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't Smisje IPA+ - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje IPA+'t Smisje IPA+

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BA SCORE
88
very good

54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ATPete on 05-16-2008)
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-16-2011 15:05:22 | More by Neffbeer
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

Prepicture release, from State Line Liquors. Pours immens white snowstorm on some golden body. Aroma is yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, taste is the quintessential Belgian IPA, leaving mostly bitterness at the end, curiously. I am getting corriander, and mustard.

03-31-2009 02:52:58 | More by Sammy
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Ah, the anticipation here! A characteristic cloudy, golden appearance here, followed by an abundance of foam and thick lacing. Gives off a rich, yeasty, fruity scent, which bodes well. When it all subsides, the taste is a strong, hoppy, almost acidic flavor -- certainly not unusual for an IPA, though there are some odd fruit-like undercurrents which provide a more complex and characteristically Belgian profile. It's strong (10% ABV), rich, and really a lovely and memorable brew.

08-21-2009 04:23:44 | More by secondtooth
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dirtylou

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

bought blindly in amsterdam as the label proclaimed Dubbel IPA and that intrigued me greatly - consumed in a paris hotel room

appearance: pours a hazy apricot shade with a massive white cap and great fluffy retention - a rather nice appearance

smell: vivid tropical fruits, bright pineapple, strong yeast, brown sugar and other dubbel spices

taste: fresh pineapple juice, apricot, orange peel, tropical passion fruit, a touch of lemon, brown sugar and spice - my notes proclaimed "just a grand beer"

mouthfeel: fresh and lively

drinkability: good

08-07-2008 13:55:48 | More by dirtylou
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trafordboy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%

A fairly unusual beer. The brewer calls it an India Pale Ale but this beer blurs a few style lines.

A beautiful looking beer. Poured into an Augustijn goblet. Huge pillowy white head with excellent retention. Better head retention than many lower octane beers. Color is hefe straw yellow color - hazy with plenty of sediment. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of different. There is some citrus and spices that you would expect in a Belgian beer, but the overwhelming aroma is earthiness - which to my nose seemed like ripe cheese!! The aroma was better than it sounds.

Taste is dominated by earthiness as well, a little sour and a little bitter in the finish. There is some spiciness and lemon in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the spices providing a nice bite in the finish. There is no hint of 10% alcohol. Drinkability is good for a high octane beer.

A little different but nice!!

06-15-2010 02:50:34 | More by trafordboy
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bonbini26

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-13-2012 16:15:00 | More by bonbini26
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Surlington

New York

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

A: Very cloudy amber with a gorgeous fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. The bottle conditioning is excellent, so a vigorous pour is unnecessary unless you want a glass of foam. Excellent brussels lace.
S: Fresh and flowery.
T: Naturally, the hops are the first thing you notice, but they're not the only thing going on. A mild sweetness becomes more evident as you drink, and there's just a hint of orange peel.
M: It's a little on the thick side for an IPA. Just the right carbonation.
D: For its alcohol content, the drinkability is exceptional. It's hard to believe it's 10%. Still, more than two bottles would probably be too much.

Overall, this an exceptional IPA. Not at all typical of the style. It's remarkably well balanced and unusually complex. IPA is not my favorite style, but this beer is remarkable.

09-20-2008 22:01:33 | More by Surlington
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev 0%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of hops is quite citrusy with a nice Belgian malt backbone and some yeasty notes. Taste is more hoppy then I had anticipated with more West Coast style hops then expected and a nice bready malt backbone with a yeasty finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Interesting take on the style.

01-10-2010 04:00:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

squat 11.2 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for a little less than $5... poured into my Chimay goblet.

Aggressive pour produced a 1" head that left descent lines of lace and a firm white cap.. the brew is hazy orange.

Nose is not at all what I was expecting.. much more of a lightly hoppy BSPA than any sort of IPA... very spicy aroma from the yeast... sorta herby qualities too.

Flavor is very phenolic.. even for Belgian standards.. not sure what to make of it.. again.. very spicy.. and quite a bit of an herbaceous quality... lemon balm comes to mind .. good bitterness is the only quality that makes this resemble an IPA.. long finish is has a tannic drying quality to it... as it warms the herbal notes transition into a sorta earty quality that is better in my mind... still a sorta clovey element is very present.

The body is in my mind a little lite for a BSPA, but the carbonation is about perfect.. very smooth and fairly complex, but still very odd in my mind in the entire package.... I would probably pick one up again, but only if I wanted to either brew something similar or if I needed it to compare to another wholly unique brew.

04-08-2009 07:21:39 | More by JohnGalt1
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

The first time I have ever re-reviewed a beer on the basis of having it in a different serving type, and the only time I have felt it has warranted such, so far.

A: Appearance has remained the same, looking like 'an over-ripe banana,' as previously described. Again, it had a MASSIVE head... it took 4 pours to finally top it off, and a good 5 minutes. That still resulted in some foaming over.

S: Some notes of banana again, some citrus rind, and a distinct earthiness - or even a mustiness.

