't Smisje Blond - Brouwerij Smisje
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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
4/5 rDev +25.8%
squat 11.2oz bottle
'T Smisje Blond pours a hazy brown/yellow color with some visible sediment, a big white head and lots of sticking. Floral, citrusy hops come through on the nose as well as a lot of yeast character and some spices. Yeasty/bready taste as well and lots of pale malts, some corn, citrus fruit skins, and just the right amount of hop bitterness. Classic Belgian body and highly drinkable...grab one if spotted, grab anything from DeRegenboog if spotted!
07-22-2008 23:44:25 | More by ATPete
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
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
3.93/5 rDev +23.6%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a billowy head that bubbles away in no time and fails to leave much lace
Smell: While the head bubbles, the beer gives off a nice floral and lime citrus aroma
Taste: Starts with an herbacious yeasty bitter flavor that grows in fruitiness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter lime flavors kick in, joined by a clove spiciness
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: I found that I enjoyed this much more than others; a lively and different brew
07-27-2007 19:47:06 | More by brentk56
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
3.85/5 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
3.85/5 rDev +21.1%
poured a hazy orange gold color with a four finger foamy slightly off white head that settled into a thin layer of foam on the surface. a bit of patchy lacing
Nose is a bit funky yeast, with cirtic notes and a little bit of sugary sweetness.
Peppery a little bit of spice (corriander) and earthy must, a little grassy, soft hops, citrus notes (lime) . some minerality present. As it warms the lime becomes more pronounced and the beer begins to take on a more wine like quality, which is quite enjoyable, spend some time with this one, experience it at different temps so you can really see the breadth of it's taste profile.
easy drinking, medium body, active carbonation on the tip of the tongue mellows as the beer moves to the middle of the mouth. Finish is crisp and clean. A very refreshing beer.
11-08-2007 02:21:52 | More by DaggerEyes
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
3.83/5 rDev +20.4%
Blurry banana with multiple steady streams of bubbles leading up to an attractive crown of polished ivory foam. The head looked great immediately after the pour and looks merely good as it deflates. It isn't quite sticky enough to achieve rockiness or to leave more than a few scattered wisps of lace.
The nose is reminiscent of sweet and sour orchard fruit with a modest sprinkling of spice. I'm not impressed with the yeast strain, but then things could be much different on the palate. Try as I might, I can't appreciate the fact that this is 'an ale brewed with lime blossoms'.
Blond doesn't set my world on fire with the first mouthful. As I drink, though, I'm enjoying it a little more. The beer tastes like a fruit salad of apples, pears, bananas and lime zest. It starts out mildy sweet, is tangy in the middle and finishes on the bitter side. I'd still like a more zippy, outgoing yeast strain.
In the end, I've decided to go with the higher of the two considered flavor scores because the beer does enough right to get on my good side. Besides, it's improving with warming and (especially) as the goodies from the bottom of the bottle are added and ingested. I wish it had a little more depth and complexity, but it has enough.
The mouthfeel is medium for the style and isn't quite as carbonated as it ought to be. As a result, it lacks the spark that I look for in a Belgian ale. That's a minor complaint though. It still gets the job done in an acceptable fashion.
I expected something a little different from 't Smisje Blond. Maybe I thought it would be impressively lime zesty, who knows? What I got was a good, solid BPA that doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd. Having said that, this is a classic example of how even a rather generic Belgian beer is still an impressively enjoyable beer.
01-28-2007 15:44:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
Pours an almost brilliantly clear, full gold color. It is well carbonated which produces a frothy pale tan colored head. The aroma is spicy with notes of earthy coriander, hints of lemons, a bit of clove, something like a sour apple, and notes of tart plum. The taste has a light sweetness to it up front, and the beer froths and foams as it dances across the tongue in a spritzy manner. It finishes with a sharp spicy finish that is a combination of carbonation and spice notes like musty ginger and black pepper. There is definitely a note of tart citrus here, but with a bit of floral astringency thrown in, especially in the finish. The finish is almost hot, though not really in an alcoholic sense, more as a general sensation. This is certainly fairly quaffable, it is only that astringent & hot finish that keeps it from being eminently drinkable.
11-10-2005 20:29:35 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
11.2 oz. bottle,
A: Pours a hazy gold, looks a bit like a wit. Nice white head, some lace.
S: Limes, bordering on rotten - oranges, peppery yeast, leather.
T: Yeast, lemon and coriander make up the main flavour. Some sweet orange near the finish. Earthy hop finish.
M: Medium-bodied, crisp biting carbonation.
D: Not a bad little beer. Tasty interesting, a bit expensive but not crazy for Belgians.
07-12-2010 04:11:33 | More by Halcyondays
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
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev +12.6%
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Careful pour results in a clear yellow golden color, strong carbonation, bubbly white head that fades to a cap with a thick ring of lacing. Strong, bland aroma of belgian yeast and citrus sweetness, lime primarily. Mouthfeel is rather thick and chewy with soft carbonation and a wet, mildly earthy finish. Nothing is really wrong with the flavor or this beer in general, it's just rather boring. Not quite as sweet as the nose, but the lime citrus flavors still appear in the finish. Flavor starts yeasty and herby, not quite as crisp as expected. Not quite as interesting as I hoped for when I saw lime-blossom mentioned on the label.
01-08-2010 02:32:04 | More by yourefragile
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
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
3.48/5 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
3.43/5 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
3.43/5 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
3.38/5 rDev +6.3%
"Ale brewed with lime blossoms, huh? Wull, I ain't doin' nothin' with this $4.69, pre-tax, so, whut the hell!"
That's how my mind works sometimes.
Anyway, let's do this thing...
Into the Kasteel goblet it goes, showing fierce carbonation, a hazy golden coloration, fizzy white head, that disappears in a trice...
Intense aromatics, waft out from the start, very citric and spicy, and that's only from the glass sitting over there on the desk. Let's bring it close...
Big tart, large lemon, a bit dry and a trifle flat...oh, well...
Tastin' it: again, full force citric fruit, spicy, but dry, and unexceptional...no pizzazz, though it is certainly palatable, drinkable, nothing wrong with it...just falls flat on the palate, and resists giving forth further pleasures. Lime really shines through, have to give it that, it sure is limey...
Very wet, that I can say for sure.
A bit of candied orange comes in the flavor late. Gets sweeter. If thin, though. Smallish finish, a bit disappointing.
Nothing terrible, but nothing to crow about in this bottle. Move along, if you seek greater thrills.
01-29-2007 06:49:39 | More by feloniousmonk
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
't Smisje Blond from Brouwerij Smisje
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.