IJndejaars
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Style:
Strong Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #215
ABV:
9%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,077
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 8.83%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
58
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Brouwerij 't IJ
 
Netherlands
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  1
Gots
  7
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Zet from Netherlands

3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The 2018 version. Orange amber haze with a modest head of foam. Smell of malt, spices, liquorice, coriander, caramel, alcohol, orange peels and tangerine. These flavours return in the taste, which is quite spicy and fruity. Mouth feel is medium bodied and quite smooth. Nice winter beer, but not outstanding.

Jan 02, 2019
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schavuytje from Netherlands

3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on December 2 evening with friends in Cultureel cafe Gigant with several beers from the Duvel stables, also IJndejaars, seems Warming herbs, citrus and slightly roasted malts mix of the IJ beers Zatte and Columbus

Dec 09, 2017
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Marius from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Jan 07, 2016
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MasterfulIdiot from Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Jan 01, 2015
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sfprint from Germany

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

May 27, 2012
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Nov 04, 2010
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

May 22, 2010
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TKempe from Netherlands

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.

Jan 16, 2009
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rtepiak from Poland

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pale ale? pours a dirty ruby chestnut slight off white head... moderate in size that dissipates to a ring. smell of jelly malt... grape, raisin, molasses, boozier as it warms up. heavy drink with a somewhat smooth taste of sweet. grape, blackberry, soft citrus tart finish. little bit of flemish primitive funk. malt like a dubbel. somewhat unclassifiable.

Nov 20, 2008
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AlexJ from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Certainly doesn't look like a BSPA, rather a dark burnt amber color with signifigant hazing. The head is small and tight, leaving some patchy lace.

The aroma is dark as well. Dark caramel and candi sugars. Candied orange peel and moist molasses bread. Stewed, spiced plums. Very sweet and musky smelling.

Flavor is like fresh raisin bread dipped in stewed fruit compote. Fruity notes range from apple and grape to berry and cherry. Malty, but not as sweet as the nose suggests. There is a dry leather note and hints of driftwood soaked in seawater. The yeast character is quite strong, fruity and musty at the same time. Almost like a Dubbel in flavor.

Body is big and creamy slick. Mouth coating and at times syruppy. Light pinpoint carbonation does a fine job of saturating your tastebuds. Unique and interesting.

Dec 19, 2007
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tendermorsel from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure when this was bottled but it sure wasn't fresh... In a good way:) No bottled date found this gem with some other Brouwerij 'tij stuff that was all dated from 2004. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Wow.... real interesting beer. Great pour and lacing. Brownish in color and a solid head. Sweet like raisins at first but a wonderful sour finish. This beer definitely improved as it warmed in my glass. This one took me 20+ minutes to finish. Truly a sipping beer which forced me to take some points off for drinkability.

Overall a winner.

Aug 06, 2007
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GClarkage from California

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/21/07- Purchased at John's Marketplace in Portland, OR.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with either a bottled on or best by date strip. Hoping it's a bottled on as it's listed as Sept '02. Poured into my RR Damnation tulip.

Appearance- Deep auburn in color. Ultra large foamy and chunky head. Over a 1/2 inch remains for the duration. Nice chunks and patches of lace action.

Smell- Candied sugar, dark fruits and caramel malt.

Taste- Massive amounts of grape notes. Carmelized booze soaked raisins with some prunes in the background. Mild hop notes. A decent amount of metallic taste in the beginning which slowly goes away through warming and consumption.

Mouthfeel- Higher carbonation level...foamy. Light bitter and fruity aftertaste. Somewhat dry.

Drinkability- If the metal flavor didn't creep in, it would be fantastic. This put a bit of a damper on the experience. Otheriwse, could have been a great beer. Maybe it was a bit oxidized.

Jul 22, 2007
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Muddy light brown color. Thin, but lasting head. Light lace.

Sweet candy sugar aroma. Lots of molasses and caramel. Low hop.

Starts with some bitterness but quickly gives way to strong sweet candy flavors. Heavy body with an equally heavy carbonation which gives it some balance. High alcohol warmth.

