Hertog Jan Grand Prestige - Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
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2.98/5 rDev -23.6%
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.
02-27-2012 01:54:56 | More by sfprint
3.18/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
11-29-2009 02:45:44 | More by Sammy
3.28/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
08-20-2012 20:45:51 | More by TheBrewo
3.36/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
01-05-2014 13:46:28 | More by safaricook
3.5/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
09-18-2013 18:15:28 | More by Vladimiriuz
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
05-28-2009 15:32:45 | More by Jeffo
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
06-12-2009 16:37:51 | More by RuudJH
3.6/5 rDev -7.7%
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!
03-31-2006 17:14:33 | More by Absumaster
3.73/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
08-09-2013 05:22:02 | More by MTNboy
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-30-2006 04:37:17 | More by Solomon420
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
05-05-2006 00:21:29 | More by wl0307
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-05-2009 22:05:55 | More by ccrida
3.8/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-24-2010 14:58:28 | More by Dentist666
3.93/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-10-2012 20:16:29 | More by Douberd
Hertog Jan Grand Prestige from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.