't Smisje Blond - Brouwerij Smisje
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Reviews by Ego:
2.9/5 rDev -8.8%
found @ oak tree buy rite
grrr. does a beer have to explode out of the bottle? this has been sitting in my cellar for 2 weeks, so it is around 55 degrees, damn near perfect, sure enough, I pop the goddamn cap and kablam! wtf? is it so hard to maybe put something on the label? not every belgian pale ale shoots a load so it isnt a per style thing perse... goddamnit. so opener beware I suppose...
Obviously this is carbonated as hell, 2 full fingers of fluffy white craggy head, small bubbles and compact, hazy and cloudy straw, the lacing is great.. a very good looking beer forgetting about the fact that I had to clean up my desk because of it...
hints of lime, mellow funkiness, fruity, nothing great but OK.
for all the carbonation this packs it comes across as mild, it has a grainy texture with some sugar, it leaves a yeast dryness in the aftertaste, there is some strangr flavor in there I cant quite place.. sort of like the dandelion flavor in that Fantome (psselient or whatever it is).. it adds some wierd grassy/citric tartness of chewing on grass thing.. which is distracting. the mouthfeel itself is OK.
interesting.. maybe something to cook with.. but I won't be revisiting this one.
07-01-2006 02:21:54 | More by Ego
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3.43/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours from the cool stubby little bottle a hazy opaque lemony orange color with a nice inch of bubbly white foam on top. Aromas of pale grainy malts accentuated by fresh yeast tones that impart pepper and clove scents. There is a nice underlying spritzy herbal lemony/lime aroma with a touch of banana. Farily mellow, refined and enjoyable.
First sip brings a crisp crystal malt along with spicy notes of white pepper and cloves. A tart, semi-astringent lemon/lime flavor peeks through midway through the sip along with noticeable yeasty tones. Hints of fresh baked bread and floral tones. Finishes a bit tart on the way down. A fairly mellow brew overall that is quite refreshing.
Mouthfeel is a bit light with fast moving carbonation...this one goes down really easily and does a good job of refreshing me. However, the overall flavor profile just seems to be a bit lacking. After nearly finishing the bottle...I can say it's not one I'd probably actively seek out again. Still, it's an interesting brew and worth trying.
10-18-2005 02:43:05 | More by orbitalr0x
3.9/5 rDev +22.6%
Typical 11.2 ounce Belgian stubby bottle, pours cloudy light yellow, with a soft tiny bubble white head. Sugary, flowery nose. This is a delicate, complex, flavorful and intriguing Belgian. Notes of tangerine, leafy soft hops, with light spicing also picked up. Corriander, and white pepper. Inviting soft mouthfeel. High quality Belgian pale, well worth seeking out.
03-14-2006 11:04:32 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
(Served in a chalice)
Ale brewed with lime-blossoms
A-This beer has a hazy orange body with a creamy pure white head that last and last. It has a nice lacing with each sip.
S- This has a nice soft smell of toasty biscuit malt with some flowery perfume hints. A very faint lime hint and a slight pear bubblegum note in there aswell. A slight dry or tartness to the smell but no peppery or hop notes.
T- Very light soft raw grain and pale malt flavors with a light soapy taste. Some slight lime fruitiness in faint but noticeable with some faint peppery spice in the dry finish.
M-medium mouthfeel with some foamy texture that is interesting.
D- This is an easy-drinking light beer but it lacks much of the complexity in fruit and malt characters that I would like to see. The lime blossom flavor just isn't enough to make it interesting.
10-06-2005 04:09:51 | More by rhoadsrage
4.43/5 rDev +39.3%
Heck, I'll be happy to award this one its highest score yet. I thought it was a very well-done and insanely refereshing beer.
Pours a big, fluffy, rocky head, fed by tons of bubbles. Hazy peach color, and that's without having disturbed the layer of muddy sludge left in the bottle.
Nose initially brings in lots of citrus and a distinct salty character. The lime blossoms this was brewed with are very much in evidence, brought to life by that big sizzling head. Mineral aromas too.
Taste: As is the case with a large variety of Belgians, the yeast gives this beer huge character. Sharp, tart lime and other citrus meet clean, generous hops (seems dry-hopped) and that dirty yeast goodness.
Mouthfeel is light, full of zing, well-carbonated but not oppressive. A little puckery in the finish, but probably exactly what they were going for, and I didn't mind a bit.
A crazy refereshing beer. And it gets better as it sits and warms a little. I will happily revisit this again.
