IJBok | Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJ

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our bokbier that rings in the autumn every year. Dark and full-bodied, but not as sweet as you might expect. The fine, light brown head holds for a long time while the dark, black-brown beer releases aromas of the roasted grains, a bit of coffee and dark fruit. The aftertaste is pleasantly dry.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 7
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Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark ruby pour, with a very small white head with no retention. Smells like bitter caralem and cold wort. Tastes bitter, but a kind of herbal/chemical/metallic bitter that I don't particularly enjoy.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schavuytje
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice malty, pleasantly bitter, fruity plum and dark berries really a topper like to try when it is aged again so a bit patience
and try again with waterteeth

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Photo of RCH1
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mullenite
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with lighter brown highlights when held up to the light. Nice white head that settles to a cap which covers the entire beer.

Nice caramel aroma, lots of sweetness with a lot of sweet fruits. A little nutty but dominated by caramel.

Taste follows suit with the nose with the caramel dominating and a bit of a nutty flavor in the after taste. There is a detectable alcohol heat but it is not overpowering by any means. Just lets you know that the alcohol is there.

Body is a little thin and the carbonation is a little high for the sweetness of the beer.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, I've had better examples but this one is pleasant and even a little alt like.

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Photo of greedysoul
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DevinK
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of safaricook
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Dutch bokbier style is a big thing here in the Netherlands and though its best days seem to gone with so much more going on on the beer scene nowadays, it is still the number one of all seasonal beers. I myself have never established a real romantic relationship with this usually rather onedimensional style. caramelly sweetnes is in principle the dominating flavor and when the malts and the mash are somewhat off or fermentation is not drying it out enough this can some sweet mess. Not so the IJBok that is generally amongst the better offerings and with their new brewhouse they seem to be finally able to produce a clean bok with caramel malts in interplay with some roastier malts and a drier crisper finish. They made the second place this yesr in the Dutch bokbier festival in Amsterdam. I would say that this is well deserved. Anyway still not a fan of the stile

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Photo of everlong353
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of jroof1
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jonb5
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half pint from JDW real ale festival. Dark amber colour, clear, one finger head, faded fast, kept tiny amount of lacing. Aroma was malt, caramel, rasperry with notes of Hallertau hop. Tasted brown suger, caramel, sweet rasperry, alcohol burns at the finish. Syrupy texture, minimal carbonation, booze gave it a coarse edge. Overall decent Bo(c)k but there are better examples around.

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Photo of caeleanb
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Full malty taste, little bit of coffee. Backend is dry and bittersweet

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Photo of Jayamefu
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Zet
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 Seasonal. A dark brown colour, almost black, with a cappuccino coloured head of foam that fades quite fast, leaving some lacing. Smell of roasteg grains and yeast. The roasted grains return in the taste, together with hints of caramel and raisin. It is not as bittersweet as i expected of a dutch 'herfstbock' though. The finish is actually very dry, with a bitterness from the hops that lingers quite well. Nice full body. If you don't want your bocks to be sweet, you might want to give this herstbock-dry stout hybrid a try.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L - clear, deep garnet color. Off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving only some lacing along the edges.
S & T - little dried fruity tart-balanced sweetness of on the attack (blackcurrants?); some roasted coffee tones throughout with the slightest hint of warm spiciness of coriander seed; then finishes with a grapefruity-pithy bitterness.
F - little bit lacking carbonation-wise.

O - as the description says, less sweet than most bokbeers. So if you like your bocks on the bitter side rather than the caramelly, you could try this one. Still, I didn't quite like this one. Even on the less-sweet bokbier front, I would prefer a La Trappe Bok to this one, every single time.

Wouldn't particularly recommend it.

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Photo of bird_soul
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BartMcStout
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of BJSmit
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of lhwjanssen
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Carpetsmoker
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

IJBok from Brouwerij 't IJ
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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