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


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RATINGS: 495   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy orange\gold with a large fluffy beige head. Aroma of citrus, belgian style spices, fruit, yeast, and sweetness. Flavor is citrusy, fruit, spices are present, carbonated, slight sharp hoppy bite, smooth, a little weak for a belgian strong, but very good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
Cloudy with a light brown color. If it were brighter it would be a foggy coppery color. Light brown dirty foam. Tastes like awful homemade apple juice. I do not like it. It tastes like "Oops! This is bad!"

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 11, 2006
I bought a bottle of this at a liquor store in Las Vegas back in September while there for business. Cloudy orange color. It had a nice honey taste mixed with fruit, and dashed with a yeastiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2006
The body is a medium very cloudy copper with some fast moving bubbles in the tulip glass. The head is large and tight that lasts a long time. The aroma is light balsamic vinegar with some cherries. There is also some rich leather and a little bit of buttery toffee. The taste is dry with slightly oxidized cherries. There is also some black pepper spice that lingers in the finish along with a hint of barnyard. The body is relatively smooth and light for a Belgian strong. A crisp mouthfeel that is somewhat refreshing. A little too dry for the style for my tastes. But at least it is an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2645) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bottle, Chimay glass. Pours with no head but medium carbonation. The beer is really murky, lots of sediment, so much it sticks to the side of the bottles. Almost looks like a beer jello when standing still with all the ediment and carbonation. The smell is sour, at first I thought I might have got a ruined bottle (dated 7/04) but soon realized definitly not. The taste to me is interesting. Its definitly a belgian strong ale (despite only being 6.5%) but its got a littel twist to it like some of the other t IJ brews. The taste is very effervescent and trails off leaving a crisp feeling on your palate. But I could still taste the beer minutes after the sip. Goes down smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lunkie (1496) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
Sweet and sour aroma. Cloudy red brown colour with fair head nad lacing. Sweet and sour flavour with strange aftertaste like metal. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Pour is murky brownish amber with a big bubbled off white head...smell is overwhelming at first with yeast and must, something astringent too...lots of citrus as well...not intensely pleasant, but still not aweful...taste is sweet at first, turning vegetable bitter and alcoholic...drain pour...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (8644) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 2, 2006
(bottle) Hazy and pale amber coloured effervescent hue with a giant foamy off-white head. Yeasty, fruity (orange) and moderately sweet doughy malt aroma with cloves. Candied sweet malty initial flavour and orange fruity and yeasty taste, medium to full bodied, lively carbonated mouthfeel; almost dry, fruity and slightly bitter hoppy coriander-spicy finish with a tart aftertaste. Complex and powerful brew, but slightly unbalanced. (Thanks bierkoning for this one !)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oh6gdx (21326) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2006
Bottled. Hazy orange colour, mediumsized foamy head. Weak barnyardish caramellish aroma, which is a bit weird. Flavour is sweet malty with wheaty hints. Pleasant flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This beer offers an aroma full of the fragrance of wheat with strong citrus undertones. A cloudy graham cracker color that pours a good thick head that quickly dissipates to thick glaze. This beer is very thick and heavy beer grabs the tongue and lifts it with the flavor of sweet wheat. The sweet wheat taste fades leaving a nice nutty citrus flavor lingering on the palate and in the throat.

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