Brewed by Brouwerij ít IJ
Style: Abbey Tripel
Amsterdam, Netherlands


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The first beer to come out of our vats, back in 1985, making it the classic beer of Brouwerij Ďt IJ. It is a Ďtripelí, the category reserved for the stronger, blonde beers in Belgian tradition. Zatte more than lives up to expectations in this respect. It is a full-bodied, golden beer with a scent of fresh fruit mingled here and there with a hint of grain. The flavour is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste. A delicious beer that can be enjoyed in all seasons.


   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Hazy golden color,nice off white head that had a good hang time then faded leaving a slight lace behind.The aroma was fruity with some good hints of citrus and light malt with maybe a slight sweet side voming through.The flavor was sweet and malty with a good citrusy side coming through to go along with a sort of heavy feeling on the pallate,i also detect a sort of metallic side in the finish but itís not something that detracts from the over all flavor or experience of the brew.Very nice and well worth trying again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2006 Bottle. Medium white head upon a hazy golden/orange body. Fresh acidic fruit aromas; oranges, green apples and dried fruits. Flavor is sweet and fruity with yeast and spices. Nice long acidic/bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth mothfeel. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Bottle sampled with Beerded_one. Pours hazy golden with a 2 finger thick white head with good retention. Aroma of fruit (almost lambic -like), citrus, belgian yeast and spices. The flavor is fruit, spices, yeast, some bitterness, and a small alcohol kick. Good body, good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2006
33 cl bottle. Slightly cloudy orange-yellow beer with a thick pillowy white head that lasts to the end of the bottle. Aroma is very spicy with notes of apricot, bread and honey. Flavour also shows a lovely bready complexity backing up peach, cinnamon and clove. A kiss of plummy flavour as well as the lighter fruity notes, apricot/peach, wheaty spice and a fairly full creamy body. Finishes slightly herbal with a lingering floral hop note over everything. Lovely brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4694) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2006
Pours a slightly hazy deep gold into a tulip. Conglomerate head quickly recedes, but stays on the surface. Fruity apricot, green apple and bisquit aromas. Slick. Sharp fruit and caramel notes. Like a caramel apple. Lasting spicy apricot finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3064) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2006
Hazy golden body with a large, tight beaded, white head. Aroma of some spice and also some fruit such as orange and maybe even passionfruit. Medium body, some cheese, some citrus notes and severeal other flavours, good carbonation and seems to have a long finish. Enjoyed this drop although my partner didnít.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Following our relatively recent visit of Amsterdam, myself and my good friend McNick had three remaining bottles of ít IJís offerings. What better than an afternoon triptych with some brilliantly crafted ales? Our first aspirant was the Zatte, exhibiting the consistently flawless beauty of ít IJís brews in its slightly foggy acacia honey hue and fabulous flocculent foam. Sticky specks of lace cover the goblet as it engulfs my nose to reveal sweet melligenous scents flowing into fruity notes of apricot and orange peel. Nectarean yet spicy; were I more hirsute, one could have inadvertently confused me for a gargantuan bumblebee collecting its treasure. Coriander, nutmeg and white pepper in equal proportions lend to the complex fragrance. Also notable are corn flour and artichoke, the former characterizing the cereal tonality of tripels, the latter representing a vegetative aspect common throughout ít IJís gamut. Spices dazzle the tongue with a dry blend of pepper, paprika and coriander to which the familial asparagus flavor confers a touch of the breweryís unique character. Pineapple, perfume and Corn Flakes form an equally eclectic trio befitting the prickly palate and nearly absent alcohol. The sum can be gulped with no worry and plenty of punch - a top tripel, to be sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
My second time around with the people from tIJ brewery. The first wasnít the best of beers so I had hoped this was better, and it proved to be so. Aroma was fruit (apricots) and yeasty, but fairly one dimensional. A cloudy orange/yellow color. Flavors were apricots, bready yeast, some malt sweetness and a bit of citrus. I think Iíd buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Another interesting trippel that I picked up during my travels. Slightly sweet, but not over the top or cloying. Cookie dough maltiness with some orage jamminess, thick sticky mouthfeel. Finishes dry, but has a wonderful lingering finish, like a dry sauvingon blanc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2718) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 29, 2006
33cl bottle, best before 03/2006. Drinking it right now. Poured into small Bodum glass coffee cup. Deep golden color with lots of sediment and visible carbonation (bubbles). Looks like a golden gelatin. Small head. Present aroma - lots of candi sweetness but in a different manner. Real deep earthy sweetness. I am starting to get a rhythem to these beers aromas. Taste is similarly earthy belgian. I almost want to say a roasty sweetness or woodsy. Leaves a sweet wet forest aftertaste. Original.

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