IJndejaars | Brouwerij 't IJ

BA SCORE
86
very good
49 Ratings
IJndejaarsIJndejaars
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ
Netherlands
brouwerijhetij.nl

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of our flagship beers, slightly different in flavour every year! A splendid, maroon-coloured beer with fine aromas of spiced fruit, orange peel and well-roasted malt to delight the nose. The flavour is a spicy balance of caramel, citrus and slightly bitter hops to restore that warm feeling during the dark days of winter. If stored in a cool, dark place, IJndejaars will keep for years.

Added by Bierman9 on 02-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
49
Reviews:
30
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
9.25%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Nicolaiw
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with white head
Aroma is roasted malt, yeast, little oak, caramel
Taste is on the sweet side, roasted malt, caramel

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Photo of 54V4G3
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JTuomi
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

33cl from the liquor store - 2015 version. Ruby-brown pour with a tan head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells like caramel, dark fruit, cherries, coriander. Tastes bitter - a kind of English ale bitter - but is nicely balanced by the caramel, cherry and spices. Medium to full bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sixpoint
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thebeertree
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LukeGude
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is a fairly bright, relatively transparent amber, with visible carbonation, and the pour kicks up a decent-sized off-white head that fades to a film pretty quickly but leaves a reasonable amount of lace.

Aroma is dark fruit - mostly plums. There's a distinct floral note, too, kind of like the elderflower juice you can get at Ikea. Plus a hint of alcohol warmth. Not a very strong aroma, but what I can smell is nice.

Flavor is dark fruit with floral notes, and a pleasant grassy/floral hop character. Finish is clean, and the aftertaste is sweet and malty and fairly sticky. There's a bit of a mint flavor throughout - not sure if that's from the alcohol presence or something else, but it's definitely there.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly sticky, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I wish it had been less sticky - the stickiness doesn't go that well with the medium body or the carbonation... or really the flavors for that matter.

Overall, it's pleasant and drinkable, but not what I'm going to go for if I want a Strong Dark Ale... or really a winter beer at all. None of the flavors here are really very strong, so I guess it is somewhat refreshing to have a relatively light and clean SDA (although the alcohol is not light!), but I think the style just demands some strong flavors to chase the winter away.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of lmaduells
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Beer-Ed
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of safaricook
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of francisweizen
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of cb8282
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nr. 113 (batch?), exp 11/2012

A: Beautiful two finger head with very consistently sized carbonation. Dark brownish orange with flakes of yeast floating around. Opaque with no visible rising carbonation.

S: Lovely peachy yeast, natural sweetness and nostril opening. Sandalwood.

T: Not what i expected, intense and very different (not in a bad way). Apple, like an unsweet midly spiced apple sauce with a mild grassy aftertaste.

M: Medium body with basically no carbonation. A bit dry.

O: A different one, nice. Worth trying. Perhaps just a little too intense for regular drinking for me.

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Photo of page101
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of RuudJH
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winterbrew, meant for the 'end of year'. 33 cl bottle.

Unfiltered unpasteurized bio beer, very active from the bottle.
Orange brown, with a huge head, good lacing, nice hazy.
Smell and taste are of raw malts, yeast. Some fruits in the background. Hops are citric, pine, apricot, grapefruit. Spicy with coriander and pepper.
The alcohol is present on this brew. It's not too harsh, but 9 % is perhaps 1 too much for it's degree of complexity.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

5-22-2010
B / 3.55 look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5| drink: 3

Vintage bottle, unknown year. This was the last of my cellared t'IJ stash. Review from notes. Leaving up original scores, as the beer was fresh then, this is just for comparison.

Caramel color with a ruby glint that appears when tilted just so in the light. A quick, initial burst of foam appears and fades fast to a skim, then a somber ring around the edge. The first pour actually had good clarity, the second not so much (sorry beertooth!).

Aroma was a bit oxidized, sweet cookie dough, mild muddled spice, figs.

More mild spiciness and sugar cookie flavors, a little phenolic. Mild tobacco bitterness, dry finish. Thin carbonation, and somewhat astringent unfortunately. Probably over the hill, but still drinkable. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if this gets imported again...

09-23-2006
A- / 4.1 look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | drink: 4

Pours a ruddy brown with caramel foam. Smells a little boozy, some sticky sugar, malt, and butterscotch. Taste is rich and strong, a velvety malt blanket coats the palate, with a toffee/butterscotch aftertaste. Whiskey notion lingers at room temp, barely oaky and fruity. Reminiscent of Bell's TCOA with the high abv and super maltiness.

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Photo of TKempe
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is incredibly murky and has a colour somewhere inbetween brown and dark red. The head is a bit small and leaves a lot of lace.

Smells sweet and fruity (apricot, rosehip), very thick or heavy. A sharper and slightly funky accent comes from the yeast. Nice interplay with the hops (and maybe some coriander). Alcohol is present too, but gently enough. A typical nose for the brewery.

The taste is enormous and kind of succulent, with a bigger accent on the sourness than the nose. Alcohol is quite apparant and very effective. After the fruitiness settles, the bitterness sets in and makes for a semi-dry and warming after-taste. A little coriander is tasted in the background.

Very smooth mouthfeel, proper carbonation and a full body.

A great beer fitted well to the season. The only drawback is the impact of the alcohol.

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