Goats Breath Bock | O'Fallon Brewery

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Goats Breath BockGoats Breath Bock

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O'Fallon Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Fall

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Added by grumpy on 10-24-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 45 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear cola brown with a fairly thick but not very persistent pale beige head. Aroma is yeasty and has hints of spices and caramel. Flavor is rather spicy, yeasty and malty with a caramel undertone. Texture is smooth with a good strong tingle to it.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an odd experience for me. The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear vibrant reddish orange coloration. The head is a finger and a half and resolves to a thin sheen on the surface of the beer.

Smell: The beers aroma starts with a bit of toasty aroma. I Love the toasted malt aromas. The grain aroma cuts into a caramel aroma. Nutty earthyness brings up the end of the aroma. If this is what a goat's breath smells like I am down with that.

Taste: The beers flavor leads in with toasted malt flavor. A bit of roasted malt flavor peaks its head out from the flavors. I am a fan of the toasted the roasted malt. Caramel, figs and chocolate via for dominance in the flavor.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium carbonation is just about right. The beer seems a bit sticky to my mouth but I like it. This is a beer I could throw back a few of and not get bored.

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Photo of colts9016
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thank you Mandy, for this bottle.

Poured into pokal glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A beautiful medium copper color with orange hues. There is some very little effervescence coming from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is clear with some haziness. The one finger head dropped like a rock in a canyon, leaving an ivory ring around the glass.

Nose: A medium maltiness with some caramel and biscuit/toast aroma.

Taste: A mild maltiness with caramel and biscuit notes.

Overall: The mouth feel is some carbonation and dry. The body of the beer is medium with a light finish. The finish of the beer is a bit rough. There is an odd floral/ dry hop flavor that make this beer dry and a little harsh. The beer is lacks the complex maltiness that comes with a really good bock. The beer is just okay.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It has a nice sweet bean like aroma. It has reddish brown colored body. The head is very weak and lace is full. Even after sloshing the glass around it did not form much for bubbles. The lace is spread out though. It has an oak like flavor that is very malty. There is a roasted bitterness. It is a real deep wooded malt flavor. It has a very slick feel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clean pint glass.

A. Short livid head on a cloudy amber brown body.

S. Smell is quite fruity. Some malts are there to accompany.

T. Light caramel malt with a vague roasted flavor. Slightly bitter tea like hop in the distance.

M. On the heavier side of Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

D. A pleasant surprise here and good for the price. Solid enough to buy a six pack, good gateway beer for noncraft friends.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cool label on this beer. Pours a clear, glowingly brilliant light amber color with a creamy looking light tan head. Slightly below average retention and lacing.

Dark sweet malts mingle with an earthy, musty peat smell. Interesting nose for a bock...reminds me a bit of a Scotch ale. Nose is big and hefty enough to catch a whiff from a foot away.

Taste is quite a bit like the smell with the sweet earthy flavors combining with some lightly fruity notes that I am attributing to the kolsch yeast that they use to create the "Bock Ale". A very interesting take on the style that I can't quite make up my mind about. It has a crisp hop and wheat finish that adds to the complexity of this strange brew. Kudos to O'Fallon for trying something different, and this is worth a try for the beer-curious.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's officially March, I attended my first fish fry of the season, a dandy it was. Although I don't practice Lent, I appreciate and support what it represents. The traditional beer for the season is a bock, so I decided to kick off March in theme. Turned out to be a good one.

Appearance - pours a cloudy reddish caramel. A wispy off-white covering, a complete but kind of weak collar, still puts up a few dots of lace but not much.

Aroma - malty, with fruit and milky cocoa powder. Good resilience of the malt and fruity, somewhat cherry aroma.

Taste - the malts have a good element of roast to them, pushing the dark aspect, even. Sweetness continues with notes of chocolate and some lightly boozy flavor. Finishes with a nice solid return of roasted grain.

Mouthfeel - sturdy and full-feeling, and the carbonation holds its own - impressive.

