Brand Dubbelbock | Brand Bierbrouwerij

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Brand Bierbrouwerij

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of nout72
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

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Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very lovely doppelbock, Well done Brand brewery!

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Photo of GentleKnight1
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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


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Photo of Redteketed
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of danflux
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

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Photo of brutalist
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Bierschenker
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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…

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Photo of Derek
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Douberd
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of yapi
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of Zet
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Antyk
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | 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.

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Photo of ObsidianWhite
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Jayamefu
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rojavaga
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ZinFanDave
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BJSmit
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BdM
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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