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

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

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 12-18-2003

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112
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3.91
pDev:
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 112
Photo of Dentist666
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5 l ceramic swing top bottle.
Pours clear dark brown/reddish beer with 2-finger amber head.
Aroma of caramel, nuts, strong alcohol and roasted malts. Sweet malty taste, caramel & spicy hints, warming alcohol. Very good for winter drinking. Carbonation is low.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

yeasty concoction, no head. Alcohol in the nose and some of the taste. Average mouthfeel. Passable drinkable taste, but nothing complex or special, and alcohol is right there.Bottle from the Netherlands, Bierkoning. Malt more than anything, some bitterness to offset sweetness. A little flat.

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Photo of PapaEugene
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Dutch classic.

A: Darkbrown/red color with a lightbrown head.

S: Roasted malts, caramel and dark fruits.

T: Roasted malts, roasted bread, caramel, dark fruits. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and a pleasant full body.

D: Very good. Stocking this one for further taste improvement.

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Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a tight tan head leaving very little lace.

Smell is sweet, metallic and phenolic, nutty, focused.

Taste is malty, sweet and smooth, with light phenols and dry finish

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, pretty low carbonation, medium to medium-light body.

Drinkability is pretty good, a very nice quad I'd never heard before this visit to Amsterdam. Still, the sweet, dry maltiness is hard to drink too quickly.

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

Poured into a Westmalle glass. The beer pours a dark-brown-ruby color, with a thick light-brown head that lasted very short.

Smell: Mainly sweet candy, caramel, malts and quite some spicy (sharp) alcohol

Taste: Sweet-bitter overall. Mostly caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, clear hints of dark fruits and a malty, sharp spicy alcoholic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth and sweet

Overall: Although the alcohol is quite present, it is not too disturbing. By far the best Hertog Jan brew. Last year I had a 1991 vintage, and that one was fantastic. So I can only recommend all BAs, keep this one in the cellar for some years!

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Photo of RuudJH
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hertog Jan is a mainstream brewery, but over the years it has created several specialty brews.
This is the strongest they made so far. 'Maltwine', according to the label.

A: very dark red and brown. Holding it against the light, it shows very good carbonation. It has a thin head, light beige colour, but no real lacing.
S: First whiff from the bottle (in a secundairy tasting) is, like with so many other beers in this style group: banana.
Then caramel, roasted grains, a little bit of both fresh citrus and dark fruit, and slight alcohol. Not bad.
T: Bittersweet, with a spicy bite. This beer has a good hop taste to it. Very sweet by caramel too. The aftertaste is slightly funky though.
M: Decently smooth.
D: The alcohol in this beer is there, but it's not too offensive.

This Duke has it's own range of flavours. It's maybe not as complex as it could be, but it's very well balanced, and stays true to itself.
It's great for cooking.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Boni supermarket down the road. I know, the missus and I also call it The Boner.

Into a chalice.

Note: The bottle also calls this a barleywine and suggest aging it for an indefinate period of time. After having it, I imagine it would age pretty well.

APPEARANCE: A small off-white head quickly fades to a thin wisp. Colour is a dark sangria or burgundy red and is very clear. Some carbonation evident. A ring remains with a bit of wisp, but leaves minimal lacing. Average at best.

SMELL: Caramel malt, toffee, some wood notes and nuts in the background as well. Dark fruits, like raisins and grapes mostly, are more pronounced, however. A bit of brown sugar there as well. Mild in strength and relatively pleasant.

TASTE: A little weak on the initial taste, but the middle includes some caramel malt, sweet malt, and much more spiciness than the nose had suggested. Cloves are noticeable alongside some spicy Belgian yeast. A touch of hop bitterness at the end is a nice touch. The aftertaste is long lasting, spicy, and includes a bit of spicy alcohol as well, though it is well hidden. A nice profile, though needs to be more bold initially.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth, somewhat silky and velvety as well, goes down smooth with a bit of an alcohol scratch at the end. Finishes slightly sticky on the palate. Pretty good for the style.

OVERALL: Probably my favourite year-round offering from Hertog Jan. This brewery makes some good stuff, though nothing is out of this world. This one is the same, nothing amazing, but certainly a solid effort all around. If you get the chance and enjoy the style, you won't be disappointed with this. Recommended.

