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

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RATINGS: 508   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The first beer to come out of our vats, back in 1985, making it the classic beer of Brouwerij ‘t IJ. It is a ‘tripel’, 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.

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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KnutAlbert (6377) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 5, 2007
This one was probably a bit off - bacteria infected. 33 cl bottle, bought in Amsterdam. Golden, hazy ale, a bit of a barnyard smell. Metallic, spicy, a bit sour. Some fruit, a littley yeasty finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6763) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2007
"Had fresh on tap at the tiny brewpub in Amsterdam: Looks alittle like Duvel but darker, has a big head to but alot fuller and creamier. honey apple alco smell. boom! has a noticable kick. but a fruitiness in the taste is nice. a good good tripel..."

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1796) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2007
Could be something wrong with my brain as the t’IJ beers do have appear to have a definate likeness - not a bad thing of course given how impressive the house style is. Spice and hops on the nose - nice. More of the same on the palate. Taste profile is very well supported with a thick layer of strong malts and alcohol. To my mind might need a touch more weight to be truly deserving of abbey tripel status. Nothwithstanding a distinguished beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
330 ml bottle. Orange golden colour. Clear. Small head. Same brett aroma as found in the dubbel. Apricots and strawberries. High in carbonation. Mellow maltiness. Quite light malt flavour. Some drying floral hops. Fruity and a little grassy finish. Infected. Seems like a problem at the brewery.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
larsga (6676) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2006
Small white head. Orange body. Acidic, lambic-like barnyard aroma. Acidic, spicy, fruity bitter chalky tobacco taste. Clear traces of brett. :-/ This is infected, just as the Natte I had last night. Yeasty taste. Probably a lot better when not infected. Should re-rate. (0.33l bottle, thanks to Knut Albert.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
Very large offwhite head of fine bubbles. Very dense and creamy on top. Zesty orange, spices and yeast in the aroma. Nice meld of aromas for this triple. Very good carbonation. Reduces to a thick sticky sheet of lacing. Color is a slightly cloudy golden orange. Lightly sweet and malty. More orange zest and spices. Quite the good balance and very tasty. Little alcohol warming. Finish is clean with a little lingering sweetnes. I am enjoying this brew quite a lot!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2006
Dark yellow colored, cloudy appearance. Medium sized white head. Again this fine traditional T’Ij-aroma: rich dryness with hops and obvious yeast, fruits, apple, lemon and spices also there. Medium bodied. Even better flavor with orange, strong yeast, apple and hops. Crispy palated.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (3933) - - NOV 11, 2006
sweet citrus aroma. cloudy yellow with a medium sized white head. woody, olive flavors mixed with a tripel. not diggin’ this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2006
33 cL. Bottle. It pours a medium pale color with a white head and slick lacing. The nose has fresh fruit and malt aromas. The flavor is spicy, and full of malt but also with a tart acidy finish. It has a nice dry and crisp mouthfeel. Very well done beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle sampled with Stegosaurus. Pours hazy gold with a white head. Aroma of fruit, citrus, and spices. The flavor is fruit, alcohol, citrus, and spice. Great beer.


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