrupy sweet.
It goes towards a German bock, instead of a Dutch bock.

Absumaster, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Its rich and murky chestnut brown body with caramel highlights would have looked brilliant with a dense and frothy head, but instead, next to no head is yeilded, which really takes away from its appearance, making it look more like flat bog water than a nice looking bock.

Luckily, its relation to bog water stops at its appearance. Toasted malts, over-ripe figs and dates, caramel, and a grassy hop component make for a nice smelling beer.

Slick and sticky right away with syrupy dates and figs being painted on the middle of the tongue and at the back of the palate. A very rich, almost cloying processed sweetness towards the end surprisingly mingles well with a well refined grassy hop character; something that I think makes this bock unique. The toasted and bready malts serve as a backbone throughout, allowing those true sweet "bocky" characteristics to shine.

Medium bodied with a weak amount of carbonation, very similar to their pilsner. But for this one, the low carbonation works a lot more in their favour, making the beer sweet and slick instead of crisp and refreshing; the former is what I look for in a bock anyways. The 7.8% ABV is incredibly well hidden.

Overall, a decent bock but not one I would consider buying again. It possesses most of the staple characteristics of the style but nothing stands out that would make me want to grab this bock from another one the shelf. At the same time, I liked the pronounced grassy feel in the finish that I haven't really experienced in other interpretations of the style before. Maybe it was the low carbonation that made it really stick out? In the end, I'd say it's worth a try, but a try is all I will give this. That nifty swing-top bottle won't entice me again.

ludachris, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of TheBeeraholic
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Christoffel cervoise.

The normal stuff down, let's take on the other bottle from the gift set, eh? It pours a clear topaz-garnet topped by a half-finger at best of off-cream foam. The nose comprises dry caramel, mild maple syrup, light flowers, and a touch of straight barley for effect. The taste brings in more of the same, though a distinct vein of mild stonefruits makes it way through the din every now and again. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, a nice little bock, nothing special, but dig-able.

TMoney2591, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of Long813
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: A-06-12
From: LCBO

A: Murky brown body with a few centimeters of head and no lacing.

S: Sweet sugars and dark fruits. Getting a wee sick so I can't pick up much of the aroma. No alcohol scent.

T: Tasty! Full and well rounded flavours of sweet malts with a touch of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Texture is thick, leaving a fig after taste and the slightest touch of alcohol.

D: Interesting bock. I'd buy it again.

Long813, Dec 24, 2010
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Christoffel Bokbier from Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V
81 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.