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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
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
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of pleasewearpants
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle (Best by 05/02) Purchased by my friend, a former employee of the foodery who sometimes gets chances at various vintage brews for a cheap price. This one was a real winner. Best by May 02' my arse! Poured into a wide-mouthed California crystal wine glass (I'm really beginning to love these glasses for almost all beer styles, and especially Belgians) Dark glowing orange, a bit muddy, but with nice thick off-white head, that leaves some nice lacing patterns as well. Carbonation is thick, with big bubbles getting caught in the sludgy sediment on their way up to the top of the glass. Aromas are funky, some carboard and definate signs of ocidation, but almost in a good way, this brew begins to assert some wild yeast character even though no wild yeasts were used. Very wet, hay-like and bretty in the aroma, almost like a 2 year old Orval. Sweet. So yeah some lambicy notes, and some lactic sour tart, but nothing over the top, sometimes oxidation improves a beers character, this is definately one of those cases. Taste is barnyard and funkiness. Wet hay, and some oats, as well as spicy/zesty Belgian yeast flares, and some soggy hops, also some herbal tea and spice hints as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, and coating, almost too much with all of the yeast floaties, but still doable, and fine. Not bad at all. Drinkability is good as well, but towards the end of the glass some bad over-aging notes begin to intrude on the orval funk fest this vintage bottle started out as. Overall a funky, past-its-prime-but-oh-so-good sample of one of my favorite Dutch beers. This 5-6 year old bottle is much better than fresh bottles, but I have to give a fresh draft sample procured in Amsterdam the nod as the best though. Good stuff.

francisweizen, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery - wasnt, sure of the style at the time but guessed correctly after tasting

appearance: bright golden body, sparkling in the sunlight, foamy white cap and an overall nice looking brew

smell: sweet peaches, passion fruit, fruity esters, belgian spices, white pepper, corriander

taste: Columbus is a nice strong belgian pale ale. The overall flavor profile is on the sweet end with an emphasis on peaches, passion fruit, white grape, and apricot. Spices play a secondary role but hints of corriander and white pepper are noted

mouthfeel: medium body, slightly boozy, spritzy feeling

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jul 25, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Head!! This did not gush but the head grew out of the bottle even after I poured a couple of ounces out. the head is moussy and ain't going anywhere. The aroma is rather cirtusy (esters and hops) with some slightly sour notes. The color is gold/orange and the carbonation is very high. With the hyper carbonation and sour notes I wonder if this is slightly infected. Even if it is it works and is lovely. The body is light/medium and I mostly get some head when I take a drink with a some sourness on the side of my tongue. (Hehe I wrote head.) Since i am a huge tripel and geueze fan this beer is right up my alley. The flavor is citrusy, with a little sweetness, some sourness and the hop flavor and bitterness comes out in the finish and swallow. I'd be interested to taste a fresh but this bottle was good for my tastes. This bottle does not well represent the belgian pale style though.

beersabound, Jun 15, 2006
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Classic Brouwerij ’t IJ 33cl brown glass bottle with its understated diamond shaped label. Dark red background with a white border and the familiar Ostrich in the desert affront a silhouette of a Windmill. Listed at 9% Vol., Cat.S., with a nicked on label Best Before Date of 3-05. Bottle Conditioned.

Appearance: Huge massive and very impressive white head which screams Tripel-tastic. Hazy orange peach body that has a funky with some streamers and very small yeast floaties which do not detract at all. Supreme lacing as the brew drops in my Duvel Glass and leaves a thick spiderweb pattern all over the sides. Nice conditioning, smooth swirls reinstate the head and

Nose: Yet again another fantastic nose from the ‘t IJ family of Ales. This time it is of dried fruits, apricots, prunes and other fruits including apples and pears. Some alcohol in the nose but it is fruity.

Taste: Immensely fruity Tripel-like body, tart and sharp fruits punctuate the body of this masterful brew, hoppy and bitter in the back end. Spicy and zesty it has all the acidic charm of a young nectarine with a tangerine fruity middle. The alcohol is well hidden but its there supporting this brew.

Mouthfeel: Another bloody brilliant brew from the Ostrich pluckers. Can this really be 9%?? It doesn’t feel like it at all. Impressive feel from this Tangy Tasty Tripel.

Drinkability: A fruity Tripel that is bitter and yet complex to a certain extent which adds mystique and some intrigue, it reminded me of a few other Belgium brews that I have had, including a well known Trappiste.

