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Natte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
80
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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.

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brinch

Denmark

3/5  rDev -14.3%

03-16-2012 21:18:12 | More by brinch
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farundrpar

Colorado

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-08-2012 12:19:18 | More by farundrpar
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jophish17

Georgia

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

12-24-2011 07:11:04 | More by jophish17
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uturn

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

12-01-2011 18:14:53 | More by uturn
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rekel

Netherlands

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-30-2011 17:06:50 | More by rekel
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +14.3%

11-15-2011 07:29:55 | More by nickfl
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Filosoof

Netherlands

1.63/5  rDev -53.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 20:15:24 | More by Filosoof
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 22:34:43 | More by jbertsch
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sfprint

Germany

2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:31:44 | More by sfprint
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:43:48 | More by jneiswender
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 12:27:56 | More by RuudJH
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 13:06:23 | More by Jeffo
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joedon

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 22:06:17 | More by joedon
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 19:09:43 | More by wl0307
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 18:46:52 | More by ATPete
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marcpal

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 13:21:20 | More by marcpal
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t0rin0

California

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 07:21:34 | More by t0rin0
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 01:48:32 | More by RblWthACoz
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GClarkage

California

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 16:13:55 | More by GClarkage
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 23:03:11 | More by msubulldog25
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Sigmund

Norway

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 20:59:11 | More by Sigmund
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Absumaster

Netherlands

2.08/5  rDev -40.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 22:00:49 | More by Absumaster
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emerge077

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 23:40:26 | More by emerge077
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Regenpak

Netherlands

3.78/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 15:48:53 | More by Regenpak
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patto1ro

Netherlands

3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 13:25:34 | More by patto1ro
Natte from Brouwerij 't IJ
80 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.