Catherine The Great - Brouwerij Smisje
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Reviews by JoeMayo:
4.15/5 rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A- Pours a dark amber-brown with a HUGE khacki head. The head lingers for a long time as the froth slowly pulls away from the glass. It took me several very slow pours to fit the 11.2 ounce bottle in the 14 ounce glass.
S- Rich, sweet aroma of chocolate, spices, and yeast. Chocoalte in the foreground with hints of clove and cardamom. THe yeasty aroma compliments the spices perfectly.
T- Spicy, yeasty, and roasty. The taste is distinctly more bitter than the aroma. Definate belgian malt profile, but with a carbonized malt bite. Yeasty and spicy upfront. The chocolate is more mellow in the taste than it is in the aroma.
M- Soft, creamy, awesome. Very fine carbonation, but definately more effervescent than I was expecting.
D- The alcohol is very well hidden at 10.0%
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2010 16:24:21 | More by JoeMayo
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3.44/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
A- Poured into a tulip from the stubby 12oz with a dark brown body, some red can even be seen around the edges. The head is extremely foamy and bubbly and off-white. Foam builds to about two fingers high and has decent retention. Nice droopy streaks of lacing all around the glass.
S- Sweet syrupy, very spicy raisins come to mind with a backdrop of nutty, somewhat roast malts. A pretty big cherry-dark fruit note and some dusty caramel as well.
T- Quite similar to the nose overall. Spicy raisins and dark fruits up front with a pretty heavy Belgian yeast spice which comes with the high ABV. Malt is big as well with toasted nuts, cracked grain dust, old aged caramel, rum, molasses, cocoa and slight roast coming to mind.
MF- For an RIS this is super light bodied but a champagne like carbonation and creamy, foamy texture is enough to not allow it to be watery. Semi-bitter spicy finish and some alcohol warmth.
This might be the hardest beer I have had to score. In one hand it is a nice Belgian strong ale that reminds me of Old Ales.... On the other hand it is called an RIS on the label and must be scored that way at least somewhat. I guess I'll take that away in the overall or something...
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2013 02:37:30 | More by cbutova
Catherine The Great from Brouwerij Smisje
78 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.