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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #174
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3.74 | pDev: 10.16%
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Aerocraft67 from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into small tulip glass in Europe. I know it sounds tiresome, but it puts the locally available bocks at home in the U.S. to shame. Dark caramel color, swish it around and it restores its nice thin head. It’s a little bit sticky but that’s more about the heady spilling pour, even after a little bit of rinsing. Just enough alcohol offsets sweet. Stands up to very good imperial porters I’ve had at home in terms of balance. Starts to resemble garden-variety bocks I can get at home after it warms up a little bit. Euro charm bias aside, this is really good.

Oct 14, 2019
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jamesroses from Argentina

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown/red in colour. Tight bubbles creamy beige head, low carbonation.

Malty, sweet and rich aroma.

Taste is malty caramel goodness.

Mouthfeel's medium to full, with a bit of an alcohol presence in the end. Bitter finish balances it. I flund it richer than Paulaner Salvator, which is my go to Doppelbock.

Really nice surprise. Would drink it agaim if I could find it.

Sep 30, 2018
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nout72 from Netherlands

4.51/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Bockbeer. No this beer is not very exciting, it doesn't enthrill you with excentric flavors or the obligatory overdose of hops (if beer is not bitter there must be something wrong with it), so most beer snobs would probably call this Bock bland, but to me it is simply delicious. So well balanced, smooth and not cloying, the aftertaste doesn't stick too long so every sip you take you get the ideal sensation, not muted.
No, craft beer isn't always more tasty than commercial beer, I have tried many Bocks over the years, but Brand proves that a conservative, 'avarage Joe' recipe is all you need to make a killer beer!

Dec 06, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown ruby colour with some lacing on top. Smell of malt, caramel and nuts (walnut?). The taste is nice: sweet caramel in the beginning, after which the malt starts to dominate, followed by hop bitterness and the nuts again in the swallowing. Pleasantly bitter aftertaste. Rich in flavour, smooth in mouth feel. Nice.

Oct 18, 2015
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PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Robust and creamy head. The aroma is slightly fruity and a little yeast.
Beer flavor is coffee, alcohol is not perceptible, lightly bitter beer. Really delicious, I encourage you to try

Jan 13, 2015
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GentleKnight1 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice molasses color in glass. Small head. Some lacing. Not much nose. Sweet honey flavor with nice carbonation on the tongue. A great buy at 5.19 euros at local grocery store. Don't be put off by the brand Brand. This is good stuff!

This became my fav "every day" beer while it was available in fall and winter. The Brand Lentebock is available in spring, and is similar in taste, but is a bit thinner/lighter. Makes me wish the Dubbelbock was available year round.

Nov 12, 2014
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safaricook from Netherlands

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dutch Bock rather sweet and a bit more alcohol then it is typical in a Dutch bokbier. The styles popularity eludes me completely except for its seasonal character. However, this is a better example, but still not much going on. If you want to check out the style which is quite different to the German Bocks, it is probably a good choice as it is readily available everywhere and there are really bad ones out there in my opinion.

Blind Dutch Bockbier tasting project fall 2019

L: Dark ruby but not black, brown with fine carbonation against a light sorce. Thin light beige foam that is generally very fine but also some bigger bubbles.
A: Sweet Toffee and caramel
T: rich caramel and toffee, just a hint of a burnt character, it is rich in flavour and medium sweet - not cloying though and not sticking to your tongue after it is gone. Really what you tend to expect from this style though this style is really elusive.
F: Sustantial body with smooth carbonation.
O: Looking at my description and ratings above I seem to like this beer though funny enough I am happy that it is just this glass. A general problem that I seem to have with Dutch bock beers. Probably the sweetness gets the best of me after some time. Though I think this would be perfect for cooking stoofpot (Dutch/Flemish stew) and for accompanying it too.

Nov 02, 2014
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ccrida from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Carmel brown with small off-white collar. Sweet, rich nougat smell and taste, caramel and sugar. Pretty standard simple, sugary dutch bock. This one has a little nuttiness, which provides a nice touch of depth. Mouthfeel is a little sticky. Overall, it's "fine".

Dec 11, 2013
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Maakun from Netherlands

3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Color is a nice but very clear dark brown with a red hue. Head disappears very quickly, some carbonation going on in the glass.

