Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company
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3.91/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
500 mL bottle from the LCBO; served only slightly chilled and poured into a mug. One of the few 'big name' Amsterdam brews I've neglected to try so far, I couldn't in good conscience pass this one up with doppelbocks being so rarely available locally.
Pours a deep brown, bordering on opaque colour, but with ruby red tinges under the light. Generates nearly two fingers of frothy, light-tan coloured head that slowly seeps away over the next few minutes, leaving behind a modest ring of lacing. The aroma is definitely sweet and malty, with hints of caramel, molasses, milk chocolate, figs and raisins. Don't know if I'd use 'rich' to describe it, but it's certainly far from subdued.
Fairly straightforward flavour; nothing too exotic, and heavy on the malts as one might hope. Brown sugar and molasses sweetness are the first things I pick out, followed up by roasted nuts, baker's chocolate and more raisin/fig flavours. The finish is a mixture of herbal hops, alongside some slight booziness and coffee-ground earthiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Medium-bodied, with appropriate balance between the big, sweet, malty flavours and the more subtle bitter/dry ones. Moderate carbonation that gives it a lively mouthfeel, although it leaves a rather sticky feel behind on the palate. Really drinkable for something listed at a sturdy 7.8%, with just enough kick from the ethanol to remind you it's a doppel rather than a standard bock.
Final Grade: 3.91, a respectable B+. Spring Bock may be my new favourite brew in Amsterdam's portfolio, narrowly beating out their Boneshaker IPA. It offers a pleasant balance between dark malty goodness and subtle hop bitterness, with enough ethanol heat to make it a great warmer for late winter/early spring. Not quite within the realm of Celebrator or other classic German doppels, but a worthy substitute that I wouldn't hesitate to pick up again next year. Worth a try this season while it's still around.
[Updated April 9 2014]
2014 edition. It's just as great as it was last year, and at $4.25 a bottle it's surprisingly affordable, as well. I've been in a bocky mood for the past few days, and this one is fairly high quality for the price so I'm sure I'll be back for more before the season is over.
Serving type: bottle
03-30-2013 18:28:49 | More by thehyperduck
Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.