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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ
Netherlands
brouwerijhetij.nl

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
After the ‘Zatte’, this is the oldest beer from Brouwerij ‘t IJ. Natte is classed as a ‘dubbel’, a Belgian category of smooth, dark beers. Because we partly use dark malt, Natte has a reddish-brown colour and a smooth, roasted flavour with earthy tones of brown sugar, nuts and plums. Completed with slightly bitter hops, this is a nicely balanced beer and one of the brewery’s classics.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
111
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
24.06%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 111
Photo of marcpal
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottled bought at Hopleaf, Chicago. Heard some bad pub on this one and bartender actually didnt seem to be a fan, but still wanted to try.

I was impressed.

A: Almost brown color, caramel like. Decent head retetention and considerable carbonation that lasted. Nice lacing.
Boring, plain bottle- good sign.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts but definitely some hops there. Good aroma, enticing.

T: Not overly Belgian here in that I really tasted and enjoyed the ample hop presence. The yeast and grassiness a great match of the flavor. Dried fruits matched very well by the hop flavors in the back.

M: Crisp as can be. The spicy hops lent extremely well into the feel.

D: Highest of ratings here given the low abv and the pleasant balance of hops and belgian grassiness. A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer with a balance of deep roasted malts and bitter hops. Had this from the tap in Amsterdam at the source and really enjoyed with a plate of smoked sausage and cheese. It had a darker amber and chestnut color

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fogged brown. Nose is just like pineapple juice right out of the can. Slight funky cherry wood there as well. Reminds me of a flanders…hmmm…and maybe that is what this is. I have no idea of knowing since I am writing this up and not just entering it into BA. Flavor is that woody cherry character. The wood stays very prominent and leaves a lasting impression on the palate. Feel has a lot of carbonation, but not overly done. Liquid is well bodied. Very drinkable, but again with this brewery: worth the price? Seems a bit high to me. Could be just where I bought it though.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.24/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery in Amsterdam. Served on tap, cool in small taster snifters.

A-brown, murky topaz body and an off white head.

S-strong grain and spice presence.

T-spicy, yeasty, nice alcohol and cereal finish.

M-medium and somewhat boozy

D-Very nice. Good to see something like this in Amsterdam given what is commonly found. I would drink this again.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4/5  rDev +15.9%

A – Good and dark tea like colouration with a baby finger of tight foam that leaves very little lacing in the glass. Zero evidence of carbonation,

S – Malt notes very apparent along with toffee and biscuit. Good hop smells; apple and plum notes.

T – Good hop and malt balance up front. Some mild toffee sweetness balanced by apple, plum and some rhubarb flavours. Some tea like flavouring in the after taste.

MF – Great body in the mouth and medium linger. There are some boozy notes and nice coating on the tongue.

O – Very well balanced and extremely drinkable. This is a pretty good Dubble with plenty of flavour without too much solvent taste. The malt flavours in here are pretty nice but to be honest they are not the best I have ever come across. However this is good enough for the style.

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Brouwerij 't IJ in April 2008

A- Amber brown color, very strong long lasting white head.

S- Sweet malts, herbs, hard apple cider

T- Semi sweet, generaly malty but very well balanced, there IS hop in there. Some alcohol on the finish cleans it all up.

M- Medium/light...odd for a dubbel, but not a bad thing

D- Very good, I think this was my favorite from 't IJ

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Photo of jbertsch
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewery.

Dark brown in color, with hues of orange, and an off white head that hung around. Laced well.

Smelled like a nut brown with a little spice. Fain dark fruit in there. Overall, fairly mild.

Some roasted grain comes through on the palate, with some sweetness that's comprised of nuts, berries, and other fruits. Little tart, but more sweet than anything else. Burnt sugar notes ride through the palate.

Creamy, medium body.