Smell: hmm, quite faint. Some malts, brown sugar. Some spices.

Taste: something bitter at first, like burned sugar. Then some medium sweet malts kick in, with some apple. Later more fruits, grapes, tart berries and more sweet notes with a slight spicyness, almost honey like. Aftertaste is bitter again, seems mainly from the yeast.

Mouth: quite light. Some alcohol is definately present. Quite a lot of carbonation (a bit too much maybe). Slightly syrupy sweet on the lips. Not bad.

Overall: drinkable, but nothing special. Good balance between sweet and bitter notes though.

Oct 14, 2013
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warnerry from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

Copper in color with half a finger of persistent off-white head. The usual bready aroma with some nice fruity notes. Grape is most prominent with a bit of apple and a faint grassiness. Taste is similar to smell with the addition of some herbal flavors. Slight sweet but pleasantly so. Pretty decent if nothing special.

Sep 21, 2013
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BlackHaddock from England

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Oct 2012 saw me, my wife and 26 other members of the CAMRA Investors club have a wonderful afternoon as guests of the brewery: after a film show and giuded tour of the brewery we adjourned to the tasting celler bar where we were given seven different brews to taste: I had plenty of each!

This lovely amber brew was just about my favourite of the bunch on the day.

Malty and caramel smells filled my nose and those flavours carried on into the taste, this is a fairly sweet brew although it does have a slight undercurrent of hop bitterness just below the surface. It catered for my sweet tooth nicely and although it wasn't rich or creamy it did hide the alcohol level well. I would have liked more fruitiness and depth of flavour for a Dubbelbock, but it was better than OK.

Oct 29, 2012
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed three glasses of this when I stopped into Café De Knijnspiep in Maastricht a couple of times during the first week of October, 2012. They had a keg of the 2011 version, going for €3.75 for a 0.25l serving.

My small tulip held a clear, deep amber-garnet brew. There was little carbo within, but up top was a creamy tan head. It lasted fairly well, shrinking down to a thin layer, and left ok lacing. The color was striking, though. Nose had some caramel/toffee and malty semi-sweetness. Middle of the road for the body, and it was pretty smooth, all in all.

Flavor was malty sweet without being cloying. Had some brown sugar notes and dark fruit, like raisins, mixed in there. It was lightly hopped, and finished on the dry side. As the temp rose, the flavor increased accordingly. Nice stuff, and quite drinkable! Prosit!!

4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Oct 18, 2012
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Douberd from Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300 ml bottle.

Appearance is of light amber colour, one finger head, little bubbles surfacing.

Smell is of malts and caramel.

Medium bitterness on flavour, I can taste some caramel and chocolate (?).

Thick bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall,quite good. Try it!

Feb 04, 2012
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Brabander from Netherlands

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer on my 27th wedding anniversery today. We went ouf for dinner and in Holland it is Bockbeer time. This one was on draft!

Poured in a Brand dubbel bockbeer chalice this beer looks like a bockbeer should. Nice deepdarkred to amber with a broken white head.

Smell of typical roasted malts but not overdone.

Taste is rather flat. Not much to taste here outside the roasted maltyness.

Oct 12, 2011
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rarbring from Sweden

3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear red-tinted brown beer, am off-white even head, no lacing.

Smelling of sweet red berries and forest.

The taste has also a red fruit sweetness, biscuits and oatmeal, a short coarse bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small lively bubbles, rather big body, smooth and oily.

An OK beer, a bit uneven, but not uninteresting.

Dec 09, 2010
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yapi from Belgium

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was another one of my tastings in Maastricht, really refreshing and pleasantly surprised. It has a lot of good flavors in it, red fruit, a bit sweet & caramel. Also sour. Could have been a bit more pronounced in my book. But certainly refreshing and a good autumn beer. This was the only Brand beer I drank during my 3 day stay, but next time I'll try another. Decent quality

Nov 05, 2010
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bockbeer from a regional Dutch brewery, appearantly the oldest in the Netherlands, producing mostly pilsner for bars and pubs, but also specialty brews like this one, for obvious reasons.

Chestnut colour, with a decent light orange cream coloured head, that disappears pretty quickly. Good carbonation.
Smell and taste malty, some red fruits, plenty of caramel/syrup.
There's harshness in the aftertasting of alcohol.
Decently refreshing, but all in all very ordinary bock.

