Faxe Fest Bock - Royal Unibrew A/S
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
3.38/5 rDev -0.6%
From a 500ml can with a freshness date stamped on the bottom. This is a deep red oak colour (when held to the light), with a rich beige head that eventually recedes to a ring and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Smells of roasted malts, coffee, a bit of sour fruit and a tad boozy. Has a sour roasted flavour to it, the aftertaste is boozy due to the alcohol content (7.7%), but it goes down fairly smooth all things considered. Not bad for a rainy day like today, more like an Autumn ale though.
06-21-2003 18:00:07 | More by IronDjinn
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2.95/5 rDev -13.2%
Appearance: 500ml can. Dark brown pour with a moderate tan head. The heads fast quite quickly and ends up a ring around the top of the glass.
Smell: Very subtle overall. Some roasted malt. A touch of unsweetened chocolate is detectable too.
Taste: Very mild for a bock. As with the nose there is some roasted malt on the tongue but little else. A very bland body gets chocolatley and towards the end but leaves much to be desired. Slightly sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and cream like but not rich. A drying affect to wards the finish.
Drinkablility: As far as Bocks go, this isn't my cup of tea. Average at best.
06-28-2003 15:42:57 | More by Popsinc
3.43/5 rDev +0.9%
Nice 500ml green, red, and gold can - very much in the Christmas theme - except maybe for the Viking overseer...
This beer pours a clear, very dark brown colour, with reddish highlights, and two fingers of thin foamy pale beige head, which leaves some nice consistent spidery lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of orchard fruit malt, brown sugar, and a bit of warming alcohol. The taste is sweet malt, some molasses, stewed dark fruit, some apple tartness, and a spicy hop bitterness. The carbonation is moderate, the body a solid medium weight, and smooth but for a slight boozy edge. It finishes still sweet, but with a prominent drying note, the booze and hops staging a mutiny.
Well-flavoured, to be sure, but just, um, strong-tasting. The alcohol is masked, but still creates an uneasiness as the can is drained...
12-21-2010 23:57:49 | More by biboergosum
3.1/5 rDev -8.8%
Tasted at the end of 2008. My tasting notes reveal:
Pours as a brown ale with light head. Mainly the smell is malty, and so is the taste. I taste roasted malts but it is so light that it is almost watery. Good beer but not great. Mouthfeel is refreshing, light and thin.
Overall, a good beer that would benefit with a more "punchy" taste.
05-11-2009 11:43:08 | More by ZorPrime
3.25/5 rDev -4.4%
500 mL can. Brew date April 9, 2011; Best By date July 7, 2012. Can says 7% ABV. 16.6 degrees Plato.
Appearance: Dark brown with a trace of red, quite clear. Two fingers of frothy, dense, sticky-looking, light tan head. Foam stayed around several minutes, leaving tons of lacing.
Smell: Slightly musty, sweet malt, fresh grass.
Taste: Light coffee note, more bitter than sweet, carmelized sugar, slight metal twinge from the can.
Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel too heavy. Could use a bit more carbonation. Sticky.
Overall: A decent beer. Better than the other Faxe beers I remember having. I think it would be better later this fall in cooler weather.
08-29-2011 13:04:04 | More by dbaker61
4.13/5 rDev +21.5%
Served in a Pilsner glass at 10c.
Pours a clear dark brown with reddish hues, huge frothy head that sticks around nicely and laces the glass. Aroma of continenetal malt and fresh cut hay. Very delicate aroma, not a trace of anything out of place, a good natural smelling lager. Flavor of malt, cristalised candy, apple and pear flesh and a hint of spice. Middle devellops a lager-esque aquaous note that I got alot from fresh pilsner in Germany. Aquaous in the sense that its a refreshing pause in the taste, not a watered down beer taste. Finishes clean and dry and leaves your tongue with a burnt crisalised homemade candy taste.
Alcohol is subtle and clean, I'm amazed this one did not come from Germany. Awesome dopplebock beer. Not as complex as Paulaner Salvator but its close.
12-25-2008 01:28:02 | More by bloberglawp
3.35/5 rDev -1.5%
Appearance- Dark red almost looks like a caramel colored soda pop. A thick and tan head that makes for a lot of lace as you drink it.
Smell- Sweet roasted fruit like.
Taste- For a canned beer I was greatly surprised. You can differentiate the flavors and it more complex than one would think. There are some nice roasted malt flavors to this beer. It is not that bitter but there are some hops and they dont taste cheap either. The aftertaste is a little tart but bearable.
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and well carbonated but no fizz burn.
Drinkability- A very easy going anytime kind of beer.
01-05-2008 13:25:54 | More by MTNboy
3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
Found in Moscow, but I must confess that I don't remember where. Tall half liter dark blue can with a gold and red label featuring a stern looking viking head starting straight out at the consumer. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 3/3/06, I opened it on 10/21/05.
