Hertog Jan Bockbier | Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 12-14-2004

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.54/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RueSailmana
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of rarbring
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 ...

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Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of lhwjanssen
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of danflux
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Maakun
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.

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Photo of safaricook
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, some a tad too ashy bitterness.
Just enough body and carbonation to keep it between refreshing and smooth.
Nice for a bock

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Photo of johnnybravo
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.

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Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bird_soul
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zet
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.

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Photo of BdM
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paterlodie
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!

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Photo of Beer-Ed
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Arno
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.

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Photo of Mar02x
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.

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Photo of Absumaster
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)

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Brabander
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...

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Hertog Jan Bockbier from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 29 ratings