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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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of schavuytje
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

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

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

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

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

Photo of GRUUMSH
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Baileux
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of samEBC
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TubbyDullard
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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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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 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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Photo of RueSailmana
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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 Douberd
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.

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Photo of Jose9e
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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 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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