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Blonde Bock

Judges Rating: 
92
Aroma: 
24 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
38 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

A seductively malty brew, this is one that should be approached with due respect for its well-camouflaged strength. Pours a rich, honeyed gold with a small yet creamy white head. The low head and substantial legs clinging to the glass portend substantial alcoholic strength in this beer. From the moment it’s poured, this beer’s aroma pervades the room, laden with notes of sweet toffee, faint hints of fig and alfalfa honey. Rick was taken by the sweet, almost Stollen-like sweetness in the nose, with faint notes of pastry icing, cinnamon spice and rum-soaked dried fruits. Lee, however, was notably impressed by the rich honeycomb aroma that was backed by the faintest hint of maple. In keeping with the style, this beer is bursting with intense maltiness, complemented by subtle hints of pear, white grape and creamy toffee. Pete enjoyed the progressive layering of malt flavors, from raw cereal grain to fresh-baked bread to rich Graham Cracker sweetness. The judges all commented on the pronounced yet integrated alcohol presence in this beer. Tom complimented the profusion of flavors, aromas and textures in this strong and complex yet supremely drinkable bock. Though highly drinkable and incredibly refreshing, this Maibock is deceptively strong and should be enjoyed in moderation.

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