Overall I wouldn't say this holds up to other dubbels. But on its own it's an enjoyable brew that I enjoyed having outside on one of the brewery's benches with some of their cheese. Not groundbreaking, but it was definitely enjoyable for me.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear then chunky medium amber brown with a very tight small white head that fell like a rock but did lace the glass.

The aroma was deep and malty with a strong biscuit aroma. A deep candy and dark caramel aroma was also present. Dark fruits, namely raisins brought up the rear with a slight spice.

The flavor was a little on the light side with caramel, dark fruits, and biscuit flavors all muted together in a light and airy flavor combination. As the flavors drifted some slight spiciness came into play.

The finish was just dry with a lasting muted dark fruit, caramel and spice combination. The body was medium or just a bit lighter.

11.2 ounce bottle. Notches on label at 12 and at 01. I hope that doesn't mean best before December 2001 since I do not read Dutch. An easy drinking beer, but not as complex as other dubbels.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't see a date on this bottle but it seems kinda old so I'm guessing its past its Best Before Date.

It pours a deep brown color that looks murky as hell in the bottle but when poured into my pint glass it shows some red through and is fairly clear. It also produces a small amount of head that disapears quickly.

The smell is a tad oxidized but it still smells quite strong for a dubbel. There are plenty of dark fruits showing up and some candi sugar aromas. It seems that there is a fair amount of stuff going on in this beer that only has 6.5% abv. Goood aroma but the age is beginning to take its toll.

The taste was similar to the taste but it was sharp and crisp. I found this interesting. It had a bit of hop bitterness and it went down like a pale ale. Despite that there was still the usual dubbel fruit/spice flavors and the brown ale roast flavors as well as the candi sugar sweetness. Very good flavor but again, its past its prime. Would be interested in trying a newer one.

The body was medium or so and was very smooth and consistent. This shouldn't be an expensive beer but it is considering that it was only 11 oz or so. It would be nice to be able to pick these up for $5/ 6 pack like so many of the american beers we buy.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine glass from a 33CL bottle

A - A sludgy brown, almost zero tan head and nearly zero legs/lacing

S - banana (belgian yeast), lots of sweet malts, nice earthy hops, roasted grains, tons of terror and crisp water

T - very sweet malts, dry roasted grains, nice fruity/floral hops and a nice caramel.

M - Full bodied, nice balance, decent complexity, medium minus acidity, medium carbonation and a sweet malty/hoppy finish

D/O - This is a very simple and really nice dubbel. Nothing over the top but the flavor is perfect. Refreshing, for anytime of year, any weather and perfect to open or cellar for years to come

Final thoughts - No idea the price as it was a gift but the easy drinking flavor and nice 6.5% ABV does this beer/ale just right! Well done.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just love Brouwerij 't IJ's insistence on coriander! Its overpowering taste is the most prevalent sensation in this beer. After pouring the 1/2" head quickly recedes to a thin but persistent layer of foam. The color is a slightly foggy amber. With every sip the coriander is knocking on my taste buds. While the beer wants to be cold the slowly warming of it releases new tastes, sweeter, but still the coriander remains on the foreground. The name, "Natte" or "Wet (beer)", meaning that it won't cause too much tipsiness is misleading. Its sister beer, "Zatte" or "Drunk(en)", Amsterdam Tripel exactly makes you that!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at the wonderfully rainy Saturday session of the 2007 NAOBF (Portland, OR). From a 33cl bottle to a plastic mug.

A: Deep amber color with a fizzy, creamy light-tan head. Visible moderate carbonation as the head settles.

S: Mmm...big cocoa aroma, sweet ripened fruit and smells more than a bit like a cherry cola.

T: Flavors indicative of the aroma; cocoa powder, Belgian yeast, flavorful and with a dry, lightly hoppy finish. Complimented by raisins, some peachy tartness, apples and smokiness.. An enjoyable and complex grouping of flavors.

M: My favorite part of this beer: crisp and wonderfully spiced. Creates a tingling, sweet/spicy fullness in the mouth that's transcendent.

