Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ
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3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
Pale orange and cloudy, very thick white head.
Mild, spicy, and piney aroma with good complex malt. Not real strong, but pleasant. Good esters, but not real dominante, more spicy.
Thick malt flavor, kinda syrupy. Very spicy, with a stong pine character. Good hop bitterness helps balance the thick raw malt flavor. High carbonaton also helps. A very interesting beer, maybe not a favorite, but good. The interesting spice character and the hop balance make it pretty enjoyable...but one is enough.
12-14-2002 22:30:41 | More by nathi
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
Hazy tangerine hue, topped by a tremendously thick, foamy and mountainous head that recedes too slowly considering my impatience. Sweet peachy aroma w/ fruity red licorice notes accompanied by a subdued tartness and yeast mustiness. Phenol is present at a trace. Complex and enticing aromawise. The flavor is a combination of tart green apple, candied fruit, honey sweetness and a hint of breadiness. Black pepper spice asserts itself as well and provides the dominant contrast to the sugary malt sweetness, since hop bitterness is kept to a minimum. Well carbonated and well attenuated, with a fairly dry mouthfeel. Finishes surprisingly abrupt, w/ both alcohol spice and warmth quickly fading. Columbus is quite a complex brew, with fruity flavors stronger than the norm for a Belgian Pale Strong. It's reminescent of Orval, albeit with less hop bitterness, a smoother overall flavor and stronger alcohol presence. I wish I had more than one bottle at hand.
08-12-2002 18:51:04 | More by marc77
4.5/5 rDev +16%
Cloudy, light brown appearance. Many yeasty chunks are afloat. Massive pillowy head. Brandied fruit, prune/raisin aroma with alcohol undertones. Semi-sweet fruity/spicey flavor. Very full bodied mouthfeel. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Cheers to Brouwerij 't IJ. 9.0% abv.
06-12-2002 11:48:28 | More by John
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
06-09-2002 16:06:16 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.