Catherine The Great - Brouwerij Smisje
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
2.63/5 rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
Not sure how old this bottle is, but I would assume it's got at least a year on it.
Poured straight down the center of a 7oz. snifter.
Appearance: Pour nets a huge layer of tan, fluffy, foam. Head retains nicely atop an oddly translucent body: looks like a mix of black tea and cola when held to light. Blanket-like lacing appears as the head slowly calms. Very strange for the style.
Smell: Cabernet Sauvignon, cran-apple juice, nutty malts, and faint notes of chocolate and roast. What the hell is this? If I were to guess on style at this point, I'd probably say it's a quad. Not what I was looking for, and not very enjoyable either.
Taste: Not quite as vinous as the nose made it out to be, though I still get a pretty strong Merlot/Cabernet character. Roast/char, caramel, and floral esters share the spotlight with red wine. Red currants, cream, and earth play secondary roles. Not so bad all in all, but not what I'd typically prefer in an RIS.
Mouthfeel: Very high carbonation gives the beer an effervescent feel. The high carbonation also makes it difficult to assess the denseness of the body, although I'd guess it's fairly light for the style. The high ABV is more likely a result of a very low FG, indicated by a harshly arid finish. A roasty, estery aftertaste clings to the palate relentlessly. Pretty warm to boot.
Overall: This is not your typical RIS. If you're looking for a Belgian dark strong ale with a bit more roast, this may be your ticket. Worth a try? Hard to say.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2011 04:08:04 | More by ThreeWiseMen
More User Reviews:
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.