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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%


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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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paterlodie

Belgium

1.93/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

BB 8-05. Good presentation with lasting head and coppercolored beer. Negative is the meatbals floating in the beer witch was resting in my fridge for over a week and had a carefull poorout. Nose is not clean having remains in flavour of lots of different species of wildyeasts giving it an unfresh bretty nose. This just stinks. Taste is very tard, rough and unbalanced.Quiet some sourness and a hanging bitterness makes this one to a poorout after couple of sips.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 20:54:56 | More by paterlodie
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schuim

Netherlands

2.08/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer has an orange colour and a big flow of co2 that couses a big head. The aroma is orangepeel,yeast and sour.

In taste the yeast and sourness is strong together with a warming effect of the alcohol. It turns slight bitter toward the end.

In my opinion the beer is brewed with unhappy yeast, it dominates the flavour in an unpleasant way.
to bad this used to be a great beer. Will try again later.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 21:18:24 | More by schuim
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BarryNL

Netherlands

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice amber orange colour with lacy white head. Unfortunately the beer is full of floating crap - it looks at lot like they hopped this one with pellets and didn't even try to get the junk out afterwards. Not really appropriate to a commercial beer.

S: It's difficult to detect much except the overpowering lambic sourness. There's some earthy yeastiness in there but otherwise it's just sour.

T: Some hops, but mostly just sourness.

M: Good, mouthfeel, appropriate to the gravity - perhaps a little too carbonated.

D: Nah. Next.

This bottle had six months to go on the best before date so I'm guessing it's about 18 months old. Maybe a newer one would have a lower level of sourness and be more drinkable but this one is too one dimensional. I've tried four beers now from this brewery and they all have pretty much the same distinctive overpowering sour flavour - in a blind tasting I'm not even sure I could tell one from the other. Only the Struis was a winner - maybe it was fresher. If I come across a recent bottle of this I might give it another chance, but otherwise I don't think I'll bother with any more beers from 't IJ.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 20:23:29 | More by BarryNL
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was skunked. I received it in July , I think from Malto, and did not consume it until September. But a bottle condition smelling like late day barn? Hold your nose, and everything else is a bit above average. If there are lingonberries there, that sure assisted the smell. Orange color and orange-citrus fruit, foaming and decent yeast, malty and strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 03:49:59 | More by Sammy
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is yet another 't IJ beer that is disappointing. On tap this beer is wonderful and gets higher rankings. Like all their beers this one seems to be infected.

Appearance is a murky brown color with a 1 inch creamy head that stays on the beer for the rest of the glass.

Smell is sour, like lactic acid. A little less than the Struis I recently had, but still quite obvious. The beer is also fruity, they ferment at higher temperatures and this typical for 't IJ. Together with the fruit and the sourness it smells like melon and pine-apple.

Taste is sour with the lactic acid again. Less acidic and less bitter than the Struis. There is some caramel hidden behind the acidity. Mouthfeel is medium, it is kind of sticky and somewhat sweet.

The tap version is much better, but although the acidity is non-intentional, it sort of fits the beer, but does not get the best of ratings.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 08:33:04 | More by Absumaster
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RedBaron

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I'm not sure what to make of this beer. Interesting, yes. Odd, too. The bottle has a 'drink best by' March, 2005.

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy copper. Small yeast run-off particles settled on the bottom. Head off-white and sustaining.
Smell: Phenolic, fruity (apples, berries); not much by way of aromatic hops.
Taste: Complex, yet...Kind of homebrew-ish, extract-y, band aid-y. However, good yeast culture is evident by the residual sugars left of the palette, and I'm thinking that certain fruits (apricot?) may have been used, too. Bubbelgummy finish. Do I detect a slight gin component in this beer?
Mouthfeel: No real bitterness upfront; sweet and phenolic; slight bitter finish, with an appreciative dry quality.
Drinkability: This beer may actually have a slight infection to it. I'm sure the brewer took care with this, but sometimes trans-Atlantic travel isn't so good for certain brews. Still, considering the complexity of this beer, the shortcomings I felt overall are outweighed by the creativeness and work that must've went in to producing this beer. I'd like to try one of these on their home turf in Holland.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2004 01:42:56 | More by RedBaron
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yen157

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber body topped with lasting off white head. Sweet, dusty nose with notes of apricot and old coriander. Actually, this is not too dissimilar to the Heavyweight Lunacy Grand Cru. Beer is sweet in the mouth as the aroma would suggest, but this is quickly put into check by a quick tartness and lingering spice and bitterness one two punch. The malt is a little tired and moderately oxidized; truthfully, this is where my comparison to the Heavyweight beer and the came from. Body is fairly light given the sweetness, and carbonation is fine, yet relentless. The prickly carbonation seems to enhance the bitterness.

