Zatte | Brouwerij 't IJ

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ
Netherlands
brouwerijhetij.nl

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-15-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
174
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
13.03%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
25
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of John
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Truly an exceptional beer had fresh on tap at a friendly cafe in Amsterdam. I could've stayed here and drunk these all afternoon long...or until I fell out of my seat. A perfect sunny comfortable day sitting outside at a sidewalk table with a fine brew. That's good livin'. Rich, hazy golden color, big creamy foam head. Fruity, inviting aroma. Fruity, estery, sweet/tart flavor with a welcome alcohol bite. Thick and substantial mouthfeel. A seriously fine brew.

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Photo of Roelleke1986123inkijk
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ongefilterd bier, altijd vijf reeten!

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Photo of LeedsZimbabwe
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Bobikel
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy blonde with lots of big yeast chunks floating around. A thick clunky head is slow to recede, and leaves a little lacing in its wake.

Smell - Funky, brett style. Green apples, a little earthen.

Taste - A light tartness hits the palate and is quickly replaced with a nice toffee like sweetness. Again apples, and earthy. Quite refreshing despite the 8% ABV listed.

Mouthfeel - Very light, almost watery, but a nice sparkling carbonation makes up for the lack of carbonation. Quite smooth.

Drinkability - An easy drinker that comands attention. Will drink and drink and drink....

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Photo of BarelyLegal33
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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 vermilcj
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Saind
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of kja157
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmaggot
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lightweight
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The smell is faintly reminiscent of an antique leather chest and matches well with its murky golden hue. The slightly syrupy sweet taste was quite pleasant in this slow drinking bottle conditioned beer. My experience with this beer style is a bit limited, but I reckon I could definitely acquire a taste for it.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! What an interesting beer! I'm not sure I'd call it a tripel myself, but what the hell?

It pours a cloudy brass/amber body beneath a short cap of white froth that
steadily drops to an average collar and minor, whispy, semi-surface covering. And it leaves a few drips and drabs of lace, but that's it.

The nose, however, is more exciting! (Or at least interesting!) It's yeasty, woody (cedar shavings?), wheatish, worty, gummy, candy-ish, spicy, and fruity (papaya, peach, pineapple, dull melon, mango, raisin, cocoanut?). It's all of these things, but it's still somehow restrained. Tre bizzarre!

In the mouth it's delicately zesty but backed by a dextrinous, medium body that leads it to become pillowy soft and velvety smooth as it warms.

The flavor offers everything that the aroma does and more, but the predominant flavors are yeasty/fruity ( It's a touch chalky and yeasty, and it finishes dry with lingering notes of dull, tropical fruit (again... papaya, tangerine, a spritz of pineapple, raisin) and spice.

The alcohol is incredibly well-cloaked throughout, but it does appear in the finish towards the end of the goblet.

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Photo of marc77
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautifully thick, hilly and creamy white head tops a hazy amber oranged hued brew w/ copious bubbling. The aroma is dominated by sweet fruit esters including peach and mango, but are accompanied by subdued tarter citrus rind and lemon. Trace of mustiness and phenol are present in aroma as well. Very appealing aromawise. The flavor is an inverse extension of the aroma, with lightly tart, citric fruit dominating. Light to moderate in body w/ a smooth mouthfeel that belies the highly carbonated appearance. Fermenation byproducts such as phenol / clove or banana esters common to many tripels are absent in flavor, lending it a fruity but clean flavor profile. Light breadiness and hint of hop bitterness emerge with a quick snap towards the end of the sip. Finishes w/ a fading unripe berry fruitiness. Zatte is a delightful tripel. It's not as intense as some others, and has a greater emphasis on fruity esters since other funky Belgian yeast byproducts are absent. Relatively clean in flavor, but still very flavorful and tremendously drinkable.

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Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crossovert
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
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 francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the famous Vildeman cafe in Amsterdam! The brown glass bottle had no label, and this beer was ordered as "Zat-ah" from brewery "Tea-gh". This brew was a glowing golden colour with a nice frothy head of white snow. The aromas were of nice yeast, honey, different spices, and interestingly fruity malts. The taste was malty and fruity, with some nice spicing/hopping to boot. This reminded me of a weird spiced version of Hommelbier. The mouthfeel was medium>thick and the drinkability was excellent as well. A really good Holland brew!

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Photo of gyllstromk
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Arborescence
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of BreweryRun
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of page101
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of discodoni
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of mbrehne
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely wonderful beer. Has incredible flavorful and it doesn't taste too heavy. Definitely recommend this to anyone..enjoy it!

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Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, at the brewery

Pours with a dark golden body, hazy with a few yeasties. Foamy white head, dense with good retention

Smell, fresh bread, some hint of clove, little bit nutty, fresh wort (although the brewpub smells like fresh wort too, could have been partly that)

Taste, almondy, fairly smooth mouthfeel. Little bit of spice, fresh tasting

Another great one from t 'ij, not quite as good as columbus though

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Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
3.76 out of 5 based on 174 ratings.
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