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Photo of redmagik99
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked this up in a supermarket in amsterdam last march, so its been in my cellar for about a year. dark brown, amber tint, small head. smells great - prominent brown sugar with some honey and dates or general dark fruit. definite brown sugar in the taste - very similar to some dubbels - with a bit of toffee and cherries. a touch of harsh fusels at the end. low carbonation + medium-light bodies = great drinkability. this beer reminds me of what I imagine a chimay red and blue blend would taste like, although a bit less refined considering the elevated perceivable booziness. Glad I aged it a year - I would be interested to taste it at 2 years. Solid brew.

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Photo of Regenpak
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was lucky to have my local supermarket (Vomar) start selling sixpacks of this nice beer. The label on the (criminal - only 30 cl!) euro bottle has changed and is now black with a golden lower half. Version 2008, I guess.

This beer wants to be cold. When poured, only a thin head forms that quickly disappears, leaving a very dark brown/red color with no yeast. With its 10% alcohol it's a "zwaar" (heavy) beer or barley wine (gerstewijn), so the label proclaims. The alcohol isn't prominently present, though. It is sweet, with a pronounced chocolate and has low carbonation. A bitter aftertaste lingers for awhile.

All in all a pleasant beer for when the closest specialist liquor store is not within cycling distance.

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Photo of lllarzzz
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great appearance, with a subdued head and a dark, reddish-hue that bring about thought of sherry.

Wonderful smell of semi-sweet fruit with a woody edge. Full-bodied with strong hints of cherry and dark chocolate... giving a moderately complex taste with a great blend of sweet and bitter without conveying any spicy undertones.

Flavors are refined and consistent across the palate from start to end. The mouthfeel is very good... just enough bubbles to give a great texture without spoiling the mildly-creamy viscosity. The finish is quite easy and dry... exceptionally smooth and drinkable to have 10% ABV.

This is truly one of the best glasses of beer I've enjoyed in a long time... this is a must-try for anyone who can access a bottle.

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Photo of hawksfan82
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a la trappe chalice.

Pours a very dark ruby color. Got about a finger head right away then the head goes away quickly. A ring remains throughout the session.

Smell is very sweet, almost sour at first. Get your nose in closer and you can pick up the 10% abv.

Taste isn't overly sweet at first. You get a little bit of the sour that you smell as well as some bitterness. The carbonation seems to be more noticeable in this brew than most dark belgians. The alcohol is a little warm at the end, but not as noticeable as the smell would lead you to believe. I personally like it like this. I always feel a little alcohol in the finish helps with the balance. Also, as this guy warms up, the sweetness (almost syrupy at times as it reaches room temperature) kicks in. Cherries and other berries are very evident....not all that sour, but definitely the smallest bit of a pucker to it. I like that.

Mouthfeel is where it loses points. When I'm drinking a big belgian like this, I like a nice smooth feel on the tongue. This guy has a little too much of a carbonated bite on the tongue for my taste. This keeps is from being a "very good beer" as opposed to a "good beer".

Drinkability though is rather high still,....for it being 10%. It's best to have a 750ml of this guy as it's fun to see it get sweeter and sweeter as it warms up. You don't get that much out of the standard 330ml bottle.

All in all a brew I still really enjoy. It's not completely up there with some of the big boys, but I would say it holds its own.

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Photo of Onslow
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on a 2 degree day at the Beiaard in wonderful Amsterdam..!

its like a dark park ruby brandy dynamite beer...strong and bold...raisins and brandy...complex and warming in cold amsterdam..nice smell..sweet smooth berries and port..

this stuff could age wonderfully!!

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Photo of BarryNL
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep ruby/brown colour with a tight, long lasting head. The smell is malty with hints of leather. The taste is towards the sweeter end but well balanced by bitterness; flavours are malty sweetness with dark cherries and dark candi sugar. The beer is dangerously drinkable for its strength - the body being lightened by the use of sugar in the ingredients probably accounts for this.

Overall, this is a well balanced beer - described on the label as a gerstewijn (barley wine) rather than a Belgin strong dark ale. The alcohol is present and warming but sufficiently balanced by the flavour of the beer unlike some other examples of this style (e.g. Kasteel). Duke John has clearly produced a very well balanced (I just have to keep using that word) and tasty example of the style with this brew.

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Photo of pons
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I aquired this through my cousin who was in Utrecht for a few months and drank in during new years eve.

The color was a beautiful dark brown with some crimson hues, more transparent than I was expecting. A light, creamy head formed at the top of the snifter glass as it was poured in. A sight for sore eyes. The smell was sweet yet not too overpowering. Some fruitiness is definitely present, yet I felt it could have been slightly more aromatic for such a fine looking beer.

