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Zatte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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85
very good

123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The first beer to come out of our vats, back in 1985, making it the classic beer of Brouwerij ‘t IJ. It is a ‘tripel’, the category reserved for the stronger, blonde beers in Belgian tradition. Zatte more than lives up to expectations in this respect. It is a full-bodied, golden beer with a scent of fresh fruit mingled here and there with a hint of grain. The flavour is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste. A delicious beer that can be enjoyed in all seasons.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewery has been gaining B A momentum. Opened the bottle after cellering for a couple of weeks and 10% of bottle foramed all over the counter and into the cuttlery. Last time this happened was a Chimay, so I guess I have to compare this brew to a Chimay. The initial taste was a nice sweetness and modest carbonation, but taste was lesser so and dry aftertaste. Foam white head on cloudy yellow-brown . Nice Belgian abbey aroma. Soft creamy mouthfeel. 8% alcohol, its there. One of Holland's best. We don't hear from them that much these days.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Frenzi, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin film on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The aroma is quite fruity and has apples and bananas along with hints of yeast and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some additional flavors of candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some complexity and is enjoyable to sip. The alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeast filled, glittering gold bullion with multiple streams of upwardly mobile bubbles. The cream colored head is currently filling half the glass and looks stiff enough to have a long, healthy life. Thick strands and small sheets of lace are beginning to be laid down. The middle portion of the glass is nicely encrusted when the beer is allowed to fall with drinking.

The powerful nose is funky, gamy, almost barnyard-like, and reminds me of a kinder, gentler, infinitely more pleasing relative of Orval. It's yeasty sour, spicy and fruity all at once. There's no trace of alcohol since it has undoubtedly been swamped by the more aggressive aromas. I'm not usually taken with noses of this sort, but this one appeals to me. It's both complex and exotic.

Zatte tastes exactly like it smells. It still reminds me of a 'baby' Orval in that it's musty, funky and horseblankety. I really didn't care for this flavor in Orval, but then it's been a while since I had one. It may be time for a revisit.

Perhaps the reason I'm finding Zatte more to my liking is that there's a fruity sweetness that keeps the funk in check. When I slurped the foam (I'm a slower learner when it comes to pouring Belgians) I tasted bananas. They aren't as apparent in the beer itself, although why that should be, I have no idea. Fresh bananas do make a brief appearance on the finish.

It's hard to say what spices have been used since they're an integral, although not an assertive, part of the flavor profile. This is another one of those complex beers that keeps its flavor elements in wonderful balance. The mouthfeel seemed too light initially. It eventually achieves medium with a mannered smoothness that is in keeping with the rest of its attributes. The addition of the final few ounces muddies up the appearance and kicks the flavor into high gear.

Zatte doesn't really taste like a tripel to me, but it is damn good. It has a wonderful taste bud saturating nature, a nearly infinite variety of flavors and is a joy in the mouth. I'm not sure if the '02 that is notched is the 'born on' or the 'best by' date. Either way, this bottle has held up remarkably well and may have even profited from its long rest.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! What an interesting beer! I'm not sure I'd call it a tripel myself, but what the hell?

It pours a cloudy brass/amber body beneath a short cap of white froth that
steadily drops to an average collar and minor, whispy, semi-surface covering. And it leaves a few drips and drabs of lace, but that's it.

The nose, however, is more exciting! (Or at least interesting!) It's yeasty, woody (cedar shavings?), wheatish, worty, gummy, candy-ish, spicy, and fruity (papaya, peach, pineapple, dull melon, mango, raisin, cocoanut?). It's all of these things, but it's still somehow restrained. Tre bizzarre!

In the mouth it's delicately zesty but backed by a dextrinous, medium body that leads it to become pillowy soft and velvety smooth as it warms.

The flavor offers everything that the aroma does and more, but the predominant flavors are yeasty/fruity ( It's a touch chalky and yeasty, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of dull, tropical fruit (again... papaya, tangerine, a spritz of pineapple, raisin) and spice.