My bottle is notched “01” , so it’s probably pretty old. I’d like to get my hands on a fresh one and give it a spin.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 23:53:38 | More by yen157
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am sampling this bottle with Stopper. the beer is at cellar temp and poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with a fizzy thin surface layer of beige head that hangs out throughout the sampling. Popping the cap releases heavy fruit aromas immediately. Aroma is pretty strong with heavy banana and green apple, lots of general funk and a little bit of boozy alcohol, and some phenolic scents too (yuk) on the last part. First sip is average to lite body with fine tingly carb. Flavor is surprisingly mild with some fruit (grapes and pears) a bit of tartness comes through but overall the flavor is disappointing for its lack of punch that the nose promised. The beer doesnt linger at all and is almost forgettable after each sip. Pretty solid up until my tastebuds started judging.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 15:37:05 | More by sulldaddy
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dogfooddog

Panama

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a trade with absumaster, thanks again for the chance to try these varied dutch beers.

pours dirty-orange (cloudly, some sediment got in) with a decent light-tan head.

Nose is notably sour, verging on unpleasant. not sure what the deal is there. actually reminds me of some types of sour bread.

Oddly sour, bitter front end on the taste, I am not sure but there feels to have a notable malt presence as well. Harsh, but not unpleasant overall. Definitely unusual.

finishes mildly bitter, still hints of the sourness in the mouth.

odd but pleasant beer, the alcohol is not visible in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 04:12:07 | More by dogfooddog
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Sunnanek

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours warm amber with a really tall white compact head that takes some time to dissipate into rather nice lacings.

S: Kind of artificial, dry bitter hops. Spices and some sour malt. Green apples.

T: Sour and a bit bitter. Malt is dry. Spicy, peppers. Yeast. Green apples and bitter orange sezt.

M: Sour long aftertaste. Body is smooth and medium, but very creamy, almost buttery. Low carbonation.

O: Very uneven. In some parts - great, in others - not so much. The good parts make me think of a Biere de Garde, rather than an Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 18:38:25 | More by Sunnanek
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dherling

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured skillfully into my chalice, looking cloudy with an orange brown hue. Crowned with a thick foamy off white ehad that never died. Seriously, I nursed this beer for 30 minutes, and there was still head there. I think the ehad interfered with taking proper notes on the nose, all I could get was a feint apricot. When I tasted this, I got malt, yeast, strawberry, apricot, and some hop bitterness on the end. This had a big lingering finish with a prickly mouthfeel. Even straight tot he end, this beer foamed up in my mouth. the taste was big, but balanced, and you didn't get alcohol notice the alcohol at all.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 14:16:16 | More by dherling
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sfprint

Germany

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

exp 4/12
A: amber/red, suspended bits of sediment, even 3 finger head, little rising carbonation.
S: phenols blended well with the rest, very nostril dilating, plum/apricot jam.
T: Alcohol is more promenant than the phenols in the taste, but the alcohol sits pretty well for the percentage, but the alcohol/phenol action give it a somewhat tart quality. Otherwise difficult to describe. Nice. Neutral but nice flavor. Unsweet apricot. Smoke.
M: Fairly creamy, tinge astringent.
O: Decent, with some nice characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 03:57:32 | More by sfprint
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a cloudy orangish color with a thick, rocky off-white head. The aroma is yeasty, a bit herbal, spicy, and musty with a light fruitiness as well. The flavor is a bit tart and sweet, with a spicy yeast taste as well. A light fruitiness is present in the flavor too. It is a bit warming and finishes a bit bitter and very dry. An interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 02:31:14 | More by BeerBuilder
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mzwolinski

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange in color, with a thinnish, off-white creamy head. Notes of tropical fruits, spice, and hops in the nose. Flavor is quite tart, and bitter right from the start. Really, really spicy, and a bit musty. Acidic in its finish, with mild fruit flavors and not-at-all subtle alcohol flavors. Overall this is quite a strong beer, though the even carbonation yields a tingly mouthfeel that helps to lighten things a bit, and the flavors seem to blend and mellow better with warmth. Still, it's a bit much.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 15:04:22 | More by mzwolinski
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a nice golden orange color with a slightly cloudy body and a strong carbonation. Even with a very gentle pour there is lot of chunks stirred up. A nice creamy off-white head. good Belguan lace the whole way through the glass.

S-This beer has a nice sweet flower aroma with hints of roses and apricots. It also has a faint tartness at the finish.

T-This beer has a very bitter intro with a sour finish. It taste almost like a lot of hop bitterness at the beginning, even though I highly doubt that flavor would be from hops. There are also some faint fruit notes and pale malt flavors at the finish. There are some strong grapefruit flavors that come through as the beer warms.


M- This beer has a full creamy mouthfeel and fizz to it.