Overall: A superb juicy brew that begs to be imbibed and another winner from the Amsterdam based Waterfront Windmill Proeflokaal. Highly Recommended.

TheLongBeachBum, Oct 17, 2004
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy orange/yellow body with a huge thick white head.

Nose was dominated by a fruity sour belgian yeast. Ripe golden fruits, apricots, pears, golden raisins, peaches, grapefruit and slight nips of spices.

Taste is medium bodied with a big level of carbonation. Lots of sour yeast taste, golden ripe fruits, rotting citrus peel and a surprisingly strong hop bitterness and big earthy hop taste. Alcohol is very apparent in this beer and really adds tons of warmth right up front and in to the finish. Very tart and dry with a strong lambic type sourness. Touches of clove and other spices sit against the hops. Ends with a long dry alcohol sour bitterness.

What an interesting beer. Classic belgian pale/triple with a little natural lambic note and some nice hops backbone. Very nice, makes me miss Amsterdam.

taez555, Aug 06, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murkiness commands the look of this brew, cast in an amber hue, nestled under a neat, creamy head.
Aroma: soft and lightly citric, spritz of spice. prodigious yeast.
Yum....big citric bite, lush yeast, nice huge hoppiness...pleasing on the palate, quite tasty...some of those Dutch can make a nice Belgian, can't they?
Creamy, tasty mouthfeel, wonderful tang on it, exceptionally smooth, rewarding and worth the drinking.
Worth the coin, however? I paid nearly $5 for this bottle..despite it's goodness, I probably won't again.

feloniousmonk, May 03, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured very nice with a huge foamy head that left to give a nice thin lace around the glass. The nose was a fruity sense with a hint of green from a the plant. Yes, I could actually smell it, like fresh cut grass. The orangeness of the color leaves me to believe that this is going to taste very fruity.
A nice fizzy feeling in mouth leaves a tingling feeling that evolves into a nice dryness to savor. This beer has the hint of a citrus drink with a nice alcohol feeling. This will definitely be on my list to return to.

stouty1, Jun 10, 2006
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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours a misty copper colour with lots of sediment and lacing. So much sediment it ruined the look slightly.

S - The main smells of this beer is of sweet honey and orange zest.

T - The initial taste it very herby and malty that turns into a sweet citrus flavour (mainly lemons and oranges)

M&D - The drink is a good consistency with slight smoothness and the right amount of carbonation. For 9% an easy drink.

Overall a good flavoured beer that pours a good colour but the amount of sediment lets it down in the looks department.

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
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4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

marceloxxxx, Oct 03, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean pour in to a Duvel tulip, it was bright golden orange save for a few random suspended bits. Giant sticky head, ala Orval or Duvel. A little gunsmoke once the cap came off, and the odd smell of warm corn tortillas. Very yeasty now, a candy-like shortbread cookie dominates the aroma. Brett is present, some wet hay and vegetal flavors in the aftertaste. Soapy, sticky foam that lasts for a good 20 minutes. Fruity, medicinal flavors, this bottle obviously cellared long enough for the Brett to come out. Some dried currant and apricot notes, clover, grass, and honey/maple syrup.

Seems almost like an aged Tripel at this point. A little odd, I remember it being sweeter and richer than this. Oh well that's what I get for cellaring it for a year+

emerge077, Oct 06, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was round 2 at 't IJ.... Columbus has a rich, medium copper/mahogany tinge, is a smidge opaque, and a creamy (!) tan head with top-shelf lace. Mild nose with some sweetness like caramel. Verrry nice feel on the tongue, plus medium body (almost more-so...). Very caramelly and toffee-ish flavor that dominates and really sticks to the palate! Didn't get any discernible hop notes, though. I asked the 'tender what style this was... he said it had no real style, just an ale that the brewers decided to "wing it" on. I wouldn't put into the Belgian Pale bin, but.... Regardless, it went down verry well (had 2 more after trying a 3rd bier, Zatte). Yummy!
Prosit!!

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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Bierman9, Aug 31, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

natiousd, Oct 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange/amber color with lots of yeasties and a big sticky off white head. Lots of carbonation.
Aroma is sweet and tart ripe fruits with some spices in the backround.
Flavor is sweet with some tart fruit and malt notes.
Mouthfeel becomes very tart, almost puckering as it finishes. Light sweetness makes tart flavors bearable and yeast cuts further.
Drinkability is pretty hgh, I've gained alot of respect for this brewery as I've cycled through majority of their beers.

