Zatte
Brouwerij 't IJ

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #183
ABV:
8%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,721
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 12.5%
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
194
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Brouwerij 't IJ
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  34
SCORE
86
Very Good
ZatteZatte
Notes: The first beer to come out of our vats, back in 1985, making it the classic beer of Brouwerij ‘t IJ. It is a ‘tripel’, the category reserved for the stronger, blonde beers in Belgian tradition. Zatte more than lives up to expectations in this respect. It is a full-bodied, golden beer with a scent of fresh fruit mingled here and there with a hint of grain. The flavour is slightly sweet, ending with a fine, dry aftertaste. A delicious beer that can be enjoyed in all seasons.
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 194
Photo of REVZEB
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More on the bright side of the tripel spectrum, but one of the better "blone" tripels I have had. Very well made, with hay, flowers, and a fruit bouquet of apple, lemon, grapefruit among other, intermixed with the belgian spices, malts, honey and yeast. Medium bodied, and drinkable.

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Photo of D1noB
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hoppy spice that isn't overpowering. For the strength it is quiet giant. A great beer that leaves you wanting more. Slight dryness on the end little bit of a lot.

Taste rating in words: a boxer with equal parts balance, speed, and power.

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Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light orange haze with an average head of foam. Lots of clove in the smell with some malt, yeast and orange notes. The taste is also quite clovey at first, but develops as the beer warms up. It's actually quite herby and spicy after a while. It's quite dry, and it even tastes umami to me, which also gives this beer's taste some mushroom characteristics, probably due to the yeast flavour. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied and gentle. I'm giving this beer some extra points overall, as i liked it originality. Might not be everyone's cup of tea though.

EDIT: Had another one, but this one tasted as a decent but pretty standard tripel. Pilsener hops, orange, clove and malt in the nose and mouth, with a medium body and nice carbo. A little sweet, a little sour, a little bitter. Nothing extraordinary here. Has the recipe changed? Has the previous beer been maturing for a while? Was I another person a year ago? Ah well, all in all: decent but standard, score has been lowered a bit to reflect this.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: yellow-orange, slightly hazy with yeast particles. White foam, not too high, on average lasted.
Aroma: Malt, where fruit is mainly oranges, slightly spicy.
Taste: fruity, again sweet orange and candied orange peel, coriander, spicy and even notes of yeast.
Gentian not very high, slightly herbal and grassy. High saturation, appropriate.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank in Café Kale.

A: The body is pure crystal yellow, no bubbling, with a white head that has no retention but has some lacing. For a tripel, this looks good but the minor head appears to be a constant in this brewery.
S: Yeasty and malty. The aroma is really great.
T: The taste is mostly yeasty and malty, but this time with a great addition of something I can't really recall what it is. This tripel feels like a bit more licquor-y and that's great.
M: For a 9% ABV, this is great. The alcohol provides a more dense and licquor-y feel, it's great.
O: Now this a good a good tripel. I'll have more of this in the future.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle. Pale yellow, with a thin white head. Smells like bitter herbs, spices, yeast. The taste follows the same note, with bitter herbal hops, spicy yeast and a (too) sweet malty backbone.

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Photo of BarelyLegal33
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good tasting beer. The people of Amsterdam are very proud of this beer, and should be. If you ever get a chance to try this do not pass on it.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle at Café De Raedt, Amsterdam (€4.50):
This one proved to be quite a good first beer in Amsterdam, a very nice tripel that could easily rank alongside some of the Belgian offerings of the style that I've tried. Zatte had an excellent balance & a light, fruity taste that went down easy with very little of the alcohol showing. A solid effort & one I wouldn't mind trying again, I just hope some 't IJ beers start making it to the UK sometime soon.

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Photo of benfons
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy amber colour; nice thick dense head

S: loads of fruits, peach and apple and tropical fruits, hints of wheat, some spices

T: similar to the smell, with a bit more bitterness

M: rather thin, not dry, slightly undercarbonated

O: I enjoyed this one, interesting, although too thin

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Photo of janubio
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle. Hazy orange-amber colour, with a small creamy head that leaves a big lace after fading. Smell of tropical fruits, lemon, honey floral aroma. Full body and carbonation, taste of hops, honey, tropical fruits, lemon. Dry and bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of schavuytje
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

an abbey triple with a light blonde color with full fruity coriander and clove spice-like odor full flavor of malt and mandrel hints of clove coriander cinnamon spice with a dry aftertaste

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at Cafe de Koe & on tap at t'IJ, Amsterdam.

Dark blonde with lacey white sheets.
Apple, brown bread, a touch of lemon balm and/or zingy yeast on the nose.
Rock candy, golden plum, lots of honey, a lemony hit and a cut grass hops.
Ginger bread cookie finish and tight tingly linger.
Crisp, medium side of light, round.

The bottle was a bit brown and muddy, smelled almost like a dubbel, and was missing white pepper and that snappiness you get from a good tripel.
On draft at the brewery it was much paler with a brighter nose, smooth, but still short on citrus and hops.

Overall, a round, sweet tripel, light on the yeasty flavors and edge, but balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Frenzi, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin film on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The aroma is quite fruity and has apples and bananas along with hints of yeast and spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some additional flavors of candi sugars.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some complexity and is enjoyable to sip. The alcohol is relatively well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of Maakun
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Colour is pale dark yellow/light brown, quite cloudy even though I didn't pour the yeast. White head that shrinks quickly. Some nice bubbles rising to the top. Looks inviting...

Smell is freshly bakes bread, yeast, lemon peel, cloves.

