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Natte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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41 Reviews
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Reviews: 41
Hads: 97
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 23.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

After the ‘Zatte’, this is the oldest beer from Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Natte is classed as a ‘dubbel’, a Belgian category of smooth, dark beers. Because we partly use dark malt, Natte has a reddish-brown colour and a smooth, roasted flavour with earthy tones of brown sugar, nuts and plums. Completed with slightly bitter hops, this is a nicely balanced beer and one of the brewery’s classics.
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Reviews: 41 | Hads: 97
Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 33CL bottle

A - A sludgy brown, almost zero tan head and nearly zero legs/lacing

S - banana (belgian yeast), lots of sweet malts, nice earthy hops, roasted grains, tons of terror and crisp water

T - very sweet malts, dry roasted grains, nice fruity/floral hops and a nice caramel.

M - Full bodied, nice balance, decent complexity, medium minus acidity, medium carbonation and a sweet malty/hoppy finish

D/O - This is a very simple and really nice dubbel. Nothing over the top but the flavor is perfect. Refreshing, for anytime of year, any weather and perfect to open or cellar for years to come

Final thoughts - No idea the price as it was a gift but the easy drinking flavor and nice 6.5% ABV does this beer/ale just right! Well done.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a balance of deep roasted malts and bitter hops. Had this from the tap in Amsterdam at the source and really enjoyed with a plate of smoked sausage and cheese. It had a darker amber and chestnut color

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Photo of EspressoGuy
2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml ... best before Nov 2015
L: cloudy brown with orange hints
S: malt combined with citrus, spice, cola
T: rich, malty, one dimensional, some alcoholic heat and stickiness on the finish. Alcoholic kick!
F: full-bodied
O: less and less enjoyable with every sip

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +15.3%

A – Good and dark tea like colouration with a baby finger of tight foam that leaves very little lacing in the glass. Zero evidence of carbonation,

S – Malt notes very apparent along with toffee and biscuit. Good hop smells; apple and plum notes.

T – Good hop and malt balance up front. Some mild toffee sweetness balanced by apple, plum and some rhubarb flavours. Some tea like flavouring in the after taste.

MF – Great body in the mouth and medium linger. There are some boozy notes and nice coating on the tongue.

O – Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. This is a pretty good Dubble with plenty of flavour without too much solvent taste. The malt flavours in here are pretty nice but to be honest they are not the best I have ever come across. However this is good enough for the style.

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Photo of benfons
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: hazy, cola colour, creamy head

S: yeast, sweet bready malts, hints of cola, caramel and apple

T: grassy notes, hints of brown sugar, malts, and even citrus

M: medium body, slightly undercarbonated, not dry (as the name suggests)

O: not something I will try again, undercarbonated, too sweet, little character

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brouwerij 't IJ Natte may look weird on paper (to a non-Dutch speaker anyhow) but it looks pretty good in the glass; dimmed, roast chestnut colour with an immense head, it would look great if its amber highlights weren't partly squashed by bottle sediment.

Dubbels are distinguished by two main qualities: rich, sweet malt and spicy, fruity yeast esters. This bouquet showcases only the latter, offering an abundance of candied and dried fruits (raisins, golden raisins, dates, prunes). Spice and savory storms are brewing...

And the palate is where lightning crashes. The taste is very spicy and dominated by an endless supply of clove as well as a mixture of nutmeg, pepper and anise. Golden raisin and dates are appreciated again. The malt bill offers only a hint of nuts or caramel, maybe.

It may be spicy enough to make you sneeze but in terms of malt Natte has only as much depth as a kiddie pool. Spicy/savory yeast entwines around it like climbing vines and chokes out everything else. In truth, however, the grain bill doesn't have the impression of complexity.

A Dubbels' charm is decidedly more sensual than either Abbye-style blondes or Tripels. Or at least it should be. Brouwerij 't IJ Natte is a little more dull to the senses than its better known Belgian counterparts. Still, it's not a bad little offering and I managed to enjoy it.

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Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked from the local bottle shop...when in Amsterdam, eh?