CRJMellor, May 24, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Standard 11.2 oz bottle as described by others, the labelled is nicked with 5/02 (and this is 3/05 at review time, so I hope that means when the beer was created. So this beer is at least 3 years old, maybe much older if it is a best-by date (not sure which it is). Purchased at Lee's Discount Liquor in Las Vegas on my last road trip.

Pours into my Duvel glass dark orange/apricot, with a moderate head that quickly dies down, leaving no lace to speak of. Surprising. Left a bunch in the bottle with a fair amount of sediment included. Looks rich and syrupy.

I could barely look at this baby for the review because of the huge fruity aroma that slapped me upside the head while I was still pouring it. I had to stop what I was doing and "just breathe" (as they say in yoga class). It's a dirty job, but someone has to smell this wonderful, delicious, sweet, fruity aroma of Brach's Orange Slice candies (remember those from childhood?) at a distance, and rich, apricot and peaches when I stick my nose into the tulip. Marvelous!

But what does it taste like? I have to let it warm a minute. But here it is- very rich, very full (I know, that's more mouthfeel than taste), very alcoholic. Fruity, but not sweet as in the aroma- deeper, darker fruit, add some plums to the mix, but boy, the alcohol profile is the dominant note, and it really bring the rating down in my book. Maybe it should warm a little more. As it warms, the alcohol profile dies a little, but is still the dominant characteristic. Rich fruit, and a light-moderate peppery-spice profile sits behind. Reminds me in some ways of De Dolle Stille Nacht, if you've had that one. Not as spicy or syrupy, but in the same ballpark. After adding the yeast (very dark and cloudy), the spiciness level increased dramatically.

Overall a nice beer to enjoy, but is generally to strong and overpowering for me to want more than on rare occasion.

Dukeofearl, Mar 26, 2005
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like I've ever had, this is a very different animal. It pours a deep, hazy, speckled, orange/amber color. A soft layer of creamy foam sits atop this thick brew, and leaves a good deal of lace that does not move. Aromas are at once very hop driven. some herbal elements come through as well. A soft, perfumed malt fruitiness hides way back on the nose. This is a very strong, strong pale ale, and one to be respected, especially as it hides its alcohol well. The mouthfeel is very rich, round and assertive offering hop lovers a sweetly bitter, green bud tasting beer, that also features a fairly large malt profile, that kind of sends it over the top as far as drinkability is concerned. Make this one of your last brews of your session.

moulefrite, Feb 21, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at "Cafe Golem" Amsterdam out of a 33cl Bottle.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with ample head that slowly drops to about an inch. Aroma of baked apples and caramel. The initial taste of bitter hops on the tip of your tongue and then washed over by a fruity sweetness the rest of the way. Tastes of plums and baked apples. Heavy carbonation lingers in your mouth like sparkling water or sprite. The 9% alcohol is well masked, combined with the heavy carbonation makes me want to drink this faster than I should. Of all the Amsterdam brewed ales I tried this one is tops. Too bad I could not find this one in any of the bottle shops.

sfreshnock, Oct 13, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

millelacsmark, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BreweryRun, Sep 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

AlexM, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep golden with an amber hue and a slight haze and a few chunks. The head was white and tall at first and then fell like a rock leaving wisps at the edge of the surface and lace on the chalice.

The aroma was spicy and fruity with a belgian yeast character. The fruitiness was comprised of a floral hoppiness and an earthy aroma in the background.

The flavor was crisp and spicy with a dark fruit flavor of raisins that is well done but not what you generally find in a belgian pale ale, more of a belgian dark ale or a strong dark ale without the deep color. The flavor was complex with enough hop presence in the bittering to keep the malty raisin and caramel flavors in check.

The finish was dry with raisins and caramel lasting and then alcohol warming follow. The body was medium and well done.

50 cl bottle. Notches at 5 and 02.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 30, 2004
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

outta ye ole bottle...if you like golden ales that make you float, float with Columbus. looks nice but tastes better. honey and all that greet the taste buds. i'm all for it!

pours a light golden yellow..

..foam is all that and a bag of chips...

..one of the t'IJ's hidden secrets..

..save this for the end of the night...

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Sarmento, Nov 13, 2014
Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.