Taste is yeasty, some lemon, lots of malts; quite bready. Then a light hoppy bitterness, cloves, and some other fruits (apricots, oranges). There's a light unbalance between the yeast and hops that gives a slight funky note. I've had theis beer many times before but this is the first time I've noticed this.

Mouth is medium, not too much carbonation, but clings a bit to the mouth. I like that's it's not too heavy.

This is a very nice tripel, quite how they should be. Though there seems to be something slightly off with this bottle, it's still very enjoyable. Could be a bit better though.

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Photo of Guden
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another of my backlog from Europe notes, not sure where I had this in Amsterdam but it went well with my stomp pot.

A- A cloudy beige color with no head despite regular pour. Pretty disappointing to look at all around.

S- Clove, cinnamon, banana, bubblegum and a hint of fresh wood. There's a lot going on here and it's all really nice and plays really well together.

T- Sweet and tangy on the front end with a bubblegum and clove middle. Finish is off dry with lingering tang and spice (cinnamon, coriander and clove).

M- Fairly dry with thin carbonation. Pretty average for style but a bit more body might have helped in this case.

T- One of the better tripels I have had though it could look a lot better and a bit more malt or hops would help balance out the fruit and spice from the yeast more.

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Photo of Aethien
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw colour with a fairly small white head that doesn't quite fade away and leaves plenty of lacing.
A sweet fruit smell, mostly pineapple with alcohol and some yeast.
It's quite a sweet triple, but not overly sweet and very fruity. There's pineapple, mango and orange in the taste alongside the yeast that was also present in the smell.
There's plenty of carbonation and it's very light bodied. Very smooth and a little tingly on the tongue.

Definitely a nice brew and very drinkable.

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Photo of pleasewearpants
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden straw color. Nice white head dissipates after a few minutes. Light tropical fruit aromas. Mango is the most prominent. Flavor seems a bit dry with a light iron minerality. Finishes with a pleasant coating bitterness. After swishing this around in my mouth for a bit I noticed a strange numbing and lightheadedness. Nice beer.

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Photo of jbertsch
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the brewery, outside on one of the benches with some cheese.

Hazy golden orange in color. Foamy head. Smell was nice with some bright fruits (pineapple, mango) along with a mustiness and and some hay/straw notes. Yeastiness is definitely present. The taste matches the aroma. It's more sweet than I expected, but enjoyable. Lemon, grapfruit, orange... notes of all are found. And it's VERY smooth. Medium body.

Didn't notice the alcohol at all. It's a little sweet, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my St Bernardus chalice

A - Pours a very nice hazey honeycomb colour with a big white head that reduces slowly to a film.

S - Smeels like a weizenbock of sweet caramels and spice.

T - Plenty of spice up front followed by some herbal like flavours and some grapefruit too. Finishes with a sweet boozyness.

M - Medium carbonation and body.

D - This is a great tripel and a must try.

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Photo of sfprint
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Massive fluffy cartoon head, lots of carbonation, slightly hazy golden yellow.

S: Strange intense smell. Somewhat chemical and bitter thistle. Unique for sure.

T: That weird thistle is very present and isn't my favorite flavor. Interesting though. Underneath that it's a slightly spiced banana-y weiss. Sweet corn.

M: Very weissbier like. A bit astringent and mouth souring.

D: Almost a good beer, and I'm sure it's good for a lot of people. It's just the strong thistle that turns me off.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dutch brewed ale. Bio tripel, unfiltered unpasteurized.

Colour dark golden, with a big creamy head, very good carbonation, nice lacing.

Fresh clean fruity smell, floral hops. Malts and typical belgian yeastyness.
Nice bittersweetness in the taste.
Aftertaste is also bittersweet. Good body on this too.
It's medium dry like a typical tripel... and overall it's a very nice example of this style of beer.

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Photo of crossovert
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. date is 3/06 not sure what that means i don't think it could mean its a 5 year old brew though, it was out of the fridge at the store.

It pours a deep god with a slight bit of hase, the head is big, foamy, and white and recedes quickly, then slowly, leaving only spots of lacing.

The smell is awesome. Think if someone dropped a banana in a glass of Orval. It has a bright citrusy funk alongside ripe banana. There is some earth and spiciness and a hint of grain as well. hint of strawberry.

The taste doesn't evoke as much funk. It is fruity, slightly musty, slightly earthy, with a dryness like Orval. It has a nice fruity tang, some slight alcohol, and some grain.

Holy fuck, is this orval junior or what? Caught me off guard.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love the label; evokes a retro cigarette pack.

Pours a cloudy, dark blond, with a nice frothy layer on top. Aroma is spicy, with citrus zest, and general fruitiness.
creamy, Flavor has a nice body with a faint, lemony acidity; juniper and spices on the exhale, and a hint of hops. Quite a creamy feel that's enhanced by a good level of carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of Fizzlybear
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - On opening it was so over carbonated a ¼ of the beer was lost all over my floor, maybe due to its journey across the sea to me, Poured a copper colour with some sediment floating around.

S - The smell was very sweet, with hints of honey / sugar and fruit and a bit of yeast in the back.

T - A bit shocked that the taste wasn't anything like the smell, there was a strong spiced/herby flavour that turned into a slightly fruity aftertaste.

M&D - Goes down well, leaves a nice flavour around your mouth.

Overall a good beer, just not as much flavour as its Columbus counterpart.

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Photo of RobeyStreet
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, drinkable beer. Light golden in color, good head, a subtly sweet/caramel flavor. Medium body in terms of heaviness of flavor. Not too light, not too dark. This is a good beer to drink on a night out when you're having a couple, or even just with a light snack. It's not overwhelming but it has enough of a taste to not bore you.

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Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 194 ratings