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


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RATINGS: 506   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 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 can’t 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 it’s simply the strain of yeast that imparts this sour bleh flavor--but I simply don’t 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 don’t care for it.

   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 doesn’t 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2870) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - JUL 8, 2006
On tap at the brewery. Served warner than should be for such a strong ale. Pours an amber to gold color, with a thick head. The body is medium to light, with a very slight sweetness. The finish is a bit sweet and lingering. There’s no hint of the 9% in the aroma, taste or finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Murkiness commands the look of this brew, cast in an amber hue, nestled under a neat, creamy head. Aroma: soft and lightly citric, spritz of spice. prodigious yeast. Yum....big citric bite, lush yeast, nice huge hoppiness...pleasing on the palate, quite tasty...some of those Dutch can make a nice Belgian, can’t they? Creamy, tasty mouthfeel, wonderful tang on it, exceptionally smooth, rewarding and worth the drinking. Worth the coin, however? I paid nearly $5 for this bottle..despite it’s goodness, I probably won’t again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StephenWade (28) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - JUN 22, 2006
This has a cloudy peach color, light head, smells of alchohol and honey aromas, and tastes very close to how it smells. It has honey overtones and an ever-so-slight bite; it ends crisp and light, with a fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8465) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2007 Draft glass
Consumed at ’t IJ, Amsterdam, May 2006

Very smooth and creamy texture. Cookie and cracker malt flavor, maple and caramel flavors as well. Cinnamon scented, but light. Sweetened candy sugar evident, and finishing with a toasted corn flavor. Good stuff, but too sweet.

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