Drinkability - an outstanding bottle of bock, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cubbyswans for this beer as an extra on a recent trade.

Poured into a Duvel glass. I have to say I love the name - we'll see whether the aroma gives any credence to the name. The appearance is decent if not great. There is almost no head despite a rather abrupt pour. Perhaps I have this one a bit cold - it only spent 10 minutes on the counter after coming from the fridge.

The aroma, although nothing like what I would imagine "goat's breath" to smell like is some what muted. I do detect banana, cloves, sweet malt, and a cereal (almost oatmeal) scent.

The taste is tart much like that of a sour but without the punch. There is not much in the way of hops but I do taste light fruit, a citrus twang, watery malty sweetness, and light clove/nutmeg spices. The finish is long and low (it taste like a bass guitar sounds - I know that's weir to say but that's the best way I can explain it). Absolutely no hops at all detected in this beer - very much like a weizenbock without the slamming yeasty goodness.

Mouthfeel is very watery. This an easy drinking beer. I would rather have a little more viscosity. Perhaps a little more underattenuation this bock would have the sweet malt and mouthfeel that is so characteristic of the style.

This beer is highly drinkable in fact it reminds me of a homebrew I did about 5 years ago. Me and my father brewed a bock and it ended up around 4.5% Abv or so and we drank about 15 a day for a week while we painted the folks house. This beer greatly reminds me of that and therefore gets my humble seal of approval.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My Goat's Breath didn't have a date on it, but here it goes! I poured the bottle into a pint glass and quickly took note of the dark amber color, if you hold it up to the light it looks red, from the poor alone it looked great. Except that there was no head at all. Not even lightly around the edges of the glass. The smell is reminiscent of toffee with a pinch of fruit. As for the taste itself it's actually average. Not very good, nor very bad, just a bland combination of toffee and grain, again a hint of fruit is found in the taste, more so prevalent in the after taste. If you close your eyes you might be able to convince yourself you were drinking a red wine. The odd taste of the fruit really distracts from the overall appeal of the beer as it's subtle yet it demands your attention. It drinks alright and is very smooth, but there's better bock's out there.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with pry-off top. Bright orange label w/a crazy-looking goat.

Appearance: A strong pour produces a beautiful dark amber beer with hints of garnet and a dense cap of dark ivory. There's just the slightest hint of sediment in suspension.

Smell: BIG rich toffee and toasted malt up front with just a hint of roasted grain in the background and no noticeable hop presence. Quite nice overall.

Taste: Bit of a letdown here; there are mild caramel and nutty flavors, but not much depth...there's a bit of biscuit on the finish and it's kind of acidic, almost tart actually, and some mildly fruity flavor that I can't quite place and is mildly annoying.

Mouthfeel: Kinda slick, medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Alright

Conclusion: From the appearance and aromas I had quite high hopes for this beer...in the end though, it just seems a bit unsorted...all in all, it's pretty average.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source. This brew is a clear dark copper color with a medium off-white head that burns off rather quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of biscuit and grainy malt plus some fruit. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, spiced hops and fruit. The finish is sweet and malty with a mildly spiced hops aftertaste. Better than I was expecting.

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Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Dried fruit (fig and cherry), chocolate and caramel

Taste: Opens with a fruity character that has more fig than cherry and moves in a tea and hazelnut direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, I get a bit of the malty caramel and chocolate character; the finish is sweet, and dominates the bitter elements in the end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really as expected but still rather pleasant to drink

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Photo of Goliath
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, rather hazy, with some red hues. A thin off white head forms and quickly dissipates leaving no lace behind.

Aroma is definitely malty. Bits of caramel and grain dominate.