The alcohol is incredibly well-cloaked throughout, but it does appear in the finish towards the end of the goblet.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As soon as I crack the crown cap, a heady whiff of fruity aromas wafts out, with a suggestion of grapes in the lead. Hazy orange color, enormous crackly creamy head, casting a pinkish appearance in contrast to the body of the beer. Aroma is vibrant, dazzling, lovely, largely citrus and spice. Soft and sweet, with a slightly sour palate that remains throughout the finish. Somehow, I'm getting the feel of a lambic here, with the sourness and the fruit. Not among my favorite tripels, but a nice shot.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 08.04, Sampled August 2004
Pours a hazy rich gold color that is topped by a fluffy cream-tan colored head. I get soft aromas of tropical fruit, oranges, pepper, and a faint mustiness. Overall the aroma is fairly weak though. The taste is lightly sweet up front and the finish is definitely interesting: I get a certain astringency and a mustiness. There are also notes of lemon, orange, pear and lots of spice notes in the finish. This is a very interesting beer, the after taste is chock-full of subtle spice notes that really grab my attention.

Photo of GClarkage
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11/13/06- Purchased at Plumpjacks in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Bottled on date notched on label. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden in color. 3/4 inch head which retains a nice fluffy rim. Light streaky lace trails remain.

Smell- A textbook scent. High alcohol fumes, candied sugar with a fruitcake and cookie dough aroma.

Taste- High alcohol flavor. Really not much of any spices. Maybe some juniper berries. Not even as much sugar as in the nose. Reminds one of a malt liquor without the corn. Picture a Westmalle without the spices.

Mouthfeel- Waterlike, medium carbonated seltzer. Gin-like aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs something major to tie this beer together. More sugar...how about at least some spices. Very bland. Pass on this one.

Photo of wl0307
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 20/06/09, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: dark golden to bright amber hue, full of fine yet semi-lively carbonation, topped with a 1-inch light beige froth with rather good retention.
S: the astringent smell rings a bell of oak-aged cider even, full of damp, oxidised-fruity and funky-lactic notes, on top of a high-level of dry-ish tangerine/citrus-peels, woody spices, perfumy fruit esters, leaving a much milder input of pale malts behind. Overall, way too yeasty at the expense of any balance.
T: lactic-sweet, musty & rusty fruits, almost like a farm-house ale thanks to the high level of funky flavour, which was not so... unpleasant if it didn't go OTT and tarnish a potential balance on the flavour profile. Behind the lactic-yeasty façade lies a quieter flavour profile consisting of olive- and clove-ish spiciness, leather-ish woodiness, bitter dried citrus-peels, sour-sweet medium-bodied malts, and randomly chewy bitterness likely due to hops and, again, yeastiness.
M&D: the mouthfeel is pretty decent, with very smooth carbonation softening the overall palate and a potentially sharp flavour as a result of the yeastiness. Alas, just like all other 't IJ beers in bottles I've tried, the yeast sediments don't seem to bring out the best from this brew apart from only the most pungent elements that simply overpower a potentially decent flavour and aroma. A real pity.

Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A somewhat murky deep amber to almost brown color on the pour, head is average in size, frothy in texture and the lace thick and clinging. Nose is nutty sweet, malt, lightly smoked or maybe peat. Front is sweet and malt laden, top passable in its feel. The finish is moderately carbonated, dry, plummish, and mellow in the hop spiciness, droughty lingering aftertaste, and a quite decent and robust beer

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery in amsterdam - something ridiculous like 2 euros

appearance: poured a slightly hazy golden color with a medium tone and some moderate beige froth - fits the standard for the style

smell: tropical fruit syrup, pineapple, light belgian yeast

taste: i found this to be a pretty strong effort with a flavour profile that mirrors the nose - pineapple and tropical fruit cocktail are the main components of this tripel. This one is a little musty and funky as well...moderately spiced

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: high

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a two finger head that quickly receds to a thin ring of foam and foamm island. No bubbling or Brussel's lacing to add to the light amber, golden hay color and an orange middle. Lots of sediment.

