Torrent Pale Beet Bock | Elysian Brewing Company

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Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Redrover on 07-29-2012

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Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
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 jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

Photo of bluckbeyes
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of beertunes
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
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 throwerbri
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mhaugo
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
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 oline73
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
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 harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#7 of 12 beers of the apocalypse.

From label: TORRENT Pale Beet Bock will tow you under with an earthy inundation of beets and malt, bringing satisfaction to the survivor in a beer the color of hellfire.

No lie in the color - certainly beets added here, a pretty rusty rose color with a pale pink sheet of foam atop. Smells of beets, grass, hay, some sweet malts. Taste is classic dirt beets - which I happen to like. There is plenty of sweetness lent from the bock malt bone, unfortunately not the best combo. Medium bodied with slightly hi carb and an off dry finish. Overall, this was an okay beer, the beets I'm certain are very, very polarizing for some. I happen to like beets very much, so this wasn't too far of a stretch - and yet was overly sweetened.

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Photo of BeefSkillet
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.12/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle opened on 8.14.12.
Number 7 in the series.

A - Pours a ruby red with a fluffy light pink head with good retention.

S - Earthy and some sweetness.

T - Earthy, and some gross beats.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Dirty mouth finish.

O - Beets are gross, ok... why put them in a beer. Yuck.

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Photo of vkv822
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
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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Photo of RJLarse
1.89/5  rDev -35.9%
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
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 JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
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 LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +24.1%
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 Redrover
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
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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Torrent Pale Beet Bock from Elysian Brewing Company
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