Nov 05, 2010
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper with a light tan head, ring of retention, good lace.

S: Very bready, raisins, figs, initial hint of sulfur from the lager, sherry, field berries, great aroma.

T: Fruit bread, caramel, light lager characteristic (not too clean), restrained bitterness leaves a light sweetness. Not quite as bready as some German version, but quite good.

M: Fairly full body with a light residual sweetness.

D: Very drinkable.

An excellent representation of the style.

May 31, 2010
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PapaEugene from Netherlands

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer of the bock beer tasting evening with rvdoorn.

A: The beer poors a darkorange/brown color with a shortlasting head.

S: Roasted malts, dark fruits, red fruits and a pleasant marzipan note.

T: YES. A classic bock. Roasted malts, caramel, red fruits and a nice warming alcohol. Slightly bitter and spicy aftertaste. Good balance on the sugars.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied

D: Very good. This is up there with the Dutch La Trappe bock bier.

Oct 15, 2009
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rvdoorn from Netherlands

4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this beer with PapaEugene during our bock-beer-taste evening. Poured into a sniffer. The beer pours a orange-brown-ruby color with almost no head and a messy lacing.

Smell: very strong almond, hints of roasted malts, sweet dark fruits and slightly sour red fruits.

Taste: Wow, this is a nice beer with 4 clear taste layers...
-At first the beer is sweet: caramel, roasted malts
-The sweetness is followed by a very short sourness: red fruits (cherrie)
-Next, a very pleasant bitterness appears (hops)
-And the final aftertaste is spicy (hops) with a pleasantly warming alcohol

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium bodied

Overall: One of the best bock beers I had this year. Nice!

Oct 14, 2009
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Bierschenker from Belgium

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle was a gift from a Dutch friend.

Served in a 33cl Cristal Pilsner glass.

The head has a brownish grey colour. It has an unsophisticated look. Large bubbles lie on top of a foamy substance.
It doesn't stay long. What remains is a brown-grey layer that reminds me of cream on top of coffee. There is some nice lacing present.

The odour is controlled by a strong malt sent. Other elements are candy, caramel or banana and dades.

The flavour is quite strong in comparison to the protestant odour. As soon as the beer enters the mouth an eruption of taste dazzles the drinker. Chocolate, malt, cherries, banana, pineapple, caramel, yeast and to top it off, a nice bitter whip of hop.

The mouthfeel is very creamy.

The aftertaste is as rich as the flavour. The strong elements linger on for minutes (pure chocolate, malt, pineapple).

Drinkability: VERY

I must say! How stupid where we to trade in Bock for Pilsner…

Feb 20, 2008
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Absumaster from Netherlands

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a small head with some coarse bubbles.

Smell of chocolate and caramel, supported by the earthy hops.

Taste is surprisingly non-tooth aching sweet, the sweetness has been brought down to acceptable levels, where only the stickiness is felt on the lipps. It has some chocolate and strong caramel notes that result in a good maltbitter. Malt is evident and supports the roasted and burned malts. Halfway the beer starts to get more warming and medium alcoholic, the stickiness seems to increase, but still at an acceptable level.

A very solid dubbelbock with everything in it. Good stuff!

Nov 03, 2006
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Redteketed from Netherlands

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red brown with a fair lacing head, diminising during the drink. Rich noise, containing malt, burned malt, sweetness and I sense a touch of vanilla.(but I ‘m not sure.)
The taste reveals malt, burned malt, even hops: bitter/light sweet taste. Medium/full body, not overcarbonated very dry mouthfeel. The taste sticks in your mouth and is astringent(in a good sense). Aftertaste: burned, hoppiness and spicy.

Definitely a good Bockbier in the Dutch style.

Feb 17, 2006
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JohnfromDublin from Ireland

3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this bockbeer on draft at Proeflokaal De Drie Flesches, Amsterdam on 16th October 2005. I think it is about 5% ABV, though am not sure. This is a typical autumn season Dutch bock.

Appearence: red/brown coloured brew with slight haze with a decent off-white head.
Smell: nothing to write home about, pleasent enough fruity smell.
Taste: a bit too sweet, but quite pleasent.
Mouthfeel: slightly syrupy

Not a bad beer, but would get bored drinking more than one or two.

Oct 19, 2005
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