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:
172
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
24
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of brinch
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Aethien
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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 bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of farundrpar
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of NilsFrisk
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of maxk
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of pleasewearpants
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +1.3%
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 +16.8%
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 -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 RuudJH
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +15.7%
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 +15.2%
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 +6.9%
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 +6.7%
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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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 cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth and simple Triple.

Now, this reminds, really reminds me of their Columbus, lots of similar flavors. Unfortunately I don't have them both with me so I can't verify that.

This is sweet, sugary, caramel(y), filled with honey and malts. Drinking this to me is like enjoying a tall glass of honey, the amber color, the smell, the taste, all reflect back to that.

I love honey flavored beers, so my review will reflect that.

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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 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 dirtylou
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery in amsterdam - something ridiculous like 2 euros

appearance: poured a slightly hazy golden color with a medium tone and some moderate beige froth - fits the standard for the style

smell: tropical fruit syrup, pineapple, light belgian yeast

taste: i found this to be a pretty strong effort with a flavour profile that mirrors the nose - pineapple and tropical fruit cocktail are the main components of this tripel. This one is a little musty and funky as well...moderately spiced

mouthfeel: syrupy and sweet

drinkability: high

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Photo of jophish17
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Green's Discount Beverage, Buford Hwy location

Appearance: a dark tripel with a lot of yeast floating around, the last drops from the bottle were heavy in sediment. Head not much thicker than a Ritz cracker. Not the appearance I'd expect from a tripel, but it still looks decent

Smell: Heavy on raisin, with the alcohol coming through strong too (probably due to the age, 03.05 notched on the bottle)

Taste: sweet malt flavor but with a sour apple twist in the aftertaste. Kinda funky taste with some wild yeast, and a bit of vinegar flavor.

Feel: Moderate in body feel, with fair carbonation.

Drinkability: high, which seems standard on IJ beers

Overall: a fair beer from an underrated Dutch brewery, though its not quite the gem that Struis is, Zatte is a nice ale that doesn't really fit the image of a standard tripel

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Zatte from Brouwerij 't IJ
3.75 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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