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Zatte - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
85
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.67%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

everlong353, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Arborescence, Nov 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

discodoni, Oct 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

tmzl, Oct 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dvnb, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

StJamesGate, Aug 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Humorum, Jun 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

cb8282, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bandi, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Elbrownbag, Apr 14, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, Apr 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

andrenalina, Feb 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

sansho, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

supermeniscus, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Maakun
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is pale dark yellow/light brown, quite cloudy even though I didn't pour the yeast. White head that shrinks quickly. Some nice bubbles rising to the top. Looks inviting...

Smell is freshly bakes bread, yeast, lemon peel, cloves.

Taste is yeasty, some lemon, lots of malts; quite bready. Then a light hoppy bitterness, cloves, and some other fruits (apricots, oranges). There's a light unbalance between the yeast and hops that gives a slight funky note. I've had theis beer many times before but this is the first time I've noticed this.

Mouth is medium, not too much carbonation, but clings a bit to the mouth. I like that's it's not too heavy.

This is a very nice tripel, quite how they should be. Though there seems to be something slightly off with this bottle, it's still very enjoyable. Could be a bit better though.

Maakun, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of Guden
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my backlog from Europe notes, not sure where I had this in Amsterdam but it went well with my stomp pot.

A- A cloudy beige color with no head despite regular pour. Pretty disappointing to look at all around.

S- Clove, cinnamon, banana, bubblegum and a hint of fresh wood. There's a lot going on here and it's all really nice and plays really well together.

T- Sweet and tangy on the front end with a bubblegum and clove middle. Finish is off dry with lingering tang and spice (cinnamon, coriander and clove).

M- Fairly dry with thin carbonation. Pretty average for style but a bit more body might have helped in this case.

T- One of the better tripels I have had though it could look a lot better and a bit more malt or hops would help balance out the fruit and spice from the yeast more.

Guden, Oct 09, 2012
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Molson2000, Sep 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

safaricook, Sep 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

page101, Apr 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

kja157, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Aethien
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw colour with a fairly small white head that doesn't quite fade away and leaves plenty of lacing.
A sweet fruit smell, mostly pineapple with alcohol and some yeast.
It's quite a sweet triple, but not overly sweet and very fruity. There's pineapple, mango and orange in the taste alongside the yeast that was also present in the smell.
There's plenty of carbonation and it's very light bodied. Very smooth and a little tingly on the tongue.

Definitely a nice brew and very drinkable.

Aethien, Mar 08, 2012
Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
85 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.