Pour is massively foaming, to the poinf that I am sniffing the cloudy, tan beer for possible badness. Nose is sweet and sweeter, gentle fruitiness, and a not quite right bit of something. Huh.

Natte ain't quite in the dubbel sweet spot. Sweeet - in fact, it tastes a half-ton like the Strruis I had from the brewery last night. I could pretty much clone that one. Sweet, light fruits, Belgiany yeasts. Add a slight touch of off-putting dankness and knock this down a bit. Would not want to go round after round with this bottle.

Pretty blah, not much more than average. The brewery seems to suffer from the same fruity mid-section in all its beers. Does not work as well here.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy amber in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light aromas of yeast, sweet malts and spices are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has flavors of pale malts along with hints of candi sugar. A faint amount of sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't the easiest drinking dubbel. I think I would have liked this better if it tasted sweeter.

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Photo of erickehoe
3.61/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into snifter. Cap says 01.2014. I reviewed this beer while listening to Low by David Bowie.

Pours dark toffee/coffee color with a 1/8 inch head. No lacing.

Smells like damp grass/straw. Sweet malts and dark fruits. Faint cloves.

Rustic malted barley hits first. A little bit of scalded flavor in there. Mostly refreshing in a pleasant way. It has a savoriness to it. Finishes with clean hops.

Its mouthfeel is thin but present and bubbly. The carbonation is subtle and light.


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Photo of Filosoof
1.7/5  rDev -51%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Forget the beautiful mill, forget their cosy terrace and shop and then try to be objective: this is really mud beer.

L: nice head but disappearing, ugly, cloudy ice tea colour;
S: really interesting: I have never smellt such a foggy smell; can caramel be rotten, then this is what it would smell like;
T: very tart, a mixture of not very fresh food, brrrr.
M: I do my best, headache beer, carbonation is alright though;
O: people who gave a higher grade than C, must be influenced by the nice view of this beautiful brewery; the beer itself is not drinkable.

Note: this is my second bottle in a month; both I have thrown away after compelling myself to take ten pulls.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Dark brown in color, with hues of orange, and an off white head that hung around. Laced well.

Smelled like a nut brown with a little spice. Fain dark fruit in there. Overall, fairly mild.

Some roasted grain comes through on the palate, with some sweetness that's comprised of nuts, berries, and other fruits. Little tart, but more sweet than anything else. Burnt sugar notes ride through the palate.

Creamy, medium body.

Overall I wouldn't say this holds up to other dubbels. But on its own it's an enjoyable brew that I enjoyed having outside on one of the brewery's benches with some of their cheese. Not groundbreaking, but it was definitely enjoyable for me.

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Photo of sfprint
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy hazelnut brown with a beautiful creamy even head. Lots of rising carbonation.

S: Banana, which differs from the atypical hefeweizen or sometimes witbier banana. It actually smells like a real banana. Then there's a chemically alcoholic quality to it, almost reminds me of mosquito repellent with a slight yeast behind it.

T: Taste follows the mosquito repellent smell, but it's not as strong, though the dominating flavor. Somewhat tangy and sour.

M: Somewhat astringent and slightly mouthpuckering.

D: Weird flavor. I feel like the quality of the beer is nice, but its hard getting past the bug spray flavor.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.24/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-brown, murky topaz body and an off white head.

S-strong grain and spice presence.

T-spicy, yeasty, nice alcohol and cereal finish.

M-medium and somewhat boozy

D-Very nice. Good to see something like this in Amsterdam given what is commonly found. I would drink this again.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At my local liquor store for 0.50 euro for 33 cl. bottle, on sale.
The cap says N015, bb. 20 march 2009. I'm still going to try it.

Coming from the bottle very actively... looks murky brown, with a beige head. Good lacing in my Chimay glass.

Sweet and sour fruits on the nose, together with some slightly roasted malts. Not too yeasty. Also herbs, a bit hops.

Equal taste, sourbitterness, with a sharp bite, that could be because of the age.

Mouthfeel is medium, it is refreshing in the mouth. The alcohol is not agressive, allthough it is present in the aftertaste.

