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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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very good

106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Elbrownbag, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

andrenalina, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

sansho, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of nico_freespirit
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

It's a nice beer, really special when you're smelling it, at first it smells once open the cap like a bakery, recent bread is a strong smell but so nice. It's full of sediments, its high graduation doesn't seems once you drink it. I'm tasting it at room temperature and its flavour is much stronger than other belgian pale ales, it's sweet and doughy, for me is like eating bread recently out of the oven. Definetly I like this beer so much, I think that dutch beers have a huge potential that is not operating in Spain..

nico_freespirit, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of supermeniscus
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

supermeniscus, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of HiPpYcHoP
3.5/5  rDev -10%

HiPpYcHoP, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

safaricook, Sep 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

WynnO, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +2.8%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of kja157
5/5  rDev +28.5%

kja157, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of farundrpar
3.5/5  rDev -10%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

uturn, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +2.8%

rekel, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

Evil_Pidde, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of sfprint
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

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.

sfprint, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

Very hazy burnt orange color. Tight beige head that hangs around for the entire time. Some nice lacing down the sides.
Immediate first thought on aroma is martinelli's apple juice and light citrus. Awesome! Slight yeasty notes as the beer warms up.
Flavor is very complex. Sweet to bitter to light grain back to bitter. Not hot at all for being 9%. I'd really like to sit outside and drink this from a big goblet. Great carbonation too.

pleasewearpants, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Rich complex and long brew, quite the surprise.

Presentation: 33ml brown capped bottle. Romboid label with a burgundy and light cream design presided by the emblem of the ostrich with a boat in the horizon. Notes main characteristics, and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber pour, towering frothy head, great retention, rich creamy surface memory with strong lacing. A looker to remember...

S - Good nose with citric hoppy touches and caramel, hint of earthy funk...

T - Rich step up from the nose… Long and complex bitterness, grapefruit, touches of grass… tied to caramel and touches of toffee as it finishes. Hints of small earthy funk mid palate with a nice fruity touch.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, rides nicely with the bitterness leading to a smooth and softy creamy finish.

O - Great experience, extraordinary range and appearance.

Notes: Took me by surprise, this one is complex and pleasing on all sides. A tad too pricey but not too much from this Dutch importer. Thank you Toño for the recommendation and treat. (Their dark BSA is good but another beast altogether. Right now this one is the winner with a difference.)

Daniellobo, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

Bottle at Cafe Belgique in Amsterdam. From notes on the street.

A - Poured a hazy dark copper with no visible carbonation. Crazy ice cream scoop head was white. Good lacing and retention with that ice cream scoop.

S - Really nice fruity hop notes and fruity yeasty esters with a hint of booze and sweet spice.

T - Great juicy hops. Yeast esters to compliment. Strong juicy hops come like grapefruit. Not malty enough to balance but it's still nice and refreshing.

M - Strong carbonation and a medium to light body with a strong bitter finish.

O/D - This may as well be a Double IPA. The malt character is more akin to a Belgian Ale but the hop character of this is quite strong and would hold it's own with some of the better IIPAs. Good beer.

tbeckett, May 13, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Pale Drank from my St Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a cloudy honey colour and has a nice tight white head that stays the distance.

S - Plenty of sour, lambic aromas of passionfruit spice.

T - Plenty of spice and herbs up front and finishes with a nice creamy vanilla booze flavour.

M - Medium body and low carbonation.

D - This is a heavy hitter and right up there with the best Belgium Pale Ales. I can,t believe i'm giving this an A+, but it is fully deserved.

eric5bellies, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

At The Old Nickel, Amsterdam.

Pours murky amber gold with lacy solid white cap of froth. Sour cherry jam and deep hops on the nose. Gooseberry jam malts, green apple esters, then bright lime and nettle tea stewed hops. Crisp, light to medium, some chew, no heat.

Interesting hops but low IBUs. Taste does not follow nose. Solid, but not as hoppy as the name might suggest.

2nd tasting on draft at the brewery, 30.VII.13 - Puffy lacey head over dark amber, a soapy nose that makes we wonder about the house yeast, caramel and a big lemon sorbet C hop hit, with a medium, smooth, very chewy body.
Solid malt backbone, with smooth even bitterness. Not the hoppiest beer from a hoppy brewery, I've had European-made barleywines with less presence.

StJamesGate, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of decafron
3.93/5  rDev +1%

this bottle was brought from amsterdam and poured into a duvel tulip.
pours a hazy orange/copper/amber with a big white head and ample lacing. the smell is loaded with citrus, coconut, and malt..odd but it works. spices and malt dominate up front with apricot and lemon bringing up the rear. it's funky but balanced with a slightly sour mouthfeel. best of all, it's incredibly delicious without a trace of its 9% abv. where they hid it, i have no idea. so good to see some fine ale being brewed in holland.

decafron, Sep 01, 2010
Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.