Zatte | Brouwerij 't IJ

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Brouwerij 't IJ

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.

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Photo of silenius
2.03/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle marked from 03/05.

Pours a rich deep yellow with a great big creamy white head that laces my glass nicely.

Smell is malty rich and sweet with no hops present.

Taste is vinegar soaked cheese curds with a hint of sweetness. It is an oddly funky taste and I'm not sure if it is infected or oxidized or what.

Mouthfeel is thin and disappointing.

Never again. Is this what the brewer intended?

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Photo of madorb
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased 12/08 at Sun Devil liquors in Mesa Arizona. Looks like according to the label it is from 08/04.

appearance: poured hazy and golden with a very small head

smell: bready, a hint of belgian yeast, and very syrupy sweet. not very appealing.

taste: sweet, with that sweet corn taste you often find in macro lagers. not really getting the belgian yeast aspects, it's also a bit on the metallic side which all leads me to believe this is probably past its prime.

mouthfeel: a bit on the syrupy side but with nice crisp bubbles, this is pretty much the high point of the beer

drinkability: low.

Overall not very impressive, i'm not sure if it's because of the age, assuming i read the label properly, but it was an on the whole not particularly enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tfinn
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a slightly hazy orangish yellow with rocky head which dissipates as the beer warms.

smells faintly sweet, slightly fruity, like golden raisins.

the front of the flavor has a pleasant taste to it, with a faint sweetness, but it's short lived and replaced with minerally, dusty, old stale basement. the tail reminds me of niacin pills my mother used to give to me as a child. I don't find it to be very pleasant.

mouthfeel is OK; the carbonation is not strong, but that's fine for this style. finish is minerally and abrupt. a little chalky, maybe.

I have tried both the double and the triple from 't IJ, and while I can see the similarities between them, it's just not my thing. I can appreciate dry tripels and doubles, (I find Orval absolutely heavenly,) but there's something missing here to balance out the mineral heavy taste.

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Photo of tobyandgina
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Head was average, off-white with not a lot of lacing.
Lightly cloudy and hazy body.

Smell was malty, straw with average hops for this style. A little bit of oranges, raisins and brown sugar. Heavy in yeast.

On the palate: Medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation with not a very big finish. Slightly bitter flavor as well.

Drinkability was pretty low little because it was too yeasty for me.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger thicker looking white head with great retention. Colour is gamboges or carrot orange. Opaque and medium carbonation. A good foam cap remains and leaves lots of good lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Toasted malt and some sweet apples and apricot. Some yeasty spices with some coriander as well. Mild in strength.

TASTE: Toasted malt, sweet apples and apricots. Spicy yeast and coriander as well. Sweet honey notes and a slight metallic note as well. Mild flavour profile, though the metallic touch is not all that pleasant.

PALATE: Medium-light body, slightly thin on the palate as well. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. I'd like it to be a little thicker really.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but not something worth writing home about. Looks nice, but the rest of it is a little below average. A little too metalic in the taste profile and a little light on the palate. There are better triples out there. I'd pass on this one.

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Photo of BarryNL
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A bit of a shock to me this one... from what I've heard I was expecting to like it a lot but to be honest I almost thought I'd accidentally poured it into an ashtray instead of a glass - the smell is pure ashtray and the taste has hints of this. Also, there's way more suspended particles than is really acceptable even for a beer of this style.

I almost wonder if I got an off bottle - I might give this one another go - perhaps I'll pop by the brewery one evening to drink one there even and if it's better I'll rework this review.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Classic Brouwerij ’t IJ 33cl [11.2 fl.oz] brown glass bottle with a red crown cap and the understated but highly recognizable diamond shaped label. Red background with a white border and the familiar Ostrich with an egg at its feet, stands in the desert affront a silhouette of a Windmill. Listed at 8% Vol., Cat.S., with a nicked on label Best Before Date of 8-05. Bottle Conditioned.

Appearance: Orange-golden body which is lightly clouded on the single pour of the entire bottles contents into my favorite Duvel glass. Bloated with an immense number of fine “bespeckled floaties”. Low yet fine-bubbled carbonation and a thin but firm white head remains constant, but it is at levels way below that of the draft version I had at the Waterfront Windmill Proeflokaal years ago. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Pastel aromas, flat hints of pineapple, pears and sharp oranges, nice enough yet it lacked a defined “real fruit” feel. After a while, deeper inhalation reveals a stark sour streak that takes the luscious edge off of the fruits in the nose. Lacking. Smells “old” in fact.

Taste: Dry grain entrance, that builds with the soft but spiky conditioning in the front. Middle has a delicate dry pineapple and a zesty orange feel. The grainy malts linger with an oatmeal consistency that is a little off-putting. Dry boring finish with some [as Vyvyan from the Young One’s would say] “Neil, Neil, Orange Peel” to rescue some interest in the ending.

