Natte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 91
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (1,249 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +27.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy deep amber color with ruby-orangish highlights when held up to the light. It is toped by a frothy, finger-thick, amber tinged tan colored head. The aroma is an interesting mix of fruit and fresh-yeasty bread notes. Both the fruit and some alcohol notes combine to remind me of brandy, though only a hint in the finish. The aroma is quite complex, though it is certainly on the sweet side of things; I get notes of caramel soaked raisins, concentrated malt (almost extract like), a hint of cherries, and a rich almost aged character that has a touch of sherry. There is something almost vegetal in the aroma too, and I can't quite place it.

The taste is only lightly sweet, at least in relation to the sweet smelling nose. There is still a fair amount of dark fruit notes though, I get notes of raisins and prunes predominantly. There is not much to balance the fruit notes either, I would have like a bit more yeast derived spiciness, or perhaps even a bit more body and strength. As it is, this beer has a medium to light body, and despite a slight bit of spiciness is fairly clean as well. There is a hint of aged malt character here as well, most noticeable as a slight sherry note and a sort of meaty stew-like note. This beer seems to end a bit thin, and perhaps even a bit drab. I have definitely had much better offerings from this brewery, though this is certainly not bad. (1,405 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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... (1,726 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,356 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an inky, deep amber/brown. The head lasts for only a minute or so. Then quickly recedes to a think ring o' foam around the beer. No visible bubbling or lacing.

Smell- A deep brown sugar malt with hints of roasted malts and cane sugar.

Taste- Starts out with plums and brown sugar. This leads into a straight up sweet, roasted mlat character with some smokey backbone and a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel- A very strong syrupy presence helped me define the sweet flavors better throughout drinking this beer. (535 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colour, beautiful foam, creamy-compact, beige in colour.
Smell of hop, hay, wither flower. Bread yeast. Zabaione? Lightly tart. Warm.
Something in the english ale direction.
Taste: fruity, soft, malty, maybe a little tart. Rosewater notes. A little too carbonated. Grape fuit. Biscuit. Unripe pine apple.
Quite complex.
Medium-light body, bitter aftertaste, with some tartness again, quite persistent. (416 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (738 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (2,475 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear then chunky medium amber brown with a very tight small white head that fell like a rock but did lace the glass.

The aroma was deep and malty with a strong biscuit aroma. A deep candy and dark caramel aroma was also present. Dark fruits, namely raisins brought up the rear with a slight spice.

The flavor was a little on the light side with caramel, dark fruits, and biscuit flavors all muted together in a light and airy flavor combination. As the flavors drifted some slight spiciness came into play.

The finish was just dry with a lasting muted dark fruit, caramel and spice combination. The body was medium or just a bit lighter.

11.2 ounce bottle. Notches on label at 12 and at 01. I hope that doesn't mean best before December 2001 since I do not read Dutch. An easy drinking beer, but not as complex as other dubbels. (874 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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 (480 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (247 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
2.09/5  rDev -38.5%
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! (657 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of jbertsch
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a 33cl dark thin dark brown bottle with a Best Before Date of 06/04.
It pours an orange-tinted dark amber color with a big beige head and lots of lace.
A barnyard hay smell jumps out of the glass at first pour. Some malt, fruity notes and a bit of yeasty background develop.
The malt is fairly sweet. A little candy sugar and candied apples. A light bread dough taste emerges.
A lemony bitterness mingles with a mildly astringent medicinal tartness. A faint taste of cloves and orange zest lasts throughout. (523 characters)

Photo of goodbyeohio
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (1,426 characters)

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 (375 characters)

Photo of Sigmund
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (280 characters)

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