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IJndejaars - Brouwerij 't IJ

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87
very good

38 Ratings
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89
very good

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 02-20-2002)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 28 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Beer-Ed:
Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 33 cl brown bottle with a freshness date.

Appearance: Murky burgundy amber with a thin yet well retained lace.

Smell: Big nectarine aroma, fresh and juicy. Hints of alcohol and malt as well. Does not smell of a 9% abv.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Amazing smoothness with a full body of juicy malt. Lots of husky malt, juicy fruitiness and a thick yeast back ground. Herbal medicinal … slightly hoppy. Big spicy alcohol. Finishes a tad dry with more husk and ripe fruit.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one crazy brew, flavors clash everywhere and the 9% really comes though towards the end with a spicy warmth.

Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light brown to amber color, interesting yeast swirl patterns. Darker yellow head that's big and strong. Smell is of grass, a little sulfur, and a little clove spice. Very spritzy mouthfeel, some metallics/phenolics, a little bourbon, some grapes and a good deal of hoppy bittering. Alcohol is warming at the back. The taste is overall good to me, but the presence of high carbonation and grape is a little unsettling. Cool unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle-conditioned brew.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An easy creamy drink. One that says calories more than taste. Nicely hopped, refreshing with lunch. Cinammon and other spices invigorate the mouth. Lots of malt, a bit of hops,fruity mostly cherry, yeast, barley, dry finish. Well carbonated and boozy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body is a deep amber with a dull orange cast; and it becomes quite cloudy by the end of the pour. Yeast particles are visible nestling themselves into the base of the goblet, yet it's billowy white head appears to want to rise right out of the glass! It needs a minute to settle a bit before the entire bottle can be poured. The head retention is excellent, and it drops to a luxuriously creamy 1/4" surface covering. Thick rings of creamy lace cling to the glass. Although the head and lace are quite impressive, the lack-luster look of the cloudy body could be viewed as detracting. The nose is reminiscent of a fruit laced lambic, but much more subtle. It displays some barnyard character (musty wet hay, but not really a solid brettanomyces) amongst a candyish sweetness and gently fruity tartness that's peppered with subtle spices. It's really interesting, and nicely complex. The flavor continues what the aroma's started with a sweet maltiness that expresses more bubblegum than sourness; and it's supported by a very delicate spiciness that's similar to ginger and coriander, and not at all peppery. It finishes drying with it's mild spice that sweeps away any residual sweetness; leaving it only a bit 'powdery' or 'dusty'. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, and never pulls it's head from the sand! An exceptional beer that's very well balanced and quite interesting. It's compelling, and remains so throughout the entire glass. One of my favorites... absolutely well worth trying!

Photo of sfprint
3.93/5  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 jsnoek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ToolHead
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, served in Gouden Carolus glass.

Orange/reddish-gold appearance; nice head w/ good retention. Reminds me a lot of t' IJ Bockbier, being very well hopped, w/ a delicate fruitiness and a solid yeast presence, but fuller and more rounded, w/ a more pronounced sweetness (although it by no means dominates the taste). Alcohol is noticeable but certainly doesn't give away the 9% abv. Long, dryish, warming finish. Quite easy to drink.
A fine, remarkable winter beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 tendermorsel
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
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 CRJMellor
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, murky caramel color with 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma of caramel, coriander, cinnamon pine. Very interesting.
Flavor of caramel, coriander, wheat yeast tones, orange peel, grains of paradise and ahint of floral and perfumey hops bittering.
Mouthfeel is very Trippel like, a dark Trippel. smmoth and creamy, well-carbonated then a rising bittering with a touch of spice and alcoholic finish.
Drinkability is very high. Really nice beer.

Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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 gdogalishus
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
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 marc77
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy peach orange hue w/ flecks of yeast aggregates. Stiff, thick, seemingly static cream white head. Solid rings of bubbles interspersed by threads of lace. Ripe apricots, candied citrus and ginger bread - like sweetness dominate the aroma, w/ mellow notes of nutty yeast, doughy malt and black pepper secondary. Very enticing aromawise. Moderate orange laced bitterness hits the palate at first, then leads into a melange of sweet, sugar coated orange rind, lightly spicy hops and dryish black pepper. Hints of ginger and yeast derived nuttiness emerge late. Malt character is of a bready, dough - like nature and contrasts the bright fruitiness well. Hop bitterness is pleasantly assertive, and prevents residual sweetness from surfacing fully until the finish. Moderately bodied, well carbonated w/ the spritzy mouthfeel complementing the fruitiness. Finishes w/ a fading note of sweet grapefruit. Ijnde Jaar is a delightful and unique brew. Bright, complex, and deceptively light. Superlatively drinkable.

Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger light beige, pillowy head leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes sweet this could be mistaken for a Belgian. The high ABV (9%) is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.50 for a 330ml bottle from Wine Society Tyngsboro, Ma.

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -12.9%
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 ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle served chilled in a Brewer's Art chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, tea brown topped by a thick offwhite head of foam. Great retention on this sucker as the foam never went away. Clingy head, but no lacing.

Smell: Aged medicinal hops on top of fruity malts and spices. Hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Predominantly banana and clovey malts with belgian candi sugar sweetness. Apricot notes. Slight smack of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, overall. Very spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: An earthy "pale" Belgian ale. I'm on the fence about this one in terms of "wow" factor. Pleasantly quirky, but there's a lotta stuff going on here that don't necessarily gel.

Thanks to Bierman9 and BIF 3.0 for this

Photo of patto1ro
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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 goodbyeohio
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from half time

label is cool.. a don quixote ostrich ready to party in the desert heat.

deep plum color and hazy with creamy, dense head which leaves a sliding wet layer of lacing. malty roasted nose with alcohol, dried apricot and date puree. depth and concentration of aroma suggests an english barleywine.. more smoky and meaty evoking a primal carnal sweetness. flavort begins with belgian-style yeast and tart-but-sweet caramel laden maltiness. continues with bitter fruit graininess and chocolate essence. interesting plethora of flavors but striving to be way too complex and basically overdone.

similar to a rough version of rapscallion creation. sharp edges and might benefit from some cellar time.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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