Smell- Crsytal, tomahawk, and amber malts stand out in the aroma. These malts that I can pick out come with a molases like sweetness in the nose, but maybe a bit lighter than staright molasses.

Taste- Stars with some grany sweet, golden tasting malts. The carbonation picks up and gives me the feeling of tasting hay beer. Maybe a little too natural.

Mouthfeel Great carbonation, just the incorrect flavors to go along with that great carbonation. Maybe a little dry, but thats just cause of the carbonation.... or so I think.

Photo of francisweizen
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the famous Vildeman cafe in Amsterdam! The brown glass bottle had no label, and this beer was ordered as "Zat-ah" from brewery "Tea-gh". This brew was a glowing golden colour with a nice frothy head of white snow. The aromas were of nice yeast, honey, different spices, and interestingly fruity malts. The taste was malty and fruity, with some nice spicing/hopping to boot. This reminded me of a weird spiced version of Hommelbier. The mouthfeel was medium>thick and the drinkability was excellent as well. A really good Holland brew!

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Classic Brouwerij ’t IJ 33cl [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle with a red crown cap and the understated but highly recognizable diamond shaped label. Red 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 8% Vol., Cat.S., with a nicked on label Best Before Date of 8-05. Bottle Conditioned.

Appearance: Orange-golden body which is lightly clouded on the single pour of the entire bottles contents into my favorite Duvel glass. Bloated with an immense number of fine “bespeckled floaties”. Low yet fine-bubbled carbonation and a thin but firm white head remains constant, but it is at levels way below that of the draft version I had at the Waterfront Windmill Proeflokaal years ago. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Pastel aromas, flat hints of pineapple, pears and sharp oranges, nice enough yet it lacked a defined “real fruit” feel. After a while, deeper inhalation reveals a stark sour streak that takes the luscious edge off of the fruits in the nose. Lacking. Smells “old” in fact.

Taste: Dry grain entrance, that builds with the soft but spiky conditioning in the front. Middle has a delicate dry pineapple and a zesty orange feel. The grainy malts linger with an oatmeal consistency that is a little off-putting. Dry boring finish with some [as Vyvyan from the Young One’s would say] “Neil, Neil, Orange Peel” to rescue some interest in the ending.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium body that holds up well. The dissolved effervescent carbon dioxide supports well but ultimately cannot do anything to off-set the cloying oatmeal feel and the flat, limpid uni-dimensional fruit traits.

Drinkability: Spritzy carbonation helps, but overall I felt let down by this sample. Having had a few glasses of Zatte in the downstairs room at the ‘t IJ Proeflokaal, I am finding it hard to believe that this is even the same brew I had years ago!! One-dimensional with high spiky carbonation and flat fruit tastes with a grainy feel…..I wouldn’t drink another bottle of this if I had it in the fridge, put it like that.

Overall: Listed as an ‘Amsterdamse Tripel’, last time I ordered one of those I ended up with two women…..oh erm, I mean I guess I much preferred this one on draft to be honest. Does my memory fail me perhaps?? I don’t think so. I do vividly the recall the two women, No, erm….I mean this was a distinct highlight at ‘t IJ Proeflokaal during both my visits there over the years. Sadly, it looses something in the bottle I feel, the sample I had tasted a tad “old” and “cardboardy”, even though it was still within its BB Date. Not that bad, but not as good as my expectations – disappointing overall if I am honest, I am more likely to spend my money on the other type of ‘Amsterdamse Tripel’ rather than this one again.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jophish17
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Green's Discount Beverage, Buford Hwy location

Appearance: a dark tripel with a lot of yeast floating around, the last drops from the bottle were heavy in sediment. Head not much thicker than a Ritz cracker. Not the appearance I'd expect from a tripel, but it still looks decent

Smell: Heavy on raisin, with the alcohol coming through strong too (probably due to the age, 03.05 notched on the bottle)

Taste: sweet malt flavor but with a sour apple twist in the aftertaste. Kinda funky taste with some wild yeast, and a bit of vinegar flavor.

Feel: Moderate in body feel, with fair carbonation.