The taste was exquisite. Very sweet yet not overpowering, reminiscent of nice caramel and fruit. the sweetness somewhat overpowers familiar malt characteristics. the alcohol is felt only after about 3/4 of the way through a glass, which is a warming like others have said. The beer feels thick in the mouth, yet is smooth. after 1 1/2 glasses, the sweetness is so prominent nothing will diminish it. yet it is not overpowering! i enjoyed this with smoked salmon (a great compliment to the sweet maltiness in my opinion) and would love to try this again.

One of the best dark belgians i've had. seek and drink!

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

this bottle from a trade with Absumaster in NL, thanks again for the first batch of dutch beers!

pours very dark copper/orange with a very small (3mm) light tan head. nose is very malty, a bit dry,slightly sweet, and a bit bready. overall very attractive on the nose, if my description doesn't convey that. Curiously, ingredients include E150c, which single malt scotch drinkers might recognize as an artificial colorant(?).

taste is sweeter than the nose, a bit dry, with some hint of a very dark sugary or sweet taste. This is quite distinct from a belgian brune or dubbel, and works quite well.

Overall a very pleasant beer. Until I scrolled up to make a comment on the alcohol I had assumed this was a 5-6% beer based on taste. I had absolutely NO idea this was a ten-percent ABV beer! You cannot tell at all.

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Photo of Solomon420
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I am the first American to rate this beer? EXCELLENT! Goede Dag and Prost to my Dutch buddies out there.I bought this bottle last year in Holland whilst on a business trip. I go to the same liquor store in Someren every year. I have tried the Hertog Jan beers before, both the Tripel and the Dubbel, but this is the first Grand Prestige I have had. Overall I am impressed with it. It came in a 50 cl porcelain cage corked bottle. Very nice I might add. The pour was thicke, I almost didnt think it had carbonation, but then I saw the tan head appearing as I poured this beer into the Delerium Tremens snifter. The colour is dark, with no light penetrating the glass. The lacing built up nicely but fell after the first few sips. The aroma is nice, you can tell there is alcohol there, but the smell is not overwhelming at all. I almost smell some dark chocolate or roasted something or other in there. The drinkability is quite nice. It too tastes of chocolate with a tinge of alcohol biting in the end. The aftertaste is only alcohol, which is apparent in the taste more than in the aroma. Perhaps most 10% beers will exhibit the same right? I have definately tasted some lesser % beers that were to much of a alcohol taste, so for this type of beer, its actually a bit on the mellow side. Remember, this is a Belgian Strong Ale, so expect the taste to have some sort of -OH to it. Overall, its a great beer for sitting on the porch talking to friends watching the sunset, but remember to not stand up too fast as you might get a head rush :)

I would recommend anyone try this beer as its a good brew from a good Dutch brewery. I hope to find a few more bottles on my future business trips to Holland.

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Photo of wl0307
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 09/12/07, served lightly chilled in Hertog Jan's own goblet.

A: dark reddish brown colour, coming with a beige-hued frothy head with good retention.
S: ripe black cherries, raisins, dried apricot, and intense fruit-esters - overall showing a deeply fruity and yeasty characters covering the dark maltiness. But not extremely complex, to be exact.
T: semi-sweet black-cherry, dark plums, black candy-sugar, banana-oil like esters, a soft bed of overripe dark malts and dry nuts, leaving a little warming alc. mouthfeel down the throat... Just like the aroma, the dark malts plays the second fiddle, accompanying the perfumy and overripe fruitiness softly, while an underlying flow of grassy hop bitterness manages to linger very well until the very end. Pretty enticing and delicious, but not terribly complex.
M&D: showing a refreshing mouthfeel throughout for its strong alc. content, though the down side is a bit sharp palate and a rather thin-ish body for the 10%abv., not as mellow or rounded as I'd expected. I'm glad that I've tried it, though.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the best beers of this brewery, a heavy dark ale with distinct roasted and candy sugar notes.

It pours a dark murky beer, with a very thin head, a typical high ABV head. Smell was malty, dark fruit and some apricot.
Mouthfeel was sweet and sticky, which was a little too much for me.
Main taste was grains, candy sugar and slightly roasted(maltbitter).What was striking to me was the nice warming feeling, which proves that the alcohol was nicely hidden, so no sharp alcohols here.
With every sip of this beer I can feel more alcohol running through my vains, so this defenitely a session beer and worth a try!

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