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

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Hertog Jan Grand PrestigeHertog Jan Grand Prestige
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
Netherlands | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 12-18-2003

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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 110
Photo of aaabbbccc
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is a comprehensive review on Jan Hertzog, Dubel, Tripel and Grand Prestige . As I understand it is Dutch of being Belgians. But, from what has been presented in Krasnoyarsk from the Belgians, Hertzog Jan the best example

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Photo of lllarzzz
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red, very dark with a wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is complex, fruity, malty, spicy and alcoholic, no hops. Taste is rich and complex too, lots of fruits, nuts and malts there, no hops. Great belgian strong, this one was cellared for two years. Cheers

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Photo of nout72
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cheap and very good. Just like the Dutch La Trappe beers you get an exceptionally good beer for a low price...if you live in the Netherlands or Europe that is.
I recently did a blind tasting test with this beer, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, La Trappe Quad and Chimay Blue.
Seriously, they all are exceptional. Which one did I favor? Well at that day I prefered the Chimay.
And was it a clear winner? Nope, I tried and tried again. What does this say? That rating beer is ridiculous, because enjoying them is much more fun. It also depend on the mood, your preferences that day...well I chose the Chimay that day because I felt it had the best non-obtrusive sweet after taste, the sweets weren't lingering and it was more spicy than the Rochefort and La Trappe. I rated the St. Bernardus the lowest, because of the highest carbonation and the alcoholic taste, it just wasn't as smooth as the rest, although I liked the spicy taste very much.
What about this Grand Prestige? It finished 3rd, after the Chimay blue and Rochefort 10, while costing only a third of a Rochefort 10.

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Photo of davidperez
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer's presentation has changed since the time it was uploaded here on BA, or at least the bottle I got is way different than the one depicted here.
It is a 500 ml black ceramic bottle, with a black and golden label and a cork. Rustic and yet somewhat elegant. Needless to say, the style is also wrong; it is a dark belgian strong.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a mahogany of a very dark hue, tilting towards black, but some lighter-colored glare is visible. It forms a two-finger head, ecru, foamy with good retention. Lacing is noticeable too.

The bouquet is assertive and alluring.
Dark fruits as in prune, raisins and dates, cherry, spices as in cinnamon and pepper, caramel, some vanilla and a booze note. A slight spicy hoppiness became present too after some energetic swirls.

Very tasty.
Upfront you get a thrust of sweetness, lots of dark fruits, cherry, molasses, caramel. The alcohol presence is strong, and it gives the sweetness a liquor character. The spiciness blends well with the subdued bitterness from the hops, giving this beer an interesting undertone.
The aftertaste is long, a decaying and complex sweetness.
Low and pleasant carbonation, medium to full body, very smooth and velvety.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - credit has to be given for the bottle it was bought in, very interesting. Pours chocolate / toffee dark into a dimpled beer mug, no head at all. Some bubbles with a murky appearance. Aroma - scent of honey sweetness, 10% abc given off in the smell. Almost reminds me of a bourbon. Taste - toffee, caramel extracts come through in the taste, alcohol is there however deceiving noting the presence in the scent. Goes down very easy. Feel - presence of very minimal astringency, somewhat silky smooth to the feel with a warm finish. Overall - was attracted to the beer based on the bottle. Overall would recommend, worth. $15 price tag for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Photo of carlborch
4.26/5  rDev +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 pons
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Zet
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful mahogany colour, but the head is unimpressive. Very rich smell of liquorice, banana, caramel and yeast. The taste is also very nice, with overripe dark fruits and chocolate being prominent, combined with the flavours from the smell. The alcohol is present, which is not surprising with 10 abv, but mixes very well with the other flavours and gives a nice warming feeling on a cold winter night. A good beer, and given its price in Holland, quite a bang for your buck.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from supermarket in Vaals, Netherlands. Nice, strong heady aroma greets you. Flavors of toffee and caramel, with a little alcohol burn. Slight sourness mars this otherwise nice Dutch ale.

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Photo of Onslow
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
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!!

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Photo of IPA35
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Bierman9
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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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.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 Arno
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Flogiston
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 joannavandenhaag
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Regenpak
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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