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't Smisje Grande Reserva - Brouwerij Smisje

't Smisje Grande Reserva't Smisje Grande Reserva

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 19.95%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-09-2007)
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Reviews by HundredWeight:
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HundredWeight

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-03-2013 21:21:43 | More by HundredWeight
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enelson

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-02-2014 14:48:27 | More by enelson
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2/5  rDev -46.1%

11-26-2013 05:06:11 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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mscudder

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-08-2013 01:04:26 | More by mscudder
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HerdNo1

West Virginia

4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a tulip after letting it warm to 54 degrees. A small, off-white head faded to nothing fairly quickly. The beer itself is a hazy brown.

S: My immediate impression is an explosion of tart cherries; almost lambic in nature. Over a bit of time, I get almost a fruit salad of sensations. The barrel aging is barely detectable and you sort of have to know it's there to pick it up.

T: All kinds of things going on. Dark fruits and sweet malt dominate. The 11 % a.b.v isn't even noticeable. As on the nose, the whiskey barrel is there but you really have to look for it. Marvelous change of pace from too many barrel aged beers that let the barrel dominate. Any hops in this beer are bit players.

M: Creamy, creamy, creamy. This beer just melts in your mouth like chocolate. The finish is mostly sweet but not too much to let it hang around forever.

O: Terrific beer. As with all really good beers, it changes character with each sip and as it warms. It is sweet enough to be one hell of a beer with dessert or, better yet, served as dessert. The Belgians are masters of hiding the alcohol. Fortunately, I don't have to drive after this brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 01:56:02 | More by HerdNo1
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-03-2013 21:32:02 | More by WOLFGANG
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +7.8%

06-18-2013 14:22:43 | More by mrfrancis
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Paccamacca

California

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

06-13-2013 05:49:55 | More by Paccamacca
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RickS95

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 11.2 ounce bottle

It looks the style. There's nothing really that separates it from other strong dark ales, but it's still an attractive beer. Medium to dark ruby brown. Particulates. Soft white head, a finger thick with moderate retention that never fully dissipates.

Dark, fruity nose. Figs or raisins. Maybe some red apple. Belgian sugar. Red grape. Hops are an afterthought.

Taste is same as the nose with the raisins, apples and grapes. Red delicious apple, not the tart kind. Candied sugar. Spices. Really nice.

Very sweet, but not too sweet. Fruity, acidic, but combined with the sweet for a nice balance. Some heat from the alcohol in the finish. Slight burn on the lips. Tangy and earthy. Acid in the swallow.

Overall, this is a hell of a beer. It's got strong characteristics, but they never cross the line. Easy to drink for such a strong beer, classic Belgian. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 04:05:52 | More by RickS95
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ngeunit1

California

4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugar, cocoa, and some booze.

T - Dark caramel malts, raisins and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, whiskey, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugars, cocoa, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and estery finish.

D - Great barrel aged BSDA. Great overall balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 05:47:07 | More by ngeunit1
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-30-2013 03:43:17 | More by calcnerd
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice barrel aged brew, with prominent whisky sweetness over a faint spicy touch.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Poor blue label with white typography. Offers a small description of the brew. Notes 11% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber/brown pour, nice frothy head, good retention and surface memory with some rich lacing. Quite the looker for a barrel-aged brew of this weight.

S - Whisky sweetness, malty caramel, barrel notes with a hint of smoke...

T - Tastes brings the whisky up in a prominent way but coated in heavy sweetness. This could be undermining of the whisky character but is actually working well if one likes that sweet flow. Touches of wood, slight smoke hint, and an emerging lingering touch of spice in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with medium carbonation rather smooth with a creamy hint broken by the firm bubble and coated in a nice booze sense.

O - Nice sipper, worth the try if one fancies the whisky/sweet range.

Notes: Solid all around barrel aged Belgian ale, not one for the ages but I'd be happy to revisit it and have a few lying around.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 18:12:53 | More by Daniellobo
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AdamPaul

California

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-06-2013 05:14:24 | More by AdamPaul
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

11-24-2012 02:12:44 | More by PEIhop
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od_sf

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

10-05-2012 03:18:17 | More by od_sf
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-02-2012 19:28:31 | More by t0rin0
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seand

California

3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent mahogany with a fair amount of tan head. A thick ring retains around the edge of the glass, leaving solid streaks of lacing.

