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

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RATINGS: 569   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10925) - Tromsø, - SEP 23, 2012
Thanks to OleR for sharing a 330ml bottle at Håndverkerstuene. Lasting, lacing-layer covering a cloudy golden body. Dried fruity and mid-sweet malts to the nose. Rounded flavour of dried fruits alongside yeasty fruits and spices upheld by citrus bitterness towards the ending. Alcohol warmth. Satisfying (Oslo, 15.09.2012).


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1529) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 11, 2016
Vom Fass. Dunkel goldenes Bier, kaum Schaum. Duft nach roten Beeren und etwas Alkohol. Der Geschmack hat Kräuter, Bitternoten und Beeren. Recht rund und Alkohol ist gut eingebunden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zlotta (1800) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 6, 2016
0.33 l bottle from ’Sterk Avondverkoop’, best before May 2017. Clear, dark brownish amber with a medium large, frothy, stable, white head. Sweetish-malty, slightly spicy aroma of caramel, honey, nuts and some spicy hops. Sweet, malty and quite spicy taste of caramel, honey, nuts, cinnamon, some coffee and clove, followed by a medium long, moderately bitter, slightly yeasty and quite spicy finish. Medium to full body, creamy to oily and moderately effervescent mouthfeel, soft to average carbonation. Nice!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gurthnar (4780) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2016 Bottle from Damian. Absolutely unbalanced, with unpleasant amounts of roast and coffee, bitterness serves only to reinforce this impression. Meh. Not my cup of beer at all. HOT FOR A RERATE

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MisoW (3059) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2016
Bottle by Gurthnar, many thanks. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma of caramel, malt, grainy. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, malty, hoppy, bit yeasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
corkyrory66 (1319) - BELGIUM - JUL 5, 2016
Bière qui n’est pas du tout une "belgian strong", comme catégorisé par ratebeer, mais une amber ale dans le pur style américain, et si on veut ajouter strong, on peut, puisqu’il y a 9 % abv à la clef... Donc une "strong american amber", houblonnée au Columbus, pour parler clair !! Mon exemplaire avait 7 mois de plus que sa date. Couleur ambre abricoté foncé, à la clarté nette. Bulles moyennes nombreuses, à montée lente, ce qui est toujours amusant … Mousse beige moyen, bien crémeuse, stable à 9 mm ; superbe. Arômes de houblon, malt cara, cire d’abeille, pointe de figue sèche, tabac brun léger. 1ère bouche veloutée à la belle entame maltée, avec des épices fondues. Arrière-bouche longue, à l’équilibre très agréable. 2ème à la superbe texture, et un ensemble qui monte en harmonie. Arrière-bouche douce, bien fondue, équilibrée. 3ème au très bel ensemble malt/houblon/épices. Arrière-bouche avec du caractère, et au fond malté. Longueur où l’amertume perd de sa noblesse, l’ensemble est moins distingué, donnant plus sur le caramel. Jambes denses, serrées, groupées, adhérentes aux parois. Levure souple, fruitée et boisée, belle ligne. Alcool solide et parfaitement intégré à l’ensemble, il participe aux saveurs, mais ne peut éviter la descente sur la longueur. Finale belle mais pas étonnante. CONCLUSION : bière au bon départ, mais qui descend sur la longueur, ce qui est toujours dramatique … La fusée Columbus redescend sur terre !!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bijl (148) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
Amber van kleur, gele schuimkraag, licht troebel/waas. Aroma is Moutig, karamel, kruidig, bloemen en Belgische gist.... banaan. Smaak: Fruitig zoet, karamel, moutig, kruidige hops, Belgische gist en aardig wat alcohol warmte. Een redelijke eindbitter met wat kruidigheid.. gaat over in zoet. CO2 is medium, volle body en een ietwat romig mondgevoel. Zoet en plakkerige afdronk. Deze is om rustig even mee weg te zakken.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (2746) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 10, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours clear amber-copper. Nose is sweet, Belgian yeast, fruits. Tastes sweet caramel, spicy yeast, bittersweet finish. Decent representation of the style but slightly boozy and one-dimensional.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Serapac (337) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2016
Bottle, Volkshotel Amsterdam. Clear dark amber, small unstable off-white head. Aroma malts, caramel. Taste follows, gradually adding bitter hoppy elements. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (612) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2016
The beer has a nice look. The color of the beer is a nice amber. The beer has a little cloudiness. The light orange glow in the beer is beautiful. On top of the beer a nice layer of white foam is poured. The foam collapses over time, to leave a very thin drape of foam. The beer smells nice, very nice. I smell a nice almondy alcohol aroma to begin with. I also smell some malty tones, some sweet fruit notes and a little bitter fresh hop aroma. There might be a little dark bitter touch to it. Is it roast, or chocolate? It’s a nice little contrast with the fruity sweets. The taste of the beer is also nice. I taste a very fruity flavor, it reminds me a little of the fruitiness a sweet white wine can have. There is also a lovely almondy alcohol flavor. I also taste some fresh hops. The finish has a dry bitterness. It has a little wood flavor and a pinch of metal. It could have been a bit better in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (428) - Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, GERMANY - APR 29, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2016 Belgisch!? Yepp!!! Sprizig. Hoppy. Fruity. Kräuter. Honig. Und dann der Barley Wine lastige und extrem lange, süffige Nachtrunk. BIG!!! Kleine Flasche direkt von der TIJ Brauerei. Ca. 2 Euro.


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