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


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RATINGS: 586   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6765) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 10, 2016
330ml bottle (Alus Tirgus, Bergi). Clear dark amber color. Medium size, yellow-beige head, stays. Malty, apples, jam, sweet, fruity in aroma. Sweet, metallic, Belgian yeast, herbal hops in taste. Sweet floury malts and fruity in aftertaste. Dry mouthfeel. Tries to cover alcohol with sugar, but doesn’t succeed. Boozy brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rask0lnikov (941) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2016
Light amber colour. Little froth. Hints of gooseberries and caramel in the aroma. Sweet, caramelly, corny beginning. Brown sugar, hints of berries. Alcoholy, bit bitter finish. Sweet aftertaste. Sweet and strange.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
suurjuust (3153) - ESTONIA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle by Marduk. Almost clear amber pour, off-white head. Nose is sweet, malts, caramel, mashed potatoes. Flavor is belgian yeast, dried fruit, some candi sugar. Finishes with hop bitterness, one note stuff, just bitter. Some barley flour. Lingering booze. Weird one, boozy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (3537) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 8, 2016
Bottle, shared by marduk, thanks. Aroma is fruity, sour, berries. Flavor is sweet, berries, malt. Finish has some dry bitterness and alcohol. Overall: weird, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (2786) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - MAR 11, 2016
Draft 0.1l at the Brewpub Brouwerij ’ t Ij Amsterdam Netherlands. Taste with bro luttonm and Jelena.26.02.2016.Pour it dark brown color with small white head.Aroma of caramel, dubbel Belgian feel.Taste start with sweet fruity, raisins, some banana, continues with caramel, rusty just a pinch, Belgian yeast finish, full body, nice balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonkiedeaap (675) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from Dirk 3 in Hardinxveld. The beer is dark amber colored and has a nice large and stable white head, with livingly CO2. The aroma is hoppy and malty and has some nice notes of fruits (strawberries, peaches and apple), but also hints of grains. The taste is full and sweet with notes of ripe fruits and changes into a strong malt taste with tones of Belgian yeast. Also clearly noticable is the alcohol, but luckily not too much. The finish is light bitter and hoppy, but also a little dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jamaty (2035) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 22, 2016
Ambar, mucho sedimento flotando, y escasa espuma. Feo aspecto. Aroma alcohólico. En boca, alcohol claro. Alcohol predominante. Malta y lúpulo más o menos en equilibrio, pero sobrepasados por el alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Anthobeers (91) - - JAN 22, 2016
Arômes malté, alcoolisé, belle couleur miel trouble, goût très belge, trop alcoolisé, palais moyen, globalement pourrait être bonne mais trop forte

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Alausgidas (19) - - JAN 18, 2016
33cl bottle @home Aroma: fruits, citrus, herbs, caramel. Appearance: hazy golden, white beige firm head. Taste: moderate bitterness, light sweetness, Palate: average carbonation, medium body, bitter finish. Overall: liked it, did not feel that it has ABV 9%

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hamirubi (574) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - DEC 28, 2015
Sample from a 33cl bottle (26 IX 2015), shared with De Meetjeslandse Bierproevers. This amber coloured strong ale comes with a firm white head. The aromas make one think of hay, coming from the malts. Yet within the flavour, the yeast is dominant. It has some cellar and earth, dirt and dust: The typical ’t IJ aroma. Actually not that pleasant nor appealing to me. The sweetness thrives in the taste, together with a strong yeast sensation and warming alcohol.

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