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Amsterdam Spring Bock - Amsterdam Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Amsterdam Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Derek on 03-11-2009)
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

nullbort, May 04, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a half pint of this at the C'est What Spring Festival.

A: Deep mahogany, tan head, good retention & great lacing.

S: After a couple of months in a keg, the fruitiness has really come forward. Nice floral & peppery spicing with a light whiff of alcohol.

T: The roastyness and dark caramel flavours have really mellowed, allowing plenty of fruit flavours to come forward. Blackberries, cranberries, currants & caramelized raisins, with a floral & peppery spicing; nuts; hints of cocoa, caramel & bread. Good bitterness and the alcohol is really subtle.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Definitely brewed to my taste. :D

Derek, May 26, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rutger for this one.

A: Slight tan head over mahogany liquid.

S: Caramel, figs and cherries.

T: Caramel, chocolate, figs and cherries with some citrus hops.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of fine carbonation. Very smooth.

O: Frankly, this should be rated higher. Extremely drinkable and tasty. Reminiscent of celebrator.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 13, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Congratulations to fellow BA, and all round nice guy, Derek on inspiring a local brewer to make one of his homebrew recipes. That's so cool its off the charts. Anyone interested in trying the beer can obtain it from the brewery, but should try and do so soon, as only 60 cases were made. There will also be a few available in kegs at a few bars, so it may show up at places like Volo and C'est What.

So I picked up a sixer, and after drinking it I'm planning on getting some more on Saturday. I had to admit I was a little nervous in trying this beer... I know Derek and I was hoping that the beer didn't suck because I'm the world's worst liar. Luckily, this is the best beer I've had out of Amsterdam by a long way, and its also one of the best doppelbocks I've had. In fact, once the scoring is done it may actually rank as my favourite... its just so damn drinkable, and the only thing that prevented me from popping the cap on another one is that the high ABV usually precludes doppelbocks from sessioning.

I've never truly looked at an Amsterdam bottle before, but now I do its got a very clean design. Nice label, even if its for another beer (this one is a small one off batch, so it doesn't have its own unique label). Behind the glass I see a very dark brown body with ruby highlights at the edges. In fact, this is a beautiful beer when held up to the light, and it looks great in the clear glass bottle. The only problem is that once poured the retention of its tan head isn't as good as it could be, though it did leave some lace before departing. The aroma is subdued, but nice. Bready, with spice and caramel. While I would like to see it stronger, it does have good depth.

Brown whole grain bread, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits and light coffee grounds shine through in the flavour. Its less sweet and more bitter and dryer than most doppelbocks I've had, but that's more to my liking, so I'm really digging this. The alcohol is extremely well hidden, but after a while a warming feeling makes you realise that the beer you're knocking back is stronger than taste suggests. The great concealment of the alcohol is a huge plus for me in this style... the Eggenberg Urbock 23 I had the previous night really didn't do it well, but this beer almost fools you into sessioning.

Nice mouthfeel seems a lot fuller than it is, and makes for a satisfying experience. The carbonation really bulks it up in the mouth, and lets you know that this is liquid bread.

Good recipe, Derek! How about you get that Belgian stout out there? Also huge props to the guys at Amsterdam for brewing this so well... there's defnitely a lot of talent there, and I'll be interested to try future offerings.

bobsy, Mar 12, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

NightINgale, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Molson2000, Sep 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

RyanPollock, Feb 15, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - looks good, nice small layer of head.

Smell - its okay, doesn't smell like anything special. Malt, nutty, caramel, bit of hops.

Taste - better than it smells, nice hoppiness. Chocolate, coffee, malt.

Mouthfeel - solid bitterness, good amount of carbonation, quite refreshing. Closer to medium bodied.

Overall - really impressed by this beer, it is exactly what it says, a Spring Bock. All of the seasonal releases from this brewery are awesome.

Yeoman9459, Apr 13, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six of this from the brewery on Friday.

A: A beautiful deep ruby brown. Thin head. Not much lacing.

