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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige - Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 90
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 17.71%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-18-2003

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Photo of carlborch
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, dark-mahogany it pours, forming a 1.5 inch, creamy, off-white head that settles to the 1/8 inch. The nose suggests Madeira, dried fruit, and high alcohol. In fact, I detect significant notes of dried dark fruit, molasses, coffee, cough medicine, and cherry pits! Sweet, rich, evidently alcoholic (warmth), palate with indications of caramel, licorice, vanilla bean, and chocolate. Carbonation is low, but the sweetness and richness is very high. It makes me think of spiced, whipped, cream, including allspice, cinnamon, and mace. While the body and flavors are rich and melodious, they only play on 3/4 of my palate. The rest disappears in a high-alcohol haze. While delicious, this is neither a session beer nor a moreish beer, however, it is a perfect beer to end the meal or other activities, The ABV is high, so if you have this beer, do not drive!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with light brownish head. Aroma is spicy with some fruits. The first sniff had some sweet melon. Taste is more in the sweet liquorice, caramel area. Body is medium and quite efervescent and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10% ABV.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle at Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam (€4.50):
I wasn't sure about this one straight off the bat but it certainly grew on me, perhaps it was the 10% alcohol content finally catching up with me but the beer was a well-balanced one with some nice touches of sweetness that helped it go down easier than it should have. Despite not being a beer that is really going to stand out from the crowd, Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is a very pleasant & highly drinkable offering that is well worth trying at least once but I'm not sure it's one that would warrant a second visit.

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Photo of safaricook
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

very clear copper body and massive fine head

aroma is dominant alcoholic, dark fruits, and oxidized Madeira notes

Taste is a combination of sweet, sour and Rum that is rather harsh

Body is medium to heavy, oily and has fine carbonation

lots of rather harsh alcohol and still quite flat, would probably need more aging but already tastes and smells oxidized. Not nice.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fully head, what will fade away in a couple of minutes, very good almost black colour. But when you look good, a pure dark ruby colour is in it classy beer of Hertog Jan.

This Grand Prestige, have a red fruit like cherry smell, also some redwine/port elements in it. Roasted barley, and hints of syrup.

a Wonderful texture of freshness brings this beer. With the alcohol of 10%, it is a very good drinkable beer. Indeed again the red fruits as cherry and berries are here as also sugary and caramel influences.

a Surely a good Grand Prestige from the masterbrewers of Hertog Jan.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not really sure how feel about this beers style category. Although it wasn’t bad I don’t know if I would call it a Belgian style. Maybe we should give the Dutch their own category. It was probably my favorite Hertog Jan. Very nice looking. Nice dark head and lace with a brown-red tint. The body was dark brown amber. There was cloudy carbonation haze at first that died down to nothing. The aroma was mild but chocolate roasted malt did dominate over the other esters. The flavor was very roasty at first with a lot of coffee and chocolate tones. The taste is earthy at the end. It has more of a medium mouthfeel and the alcohol in not that apparent.

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Photo of IPA35
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cola like beer with an offwhite head.
No hazy, this is a macrobeer so filtered I guess.

Also uses artificial colouring. Shame.

Smells a bit like a doppelbock or a dark weizenbock. Reminds me of Aventinus actually.
Wheat starch is used as a brewing ingredient. The banana character must come from that.
As for the rest lots of caramel sweetness, spice, some alcohol and a bit of dark fruits.

Tastes nice even though a tad simple prehaps. A nice full caramel maltiness with dark fruits and spice. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium to low.

Overall a very solid beer. Hertog Jan has the best selection of beers (other that their flagship lager) of all the Dutch macrobrewers. Out there with La Trappe in the easily available good Dutch beers section. Cheap also, like € 1.30/40 a bottle or so.

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Photo of Arno
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one after a Hertog Jan Karakter.
The similarities are quite clear. It has that same sweet caramel / brown sugar base with spices like clove, but all more subtle and more balanced. It's like a more aged Karakter somehow.

It has a higher ABV, although you don't get much of that. It's still easy to drink, although not as easy as Karakter. Also i'm unsure i like this more or not. People probably will call this one more balanced. It's not as sweet and less malts and yeast. This one comes with a mellow bitter hop kick to balance out the flavors better, but also making it somewhat more neutral.

Also a bit thicker. It's just the "sipping version" of Karakter. I like it, but it depends on the mood which one i prefer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bier at Café 't Arendsnest on 02OCT12 was the 2008 version of this, at €4.00 for a 0.25l glass.

It was a deep garnet/ruby color - lovely! It was clear, and had a 1/2" creamy layer of tan foam. The head lasted well and left nice lacing. Aroma was of dark fruit and some semi-sweetness. It was medium bodied and quite unoffensive on the tongue.

