Torrent Pale Beet Bock
Elysian Brewing Company

Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock
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German Bock
Ranked #168
Ranked #47,312
3.04 | pDev: 24.67%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 43 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Redrover:
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2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was on one of the rotating taps at Post Street Ale house in Spokane.

Poured in a standard shaker pint glass, the beer is a chill hazed bronze with an egg shell colored cap.

Citrus and caramel malt on the nose. The beets are not evident in the nose.

The taste starts with some citrus and a hint of pine and then a big smack of something earthy, it must be the beets and it’s a bit off-putting. Not sure why, but the beats overpower the base beer.

The mouth has active carbonation and a bit of heft.

All-in-all, kudos to the brewer for trying something new. I won't be having another but I salute the effort.

From the Brewer’s website:

The end of the world will be full of unexpected pairings: drought and pestilence, crushing crowds and disorienting emptiness, fire and flood. Torrent provides a moment of satisfying survival, washing over you with an earthy inundation of beet and bock, crisp but with a malty sweetness, pale but the color of hellfire. Brewed with pale, Munich and Cara-hell malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Powdered beets were added in the whirlpool for a lot of color and a touch of earthy sweetness

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Ego
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hiding in the cellar for awhile...

audible head, white with about 2 fingers of height, golden with amber highlights and lots of fluff floating around, lacing is OK, the head retention is good (lots of carbonation streaming up from the depths), interesting looking

diet snapple ? a sort of sweetness lingers, old ginger ale... kind of strange, some slight dryness I suppose that is bock-like

taste etc...
at moments this is OK, but overall there is some unpleasant flavors in there, up front there is a little ashen taste, that segways into a nicer sweet flavor mixed with the bright (and nice) carbonation, it almost wants to get to a wine flavor and then recedes... sort of a blush wine type of impression (not as sharp as wine mind you), it isn't totally off putting but it isn't all that lovely... the ashen flavor is really the problem here, it wants to be a dry bock thing but just misses it, the rest of the beer is OK. the ABV is pretty well hidden.

verdict ?
failed experiment, but hey it was worth a shot, it isn't the worst thing I have tasted but it just didn't work. keep pluggin'

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#7 in the "Beers of the Apocalypse".. Pale Beer Bock.. Yeah.. does not sound great out of the gate.

Pours with a pretty damn good head... pinkish head... the brew looks like a cherry lemonade.. very red... hold it up to a light and see how the light comes through the glass... candy apple red.

Nose is dry with slight fermented out malt presence and no hops to speak of... earthy.... not much else.

Flavor tastes like "beer" ... This glass has been sitting for a while now, and I think I get something that reminds me "roasted beets" but somehow without the typical sweetness associated with beets.

Body is a bit heavy.. carbonation seems a touch light... drinkability is not that good... besides the "color" there is just nothing going on.


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Photo of RJLarse
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I bought a bomber of Torrent Pale Beet Bock at the Swamp Tavern in Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a crimson color, clear, with a bubbly pinkish colored head.

Smell is a predicable sweet cooked vegetable scent.

Taste is also predictably a beet flavor, with a little watery bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, with a bitter beet flavored aftertaste.

Overall I'm not a fan of beets. I don't like them cooked, or raw. Never have probably never will. So this beer will drop off the table because of my liking, or lack thereof related to beets. And frankly I can't think of many vegetables I would want to brew beer with. Fruit and sugars sure, certain spices no problem, but vegetables, nah.

So if the world ends in December and this is the last beer in the fridge, some one else can have it.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of beets are present in the nose - it smells just as if you sliced some up and held them to your nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is all about flavors of beets and doesn't really have any flavors of the underlying beer.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm neither a big fan of beets nor blocks, but I thought that this beer did a pretty good job in providing natural aromas and flavors of beets and didn't seem too heavy on the palate.

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Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, slightly reddish, amber color, with about an inch of slightly pink head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, some malt and no real hops or beet scent. The taste was the same, mostly bland and neutral, but the beet flavor did show up a bit more. There was a slight bit of hop bitterness on the end.

The body was thinner than I look for in a Bock, this was kinda thin, leaning towards watery. Drinkability wasn't that good for me, but I don't like beets, YMMV. Overall, while not a "bad" beer, it wasn't one I particularly enjoyed. You might like this a lot, and it's probably worth trying if you get the chance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation, moderate amounts of large white yeast particles in suspension, and a faint amount of orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of earthy beets.