T + M: Taste is where a change really seems to stand out. Lemon playing a big role here, with the head literally tasting and having a consistency of an 'unsweetened lemon merangue.' More cloves, herb, and that strange banana flavour that I detect each time, but others don't seem to. Maybe it's a mind thing with the appearance.

D: Huge as always. Sip away, and I'd be willing to say that this is one of the first times I could suggest the bottle being better than the draft.

10-04-2008 04:48:28 | More by Proteus93
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-24-2014 02:28:31 | More by DrBier
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

A - Cloudy golden brown orange color. Average sized white foamy head that went away fairly fast but left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Sweet apple, apricot, and orange (along with some other fruit). A little bubblegum smell. Smells more like a BSPA than an IPA.

T - Much more like an IPA than the smell. Still has the light pale malt, slightly sweet golden fruit, and zest of a BSPA. Good amount of pine and herbal hop flavors as well as citrus taste. Some orange and good amount of lemon. A little grapefruit and pineapple. Some spices there giving it a bit of a kick, mostly pepper. Alcohol has a bit of heat, but not a lot.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly creamy and a bit of a drying effect at the finish.

D - Not bad for drinkability. Lots of IPA hop flavors and tendencies, but also a lot of BSPA flavors and tendencies. This makes for a sometimes bitter sometimes sweet fruitiness.

Notes: About every other sip I was going back and forth about whether it was more like a Belgian IPA or BSPA. Either way it is a good beer that has a good amount of heat and bitterness, but is balanced out well with some sweet fruit and a bit of malt.

02-24-2010 19:54:03 | More by FreshHawk
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Served this beer in a Chimay glass. No date, but a different label than the one pictured here. 11.2 oz. brown bottle. The body was a murky dull orange color with two fingers of eggshell white head. The foam was thick and tight leaving a substantial cap throughout.

The smell was citrus and mild yeast. Bread and stone-fruit. Wet concrete. Marmalade and alcohol increased as it warmed.

The flavor was complex and ever changing. Bold citrus rind and dense maltiness with some chalky yeastiness. Enormous hops here. Oily reside sticks to your lips. Pear and tropical fruit as well as hints of dishsoap. There was a lightly drying finish but the oily bitterness lingered forever. The alcohol was definitely present especially as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was full with plenty of carbonation. There was a sting of alcohol that keeps this one from going down quickly.

09-07-2010 13:36:51 | More by Cresant
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%

The bottle mentions 't Smisje + Dubbel IPA. The beer pours a murky orange color with a huge head like a baker's hat. The Westmalle chalice gives a nice stream of carbonation in the middle of the glass.

Smell is spicy with fenolic notes of the typical Belgian yeast. Ripe bananas, some solvent and higher alcohols. A mild hoppiness that smells primarily of noble hops, a bit grassy. Also some light metal whiff. A little yeast in the back.

Taste of Belgian yeast, ripe bananas, solvent and fenols. Quite hoppy with spicy, peppery and grassy hops. Bitterness is nice. Body is (too) big, there is a sweetness to the beer that appears to be created by stopping fermentation. Sweet and sugary syrup. This is not an IPA, not even a Belgian IPA. This is a good beer, but more like a heavy hopped sweet tripel.

07-11-2008 17:53:20 | More by Absumaster
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Big honkin' 4 fingers of glistening, peaked, meringue-like foam over hazy, rusty orange body. Some small, fast bubbles rising to join the throng. Some suspended flecks of sediment. Lacing like caulk. Head drops within a couple minutes.

Aroma of green apple, white grape, with a boozy, champagne-like dryness. Subtle spiciness like pepper & even a little cinnamon. Some sour orange showing up.

Wha-huh?! Savory flavors? Beef jerky & soy sauce jump out at me. Mixed with it are other strong & bitter flavors, like orange zest & pulp, mild pepper, booze, hay, tobacco. Some sugars hang around in the aftertaste. Complex & interesting, if not just flat out weird!

Full mouthfeel, going through turns of sharp, foamy & rich, dry, & a tad cloying at first swallow.

This is one crazy beer! Can't say I loved every aspect of it, but it definitely kept my interest & there were some interesting highlights. Scores points for originality. One would be plenty for me, but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again.

04-15-2010 01:43:25 | More by OneDropSoup
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melitameister

New York

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%

I have a different oddball label from the one shown above. Some murky leaf green mystery with the 't Smisje name followed by a big plus sign that could be mistaken for a religious symbol with the word "plus" in italics crudely placed across it followed by "India Pale Ale" all in different styles and fonts. Very weird kinda ancient look about it.

A - Golden beige with fluffy, creamy off white head and decent lace.

S - Bouquet of fruit with grapefruit and lemon rind, almond, belgian yeasty funk and alcohol.

T - Rich and complex. Again, I get almond, grapefruit and lemon, some brown sugar up front with lots of rich hoppy bitterness coming on at the end to balance the sweet, bready malt and alcohol.

M - Full and rich. Delicious and dangerously drinkable for a 10 percenter.

