Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 477   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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An amber, craft beer with generous amounts of hops and alcohol. This copper-gold beer is a real heavyweight and a must for beer lovers. The liberal quantities of malt and bitter hops create a complex, full flavour. It starts as slightly sweet with malty aromas of chocolate, fruit and grain, while the bitter hops stand out nicely in the aftertaste. A feast for the connoisseur!


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (10516) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
Hazy amber, nice offwhite head. Lots of yeast in the bottle. Nutty, malty aroma with fruity notes from figs and apples. Malty, quite strong flavor, nutty and fruity, and with a clear malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle, sampled at The Rover, Göteborg. Dark amber colour. Dark fruity malt nose. LIttle licoricy underneath, bit roasty. Big mouthfeel with notes of sweet almonds, plum and a very round mouthfeel. This is a dry beer, still with residual sugars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2005
Thank you so much Jorrit for presenting this beer to me. I had this beer many times at the brewery but never rated that - so this time bottled:. Huge frothy white head that lasts for eternally. Hazy dark orange color - nearly light brown. Yeast nose - like rye bread dough. Beautiful taste, kind of peppery first followed by caramel, yeast and chocolate, finishing dry and hoppy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - SEP 25, 2005
Cloudy amber coloured. Yeasty and bitter. Nice complex and unusual taste. Get some time to get used to it. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Large white head. Sediment in beer. Honey fairly clear color. Strong Citrus clove smell. Sweet and creamy initially to the palate. Not to bitter with hops. Uses the same type of hops as the Zatte. Hops are unique tasting and tempered nicely by malt. They are bitter but meaty and well rounded. Believe it or not it’s like liver to me. For a 9% the alcohol is very well hidden. Has a bitter trail.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25085) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2005
(Bottle 33 cl) There ought to be hop-alert printed somewhere on this beer, this truly is a bitter beer. Dutch beers this strong are usually malty and sweet, and even though this certainly contains some malty sweetness the hops overpower everything. A spicy, aromatic bitterness - but bitter indeed. Very bitter. Dark amber with a gigantic, beige shaving foam-like head. A truly unusual beer. 210304

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2005
300 mL (?) bottle. cloudy amber orange, with strong citrusfruit, yeast, and alcohol aromas. i’m glad it’s nothing i spent a while looking for, because it’s nothing special, mostly just another average belgian ale. don’t go out of your way to get a hold of this....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (12547) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2005
Bottled (BB 05/2006)
Hazy orange-brown, huge slightly off-white head. Orvasl-like aroma: lemon and leather. Lemon acidy, bitter flavor with long acidy aftertaste with grassy notes and a bit of Jägermeister. Alcoholic punches. Slightly restless palate but otherwise another good brew from ’t IJ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 22, 2005
This must be my favourite IJ beer, but I truly like most of them. Alcohol is well hidden, malty. Excellent ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 21, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a medium creamy off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, pumpkin spice, nutmeg, strawberries, citrus, sweaty gym socks, and florals. Flavor of malt, yeast, fruit, and spices.

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