S: Cherries and rum-filled fruitcake.

T: Deep but slightly muted sweetness, leading into cherries with the rum and spice from the aroma coming in mid-palate. Finishes dry with a touch of fruit and hops.

M: The body is on the light side of medium; unusual given the ABV. Medium carbonation.

Overall, nice, but not outstanding. I'd certainly have it again if offered, but I'm not likely to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:27:57 | More by seand
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ajz132

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

08-31-2012 01:06:42 | More by ajz132
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

06-10-2012 20:19:28 | More by kayrex
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JayQue

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw that this one had some bad reviews. I liked it!!! Poured from a standard 11.2 oz bottle (not the stubby one pictured on this site) into my Chimay goblet. Poured a hazy muddy brown color, more like hazy apricot when held to a light. Head is minimal, shrinks to a covering of the top of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is spices, black pepper and coriander; belgian yeast and fruit (apples and pears). Aroma is fairly strong.

Tastes good as well, the yeast presence is strong...seems almost like cheese, a flavor I get from a lot of good Tripels. There is candi sugar and sweet fruit presence here as well. The coriander and pepper are prominent. No bitterness or much of an alcohol presence. Didn't get much of the whiskey barrel either.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. There is a little alcohol presence but not too heavy.

In all, a good slow, sipping Belgian beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 01:53:14 | More by JayQue
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

04-28-2012 06:10:37 | More by Agold
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bit flat, ruddy copper in color. Looks cider-y.

S: The whisky is actually quite nice in juxtaposition with the sweet apple, candi sugar aroma. Yeasty and fruity, but the whisky lends smokiness and char to it. Interesting pairing.

T: Initially sweet with some apple and pear, then the whisky and the wood hit hard. Tobacco and smoke are prevalent. Again, interesting melding of flavors here. Finishes with a touch of sweetness with some caramel apple, raisin and fig.

M: A shade thin for how big this beer is. Definitely has the Belgian mouthfeel of tiny bubbles, but they are almost overridden by a strong whisky burn and smoky bitterness.

O: A neat pairing of flavors and aromas. Would work better if the small parts of the puzzle worked better. Needs more viscosity and body.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:45:15 | More by kiddynamite920
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a deep coppery color with a finger of light brown head. Decent head retention with some lacing.

S- aromas of raisiny dark fruit, caramel malt and herbal orange coriander hit the nose at first. Yeasty aromas with more fruity esters blend in the middle with some candy sugariness. Finishes with a musty oak, whisky, and a slight hint of vanilla.

T- rich caramel malt and Belgian candi flavors with the coriander herbal orange quality hit the palate at first. Belgian yeast with fruity esters blend in with notes of raisin and dried fig. Really well placed whisky flavor and oak come out in the finish. Great flavor.

MF- silky smooth mouthfeel. Medium body and soft small bubbled carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a deliciously unique brew. Whisky and Belgian... More please.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 02:58:07 | More by Viciousknishs
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danedelman

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

found this one at a bottle shop in north jersey. looks old. Thanks Ixodus for the shop!!

A-deep mahogoney with a huge tan head that slowly disapates.

S-lots of dried fruits and dark candi sugar. some bourbon and oaky notes linger behind.

T-wow!! never had this before. has the beginning like a good Quad (dried fruit, candi sugar, belgian yeast) but then turns to a smoky oak woody flavor. has a slight sourness/cidary flavor too but hides behind all the other flavors.

M-medium bodies with lots of carbonation. some heat in the swallow but well masked nontheless.

Overall, this is a must try!! Although far from my favorite, I have never had something like this one before. If I find again I will buy but will not seek out this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 01:22:25 | More by danedelman
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sweemzander

Illinois

1.15/5  rDev -69%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a murky leather-brown color. Some decent tan froth and lace. A little muddy looking for the style.

(S)- An almost salty apple cider aroma. Bits of wood and spice. Finishes with subtle brown sugar.

(T)- Tart, sour, very very earthy: like dirt. Metallic and just overall, a funky clay and a very very bitter finish.

(M)- A low carbonation level. Just a nightmare of a mouthfeel and flavor profiles: sour, earthy, bitter, and metallic.

(D)- Just a mess of a beer. Not sure of its age, but this is just horrendous. A rare drainpour since I could barely stomach another sip.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:43:49 | More by sweemzander
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't Smisje Grande Reserva from Brouwerij Smisje
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