IJndejaars - Brouwerij 't IJ

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87
very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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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 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 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 GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber golden. The head was small, white and short lived. The head retreated quickly after falling to the edges of the surface, but did last to lace the glass.

The aroma was interestingly spicy with a menthol aroma that was strong and powerful. Also present was a fruity orange peel aroma and a caramel maltiness.

The flavor was crisp and citrusy with an orange flavor that is well done and is vibrant on the palate. The maltiness was short lived and the bittering from hops and most likely orange peel then takes center stage to work at drying out the beer. Spices complemented the complexity.

The finish was dry with a pleasant citrus flavor and hop bitterness lasting long into the aftertaste and daring you to take another sip. The body was medium due to the carbonation, but may have been just a smidge bigger.

50 cl bottle. Notched at 9 and 02. A very complex beer, the spicy menthol and orange aroma was disturbingly pleasant in it's complexity and really compelled me to drink some more. The alcohol is not noticeable except in the warming afterwards. Definitely try this one if you get the chance.

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 page101
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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 Gueuzedude
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date September 2002, Sampled August 2004.
Pours a clear amber-copper color that sits beneath a light tan head. This beer has a great aromatic nose, it is a mix of apples and spice notes made up of clove, ginger, orange, and a bit of a rich earthiness. The aroma, in fact, is quite tantalizing. The taste is lightly sweet and tightly tart, a good balance that makes me think of tamarind. There is an interesting level of yeasty spiciness here as well, I get notes of ginger, pepper, and bergamot. There is some earthy-mustiness here that adds to the complexity. There is a good solid fruitiness here, as well as the tamarind there are notes of apple and plum. There is a nice balance of sour and sweet, fruit and spice; this is quite nice. This is certainly the best of the three beers I have had so far from this brewery.

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 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 jsnoek
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cb8282
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle. Alc. 9%
This very strong Pale ale pours a cloudy amber with a full-sized off-white/beige head and loads of sticky lace.
The aroma is a fairly good copy of the Belgian-style. Earthy, horse stalls, cloves, citrus and a bit of alcohol.
A grainy malty taste could use a bit more sweetness. Thoughts of a crusty baguette come to mind.
Mixed citrus, cloves and peppery spices make up the hop department.
The potent alcohol is somewhat well disguised.
A faint caramel sweetness appears late in the glass.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 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 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 Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new offering from the Netherlands I found recently at The Wine Society in Tyngsboro MA.
Has a goofy ostrich wearing a party hat on the front label, which is totally in Dutch, but does note it is 9% abv and has a best-before date of Sep '04. Pours a deep copper color, and is clear at the outset, though there is residue in the bottle that may get added later. Head is light beige, fine and creamy. Starts at about 1" but fades and maintains a 1/4" topping, with decent Belgian lace. The aroma is crackery, dry and a touch yeasty, with mild spice notes floating around. It has a medium body, with a very bubbly/creamy feel on the tongue. Flavor also has light, crackery malt aspects to it, with a mild hint of tropical-style fruitiness. Finish is very dry, with just a smidge of a yeasty bite and spiciness. Alcohol is quite well-hidden. Decent stuff; I hope to try it fresh in Amsterdam sometime....

Prosit!!

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

702

Photo of TKempe
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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 finepaws
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first higher than 6% abv. Not sure I would have known the difference. There is a slight aaahhh at the end though. Poured a rusty orange color. Cloudy with a small head than laced through out. Smells citrus fruity, with some ginger spice? Not sure how to describe some of these scents. Tasted yum. Sweet, with a dry hop flavor. Very yeasty/malty. I wish I could give more description, but alas, I can't. Not sure how to describe this deliciuos beer. Just try it. It's definetly a belgian, and I like it.

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.

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