Christoffel Bokbier | Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

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Christoffel BokbierChristoffel Bokbier

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Bierbrouwerij Sint Christoffel B.V

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Christoffel Bock

Added by paterlodie on 10-10-2005

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the cool short stubby flip top bottle in a snifter. This nice little
bock pours a rugged murky brown with a quickly dissipating head of
foam that settles to a thin ring and no lacing. Nose of brown sugars, dark
bread, and raisins. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars and raisin bread
touched with a touch of fig and a slight herbal hop. Slick and coating mouth feel
with little carbonation. Overall I would LOVE to try this on tap and FRESH from the
brewery---I can guarantee it is excellent and more deserving of a better rating.


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Photo of Zet
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown colour with a finger of beige foam that fades quite fast, leaving lacing on the surface. Smell of caramel, hops and roasted malt. The taste is quite diverse, with caramel, malt, coffee, hops, nuts and herbs (probably from the hops and esters). Alcohol is well hidden. Nice doppelbock, but the flavour gets a bit boring after a while. A bock that tends to lean more to the bitter than to the sweet side, with a umami twist due to the herby flavours.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a mug. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, chocolate, and a sweet sugary element.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled: Lots of malt, a syrupy quality, and some chocolate. While the flavor is a bit thinner than I would like, it's still not bad. A different take on the typical bock flavor.

M: A low amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This isn't necessarily an outstanding beer, but it has its good points. Bumpy in spots, but drinkable.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a mug.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to nothing. It is a murky brown color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, raisins, figs, lager yeast, and some booze.

Taste: Same as above with some bready malts, a little roastiness, and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation, smooth, warmth, fill bodied, and like a meal.

Overall: Bocks are starting to be an awesome style. This one is borderline doppelbock, but still a good bock. I like it a lot

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Christoffel cervoise.

The normal stuff down, let's take on the other bottle from the gift set, eh? It pours a clear topaz-garnet topped by a half-finger at best of off-cream foam. The nose comprises dry caramel, mild maple syrup, light flowers, and a touch of straight barley for effect. The taste brings in more of the same, though a distinct vein of mild stonefruits makes it way through the din every now and again. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly fluid feel. Overall, a nice little bock, nothing special, but dig-able.

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Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy brown color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of plums, caramels, molasses and toasted malts with hints of pine and condimented yeast.
Similarly, delicious flavor of prunes, figs, pine and caramel. Hints of pepper.
Medium to full body with low carbonation, a bit sticky. 7.8% ABV is completely hidden.
Very good bock. Complex and flavorful, I almos felt like eating prunes and figs, but still with some refreshing hops not to make it a sugar bomb. Ps. It ages well.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Novare Res

Glad to see this as it was part of my Uprising list.

Served in a tallettaier glass.

The beer is headless but has a nice amber color.

The nose is sweet caramel and slight fig.

the tase is heavy, very sweet caramel toffe with a roasted bitter finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a small fading head.
Nose shows golden syrup, caramel, prunes, figs, sultanas. Very fruit. Tempting.
Flavours show the same dark fruits and caramel, along with sweet, bready, melanoidin malt. Some booze creeps in in the finish. A bit cloying.
Could use a little more carbonation, body is overly syrupy.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy brownish amber in color. It poured with a half finger high dense beige head that eventually faded away, leaving only traces of lacing and a thin ring of small bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark fruits, malts and yeast are present in the nose along with slight hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is rather similar to the smell except it has hints of spicy flavors and a slight amount of bitterness. It doesn’t seem to be overly malty.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit smooth and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The unfiltered and unpasteurized nature of this beer lends some complexities to the taste and makes this an interesting beer to sample. I found the drinkability to be a lot better compared to other beers in this style, especially since it wasn’t as full-bodied or malty compared to other bocks. The alcohol is also well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a strange beer. It looks nice, the smell could be the introduction to a nice glass of beer, but the taste...
L: chessnut brown, yellow, good lasting top;
S: strong caramel taste, with a bit of prunes/raisins;
T: hmmmm, a very musty malt flavour comes through; quite penetrant, other elements aren't mentionable anymore; not very nice;
O: disappointing; couldn't finish it; too penetrant.

