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IJndejaars - Brouwerij 't IJ

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87
very good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-20-2002

One of our flagship beers, slightly different in flavour every year! A splendid, maroon-coloured beer with fine aromas of spiced fruit, orange peel and well-roasted malt to delight the nose. The flavour is a spicy balance of caramel, citrus and slightly bitter hops to restore that warm feeling during the dark days of winter. If stored in a cool, dark place, IJndejaars will keep for years.
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Photo of Thebeertree
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a fairly bright, relatively transparent amber, with visible carbonation, and the pour kicks up a decent-sized off-white head that fades to a film pretty quickly but leaves a reasonable amount of lace.

Aroma is dark fruit - mostly plums. There's a distinct floral note, too, kind of like the elderflower juice you can get at Ikea. Plus a hint of alcohol warmth. Not a very strong aroma, but what I can smell is nice.

Flavor is dark fruit with floral notes, and a pleasant grassy/floral hop character. Finish is clean, and the aftertaste is sweet and malty and fairly sticky. There's a bit of a mint flavor throughout - not sure if that's from the alcohol presence or something else, but it's definitely there.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly sticky, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I wish it had been less sticky - the stickiness doesn't go that well with the medium body or the carbonation... or really the flavors for that matter.

Overall, it's pleasant and drinkable, but not what I'm going to go for if I want a Strong Dark Ale... or really a winter beer at all. None of the flavors here are really very strong, so I guess it is somewhat refreshing to have a relatively light and clean SDA (although the alcohol is not light!), but I think the style just demands some strong flavors to chase the winter away.

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lmaduells
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of cb8282
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nr. 113 (batch?), exp 11/2012

A: Beautiful two finger head with very consistently sized carbonation. Dark brownish orange with flakes of yeast floating around. Opaque with no visible rising carbonation.

S: Lovely peachy yeast, natural sweetness and nostril opening. Sandalwood.

T: Not what i expected, intense and very different (not in a bad way). Apple, like an unsweet midly spiced apple sauce with a mild grassy aftertaste.

M: Medium body with basically no carbonation. A bit dry.

O: A different one, nice. Worth trying. Perhaps just a little too intense for regular drinking for me.

Photo of page101
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterbrew, meant for the 'end of year'. 33 cl bottle.

Unfiltered unpasteurized bio beer, very active from the bottle.
Orange brown, with a huge head, good lacing, nice hazy.
Smell and taste are of raw malts, yeast. Some fruits in the background. Hops are citric, pine, apricot, grapefruit. Spicy with coriander and pepper.
The alcohol is present on this brew. It's not too harsh, but 9 % is perhaps 1 too much for it's degree of complexity.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-22-2010
B / 3.55 look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5| drink: 3

Vintage bottle, unknown year. This was the last of my cellared t'IJ stash. Review from notes. Leaving up original scores, as the beer was fresh then, this is just for comparison.

Caramel color with a ruby glint that appears when tilted just so in the light. A quick, initial burst of foam appears and fades fast to a skim, then a somber ring around the edge. The first pour actually had good clarity, the second not so much (sorry beertooth!).

Aroma was a bit oxidized, sweet cookie dough, mild muddled spice, figs.

More mild spiciness and sugar cookie flavors, a little phenolic. Mild tobacco bitterness, dry finish. Thin carbonation, and somewhat astringent unfortunately. Probably over the hill, but still drinkable. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if this gets imported again...

09-23-2006
A- / 4.1 look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | drink: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with caramel foam. Smells a little boozy, some sticky sugar, malt, and butterscotch. Taste is rich and strong, a velvety malt blanket coats the palate, with a toffee/butterscotch aftertaste. Whiskey notion lingers at room temp, barely oaky and fruity. Reminiscent of Bell's TCOA with the high abv and super maltiness.

Photo of TKempe
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is incredibly murky and has a colour somewhere inbetween brown and dark red. The head is a bit small and leaves a lot of lace.

Smells sweet and fruity (apricot, rosehip), very thick or heavy. A sharper and slightly funky accent comes from the yeast. Nice interplay with the hops (and maybe some coriander). Alcohol is present too, but gently enough. A typical nose for the brewery.

The taste is enormous and kind of succulent, with a bigger accent on the sourness than the nose. Alcohol is quite apparant and very effective. After the fruitiness settles, the bitterness sets in and makes for a semi-dry and warming after-taste. A little coriander is tasted in the background.

Very smooth mouthfeel, proper carbonation and a full body.

A great beer fitted well to the season. The only drawback is the impact of the alcohol.

Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pale ale? pours a dirty ruby chestnut slight off white head... moderate in size that dissipates to a ring. smell of jelly malt... grape, raisin, molasses, boozier as it warms up. heavy drink with a somewhat smooth taste of sweet. grape, blackberry, soft citrus tart finish. little bit of flemish primitive funk. malt like a dubbel. somewhat unclassifiable.