This is an example of the very sweet trappist style ales--too much so for my tastes.

Dec 24, 2006
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patto1ro from Netherlands

4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark red brown colour with a dense head. Hop, toast, toffee, cherry and coriander aroma; bitterish/sweetish taste with caramel, dates and chicory aromas; bitterish finish with toasted, roasted, fruit and butter aromas.

Has lots of roasted malt flavours. Quite pleasant.

The 2002 version was incredibly variable - from barely drinkable to outstanding. I bought six bottles (at the same time) from my local offy (good old Ton Overmars) and each one had a different coloured crown cork. The first bottle I opened was pretty poor, so its chums lay around in my cellar a while. When I finally got around to opening a second, it was magnificent. The other four were all different and somewhere betweeen the first two in terms of quality. Different vintages vary even more extremely. Buying it is a bit like Russion roulette, but worth taking the risk, though, for the chance of brilliance.

Jun 29, 2006
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gdogalishus from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the glass into an over sized wine glass. Poured a dark brown color with a lot of fluffy tan colored head. Strong carbonation and plenty of lace around the glass.
The aroma was suspiciously uninteresting. Nothing really stood out except perhaps a yeasty. breadlike aroma.
The flavor was a strong yeast character with malts and a nice warming alcohol flavor. Nice finish was thirst quenching and not dry at all. Very little bitterness, but not completely absent.

Apr 16, 2006
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, opaque-like, bloodied brown with a great tall capping of creamy ivory colored froth. Keeps a solid skim always present as well as a big fluffy collaring. Excellent lacing in extra thick webby sheets.

Aroma is clean, sweet, and mildly candyish with some toffee and purple grape jelly. Tiny notions to dark cherries and some dry yeasty spice.

Flavors are again, much like the smell, quite clean, sweet, mildly set in some soft doughy breads spread with apricot and grape jams. Slight caramel slides around the edges and back end as does a whisper of cocoa dryness. Finishes with a pick up of darker realmed fruityness; plummy. Spices are lightly playing in a fest of yeast, kinda citrusy at first then turns dry and earthy with some dark fruity returns. This all plays out very calmly with a very subtle tonality. Nothing brash here. Very easy going and mildly candyish, sweet, and sugared cookie-like. There's something about that just seems to plain though.

Feel is small and tame with a yielding smoothness and clean texture. Perhaps close to a medium body, but the front is shy as is a good portion before the turn into the finish which does help induce a bit of interest in darker fruityness and a uniquely Belgian dryness.

Albeit, not one of the better Belgian darks I've had, but was fine enough to finish off without much problem. The 9% isn't apparent and the tail end of this beer is the only thing I favored.

Nov 19, 2005
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An easy creamy drink. One that says calories more than taste. Nicely hopped, refreshing with lunch. Cinammon and other spices invigorate the mouth. Lots of malt, a bit of hops,fruity mostly cherry, yeast, barley, dry finish. Well carbonated and boozy.

Oct 06, 2005
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from half time

label is cool.. a don quixote ostrich ready to party in the desert heat.

deep plum color and hazy with creamy, dense head which leaves a sliding wet layer of lacing. malty roasted nose with alcohol, dried apricot and date puree. depth and concentration of aroma suggests an english barleywine.. more smoky and meaty evoking a primal carnal sweetness. flavort begins with belgian-style yeast and tart-but-sweet caramel laden maltiness. continues with bitter fruit graininess and chocolate essence. interesting plethora of flavors but striving to be way too complex and basically overdone.

similar to a rough version of rapscallion creation. sharp edges and might benefit from some cellar time.

Oct 02, 2005
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium amber golden. The head was small, white and short lived. The head retreated quickly after falling to the edges of the surface, but did last to lace the glass.

The aroma was interestingly spicy with a menthol aroma that was strong and powerful. Also present was a fruity orange peel aroma and a caramel maltiness.

The flavor was crisp and citrusy with an orange flavor that is well done and is vibrant on the palate. The maltiness was short lived and the bittering from hops and most likely orange peel then takes center stage to work at drying out the beer. Spices complemented the complexity.