The taste is fine, much better than my first attempt at this beer. Definitely a malt forward beer. Caramel and grain dominate this brew through and through. The first time I drank this beer, I thought it had the taste of hay, but I don't think that's the case now.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice gentle carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate to high. Definitely sessionable, and enjoyable to drink. It is a rather full flavored bock though so consuming several may be quite a task.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about a half-inch off-white head which went away pretty quickly. Lacing is average. Aroma is very nice, it smells like toasted malt, caramel, brown sugar and a bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like toasted and bready malt, caramel, brown sugar, raisins and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium, it has low carbonation and it's a bit slick and syrupy. Drinkability is good too, it's very smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, it's a pretty decent bock. If you get a chance, pick some of this up.

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Photo of russpowell
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Wichita

Pours caramel with 1+ finger of tan head. No lacing or head retention, the only real drawback of this beer

s: Nice toasty malt fades a bit as this warms

T: Caramel & toasty malt, some dryness & nice breadyness up front. A touch of brown sugar, a bit of booze, some figs as this warms. Finishes dry with pecans & caramel

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, semi-chewy

Drinks pretty darn easy, a well put together bock! Not perfect, but on par with many nice ones I had in Germany & here

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was a pleasant surprise.

Poured into a SF Giants hourglass pilsner glass. Dark Amber with a nice tan head that nonetheless quickly reduced to a very thin layer. Didn't spend much time dwelling on that, though, because this beer's huge malt aroma was doing wonderful things to my olfactory system.

Flavor matches the aroma and then some: sweet malt and caramel up front, with a smokey toffee follow. A hint of spice on the back of the tongue but mostly just sweet, delicious malt through and through.

Mouthfeel is not quite syrupy but is medium to full bodied, with perhaps a touch less carbonation than I'd prefer. But it's all about the flavor, and this stuff has it. I want more.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark caramel amber tone. Appealing in the richness of it's color. Small offwhite head forms, and breaks up eventually.

Musty banana bread, nutty and caramel cookie sweetness in the aroma. Overall the musty grain puts a damper on the more positive notes in the nose.

Strong hazelnut and bready flavors, a certain richness to the flavor, without being overbearing. Light bitterness in the back, but the toasty caramel malt steals the show. Feel is okay, sort of lifeless, probably wouldn't want more than one or two at a time. Fairly robust flavor profile, is it an ale or a lager?

It reminds me of autumn for some reason, probably the smell of wet leaves on the ground.

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Photo of joe1510
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Received this in a trade with Vancer a while back, thanks again Vance! Goat's Breath pours a deep cherrywood with a glass full of large quickly rising carbonation. A sudsy finger worth of off white head formed on the pour but quickly fell to a very thin skimming. With the small amount of head left it's hard to get any lacing. The body looks really good; unfortunately the head doesn't match up.

A sweetened nutty breadiness greets the nose right away. A light drizzling of caramel and toasted grains create a solid background. There's a syrupy sweetness deep in the aroma that's not quite maple syrup like but is along those lines. A little different then your usual bock but there's enough bready, nutty, and sweetness to keep it close.

Flavor follows the nose closely. Caramel sweetness starts things off before a sweet nutty breadiness takes over. Alcohol spiciness joins in mid-palate and lasts throughout actually adding some dryness on the finish. The caramel shows up again just before the swallow to go down with the ship. Goat's Breath is a decent bock.

Mouthfeel could use a touch more heft but I'm being picky and I tend to think that about a lot of bocks. Medium body that feels slightly watery on the sides of the tongue. The carbonation looks lively but doesn't show up much on the tongue. Finishes drier then expected.

This is an easy bock to put away. If I had a couple more bottles I would enjoy them tonight. The body keeps it easy drinking, the dryness I'm still on the fence about.

O'Fallon brews some good beers and some not so good beers. Goat's Breath is in the middle of the two. Goat's Breath is a decent beer that I would pick up every now and then but not too often. I guess I'm on the fence about this whole beer. It is a decent bock though and I wouldn't hesitate to turn one down.

