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't Smisje Grande Reserva - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Grande Reserva't Smisje Grande Reserva

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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: emerge077 on 12-09-2007

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Photo of kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Agold
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of danedelman
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
1.18/5  rDev -68%
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.

Photo of chrispoint
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TGS
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of AltimusPrime
1.5/5  rDev -59.3%

Photo of Stoutsman
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bonkers
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint. The beer is very carbonated, I had to wait 10 minutes to let the 3+ inch head die down, good lacing. Very sweet aroma, some spiciness, lots of booze. The beer is very sweet, it overtakes all other characteristics. There is some spiciness, light alchohol, whiskey characteristics. The finish is sweet and it lingers. The body is medium, good carbonation, cloying mouthfeel. As it warms it gets bett, a definite sipper, and not a beer I enjoyed.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a dark brown color with a fluffy tan colored head on top. This brew is smells a little roasted and yeasty, not too bad. The taste of the beer gives of some raisin flavors along with a bit of spice in the finish. The mouthfeel is rather mellow and smooth, a little bit lighter than expected from a dark brew. Overall it's a pretty nice brew, I'd drink it again.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz into lost abbey tulip. Beer is a slow gush on opening but I have plenty of time to pour it. Whisky cask matured 't smisje kerst ale brewed with spices.

A- Creamy brown body and a lively head that leaves quite a little bit of sandy lacing on the glass. Very nice- Great pour.

S- A little tart, red delicious apples and raisins. A bit of burnt sugar.

T- The whisky comes out, mild grass and smoke and a lot of toffee. Beer is pretty mellow, though. Opens up after a bit- hint of tartness initially is wiped away by vibrant fruit.

M- Really smooth and delicious. Alcohol is very well integrated. Beer is light considering the style and ABV, and carbonation is spot-on.

O- I've never had the base beer but this barreled version is fantastic. Great lively fruit, no sign of the ABV, really enjoyable. 't Smisje makes some unusual, unique, and ultimately satisfying beers.

Photo of MufflnMan
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a snifter glass. Incredibly overactive off white head. Had to pour this one extra slow. Head was present for the entire drink, beautiful lacing sticking to the sides with each sip. Color was a dark brown.

I smell some apple, raisin, toffee and a spice I can't seem to put my finger on... maybe coriander as written on the label. Taste was much the same, and quickly got a bit too boozy for me. Subtle wood flavor in the background. Mouthfeel was thin and... well, boozy. This beer seemed nice and complex at first but quickly fell flat and one-noted after a few sips. Not sure what happened. Was an interesting drink, but not a repeat.

Photo of wschmit
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: This foamed up on me when I opened it, so the head is probably not representative, due to a hasty pour. A thin ring of tan head remains around the top of a hazy, burnt amber body with apparent carbonation.

S: Grape fruit snacks and whisky up front. Cherry cola thereafter, with some herbal flourishes. Very enchanting, unique nose. A bit of musty malt rounds it out. No hops.

T: A bit tart initially, it quickly develops into a heavy scotch flavor, and is noticeably smoky. Definitely scotch, not American/Irish whisky. Finish is dry, woody, and a bit too astringent. Perhaps some oxidation, too. Overall, not as good as the nose, to me.

M: Good mouthfeel: medium carbonation lightens the fairly heavy body, and barely a trace of alcohol from this potent pour.

D: If it tasted as good as it smelled, this would be one hell of a beer. As it is, it's interesting, and goes down very easily given the ABV. At 6 bucks for the bottle, it was a fair price, but certainly not a backyard grilling quaff. Still, I enjoyed it.

Photo of clickpush
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 330ml bottle to open mouth glass. Murky brown body w/ a touch of a halo and a couple lazy bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Nose: Sour cherry, boozy, oaky. Spicy, cinnamon... a touch of red wine vinegar.

Mouth: Slightly sour, oaky, a tad bitter (from oak?). Also some sweeter baking spices, cinnamon & clove. Something vegetal that I'm not in love with. But still complex, almost like a Flemish brown ale, sweet/sour. Enjoying it. Mouthfeel is plenty carbonated, nice.

Photo of clayrock81
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copperish-brown body w/ large sticky head that takes forever to die. Sweet aroma, like candied-sugar, and the whiskey and oak aging are noticeable as there is a strong, woody/burnt malt aroma as well. I'm wondering if also picking up some of the alcohol in aroma although won't say it's a boozy/medicinal smell. Hints of light aromas of raisins and figs and the typical Belgian yeast strain comes out (although no orange). Unfortunately it goes off the rails a little bit. While there are some sweet notes and fruit notes i.e. caramel and something akin to chocolate/toffee as well as raisins and candied fruit and some orange/citric hops, plus a spicy corriander edge, the beer is overcarbonated in my opinion so instead of passing over smooth it is a little prickly and unbecoming. Also, there is also a little bit of a husky sour edge of apple and pear that isn't that greatly balanced, almost a sour vinous taste, and the dry woody/toasted malt presence is on backend as well as booze but not complementary; stands out in sharp contrast. This beer has the stuff to possibly be great but I find that it really just misses on trying to balance all these ingredients and w/ the high ABV it is a stong and long sipper.

Photo of speter
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy deep brown with a high head that slowly fades, leaving impressive lacing.

S: Roasty malts with an overlay of alcohol aged in French oak. Hints of brown sugar, caramel and raisins.

T: This is one of those beers best sampled in small quantities. Even though the stubby is 11.2 oz, it's still worthy of being split. The initial tastes strike me as very nice. Warming and strong, but after numerous sips, the ethanol turns on you and begins to be a bit too fusely.

M: I'm giving this a high mark, because even at 11%, it is fairly watery and not too much like drinking syrup. The carbonation is impressively high, given the ABV, which makes the overall experience pretty good.

D: Alas, the fusel alcohol is a bit too much for this to be a drinkable beer.

Photo of wisrarebeer
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm re-reviewing this beer since my last tasting wasn't so favorable.

A: nice copper color - thin lacing on sides and in middle of glass
S: oaky, cloying, some oxidation but nothing offensive - almost barleywine like (especially with the amount of EtOH - there's something very intriguing about the nose - sherry undertones
T: not bad - I see that the reviews are all over the map - my sample isn't bad at all (and I've been drinking Belgian beers for nearly 25 years) - malty, alcohol, some oakiness - definitely doesn't taste like its 11% ABV -
M: not thick and cloying like I expected - warming and smooth
D: very drinkable for the amount of alcohol - this bottle wasn't something incredibly amazing in taste but not bad

't Smisje Grande Reserva from Brouwerij Smisje
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.