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 patto1ro
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (386 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 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 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 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 Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (432 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 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 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 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 MJR
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (1,271 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 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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Natte from Brouwerij 't IJ
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