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Zatte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

10-30-2004 00:31:06 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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

08-31-2004 18:03:17 | More by Bierman9
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

08-20-2004 17:55:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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tfinn

Oregon

2.55/5  rDev -31.8%

pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow with rocky head which dissipates as the beer warms.

smells faintly sweet, slightly fruity, like golden raisins.

the front of the flavor has a pleasant taste to it, with a faint sweetness, but it's short lived and replaced with minerally, dusty, old stale basement. the tail reminds me of niacin pills my mother used to give to me as a child. I don't find it to be very pleasant.

mouthfeel is OK; the carbonation is not strong, but that's fine for this style. finish is minerally and abrupt. a little chalky, maybe.

I have tried both the double and the triple from 't IJ, and while I can see the similarities between them, it's just not my thing. I can appreciate dry tripels and doubles, (I find Orval absolutely heavenly,) but there's something missing here to balance out the mineral heavy taste.

08-04-2004 06:44:19 | More by tfinn
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

04-04-2004 04:12:26 | More by CRJMellor
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

03-30-2004 21:31:13 | More by francisweizen
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ark57

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

It pours a dark gold with some orange hue. It is murky with a thin creamy head. The aroma is yeasty and bready with some sweetness and spice. It is earthy and spicy up front and the body is light and crisp. The carbonation is prickly and there is some orange notes with a slight sourness. It finishes with some alcohol and bitterness.

03-26-2004 14:55:18 | More by ark57
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-26-2004 03:11:25 | More by Sammy
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

Best before 8/04. Thin dark brown bottle.
This odd-style brew pours a very cloudy honey amber with a snow-white head and a good amount of lace.
It has a barn-like smell at first pour. Aromas of malt, clove, spices and hops fade rather quickly.
The malt has a biscuity quality, along with a bit of a herbal taste.
The hops provide a lemon citrusy tartness and a light spiciness.
A taste of green apples and lemon zest emerge, as does a hint of warming alcohol. It finishes with an oaky dryness.

02-17-2004 00:31:22 | More by BeerResearcher
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byrd

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

Cloudy amber brew with a medium head that quickly subsides to a bubbly lace that sticks to the sides of the glass. There is a little carbonation seen rising to the surface. Aroma is very spicy with pepper notes standing out. Carmel malt, honey, candied sugar, and a hint of lemon are all also present. The palate is quite sweet up front with hints of honey. The middle is spicy - pepper and cloves - with a lemony citric hop finish that lingers. There is a decent carbonation that gives a fluffiness to the mouthfeel. This is an okay tripel, but doesn’t really standout in my mind.

11-25-2003 14:56:00 | More by byrd
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

01-11-2003 15:02:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

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

01-07-2003 15:41:33 | More by Gusler
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marc77

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

Beautifully thick, hilly and creamy white head tops a hazy amber oranged hued brew w/ copious bubbling. The aroma is dominated by sweet fruit esters including peach and mango, but are accompanied by subdued tarter citrus rind and lemon. Trace of mustiness and phenol are present in aroma as well. Very appealing aromawise. The flavor is an inverse extension of the aroma, with lightly tart, citric fruit dominating. Light to moderate in body w/ a smooth mouthfeel that belies the highly carbonated appearance. Fermenation byproducts such as phenol / clove or banana esters common to many tripels are absent in flavor, lending it a fruity but clean flavor profile. Light breadiness and hint of hop bitterness emerge with a quick snap towards the end of the sip. Finishes w/ a fading unripe berry fruitiness. Zatte is a delightful tripel. It's not as intense as some others, and has a greater emphasis on fruity esters since other funky Belgian yeast byproducts are absent. Relatively clean in flavor, but still very flavorful and tremendously drinkable.

08-11-2002 17:18:56 | More by marc77
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

Excellent beer. Very nice soft yeasty character, slight sweet start, spicy middle, bitter, slightly acidic finish, quite fresh, full-bodied and complex, i quite liked it.

08-04-2002 11:36:46 | More by rastaman
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Lightweight

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +18.4%

The smell is faintly reminiscent of an antique leather chest and matches well with its murky golden hue. The slightly syrupy sweet taste was quite pleasant in this slow drinking bottle conditioned beer. My experience with this beer style is a bit limited, but I reckon I could definitely acquire a taste for it.

07-19-2002 22:19:17 | More by Lightweight
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John

New York

5/5  rDev +33.7%

Truly an exceptional beer had fresh on tap at a friendly cafe in Amsterdam. I could've stayed here and drunk these all afternoon long...or until I fell out of my seat. A perfect sunny comfortable day sitting outside at a sidewalk table with a fine brew. That's good livin'. Rich, hazy golden color, big creamy foam head. Fruity, inviting aroma. Fruity, estery, sweet/tart flavor with a welcome alcohol bite. Thick and substantial mouthfeel. A seriously fine brew.

06-12-2002 11:40:08 | More by John
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Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
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