D: Pretty good. Has some nice flavors, good aroma and would be one I'd have again.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours an inky, deep amber/brown. The head lasts for only a minute or so. Then quickly recedes to a think ring o' foam around the beer. No visible bubbling or lacing.

Smell- A deep brown sugar malt with hints of roasted malts and cane sugar.

Taste- Starts out with plums and brown sugar. This leads into a straight up sweet, roasted mlat character with some smokey backbone and a bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel- A very strong syrupy presence helped me define the sweet flavors better throughout drinking this beer.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. The beer is quite clear reddish brown when poured, a slight haziness may occur if the sediment is disturbed in the end, decent head. LOVELY aroma with intense fruity and vinous notes, spices are very much present too. The flavour is also fruity and spicy but not very powerful, hints of caramel. Moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness. A slightly salty finish. Light bodied, the ABV is well hidden. Easy drinking. The aftertaste is not remarkable.

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Photo of joedon
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this in "Cafe Gollem" on my last Amsterdam visit.

Very hazy-cloudy amber beer with a thin head. This is bottle-conditioned which accounts for the cloudiness.
Smells of yeast and citrus with bit of fruit.
Surprisingly sour and slightly sweet. Very fruity with some raisins and malt base. Lightly hopped but nice balance.
Pleasant drinking with the tangy aftertaste and some yeastiness.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At my local liquor store for 0.50 euro for 33 cl. bottle, on sale.
The cap says N015, bb. 20 march 2009. I'm still going to try it.

Coming from the bottle very actively... looks murky brown, with a beige head. Good lacing in my Chimay glass.

Sweet and sour fruits on the nose, together with some slightly roasted malts. Not too yeasty. Also herbs, a bit hops.

Equal taste, sourbitterness, with a sharp bite, that could be because of the age.

Mouthfeel is medium, it is refreshing in the mouth. The alcohol is not agressive, allthough it is present in the aftertaste.

All in all, I think this beer is ok drinkable, even 1 year past it's date. However, after letting it stand for 5 minutes in my glass, the taste deteriorated considerably.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank in Café Kale, Amsterdam.

A: The body is coppery to brown, being more close to cristalline than opaque but kinda mid-way between both. The head is beige with no retention nor lacing.
S: The aroma is yeasty, with some good minor sweet notes coming from the malt.
T: The taste is mostly malty and bit empty for a dubbel. I'd say that the complexity here is not near to my expectations but it's straight.
M: The body is medium to low but the bitterness is quite right.
O: First time drinking a Brouwerij'Tij. It's not a perfect dubbel, far from it, but there's room for improvement. I'll have the tripel next.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep hazy chestnut, with a quarter inch of dense tan foam. Smells a little sweet and fruity at first. Foam leaves patchy lacing around the chalice, formed by tiny micro-bubbles.

Carbonation is moderate, fizzy on the tongue at first. Strong earthy spice, with an aftertaste of chalky earth & roasted malt. Somewhat bitter, like black coffee that you want to add cream and sugar to. Fruity esters in the nose doesn't really come through much in the taste, possibly fleeting in the aftertaste. Light prescence of alcohol in the background.

A sipper that doesn't really encourage quaffing. While not especially flat or dull, it does have some vigor overall, but not enough to try more than once.

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Photo of erickehoe
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured into snifter. Cap says 01.2014. I reviewed this beer while listening to Low by David Bowie.

Pours dark toffee/coffee color with a 1/8 inch head. No lacing.

Smells like damp grass/straw. Sweet malts and dark fruits. Faint cloves.

Rustic malted barley hits first. A little bit of scalded flavor in there. Mostly refreshing in a pleasant way. It has a savoriness to it. Finishes with clean hops.

Its mouthfeel is thin but present and bubbly. The carbonation is subtle and light.

Tasty.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brouwerij 't IJ Natte may look weird on paper (to a non-Dutch speaker anyhow) but it looks pretty good in the glass; dimmed, roast chestnut colour with an immense head, it would look great if its amber highlights weren't partly squashed by bottle sediment.

