Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 541   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5017) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2007
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Fuffy off-white head meringues and volcanoes on surface. Tangy lemon/orange aromas. Smooth sweet caramel with an off-bandaid lasting spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fukito (976) - Santiago, CHILE - APR 5, 2007
Tap at Gollem, march 07. Shinny, hazy, golden-yellow color and a fine, creamy white head. Spicy, coriander, peppery with a slight alcoholic hint. Medium to light MF with a dry, spicy ending. Spicy aroma with a strange lactic touch. A nice, spicy, sipping tripple.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - APR 3, 2007
Date on bottle is Sept 2002. Very cloudy amber orange with a moderate head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is slightly oxidized but has notes of spices, various fruits, caramel, with a hint of funked fruit. Interesting stuff. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
Fynske Øldage 2005, Odense. Golden with a nice head. Mouthfeel is oily. Both aroma and flavour is deliciously complex with notes of caramel, fruit, flower, spice. sweetness, alcohol and a nice bitterness. A nice one!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2007
clear dark golden with a nice white head. good lacing. aroma sweet tea with a squirt of lemon....and some honey and hay. sweet pear flavor with a slightly bitter spicy hop bite. spicy bittersweet lemon tea finish. medium dry. full bodied but seems a bit thin. decent.....not bad.......just nothing fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1355) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Small bottle, poured a honey gold color with a nice white foamy head, pilsner malt and faint sweet fragrances, yeast, honey, small hop bouquet, some fruit fragrance, taste of bread, pilsner malt, small hop bite, some sweet in the mouth, faint alcohol in the nose with each drink, there is an off taste, this might be the alcohol showing (biting) through as it warmed, small sour citrus lemon taste, the alcohol became more evident as it warmed, this was ok, not worth the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kepano (249) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
A survivor of my trip to Amsterdam over a year beforehand, I was afraid the Columbus might have succumbed to its age - but how wrong I was. Dark apricot in color, a mountainous beige pillow lathers above. Well-buttered southern biscuits flourish on the nose alongside asparagus, peanuts, cookie, brown sugar and pineapple. An eclectic aroma, amusing to decorticate, but perhaps lacking balance or unity. The flavor suffers a similar predicament, suggesting burnt toast, banana, mango and hints of pepper and coffee. Smooth and finishing with a long fruity aftertaste, ’t IJ always seems to please by its exotic profile and indubitable quality. A solid effort, just not the brewery’s best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Huge creamy head on top of a hazy yellow brown. aromas of grapefruit and pineable. Flavor is mild, well balence between sweet fruit and sharp hops. smelled better than it tasted, but still a highly enjoyable beer. Sadly I don’t liv in A’dam anymore

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Creamy white excellent fully lasting head. Light amber colour. Wonderfull appearence. Powerfull hoppy citrus/pineappple aroma. Not as goreat flavor. Very fruity but also very messy finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2007
Pours a hazy orange with a giant white head. Aroma of orange and other citrus fruits dominate the nose. The flavor is a nice balance between sweet and sour, as well as a nice bicuity feel to it. The mouthfeel is creamy with a hint of spice. Very nice beer.

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