Flavor was fruity and leaned towards the dark side. Had some semi-sweetness but no tartness or sour notes. Had some cherry action and a bit of raisin/date stuff going on as well. A bit on the simplistic side but still quite refreshing. Prosit!!

4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Photo of TheBrewo
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of the deepest root beer brown. It holds a medium brown head of fat bubbles that stands one and a half fingers high. Sticky bubble outlines are left as lacing all around the glass as it disappears at a medium pace. Carbonation is average, and no sediment is noted. The aroma opens with sweet candied figs and plums, light vanilla bean, and sweeter bubblegum esters. There is a balance of bitter citric peel, and some spiciness of the booze. The malt profile is equally as robust, with rich, deep caramels, and a hearty roast. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice, but we wish it was a bit stronger. As we sip, light metals and paler malts start things of. There is brown sugar and caramel sweetness, with light banana esters and fresh citrus. The peak shows more coppery malts mixing with some deeper roasty flavors, and some faint, faint coffee malts. The finish is sweeter, with that brown sugar enhancing amongst a strong background of fusel alcohol. The esters make one final return, in the form of green banana freshness, for a cooling end. The aftertaste breathes predominantly of fusel booze, with some more copper, caramel, and citrus. The body is medium, and a bit syrupy due to all the residual sugars, while the carbonation is high, prickling the tongue. The mouth is left completely dried all down the tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, cream, and smack. The abv is huge, and the beer drinks slower for this exact reason.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the complexity of the nose. There was nice fruit and clean esters, with an evenly solid background of caramel and roasty malts. The flavoring, however, fell short. After such a spicy, warming, and inviting nose, we were hoping for a more robust flavoring than what we were given. Additionally, the alcohol is hidden decently, but still rears its head at the end, which we can see as being a deterrent for some.

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Photo of Douberd
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 300 ml, poured into a tulip glass, at home.
Deep brown colour, with one finger beige head, of average retention (that may be because I had it in the fridge for quite some days). Once gone, light lacing forms around the glass, although the foam never disappears completely.
Aroma is of roasted malts, some caramel notes too.
Taste follows the smell, being sweet and of roasted malts too. Some bitterness in betwe and on the aftertaste.The gigh alcohol is very masterfully hidden.
On the body is full, with light carbonation.
Overall a great beer, cheap I would say and widely available.

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Photo of Flogiston
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice round taste, a bit sweet. Tough because of the 10% alcohol, but acceptable. No deposit in bottle, so if you buy it in a supermarket, don't worry if they shake to scan it. If cooled sufficiently, foam will not collapse as soon as pored. Easy accessible for first time drinkers.

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Photo of sfprint
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Explosive on the pour. The whole cone gushed out. Soda like. Only when held up to the light is it dark red. Cant see the rising carbonation but I know it's there
S: Relatively intense, sweet but dark strawberries, fruit leather
T: Pretty intense. Tons of flavor, but in this case I'm not sure that's a good thing. Actually, it might be better if it was watered down. But given that, the alcohol isn't so apparent. Sort of like an intense dark strawberry beer. Hmm. Interesting for sure.
M: Both wet and drying.
O: Too intense. It has a cough syrup vibe, though tastes not much like cough syrup. I'm not in love.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep, deep brown with a tall beige compact, creamy head that slowly sets into rich lacings.

S: Dark dried fruits, sweet but also sour (like sour cherries). Sweet malt, spices and yeast. There's also some ripe bananas (from wheat) and oranges.

T: Sour and sweet; cherries and light roasted malts. Syrupy, dark dried fruits. Fresh oranges. Yeast and spices.

M: Long sour aftertaste, very dry. Body is full and carbonation mild.

O: A very interesting beer, the first from this brewery for me - Me like!!!

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Photo of Filosoof
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smart thing about Hertog Jan beers is also mentionable in this beer: Hertog Jan wants to be bought by a big public and they have chosen to succeed by deleting elements that could frighten the regular drinker.

This is a real winter beer. Heavy, but very accesible.

L: dark brown, very good, nice lasting, thick top;
S: interesting, ripe banana, raspberry;
T: round, malts, caramel, maybe a bitbit too sweet, but with a nice tartness though,
M: could be feeling a bit stronger;
O: another very good beer of the only big Dutch brewery I like.

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Photo of joannavandenhaag
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque pecan brown with fluffy tan head which collapses after a couple minutes leaving a very thin lace cap. Not excessively carbonated.

Smell: Sweet boozy blackberry and sour cherry top notes on a cashew and pecan core with a spiced caramel vanilla finish. The alcohol scent is immediate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Crisp, fresh caramel sweetness followed by a complex spiced, peppery vanilla and a nicely balanced bitter and toasty malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crinkly at start and finish with very sharp alcohol.

