Saturday, August 04, 2007

Hertog Jan Grand Prestige

Coming in at 10% the Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is one of the more heavy, powerful beers brewed in the Netherlands. It is also called gerstewijn which means something like grain wine due to the fruit flavours and high alcohol content. This beer goes through a second fermentation in the bottle which gives the beer it's full, round flavours. This beer will also improve with some additional bottle age, developing port-like flavours.

Here is my tasting note:

Colour: A deep, dark reddish brown with a nice creamy head. While very dark it's also very clear.
Nose: Plenty of hops and some berry-like flavours.
Palate: Full flavoured beer with good balance between sweet and bitter. Nice ripe fruit flavours. Rather powerful alcohol dominates.
Finish: Long bitter finish with some alcohol.
Comments: A beer with good flavours but in my opionion the alcohol dominates a little too much. Maybe it will balance out a bit better with some time on its side.


Anonymous said...

Wondering if you have tried the original Hertog Jan? Is it typically imported into the United States? I tried it this spring in the Netherlands, and really would like to have it at home.
Reply to this post if you have any information.

Anonymous said...

This is the best beer I've ever had. I know the alcohol dominates a bit... but I like the taste of alcohol.
I live in Holland so I can get it anytime!

Madwino said...

Yes, I used to drink the original Herog Jan regularly during our bowling competition (was the house beer). I'm quite a big fan of it to be honest. Not too sure if it is exported to the US, though an excellent that you can use to search for a beer is

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