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


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RATINGS: 514   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marsiblursi (3052) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2006 (Bottle at The Rover, GŲteborg) Pours hazy, yeasty amber. Small white head. Dried citrus fruits in aroma with nuts and creamy toffee/cookie malt. Some allmond paste and yeast with acid hints. The flavour is medium sweet with a strange bitterness. A bit sour. Round, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5083) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle at The Rake, London. Hazy, orangey amberwith a huge head. Fruity, leathery Orval-like Brettanomyces aroma. sweet, yet bitter, very Orval-like, only with warming alcohol. Dry finish. Full-bodied, good carbonation. One of the greatest Dutch beers around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle. Huge foamy light tanned head. Color is slight hazy orange/golden. Sweet and fruity aroma with notes of fresh hops. A remarkable tart taste along with malt sweetness, spices, oranges and some yeast. Well hopped and well balanced. Long dry finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 24, 2006
Botlle from DA. Medium golden color with a slight haze. Aroma is deep and yeasty. Booze hidden well. Tasty, yeasty flavors. Bits of funk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
33cl bottle purchased on the advice of beastiefan2k Dark orange/light brown beer. Thin white head. Aroma is very sweet and malty. Sweet plumy aroma, some rummy raisiny notes as well. Spicy yeast and some soft wheaty pepper. Clove and cardamon aromaa. Flavour is good, nice sweet maltiness up front with clove and a bit of dustiness apparent as well. Soft but full texture. Very plummy and rummy. Light herbal flavour toward the finish with low to moderate bitterness. Tasty brew especially considering the bottle was only two bucks. Thanks for the heads up Eugene!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2006
9% on label. Poured a hazy light amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of toffee, spice, light sugar notes and hints of leather. There even seems to be a little mint in there. Light tartness on the fruity flavor. Mild spice on the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 11, 2006
9%, not 6.5%. Hazy yellowish orange, huge white head. Nose has a ton of yeast and some citrus. Didnít quite taste like I expected, more a saison flavor, with the extra alcohol playing a supporting role. Nice texture (there almost had to be after pouring what seemed to be a ton of yeast into the glass!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. This poured hazy orange with a 1-finger off-white head. Aroma of floral and spice, with some funky yeast notes, tart fruit notes, and a rather gueuzy smell after a few whiffs. The taste was spicy, citric and floral, with some funky peaty malt, cobwebby yeast, and tart fruit notes. Lots of sediment in this, which is a good thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
The bottle i had was 9% not 6%. Very dry fruity spice aroma and finish. The dryness was amplified by the fig sweetness up front, peppery and earthy throughout. The dry dustiness kinda reminded me a bit of orval in mouthfeel. A kinda apricot/plum fruitiness warmed in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2006
11.2oz, notched at 02/06. My bottle says 9% ABV. Pours a cloudy brown orange with dark brown sediment, and a large, creamy offwhite head. Aroma of brown sugar, citrus, some sour yeast (the kind I canít stand, which I attribute to old beer), misc spices--not a terrbly strong aroma. The taste has the addition of dust and some alcohol up front, but--maybe itís simply the strain of yeast that imparts this sour bleh flavor--but I simply donít like it. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. There is just one lace on my glass, though it does thicken and thin. Pretty. Not a horrible beer, as it seems that many like it, but I simply donít care for it.

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