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Beer – #562 – Hertog Jan – Grand Prestige

An annual beer, this one the Hertog Jan – Grand Prestige 2013

Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is a deep, reddish-brown beer with a high fermentation and a full, ripe, bittersweet flavour.

Daunting 750ml bottle, cork and cage, which has beer that is 10% ABV, making it 300 calories a serve size, also making it 5.92 standard drinks.(!)

Brewed by Arcense Bierbrouwerij (InBev) In the style that is: Abt/Quadrupel and they are Arcen, Netherlands. However this could well be English BarleyWine, Belgium Strong Dark Ale,  and or other styles.

Heavy dark beer with a full ripe sweet-bitter taste.

Grand Prestige carefully by us is brewed with the finest ingredients. It is one of the toughest specialty beers from the Netherlands.

I look tired, I think it's too much sun again.

I look tired, I think it’s too much sun again.

Grand Prestige is a special beer, also known as “barley wine” is called. It also has many features in common with a good wine, such as the full, ripe flavor.

When you take the time for your Grand Prestige enjoy the full creamy head, you can smell the hops and can distinguish sweet and bitter clear.

The taste and odor need the rest to develop. Grand Prestige so you can best preserve a while, until you have the opportunity to agree to sit there quietly.

Full-bodied dark beer with a sweet-sour taste, Hertog Jan Grand Prestige is prepared with the finest ingredients. It is known as the “barley wine” for its fruity flavor. The hop aroma can clearly discern the sweet and the bitter.

What could go wrong, Google translate seems on the money.

A pleasant change from a diet of various takes on Pale Ale that seem to be awash at the moment.

Interesting aroma, I would have picked chocolate.

Hertog Jan Grand PrestigeDeep dark beer, dark red, that did have a head of sorts but then don’t. In the glass you can pick the alcohol bit, but also the rich fruit thing that is familiar.

Wow. Just wow. That is very very lightly butter and has a massive massive sweetness. A lot of sweetness. When you’ve recovered a bit the next sip or two again brings forward the alcohol astringent in this.

Not convinced that this has been aged well though, that or it’s a beer that might not age well.

When you’ve got over your initial shocks then you realise that the body could have been fuller and richer, this seems to lacks a depth of flavour and fullness in the mouth.

Easy drinking though, did I mention that? Easy quaffing, and then with the realisation that this is really going to make you squiffy. It isn’t a sipping beer though, it is a beer for drinking.

Too sweet though, By a notch or two, and it stops you in your tracks and reminds you to slow it down.  But I can’t. It’s very moorish, which I think speaks to my sweet tooth rather than the greatness of the beer.

Money well spent? Yes and no. Yes because frankly I’m a bit over the pale ale thing. Yes because it’s a style of beer that I enjoy. No because I think it isn’t at it’s best.  I should know, it could be the best it’s ever been, has a lot of fans. Not likely to be a beer I’ll ever see again.

And there it was gone.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 8 a of its things from the thing. A lovely change of pace and different beer to one I’ve had for a while.

The double dip review

  1. Am I enjoying it? I am enjoying it, because it’s a style I like, but part of me thinks it’s a bit average too, it has the taste, colour and aroma but it lacks the punch.
  2. Would I have another? I would though
  3. Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? Gosh yes, this is a beer that is like a desert thing, have some of this to finish out the evening, hopefully you left it late enough.

Music, well, Mary Jane Blige is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer, and actress. From “The London Sessions” this is “Right Now”

I have to admit that I gave up before the beer did and listened to something else.


Abt, or quadrupel, is the name given to ultra-strong Trappist and abbey ales. The name Abt was pioneered to describe Westvleteren and the beer that would become St. Bernardus. Quadrupel was pioneered by La Trappe. Abts are the darker of the two, with more rich, deep fruity notes. Quads are paler, with corresponding peachy notes. Neither have much in the way of hop, and both are very strong and malty. Though both are bottle-conditioned, abts trend more towards yeastiness. Alcohol is very high (10+% abv) for both.


A Barley Wine is a strong, top-fermenting ale, with an alcohol contents of at least 9% and up to 13% (or more) by volume. Hops may be hardly noticeable at all or very noticeable. Sip them out of the special glass, that will concentrate the aroma. They are excellent with cigars or with dessert.


Belgian Strong Ales can vary from pale to dark brown in color, darker ales may be colored with dark candy sugar. Hop flavor can range from low to high, while hop aroma is low. The beers are medium to full-bodied and have a high alcoholic character. Types of beers included here include tripels, dubbels and ultra-strong abbey ales.


2 comments on “Beer – #562 – Hertog Jan – Grand Prestige

  1. Paul Ballarin
    March 16, 2015

    I have had this a couple of times and still have a bottle in the fridge (2013 vintage). I think its a 7 personally, I expected more from it. I think the Renaissance Barley Wine is better. These style beers are hard to find so it is hard for me to know what a really good one is like.


    • Philip Walter
      March 16, 2015

      I have to agree, this was really a bit disappointing, but I was so excited about it that I may have got carried away. Did make me smile and took me to a nice place where I sang lots of songs, karaoke style.


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