All in all, I think this beer is ok drinkable, even 1 year past it's date. However, after letting it stand for 5 minutes in my glass, the taste deteriorated considerably.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.16/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge 3+ finger off-white / tan head, thick with great retention. Maroon or sangria red in colour, opaque and lots of carbonation. Slowly fades to a thick fluffy foam cap. A good foam cap remains the entire time and leaves lots of lacing down the glass. While the colour is a bit average, the head is pretty nice.

SMELL: Toasted grainy malt with lots of yeasty overtones. Spicy yeast and touches of coriander. Some red berries in there as well. Very yeasty and spicy for a dubbel.

TASTE: Toasted grain again and quite yeasty as well. A bit more sour than average with some sour red berry notes. A little too sour and tart for my liking.

PALATE: Medium body and medium creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with a crisp finish. No bite and a finishes nicely dry on the palate. Quite nice really.

OVERALL: A bit sour for sure. Not bad, though not overly enticing either. Was actually better when I had it slightly over chilled at a bar a while ago. Unfortunately, I haven't been too impressed with this brewery. This one is actually the best I've had so far. That said, don't think I'll go back to this one.

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Photo of joedon
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this in "Cafe Gollem" on my last Amsterdam visit.

Very hazy-cloudy amber beer with a thin head. This is bottle-conditioned which accounts for the cloudiness.
Smells of yeast and citrus with bit of fruit.
Surprisingly sour and slightly sweet. Very fruity with some raisins and malt base. Lightly hopped but nice balance.
Pleasant drinking with the tangy aftertaste and some yeastiness.

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Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 20/07/09, served lightly chilled in Westmalle's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: not even until the cap is fully cracked up, the beer has already stormed out of the bottle and ends in the glass an extremely cloudy dark amber tea-ish hue, topped with a thin off-white dirty cap. Quite a mess - both in the glass and on the table!
S: astringently yeasty, full of rustic, funky and banana-oily notes that totally cloud the overall aroma (if it was meant to be something else, like a Dubbel?)... spicy hints like cloves and cardamom stay firmly underneath, "decorated" by random malts. Overall, the yeast sediments have messed up everything hence a pungent and sour nose.
T: quite a potent spicy foretaste mixed of licorice, cloves, hawthorn fruit and amber malts prevails, ensued by a weird, stinky-yeasty edge like banana oil with a medicinal touch that I can relate only to "ammonia" (the like from oxidised banana skins or grapefruit peels, if you know what I mean); luckily it does fade out as the beer breathes... Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, with a really powdery palate like clove's and star-anise's undertone plus the aroma of very old, dried tangerine peels.
M&D: effervescent on the texture but not OTT, while the body is just medium and manageable vis-à-vis the moderate flavour. Q: Is it my bad luck to always have IJ beers in such a messy-yeasty state, or is it my palate that can't really agree with what these yeasty monsters try to present? I really don't know. I think chilling in the fridge has certainly enlivened the dormant yeasts, hence my disappointment. Instead of being bothered to try the bottle version again, I'm still interested in the filtered version and maybe that has some nice story to tell...

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Amber brown color, very strong long lasting white head.

S- Sweet malts, herbs, hard apple cider

T- Semi sweet, generaly malty but very well balanced, there IS hop in there. Some alcohol on the finish cleans it all up.

M- Medium/light...odd for a dubbel, but not a bad thing

D- Very good, I think this was my favorite from 't IJ

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Photo of marcpal
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottled bought at Hopleaf, Chicago. Heard some bad pub on this one and bartender actually didnt seem to be a fan, but still wanted to try.

I was impressed.

A: Almost brown color, caramel like. Decent head retetention and considerable carbonation that lasted. Nice lacing.
Boring, plain bottle- good sign.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts but definitely some hops there. Good aroma, enticing.

T: Not overly Belgian here in that I really tasted and enjoyed the ample hop presence. The yeast and grassiness a great match of the flavor. Dried fruits matched very well by the hop flavors in the back.

M: Crisp as can be. The spicy hops lent extremely well into the feel.

