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


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RATINGS: 472   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - 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 (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2005
300 mL (?) bottle. cloudy amber orange, with strong citrusfruit, yeast, and alcohol aromas. im glad its nothing i spent a while looking for, because its nothing special, mostly just another average belgian ale. dont 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 (12538) - 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 Jgermeister. 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 (11940) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3052) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2005
Good dark amber with a nice glow. The off-white head is huge and creamy dense. Bready, yeasty, and fruity. Bit of caramel, cotton candy, mandarin oranges, nutmeg and bubblegum. Slight bite of alcohol. Lingering hop bitterness in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 11, 2005
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of frothy fine to large sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a very hazy yeasty brown colored body with suspended carbonation and a good lacing. The aroma was vinous yeasty malty and dusty. The mouth feel was tingly and smooth initially then mellowed in its lingering smooth slightly tingly finish. It had a mild vinous brown malt flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2005
My sample was undeniably sour and possibly infected, because after looking at other ratings, I am convinced something was wrong with mine. But notice the score. I liked it, a lot. Orange color with a monstrous rocky head. Orval-like nose, with fresh fruits and flowers, along with an enormous funky horseblanket whiff. Oily and slick texture, with an alcoholic edge. Leathery yeast about, with horseblanket and light fruits galore. While Orval is bone dry, this is very sweet, but, at least my sample, was very Orval-like. And since I love Orval, I thought this was quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2005
A Mes Rate: Quite unusual stuff this one. Dark cloudy amber body that is with you until you finish. Very yeasty nose and not that great for it i.m.o. A few oranges thrown in there too to make it a touch more pleasant. Orange and other citric tropicals fruits in the flavour topped off with yet more yeast and a touch of spice. Slightly sweet and the alcohol is clearly present but not too offensive. Finish is dry leaving behind a chunky and fruity aftertaste. Erm... not bad

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8627) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 Bottled. A hazy amber coloured beer with a reddish hue and an avalanche of a head. The aroma is yeasty, fruity and spicy. The taste is typical of a Belgian Strong with spices, alcohol and yeasty characteristics. Nicely full-bodied. Good stuff from a brewery I like. Score 3.8
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.7

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