't Smisje Blond - Brouwerij Smisje
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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
3.93/5 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
3.48/5 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
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
3.83/5 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
3.18/5 rDev 0%
Pours a cloudy golden amber. Nose is yeasty a bit with an almost antiseptic harsh edge. Flavor is weak and uninteresting. Starts off like there could be some body, but then the lime blossoms kick in and it takes on a bitter almost citric edge and then quickly disappears. Potential, but just no delivery. Feel is thin and bordering on watery, though there is a pretty decent level of bubble there. Drinkable. Yes. But only because it is so light and lacks any really harsh negative qualities. If you are reading this in order to decide on whether to try it or not, just pass.
12-30-2007 21:14:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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
3.8/5 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
3.98/5 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
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
3.9/5 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
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
2.25/5 rDev -29.2%
A: Pours a hazy, orange-tinted gold with a creamy white mousse that recedes quickly. It looks cool, but I get the impression that this bottle is pretty old.
S: Aromas of must, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grass, and sour, bready yeast are present on the nose. This pale ale smells pretty good until that sour, yeasty scent kicks in and takes over completely. Very unrefined.
T: Notes of lime, lemon, must, grass, hay, minerals, talc, bitter orange, and sour yeast are very apparent. The finish is extremely tart and gritty with lemon, lime, bitter orange, and mineral flavors.
M: Light to medium bodied and dry. The carbonation is oddly lacking-in fact, it is barely noticeable. This beer also has an unpleasant gritty feel on the palate that is extremely distracting.
O: This ale is really strange. Though it may be unique, it is not appealing in the slightest. The flavors just don't merge. At best, this ale is an unpleasant, sharp mess. Easily the worst Smisje beer I've had.
11-17-2011 19:14:59 | More by mrfrancis
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
2.68/5 rDev -15.7%
Bottle conditioned. Don't pick up any lime blossoms except perhaps a slight hint in the finish, then again, maybe not.... Anyway, poured a small to medium off white head that quickly subsides and no lace.Color is a cloudy amber. Arom is yeasty, malty, leather, earth, minerals plus a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is like aroma, sweetness comes out more and so does the mineral. Not that great. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish also has big mineral up front and altogether is medium in length.
05-15-2010 20:15:42 | More by drpimento
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
3.5/5 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
1.48/5 rDev -53.5%
The beer poured into the chalice clear, crystal clear, pale golden straw with a barely there head which did what it could to lace at the glass.
The aroma was cardboard and a light bit of lime, but mostly cardboard. Also present was some alcohol presence.
The flavor was strong, strong cardboard with a prickly sense of light lime in the flavor.
The finish was dry with lasting lime and cardboard well into the aftertaste and far beyond, too far. The body was medium light. A completely awful beer. The first time it was hazy and so it might have been a bottle issue. This bottle was purchased in a different town at a different store. Same resultant awful aroma and flavor and the appearance was not as good as the first. Skip it!
11.2 ounce bottle. (Review number two for this beer).
08-27-2006 22:30:06 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
't Smisje Blond from Brouwerij Smisje
75 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.