Pours a clear caramel brown under a one finger tan head that lingers briefly, then disappears. A full caramel and almond nose kisses the nostrils and invites to drink. The mouth is mildly carbonated and fairly sticky. Nice mild caramel flavors here, with a touch of nuts, roasted to the edge of being burnt. A slightly dry roasted bitterness kicks in at the finish, and hangs in the aftertaste, accompanied by a touch of chocolate sweetness. Not great, but better than expected and perfectly drinkable.
10-21-2005 18:12:27 | More by Globetrotter
3.33/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance – Reddish brown colour with a very large size frothy beige coloured head. It’s hard to make out the carbonation level due to the darkness and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes or so before it began to dissipate.
Smell – Malts, dark fruits, roasted nuts, breads/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is a very low amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, roasted nuts and some dark fruits. There is also a bit of a butterscotch flavour and I can taste the alcohol slightly.
Overall – The beer has a fantastic appearance in the glass. The taste is nice but nothing spectacular. It would really benefit from even just a little bit more carbonation. I wouldn't buy it again but I'm happy I gave it a shot. Also, my version was only 7% rather than the 7.7% can in the picture.
06-24-2011 16:46:11 | More by spinrsx
2.45/5 rDev -27.9%
Can from the Beer Store, 500ml into a pint glass. Best before Sept 22, 2011.
Pours a dark mahogany, with some deep red wine colours appearing in the light. Tan head, with good retention and lace. Nose has some mild chocolate, dark bread, burnt caramel, mild anise notes. Taste has more of the same, chocolate and some mild sweetness. Unfortunately any other flavours were completely dominated by a strong metallic flavour (don't know if this can be attributed to the can or hard water) which lingered in the mouthfeel. Offensive but not enough to warrant a full on drainpour. Mouthfeel was a bit sticky, and some alcohol comes in as the metal begins to fade from the mouth. This one had some potential, but was brought down by a major flaw. I'd give it another shot with a fresher can.
03-25-2011 15:56:55 | More by liamt07
3.95/5 rDev +16.2%
500 mL can. Pours a very dark brown colour with some ruby red highlights. Leaves a one inch, tan head which lasts a few minutes before it vanishes to lacing. Smells very much like malty caramel with a touch of alcohol.
The taste is very sweet and rich, with a roasted coffee or caramel flavouring. Lots of malt here. There's also a slight hoppy flavour which I presume is responsible for the slight bitterness. Feels rather heavy in the mouth, but not creamy. Carbonation is fairly low. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it is by no means a dominating factor.
It's a very tasty beer, and quite filling. While the high alcohol content is definitely helping me cope as the Leafs again manage to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, it probably hurts the drinkability of the brew. I like this, and will pick some up again eventually.
04-08-2007 00:51:47 | More by thehyperduck
3.9/5 rDev +14.7%
When poured in the glass this bock was very effervescent.
A nice dark brown, as dark as a cola.
A very thin head which disappeared quite quickly.
Smell - a soft subtle yeast with a hint of brown sugar.
Taste - a balanced bitter throughout.
Mouthfeel - soft leather followed by effervescense and finished with a balanced bitter.
A very good bock in my opionion. Not too heavy as one may expect. A satisfying brew.
02-14-2008 03:15:42 | More by jaz58
4.1/5 rDev +20.6%
Picked this one up out of curiousity and being the second from this brewery I've had, I'm still not disappointed.
This one had a best before date of 1/23/08
This pours nice and dark with a head that quickly dissipates, there is some caramel malt in the nose which I found quite nice. Taste is sweet and malty, with a touch of hops in the finish that balances the flavor very nicely. The smoothness of this beer is surprising, also this is pretty easy to drink. I'm quite impressed.
I've noticed that some brewers gain a very bad reputation for puting out a high gravity high alcohol product, and because of that one terrible product their other much better products get overlooked (Wells is another example of this with their Crest super lager, however their Bombardier Ale is extremely good). The verdict with this beer is that it is a great tasting cold weather beer that will always find a place in my fridge on those cold days.
03-10-2007 23:52:15 | More by funkengruven
3.1/5 rDev -8.8%
I think this is a fantastic beer. My first beer from Faxe and my first Dopplebock-type beer. I really appeciated the complex flavors that were present in this beer compared to the standard slew of lagers, pilseners, lights, and ales out there. At 7.7% ABV you would think this beer would be somewhat bitter but that is not the case at all. It has a sweet taste with a head that is quite impressive, and it stays for a while. The nose is medium in strength and consists of dark roasted hops and hazelnuts with a little bit of alcohol coming through as well. Very pleasant throughout the entire beer and it finished quite well with no lacing left in my Czech Pilsener type glass, however I've heard this beer can leave quite the astounding amount of lacing so take my observation with a grain of salt on that one. Overall, this beer certainly surprised me, and I will buy it again!
08-28-2009 04:58:53 | More by RyanBelle
3.85/5 rDev +13.2%
A- pours very dark but very clear. exceptional head!!!a+
S- smells of sweet malt and slightly of alcohol.
