Catherine The Great - Brouwerij Smisje
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Reviews by tavernjef:
4.22/5 rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Light brown pour settling nearly black in the glass as it grabs just a bit of light to create a mega deep mahogany brown cast. Tall creamy thick khaki head grows quickly to the top of the goblet and settles slowly to keep a small mound of froth on top. Lots of lacey holed curtains hold to the glass with a static might.
Aroma is lightly tangy and sweet with ripe fruit that has some lofty banana cream pie, under sided with raspberry jam, apricot jam, and a slight fig/raisin breadyness. Nice, I could get use to this. Its nose is not a hugely immense waft like some out there, but this has a perfect pleasing amount of complexity and power behind it that really speaks to a well-crafted experience of what any good Belgian brew usually displays.
Taste is tangy and mellow with a lower sweetened fruityness with mostly fig and raisinyness caked into some slightly soured doughyness of sweet bread drizzled with apricot, caramel, and softly baked cinnamon topping. Again, much like in the aroma, it has a certain complexity and tone to it that I really like. And that really all that matters. As it finishes bold and round with a slight nudge of body and a very light feathery dryness and a leftover soury tang of dark fruity malt.
Body is a solid medium with an all impotant malty balance and mellowing tang that suits a building crescendo just past the midway point of girth where it sinks quickly away to a burp and then a simple, delicate, finish where it drys slightly as residual malty tang tangs the back of the palate.
A surprising nice little brew here. I quite liked it, but of cousre found it to be nowhere near an Imperial Stout, as suggested on the label, or as a Export stout as suggested here; labels, style aside. Its a good Belgian style brew that is worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2009 00:06:43 | More by tavernjef
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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
3.59/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
03-28-2013 16:13:59 | More by clayrock81
Catherine The Great from Brouwerij Smisje
78 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.