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

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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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).


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Red color with a thick beautiful rocky head. Hoppy nose thats toasty with lots of fruity hoppy tastes. I'm finding this really hoppy compared to most of the Euro beers i've been drinking lately. Piney, resinous bitterness. Sweet cookie malt, extremely well balanced. While in the Beirkonig I didn't know what to buy but the clerk told me I would love this and oh did I ever. Sooo Solid and very interesting

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2005 This is very interesting. Ive had 2 of this one, a new one, and one that was approximately 2 years old, and the difference was quite large. The new one is very hoppy, bitter, lightly fruity, quite heavily spiced. The older one was much sweeter, still some bitterness but much less than the first one, and very, very smooth. Strong citrusaroma nd taste. I like both of them but prefer the older one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2437) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2006
Tasted this a few months ago but keeping up on my ratings is getting to be quite a labour. Relying on notes as this sold out quickly here in Oz, limited to only a few cartons. Here goes:-
Into a chalice at just on cool. Big, big dense, creamy-thick crown erupted off the pour to settle in on the throne for the length and leave a lovely web of lace. A hazy, dull orange gold body filled the most of the glass, finely carbonated as it was with just a little floating debris bobbing about amongst the slow to release bubbles. Fresh guava, banana, riesling wine, avocado and all manner of other exotic fruits excite the nose. This is absolutely entrancing to whiff, exciting even, showing a rough shadow of Brett. yeast like an Orval clone. It works. Leafy, fresh spices grip the mouth almost instantaneously upon the liquid contacting the mouth. Beautifully presented display of Summer fruits, quenching, juicy and exotic, making the palate tingle with life. A dampening layer of sweet toffee is the only thing stopping this, and me, from taking off. Tart, tight fruit in back with a Brettanomyces like, hairy, acidic swallow adding more reasons for me to like this. The body is firm, smooth and oh so long. Finish is slightly lactic, tart and ripe with all juices flowing as all guns blazing. Near empty I got whiffs of vanilla and a vanilla bean showing on the swallow, it was there, it worked. Alcohol sits idle despite a slight warmth in the swallow. This was lovely stuff, Orval "No", Achel Blond 8 "No", but alone this was superb. Long, complex, fruity, sweet, dry, refreshing, contemplating when is my next!?! A very nice drop. Cheers to the ostrich brewery. (33cL, Batch No.5, Intl Beer Shop, W. Leederville)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 21, 2008
Courtesy bierkoning. Lightly hazy orange/amber. Small, dense off white head. Aroma is sweet and bretty- berry, cherry, sweet malt, floral, funk, pepper, airy yeast. Flavor adds some grassy, light citrus, lightly resinous hops and finishes herbal, bitter, and very dry. Medium to medium/full body. Soft carbonation. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rsedillo (18) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Good beer....The original brew for the company. A little on the floral side with a hint of caramel! A soft version of an IPA.........

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2002
Beautiful big head. Fruity, vanilla palate. Did not notice the alcolhol. Is a very good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OleR (4802) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 20, 2006
On tap @ Caf Belgique, Amsterdam. Cloudy orange/golden color with a nice dense white head. Excellent lacing. Lots of spices and herbs in the aroma, hops, sour fruits and citrus. Nice heavy hop flavour. Also fruits and a range of spices. Long delicate bitter finish. A really drinkable and interesting beer. A style in its own.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KnutAlbert (6143) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 12, 2007
From the Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Apricot aroma, sweet and sour. A soft and round beer, with complex flavour. In addition to the fruit, there are some spices, too - cloves and pepper. A warming afterglow with fine bitterness. A great beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Borresteijn (4792) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2008
On tap @ Caf Belgique. Hazy golden orange, big white head. Smell of coriander, IJ yeast funk, spices. Taste is sublime, but rather sharp. Some fruity sweetness first, but then really dry and bitter, with a very bitter aftertaste. A lot of citrus/grapefruit in there too. Bottle @ Caf Gollem: Tastes pretty much the same, but with a tad less bitterness and more yeasty funkiness. mIJ favourite!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
estpiwo (1279) - ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2010
At the brewery. Amber color with white head. Fruity aroma. Flavor is quite malty, but more sitter and hoppy. Strong bitter aftertaste. Good.


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