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Photo of cokes
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep, clear crimson with a flash of gray suds that quickly vanish, leaving nothing.
The first scents hint at toasted nuts, caramel, and dark fruit. From there, it picks up a Bourbon-like essence of black cherry, chocolate, and hazelnuts. It also carries a KahlĂșa-like sense of fortified coffee and cream, then ends with a Brandy notion. All this booze talk is a bit anomalous, because it doesn't smell hot in the least, it merely suggests things common in these several types of liquor.
Taste-wise, it enter with a prickly graininess that suggests rye, then sweetens with candied cherries, Raisinets, and canned peaches. Then it skids to a halt. The lightly fruity ale yeast plays off the aforementioned fruit notions, and adds a dusky sense of decay or staleness, a la wet concrete. And it stays here through the finish, as no appearance from the hops is noted. Curiously, no alcohol flavors or nuances appear, and this makes a liar out of the nose.
Light-medium bodied and virtually uncarbonated. It is a tad sticky, but that's alright with me in a bock. This has almost no texture or structure or weight aside from it, and that's not alright.
This started with some promise, then fell off a cliff. Also, the whole bock-ale thing is a bit of a turn off. If you're gonna make a bock, do it for real; if you're making a red ale, why call it something else?

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Photo of Gehrig
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I snagged this at the sterling Sun Singer. Goat's Breath pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, but little head emerges. the smell improves matters, oozing chocolate, caramel, and toffee malts. These emerge more strongly in the taste, which is quite malty--very enjoyable. while not flat, and bocks usually aren't heavily carbonated, this could stand to be more carbonated to carry the flavors more deeply. But on the whole, this is quite good bock, delicious and creamy smooth. Worth trying.

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Photo of Slynger
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tangerinish-copper with a slim beige lid that settles quickly. The nose is darkly fruity, malty, musty, and a bit spicy, with some herbal tea-like hops. It really has a bit of everything bockish in nicely balanced portions. These carry through into a nice, but far from overpowering flavor. Sweet caramel malts with some spicy, fruity figs and berries. Cool herbal, earthy hops as well. A medium body has some light limp carbonation that leaves the mouthfeel a bit watery. Not bad at all, if you are in to bocks definitely give it a shot.

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Photo of brewgetter
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with some red tones to it. Tan head that thins pretty quickly without much lace. Smells rich, sweet, and malty. A good roasted malt flavor up front with some nuttiness and a sweetness that lingers. Alcohol is apparent but not overwhelming, a little too much for my taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, pretty appropriate for the style. A good beer, not quite as good as their IPA though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany body with a tiny ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Bready caramel malt aroma with a strong scent of peanut shells.

Taste: Mildy sweet caramel malt flavor with a distinct bready yeastiness. A dust bin or two worth of peanut shell sweepings. Light fruitiness. Subtle earthy bitterness. Nutty, mald-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty tasty. I certainly had no problems finishing my helping Goat's Breath.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just sort of middle-of-the-road bock beer. Not bad, but certainly nothing to write home about.

This beer was surprisingly orange, with some red notes and a nice clear-brilliant clarity. Head was plentiful but not over-the-top. Aroma was lightly sweet and caramel-y, with a hint of sweet-onion earthiness. Flavor was a bit sweet and caramel-y, with some of that sweet-onion earthiness mixed in. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

Far from a bad beer, but it hardly knocked my socks off either. Still, I'd recommend it. I bought this single 12oz bottle at Three Cellars in Franklin.

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Photo of malcontent
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber to reddish-brown, thin layer of head that breaks apart within a minute.

Gentle sweetness laces a buttered bread (dark wheat) nose. Simple, homey, yummy. Still, I'm not sure what the brewers are going for; Midwestern bock? Maibock? Huh?

Classic bock malt sweetness right up front without any of the corn/artificial flavors that often plague stateside versions of the style. Roasted and caramel tones push through in a big way on the back end. Lingering rock candy and rye on the finish. Definitely an ale but a fun imitation of a great lager.

Medium body and carbonation all the way without any undue slick feeling that the genre suffers from in the U.S. Not something I could drink a bunch of as the ale yeast makes this a touch fruitier than I would want for a bock but I'd absolutely drink this again. Thanks to Emerge077.

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