Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 574   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle. Light unclear medium orange amber color with a average, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white head. Aroma is light to moderate malty, toasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, flowers, lemon shell, moderate to heavy yeasty. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (080108)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Pours a hazy brownish orange with a bunch of floaties and a medium creamy off white head that left lacing. Aroma of green apple, orange peel, woody, hint of funkiness, various fruits, some tropical fruits, cantaloupe, some mixed spices and a malty sweetness. Really liked the aroma on this one. Flavor of tropical fruits, lemon and other citrus, some floral notes, yeast, light spices, some sweetness...yet overall a dry beer. I enjoyed this one. ABV well hidden, tingly carbonation. One to sit down with and spend some time with. Almost too much going on too really sum in a words.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (9543) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2007
Cloudy orange with a yellow tinted head that doesnít last long. No lace. Aroma is hay and gooseberries. Sweet palate like barley candy with chamomille, dried apricot, and a reedy/woody element. Surprisingly bitter finish. Alcohol is completely hidden-- there is no way I would guess this at 9%. Not a bad beerwhen you study it, but it somehow fails to equal the sum of its parts. Just not very tasty I guess.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 5, 2007
Orange color with a big head. Aroma: Malty, fruit, yast, spice, toast, alcohol. Palate: Caramel, malt, toast, spice, warm alcohol, hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
33cl bottle at Gollem, Amsterdam, 12-3-07. Hazy orange with a small white head. Very fruity aroma with lots of cantaloupe. tastes like fresh fruit salad, with hops that add flavor but little bitterness. Sweet, but not in a sugary way. Some yeast and spice compliment. Medium palate with smooth carbonation. Feels very light and refreshing for its strength.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40471) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2007
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy orange with a huge white head. Fruity and slight citric aroma. Flavour is quite sweet fruity. Ends mellow fruity, malty with a decent note of yeasty spiced notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10295) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle at yesprís place. One of those that I was sure I has rated as I knew I has had a bottle. Thanks Jesper. Pours a nice hazy amber-brown colour with a big head. Aroma of toasted malt, fruits and caramel. Good mothfeel. The flavour is sweet with toasted caramel and malt, spices, fruits and some yeast. Nice spiced toasty bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grovlam (4207) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2007
Bottle. [Courtesy of yespr, tasting @ yespr] Huge thick beige fine head that mostly lasted. Light cloudy amber colour. Good display of lacework. Fruit, yeast, caramel, toasted malt, citrus. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Light sweet and acidic flavour. Light sweet fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7215) - Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 11, 2007
Draught at the brewpub.
Pours a orange amber colour with small white head and fresh fruity nose. The aroma is malty, fruity and slight yeasty with notes of alcohol and spices. Some sediment at the bottom. Very good beer for the beginning of my Amsterdam beer hunt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Bottle @ Beer Circus, Croydon. Pours reddish / brown. Aroma is nutty / citrus / cloves. Taste is spicy / yeasty hops make an appearance as it warms. Some bitterness in the finish.

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