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Natte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
80
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002)
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

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

benfons, Mar 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of farundrpar
3/5  rDev -14.8%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%

i found this to be really strange, acidic sour yeast character which can be good (i think), but just didn't work, something was a bit too much out of plcae, maybe it was the malt or the hops, but i was having a real hard time deciding what it was.

rastaman, Aug 05, 2002
Photo of schavuytje
3/5  rDev -14.8%

schavuytje, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of sfprint
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

sfprint, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
1.63/5  rDev -53.7%

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.

Filosoof, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -14.8%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

apasternak, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a deep hazy chestnut, with a quarter inch of dense tan foam. Smells a little sweet and fruity at first. Foam leaves patchy lacing around the chalice, formed by tiny micro-bubbles.

Carbonation is moderate, fizzy on the tongue at first. Strong earthy spice, with an aftertaste of chalky earth & roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, like black coffee that you want to add cream and sugar to. Fruity esters in the nose doesn't really come through much in the taste, possibly fleeting in the aftertaste. Light prescence of alcohol in the background.

A sipper that doesn't really encourage quaffing. While not especially flat or dull, it does have some vigor overall, but not enough to try more than once.

emerge077, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours ddep cloudy amber with and orange glow. Small ring of lace tat doesn't have any staying power.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, sour apple, wheat bread and slightly musty notes.
Flavors of toffee, some green apple, yeasty hits, some wheat or grain and just a hint of floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and acidic to start moving to a hard water grittiness and floral bitterness.
Drinkability is slightly above average, had potential but just didn't get there for me

CRJMellor, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of MJR
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

Bottle date is stamped 09, 2002. A bit past it's prime...

Appearance: Pours a vibrant, reddish-orange with little clarity. A light tan head starts out small and stays that way. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Really strange aroma of grape and an acidic, sour note that reminds me of Orval...watered down Orval, that is.

Taste: Just as strange as the smell... Horse blanket? Farmhouse? Lots of acidic sourness, along with a small dose of fruit. It tries to balance itself with a hop bitterness, but falls short. Comes across as a watered down Orval, with a big dose of weirdness thrown in. Ends with a really faint smokey flavor. Thin in flavor. This isn't anything like a dubbel...

Mouthfeel: A bit watery on the palate with a soft, round mouthfeel. Finishes a bit on the dry side...

Drinkability: This is certainly not like any dubbel I've ever encountered. It's closer to a weak, Orval-clone that didn't quite go right. It's Belgian in character, but that doesn't neccessarily make for a good beer. I'm not sure what the brewer was going for here... On the other hand, this is from Amsterdamn, and they smoke a lot of interesting stuff there...

I would say it's age has diminished it, but I'd bet this stuff is just as bad (and strange) when fresh.

MJR, Apr 19, 2003
Photo of Regenpak
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

I just love Brouwerij 't IJ's insistence on coriander! Its overpowering taste is the most prevalent sensation in this beer. After pouring the 1/2" head quickly recedes to a thin but persistent layer of foam. The color is a slightly foggy amber. With every sip the coriander is knocking on my taste buds. While the beer wants to be cold the slowly warming of it releases new tastes, sweeter, but still the coriander remains on the foreground. The name, "Natte" or "Wet (beer)", meaning that it won't cause too much tipsiness is misleading. Its sister beer, "Zatte" or "Drunk(en)", Amsterdam Tripel exactly makes you that!

Regenpak, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of RuudJH
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

RuudJH, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Beer-Ed, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

metter98, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Arborescence, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of mullenite
4/5  rDev +13.6%

mullenite, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jneiswender
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Absumaster
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%

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!

Absumaster, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of safaricook
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

safaricook, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Sigmund
3.73/5  rDev +6%

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.

Sigmund, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of marcpal
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%

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.

marcpal, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

Similar to the Struis, I had the natte on bottle rather than on tap.

The pour and taste just resembled what had been my immediately previous experience (struis is what I'm talkin 'bout) but just significantly less compelling. grains, sweets and hops are all about, but it just seems as though this one has been dumbed down a bit from the first one.

nothing to see here, folks, really. well, no. to be fair, one try is enough.

Andreji, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of patto1ro
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

Red brown colour with little head. Toast, toffee, coriander, cream and dust aroma; sweetish/bitterish taste with coriander, cream and toast aromas; long bitter finish with chicory, burnt, cream and toffee aromas.

The house spiciness (from the yeast, I guess) doesn't sit so well with this style. Reasonable, but not exactly typical of this style. One of Ij´s less successful brews.

patto1ro, Jun 29, 2006
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Natte from Brouwerij 't IJ
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.