Catherine The Great - Brouwerij Smisje
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Reviews by twelvsies:
3.63/5 rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Had on draught at The Lion's Pride, Brunswick, 2004 vintage. This has quite a bit of age on it so keeping that in mind, this is much less stout-like than one might imagine. Pours a murky brown, translucent, almost appearing more like a Flemish than a stout at first glance. Not much head as could be expected on a 6 year old beer. Tart aromas, oaky, tannin, musty, and most interestingly a definite unique nutty quality, like sesame or peanut butter. Overtones of this represent in the complex flavor profile of this beer as well. Lacking roastyness, but nice and deep leathery sour flavors, odd nutty finish. Have to say sort of a thin mouthfeel, not in that soft desirable way that we shoot for with aged beers. Definitely interesting to see what age has done to this stout - worn down quite a bit. The one bonus being the strange and enjoyable nut phantom flavors this beer has going for it. Otherwise, maybe this one is past its prime.
Serving type: on-tap
10-12-2010 21:40:50 | More by twelvsies
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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.