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


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RATINGS: 489   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 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 (8590) - 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 (20902) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3361) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Poured a murky amber orange, lots of floaties as seems to be typical of this brewer, good head that fades slowly to a thin, lasting layer. Aroma of tangerines and orange marmalade. Marmalade flavors up front, quite fruity, with a somewhat bitter, mineral finish. Alcohol a bit obvious. Sort of like a Belgian take on an IPA. The orange and tangerine flavors are quite upfront and dominate the profile, a refreshing change of pace. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JAN 11, 2006
A nice bready feeling to this one, no alcohol burn at all. Caramel.., abit of fruit. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vanvenlo (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JAN 5, 2006
16 June 2005 (Maastricht-Fallstaff) - Sweet sour earthy and steel aromas. Cloudy brown-red colour, good lacing, but low head. Sweet sour flavour that is reminiscent of a Orval with steely notes. Lingering steely flavour and thickish mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2005
33 cl bottle. Gorgeous looking beer with huge fluffy head on top of a hazy amber body. Aroma is funky and fruity and dominated by apricot. The flavor is sweet, malty and caramelly with hints of apples and almonds. A long bitter finish aids this beer in not being cloying, but unfortunately it also make it stand out a bit disharmonious. Lively mouth feel. The relatively high alcohol is extremely well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Some phenols in nose, some...orange cream muffin, some...cranberry jelly, some...sourdough bread. Overall abit heavy on the alcohol taste and the flavors are not integrated. Not entirely unlike a syrup and alcohol-laced tea eaten with neutral-flavored crackers. Am setting a few of these by to age. I sense some potential.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2005
Cloudy amber pour with a ring of white lace. Aroma of fruits and yeast. Flavor of fruits and yeast. The body is light with a powdery texture and strong carbonation.

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