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Brewed by Brouwerij ’t IJ
Style: Abbey Dubbel
Amsterdam, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
After the ‘Zatte’, this is the oldest beer from Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Natte is classed as a ‘dubbel’, a Belgian category of smooth, dark beers. Because we partly use dark malt, Natte has a reddish-brown colour and a smooth, roasted flavour with earthy tones of brown sugar, nuts and plums. Completed with slightly bitter hops, this is a nicely balanced beer and one of the brewery’s classics.

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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Huge pillow like head on top of a red brown beer. First pour is brilliantly clear with some yeast to follow. Lemon like aroma with some apricots and melon. Flavor is very dry and slightly acidic followed by some yeastiness and light bitterness. I’m not sure if it is infected or just very funky as the rest of the beers from this quite interesting brewery. Heavy carbonation an thin mouth feel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Pours a lightly hazy deep amber color with ruby-orangish highlights when held up to the light. It is toped by a frothy, finger-thick, amber tinged tan colored head. The aroma is an interesting mix of fruit and fresh-yeasty bread notes. Both the fruit and some alcohol notes combine to remind me of brandy, though only a hint in the finish. The aroma is quite complex, though it is certainly on the sweet side of things; I get notes of caramel soaked raisins, concentrated malt (almost extract like), a hint of cherries, and a rich almost aged character that has a touch of sherry. There is something almost vegetal in the aroma too, and I can’t quite place it.

The taste is only lightly sweet, at least in relation to the sweet smelling nose. There is still a fair amount of dark fruit notes though, I get notes of raisins and prunes predominantly. There is not much to balance the fruit notes either, I would have like a bit more yeast derived spiciness, or perhaps even a bit more body and strength. As it is, this beer has a medium to light body, and despite a slight bit of spiciness is fairly clean as well. There is a hint of aged malt character here as well, most noticeable as a slight sherry note and a sort of meaty stew-like note. This beer seems to end a bit thin, and perhaps even a bit drab. I have definitely had much better offerings from this brewery, though this is certainly not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsniclas (5644) - Billdal, SWEDEN - NOV 8, 2005
Bottled. Hazy amber, large white head. Some sourish choclate-ish aroma. Warm alco-feel with chocolate and licorice.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - NOV 7, 2005
33 cl bottle. Yeast in bottom. Reddish amber colour with a fluffy white head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma. Tasty flavour of dried fruit and some wood, the beer ends up little sour and dry.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11036) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2005
Amber, offwhite head. Toffe aroma with figs and some spices. Milky, malty flavor, a bit sourish and with a mild bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle, sampled at The Rover, Göteborg. Dark amber colour. Malty, appley nose. Earthy backbone, late appley in flavour. Also notes of almonds. Fruity. Long finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 31, 2005
For a dubbel, it was winey, but with a creamy texture and a fine bubbled head. A nice fruity/doughy mix, with flavors of berries, red grapes, dark sweet raisin bread, and cream. There was a bit of acidity and a lingering sourness at the end, that try as I might, did not grow on me. Still, a nice dubbel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2005
Fruit and malt in the nose, hazy ruby, with a small toffe ehead. Flavour is red plums, almonds and caramel. Very well balanced, complex, nicely bitter. Fine example! Thanks again mds.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21091) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2005
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured with an off white head. Aroma of malts, caramel and pine needles with acidic notes. Flavour of malts, fruits, caramel, yeast and pine needles with murky notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
bottle. brown-copper body with a soapy off-white head. nice perfumey malt aroma with notes of chocolate, raisins, and yeast. the flavour is sweet malt and is moderately complex while still being light on the palate. mild soapy bitterness in the finish. nice.


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