D- This is not one of the BPA that I have tasted and it is missing a lot of the intricacies of this style. I would really like to try a bottle from a different batch to make sure this wasn't just a bum bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 18:40:55 | More by rhoadsrage
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ccrida

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 18:11:31 | More by ccrida
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 16:37:22 | More by jlindros
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-old gold, murky topaz body and an off white head.

S-strong grain, some smoke and yeast.

T-spicy, orange/tangerine finish from the hops.

M-medium and medium carbonation

D-Very nice. Good to see something like this in Amsterdam given what is commonly found. I would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 02:46:30 | More by jneiswender
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts off by pouring a cloudy peach / orange color, with a sticky / rocky off- white head, with yeast particles floating around and sitting on top of the head. Tart aroma, not to crazy about it. Mouth feel is fairly smooth.
On the palate there are tart / sweet flavors, light fruitiness, slight spiciness but not much. Pretty tame brew for the high 9.1% alcohol, but very enjoyable at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2002 16:06:16 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a massive rocky cream colored head that rises up out of tulip, but maintains its structural integrity until it slowly recedes back into its amber tinted amber body. Huge amount of honeycomb-like lace left clinging to the glass. Fairly hazy. Aromas of apricot and straw rise from my glass before it’s even been raised. Upon closer olfactory inspection there’s a big lemony tart aroma along with more mild level of pepper spice. The taste is similarly tart up front and toward the finish, but in the middle a nice biscuit character comes through. A bit of a mineral/ saltine cracker character comes through as it warms and a the tartness becomes more hay-like than citric. A nice spicy bitterness is present throughout. Well-carbonated and as a result it has a very light mouthfeel and the 9% ABV seems like a gross exaggeration.

The tartness walks up to the edge of excess, but exercises restraint at the last second. This ale definitely improves and mellows out as it warms. The tartness complements the other flavors rather than overpowers them and you can begin to pick up more of the malt character. Still this ale has some serious Belgian funk going on!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 03:06:01 | More by Shovelbum
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Pours a cloudy orange amber color, very frothy white head.

S- Yeasty, a little bit of booze, herbs, malt

T- Strong malt character, some sweet caramel, coffee and candi sugar. A touch of bitterness closes out the sip and balances this beer.

M- Medium/heavy feel, not thick

D- Very good for a 9%'er

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 18:29:59 | More by ATPete
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Andreji

Colombia

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a rather interesting beer from 't IJ and worth a second try.

Pour is a deep caramel tone with an undefined white-to-tan head. no carbonation, slightly translucid but mostly opaque.

The smell is also strong in caramel, a bit roasted at it.

The taste is what's the impressive bit really. At first, you can just define the flamboyant malt sweetness (meant in a good way), that is swiftly followed by a double transition: at first, a strong bitterness to balance the glycemic index, and thereon a subtle but delicious finale of wheat making it a 'turron' like combination. how very pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2005 09:48:10 | More by Andreji
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stcules

Italy

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange color. A lot of unidentified floating objects. Good foam, brownish, abundant and persistent. Very creamy.
At the nose ripe fruit (melon, citrus fruit, orange, citron). And white flowers, light. Lightly spiced too (pink pepper?).
Fruity taste, citrus, with citrus fruit, and citron, Very smooth and velveted. Sweet and spiced. Soft.
Spiced (pepper). At the same time, delicate and full.
The mouthfeel sensation is very creamy, velveted, textured. Medium-high body.
Aftertaste on the same line, but more spiced (pepper).

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 20:06:09 | More by stcules
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putnam

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Papery brown colored with an orange tint. Off white, resilient foam. The aromas are of spicy, clove-studded oranges, pine and sour grass. The flavors are boozy and sharp with a dizzying array of fruit and vegetable salad. Powdered resin bitterness, radish flavors and saccharine sweetness negotiate the mid-palate. Not exactly easy to drink, but fascinating.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 23:35:22 | More by putnam
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't find a BB date on the bottle but it was on a discount rack at a beer store and the cap had some rust on the top and yeast on the inside. I am guessing that this one has been around at least a couple of years

A- Pours a hazy brown to orange with a very fluffy cloud like head. The Lacing it leaves is more like puffs of foam on the side of the glass.

S- Citrus, Yeast, Brett (a bit of an Orval scent), sugar and a whiff of booze.

T -Bitter hops, citrus peels with the white part adding to the bitterness, yeast, spices some pepper and maybe coriander, again I get a bit of brett that I relate to an Orval, which is not a bad thing.

M&D- Very light on the tongue, almost fluffy. Carbonation was moderate but body was a bit light. Almost floated in my mouth and down to my belly.

I loved this one fresh when I had it at the brewery in Amsterdam, but for the £1 I paid, it was certainly worth it.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 10:40:02 | More by thepeter
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