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Photo of korguy123
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes

A- Murky brown pour with a thin off white ring. Zero lacing.

S- Sweet dark fruits with a faint molasses presence. Alcohol and brown sugar with slight vanilla.

T- Strong dark fruit notes, not nearly as sweet as the nose leads on.

M- Medium to thin bodied, sticky on the lips. Carbonation is very low.

O- Bocks are new to me but this one really seems to be missing something.

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Photo of chrisrhoppe
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy with little head. Bottle is a swing-top and opens to little fanfare. Smell is malty and yeasty with light raison notes. The taste is yeasty with milk chocolate, dates and raisons. The mouthfeel is sticky and slightly… well.. chewy. Finishes sticky with nice lingering yeasty date flavor. A good beer but not my favorite bock.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep mahogany colour, it's tan coloured head is thin, poorly retained, and doesn't lace. Very light cloudiness. Mild dried fruit and mixed nuts aroma, a little bit of brown sugar too. Sweet and malty flavour with toasted whole-grain bread and plum notes. Mild hop bitterness in the finish. Not very flavourful. Light bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth but thin. One and done.

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Photo of Viggo
2.77/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

330 ml swingtop from the LCBO.

Pours a murky brownish orange, some red highlights, thin tan head forms and quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks okay.

Smell is alright, pretty plain, malty and sweet, some raisin, caramel, a bit of biscuit, lightly fruity, alcohol, plums, brown sugar, candi, very sweet, not much going on.

Taste is similar, pretty weak and watery, a lot of sweet malt, some caramel, raisin and plums, biscuit, alcohol, lightly floral, weak finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Some warmth from the booze. Pretty lackluster.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle

Appearance - Murky brown colour with a small size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't make out of much carbonation there is and there really isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 2 minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits (dates/raisins)

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. Right off the bat I can't taste the alcohol which isn't a good sign. I can also taste a fair amount of brow sugar sweetness mixed with some dark fruits and malts. The beer finishes with a sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall - I was really disappointed in the look of this beer. It was completely lifeless. The taste started out a little harsh but in the end the flavour wasn't half bad. It's a decent winter warmer/sipper - I wouldn't buy this one again however.

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Photo of liamt07
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop bottle form the LCBO, best before June 2012.

Poured a murky burgundy, unfilitered and almost resembled prune juice. Finger or so of creamy, mocha head. No lace and mild retention. Nose has some earthy and toffee malts, hints of smoke, lots of grape juice; sugary and sweet. Taste has more malt, yet some drying bitterness from some mild hopping (I'll guess). A bit of some awkward interplay between the components and almost vinous in some aspect (not in a completely positive way). Slight note of alcohol in the midmouth. Sweet and sticky yet dry in the finish. Decent mouthfeel, with medium body and carbonation. Alright overall.

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Photo of bryehn
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head on a beer that looks like a glassy chestnut-coloured marble.

Extremely rich aroma, fruit and chocolate, caramel. Cinnamon and pepper, like a fruitcake.

A very deep fruit flavour, both sweet and tart. Lots of chocolate and malt and a very bright tang when the sediment is poured in the glass.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy, with a tangy sour bite on the back of the tongue. Goes down remarkably well given the ABV, though it was slow to get started. I'll revisit an aged one next year.

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Photo of uno99
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A rich and murky brown. Respectable head sticks around for a little while but doesn't leave much lacing

S: Quite buttery and rich. Sweet busicuity malts reminds one of fresh baked bread. Toffee and almond suggestions along with ripe fruits. Quite inviting.