The finish was dry with a pleasant citrus flavor and hop bitterness lasting long into the aftertaste and daring you to take another sip. The body was medium due to the carbonation, but may have been just a smidge bigger.

50 cl bottle. Notched at 9 and 02. A very complex beer, the spicy menthol and orange aroma was disturbingly pleasant in it's complexity and really compelled me to drink some more. The alcohol is not noticeable except in the warming afterwards. Definitely try this one if you get the chance.

Oct 30, 2004
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stcules from Italy

3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cherry wood colored. Quite scarce head, not very persistent. Average appearance.
The smell is very good: fresh flowers, honey, green tea and camomile, vanilla. All surrounded by the malt. Very delicate and fresh.
Honey in the taste, too, with cinnamon, flowers. Sweet malt. Ginger. It is maybe a little more heavy than the smell, and the 9 ABV alcohol level is here. Anyway, good. A slight hop note in the background.
Medium in body, flora again in the aftertaste, with hops, and, unfortunately, some alcohol.

Sep 28, 2004
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finepaws from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first higher than 6% abv. Not sure I would have known the difference. There is a slight aaahhh at the end though. Poured a rusty orange color. Cloudy with a small head than laced through out. Smells citrus fruity, with some ginger spice? Not sure how to describe some of these scents. Tasted yum. Sweet, with a dry hop flavor. Very yeasty/malty. I wish I could give more description, but alas, I can't. Not sure how to describe this deliciuos beer. Just try it. It's definetly a belgian, and I like it.

Sep 23, 2004
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle Date September 2002, Sampled August 2004.
Pours a clear amber-copper color that sits beneath a light tan head. This beer has a great aromatic nose, it is a mix of apples and spice notes made up of clove, ginger, orange, and a bit of a rich earthiness. The aroma, in fact, is quite tantalizing. The taste is lightly sweet and tightly tart, a good balance that makes me think of tamarind. There is an interesting level of yeasty spiciness here as well, I get notes of ginger, pepper, and bergamot. There is some earthy-mustiness here that adds to the complexity. There is a good solid fruitiness here, as well as the tamarind there are notes of apple and plum. There is a nice balance of sour and sweet, fruit and spice; this is quite nice. This is certainly the best of the three beers I have had so far from this brewery.

Sep 04, 2004
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ManekiNeko from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle served chilled in a Brewer's Art chalice.

Appearance: Cloudy, tea brown topped by a thick offwhite head of foam. Great retention on this sucker as the foam never went away. Clingy head, but no lacing.

Smell: Aged medicinal hops on top of fruity malts and spices. Hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Predominantly banana and clovey malts with belgian candi sugar sweetness. Apricot notes. Slight smack of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, overall. Very spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: An earthy "pale" Belgian ale. I'm on the fence about this one in terms of "wow" factor. Pleasantly quirky, but there's a lotta stuff going on here that don't necessarily gel.

Thanks to Bierman9 and BIF 3.0 for this

Jul 05, 2004
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$4.95 @ Charles Street Liquors, Boston, MA:

http://beeradvocate.com/beerfly/user_reviews/1008/

Presentation: 33 cl brown bottle with a freshness date.

Appearance: Murky burgundy amber with a thin yet well retained lace.

Smell: Big nectarine aroma, fresh and juicy. Hints of alcohol and malt as well. Does not smell of a 9% abv.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Amazing smoothness with a full body of juicy malt. Lots of husky malt, juicy fruitiness and a thick yeast back ground. Herbal medicinal … slightly hoppy. Big spicy alcohol. Finishes a tad dry with more husk and ripe fruit.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one crazy brew, flavors clash everywhere and the 9% really comes though towards the end with a spicy warmth.

Jun 29, 2004
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger light beige, pillowy head leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Light-medium carbonation. Medium bodied. Starts and finishes sweet this could be mistaken for a Belgian. The high ABV (9%) is not really noticeable. Pricey - $4.50 for a 330ml bottle from Wine Society Tyngsboro, Ma.

May 19, 2004
IJndejaars from Brouwerij 't IJ
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 58 ratings