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’t IJ Speciale Vlo

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


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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A prize-winning beer that we brew specially for De Bierkoning. The fruity, bitter hops and lightly roasted malt complement each other perfectly in this light brown beer. These flavours are accentuated with a little coriander to produce a full aroma of flowers, citrus and a hint of caramel. An irresistible beer that was crowned in the Brussels Beer Challenge with a silver medal in the Herb & Spice category.

Vlo stands for Vodden, Lompen en Ongeregeld (translates a bit as rags, bags and bums).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zlotta (842) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2015
0.33 l bottle from ’Sterk Avondverkoop’, best before February 2016. Clear, orangeish amber with a huge, dense, almost stable, tan head. Sweetish, fruity-spicy aroma of coriander and peach with hints of honey and vanilla. Sweetish, fruity-spicy taste of peach and coriander with hints of honey, caramel and vanilla, followed by a crisp, medium bitter finish with hints of licorice. Medium body, slightly creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation. Very nice! But you really need to like coriander and peach, otherwise you’ll hate this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (3500) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle thanks to minutemat, cheers Matt. Slightly hazy golden amber beer. Aroma of yeast and malts. Taste is malts, caramel, yeast and some spice. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
s_hartshorne (2549) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2015
Bottle thanks to sarky northner via matt cheers boys. Golden ok head. Aroma is caramel malts coriander taste same some warmth yeast pepper lots of corriander. Ok body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (1347) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2015
On tap at Arendsnest. Light brown color, little bit of dark fruit flavor to it, but subdued. I can get both the flowers and the caramel...doesn’t sound like it’d be good but it works. One of the better beers on my trip for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (2343) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2015
Flaska från Saveur Bieré. Smak och doft av humle, malt, citrus, koriander, jäst med toner av karamell, plommon och övermoget äpple. Fruktig, lätt salt, fin beska med smak av citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jur (462) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2015
Draught & Wildeman, Amsterdam. Clear yellowish-amber. full head, with some ominous big bubbles. Nose hard candy, stagnant water.. Herby taste, cilantro, tad sweet..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (8525) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 5, 2015
Bottle at De La Gare. Pours very hazy orange with a big cream head. Aroma of salt and vinegar crisps, doughy malt and light fruity hops. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter with a touch of acidity that of course shouldn’t be there. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rikstar (1779) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 21, 2015
0,33l fles. Amber met een fijne crème kraag. Aroma met gist en banaan En Perzik. Smaak is zoet met caramel, bitterlemmon en grapefruit. Volle Body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2694) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 20, 2015
On tap. Pours a clear light mahogany with light head. Aromas of marmalade, spice, and dried bananas. Flavors of dark fruity esters, resin, bitter spice and toast. Quite bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PotjeBier (2290) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
From 1993 notes. 33 cl bottle. Copper/amber color. Aroma’s: fruit, hopbitter, light malt. Flavor is mild, light sweet, light bitter. Medium bodied. Long hopbitter finish.

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