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

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 88
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij) visit their website
Netherlands

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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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 88
Photo of lllarzzz
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
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. (745 characters)

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. (662 characters)

Photo of pons
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (1,096 characters)

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. (294 characters)

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!!! (517 characters)

Photo of Onslow
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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!! (270 characters)

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. (855 characters)

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 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. (656 characters)

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! (660 characters)

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. (731 characters)

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. (546 characters)

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

this bottle from a trade with Absumaster in NL, thanks again for the first batch of dutch beers!

pours very dark copper/orange with a very small (3mm) light tan head. nose is very malty, a bit dry,slightly sweet, and a bit bready. overall very attractive on the nose, if my description doesn't convey that. Curiously, ingredients include E150c, which single malt scotch drinkers might recognize as an artificial colorant(?).

taste is sweeter than the nose, a bit dry, with some hint of a very dark sugary or sweet taste. This is quite distinct from a belgian brune or dubbel, and works quite well.

Overall a very pleasant beer. Until I scrolled up to make a comment on the alcohol I had assumed this was a 5-6% beer based on taste. I had absolutely NO idea this was a ten-percent ABV beer! You cannot tell at all. (823 characters)

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. (281 characters)

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. (753 characters)

Photo of Regenpak
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby/brown colour with a tight, long lasting head. The smell is malty with hints of leather. The taste is towards the sweeter end but well balanced by bitterness; flavours are malty sweetness with dark cherries and dark candi sugar. The beer is dangerously drinkable for its strength - the body being lightened by the use of sugar in the ingredients probably accounts for this.

Overall, this is a well balanced beer - described on the label as a gerstewijn (barley wine) rather than a Belgin strong dark ale. The alcohol is present and warming but sufficiently balanced by the flavour of the beer unlike some other examples of this style (e.g. Kasteel). Duke John has clearly produced a very well balanced (I just have to keep using that word) and tasty example of the style with this brew. (816 characters)

Photo of hawksfan82
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a la trappe chalice.

Pours a very dark ruby color. Got about a finger head right away then the head goes away quickly. A ring remains throughout the session.

Smell is very sweet, almost sour at first. Get your nose in closer and you can pick up the 10% abv.

Taste isn't overly sweet at first. You get a little bit of the sour that you smell as well as some bitterness. The carbonation seems to be more noticeable in this brew than most dark belgians. The alcohol is a little warm at the end, but not as noticeable as the smell would lead you to believe. I personally like it like this. I always feel a little alcohol in the finish helps with the balance. Also, as this guy warms up, the sweetness (almost syrupy at times as it reaches room temperature) kicks in. Cherries and other berries are very evident....not all that sour, but definitely the smallest bit of a pucker to it. I like that.

Mouthfeel is where it loses points. When I'm drinking a big belgian like this, I like a nice smooth feel on the tongue. This guy has a little too much of a carbonated bite on the tongue for my taste. This keeps is from being a "very good beer" as opposed to a "good beer".

Drinkability though is rather high still,....for it being 10%. It's best to have a 750ml of this guy as it's fun to see it get sweeter and sweeter as it warms up. You don't get that much out of the standard 330ml bottle.

All in all a brew I still really enjoy. It's not completely up there with some of the big boys, but I would say it holds its own. (1,546 characters)

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. (595 characters)

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. (253 characters)

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. (579 characters)

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. (261 characters)

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. (430 characters)

Photo of Solomon420
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,708 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 09/12/07, served lightly chilled in Hertog Jan's own goblet.

A: dark reddish brown colour, coming with a beige-hued frothy head with good retention.
S: ripe black cherries, raisins, dried apricot, and intense fruit-esters - overall showing a deeply fruity and yeasty characters covering the dark maltiness. But not extremely complex, to be exact.
T: semi-sweet black-cherry, dark plums, black candy-sugar, banana-oil like esters, a soft bed of overripe dark malts and dry nuts, leaving a little warming alc. mouthfeel down the throat... Just like the aroma, the dark malts plays the second fiddle, accompanying the perfumy and overripe fruitiness softly, while an underlying flow of grassy hop bitterness manages to linger very well until the very end. Pretty enticing and delicious, but not terribly complex.
M&D: showing a refreshing mouthfeel throughout for its strong alc. content, though the down side is a bit sharp palate and a rather thin-ish body for the 10%abv., not as mellow or rounded as I'd expected. I'm glad that I've tried it, though. (1,055 characters)

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