Drinkability: I like this beer quite well. Its complex flavours are very nicely balanced, but the high ABV cuts very quickly to your head through this sieve.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of toffee and cherries, as well as some alcohol. The beer smells pretty sweet and fairly boozy, but still very nice. The flavor is almost exactly the same. There is a great toffee malt backbone that is complimented with a lot of dark fruit. I also get some grass notes in the flavor which meld very well with the dark fruit and toffee malt. The alcohol is also very present in the flavor, but the beer is still drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian Strong Ale. Would love to try this one again.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5 l ceramic swing top bottle.
Pours clear dark brown/reddish beer with 2-finger amber head.
Aroma of caramel, nuts, strong alcohol and roasted malts. Sweet malty taste, caramel & spicy hints, warming alcohol. Very good for winter drinking. Carbonation is low.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yeasty concoction, no head. Alcohol in the nose and some of the taste. Average mouthfeel. Passable drinkable taste, but nothing complex or special, and alcohol is right there.Bottle from the Netherlands, Bierkoning. Malt more than anything, some bitterness to offset sweetness. A little flat.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dutch classic.

A: Darkbrown/red color with a lightbrown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits.

T: Roasted malts, roasted bread, caramel, dark fruits. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and a pleasant full body.

D: Very good. Stocking this one for further taste improvement.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a tight tan head leaving very little lace.

Smell is sweet, metallic and phenolic, nutty, focused.

Taste is malty, sweet and smooth, with light phenols and dry finish

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, pretty low carbonation, medium to medium-light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a very nice quad I'd never heard before this visit to Amsterdam. Still, the sweet, dry maltiness is hard to drink too quickly.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a dark-brown-ruby color, with a thick light-brown head that lasted very short.

Smell: Mainly sweet candy, caramel, malts and quite some spicy (sharp) alcohol

Taste: Sweet-bitter overall. Mostly caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, clear hints of dark fruits and a malty, sharp spicy alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth and sweet

Overall: Although the alcohol is quite present, it is not too disturbing. By far the best Hertog Jan brew. Last year I had a 1991 vintage, and that one was fantastic. So I can only recommend all BAs, keep this one in the cellar for some years!

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Photo of RuudJH
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hertog Jan is a mainstream brewery, but over the years it has created several specialty brews.
This is the strongest they made so far. 'Maltwine', according to the label.

A: very dark red and brown. Holding it against the light, it shows very good carbonation. It has a thin head, light beige colour, but no real lacing.
S: First whiff from the bottle (in a secundairy tasting) is, like with so many other beers in this style group: banana.
Then caramel, roasted grains, a little bit of both fresh citrus and dark fruit, and slight alcohol. Not bad.
T: Bittersweet, with a spicy bite. This beer has a good hop taste to it. Very sweet by caramel too. The aftertaste is slightly funky though.
M: Decently smooth.
D: The alcohol in this beer is there, but it's not too offensive.

This Duke has it's own range of flavours. It's maybe not as complex as it could be, but it's very well balanced, and stays true to itself.
It's great for cooking.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Boni supermarket down the road. I know, the missus and I also call it The Boner.

Into a chalice.

Note: The bottle also calls this a barleywine and suggest aging it for an indefinate period of time. After having it, I imagine it would age pretty well.

APPEARANCE: A small off-white head quickly fades to a thin wisp. Colour is a dark sangria or burgundy red and is very clear. Some carbonation evident. A ring remains with a bit of wisp, but leaves minimal lacing. Average at best.

SMELL: Caramel malt, toffee, some wood notes and nuts in the background as well. Dark fruits, like raisins and grapes mostly, are more pronounced, however. A bit of brown sugar there as well. Mild in strength and relatively pleasant.

TASTE: A little weak on the initial taste, but the middle includes some caramel malt, sweet malt, and much more spiciness than the nose had suggested. Cloves are noticeable alongside some spicy Belgian yeast. A touch of hop bitterness at the end is a nice touch. The aftertaste is long lasting, spicy, and includes a bit of spicy alcohol as well, though it is well hidden. A nice profile, though needs to be more bold initially.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth, somewhat silky and velvety as well, goes down smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end. Finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Pretty good for the style.

OVERALL: Probably my favourite year-round offering from Hertog Jan. This brewery makes some good stuff, though nothing is out of this world. This one is the same, nothing amazing, but certainly a solid effort all around. If you get the chance and enjoy the style, you won't be disappointed with this. Recommended.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up in a supermarket in amsterdam last march, so its been in my cellar for about a year. dark brown, amber tint, small head. smells great - prominent brown sugar with some honey and dates or general dark fruit. definite brown sugar in the taste - very similar to some dubbels - with a bit of toffee and cherries. a touch of harsh fusels at the end. low carbonation + medium-light bodies = great drinkability. this beer reminds me of what I imagine a chimay red and blue blend would taste like, although a bit less refined considering the elevated perceivable booziness. Glad I aged it a year - I would be interested to taste it at 2 years. Solid brew.

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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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