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


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RATINGS: 531   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (7033) - Hsselby, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2007
(Bottle, Monks Caf, Stockholm, 2 Feb 2007) Amber colour, slightly hazy, with huge off-white head. Fruity nose with notes of apricots, orange, Seville orange and lots of spicy, flowery hops. Fruity taste with a nutty backbone (walnut?), notes of dried apricots, grapefruit and loads of spicy hops in the finish. Quite complex brew with a lovely spicy, hop character. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2007
Bottled. brownish amber with a big white foam. Quite dry and fruity aroma of roses, , pine-apples, kiwi and grassy hop oils. Dryish aromatic aflavour of flowers, yeast and caramel. Long warming aftertaste of wet grass, roses and caramel. Really interesting belgian strong, this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - I was waiting on this one to come around and it did not disappoint. An aroma of burnt toast, raisins, sweet and fruity malts abound. Appearance was golden orange in color. Mouthfeel was very spritzy and lively. Flavors were sweet fruits, yeast, some toasted cracker...very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7096) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
outta ye ole bottle...if you like golden ales that make you float, float with Columbus. looks nice but tastes better. honey and all that greet the taste buds. im all for it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2457) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Huge off-white head of fine bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Reduces to a rocky foamy clump. Sweet orange aroma with apricots and spices. Lots of fruit and yeast and spices. Smells more like a belgian triple. Color is a hazy dark orange. Fizzy in the mouth with lots of spice and yeast. More fruit. Little tart and dry at the finish. An ok belgian but not all that great in comparison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2006
Heavy, strong yet refreshing, with the typical t Ij spice - very prominent coriander. Looks opaque and thick - it feels very opaque and thick on the palate too, with a heavy & full body. Nice and hoppy with an in-your-face taste & aroma - dry, piney and yeasty. Overall bold & strong. Nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 11, 2006
cloudy dark orange with a large cream colored wavy head. aroma of citrus, wood, olives, hops, oranges, pineapple. flavor is wood, yeast, marshmallows, and olives. must be aged in oak barrels. decent, but i hate the woody(olive) flavors.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scania (188) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Orange. Off-white head. Aroma: Sulphur/egg. Flavor: Malt and a hint of apricot. Fruity finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2006
Thick head on a dark golden coloured body. I drank it a a Dutch beer tasting, after a couple of less interesting brews, and I must admit it took me by surprise. Surprisingly good, although quite yeasty and strong, but Id love to get drunk on it. Very enjoyable indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1882) - Earth, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 11.2 oz bottle into a English Pint glass. Pours a crisp looking golden color with lots and lots of bubbles rising in the brew with a big foamy and pillowy white head. Floaties waver around with the bubbles. Lots of breads and yeasty smells waft off the brew. A bit of spices mixed in there as well. A bit of a sweet malt flavor comes in on the palate first, which then moves into a peppered and spicey yeast note that lingers for a bit. Kind of has this weird appley fruit thing going on past the spices, where it finishes out. The spice lingers for a quick minute. Kind of reminds me of a triple, but way more spiced. Enjoyable, but nothing to WOW about.

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