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Hertog Jan Grand Prestige | Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Arcense Stoombierbouwerij (Hertog Jan Brouwerij)
Netherlands | website

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 12-18-2003

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3.91
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Photo of Beginner2
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Listed on the "1001, this probably is a keeper. I Had this in the Netherlands in 2015 and my tasting notes were cryptic: "balanced, but too carbonated."

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Photo of nout72
4.44/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +9.7%
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 +15.6%
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 +6.1%
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 +9.7%
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 +27.9%
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 +9%
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 -0.3%
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 -3.3%
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 -13.8%
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 -10.5%
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 -4.9%
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 +3.8%
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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Photo of Arno
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this one after a Hertog Jan Karakter.
The similarities are quite clear. It has that same sweet caramel / brown sugar base with spices like clove, but all more subtle and more balanced. It's like a more aged Karakter somehow.

It has a higher ABV, although you don't get much of that. It's still easy to drink, although not as easy as Karakter. Also i'm unsure i like this more or not. People probably will call this one more balanced. It's not as sweet and less malts and yeast. This one comes with a mellow bitter hop kick to balance out the flavors better, but also making it somewhat more neutral.

Also a bit thicker. It's just the "sipping version" of Karakter. I like it, but it depends on the mood which one i prefer.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second bier at Café 't Arendsnest on 02OCT12 was the 2008 version of this, at €4.00 for a 0.25l glass.

It was a deep garnet/ruby color - lovely! It was clear, and had a 1/2" creamy layer of tan foam. The head lasted well and left nice lacing. Aroma was of dark fruit and some semi-sweetness. It was medium bodied and quite unoffensive on the tongue.

Flavor was fruity and leaned towards the dark side. Had some semi-sweetness but no tartness or sour notes. Had some cherry action and a bit of raisin/date stuff going on as well. A bit on the simplistic side but still quite refreshing. Prosit!!

4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We pour a brew of the deepest root beer brown. It holds a medium brown head of fat bubbles that stands one and a half fingers high. Sticky bubble outlines are left as lacing all around the glass as it disappears at a medium pace. Carbonation is average, and no sediment is noted. The aroma opens with sweet candied figs and plums, light vanilla bean, and sweeter bubblegum esters. There is a balance of bitter citric peel, and some spiciness of the booze. The malt profile is equally as robust, with rich, deep caramels, and a hearty roast. Our first impression is that the flavoring is nice, but we wish it was a bit stronger. As we sip, light metals and paler malts start things of. There is brown sugar and caramel sweetness, with light banana esters and fresh citrus. The peak shows more coppery malts mixing with some deeper roasty flavors, and some faint, faint coffee malts. The finish is sweeter, with that brown sugar enhancing amongst a strong background of fusel alcohol. The esters make one final return, in the form of green banana freshness, for a cooling end. The aftertaste breathes predominantly of fusel booze, with some more copper, caramel, and citrus. The body is medium, and a bit syrupy due to all the residual sugars, while the carbonation is high, prickling the tongue. The mouth is left completely dried all down the tongue. Each sip gives nice slurp, cream, and smack. The abv is huge, and the beer drinks slower for this exact reason.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was the complexity of the nose. There was nice fruit and clean esters, with an evenly solid background of caramel and roasty malts. The flavoring, however, fell short. After such a spicy, warming, and inviting nose, we were hoping for a more robust flavoring than what we were given. Additionally, the alcohol is hidden decently, but still rears its head at the end, which we can see as being a deterrent for some.

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Photo of Douberd
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle of 300 ml, poured into a tulip glass, at home.
Deep brown colour, with one finger beige head, of average retention (that may be because I had it in the fridge for quite some days). Once gone, light lacing forms around the glass, although the foam never disappears completely.
Aroma is of roasted malts, some caramel notes too.
Taste follows the smell, being sweet and of roasted malts too. Some bitterness in betwe and on the aftertaste.The gigh alcohol is very masterfully hidden.
On the body is full, with light carbonation.
Overall a great beer, cheap I would say and widely available.

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Photo of Flogiston
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice round taste, a bit sweet. Tough because of the 10% alcohol, but acceptable. No deposit in bottle, so if you buy it in a supermarket, don't worry if they shake to scan it. If cooled sufficiently, foam will not collapse as soon as pored. Easy accessible for first time drinkers.

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Photo of sfprint
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Explosive on the pour. The whole cone gushed out. Soda like. Only when held up to the light is it dark red. Cant see the rising carbonation but I know it's there
S: Relatively intense, sweet but dark strawberries, fruit leather
T: Pretty intense. Tons of flavor, but in this case I'm not sure that's a good thing. Actually, it might be better if it was watered down. But given that, the alcohol isn't so apparent. Sort of like an intense dark strawberry beer. Hmm. Interesting for sure.
M: Both wet and drying.
O: Too intense. It has a cough syrup vibe, though tastes not much like cough syrup. I'm not in love.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from supermarket in Vaals, Netherlands. Nice, strong heady aroma greets you. Flavors of toffee and caramel, with a little alcohol burn. Slight sourness mars this otherwise nice Dutch ale.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is deep, deep brown with a tall beige compact, creamy head that slowly sets into rich lacings.

S: Dark dried fruits, sweet but also sour (like sour cherries). Sweet malt, spices and yeast. There's also some ripe bananas (from wheat) and oranges.

T: Sour and sweet; cherries and light roasted malts. Syrupy, dark dried fruits. Fresh oranges. Yeast and spices.

M: Long sour aftertaste, very dry. Body is full and carbonation mild.

O: A very interesting beer, the first from this brewery for me - Me like!!!

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Photo of Filosoof
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The smart thing about Hertog Jan beers is also mentionable in this beer: Hertog Jan wants to be bought by a big public and they have chosen to succeed by deleting elements that could frighten the regular drinker.

This is a real winter beer. Heavy, but very accesible.

L: dark brown, very good, nice lasting, thick top;
S: interesting, ripe banana, raspberry;
T: round, malts, caramel, maybe a bitbit too sweet, but with a nice tartness though,
M: could be feeling a bit stronger;
O: another very good beer of the only big Dutch brewery I like.

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Photo of joannavandenhaag
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque pecan brown with fluffy tan head which collapses after a couple minutes leaving a very thin lace cap. Not excessively carbonated.

Smell: Sweet boozy blackberry and sour cherry top notes on a cashew and pecan core with a spiced caramel vanilla finish. The alcohol scent is immediate.

Taste and mouthfeel: Crisp, fresh caramel sweetness followed by a complex spiced, peppery vanilla and a nicely balanced bitter and toasty malt finish. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crinkly at start and finish with very sharp alcohol.

Drinkability: I like this beer quite well. Its complex flavours are very nicely balanced, but the high ABV cuts very quickly to your head through this sieve.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a tan head. The aroma is very nice. I get a lot of toffee and cherries, as well as some alcohol. The beer smells pretty sweet and fairly boozy, but still very nice. The flavor is almost exactly the same. There is a great toffee malt backbone that is complimented with a lot of dark fruit. I also get some grass notes in the flavor which meld very well with the dark fruit and toffee malt. The alcohol is also very present in the flavor, but the beer is still drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian Strong Ale. Would love to try this one again.

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