August 2015: Limited edition – Ochtoberfest Bock

Ochtoberfest BochAutumn 2015 sees the arrival of number two in our occasional series of Ochtoberfest beers.

OCHT – number eight in Irish.
Ochtoberfest is a modern Irish festival celebrating the lucky and infinite nature of the number eight. Only beer brewed eight degrees west longitude, during the eighth month of the year, and served at eight degrees celsius can be consumed at this festival.

Back in 2012, the style we picked was a marzen; this year we’ve gone all bock.

Our bock is a strong ale, with plenty of Munich and Vienna malt and a touch of crystal for light toffee sweetness. It is moderately hopped with Chinook and Hersbrucker and pours a beautiful orange-amber in the glass with a fluffy white head.

Short description: Bock– malty – lipsmacking length

Style: Bock
Hops: Chinook, Hersbrucker
Malt: Munich, Vienna
Strength: 6.4% ABV
Bitterness: 41 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: orange-amber in the glass, thick fluffy head.
Aroma: strawberry jam on the nose, balanced with a gentle pine aroma.
Flavour: a hearty beer, all biscuty malt with a brisk, refreshing hop flavour.
Aftertaste: smooth and malty with a juicy lipsmacking length.

Food pairings: The full flavours in this beer make it an ideal match for roast pork, pheasant or roasted vegetables. The biscuity malt works very well with the sweetness of a venison stew and it also takes on spices with pleasure; try it with jerk chicken or a fruity Mexican adobo. If you have some St Gall cheese, from the Fermoy Natural Cheese Company, you have a local match made in heaven.

Launch Date: August 2015.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: Draught only (30L and 50L kegs)

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