S: Dried fruits, bready...not very strong but nice. Sweet(ish).

T: Toasted raisin. Bready. Bitter caramel. Slightly chocolate. Bittersweet. So good!

M: Dry and some amount carbonation, but rich.

D: It's kind of subtle and the kind of thing where you just take a sip, love it, and want to drink more and more.

Hands down the best beer from Amsterdam that I have ever had. I'm actually not a fan of doppelbocks or anything else from this brewery but I could drink a LOT of this.

MeisterBurger, Mar 23, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo gave me this one a while back. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled feb 5/2010.

pours crystal clear very dark red. appears brown until held to the light where the ruby and garnet hues start to show through. a small cap of dense yellowish tan head forms, quickly dropping and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. rich caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. big chewy biscuit and multi-grain bread. hints of dark chocolate and smoke. bit of alcohol. herbal hop presence. touch of earthy character. dark fruit. bit of unrefined sugar.

taste is good. big chewy malts again. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit and a bit of cracker. loads of caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. date, fig, bit of plum. hints of dark chocolate and smoke. that herbal aspect is here too, a little more strongly than i expected but it provides a nice counterpoint to the malt. touch of alcohol, more felt than tasted but still never really warming.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. hides its alcohol well. good complexity and depth. a tasty doppelbock!

grub, Feb 06, 2010
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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out an almost near black, with a little film for head. Very dark, with just a hint of orange showing through the bottom. Smells nutty and chocolaty, with some tropical fruits and coffee thrown in. Tastes delectably sweet. Chocolate, coffee, raisins, figs, and big malty character. Some nuttiness in the background as well. Specifically... Walnuts, I think. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a bit sticky. Which seems appropriate. I like this beer. A lot. It's filling without being gassy. Almost a meal in a glass.

slitherySOB, Mar 12, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah! Derek's beer, finally! Thanks to Liamt07 for getting me this big want through the CANBIF.

Appearance. Pours a light cola brown with almost no head.

Smell. Roasted malts and caramel, booze and a little grassy hops.

Taste. Caramel, some roasted grains and some slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice beer, easy drinking and not too sweet.

Rutager, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO spring release.

Poured into a conical pint glass. A deep, chestnut amber brew, with the pour leaving a thick off-white inch of head. Decent retention, survived as a thin ring. Some lacing.

Nose is about what I look for in a bock - rich malt, raisins, pumpernickel bread, dark fruit, caramel and toffee. Off to a good start!

Tastes as good as it smells, a stand-up bock all around. Boozy, rich, big pumpernickel flavor, caramel and all the usual suspects. Finishes dry and slightly bitter.

Thicker mouthfeel, slightly creamy, mild carbonation.

A real surprise - this was a great tasting bock, perfect for the beginning of the warm spring weather. Drinks well, although one is certainly enough. Easily my favorite Amsterdam brew I've had thus far. Would that they could brew their other fare this well.

JohnnyBarman, Mar 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Atramentous, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

phirleh, Apr 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

ThinkAgain, Mar 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

DamageCase76, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

RedAleMan, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

gloryhole, Jul 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

MattPS, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

ToddMopps, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to Derek for hooking Amsterdam up with the recipe! Why aren't more breweries doing this?

Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red, light brown/chestnut highlighting, thin light tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, drops some lace spots, looks good. Smell is nice, sweet at first, caramel and brown sugar, raisins, cherries and dark fruit, nice biscuity malt, earthy and rich, light booze, but very clean in the aroma. Taste is similar, quite sweet, lots of caramel, sugary, biscuits, dark fruit, alcohol, strawberries, melons, lightly bitter and toasty in the finish but very clean. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very drinkable doppelbock, not too sweet which I like. Nicely done, thanks Derek!

Viggo, Mar 17, 2009
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4/5  rDev +9%

WeissBoy, Apr 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

CRObighit2, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

bigox420, Oct 07, 2012
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Amsterdam Spring Bock from Amsterdam Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.