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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

110 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An amber, craft beer with generous amounts of hops and alcohol. This copper-gold beer is a real heavyweight and a must for beer lovers. The liberal quantities of malt and bitter hops create a complex, full flavour. It starts as slightly sweet with malty aromas of chocolate, fruit and grain, while the bitter hops stand out nicely in the aftertaste. A feast for the connoisseur!

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%

marceloxxxx, Oct 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BreweryRun, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of ksimons
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

Caramel color with about three fingers worth of light khaki head. Caramel malt sweetness, toffee, and light hop bitterness. Taste is also predominately sweet with caramel and toffee, lightly toasted malt, and finishes with light floral and earthy hops. Medium body, moderate carbonation. A fantastic Dutch beer!

ksimons, Sep 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Sspeer1, Sep 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SteveMcGlone, Sep 09, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

Gurus, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

AdamNowek, Aug 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

millelacsmark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

outoffocus, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

windypete, May 10, 2014
Photo of benfons
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy amber colour, dense thick head, a lot of lacing

S: yeast, grassy malts, hints of raspberry and lime

T: loads of malts and yeast, bitter finish, not much there

M: medium body, not dry for a beer with this bitterness

O: not an impressive beer, not bad, but just not much there

benfons, May 08, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beer bootle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2014.

Appearance : red brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty and yeasty flavors, with a bitter finish.
Overall : a good beer in the style strong dark ale.

thierrynantes, Apr 29, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. bottle. Hazy brown colour, with a big head and a lace that seems to last forever. Smell of chocolate, vanilla, raisins, spice. Medium body, smooth palate, the beer slicks from the tongue to the throat gently. Taste of chocolate, caramel, fruits. Great.

janubio, Apr 21, 2014
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4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

amber colored Belgian Strong Ale with a yeast-colored foam
nice full taste of fresh sour fruit, malty,grain excelent
in the aftertaste a ferm light hop bitter,almost perfect
i liked more bitter hop added to my taste
overall a very good beer
donot skip for your palate

schavuytje, Mar 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

vermilcj, Feb 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Beer-Ed, Feb 19, 2014
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

rpopescu, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

KristofH, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jeiiVP, Jan 01, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in the brewery flute (ironic that a Dutch brewery wouldn't use a tulip glass!) at Aran Pub in Amsterdam. Hazy burnt gold with a white head that leaves scattered, sticky lace.

Smell is fruity esters, marzipan.

Taste is similar, pretty standard BSDA taste with Amber malt sugars and banana esters.

Mouthful is sticky, medium bodied.

Drinkability is fine, a robust beer, smooth for the size, some complexity.

ccrida, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

discodoni, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Arborescence, Nov 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from In De Wildeman in Amsterdam.

Nice fluffy pillow 2 finger head fades slowly with tons of lacing, hazy super murky layers of sediment pond water dark orange brown color. Unfiltered.

Nose is interesting, little fruity almost citrus like, coriander and light spices, sweet candy malts, a big Belgian yeast like fruitiness, and wit like aromas.

Taste wow that's unique, a big malt profile, toasty, toasted wheat, light sweet brownish malts, caramel and Munich like malts without the toasty red malt character, maybe lots of Maris otter or something special, roasted oats?, light citrus and coriander, Belgian yeast ester profile. Semi sweet with a light booze warmth. Finish brings more booze, esters, more citrus and coriander and write sweet.
Mouth is med to fuller bodied, plenty of fluffy carb, light warming booze.

jlindros, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
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Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.