Hertog Jan Bockbier
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Bock - Traditional
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3.61 | pDev: 11.36%
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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schavuytje from Netherlands

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

starts with the smell of red apple and red grape body red with brown coloring with foam in the barley and drank apple full of sweet caramel and esters with a slight hint of a bittertoontje and the creamy sweet aftertaste that: reasonable

Jan 16, 2017
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark for a bock, almost black. Pretty fine head leaving beautiful lacing
Caramel in the nose
Caramel in taste and a little roast, a tad too ashy bitterness.
Just enough body and carbonation to keep it between refreshing and smooth.
Nice for a bock

Notes from blind Bock Bier Tasting project fall 2019

Deep ruby color, fine bubbles, foam is beige with coarse and fine bubbles, leaves lacing 4
the usual toffee, bread, sweetness not overly complex; a little roasty coffee retronasal 3.5
typical caramel and coffee malt profile but just a hint of sweetness, not much of a bitterness, a hint of metal 3.75
body is medium with appropriate tuned down fine carbonation 3.75
Very appropriate Dutch Bockbier that leaves out the sweetness and just delivers the typical malt profile, though not overly expressive or impressive 3.5

Dec 01, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful dark red colour with a finger of foam that fades fast, leaving some lacing on the surface. The taste and smell are typical bock: caramel, malt, hop bitterness. Well balanced with the right level of bittersweetness, but it could have been more pronounced. This makes it quite a nice session drink on a terrace during an indian summer though.

Nov 02, 2015
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am not really a bockbeer lover but when i was at the brewery today i saw the bock standing there and decided to buy it.

Poured in my Struise glass the beer starts ok. Nothing special but nice to look at. Darkbrown fluid with a very decent head. No carbonation visible. Decent beer for a colder night but not a beer you mist try when in Holland...

Oct 17, 2013
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Maakun from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, alsmost mahogany. Has a beige head that doesn't last long. Slight carbonation.

Smell: something grassy, chocolate cookies, apricots

Taste: dades, dried dark fruits, roasted nuts, and then a slightly bitter yeasty taste. It has that great almost-burned-but-not-quite-yet taste too it that a good bock should have. Later some coffee and fresh dark bread, but with some sweet and tart notes of fruits (dried apricots). Aftertaste is more fruits, with a nice bitter touch.

Mouth: medium. Very pleasant but not outspoken in any way. Medium alcohol, carbonation, everything. Very drinkable and fits the style well.

Overall: I really like this. Had it before in other years but was not overly impressed, but this time it really does it for me. It's still sweet, but not as much as I remember it from last year. Great balance and nice complexity. Great bock overall.

Oct 06, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

30cl Bottle: BBD Mar 2014, poured into an Augustijn chalice at home on 7th Jun 2013.

Deep, dark ruby red in colour with an off-white head that thinned out very quickly: although it did leave some sticky lacing on the chalice as the beer level sank.

Sweet and malty from the start, the nose has a fruity, alcoholic maltiness with a yeast undertone.

The taste is also malty sweet: I know the Dutch seem to brew sweet Bocks and this is no exception. Mild coffee notes take away any thoughts of over-sweetness but a chocolate feel to the flavour brings it back again.

Luckily I like sweet beers: this is a sweet toothed beer fans heaven.

Jun 07, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown beer. Hazy, mocha foam top.
S: Sour yeast, light bitter hops, caramel and a subtle coffee scent.
T: Same as the smell suggests, but better. Has more sweetness to it then you'd expect, leveling out the light bitter and medium sourness. Not too sweet. Still fresh and balanced.
M: Low carbonation, giving it a somewhat creamy medium bodied feel. Could be a tad fresher for a better balance.

O: Nice balanced bock beer, but lacks a bit of complexity to call it very interesting.

