Columbus | Brouwerij 't IJ

ColumbusColumbus
BA SCORE
68.4%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 152 ratings
ColumbusColumbus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ
Netherlands
brouwerijhetij.nl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An amber, craft beer with generous amounts of hops and alcohol. This copper-gold beer is a real heavyweight and a must for beer lovers. The liberal quantities of malt and bitter hops create a complex, full flavour. It starts as slightly sweet with malty aromas of chocolate, fruit and grain, while the bitter hops stand out nicely in the aftertaste. A feast for the connoisseur!

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,024
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
152
Liked:
104
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
11.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
22
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of natiousd
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange/amber color with lots of yeasties and a big sticky off white head. Lots of carbonation.
Aroma is sweet and tart ripe fruits with some spices in the backround.
Flavor is sweet with some tart fruit and malt notes.
Mouthfeel becomes very tart, almost puckering as it finishes. Light sweetness makes tart flavors bearable and yeast cuts further.
Drinkability is pretty hgh, I've gained alot of respect for this brewery as I've cycled through majority of their beers.

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Photo of millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BreweryRun
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AlexM
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Onslow
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

outta ye ole bottle...if you like golden ales that make you float, float with Columbus. looks nice but tastes better. honey and all that greet the taste buds. i'm all for it!

pours a light golden yellow..

..foam is all that and a bag of chips...

..one of the t'IJ's hidden secrets..

..save this for the end of the night...

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Photo of Sarmento
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of uturn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jeiiVP
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gspeer711
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 20/06/09, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: a lightly cloudy, bright dark orangey amber hue comes with semi-lively fine fizz and a very tight and frothy off-white head that lasts really well throughout the drink.
S: the major theme of sweet orangey fruits, old grapefruit peels, old leather and brown-sugary malts is backed by an assertive but not OTT musty&rusty yeastiness along with its spicy edge reminiscent of cloves, cardamom, and a wee bit of white pepper. Pleasant indeed!
T: medium-bodied, spicy yeasty, sour-sweet fruity and bready malty from the beginning, consisting of a zesty edge of hops, dried spiced-olives, dried hawthorn fruits, sweet fat pale prunes, a relatively light input of candy-ish malts and overripe banana-esters; smoothly, giving way to an enticing aftertaste full of spicy-yeasty and musty notes, chewy, leather-ish, and quite pleasantly so. The finish is pretty dry (due to the yeastiness!), partly elevating the weight of this 9%abv. For this style of beer, the mustiness might have come slightly over the average, but, by 't IJ's standard, the yeastiness here is not too messy at all.
M&D: lightly spritzy but not overly carbonated for the flavour, which is moderate in complexity and yet still very tasty. By the level of mustiness, this ale at times tastes even like the farmhouse ale such as a Saison; regardless of the style, however, it proves a lovely drinkable one that outshines many other 't IJ's bottled beers which simply are "polluted" by overwhelming yeast notes and taste, the same elements working miraculously well in this bottle!

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of bird_soul
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured deep golden with an amber hue and a slight haze and a few chunks. The head was white and tall at first and then fell like a rock leaving wisps at the edge of the surface and lace on the chalice.

The aroma was spicy and fruity with a belgian yeast character. The fruitiness was comprised of a floral hoppiness and an earthy aroma in the background.

The flavor was crisp and spicy with a dark fruit flavor of raisins that is well done but not what you generally find in a belgian pale ale, more of a belgian dark ale or a strong dark ale without the deep color. The flavor was complex with enough hop presence in the bittering to keep the malty raisin and caramel flavors in check.

The finish was dry with raisins and caramel lasting and then alcohol warming follow. The body was medium and well done.

50 cl bottle. Notches at 5 and 02.

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Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sample was undeniably sour and possibly infected, because after looking at other ratings, I am convinced something was wrong with mine. But notice the score. I liked it, a lot. Orange color with a monstrous rocky head. Orval-like nose, with fresh fruits and flowers, along with an enormous funky horseblanket whiff. Oily and slick texture, with an alcoholic edge. Leathery yeast about, with horseblanket and light fruits galore. While Orval is bone dry, this is very sweet, but, at least my sample, was very Orval-like. And since I love Orval, I thought this was quite nice.

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Photo of sfreshnock
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at "Cafe Golem" Amsterdam out of a 33cl Bottle.

Pours a hazy burnt orange with ample head that slowly drops to about an inch. Aroma of baked apples and caramel. The initial taste of bitter hops on the tip of your tongue and then washed over by a fruity sweetness the rest of the way. Tastes of plums and baked apples. Heavy carbonation lingers in your mouth like sparkling water or sprite. The 9% alcohol is well masked, combined with the heavy carbonation makes me want to drink this faster than I should. Of all the Amsterdam brewed ales I tried this one is tops. Too bad I could not find this one in any of the bottle shops.

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Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a nice hazy golden color with a good white head that leaves some nice lacing behind. Some floaties also.

S : Lots of fruit aromas, couldn't really pick out any specific ones. Some yeast notes also

T : Sweet malt flavors along with fruit notes. Some good spice flavor like coriander, cinnamon.

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : This one was really easy to drink. I didn't really think of it as a Belgian Pale Ale though.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle brought back from Amsterdam. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a white head and lacing.

Clearly, at 9% this is a strong pale ale, but whatever. I also get a strong funky/sour lemon flavor that not all reviews mention. I wonder if this beer is like Orval and becomes a lambic with time. The woody, herbal yeast character and citrus really dominate with a slight earthy, peppery bitterness at the end followed by a long aftertaste and return to the citrus. For 9% and being a sour beer, it's very drinkable. I, however, hope someone resolves what kind of beer this is.

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Photo of baggio
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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A: Hazy red/brown with a thick white head. Some bits of yeast flowing around.

S: Lots of fruit, Yeast, Spices, Wee hint of alcohol.

T: Spices (among them pepper and coriander), Apricot, Citric notes, Caramel, Figs.

M: Sweet and fullbodied with lots of carbonation. Nice sweetness and some faint bitterness at the end to make it a more balanced brew.

This beer was recommended to me by the owner of the Cracked kettle beershop in amsterdam. Very belgian in character and a good one at that. A solid effort!

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Photo of IBUQT
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathi
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale orange and cloudy, very thick white head.

Mild, spicy, and piney aroma with good complex malt. Not real strong, but pleasant. Good esters, but not real dominante, more spicy.

Thick malt flavor, kinda syrupy. Very spicy, with a stong pine character. Good hop bitterness helps balance the thick raw malt flavor. High carbonaton also helps. A very interesting beer, maybe not a favorite, but good. The interesting spice character and the hop balance make it pretty enjoyable...but one is enough.

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Photo of anders36
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drink this beer 7 months after best before date. It pours a golden orange colour into the glass. The beer is a bit cloudy too with rests of yeasts. Pours a large white head that disappears quickly. The smell is fruity and a sweet smell of the belgian yeast too. It has a little sweet taste and malty. Hints of fruit in the taste too.
The aftertaste is rich and abit thick. So this is not an easy drinking beer. The aftertaste is good and warming from the alcohol and has a nice bitterness. This is a good beer, but i think 9 % is a bit to high in alcohole. Atleast for me.

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Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Papery brown colored with an orange tint. Off white, resilient foam. The aromas are of spicy, clove-studded oranges, pine and sour grass. The flavors are boozy and sharp with a dizzying array of fruit and vegetable salad. Powdered resin bitterness, radish flavors and saccharine sweetness negotiate the mid-palate. Not exactly easy to drink, but fascinating.

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Columbus from Brouwerij 't IJ
Beer rating: 68.4% out of 100 with 152 ratings
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