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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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!

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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 73 | Display Reviews Only:
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

rpopescu, Feb 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

KristofH, Jan 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jeiiVP, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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 -3.4%

discodoni, Nov 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Arborescence, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 +3.1%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

cb8282, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Brouwerij 't Ij, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is hazy amber yellow in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Aromas of pale malts are present in the nose along with some hints of spices and floral hops.
T: The taste has flavors of pale malts and some hints of malty sweetness along with a light amount of bitterness. Some hints of alcohol are perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems a little heavier mouthfeel compared to other beers in the style and is definitely a sipper given its alcohol content.

metter98, Apr 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Bandi, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Elbrownbag, Apr 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

andrenalina, Feb 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

sansho, Feb 03, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

supermeniscus, Nov 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

HiPpYcHoP, Oct 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

safaricook, Sep 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

WynnO, Aug 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

kja157, Mar 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

farundrpar, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.