Hertog Jan Grand Prestige
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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Style:
Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #119
ABV:
10%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,159
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 10.35%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
151
From:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  50
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of Lanas
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had high hopes from this beer but in the end little disappointed me.. I love "Quardrupel" beers and i give a try to this because has this style and also some good ratings but in the end i get something different that i'm used to get from this style..
First of all the aroma is the ordinary for that style.. Lot of caramel and chocolate in there. Also remind me little the aroma of "Het Anker gouden carolus imperial dark".. But the taste was little weird.. I'm used to get some sweet taste from "Quad" beers but this has a lot sour taste inside and less sweetness.. Also the alcohol is very noticeable and hit you in the palate.. And i get very dry taste in my mouth..
Overall is ok beer.. Has some "Quad" character but can't touch the stardards of the good and classic beers on that style..

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Photo of jamesroses
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black, small white head that dissapears quickly.

Main aromas are dried raisins, figs, almonds and amaretti. It's nice but lacks a bit of a punch.

Taste follows the nose. It's not dense as other beers in the style but it's fairly complex.

Mouthfeel falls a bit thin. Not in the same league as the Bemgian greats.

Good beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.74/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. All of the quad foundations are there. Tons of semi-sweet malt, dark fruits such as plum and raisin, belgian spices, and some toffee sweetness to round out. However the booze content is very prevalent and washes over all the other flavors in a not the most pleasant way. Still enjoyable, but be prepared

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Photo of Martin194
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Almost-opaque ruby red with a tan head.

Smell: Subtle spices and caramel, but LOTS of dark fruits - plums, raisins, a bit of cherry. Vague hints of banana, some pine. I found the smell just a little underwhelming, but what was there was very good!

Taste: More of the dark fruits, some sugar, yeast, rum, licorice.

Feel: Pretty full bodied, it's got kind of a syrupy feel to it. Not too much carbonation. Leaves a warm, dry, slightly tingly mouthfeel.

Overall: Wonderful quad!

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Photo of josanguapo
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From Saveur-Biere. In Grimbergem cup. Good quad, full of plum notes and maybe slight metal. Sniffable and inciting to long and quick sips. A pity its lack of foam. 1 month before bb date

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Photo of FLima
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a very thin head with short retention.
Sweet aroma with lots of prunes on caramel, toasted malts, some pine, mild cocoa, raisins and vanilla.
Flavor with notes of prunes, a bit of pine, chocolate, caramels, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, dark berries, rum and apple juice. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Medium towards full body with appropriate mild carbonation. Alcohol of 10% is perfectly disguised.
Easy to drink Quad with relatively slightly lower complexity. A bit sweet, but still somewhat balanced.

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Photo of aleigator
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color, has an oily viscosity to it, which gets crowned by a dense, light brown head.

Smells of ripe berries, currant, blueberries and dried plum, which get underlined by a subtle note of booze. There is sweet caramel to be found on the nose, as well as balancing bakers chocolate.

Has a lighter mouthfeel, with a proper carbonation level and a slick, slightly boozy, long lasting finish.

Tastes of even riper fruits, accompanied by a good amount of licorice and rock sugar, creating an immediate richness of flavors. Turn a lot earthier then, with well included caramel and a note of dried herbs, together with long discarded ground coffee. Finishes on the sweeter side, with the booze cutting through, adding a light dryness, which goes surprisingly well with the fermented fruit impression.

Well done quad, which builds up a pleasant complexity, benefitting from its stong headed approach.

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Photo of schavuytje
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best drinkable until May 2017; the smell of fermented plums and apples many phenols meet you in the drunk walms the fruit after gently stimulating the phenol and co2

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Photo of DutchGermanguy
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The taste is less sweet then Bernardus 12 and the is less intense then other quadrupel beers.
However, this beer is also a lot cheaper then the other quadrupels.
If you buy this in the Netherlands, you can get a really nice quadrupel beer for around one euro.

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Photo of SpongeHop
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - black, no head. Molten liquorice
S & T - Cognac-y, liquorice, bay leaves
F - smooth, slight alcohol warmth

O - all-round solid beer in the quad style.

I'd recommend it.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml ceramic bottle poured into a goblet. This one is 2016 vintage.

