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Beer #21 – January 21, 2010: Uthel Vlaemse Bock

January 21, 2010

Beer: Urthel Vlaemse Bock

Brewery: Urthel (De Leyerth Brouwerijen), Ruiselede, Belgium

Style: Bock

Serving Type: Bottle

Price: Unknown – part of a mix pack

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Dimple Mug

Strength: 7.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Tasty, but a bit thick and heavy for more than one mug

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a deep mahogany, with a huge, billowy tan head

Aroma: Sweet, malty, caramel, hint of clover honey

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, creamy and moderately carbonated

Taste: Initial caramel sweetness, followed by a big, malty, chewy and slightly tangy middle.  Subtle butterscotch flavor and smokey notes come through.  Finishes with subtle herbal notes and a relatively mild bitterness.

Pairing: Nothing goes better with a bock than wurst!

Trivia: Bock means goat in German.  Why name a beer style “goat”?  Maybe because their strength will hit you like being butted by a billy goat!  Well, actually the name is probably from the town of Einbeck (or Einbock) Germany where this strong lager style was first brewed in the 14th century.  These strong, full-bodied beers were originally brewed by monks during Lent to provide sustanance while fasting.  Didn’t they know better than to drink such strong beer on an empty stomach?!?

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