T: Quite sweet up front with bitterness in the back presumably provided by the malt. Hops are only really present in the extreme edges of the finish.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Quite slippery and not too sticky.

D: Well this is quite the malt bomb. A good bedtime sipper but not one that's easily consumed. Very bready and rich.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lively pour reveals a ruby-hued chestnut brown topped by a beige head that laces splendidly.

The aroma is somewhat muted, with some caramel and peaty/yeastiness and an odd minerality.

The taste has a rich maltiness that leans towards Raisinets at first, but which melds nicely with a light yeastiness and grassy, herbal bitterness. As I drink it the maltiness reveals dark fruits and brown sugar and a light tostiness. Alcohol is present but restrained and there's a dry mineral aspect throughout.

This has a nice medium body with good carbonation and really works wonderfully with the flavors.

Overall despite the ho-hum aroma, this is a flavorful beer if not one I'd go out of my way to repeat.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy deep brown color ale with a medium foamy head with medium retention and some lacing. Aroma of heavily caramelized malt with light brown sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by heavy caramel malt with notes of brown sugar and more residual sugar then I had expected. Body is quite full with medium carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Heavier and sweeter then expected though still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a real nice deep amber colour. some nice head, off white nothing too crazy. there is some nice island head that stays around. carbonation levels are tough to tell due to the haziness in the beer.

Smell - i can pick up some malts, caramel and dark fruits. very well balanced and straight fwd.

Taste - found this to be a nice tasting beer with a lot of taste upfront and little bitterness near the end. Right off the bat the malts and caramel/sweetness come forward. finishes with the dark fruits and slight bitter. Very warming beer.

Mouthfeel - slight amount of carbonation added, brings fwd more bitterness and a greater mouthfeel. The beer remains the same taste.

Drinkability - I simply picked this beer up on a "nice bottle" appearance and quite happy it turned out. this is a nice winter beer that offers a well balanced taste.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark brown/amber colour. Two finger, creamy tan head. Hazy. Transaparent but not translucent. Small cap of head remains leaving good lacing.

S - So rich and malty. Burnt sugar and dark fruits are there. Very enticing.

T - Rich and malty with those dark fruits and sugary notes. Very sweet and smooth finish. Not cloying at all.

M - Minimal carbonation with medium body. Refreshing and smooth, while being warming at the same time.

D - Very nice bock here. Nothing wrong at all and I could have a few regardless of the abv. I can't tell it's so high, masked well. Delicious.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.11/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy ruby with one finger of beige head which recedes quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Smells malty and metallic, maybe a bit of fruit (cherry, plum), mineral.

T: Tastes of lots of sweet fruit, a bit of alcohol warmth.

M: Medium-full body with low-ish carbonation.

D: Honestly, with the sweetness/heaviness, I can't see having more than one of these plus the flavour is just not that interesting.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a murky swamp water brown colour, no head, no lacing, little body carbonation. Reminiscent of flat pop.

S - Dark chocolate with some sweet caramel. Sour cherries on the finish.

T - Caramel flavours dominate, with a bit of molases and toffee on the finish. I found it pretty bitter and sour, and the fruit flavours of cherries and plum were not all that appealing. ABV isn't all that well disguised, so also comes as a bit of a turn off.

M - Flat, but chewy and a bit prickly going down.

D - I would never purchase this one again. Perhaps it's average for the style, but I just wasn't a fan of it. I don't want to be too harsh, because it does offer flavours consistent with the style, but I struggled with it and ended up pouring some out.

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Photo of Long813
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: A-06-12
From: LCBO

A: Murky brown body with a few centimeters of head and no lacing.

S: Sweet sugars and dark fruits. Getting a wee sick so I can't pick up much of the aroma. No alcohol scent.

T: Tasty! Full and well rounded flavours of sweet malts with a touch of bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Texture is thick, leaving a fig after taste and the slightest touch of alcohol.

D: Interesting bock. I'd buy it again.

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