T: There is a moderate to strong flavor of golden beets with a light to moderate amount of earthiness. Light amount of malts with a touch of sweetness and hints of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very interesting, the name does not lie as there is a very present flavor and aroma of golden beets which is something that I personally enjoy - I'm not the biggest fan of bock beers but I enjoyed this one (and had to try it because of the added ingredient of beets).

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.62/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Elysian : Torrent Pale Beet Bock

The beer pours a light pinkish red color. White head forms and leaves quickly. Aroma of beets, malty sugars, cooked veggie. In the taste, more beet flavor and a little taste of something roasted, perhaps it's the actual beets, or a small portion of the malts. Small touch of earthy hops, but mostly very vegetal. Light to medium bodied, watery feel. This was a good thought but didn't translate well to beer form. Leave the beets in the kitchen next time.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into two big snifters

I decided that although beets are not a normal part of any bock I've tasted, I would count beet-like properties as expected for this beer, since it's clearly the intent of the brewer. I do like beets.

So. This beer is pink. It's actually fairly pretty, for a pink beer. Otherwise, it is clear with a fairly small pale head. Smell is beets first and foremost, with a slight amount of yeast.

Taste is not quite dominated by beets. The beets co-exist with a dryish lager flavor, some surprising hop notes of piney and spicy character, some yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry but smooth. Overall, if you like beets and you're not offended by the notion of beets in your beer, this is actually pretty good.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is #7 in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series.

Appearance: light orange-pink hue with a moderate haze and a good effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam with a light pinkish cast. Weird, but exactly what I would expect in a beet bock.

Smell: earthy aroma with a very light tinge of sourness and a definite beet character. Bizarre, but not bad.

Taste: tastes like beets and dirt. Sweetness combines with a kind of harsh maltiness and a raw beet flavor. I love the idea, but I think the execution just doesn't work. A for effort, but it's not a lovely tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and workable creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer just doesn't work, in my opinion. However, I'm glad the experiment has been done.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now for something completely different. Poured into a Celebrator Pokal. Pours a bright ruby red with a half finger off white head (appears pinkish from the underlying beer) that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and, yes, fresh beets. Flavor is fresh beets, sweet and biscuit malt, spicy hops. The beet flavor plays well off the the dry biscuit malt flavor. Finish is slightly astringent. A very unusual flavored beer that almost works. The earthy beet flavor is somewhat surprising on each sip, which makes this a bit interesting to drink. Light to medium bodied. I was not sure at all they could pull this one off, and am glad it was flavorful enough to keep me drinking. The base flavor seems to be closer to the lightly toasted and biscuit malt of an amber or ESB than a bock; it is also not all that sweet. Probably the most unusual of a very experimental series. I've enjoyed this experience every month.

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Photo of mhaugo
2.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint, 6 ounce bottle. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: As red as Satan. Crystal clear with a rapidly dissipating head.
Smell: Smells like walking past the beet tray at the salad bar.
Taste: Tastes like beets… but not the canned variety. There’s definitely a fresh quality to it. Very earthy, almost like they didn’t wash dirt off before using the beets. Also a little grassy with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Clean and dry.
Overall: Wow… this beer is really red. I generally do not like beets, but this is not too bad. It has a freshness to it that I like. I don’t know if I need to hunt down a second bottle, but I certainly don’t regret opening this one.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +56.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of oline73
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Let me start this review by saying that I hate beets, but I tried to approach this beer with an open mind.

Appearance: Pours a clear red color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour. The beets are doing there thing here.

Smell: Very mild with a hint of beets. There is also a slight sweetness here, but it's really quite boring.

Taste: Right off the bat I'm getting a mild bready malt flavor. Beets and some dirt show up along with the malt. The finish is rather bitter. Not a big fan of the dirt like note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a weird beer that tasted like beets and dirt. Definitely won't have another.

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Photo of vkv822
2.61/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on-tap @ Elysian Brewery.
taster glass.
from notes.

Pours a clear, vibrant, dark red with a thin white head.

The nose and palate on this are fairly unique, with a sweet, faintly vegetable, beet characteristic that is definitely the most upfront taste in the beer, followed by the bready malt backing.

Medium+ body, with appropriate carbonation.

The beets are definitely there, so kudos for that, and while it was certainly not unpleasant, I didn't find it to be very appealing either.

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3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Torrent Pale Beet Bock from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 43 ratings