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Columbus - Brouwerij 't IJ

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BA SCORE
87
very good

107 Ratings
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | 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!

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002)
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Photo of mhewes
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice hazy golden color with a good white head that leaves some nice lacing behind. Some floaties also.

S : Lots of fruit aromas, couldn't really pick out any specific ones. Some yeast notes also

T : Sweet malt flavors along with fruit notes. Some good spice flavor like coriander, cinnamon.

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : This one was really easy to drink. I didn't really think of it as a Belgian Pale Ale though.

mhewes, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle brought back from Amsterdam. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a white head and lacing.

Clearly, at 9% this is a strong pale ale, but whatever. I also get a strong funky/sour lemon flavor that not all reviews mention. I wonder if this beer is like Orval and becomes a lambic with time. The woody, herbal yeast character and citrus really dominate with a slight earthy, peppery bitterness at the end followed by a long aftertaste and return to the citrus. For 9% and being a sour beer, it's very drinkable. I, however, hope someone resolves what kind of beer this is.

tempest, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle@home

A: Hazy red/brown with a thick white head. Some bits of yeast flowing around.

S: Lots of fruit, Yeast, Spices, Wee hint of alcohol.

T: Spices (among them pepper and coriander), Apricot, Citric notes, Caramel, Figs.

M: Sweet and fullbodied with lots of carbonation. Nice sweetness and some faint bitterness at the end to make it a more balanced brew.

This beer was recommended to me by the owner of the Cracked kettle beershop in amsterdam. Very belgian in character and a good one at that. A solid effort!

baggio, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of anders36
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this beer 7 months after best before date. It pours a golden orange colour into the glass. The beer is a bit cloudy too with rests of yeasts. Pours a large white head that disappears quickly. The smell is fruity and a sweet smell of the belgian yeast too. It has a little sweet taste and malty. Hints of fruit in the taste too.
The aftertaste is rich and abit thick. So this is not an easy drinking beer. The aftertaste is good and warming from the alcohol and has a nice bitterness. This is a good beer, but i think 9 % is a bit to high in alcohole. Atleast for me.

anders36, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of nathi
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

nathi, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of albern
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a huge frothy head that does linger. It doesn't just lace, it leaves billows on the side of the glass. It pours an orange, cloudy color with some yeasty bits floating around. There is plenty of unfiltered dark yeast as you pour out the bottom of the bottle. The smell is apricot and yeast, with some noticeable alcohol as well. The taste is very good. This is a medium to full bodied, citrus, tangy, ale with quite substantial yeast flavorings. This is also a strong beer at 9 ABV, and you will taste the warming alcohol, but the flowery flavors do a nice job of masking the alcohol to a point. You can taste the alcohol more on the back end and in the after taste as well. This is a well carbonated beer, quite substantial, very fruity as it warms a bit. This is listed as a Belgian Pale ... maybe. It has more the characteristics of a full bodied trippel, than it does an Abbey style pale or blond ale. Certainly the alcohol content puts it in league with the Trippels. You can't go wrong here. L'Chaim

albern, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of decafron
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a flakey, hazy, copper color with a thick light tan head. Aromas of pear and spices waft from my glass. I pick up odoriferous notes of clove, cinnamon, wet hay, and a really weird funky-musty-earthy aroma. The taste is lightly fruity up front and finishes with an earthy-spicy note. This is an interesting beer, quite malty with notes of caramel, biscuits, toasted malt, and malt extract. A good balance of competing flavors.

Gueuzedude, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of Crosling
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sample was undeniably sour and possibly infected, because after looking at other ratings, I am convinced something was wrong with mine. But notice the score. I liked it, a lot. Orange color with a monstrous rocky head. Orval-like nose, with fresh fruits and flowers, along with an enormous funky horseblanket whiff. Oily and slick texture, with an alcoholic edge. Leathery yeast about, with horseblanket and light fruits galore. While Orval is bone dry, this is very sweet, but, at least my sample, was very Orval-like. And since I love Orval, I thought this was quite nice.

Crosling, Apr 19, 2006
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
Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 putnam
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

putnam, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of thepeter
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

thepeter, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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).

stcules, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Andreji
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Andreji, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

Shovelbum, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of ATPete
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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

ATPete, May 05, 2008
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 09, 2002
Photo of jneiswender
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

jneiswender, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Beer-Ed, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

sansho, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

safaricook, Sep 01, 2012
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
Photo of windypete
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

windypete, May 10, 2014
Photo of supermeniscus
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

supermeniscus, Nov 27, 2012
Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.