Photo of AlexJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly doesn't look like a BSPA, rather a dark burnt amber color with signifigant hazing. The head is small and tight, leaving some patchy lace.

The aroma is dark as well. Dark caramel and candi sugars. Candied orange peel and moist molasses bread. Stewed, spiced plums. Very sweet and musky smelling.

Flavor is like fresh raisin bread dipped in stewed fruit compote. Fruity notes range from apple and grape to berry and cherry. Malty, but not as sweet as the nose suggests. There is a dry leather note and hints of driftwood soaked in seawater. The yeast character is quite strong, fruity and musty at the same time. Almost like a Dubbel in flavor.

Body is big and creamy slick. Mouth coating and at times syruppy. Light pinpoint carbonation does a fine job of saturating your tastebuds. Unique and interesting.

Photo of tendermorsel
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure when this was bottled but it sure wasn't fresh... In a good way:) No bottled date found this gem with some other Brouwerij 'tij stuff that was all dated from 2004. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Wow.... real interesting beer. Great pour and lacing. Brownish in color and a solid head. Sweet like raisins at first but a wonderful sour finish. This beer definitely improved as it warmed in my glass. This one took me 20+ minutes to finish. Truly a sipping beer which forced me to take some points off for drinkability.

Overall a winner.

Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/21/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with either a bottled on or best by date strip. Hoping it's a bottled on as it's listed as Sept '02. Poured into my RR Damnation tulip.

Appearance- Deep auburn in color. Ultra large foamy and chunky head. Over a 1/2 inch remains for the duration. Nice chunks and patches of lace action.

Smell- Candied sugar, dark fruits and caramel malt.

Taste- Massive amounts of grape notes. Carmelized booze soaked raisins with some prunes in the background. Mild hop notes. A decent amount of metallic taste in the beginning which slowly goes away through warming and consumption.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level...foamy. Light bitter and fruity aftertaste. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability- If the metal flavor didn't creep in, it would be fantastic. This put a bit of a damper on the experience. Otheriwse, could have been a great beer. Maybe it was a bit oxidized.

Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Muddy light brown color. Thin, but lasting head. Light lace.

Sweet candy sugar aroma. Lots of molasses and caramel. Low hop.

Starts with some bitterness but quickly gives way to strong sweet candy flavors. Heavy body with an equally heavy carbonation which gives it some balance. High alcohol warmth.

This is an example of the very sweet trappist style ales--too much so for my tastes.

Photo of patto1ro
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red brown colour with a dense head. Hop, toast, toffee, cherry and coriander aroma; bitterish/sweetish taste with caramel, dates and chicory aromas; bitterish finish with toasted, roasted, fruit and butter aromas.

Has lots of roasted malt flavours. Quite pleasant.

The 2002 version was incredibly variable - from barely drinkable to outstanding. I bought six bottles (at the same time) from my local offy (good old Ton Overmars) and each one had a different coloured crown cork. The first bottle I opened was pretty poor, so its chums lay around in my cellar a while. When I finally got around to opening a second, it was magnificent. The other four were all different and somewhere betweeen the first two in terms of quality. Different vintages vary even more extremely. Buying it is a bit like Russion roulette, but worth taking the risk, though, for the chance of brilliance.

Photo of gdogalishus
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the glass into an over sized wine glass. Poured a dark brown color with a lot of fluffy tan colored head. Strong carbonation and plenty of lace around the glass.
The aroma was suspiciously uninteresting. Nothing really stood out except perhaps a yeasty. breadlike aroma.
The flavor was a strong yeast character with malts and a nice warming alcohol flavor. Nice finish was thirst quenching and not dry at all. Very little bitterness, but not completely absent.

Photo of tavernjef
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, opaque-like, bloodied brown with a great tall capping of creamy ivory colored froth. Keeps a solid skim always present as well as a big fluffy collaring. Excellent lacing in extra thick webby sheets.

Aroma is clean, sweet, and mildly candyish with some toffee and purple grape jelly. Tiny notions to dark cherries and some dry yeasty spice.

Flavors are again, much like the smell, quite clean, sweet, mildly set in some soft doughy breads spread with apricot and grape jams. Slight caramel slides around the edges and back end as does a whisper of cocoa dryness. Finishes with a pick up of darker realmed fruityness; plummy. Spices are lightly playing in a fest of yeast, kinda citrusy at first then turns dry and earthy with some dark fruity returns. This all plays out very calmly with a very subtle tonality. Nothing brash here. Very easy going and mildly candyish, sweet, and sugared cookie-like. There's something about that just seems to plain though.

Feel is small and tame with a yielding smoothness and clean texture. Perhaps close to a medium body, but the front is shy as is a good portion before the turn into the finish which does help induce a bit of interest in darker fruityness and a uniquely Belgian dryness.

Albeit, not one of the better Belgian darks I've had, but was fine enough to finish off without much problem. The 9% isn't apparent and the tail end of this beer is the only thing I favored.

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IJndejaars from Brouwerij 't IJ
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