Mildly hazed chestnut brown in color with some copper tinge along the edge, the pour yields one finger of foamy tan head that stays for a while before collapsing to long-lasting bubble film atop and leaving lots of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma has wide varieties of character ranging from dark fruits in kind of prune and black raisin, black grape, dried-fruit, cherry, red wine, licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, dark bread, some vanilla, caramel, some spice and pepper, as well as hint of leafty and earthy hop.

The taste quickly reminds me of red wine/port-like with its grape-ish, berry and dryness. Fruity ester plays a leading role providing notes of prune, dark raisin, black grape, dark berries, and sour cherry. There is licorice too as well as some spiciness and pepper in the middle while same time malt reveals with the characters of dark bread, roasted, caramel, and some chocolate. Subtle hop kicks at the end by only just ghost-like bitterness that is well mingled with all those fruity and sweet profiles.

The palate is not that sticky with medium body and some lively crisp carbonation to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. Quite complex and tasty brew, alcohol is very well hidden beneath its deliciousness.

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Photo of Dzu
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.5l bottle into chalice.
2016 vintage.
L: Dark brown with a weak white foam head.
S: Grapes, plums, caramel.
T: Tart, sweety, winy. Dark fruits.
F: Tight body and low carbonation.
O: Great quad. Worth a taste.

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Photo of nout72
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cheap and very good. Just like the Dutch La Trappe beers you get an exceptionally good beer for a low price...if you live in the Netherlands or Europe that is.
I recently did a blind tasting test with this beer, Rochefort 10, St. Bernardus 12, La Trappe Quad and Chimay Blue.
Seriously, they all are exceptional. Which one did I favor? Well at that day I prefered the Chimay.
And was it a clear winner? Nope, I tried and tried again. What does this say? That rating beer is ridiculous, because enjoying them is much more fun. It also depend on the mood, your preferences that day...well I chose the Chimay that day because I felt it had the best non-obtrusive sweet after taste, the sweets weren't lingering and it was more spicy than the Rochefort and La Trappe. I rated the St. Bernardus the lowest, because of the highest carbonation and the alcoholic taste, it just wasn't as smooth as the rest, although I liked the spicy taste very much.
What about this Grand Prestige? It finished 3rd, after the Chimay blue and Rochefort 10, while costing only a third of a Rochefort 10.

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Photo of davidperez
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer's presentation has changed since the time it was uploaded here on BA, or at least the bottle I got is way different than the one depicted here.
It is a 500 ml black ceramic bottle, with a black and golden label and a cork. Rustic and yet somewhat elegant. Needless to say, the style is also wrong; it is a dark belgian strong.

Served in a Chimay chalice, it pours a mahogany of a very dark hue, tilting towards black, but some lighter-colored glare is visible. It forms a two-finger head, ecru, foamy with good retention. Lacing is noticeable too.

The bouquet is assertive and alluring.
Dark fruits as in prune, raisins and dates, cherry, spices as in cinnamon and pepper, caramel, some vanilla and a booze note. A slight spicy hoppiness became present too after some energetic swirls.

Very tasty.
Upfront you get a thrust of sweetness, lots of dark fruits, cherry, molasses, caramel. The alcohol presence is strong, and it gives the sweetness a liquor character. The spiciness blends well with the subdued bitterness from the hops, giving this beer an interesting undertone.
The aftertaste is long, a decaying and complex sweetness.
Low and pleasant carbonation, medium to full body, very smooth and velvety.

Very nice beer.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep red, very dark with a wide white foam head, excellent retention. Aroma is complex, fruity, malty, spicy and alcoholic, no hops. Taste is rich and complex too, lots of fruits, nuts and malts there, no hops. Great belgian strong, this one was cellared for two years. Cheers

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Photo of Zet
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful mahogany colour, but the head is unimpressive. Very rich smell of liquorice, banana, caramel and yeast. The taste is also very nice, with overripe dark fruits and chocolate being prominent, combined with the flavours from the smell. The alcohol is present, which is not surprising with 10 abv, but mixes very well with the other flavours and gives a nice warming feeling on a cold winter night. A good beer, and given its price in Holland, quite a bang for your buck.

