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

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RATINGS: 468   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hamblema (5) - - MAR 13, 2014 does not count
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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
fomentateur (110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2004
Columbus pours wonderful with a nice golden color and a short tight white head. I am very impressed that the bottle has held up as well as it has. Although it doesn't pour out of the bottle as well as the draught version at the brewery (with a huge white head) I will settle for the bottle. Somewhat pungent aroma, crisp malt flavor, and slight alcohol burn for an exeptionally balanced finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
miquelcrush (1273) - Granollers, SPAIN - APR 14, 2014
Cervesa fosca díestil belga amb molt bon equilibri entre líalcohol, el gust dolÁ de la malta i líamarg del llķpol. Cerveza oscura de estilo belga con un buen equilibro entre el alcohol, del gusto dulce de la malta y el amargo del lķpulo.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rsedillo (15) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Fantastic flavor will blow your mine. If you like beer this is a must! Its better tasting when sharing with family!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
KnutAlbert (6012) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2007
Bottle from the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Lovely cloudy, golden ale with a large firm head. The first sip puzzles me. What is this? An explosion of flavour. Fruit - apples, pears and oranges. Spice - nutmeg, corander and cinnamon. Hoppy fruitiness with a cider-like dry finish. All these elements blend superbly into each other. Amazing.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cadenwhitaker (19) - USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottle year 2006/02 - review year 2008/12 (almost 3 years old) 9% alcohol.... ok... where are they hiding the remaining 5%?! This is the smoothest 9% I think Iíve ever had. Some citrus, no hops, lemon in the smell... this beer has LAYERS! On one hand it is very easy to session, on the other hand it is very easy to sit back and appreciate. Fantastic. Reviewed again on 04-11-2009 Bottle year 2006/02 I decided to revisit this beer, as it was my gateway into belgians. Now that Iíve had more of the same style I felt it was a good time to see how it compares. Still, this is easily in my top 10 of beers. Again with this bottle Iím getting some citrus, lemon, honey, sugar and hardly any of the 9% of the alcohol. I dropped the score because the bottles are chock full of floaties... I really couldnít care but I suppose thatís not a very appealing thing. Still, after sampling this I havenít been able to find a good alternative, none of the other belgians taste at all like this one. Much sweeter, sweeter then anything Iíve had at Unibroue, sweeter then any of the trappists. Lots and lots of honey, with some citrus.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Murathor (1) - Barcelona, ANDORRA - FEB 5, 2014 does not count
Awesome beer. Excellent taste, smooth and better served if you are at "Cafe Oslo" (Amsterdam). Excellent beer for a good talk about craft beer or home brewing. Really really good

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3148) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 16, 2014
Piwo swietne i prawie dorownuje super dobrym belgijskim mocnym ale. Zaczne od zapachu, ktory jest bardzo kwiatowy zapach fiolkow i zwlaszcza bzu wyczuwalem. W smaku pieczona na parze pszenna bulka. Nieco miodu i owocu granatu. W koncowce lekko alkoholowe ale niezbyt to przeszkadza. Piwo tresciwe i z solidna slodowoscia. Piana trwala i spora, taka czapowata jak ja to okreslam. Do tego ekologiczne surowce i spora metnosc. Polecam

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2002
Slight banana nose.Overflowing head.Herbal bitter orange flavor then dark rye bread then the dry bitter herbal finish again.Its like a beer sandwich.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1270) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 10, 2003
I cant beleive someone posted and said this had an awful smell, a very nice smell, reminded me of Antiek Blonde alot. The beer is orange, with a massive white head. Spicy and bitter, with some fruity notes.. VERY NICE!!


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