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


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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a dark reddish brown. Nice sized white head, great lacing. Wonderful sweet, yeasty aroma. Flavor doesn’t live up to the appearance or nose, offputting sour notes. Mouthfeel a little thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2686) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2006
33cl bottle, best before 08/2005. Just drank it. Pours a beautiful brown/ruby red color and some lacing. Aroma is best part, roasty with plenty of belgian candi sweetness and a bit of sourness. Beer may be a bit past its time, definite sour aspect but totally acceptable. Taste is a bit thin though - not usual dubbel - lactosy roast with some sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12072) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a lightly hazy deep amber body with a moderate taupe head. Aroma of plums, chocolate, maple syrup, and toasted malt. Flavor of malt, dark fruit, caramel, and herbs with a mildly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Pours hazy light brown with small tan head. Aroma of medium to dark malt and candi sugar with some light earthy and alcohol smell. Flavor is bready yeast with light malt and a little sourness. Earthy and musty, and more hoppy than I would expect for this style. I wouldn’t classify it as a Dubbel, but maybe somewhere between a Dubbel and a Saison. Not to style, but I like it nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Quinten (1049) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 8, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 8, 2006 brown color, ligt brown head, thin bitter taste, bad smell like al the products of thise brewery, not a abbey dubbel at all! Re-rate, had a next one,..a bit better more character, used to be overall 2

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Beer pours a medium, murky red-gold color with an average-sized, frothy, off-white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is a pisser—either the complimentary or the derogatory definitions will work. It’s malty with moderate notes of toasted grain; heavily hoppy with a pungent note of pine/resin, herbs and straw (perhaps it was dry hopped?); heavily yeasty with strong notes of band-aid, horseblanket and barnyard, and moderate notes of cellar; moderate miscellaneous notes of urine, dill-like herbal florals, and a trace note of chewable Vitamin C tablets. The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderatly bitter with a short, lightly sweet, lightly acidic finish with bready retros. The body is light-to-medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is soft-to-average. I don’t love it, nor do I hate it, but one thing is for sure, I doubt I’ll ever have something else like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6512) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is murky light to medium brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (caramel, nuts), moderately yeasty (horseblanket, barnyard), with notes of band-aid and sour apple, hint of cherry. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. About as odd as the Plzen...very horsey/Bretty and tart, not usual characters for a dubbel. Whereas these characters are kind of cool in the Plzen, I did not care for them in this one. It was almost like a Flemish sour ale that wasn’t finished yet, or more accurately like a dumping glass at a beer fest that contained a mixture of lambics and brown ales. Confused and unenjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lunkie (1507) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2006
Malt hop aroma with sweetness and fruit. Clear red brown colour with fair head and lacing. Hop flavour with fruit and slight malt flavour. Smooth palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8196) - Ursel, BELGIUM - FEB 11, 2006
Chestnut coloured beer, end of bottle pretty ’unclear’. Good, creamy, whipped cream-like head, yellowish. Sourish nose, with some nice fruity acids, but also a bit lactic, on a malty background. Light citrus in the taste, but also a touch on the edge of infected. Malty, still sweet underbuild, fruity flavours of fresh figs. Caramel and some higher alcohols. Medium bodied, ends significantly lighter. Rather typical for ’t IJ. I call this "infected", but this kind of "infection" I’ll tolerate anytime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (21545) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2006
Bottled. Hazy brown/dark orange colour, small white head. Aroma barnyardish malts with weak hints of alcohol. Also in this one the aroma comes kind of weak. Flavour of sweet plum, alcohol and some "ginsengic" notes. (reminds of La Swaf!’s in a way).

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