Jan 08, 2013
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Douberd from Netherlands

3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a couple of those in a supermarket since they didn't have anything better. Your dutch bottle of 300 ml, poured into a snifter. Smells a bit sour as I open the bottle.
Once poured, it gave me a dark ruby coloured beer, with one finger of beige head, with average retention. Light lacing around the glass at first, then nothing. Some traces of foam insist during the whole drinking process.
On the nose alcohol, light caramel and if you inhale deep enough, a smell of burned wood. Although subtle, it makes a difference. Oh, also some dark fruits.
Taste is more sweet than bitter. Bitterness is more obvious on the back of the tongue though and for a little while lingers around the mouth. Mostly flavours of roasted malt and caramel.
Nice thick body. High carbonation.
Well, nothing too impressive, but with the dryness on the palate, the alcohol abscent from the taste and only present as a warming feeling, this beer has a high drinkability.

Oct 12, 2012
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Mar02x from Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark brown fluid with a off white fluffy head. No carbonation visible.

S - Citrus in the smell with some brown sugar and definitly yeast.

T - Sweet, licht in body with a medium bitter after taste. I am tasting some honey as well.

M - Medium to low carbonation, bitter after taste in total a bit unpleasant.

O - Not much to go for. Not complex so not special.

Sep 29, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is very dark, almost brown, a tan nice and even head, good lacing.

The smell is sweet, brown sugar, dried fruits, some spiciness and fresh grass.

The taste is very sweet, dark syrup, dark bread, bitter oranges, clove and a hint of dark roasted coffee beans.

Medium carbonation, soft and oily, a full body and a slightly dry finish.

Nice as an aftre-dinner beer, but oh so sweet ...

Dec 07, 2010
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

2.96/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared this beer with PapaEugene during our Bock-beer evening. This is a beer one can buy everywhere in the Netherlands. In the pub, the liquor shop and the supermarket.
Poured the 2009 version into a sniffer. The beer pours a dark brown-ruby color with almost no head and little lacing.

Smell: Metallic is the first that pops up in my mind, followed by grass, straw, spicy hops with some caramel and roasted malts in the background

Taste: Slightly sweet caramel at first, soon followed by bitter roasted malts, hops, grass, hay but also a bit dusty... However, the aftertaste is worst, bitter metallic...I really don't like this in my aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied with medium carbonation
Overall: I expected more from Hertog Jan. What I liked is that this beer is not too sweet, like most other Dutch bock beers. What I clearly didn't like, and for me spoils the beer, is the strong metallic taste that is present in this beer....

Oct 14, 2009
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a typical Dutch season beer and is usually dark and roasted with a sticky mouthfeel.

Color was deep redbrown, almost black with a thin head.

Smell was burned of the black malt and caramellic. I could detect a tobacco or sigar smell in it.

Taste was definitely not as sweet as the rest of the bockbeers I have tried, still a bit sticky. There is the burned malts and strong caramellic taste. The dark malts give the beer a good maltbitter and a slight strong coffee taste.

Everything a good bockbeer needs is in here. One of my favorite bockbeers this year (2006)

Oct 15, 2006
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johnnybravo from Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The majority of beerloving consumers is leaning towards sweet bocks. This is probably the reason that Hertog Jan follows the trend and has made it's bock more sweet over the last couple of years. But being one of the sweetest 20 years ago, now it's probably just average sweet and I still like it a lot. Only a few brewers have had the courage to keep their Bock roasted and bitter. Strangely enough Heineken has done this with Amstel Bock and I can appreciate that one for it's bitterness. But Hertog Jan is more complex, has some roastiness but not just that. There's also caramel and some licorice in the finish. Nice mouthfeel, very drinkable.

Nov 24, 2005
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

However bockbeerseason is already geting to an end in Holland, I still have my fridge full with them. Bought them but somehow seldom feel like drinking them. Mostly I think because most are just to sweet in my point of view and don't feel like getting my mouth stuffed with candy when I want to drink a beer. One of the positive exceptions is Hertog Jan. It has a nice brown head that last well, deep red/brown colour style like. Nose is malty but with some yeastsmell, no hops. Taste is karamel with litle roast and hardly any hop. After that a litle sweet comes in your mout what gives it a fullmalty sweet aftertaste. Decent bokbeer that could have some more hops... in my eyes!

Dec 14, 2004
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