T- very smooth. sweet malt and a little warming alcohol. finishes without much sweetness.
M- again, very smooth. perfect carbonation. silky.
D- this beer could be dangerous it's so smooth!
starts to taste more alcoholic as it warms
04-08-2009 23:14:25 | More by 01121987
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours a clear reddish brown, nice thick tan head forms, nice lacing, decent retention, settles to a thin ring. Smell is sweet and malty, some chocolate, caramel, grassiness, bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet, caramel and alcohol, some chocolate roast, bit of citrus, more alcohol, bit overpowering but what would I expect from Faxe. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, alcohol warming. Not too bad, malty doppelbock type of beer, pretty cheap too.
05-08-2007 01:52:25 | More by Viggo
3.15/5 rDev -7.4%
Came in a 1/2 liter can...labled as a "festive bock" No date code or best before.
Pours a crystal clear brownish red (light cola color) with a chunky light tan cap that settles down fairly quick and does not lace or ring the glass. Low carbonation. Beer was not very lively in the glass and if you looked at it after it had been poured and settled for a few minutes for the first time you'd swear it was flat.
Weak aromas in this beer for such a dark beer.... hints of malt and some sweetness with the alcohol very subdued (for a 7.7% beer!)
Started with a large full mouthfeel!?(unexpected for a beer that had so little nose to it) ...big malt and sweetness then a slight hint of hop is detenctable then the finish is more balanced with the hops detctable at the end and a distinct dry, hop after taste.
Not a bad dark beer at all but nothing distinct about it and certainly not for those who like a nice cap on a beer and some effervescence. another thing I noticed is the alcohol in this beer is well hidden taste wise and doesn't provide the distinct "warming" effect that you ususally get in these high test beers....more like it crashes down on you after you had a couple...very easy drinking beer with a time released "kick"....watch it ...and have fun. ;-)
03-10-2004 00:19:28 | More by pootz
2.95/5 rDev -13.2%
Pours a very dark brown with amber glints. The tan head has moderate retention and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma is grainy with a big dose of fusel alcohol and some herbal notions. Malt dominates the flavor. Theres chocolate, fresh bread, and barley husk flavors. Hops are light and grassy. Alcohol is more modest in the taste than the smell. The mouthfeel is medium and even slightly oily. Carbonation is lower than I expected. The finish is malty and alcoholic.
This is a decent doppelbock. It has lots of malt layers. The only flaw is high amounts of alcohol flavor. Definitely, this is the best Faxe beer Ive tried.
03-25-2006 05:53:55 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.78/5 rDev +11.2%
A beer widely available in these parts, and when last I had it, it was quite good actually--nothing stunning, but tasty. It has been quite a few years since then, though. This came in the white-and-gold 500ml can. Faxe Fest Bock pours a delightful dark brown, with a creamy beige head, and quick-moving lace. A great looking bock, and just a plain good-looking beer. I am a sucker for a sweet beer, and this bock is delightfully full of sugary goodness. Raisins, dates, rich chocolate, black licorice, porridge, whole-grain bread lightly toasted, and a definite dusty, grainy pepper or even smokiness that comes out as the beer warms. Very sweet, grainy, peppery, dusty, and bready. Translation: a good bock. Perhaps not the best out there, but definitely worth trying, and a quaffable beer in its own right. The taste is not quite as fulfilling as the aroma, but this is still a tasty brew. It starts with some vinous, almost wood flavours. In the middle the sugary sweetness enters, and stays for most of the finish. Heck, the taste is better than many of the stouts I have tried recently. Decent hopping in the finish combining with the dark malt to create a respectable bitterness. This beer is all about the malting though, rightfully so. The middle gives that lovely tree-sap/root beer flavour, deep smoky grains, some salinity and a lot of spice. The alcohol is fainty detectable; certainly nothing which detracts from the flavour. Medium body, low carbonation. A hearty, fortifying beer. Extremely drinkable too. This is one of those beers that I frequently skipped my eyes over when scanning the coolers, due perhaps to its being in the "import 500ml cans" section, a stigma perhaps we overlook when we review these little gems to be found amongst them. This is a solid bock, and a very good beer. 500ml aluminum can notwithstanding.
Note: paired extremely well with 2 year aged cheddar.
01-11-2006 10:56:31 | More by Cwrw
2.75/5 rDev -19.1%
Clear, dark ruby colour with purplish highlights. Thin tan head, fine bubbles, some lace. Malty aroma with some grain husk, mild alcohol, and herbal/floral hops. Very sweet with low bitterness and slight hop flavour. Grainy, slight chocolate and yeast character. Not quite appealing all together. Medium/full body with low carbonation. Some astringency. This just didn't come together for me and it definitely became less drinkable as it warmed slightly.
03-30-2006 02:35:06 | More by DrJay
Faxe Fest Bock from Royal Unibrew A/S
79 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.