07-05-2007 15:16:37 | More by Metalmonk
3.83/5 rDev +20.4%
Interesting, not thrilling, this Belgian pale ale offers an interesting twist in the addition of lime-blossoms. From a long-standing bottle it pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a short but creamy head of white. The retention is just slightly better than average, and the lacing is fairly nice. The nose displays the lime as might be expected, but with a floral and leafy side as well. It's quite unusual, and you may need a moment to get used to it, but beyond that it becomes quite refreshing and intriguing. The body is medium, and it's gently effervescent. Lime again appears in the flavor, but with more of the character you might expect. It's citrusy, but very distinctly lime. (I'm somehow reminded of tequila.... maybe that's just too many nights of agave and lime coming back to me ;) The malt underneath is very basic and straight-forward, and just slightly biscuity (but certainly not bready). The bitterness is quite restrained. It finishes dry and mildly tart with a streak of leafy, grassy, lime-blossom flavor and some chalkiness from the yeast. Interesting. Refreshing. A little odd. Flavor points for originality.
11-12-2006 17:47:59 | More by NeroFiddled
3.23/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured a hazy dirty golden color with a small head that dissipated to just a rim and left no lacing. The smell is a tad spicy maybe a slight bit metallic. The taste starts off spicy, peppery, then is washed away by the lime flavor that finishes dry. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and well carbonated. Not really what I am looking for in a Belgian. The drinkability is fine, nothing to get in the way though it is a bit dry.
02-10-2007 04:27:25 | More by Gmann
3.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Sampled on January 1, 2012. The pour is a cloudy, light amber-orange with a fizzy white head that dissolves as quickly as it is poured. The aroma is lightly malted with flat fruits bringing out more of a sour sensation that a mellow one like other Blondes. The body is very light and thin. The taste leans to the sour side with no noted hop finish to speak of. My first beer of the New Year was a bit disappointing.
01-01-2012 17:53:23 | More by puboflyons
2.85/5 rDev -10.4%
dirty blond look, two finger head settles down to a small ring. Not a whole lot here in the smell dept, faint hay. Small bubbles, decent mouthfeel. Taste is a little saison-y upfront that morph's into a dry mildly citrus aftertaste. Actually very thirst quenching, tho interesting, not a compelling beer. I love their dubbel and Calva Reserva, but this one doesn't live up to it's big brothers standards.
06-23-2011 01:38:54 | More by CaptFrothy
2.3/5 rDev -27.7%
Cloudy orange pour, with visible streams of carbonation. No foam until the glass is tilted upright, and pour is a little stronger.
Smell is odd. Medicinal and phenolic, strange for a 6% ale. Funky citrus, coming a bit too close to the caustic Wit (Vuuve) from the same brewery. Not really that pleasant.
Taste is medicinal and bitter upfront, pretty one-dimensional. It actually reminds me of a medicine I had when I was a kid, when my teeth were coming in. It was an oral analgesic called Anbesol, and about the last thing I want my beer to taste like...
Once it sits out for 20 min. or so, it gets less harsh, but still unpleasant to drink. Mouthfeel is astringent and thin. Hope this is an old or tainted bottle, this can't possibly be the brewer's intended result. I won't be getting it again.
This was a tough one to review, because i've tried the best and worst from this brewery. I'm biased by my own polarized experiences.
Guido and Kerst were excellent, and the Dubbel was good, but 3 bottles of the Vuuve have been horrible. Now the Blond, which I didn't have high hopes for, but didn't think it would be as bad as the tainted Vuuve. Avoid it.
12-13-2006 04:05:48 | More by emerge077
3.48/5 rDev +9.4%
Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malt with some candies sugar. Taste is also dominated by the Belgian yeast and the sweet malt with a slightly funky finish. Body is not filtrated and quite full with adequate carbonation. Not the best blond Belgian ale Ive had but pretty good nonetheless.
01-16-2007 17:20:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.53/5 rDev +11%
Light orange color with large bubbles. Fruity nose is led by assertive tropical stuff--mango or guava, methinks. Some heady spice is there, faintly.
Fairly light-bodied for a blond. On the palate it's a little malty up front but the fruit promised by the nose is MIA. Nor is there much of a "middle" to the flavor profile. Smoke and mushroom introduce the finish with a solid bitterness concluding matters.
I'd drink it again, though I know I could do better for the price.
12-13-2009 00:41:05 | More by whahoppened
1.95/5 rDev -38.7%
11.2 oz picked up at the Coop last week for about $3.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.
