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Catherine The Great - Brouwerij Smisje

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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 20.77%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-06-2008)
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The label of this beer declares that this is an imperial stout. De Regenboog has yet to disappoint so I am looking forward to this one.

Surprisingly, this stout pours out a murky brown instead of a pitch black. Highlights of mahogany with a frothy tan head. Smells fruity, of Granny Smith apples and ripe pears. Quite yeasty and hint of alcohol.

Lots of lovely roasty flavors, espresso, bitter chocolate and mocha. Oaky too, vanilla, toffee and hints of dark fruit. Full bodied and sweetish, not sticky. Roasty and bitter in the finish, the coffee flavors coming through again.

If you closed your eyes, this would be a classic roasty imperial stout. It's very good, just that odd appearance that throws you.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 18:46:49 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-02-2013 04:07:48 | More by crhea89
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3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

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New Jersey

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Virginia

3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I'm being too judgemental, but this beer arrived with a brownish body and light white head that died quick and I wasn't thinking I had the right beer at first since it's labeled as a RIS. I did pick up a little bit of stoutish aroma but it is mostly covered up by the funky cherries and other sour ale charateristics. Good beer, great idea, just didn't come across as anything more than a one off for me. Has some sour fruit/cherry notes in a medium body and passes easy, and there's touches of sweet malts and a little dryness in the finish from roasted malts and/or the sourness of the beer itself. Even my notes are a little boggled with this beer; all I can say is it is worth a shot and the ABV isn't noticeable but you'll feel it after a draft.

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03-28-2013 16:13:59 | More by clayrock81
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TrickkyGangsta

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t8s8l8

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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Difficult beer to judge. Draft at monks reddish brown color off white head. Aroma a soft chocolate some sour notes as well. Def. Funky unless this is what it suppose to smell and taste like. Not bad but not an imperial stout. Girl told me it was pouring wrong all day. Would try again just not for 8 dollars a pour

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DrDemento456

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3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apparently everyone says this is an Imperial brown ale so I shall review it as so. Picked up an old bottle for 4 bucks at the House of 1,000 beers.

T - Well right off the bat I could tell it's not a RIS. The head is all wrong just mildly opaque and it's barley even black. Color is good for a brown ale giving a hazy shade of chestnut brown with mild sediment bits.

S - Lightly soured mash with cherries upfront. In the glass I get more brown ale notes of hazelnut and caramel malts. Yeast still smells rather fruity and vibrant.

T - Really dig the chocolate malt in this one. Like a dry cocoa that never gets too sweet. Soured doughs and mashed pecans take mid palate and the finish is dry and kind of chalky. Mid glass the chalky yeast and what can only be a bitter hoppy/chemical taste is kind of off-putting.

M - Well it says it's 10% but it hides it well. Kind of underwhelming fizzy flavor.

Overall not worth picking up again and not even close to either a Imperial brown or RIS. More of a Belgium ale with brown malts added.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 02:34:42 | More by DrDemento456
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Catherine The Great from Brouwerij Smisje
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