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

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87
very good

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-18-2003)
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Reviews by Regenpak:
Photo of Regenpak
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to have my local supermarket (Vomar) start selling sixpacks of this nice beer. The label on the (criminal - only 30 cl!) euro bottle has changed and is now black with a golden lower half. Version 2008, I guess.

This beer wants to be cold. When poured, only a thin head forms that quickly disappears, leaving a very dark brown/red color with no yeast. With its 10% alcohol it's a "zwaar" (heavy) beer or barley wine (gerstewijn), so the label proclaims. The alcohol isn't prominently present, though. It is sweet, with a pronounced chocolate and has low carbonation. A bitter aftertaste lingers for awhile.

All in all a pleasant beer for when the closest specialist liquor store is not within cycling distance.

Regenpak, Feb 22, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Scott414
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

Scott414, Yesterday at 06:28 PM
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Tomblerone
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Tomblerone, May 27, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Sammy, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of sfprint
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

sfprint, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Filosoof
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Filosoof, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of GentleKnight1
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

GentleKnight1, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of RCH1
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

RCH1, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of jsnoek
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

jsnoek, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Solomon420
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I am the first American to rate this beer? EXCELLENT! Goede Dag and Prost to my Dutch buddies out there.I bought this bottle last year in Holland whilst on a business trip. I go to the same liquor store in Someren every year. I have tried the Hertog Jan beers before, both the Tripel and the Dubbel, but this is the first Grand Prestige I have had. Overall I am impressed with it. It came in a 50 cl porcelain cage corked bottle. Very nice I might add. The pour was thicke, I almost didnt think it had carbonation, but then I saw the tan head appearing as I poured this beer into the Delerium Tremens snifter. The colour is dark, with no light penetrating the glass. The lacing built up nicely but fell after the first few sips. The aroma is nice, you can tell there is alcohol there, but the smell is not overwhelming at all. I almost smell some dark chocolate or roasted something or other in there. The drinkability is quite nice. It too tastes of chocolate with a tinge of alcohol biting in the end. The aftertaste is only alcohol, which is apparent in the taste more than in the aroma. Perhaps most 10% beers will exhibit the same right? I have definately tasted some lesser % beers that were to much of a alcohol taste, so for this type of beer, its actually a bit on the mellow side. Remember, this is a Belgian Strong Ale, so expect the taste to have some sort of -OH to it. Overall, its a great beer for sitting on the porch talking to friends watching the sunset, but remember to not stand up too fast as you might get a head rush :)

I would recommend anyone try this beer as its a good brew from a good Dutch brewery. I hope to find a few more bottles on my future business trips to Holland.

Solomon420, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of rostencrantz
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

rostencrantz, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Gottesverachter
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
Photo of RuudJH
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

RuudJH, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of redmagik99
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

redmagik99, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of sfore8
4/5  rDev +2.3%

sfore8, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of BWE
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

BWE, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Jose9e
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Jose9e, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of MTNboy
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

MTNboy, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Douberd
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Douberd, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the best beers of this brewery, a heavy dark ale with distinct roasted and candy sugar notes.

It pours a dark murky beer, with a very thin head, a typical high ABV head. Smell was malty, dark fruit and some apricot.
Mouthfeel was sweet and sticky, which was a little too much for me.
Main taste was grains, candy sugar and slightly roasted(maltbitter).What was striking to me was the nice warming feeling, which proves that the alcohol was nicely hidden, so no sharp alcohols here.
With every sip of this beer I can feel more alcohol running through my vains, so this defenitely a session beer and worth a try!

Absumaster, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of safaricook
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

safaricook, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of johunnic
4/5  rDev +2.3%

johunnic, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

TheBrewo, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of vollie
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

vollie, Dec 18, 2012
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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.