2 Finger head dies back very quick.. no lacing atop a slightly hazy (despite a very careful pour) straw colored brew.
Aroma is a fruity/floral cardboard.. Smells oxidized for sure... not much else to say here.
Flavor is pale malts and floral with wet cardboard.. are we getting a pattern? I'll let it warm up... Done... Too bad.. now we have Band-aids... Uggghhh. Pale malts with the citrusy/floral overtones, but it still is very oxidized.
I've paid my dues over the years with 2 other bottles ... I will not buy again. I just don't think that this one is destined to be a star in the States... at least not from the bottle. It appears to me that it really doesn't appreciate the jostling from Belgium to Boise.
Too bad really.. seems like a fantastic idea.. I love the smell of citrus blossums, and think they would be fantastic in a Belgian Pale without too much other yeasty fruitiness... but this one is way beyond not drinkable... and I honestly tried. My notes from the other two previous bottles show pretty much the same thing.. but this time, I am a little pissed off that I again spent way too much money on an obviously bad beer.
I am not angry at the COOP... but the importer. Where is the quality control?
05-06-2008 08:23:41 | More by JohnGalt1
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
A: pours a hazy golden blond down, with about 2 fingers of loose head that dissipates quickly.
S: Gorgeous scent of nectarines, white peach, citrus fruits, faint oranges and white grape juice, with a touch of Belgian yeasts.
T: Inception is juicy citrus fruits, followed by a strange bitterness and taste reminiscent of strong Chinese herbal medicine. Finish is spicy and phenolic, with a faint aftertaste of limes.
M: Highly carbonated to complement the pepperiness.
D: Everything else was wonderful about this beer except the strange medicinal bitterness in the taste. This is just one element short of a stellar brew; unfortunately, that element will convince me otherwise to have another.
11-01-2009 06:31:22 | More by thekanna
3/5 rDev -5.7%
although this beer goes down well and doesnt hit too hard it has a strange taste. i am all for unique beer but this one is weird. it smells and has an aftertaste of swiss cheese to me. it tastes like a lambic, without and sugary sweet taste. it also taste like it has seltzer water in the beer. i liked it, kinda, but am not sure i would get this beer again, it was expensive and for the money i dont know if it was worth it.
10-16-2008 11:37:09 | More by ryandurka
2.7/5 rDev -15.1%
This beer pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a nice rocky white head that falls slowly. The lacing from the head is significant and laces well. The smell is a rip you face off citrus bite with a musty-peppery note. The first sip was an eye-opener. I hated this beer at first but gradually got used to it. The lime flowers are an interesting adjunct. It's like they replace the hop flavor and become a " Imperial Lime Pale Ale". LOL! Really funky flavor and hard to describe. Can't say I would have one of these often but excited at something new.
02-07-2008 21:47:08 | More by TheEclecticGent
1.55/5 rDev -51.3%
Wow. I typically love belgian ales, limes, and unique beer - this one definitely falls into all categories. It does, however, widely miss the mark.
Pour was great, appearance was what one would expect - somewhat cloudy and light peach in color, soft light head... and that's about as good as it got. The smell was mildly astringent. The taste reminded me of the smell of the detergent my gradeschool janitor used on the floor.
Someone else mentioned Anbesol and that would also seem quite accurate. I'm disappointed, as a lime-kissed belgian blonde ale sounds fantastic. This one doesn't quite do it.
08-12-2007 02:56:49 | More by remilamy
3.93/5 rDev +23.6%
Blind beer #5 from Shogo. enjoyed while I watched some Jeeves and Wooster. I've grown into such a raving Wodehouse fan that it's ridiculous!
This one says it calls for a wine glass. I chose to head into battle with my Goose Island stemware!
So this is ANOTHER 11.2 oz stubby bottle... I'm sensing a Belgium theme here.
Dry wheat and malted barley come through on the nose with notes of white grapes.
The flavor is intensely dry, with light notes of some lactic fermentation. There's something here that reminds me of one ofthe recent Upland Lambics-- like the Persimmon... Citrusy lemony/limey notes.
It isn't exactly sour, but just kinda tart. Rather floral as well.
Drinks almost like a white wine.
I don't know what this is... I'm thinking some sort of blend or Belgian beer infused with some fruit of some kind.
--REVEAL-- 'T Smisje Blond.
So this is a Belgian pale ale brewed with lime blossoms.
