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

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RATINGS: 510   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!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - 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!

3.7
   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.

3.6
   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!)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8376) - 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.

3.9
   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.

2.9
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
11.2 oz bottle bought for ~$5.50. Poured a hazy dark orange with a thin white layer of head that persists. A little lacing as well. The aroma is not strong, but there is a slight sweet citrusy smell along with some spiciness, vaugely reminiscent of anise. Taste has a decent sharp sweetness and spiciness to it, but it doesnít linger very much. Mouthfeel thinner than I like for Belgian styles. Good, but one can get more, better beer for a buck or two more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy golden with a large eggshell colored head. Aroma of citrus, fruit, and sweet. Flavor is citrus, fruit, and carbonated. Excellent beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Rich dark fruitiness, with some nice citrusy hoppiness, and a great spicy caramel maltiness, melds very nicely with a bit of yeastiness throughout. Super creamy texture, this is really quite tasty. A very nice surprise.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Massive frothy head. Pours a hazy amber. Nice carbonation and good lacing. I thought the appearance was perfect. A slight spicy aroma. A nice mild citrus taste but also a little malty. Just a overall wonderful Belgian style.


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