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IJndejaars | Brouwerij 't IJ

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87
very good
30 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij 't IJ
Netherlands | website

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
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
44
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
8.46%
 
 
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Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle. Alc. 9%
This very strong Pale ale pours a cloudy amber with a full-sized off-white/beige head and loads of sticky lace.
The aroma is a fairly good copy of the Belgian-style. Earthy, horse stalls, cloves, citrus and a bit of alcohol.
A grainy malty taste could use a bit more sweetness. Thoughts of a crusty baguette come to mind.
Mixed citrus, cloves and peppery spices make up the hop department.
The potent alcohol is somewhat well disguised.
A faint caramel sweetness appears late in the glass.

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Photo of ToolHead
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle, served in Gouden Carolus glass.

Orange/reddish-gold appearance; nice head w/ good retention. Reminds me a lot of t' IJ Bockbier, being very well hopped, w/ a delicate fruitiness and a solid yeast presence, but fuller and more rounded, w/ a more pronounced sweetness (although it by no means dominates the taste). Alcohol is noticeable but certainly doesn't give away the 9% abv. Long, dryish, warming finish. Quite easy to drink.
A fine, remarkable winter beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The body is a deep amber with a dull orange cast; and it becomes quite cloudy by the end of the pour. Yeast particles are visible nestling themselves into the base of the goblet, yet it's billowy white head appears to want to rise right out of the glass! It needs a minute to settle a bit before the entire bottle can be poured. The head retention is excellent, and it drops to a luxuriously creamy 1/4" surface covering. Thick rings of creamy lace cling to the glass. Although the head and lace are quite impressive, the lack-luster look of the cloudy body could be viewed as detracting. The nose is reminiscent of a fruit laced lambic, but much more subtle. It displays some barnyard character (musty wet hay, but not really a solid brettanomyces) amongst a candyish sweetness and gently fruity tartness that's peppered with subtle spices. It's really interesting, and nicely complex. The flavor continues what the aroma's started with a sweet maltiness that expresses more bubblegum than sourness; and it's supported by a very delicate spiciness that's similar to ginger and coriander, and not at all peppery. It finishes drying with it's mild spice that sweeps away any residual sweetness; leaving it only a bit 'powdery' or 'dusty'. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden, and never pulls it's head from the sand! An exceptional beer that's very well balanced and quite interesting. It's compelling, and remains so throughout the entire glass. One of my favorites... absolutely well worth trying!

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4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy peach orange hue w/ flecks of yeast aggregates. Stiff, thick, seemingly static cream white head. Solid rings of bubbles interspersed by threads of lace. Ripe apricots, candied citrus and ginger bread - like sweetness dominate the aroma, w/ mellow notes of nutty yeast, doughy malt and black pepper secondary. Very enticing aromawise. Moderate orange laced bitterness hits the palate at first, then leads into a melange of sweet, sugar coated orange rind, lightly spicy hops and dryish black pepper. Hints of ginger and yeast derived nuttiness emerge late. Malt character is of a bready, dough - like nature and contrasts the bright fruitiness well. Hop bitterness is pleasantly assertive, and prevents residual sweetness from surfacing fully until the finish. Moderately bodied, well carbonated w/ the spritzy mouthfeel complementing the fruitiness. Finishes w/ a fading note of sweet grapefruit. Ijnde Jaar is a delightful and unique brew. Bright, complex, and deceptively light. Superlatively drinkable.

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3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy light brown to amber color, interesting yeast swirl patterns. Darker yellow head that's big and strong. Smell is of grass, a little sulfur, and a little clove spice. Very spritzy mouthfeel, some metallics/phenolics, a little bourbon, some grapes and a good deal of hoppy bittering. Alcohol is warming at the back. The taste is overall good to me, but the presence of high carbonation and grape is a little unsettling. Cool unfiltered, unpasteurized, and bottle-conditioned brew.

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IJndejaars from Brouwerij 't IJ
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.
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