Mouthfeel: Has a medium body that holds up well. The dissolved effervescent carbon dioxide supports well but ultimately cannot do anything to off-set the cloying oatmeal feel and the flat, limpid uni-dimensional fruit traits.

Drinkability: Spritzy carbonation helps, but overall I felt let down by this sample. Having had a few glasses of Zatte in the downstairs room at the ‘t IJ Proeflokaal, I am finding it hard to believe that this is even the same brew I had years ago!! One-dimensional with high spiky carbonation and flat fruit tastes with a grainy feel…..I wouldn’t drink another bottle of this if I had it in the fridge, put it like that.

Overall: Listed as an ‘Amsterdamse Tripel’, last time I ordered one of those I ended up with two women…..oh erm, I mean I guess I much preferred this one on draft to be honest. Does my memory fail me perhaps?? I don’t think so. I do vividly the recall the two women, No, erm….I mean this was a distinct highlight at ‘t IJ Proeflokaal during both my visits there over the years. Sadly, it looses something in the bottle I feel, the sample I had tasted a tad “old” and “cardboardy”, even though it was still within its BB Date. Not that bad, but not as good as my expectations – disappointing overall if I am honest, I am more likely to spend my money on the other type of ‘Amsterdamse Tripel’ rather than this one again.

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Photo of wl0307
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

BB 20/06/09, served lightly chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: dark golden to bright amber hue, full of fine yet semi-lively carbonation, topped with a 1-inch light beige froth with rather good retention.
S: the astringent smell rings a bell of oak-aged cider even, full of damp, oxidised-fruity and funky-lactic notes, on top of a high-level of dry-ish tangerine/citrus-peels, woody spices, perfumy fruit esters, leaving a much milder input of pale malts behind. Overall, way too yeasty at the expense of any balance.
T: lactic-sweet, musty & rusty fruits, almost like a farm-house ale thanks to the high level of funky flavour, which was not so... unpleasant if it didn't go OTT and tarnish a potential balance on the flavour profile. Behind the lactic-yeasty façade lies a quieter flavour profile consisting of olive- and clove-ish spiciness, leather-ish woodiness, bitter dried citrus-peels, sour-sweet medium-bodied malts, and randomly chewy bitterness likely due to hops and, again, yeastiness.
M&D: the mouthfeel is pretty decent, with very smooth carbonation softening the overall palate and a potentially sharp flavour as a result of the yeastiness. Alas, just like all other 't IJ beers in bottles I've tried, the yeast sediments don't seem to bring out the best from this brew apart from only the most pungent elements that simply overpower a potentially decent flavour and aroma. A real pity.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 8 05 or 06. Nice head and golden beercolor with lots of sediment. Nose is lots of koreander in a not 100% fresh stable. Has this one skunkyness or is it a sink/sewersmell? Anyway not fresh. Further good maltyness and a orange note. Taste is a lot better and is somehow a farmhouse but good. Sharp maltyness, good alcoholic note, (citrussy)fruity, balanced sweetness and aftertaste is spicy bitter. Too bad these IJ beers suffer a lot from productionproblems too often cause they can be very enjoyable.

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Photo of JBogan
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strange label, with what looks like a picture of an ostrich standing over an egg in the desert with drool coming out of it's mouth and a windmill in the background.

Poured from a brown bottled marked 8-02. Nice bright orange color with a small head and no lacing. Lots of particles floating and some carbonation rising from the bottom.

Smelled of banana and apples, slight alcohol also.

Tasted of banana and citrus along with some sort of musty-ness (is that a word?)

Felt ok in the mouth, a but thick with some carbonation tingle. Smooth.

All in all this was an alright beeer. It sort of reminded me of Ayinger's Brau-Weiss but not quite as refined. Not sure what the prime drinking age for this beer is but this bottle had been around for over 5 years. Anyways, it's worth a try if you like this style beer, otherwise your beer drinking life will still be complete if you don't.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An amber/orange color, hazy, with a full white head; effervescent, with full lacing and a nice film. Aroma is of pineapple, apples, pears and other fruity esters. Flavor has a sweet start and bitter finish, dry and yeasty. Palate is smooth, medium bodied with low co2. Quite one-dimensional; smells like a tripel, but the finish is surprisingly dull and bitter.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orangish yellow in appearance. Smell is slightly sweet but very faint. Taste is slightly sweet. When I bought this from Cloverleaf fellow BA'er Putnam mentioned root vegetables. I would agree with that. There is a beet or parsnip flavor in the background. Not the sweetest or best tasating of the tripels I've had. Slightly metallic in taste. Has a slight tang to it.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a murky orange yellow color with a creamy head that stays on the entire glass.

