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


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RATINGS: 560   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2007
2/1/05 330ml. Plaza liquor. Amber with small white head. Spicey hoppy aroma. Sharp yeasty spicey taste with some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 09/02/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting

opaque light orange, whispy white head, touch of lace, yeasty bread aroma with light fruit, big yeast flavor, light bitterness, touch of dry fruit,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scanovajr (663) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - AUG 28, 2007
Bottled @ Cafe Belgique, Amsterdam. A red beer with a small white head. Aroma is fruity and flowery. Taste is malty and sweet. Nice flowery hops in the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8435) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2007
Bottle. High fluffy but lasting off-white head. Haxy orange body. Grassy and hoppy aroma with a hint of nuts. Fruity (mainly oranges) well catbonated and hoppy flavor. Long bitter hops aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 4, 2007
[Shared with Erik.] I like thisone quite a lot. Notes of flowers and parfume in the good way, some bitterness, fruits and yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7272) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 23, 2007
330. Thanks, TheWolf! I think I may be starting to get this funk thing. Slowly. And this beer is available in Seattle now, at least occasionally, so maybe Iím just taking baby steps, but I am kind of liking this beer. Pours hazy coppery dark amber with a thick platinum blonde head, lots of lace. Big funky nose: sour cherries, foot, basement, horse blanket. Clearly some widely variegated spontaneous fermentation happening, albeit down the road a piece from the Belgian originals. Fizzy carb, medium body, lots of dank heavy funk all over the mid-palate. This one isnít actually a whole lot easier to take than the seriously funkified lambics, but itís juuuust sweeter/softer enough to hit me where I want to be hit and itís a pleasure to drink. A gateway funk, perhaps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2007
smells very hoppy, almost like an IPA. golden brown with big head. after tasting it its still bitter hoppy with a few sweet caramel hints.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miksu (5038) - Jyvšskylš, FINLAND - JUL 11, 2007
Draught at the tíIJ brewpub. Amber color with small floating chucks and creamy head. Bittersweet, very phenolic, peppery, worty and toffeish aroma and flavor. Some orange and lemon flavor. This was the best of the beers tasted at the brewpub and I was quite dissappointed. I very much prefer the dryer bottled versions of IJ beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3359) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 9, 2007
Pours to a caramel colored body with a lasting tall dense foamy white head. Lots of large particulate. But, one must hold it to the light to notice it. The aroma is mineral laden yeasts and yellow apple skins. Biere de garde like. The flavor is yeasty, dusty, some sort of fruits like apples or pineapples, and aged hops. The palate is heavily carbonated, very creamy, and mineral laden. This one tastes very similar to other ít IJ beers Iíve already had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2007
From an 11.2 oz bottle from Grapevine Travellers in Medford, MA. Wow, what a surprising aroma! I can only describe it as candy-spicy-urinal. Huge, fluffy white head. Flavor is quite interesting, too. If you could imagine a ídry beerí, like a ídry wineí, thatís the malt flavor. Followed by a spicy-bitter hop presence, and then a íhotí alcohol flavor. Big time spiciness in this beer-- I canít tell if spices have been added or if itís just the effect of hops and high alcohol content. Very bubbly. Anyway, interesting brew-- but not great. Will probably complement the cheese Iím about to eat.

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