If you want to try a Belgian and are a hop fan, start here. The bottom yeast is so tasty/fresh after a year or so in the cellar. I suggest giving the bottle a swirl before pouring the last ounce so you get a nice cloudy drink with everything nature intended.

09-28-2011 22:20:04 | More by melitameister
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

08-14-2013 20:56:43 | More by ygtbsm94
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

This was aged about 1 year and poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very airy frothy head that is huge had to stop pouring 2/3 of the way, bright wheaty orangish-yellow cloudy appearance with lots of bubbles, lots of yeast at the bottom as well

N: Nose was slightly sweet and sour with some slight fruit, vanilla, oak, and slight alcohol as well as some light candi sugar, very similar to a Belgian White but not much for hops that I can detect

T: Taste starts mellow, some vanilla, a little spicey and a little yeasty, lots of Belgian white ale taste, some candi sugar, lots of carbonation, there's more hops than expected for a Belgian IPA but not close to American, probably 40-50 IBUs,

M: Round mouth feel, with lots of carbonation

F: Finish has some vanilla and slight fruit as well as yeast but more bitter hops, its kinda sweet too but the nagging bitterness keeps shining through

Final Thoughts: I'm not that big a fan of Belgian IPAs, and this seems to blend them well, but the nice Belgian white ale qualities are great but too contrast to the bitter hops its hard for me to appreciate, but I can tell this would be an awesome beer for those who appreciate it more.

07-23-2009 01:52:38 | More by jlindros
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -3%

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Murky amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is yeasty and flavor is caramel and yeast. High ABV is hidden. Some bitterness in aftertaste. Pricey at $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

06-20-2011 22:18:30 | More by jdhilt
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ckollias

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

Enjoyed this 11.2 oz stubby brown bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a very hazy dirty blonde-brown with a thick, frothy, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a thick solid lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a great malt backbone, with hints of citrus fruits and spices.

T: Very bitter hoppy ipa with a good malt background. Spicy lemony finish.

M: Very boozy and strong. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Very high-quality Belgian IPA. A little on the malty side for me, but very drinkable and enjoyable. This is a sipper @ 10% abv.

09-19-2011 00:35:15 | More by ckollias
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JayQue

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

A fairly unusual beer. The brewer calls it an India Pale Ale. BA calls it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. This beer blurs a few style lines.

A beautiful looking beer. Poured into an Augustijn goblet. Huge pillowy white head with excellent retention. Better head retention than many lower octane beers. Color is hefe straw yellow color - hazy with plenty of sediment. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of different. There is some citrus and spices that you would expect in a Belgian beer, but the overwhelming aroma is earthiness - which to my nose seemed like ripe cheese!! The aroma was better than it sounds.

Taste is dominated by earthiness as well, a little sour and a little bitter in the finish. There is some spiciness and lemon in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the spices providing a nice bite in the finish. There is no hint of 10% alcohol. Drinkability is good for a high octane beer.

A little different but nice!!

12-28-2008 20:23:35 | More by JayQue
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John_M

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Did a double take when I saw this on tap at Max's today. First I'd ever heard of this beer.

The beer pours a cloudy golden honey color with impressive head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty exotic. I get a complex array of sweet honey, cherry, some underlying citrus bitterness and spice. On the palate this beer is intense. It is quite sweet, but has a prominent underlying bitterness as well. Flavors include more honey and cherry, but the finish is long and bitter. The mouthfeel is big and soft, but without being overly heavy or tiring. This beer is a mouthful, and the abv. is noticeable... I doubt I could ever handle more then a single serving at a sitting, but for all that, this beer is pretty drinkable for it's abv. and style.

A very impressive beer from De Regenboog.

06-15-2008 19:48:29 | More by John_M
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

The brew pours a brassy gold with a voluminous head, depositing moderate lace. This is an especially pungent example of the style in both flavor an aroma; the lemon-herbal-citric hop is dominating to the point of being in-your-face, and the malt has a definite mineral astringency to it. Very pert mouthfeel.

03-12-2010 20:15:42 | More by ktrillionaire
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vermilcj

Ohio

4/5  rDev +1.3%

12-25-2013 12:50:47 | More by vermilcj
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

This beer comes in a stubby 33 cl bottle with a label containing the Salty Dog...it was just like reading the Ale Street News. The beer pours a very cloudy, murky color...nearly full-on white with yeast and sediment. The head is tall and leaves some lace, but doesn't last terribly long. Decent aroma on this one...fresh and flowery hops, backed with some alcohol and a healthy dose of malt scents. There's also fruit...apples, pears, and a little banana. Candi sugar. The taste is very good...sweet, malty, bitter...lots of hop flavor. The alcohol provides some warming, but is just a character in the experience. Quite a lot of complexity here. Malt flavors are pale and Belgian...at times doughy, phenolic, fruity, spicy, and (even) a hint of smoke. The finish is long and lingering, with some ethanol hanging on. I did enjoy this one.

05-18-2009 18:38:22 | More by Suds
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't Smisje IPA+ from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.