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Hertog Jan Karakter - Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 02-14-2005

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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of IPA35
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A red amber beer, white head that quickly vaporises. Filtered.

Smells quite nice sweet malts mainly, caramel.

Taste follows the nose. This is a rather sweet beer (sugar is used as well as wheatstarch) with a sugary, caramel taste. Spices and a little bit of fruitiness. Not much bitterness but prehaps a hint of leafiness.

Goes down smooth, medium bodies and the medium carbonation is very good for this beer.

Good beer.

Photo of jibjib513
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of MTNboy
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is a dark amber beer with a red hue. There was a little less than average head to this beer and about average lace. The aroma is simple and complex at the time. By that I mean there are a lot of different tones but nothing overpowering. You really have to get a good sniff. It is fruity and sweet. The flavor has a little more to it. Very dry and fruity like with not much hop influence. It is the malt and yeast that drive this beers flavor. Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation. It is not bad as dinner beer when you are not sure what to pair the meal with.

Photo of biernack
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RueSailmana
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of Arno
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I can imagine this isn't a well received beer looking at the ratings.
It's a bit of an in between-er. Too easy and simple to call it a special beer while all the flavors are suggesting it. It's not like a regular pilsener.

But if you just want a simple special beer, this is just lovely. Not too many layers or complexity. Just some brown sugar / caramel mixed with spices like clove. Fresh, not too thick and easy with a nice linger.

It actually reminds me of a more mellow version of "Gouden Carolus" beer.

Photo of vollie
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a darkened amber brew with a one finger tall tan head. This shows nice retention, leaving a wild patterned lacing around the glass and thick aggregates of bubbles. There is a moderate haze, but no sediment. Carbonation appears medium. The aroma is strong with bubblegum esters and white sugar. There is also strong Belgian yeastiness, metallic and toasty malts, and an almond nuttiness. There is a nice cooling sensation to the nose, which reminds us very much of a sweet and sticky pastry. Our first impression is that this is a tasty beer, and quite the salty and sweet malt bomb. As we sip, grainy sourness hits first, with wheat, roast, and caramel. Cereal grain and apricot sweetness enter for the balance. Peppery booze is also apparent from the start. The middle peaks with metallic yeasty bite, white wine grape, and further souring from a muskiness. The finish is with more of that sour, salty bite, along with pumpkin seed, buttery malts, and flashes of metals. The aftertaste is more of the end, with metals, mineral, sours, and adjuncts. The body is medium, and carbonation is medium. There is chalky astringent dryness to the coat, but nice slurp, pop, and syrupy stickiness otherwise. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks rather well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nice look to it, along with the robust, sweet aromatics. The nose was very inviting, and showed a nice complexity to the malts. This beer seemed to drink like a cheaper, sweeter Chimay Grande Réserve (blue). Additionally, there is a nice lightness of spice to it, but a robust malt bill, making it also seem a bit like a darker tripel. In the end, however, the flavoring couldn’t escape this vibe of being overly “cheap”, and remained a bit too sour at times.

Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Douberd
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 300 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice. Colour is light amber, kind of ruby once it's hold against the light. Head of one finger in height, brownish in color that doesn't last long. Aroma is fruity and to be more specific, that of dark fruits, like plums and dates.The taste is sort of metallic, but other than that sweet, with the dark fruits element much more obvious. Some caramel too, but mostly on the aftertaste. The alcohol very nicely conceiled.Medium thickness on the body, light carbonation. A little dry on the palate.Another very good beer from Hertog Jan.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Brabander
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a basket for my birthday. After three months in the fridge it was time to get it out. Best before date is jan 2012.

This is one of the better Dutch beers to start with. Poured in my Struise glass the beer looks very nice. Dark like tea and a big head with light carbonation.

Malty smell and a soft taste with some caramel on the background.

Photo of joannavandenhaag
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: ruddy hazelnut and reasonably clear with a fine head which collapses immediately. Pleasant carbonation.

Smell: Understated blackberry and currant top notes with an aggressively sweet core on malted milk.

Taste and mouthfeel: A clean and balanced nicely bitter malt with less sweetness and hoppiness in the core than I expected. However, the aftertaste reminds me a bit of cough syrup, and I sense the alcohol strongly on the second sip. The mouthfeel is smooth and flat, lighter than anticipated.

Drinkability: On the whole, it's a bit strange for me, but pleasant.

Photo of sfprint
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Very pretty in color. On the red side of orange. some carbonation.

S: Hmm, ABV is quite apparent and reminds me of some Belgian beers, slightly sweet and fruity. Black cherry. Cough syrup.

T: Whoa. Not what I was expecting at all. The flavor is there in distinct layers. The top is this airy and sour. The middle is bitter and alcohol, and the bottom is fruitier, and almost has a cream soda. Given that, the alcohol is too overt, it's the most present flavor which doesn't win me over.

M: mouth puckeringly alcoholic. Sandy.

D: Too strange and not particularly enjoyable but certainly different!

Photo of RuudJH
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hertog Jan Karakter, i've had it several times, never reviewed it untill now.

Nice orange brown color, clear with ok carbonation, thin head.
Smell is fruity and malty, taste is slightly hoppy bitter with a clean dry finish.
Very nice and balanced beer, watery mouthfeel, but it's ok. Not very complex, not a wide range of flavours, but is easy drinkable.

These specialty beers from HertogJan are very popular in the Netherlands. They attract a more serious crowd of drinkers.

Photo of Regenpak
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

While not a bad beer, the word that comes to mind is: bland. There just isn't a whole lot of taste. What taste there is is fine though. Slight sweetness, very drinkable. Not a lot of head, at pouring (wants to be cold, from the fridge) just one millimeter, quickly disappearing. Lovely light brown/orange color. Small snag: only 30 cl in a bottle (those dreaded eurobottles again...). One bottle: not enough, two bottles: too much. Oh well...

Sixpack bought at my local grocer (Vomar) in Amsterdam.

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Hertog Jan Karakter from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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