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Natte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

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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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of sfprint
2.99/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of Filosoof
1.7/5  rDev -51.4%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MJR
2.64/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Regenpak
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of RuudJH
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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

Photo of jneiswender
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
2.09/5  rDev -40.3%
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!

Photo of Sigmund
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of marcpal
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of patto1ro
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"what'ya drinkin there?" "a natte." "natty light?" "might as well be."

kudos to 't ij for presentation.. beautiful bottle with a nicely placed, shaped and conceived label. a drooling ostrich that just laid a blue egg? in the dutch desert? ok, loving it.

pour isn't too shabby.. murky yet bright reddish brown with a focus on red. light and inferior to most dubbels, but looks aren't everything, right?

nose is pure grape soda. fanta, baby. some metallic notes and milled grains round out the jagged aroma picnic here.

tastes very similar to the last offering i reviewed from this brewery (i believe it was a quad or strong dark, something jaars). similar except lacking any depth of sweet flavors. this beer comes off as watery for starters, leading into a smooth and sour malt overload. a real earthy dirt flavor comes on strong, and that metallic chord plays in the background. fizzy and finishes with a hint of malt becoming belgian dark fruits. leaves much to be desired and seems like a half assed effort, some kind of belgian-style second runnings.

i didn't hate this beer.. i drank it.. but considering its rarity and the fact that this is probably the european equivalent of widmer bros i'll not be seeking it out in the future. i'd be interested in trying a lighter style of beer from this brewery but that's about it.. probably the only way they can break from this big belgian let-down taste profile.

Photo of paterlodie
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No freshness dat readable. Litle and badlasting head and a dark amber foggy beer. Nose is lots of cinnamon, clove , combined with litle brett, sourness and nothing from malts IMO. Taste is harsh, phenolic bitter, overspiced majorly and overall empty. Emptyness and edgy taste make mouthfeel not to the most plesant expiriences. Drinkable but not my taste.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.87/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Classic Brouwerij ’t IJ 33cl [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle with a white crown cap and the understated but highly recognizable diamond shaped label. Blue background with a white border and the familiar Ostrich with an egg at its feet, stands in the desert affront a silhouette of a Windmill. Listed at 6.5% Vol., Cat.S. Hard to see if the label Best before is even nicked in this case, looks clean. Bottle Conditioned.

Appearance: Deep ruddy amber brown, yet again with some small clumps of yeasty dregs which I tried carefully to avoid yet somehow with the small bottle I failed miserably, well that or the dregs were ‘in-situ’ even with a week in the fridge. Tan-beige head that looks good at first, even with the floaties, yet soon collapses. Looks "saggy". Do I have an old bottle I wonder!?

Nose: Pretty low key, took a while to decipher this one, woody dark fruits and a low key toasted malt odor. Low strength with some residual “sweaty sock” notes.

Taste: Dark fruits soaked in old wooden barrels, light yeasts and a hint of caramel in the front with some toffee in the finish. Dare I say, that the Natte, like the Zatte, is pretty much one-dimensional again.

Mouthfeel: Middle of the road, quite literally, for its in a place where you will most certainly not get run over, you’re right in between the traffic lanes but can the feel the pressure waves, like you know it could be more exciting, but isn’t somehow.

Drinkability: Wavering below average, I didn’t mind finishing the bottle, but only because I paid for it, LOL, yet I really didn’t want another one.

Overall: Cast mind back many years, I recall an immensely dark fruity Dubbel, with some chocolate, coconut and candy apples leaping from the Glass. Fast forward to 2205 - yet again, I find myself questioning if this is indeed the same brew which I drank at the ‘t IJ Proeflokaal many years ago, it seems flat, dead and unexciting from the bottle. Immensely simplistic and a second disappointing bottle from ‘t IJ, like the earlier Zatte, it tasted past its best, I wonder if the batch that was imported was exposed to high temperature or just left in crappy surroundings, sure tastes like it, because I know this is better. Tastes like a dry bitter brown ale rather than a Dubbel. OK, but not the best from ‘t IJ and this sample was definitely not worth the money.

After the Zatte…….I feel burned twice now.

USA ‘t IJ Drinkers – Caveat Emptor.

Photo of GClarkage
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
2.72/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not so good as the others. Tastes like a homebrew, mild off flavors, nothing to love here but not terrible.

Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy brown color with yeasty floaters. Creamy, smooth tan head. Some toffee and caramel notes in the nose. Caramel and an unusual sour apple flavor. A nutty essence is also present and the yeast imparts a sort of date bread quality. Interesting interpretation of the dubbel style.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of Dougology
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Drank at the Airport in Amsterdam.

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Natte from Brouwerij 't IJ
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.