This is a very interesting take on a BPA. I like it, but I would prefer a genuine sour!
Now that I know what it is, here's the review numbers;
01-17-2012 04:26:02 | More by AleWatcher
3/5 rDev -5.7%
Enjoyed this 11.2 oz stubby bottle out of a large snifter glass.
A: Light golden ale with a thin, white, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lacy.
S: Spicy candi malt aroma fills the nose. Hints of yeast and citrus bring up the background.
T: Moderate bitter and slightly sweet ale. Lemony zest pops at first and then it mellowed out by the somewhat boring malt backbone.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.
O: Just a so-so Belgian blond ale. This taste is a bit sour for me. Worth the taste but nothing I would grab again.
09-21-2011 00:34:02 | More by ckollias
3.98/5 rDev +25.2%
Appearance: cloudy yellowish orange in color. Thin 1" head that develops some mild lacing.
Smell: citrus, yeast, and faint malt sweetness.
Taste: biscuit tones with green apples, orange citrus, yeast, mild bitterness, and a faint amount of pepper spice. Nicely refreshing.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finishes dry and smooth. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: refreshing and easy drinking. This was quite enjoyable on tap.
02-21-2006 23:00:51 | More by Gavage
1.75/5 rDev -45%
Pours a clear gold with a very active head that settles to a skim. There is quite a bit of yeast in the bottle so, some got in the beer giving it a murky dull gold color.
Smell is medical disinfectant, band aids, and black pepper. If I didn't know this was beer, I would think I could use this to clean my toilet.
Taste is harsh and bitter with a bit of sweetness sneaking in. More medical disinfectant smell.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.
Not very drinkable.
01-28-2006 21:39:09 | More by silenius
3.85/5 rDev +21.1%
beautiful label on a brown stumpy bottle. this time, we're given a picture of ali baba making a wood-fired pizza.. at least thats what i think it is.
pours lighter than yellow with some sugar syrup wavy suspension and lots of bubbles. not much head retention, swirly clouds of bubble clusters are all that remain from a decent pour. belgian pale in appearance, for sure. nose contains a nice mild sugar cookie thing along with careful bursts of the aforementioned lime-blossoms. as one who enjoys thai food, that botanical, herbal citrus should be easy to spot (and is). contributes and overall clean aroma to the beer. mouthfeel is perfect, heavy liquid mingling perfectly with a more watery edge.. fine bubbles in perfect proportion swimming throughout. smooth leads to bitter green bite and slight alcohol touch in the throat. flavor leaves a bit to be desired, as it seems the brewers were too sparing with ingredients and too concerned with aromatics. enjoyable, hop-accented biscuity flavor that is just a bit one-dimensional. not worth the big bucks these beers cost, but still a great example of the new school pale ales coming out of belgium.
12-17-2005 01:11:58 | More by goodbyeohio
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
Well, it was poured in a tulip glass and had a very nice yellow cloudy appearance but this was a weird blend of smoke and grapefruit, it took some getting used to and was hard for me to finish, the nose is full of smoke for some reason, but it was big on a sour grapefruit taste. It grew on me a little bit after it warmed some, but still kinda weird. Not really one I would seek out again.
05-08-2008 20:42:20 | More by BeerDetective
3.5/5 rDev +10.1%
Heres an effervescent, straw-colored, hazy brew. The head is modest for a Belgian, but has a respectable firmness and staying-power. The aroma is fruity, with lemon, orange, and apples at the forefront. Theres a little sweet pale malt underneath the fruit, with some spice, pepper, and yeast as well. The flavor is similar, with a semi-dry taste and a little tartness. Although the brew has a moderate heft, the carbonation and delicacy of the flavors give it a light and airy quality. Its an interesting and pretty enjoyable beer. Its not particularly complex or inspiring, but its worth a try.
10-26-2006 00:43:10 | More by Suds
3.43/5 rDev +7.9%
Has this in a session last week, I believe the beer came from Mr. Capone.
Pours a nice cloudy yellow, with decent carbonation. Head laced for the entire tasting.
The bouquet was interesting. The yeast was upfront, but I got hints of grain and exotic fruit as the tasting went on.
The taste was interesting, I got light malt and some banana upfront, but a hint of clove on the back end.
The body was medium and the beer had decent mouthfeel. This is a decent belgian, but that backtaste makes this unusual and one that will require a bit of getting used to.
05-14-2008 17:44:47 | More by garcia2a
't Smisje Blond from Brouwerij Smisje
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.