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


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RATINGS: 587   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
An amber, craft beer with generous amounts of hops and alcohol. This copper-gold beer is a real heavyweight and a must for beer lovers. The liberal quantities of malt and bitter hops create a complex, full flavour. It starts as slightly sweet with malty aromas of chocolate, fruit and grain, while the bitter hops stand out nicely in the aftertaste. A feast for the connoisseur!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2008
On tap at the brewery under the windmill, Amsterdam (3/2008). Firm foam head is large and dense with small bubbles that produce a tight lacing. Syrupy texture. Strong finish of pepper, corriander, and bitter hops, dry and lasting. Other than that, pretty lackluster and average. It’s an able vehicle for the alcohol, which doesn’t show much amid overripe peach, cantaloupe, and sugary malts that slide over the carbonation and never seem integrated. Light and buttery on the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1475) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2008
Big beer that doesn’t hide its character. On tap at brewery. Pours hazy orange-brown with thin, grayish-white head. Fruity nose, malty. Lightly sweet flavor rolls into moderately hoppy kick. A bit warming, with some booze showing through. Big, fun and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (14457) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
Bottle. Golden colour with a beige head. Aroma is fruit, yeast, apple, caramel. Flavour is hop, yeast, caramel, apple, berries, spices. Nice body and a nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6829) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 11, 2008
(Bottle at Pikkulintu on 2008-04-18) Dark amber and cloudy. Almost white head with some tan. Fruity and bit sour nose. Medium palate. Fruity taste with some bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
330ml Bottle: Very sweet aroma. Smells of malts, candi sugar, plums, honey, and general sweetness. Poured orange/amber/copper in color with a small, creamy, off-white head that lasted throughout. Cloudy. Not sparkling. Full of large particles. Flavor is incredibly sweet. Tastes of malts, honey, candi sugar, bread, yeast, and some hops in the finish. Full body. Thick, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet honey and slight hop finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
borisz (408) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2008
The egg of Columbus, White head, golden cloudy beer. Good beer of Amsterdam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16760) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 26, 2008
Bottle. A golden, hazy beer with lots of floaties and a beige head. Fruity aroma with some spices, pale malt, yeast and a funky sourish, barnyardish touch adding a nice dimention to it. The same sourish, yeasty and barnyard is found in the flavor, only more evident than in the aroma. Quite fruity and bitter too. Full body, quite effervescent. Sour and fruity finish in a nice blend. There’s alcohol evident, but it’s well hidden for a 9% ABV beer, but it gives some warmth in the mouth. Overall, this is a beauty. (080426)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1772) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2008
Pours cloudy orange/amber, with a white head. Aroma is loaded with fruit. There’s some malt there, too. Flavor is fruit, sugar, spices, and yeast. A decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2008
Bottle, Gollem, Amsterdam, Pours a slightly cloudy golden colour with a decent head and some floaters..Lots of fruit in the aroma. Spicy and sweet taste. Smooth and very full bodied. Long and strong, but the alcohol is far from overwhelming. Clever stuff., another please...!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaxiDriver (1732) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAR 15, 2008
Bottle. Smells a litttle bit sour and fruity, strong smell of yeast. The Head is medium sized, creamy and white, stays very long. The beer is orange. A little bit sour in the mouth, medium duration. Dry, medium body, medium carbonation. Nice one.

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