Brouwerij 't IJ
October 30, 1998
The festival is held in a huge hall, but not nearly large enough for the
crowd it attracts. The front room is open, with breweries serving beer from the
wings, and people crowded together in the middle. The back room was somewhat more
civilized, including tables and chairs, but a real challenge when it came to acquiring the
next beer. The entire building is brick, even the ceiling.
The really strange part was that they closed the restrooms on the main floor, which forced
everyone to use the small facilities in the basement. To add insult to injury, they
actually charge to use them as well. Strange customs in a strange land.
On the upside, there were several glass washing stations spread about, so you can rinse
your glass between samples.
Michael Jackson was here, hawking his latest book. Since we speak no Dutch, he was
kind enough to sign Kim's program.
Haerlernsch Herfsbox (Haerlemsche)
Strongest beer at the festival, sweetish, but very tasty and drinkable. Served a
little too cool.
Super Strongbock (Maasland)
Clovy finish, not very drinkable.
Old Corruption (Firkin)
Lots of crystal malt, winey finish, 7% ale, English.
Us Heit Twels Bokbier (De Friese)
Dark, malty, watery aroma, malty flavor, but not sweet. A very good Bok.
Jopen 4 Granen Bok (Jopen)
Translucent copper color, none of this sugary flavor, almost like real beer!
Kasparus Bokkus (Kasparus)
Bottle conditioned. Good malt flavor, balanced, bus some sweet aftertaste.
Very dark. Licorice.
Chouffe Bok (Achouffe)
Dry, slightly sour finish. An interesting brew.
Clove and sharp, but dry.
Light copper, very dry.
Wildbok (Schelde Brewery)
De Lockere Bokbier
Interesting finish, licorice?
Mostly fizzy, very dark.
AMichael signed the program.