This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Boss Tom's Golden Bock.
As you can see from the picture above, Boulevard's Boss Tom's Golden Bock has some character and legend to it. I am not a scholar of Kansas City and my knowledge of the city does not go any further back than George Brett and/or the Scouts. However, the bottle label explains that the beer was named after "Boss Tom Pendergast" who was the leader of a political faction named the "goats" which was the rival of another political group which identified with rabbits. Since this beer is a "bock" it is aligned with the goats (for reasons I have never truly understood, the goat is linked with the bock style of beer).
Unlike many other breweries, Boulevard schedules their bock as a seasonal brew with a limited release in the late spring and early summer. The Boulevard website identifies the beer as a "maibock" which the gurus at BA explain is a "style of beer tends to be lighter in color than other Bock beers and often has a significant hop character with a noticeable alcohol around the same as a traditional Bock. Maibocks are customarily served in the spring and are oftentimes interrelated with spring festivals and celebrations more often in the month of May."
The Boulevard Golden Bock was true to the style as it was light in color, but there were no noticeable hops or bite. Although the beer claims to be 6.1% abv, I also did not notice much in the way of an alcoholic taste. Overall, it tastes like a slightly lighter version of a bock, but nonetheless refreshing as a spring brew. I would recommend this beer with light fare such as cheese or fish based salads.
Boulevard's Boss Tom's Golden Bock is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Kansas City, but the bottle I purchased did not have the certification mark on the label. If you would like the LOC from the Va'ad, please let me know and I will email it to you.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link -http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/423/56707.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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