Grolsch Herfstbok | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: German Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-09-2004

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by BarryNL:
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3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note, this review is of a 2008 vintage - the recipe of this beer does seem to change and this is a significantly less sweet beer than the 2007 version.

A: Dark, with ruby red highlights when held to the light. Filtered clarity.

S: Rich, dark malts; hints of toffee and caramel.

T: More balanced than in previous years. Initial flavours are malty - mostly chocolate - and sweet but the hop bitterness comes through strongly in the aftertaste leaving a pleasant, astringent sensation.

M: Fluffy carbonated, and a slight puckering astringency.

D: Still a little too sweet to drink all evening, but a definite improvement on some earlier vintages.

Extra note, the classification of the beer as "year round" is incorrect. This is a seasonal beer "herfst" is Dutch for "autumn" - this beer is brewed and sold every autumn - mosly through until spring when the "lente" (spring) bok takes over.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of anders36
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a dark ruby colour and a big cream coloured head. But the head disappears quickly, leaving just a thin ring. It has a big malty sweet smell. The taste is also sweet, very sweet. It also have a big malty taste and a hint of caramel. Even though it is abit to sweet it is a nice beer and tastes good on cold winter nights.

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Photo of Brend91
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of schavuytje
1.13/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

evening with friends not to spoil the atmosphere and to ask for real beer satisfied with; Grolsch Herfstbok Very artificially sweetened and a dry mouth

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Photo of Kampfar
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of RCH1
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Maakun
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very dark brown, with beige head that disappears quickly. Quite clear too.

Smells a lot like Grolsch pilsner actually. Grassy, some hops, bread dough, later some dades.

Taste: very sweet at first. Oh, this is really really sweet, very sugary. Not at all what I'd expected from the nose. Some light notes of over-ripe apples, malts and something spicy, cinnamon, honey and dades. The sugary-sweet taste is very overpowering though.

Mouth is medium, carbonation starts nice but after a few minutes there's not that much left. The sweetness makes it feel a bit syruppy.

Overall: not bad,. but the overpowering (almost chemical) sweetness really ruins it for me. Completely ruins the balance.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal beer by Grolsch, this has a dark chestnutcolour, with a decent head, nice lacing, and nice carbonation.
The smell and taste is, apart from the roasted malts, hoppy and fruity, but overpowering sweet caramel. The alcohol is light and masked pretty well, warming character making this a smooth drink for the colder evenings.

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Photo of Jose9e
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BdM
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Douberd
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this last year and I wasn't planning to get it again this year too, but it was on offer, so here it is.
A standard dutch bott;e of 300 ml, with an ABV of 6.5%. Ingredients include sugar to sweeten it and caramel as a colouring agent. Poured into a snifter glass.
It pours a beer with a dark ruby colour, but not so deep as in other bock beers I had recently. Two fingers of beige head, that disappeared quickly, leaving behind light lacing.
On the aroma mostly caramel, it's missing all the characteristic aromas of a bock.
Taste is sweet, aftertaste is sweet too. Again, mostly caramel and that's pretty much it. At least alcohol is not that obvious.
On the body is quite thin, with light carbonation. Very flat for a bock.
Overall, I was disappointed by this one, having recently tried quite a few of the other bock beers on the market. They tend to be sipping beers but this one goes down as easy as an ordinary lager and I don't mean it in a complimentary way. It's not bad, but it's not that good for a bock beer.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.39/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a typical Dutch seasonal and usually it is pretty sweet and full of caramel and dark malts.

Appearance was dark brown with some glass sticking foam which leaves a small ring on the beer.

Smell is almost non-exsistant, some slighlty burned notes, but that is it. No alcohol or dark malts, nothing!

Taste SWEET! tooth-aching sweet! This beer must have been stopped halfway during fermentation. The sweetness overrules most of the potential flavors. There is the roasted malt side and the caramel, which has probably been added by some kind of coloring agent, because there is a funny and artificial taste to it. My lips stick together of the sweetness and stickiness, yak!

This is one of my least favorite bockbeers this year (2006), together with the Heineken tarwebock, that was also nothing but sweet.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Drinkable, but overly sweet and thin - poor attempt at the style.

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of safaricook
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I remembered this beer to be very bad, but I was intrigued that they put a regular version and a aged version from last year into the market. I drank the beers pairing a Dutch stew (stoofvlees). The regular version fit ok but it was a bit too sweet and that is what I really dislike in this style. The aged version was on the drier side and the ageing gave it a bit of a tart note which I liked much more and which fit the stew better. Still not my style and kind of beer but not bad this time.

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Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ohitsbrad
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

4 January 2006, Best Before May 06

Appears a royal clear reddy brown colour with a medium sized dense white head, decent head retention and some lacing. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some raisins and plums. The flavour is sweet, almost sickly sweet. It tastes of brown sugary malt and caramel with some alcohol noticeable in the finish. Full bodied smooth mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation. Overall I found this too sugary and the alcohol a little bit unwelcome. Not a bad beer though.

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Photo of jroof1
2.84/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of vollie
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of IPA35
3.07/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a caramel coloured beer, not surprising considering the used caramel colourant...
The white head fizzes away quickly, leaving very little lace.

As other users say, it smells alot like the Grolsch pils/lager. It has a very similar grainy note on the nose and the same hoppiness. It is darker though, more sugary (sugar is added as a sweetener) and a tiny tiny hint of dark fruits (more wishful thinking I guess).

A very easy to drink beer. Alot like the lager but more sweet and with a slightly more robust malt character. Not much going on really.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation is medium, on the lighter side of medium. It works with this beer though.

Overal not very special. Decent. I much prefer the Hertog Jan Bock by the way.

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Photo of DylanBrkhff
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RueSailmana
3.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BeerNutta
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Herfstbok

A = Poured a dark mahogany with a thin foam head that quickly dissapated leaving a light lace on the surface of the beer.

S = Smelt of stewed fruits like plums and figs. Slight maple syrup undertones.

T = Initial sugary caramel taste that gives way to a dry bitter finish. No trace of alcohol. If anything, the taste was a little watered down for a bock.

M = A little light bodied for a bock. I would have liked it to be a little more full bodied.

D = Drinkable but there are better bocks out there.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good bockbeer this Grolsch herfstbock. Drank it yesterday after a walk in the cold. Poured in a Palm glass the head in nice and thick and it disappears after a while leaving a ring of small foam.

Good smell with roasted malt. A bit sweet but very nice. Drank two of them...which means that i liked this bockbeer. I had a La Trappe bockbeer before this one which was just as good.

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