Dubbels are distinguished by two main qualities: rich, sweet malt and spicy, fruity yeast esters. This bouquet showcases only the latter, offering an abundance of candied and dried fruits (raisins, golden raisins, dates, prunes). Spice and savory storms are brewing...

And the palate is where lightning crashes. The taste is very spicy and dominated by an endless supply of clove as well as a mixture of nutmeg, pepper and anise. Golden raisin and dates are appreciated again. The malt bill offers only a hint of nuts or caramel, maybe.

It may be spicy enough to make you sneeze but in terms of malt Natte has only as much depth as a kiddie pool. Spicy/savory yeast entwines around it like climbing vines and chokes out everything else. In truth, however, the grain bill doesn't have the impression of complexity.

A Dubbels' charm is decidedly more sensual than either Abbye-style blondes or Tripels. Or at least it should be. Brouwerij 't IJ Natte is a little more dull to the senses than its better known Belgian counterparts. Still, it's not a bad little offering and I managed to enjoy it.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a 33cl dark thin dark brown bottle with a Best Before Date of 06/04.
It pours an orange-tinted dark amber color with a big beige head and lots of lace.
A barnyard hay smell jumps out of the glass at first pour. Some malt, fruity notes and a bit of yeasty background develop.
The malt is fairly sweet. A little candy sugar and candied apples. A light bread dough taste emerges.
A lemony bitterness mingles with a mildly astringent medicinal tartness. A faint taste of cloves and orange zest lasts throughout.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ddep cloudy amber with and orange glow. Small ring of lace tat doesn't have any staying power.
Aroma of caramel, toffee, sour apple, wheat bread and slightly musty notes.
Flavors of toffee, some green apple, yeasty hits, some wheat or grain and just a hint of floral bitterness.
Mouthfeel is slightly sweet and acidic to start moving to a hard water grittiness and floral bitterness.
Drinkability is slightly above average, had potential but just didn't get there for me

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy deep amber color with ruby-orangish highlights when held up to the light. It is toped by a frothy, finger-thick, amber tinged tan colored head. The aroma is an interesting mix of fruit and fresh-yeasty bread notes. Both the fruit and some alcohol notes combine to remind me of brandy, though only a hint in the finish. The aroma is quite complex, though it is certainly on the sweet side of things; I get notes of caramel soaked raisins, concentrated malt (almost extract like), a hint of cherries, and a rich almost aged character that has a touch of sherry. There is something almost vegetal in the aroma too, and I can't quite place it.

The taste is only lightly sweet, at least in relation to the sweet smelling nose. There is still a fair amount of dark fruit notes though, I get notes of raisins and prunes predominantly. There is not much to balance the fruit notes either, I would have like a bit more yeast derived spiciness, or perhaps even a bit more body and strength. As it is, this beer has a medium to light body, and despite a slight bit of spiciness is fairly clean as well. There is a hint of aged malt character here as well, most noticeable as a slight sherry note and a sort of meaty stew-like note. This beer seems to end a bit thin, and perhaps even a bit drab. I have definitely had much better offerings from this brewery, though this is certainly not bad.

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Photo of John
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy brown color with yeasty floaters. Creamy, smooth tan head. Some toffee and caramel notes in the nose. Caramel and an unusual sour apple flavor. A nutty essence is also present and the yeast imparts a sort of date bread quality. Interesting interpretation of the dubbel style.

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Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colour, beautiful foam, creamy-compact, beige in colour.
Smell of hop, hay, wither flower. Bread yeast. Zabaione? Lightly tart. Warm.
Something in the english ale direction.
Taste: fruity, soft, malty, maybe a little tart. Rosewater notes. A little too carbonated. Grape fuit. Biscuit. Unripe pine apple.
Quite complex.
Medium-light body, bitter aftertaste, with some tartness again, quite persistent.

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