D: Highest of ratings here given the low abv and the pleasant balance of hops and belgian grassiness. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't see a date on this bottle but it seems kinda old so I'm guessing its past its Best Before Date.

It pours a deep brown color that looks murky as hell in the bottle but when poured into my pint glass it shows some red through and is fairly clear. It also produces a small amount of head that disapears quickly.

The smell is a tad oxidized but it still smells quite strong for a dubbel. There are plenty of dark fruits showing up and some candi sugar aromas. It seems that there is a fair amount of stuff going on in this beer that only has 6.5% abv. Goood aroma but the age is beginning to take its toll.

The taste was similar to the taste but it was sharp and crisp. I found this interesting. It had a bit of hop bitterness and it went down like a pale ale. Despite that there was still the usual dubbel fruit/spice flavors and the brown ale roast flavors as well as the candi sugar sweetness. Very good flavor but again, its past its prime. Would be interested in trying a newer one.

The body was medium or so and was very smooth and consistent. This shouldn't be an expensive beer but it is considering that it was only 11 oz or so. It would be nice to be able to pick these up for $5/ 6 pack like so many of the american beers we buy.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged brown. Nose is just like pineapple juice right out of the can. Slight funky cherry wood there as well. Reminds me of a flanders…hmmm…and maybe that is what this is. I have no idea of knowing since I am writing this up and not just entering it into BA. Flavor is that woody cherry character. The wood stays very prominent and leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Feel has a lot of carbonation, but not overly done. Liquid is well bodied. Very drinkable, but again with this brewery: worth the price? Seems a bit high to me. Could be just where I bought it though.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

07/07/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date on the cap. Apparently a month after it's prime. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep ruby-brown in appearance. Full one inch head upon pour, a nice 1/4 inch remains. Mild patches of lace cling after the finish.

Smell- Light whiff of candied fruits...maybe a tad sour whiff? A bit of chocolaty malt as well.

Taste- Glad it doesn't have a sour taste like the last beer from this brewery I had today (Plzen). Very mild flavoring. Some dark fruits (plums and raisins) barely make themselves known. A bit of caramel malt sweetness, just enough to keep this beer interesting. Not really any hops in the mix.

Mouthfeel- Seems a bit watery with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Standard Dubbel in my book. Nothing special here. It is fairly easy to drink though.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the wonderfully rainy Saturday session of the 2007 NAOBF (Portland, OR). From a 33cl bottle to a plastic mug.

A: Deep amber color with a fizzy, creamy light-tan head. Visible moderate carbonation as the head settles.

S: Mmm...big cocoa aroma, sweet ripened fruit and smells more than a bit like a cherry cola.

T: Flavors indicative of the aroma; cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, flavorful and with a dry, lightly hoppy finish. Complimented by raisins, some peachy tartness, apples and smokiness.. An enjoyable and complex grouping of flavors.

M: My favorite part of this beer: crisp and wonderfully spiced. Creates a tingling, sweet/spicy fullness in the mouth that's transcendent.

D: Pretty good. Has some nice flavors, good aroma and would be one I'd have again.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. The beer is quite clear reddish brown when poured, a slight haziness may occur if the sediment is disturbed in the end, decent head. LOVELY aroma with intense fruity and vinous notes, spices are very much present too. The flavour is also fruity and spicy but not very powerful, hints of caramel. Moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness. A slightly salty finish. Light bodied, the ABV is well hidden. Easy drinking. The aftertaste is not remarkable.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.09/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I heard some horror stories about 't IJ, that they had problems with their bottled beers, being infected. This is a story that is true I guess and I don't understand how people in the US can have good bottles, while in Holland we are left with the battery acid shit!

Appearance is allright, a brown murky beer with a nice creamy head. On the side of the bottle is some dried-up beer.

Smell is acidic with no other smells. This is definately an infection. My worst fear comes alive.

Taste is less acidic than the smell would suspect, but is infected. Some caramel and maltbitter is present, but actually this is useless, I am not going to like it!

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Natte from Brouwerij 't IJ
80 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.