Smell is slightly sour, less than the other 't IJ beers I recently had, but this is for sure not intentional and points at an infection. There is some fruit in the smell, together with the sourness it combinates to melon and pine-apple. A association I have with all their beers.

Taste is slightly sour with fruity melon and pine-apple. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is also a honey and light caramel taste in it. This beer is so much better on tap, when there is no acidity in the beer. Yet of all the infected beers I had so far from 't IJ this is the best one.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11/13/06- Purchased at Plumpjacks in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Bottled on date notched on label. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Deep golden in color. 3/4 inch head which retains a nice fluffy rim. Light streaky lace trails remain.

Smell- A textbook scent. High alcohol fumes, candied sugar with a fruitcake and cookie dough aroma.

Taste- High alcohol flavor. Really not much of any spices. Maybe some juniper berries. Not even as much sugar as in the nose. Reminds one of a malt liquor without the corn. Picture a Westmalle without the spices.

Mouthfeel- Waterlike, medium carbonated seltzer. Gin-like aftertaste.

Drinkability- Needs something major to tie this beer together. More about at least some spices. Very bland. Pass on this one.

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Photo of geetlord
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy gold with lots of suspended yeasts. The head was tall white and foamy. The smell was sweet with reasonable amounts of yeast. I found the flavor predominantly full of yeast with hints of light malts and fruits. The mouthfeel was crisp and dry. Overall I found this to be a pretty decent tripel, though I cannot say that I was particularly impressed by it.

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Photo of patto1ro
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colour with a fluffy white head. Fruit, orange, coriander, grass and cream aromas; bitterish taste with coriander, orange and fruit aromas; bitter finish with coriander and orange aromas.

Pleasantly dry, but the spiciness overwhelms pretty well everything else.

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Photo of sfprint
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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 mzwolinski
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach in color with a thin, off-white head. Good lace down the glass.

Nose is spicy, with light hints of fruit and lemongrass. There's a nice tartness here and something a bit odd/funky lurking underneath.

Flavor, too, is tart, and a bit spicy. Quite hot in the finish with a spicy finish that grows in intensity as the beer warms. Lots of fireworks here, but not a lot of body to undergird it.

Heavily carbonated with a light mouthfeel. A bit too ephemeral.

All in all, a drinkable beer, but ultimately a bit unsatisfying -- too much hoopla and not enough body for a well-rounded drinking experience.

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Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 GCBrewingCo
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice a chunky and slightly hazy golden with a very compact head that barely made an appearance to the party but did lace the glass as the beer was consumed.

The aroma was sour lactic with spices and belgian yeast character and a candy aroma residing way in the back. The aroma was not exactly stellar and had an "off" quality to it like dishwater.

The flavor was fruity and with a only a slight sourness that added to the beer instead of detracting. The spicy flavors were well balanced with the bittering and the candylike maltiness.

The finish was dry with a lasting pleasant spice. The body was medium and well done.

33 cl bottle. If this was not bottle conditioned and I was to have it again and smell that aroma I would drink it from the bottle. The flavor is pleasant and nice, but you have to bring the glass to your nose to drink the brew. The flavor was not off so I do not believe the beer was experiencing sanitation issues nor did I see any sign of infection.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a two finger head that quickly receds to a thin ring of foam and foamm island. No bubbling or Brussel's lacing to add to the light amber, golden hay color and an orange middle. Lots of sediment.

Smell- Crsytal, tomahawk, and amber malts stand out in the aroma. These malts that I can pick out come with a molases like sweetness in the nose, but maybe a bit lighter than staright molasses.

Taste- Stars with some grany sweet, golden tasting malts. The carbonation picks up and gives me the feeling of tasting hay beer. Maybe a little too natural.

Mouthfeel Great carbonation, just the incorrect flavors to go along with that great carbonation. Maybe a little dry, but thats just cause of the carbonation.... or so I think.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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 benfons
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Onslow
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Had fresh on tap at the tiny brewpub in Amsterdam: Looks a little like Duvel but darker, has a big head to but a lot fuller and creamier. honey apple alcohol smell...

.. boom! has a noticeable kick. but a fruitiness in the taste is nice. a good good tripel..."

..there is not a lot better than a truly fresh tripel on tap in the place it is made when its 3 degrees outside!! wonderful!

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Photo of merlin48
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle, as pictured, pours into a goblet a hazy peach hued body. Small white head is fleeting and leaves only a few speckles of lace. Aroma is fruity melon and mango, with bubblegum, earthy notes, and vague spices. Some fusel alcohol is underneath. Mouthfeel is medium but thins as it warms. Carbonation is medium. Taste features the same fruity mango and bubblegum as the aroma. Earthy hop and yeast bitterness. Slightly hot, with a bitter yeasty finish. Not an outstanding tripel.

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