Drinkability: high, which seems standard on IJ beers

Overall: a fair beer from an underrated Dutch brewery, though its not quite the gem that Struis is, Zatte is a nice ale that doesn't really fit the image of a standard tripel

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 3rd bier I tried during my (one and only) visit to 't IJ... ABV is 9%, and they serve all their bier at the brewpub in 0.25l glasses... Zatte was medium golden hued, cloudy, and with a slight off-white fluffy head. The fluff lasts well and sticks nicely to the glass. Mild nose with a hint of citrus and a bready character. Hard to pinpoint exactly. Medium bodied, Zatte also cruised easily over the tongue. The flavor has bready malt attributes to start, with a light sweetness present. A floral hoppiness comes through, though it's a quick hitter and doesn't linger. Another nice 't IJ brew.
Prosit!!

overall: 3.9
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

729

Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, as pictured, pours into a goblet a hazy peach hued body. Small white head is fleeting and leaves only a few speckles of lace. Aroma is fruity melon and mango, with bubblegum, earthy notes, and vague spices. Some fusel alcohol is underneath. Mouthfeel is medium but thins as it warms. Carbonation is medium. Taste features the same fruity mango and bubblegum as the aroma. Earthy hop and yeast bitterness. Slightly hot, with a bitter yeasty finish. Not an outstanding tripel.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Cafe de Koe & on tap at t'IJ, Amsterdam.

Dark blonde with lacey white sheets.
Apple, brown bread, a touch of lemon balm and/or zingy yeast on the nose.
Rock candy, golden plum, lots of honey, a lemony hit and a cut grass hops.
Ginger bread cookie finish and tight tingly linger.
Crisp, medium side of light, round.

The bottle was a bit brown and muddy, smelled almost like a dubbel, and was missing white pepper and that snappiness you get from a good tripel.
On draft at the brewery it was much paler with a brighter nose, smooth, but still short on citrus and hops.

Overall, a round, sweet tripel, light on the yeasty flavors and edge, but balanced and drinkable.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice a chunky and slightly hazy golden with a very compact head that barely made an appearance to the party but did lace the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was sour lactic with spices and belgian yeast character and a candy aroma residing way in the back. The aroma was not exactly stellar and had an "off" quality to it like dishwater.

The flavor was fruity and with a only a slight sourness that added to the beer instead of detracting. The spicy flavors were well balanced with the bittering and the candylike maltiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting pleasant spice. The body was medium and well done.

33 cl bottle. If this was not bottle conditioned and I was to have it again and smell that aroma I would drink it from the bottle. The flavor is pleasant and nice, but you have to bring the glass to your nose to drink the brew. The flavor was not off so I do not believe the beer was experiencing sanitation issues nor did I see any sign of infection.

Photo of vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Jeffo
2.68/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger thicker looking white head with great retention. Colour is gamboges or carrot orange. Opaque and medium carbonation. A good foam cap remains and leaves lots of good lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Toasted malt and some sweet apples and apricot. Some yeasty spices with some coriander as well. Mild in strength.

TASTE: Toasted malt, sweet apples and apricots. Spicy yeast and coriander as well. Sweet honey notes and a slight metallic note as well. Mild flavour profile, though the metallic touch is not all that pleasant.

PALATE: Medium-light body, slightly thin on the palate as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. I'd like it to be a little thicker really.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but not something worth writing home about. Looks nice, but the rest of it is a little below average. A little too metalic in the taste profile and a little light on the palate. There are better triples out there. I'd pass on this one.

Photo of CRJMellor
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with a 2-finger puffy white head that kicks off lots of lace on the goblet.
Aroma of cracked wheat, stomach acid, some coriander and lemon peel.
Flavor of wheat, lemon, coriander and herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is smooth and citrusy, very nice semi-tart feel. solid carbonation.
Drinkability is great. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, Califonria. Pale yellow with a gigantic head of white foam. Appealing nose of light fruits (pears and apples), bubble gum, spice and yeast. Airy, light and timid body. Big bubble gum flavors with hints of papaya, pear, apples, hops and yeast. I really like Ij and their beers.

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Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
85 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.