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Photo of 50wolves
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - credit has to be given for the bottle it was bought in, very interesting. Pours chocolate / toffee dark into a dimpled beer mug, no head at all. Some bubbles with a murky appearance. Aroma - scent of honey sweetness, 10% abc given off in the smell. Almost reminds me of a bourbon. Taste - toffee, caramel extracts come through in the taste, alcohol is there however deceiving noting the presence in the scent. Goes down very easy. Feel - presence of very minimal astringency, somewhat silky smooth to the feel with a warm finish. Overall - was attracted to the beer based on the bottle. Overall would recommend, worth. $15 price tag for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of aaabbbccc
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It is a comprehensive review on Jan Hertzog, Dubel, Tripel and Grand Prestige . As I understand it is Dutch of being Belgians. But, from what has been presented in Krasnoyarsk from the Belgians, Hertzog Jan the best example

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Photo of carlborch
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, dark-mahogany it pours, forming a 1.5 inch, creamy, off-white head that settles to the 1/8 inch. The nose suggests Madeira, dried fruit, and high alcohol. In fact, I detect significant notes of dried dark fruit, molasses, coffee, cough medicine, and cherry pits! Sweet, rich, evidently alcoholic (warmth), palate with indications of caramel, licorice, vanilla bean, and chocolate. Carbonation is low, but the sweetness and richness is very high. It makes me think of spiced, whipped, cream, including allspice, cinnamon, and mace. While the body and flavors are rich and melodious, they only play on 3/4 of my palate. The rest disappears in a high-alcohol haze. While delicious, this is neither a session beer nor a moreish beer, however, it is a perfect beer to end the meal or other activities, The ABV is high, so if you have this beer, do not drive!

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with light brownish head. Aroma is spicy with some fruits. The first sniff had some sweet melon. Taste is more in the sweet liquorice, caramel area. Body is medium and quite efervescent and the alcohol is pretty well hidden for 10% ABV.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

330ml Bottle at Arendsnest Proeflokaal, Amsterdam (€4.50):
I wasn't sure about this one straight off the bat but it certainly grew on me, perhaps it was the 10% alcohol content finally catching up with me but the beer was a well-balanced one with some nice touches of sweetness that helped it go down easier than it should have. Despite not being a beer that is really going to stand out from the crowd, Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is a very pleasant & highly drinkable offering that is well worth trying at least once but I'm not sure it's one that would warrant a second visit.

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Photo of safaricook
3.37/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

very clear copper body and massive fine head

aroma is dominant alcoholic, dark fruits, and oxidized Madeira notes

Taste is a combination of sweet, sour and Rum that is rather harsh

Body is medium to heavy, oily and has fine carbonation

lots of rather harsh alcohol and still quite flat, would probably need more aging but already tastes and smells oxidized. Not nice.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice fully head, what will fade away in a couple of minutes, very good almost black colour. But when you look good, a pure dark ruby colour is in it classy beer of Hertog Jan.

This Grand Prestige, have a red fruit like cherry smell, also some redwine/port elements in it. Roasted barley, and hints of syrup.

a Wonderful texture of freshness brings this beer. With the alcohol of 10%, it is a very good drinkable beer. Indeed again the red fruits as cherry and berries are here as also sugary and caramel influences.

a Surely a good Grand Prestige from the masterbrewers of Hertog Jan.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not really sure how feel about this beers style category. Although it wasn’t bad I don’t know if I would call it a Belgian style. Maybe we should give the Dutch their own category. It was probably my favorite Hertog Jan. Very nice looking. Nice dark head and lace with a brown-red tint. The body was dark brown amber. There was cloudy carbonation haze at first that died down to nothing. The aroma was mild but chocolate roasted malt did dominate over the other esters. The flavor was very roasty at first with a lot of coffee and chocolate tones. The taste is earthy at the end. It has more of a medium mouthfeel and the alcohol in not that apparent.

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Photo of IPA35
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A cola like beer with an offwhite head.
No hazy, this is a macrobeer so filtered I guess.

Also uses artificial colouring. Shame.

Smells a bit like a doppelbock or a dark weizenbock. Reminds me of Aventinus actually.
Wheat starch is used as a brewing ingredient. The banana character must come from that.
As for the rest lots of caramel sweetness, spice, some alcohol and a bit of dark fruits.

Tastes nice even though a tad simple prehaps. A nice full caramel maltiness with dark fruits and spice. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is medium to low.

Overall a very solid beer. Hertog Jan has the best selection of beers (other that their flagship lager) of all the Dutch macrobrewers. Out there with La Trappe in the easily available good Dutch beers section. Cheap also, like € 1.30/40 a bottle or so.

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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige from Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 151 ratings