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

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87
very good

67 Ratings
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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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svanet01, Aug 13, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great appearance, with a subdued head and a dark, reddish-hue that bring about thought of sherry.

Wonderful smell of semi-sweet fruit with a woody edge. Full-bodied with strong hints of cherry and dark chocolate... giving a moderately complex taste with a great blend of sweet and bitter without conveying any spicy undertones.

Flavors are refined and consistent across the palate from start to end. The mouthfeel is very good... just enough bubbles to give a great texture without spoiling the mildly-creamy viscosity. The finish is quite easy and dry... exceptionally smooth and drinkable to have 10% ABV.

This is truly one of the best glasses of beer I've enjoyed in a long time... this is a must-try for anyone who can access a bottle.

lllarzzz, Dec 18, 2008
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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
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Twal, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of pons
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I aquired this through my cousin who was in Utrecht for a few months and drank in during new years eve.

The color was a beautiful dark brown with some crimson hues, more transparent than I was expecting. A light, creamy head formed at the top of the snifter glass as it was poured in. A sight for sore eyes. The smell was sweet yet not too overpowering. Some fruitiness is definitely present, yet I felt it could have been slightly more aromatic for such a fine looking beer.

The taste was exquisite. Very sweet yet not overpowering, reminiscent of nice caramel and fruit. the sweetness somewhat overpowers familiar malt characteristics. the alcohol is felt only after about 3/4 of the way through a glass, which is a warming like others have said. The beer feels thick in the mouth, yet is smooth. after 1 1/2 glasses, the sweetness is so prominent nothing will diminish it. yet it is not overpowering! i enjoyed this with smoked salmon (a great compliment to the sweet maltiness in my opinion) and would love to try this again.

One of the best dark belgians i've had. seek and drink!

pons, Jan 01, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

Scott414, Thursday at 07:28 PM
Photo of PapaEugene
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

PapaEugene, Nov 27, 2009
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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!!!

Evil_Pidde, Nov 03, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

IPA35, Jun 29, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on a 2 degree day at the Beiaard in wonderful Amsterdam..!

its like a dark park ruby brandy dynamite beer...strong and bold...raisins and brandy...complex and warming in cold amsterdam..nice smell..sweet smooth berries and port..

this stuff could age wonderfully!!

Onslow, Feb 26, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Bierman9, Oct 19, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Arno, Jan 26, 2013
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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
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.