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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

55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy golden yellowish orange color with a huge foamy white head. Earthy and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Also, hints of pine and malt. Excellently balanced and very quaffable considering the high ABV. Crisp, fruity, piney, citrus peel, light fruit and very hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

corby112, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of melitameister
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

melitameister, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is carbonated enough that this beer spits up a ton of sediment from the bottom of the glass to cloud up what started a clear beer. A careful pour still sees me with five-fingers of (including a full finger above the rim of my 25l tulip glass) frothy, off-white head. The beer is a deeply murky, honey color that shows an opaque, yellow gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tropical fruit, lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel and a bunch of fermentation character. Earthy aromatics, musty black pepper, an almost coriander note, some peat like smokiness, musty biscuit notes and a general spicy phenolic character (including a bit of clove). As this warms up it almost picks up some woody, almost rosemary like notes to it towards the finish. The hop character is definitely dominant, but the fermentation character adds a lot of complexity and a nice backdrop to the hop aromatics.

Effervescent and prickly from the carbonation, the beer has a definite sweetness to it that is much a product of the fruity hops used as from residual sweetness. This beer actually is quite light, surprisingly so for its strength, but it is perfect for something with India Pale Ale on the label (actually even light for your average regular IPA). The flavor sees a big hit of hop flavors throughout; up front are notes of lychee, ripe apricot, sweet tropical fruit and super ripe tangelo lead into a touch of herbal and pine like flavors towards the middle and finish. There is also a fair amount of bitterness to this beer, but it is easy to overlook with all the other flavors going on. This has lots of yeast-driven spiciness to it; persistently phenolic with some tongue numbing turpenes and clove, there is also a nice pepper note here, and earthy, musty, almost coriander spiciness towards the finish. At times this has quite a bit of herbal character that is accentuated by both hop and fermentation components. As the beer warms up the phenolics and clove start to give the hops a run for their money though not quite.

My second pour is even murkier than the first, it doesn't seem to affect the flavor too much though; perhaps adding a touch of yeast bite. This has an amazing fresh hop character to it, I was expecting this to be a little old and not nearly as hoppy as this still is.

The head is near perfect with lots of dense froth that slowly recedes with lots of lacing and forming of interesting structures; if the beer wasn't so murky it would be visually stunning. This really hides the alcohol quite well. I like how the hop character mixes with the woody, earthy, peppery spice notes. Quite the dynamic beer, I am really enjoying this; it drinks way too easily though as I could easily (and dangerously) knock back a 750ml bottle of this, even still I am a bit disappointed I only have a 330ml bottle.

Gueuzedude, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij De Regenboog: 't Smisje India Pale Ale Plus (Tasted 10/23/08)
11.2 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks like hazed grapefruit juice with a bubbly, cream colored head that reaches triumphantly out of the glass, pointing towards the heavens in peaks. Retention is beyond insane. Belgian lacing is in full effect.
Odor: Bright, perfume citrus zest aroma, banana & clove esters, and a very full, toasty/sweet malt aroma in the background. As the beer warms some slight pine sap aromas become evident.
Consistency: Juicy, luscious medium body with firm carbonation that lends an almost fluffy mouthfeel to this beer. Hop oils work their magic adding a bit of a smooth sensation to the brew.
Taste: This is one hell of a layered IPA. Hops are first out of the gate, flavors of tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit, with a layer of sweet malt, pear ester and clove underneath it all. Finish is slightly malty, leaving grapefruit hop flavor and clove on the palate & tongue.

This beer could be really dangerous on tap, my "playing dumb" ABV estimate would be 7.0%. To me, this beer is near perfect. Balanced, but still very hop forward. Fans of great hop flavor or just great beer, check this one out.

Walken, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

ktrillionaire, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

live review

Big thanks to a favorite trader, seeswo, for another treat.

Different label, feat. a large outline of a cross under 't Smisje.

Very cloudy dark amber with a killer two fingers of white foam that kicks back to a nice cap pretty quickly.

Very strong aroma fronted by citrus and tart and tangy yeast, even a bit of funkitude, with sweet grain and floral underneath. Cue saliva glands to activate.

Good gosh amighty what a strong flavor, a regular bomb on the palate of belgiany IPA goodness. Lotta sweet at the start, kind of over some spicy alcohol, but this is joined rapidly by a stupendous shot of citrus and funk, caramel, pine as it goes along, finally getting really piney and full of bitter, complex tart, and lingering caramel. Complex? Ummm, ya might say that this is fucking complexity squared. So many underflavors (esters? phenols? tannins? malty goodness?) that it is silly to try and catologue them. Magnificent.

Medium carb., maybe a bit too carb.'ed if I nitpick, very viscous, lots of cling, but it stays clean, heavenly finish that has plenty alcohol spice, no fusel.

Just a marvelous beer. If you like this style you will freakin love this, get it if you see it.

cavedave, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Travlr
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange yellow color with chunks, large white head that settles rapidly to a central spot, with good lacing.
S: Profound funky aroma, with citrus, chewed bubblegum and barnyard animals.
T: Flavor starts with lemon and grapefruit, progresses to hay and dandelions, then finishes with a bitter hop punch.
M: Great body, much better than most IPAs.
D: Great Belgian IPA, not as subtle as most, but at least as complex, with interesting funky twists. A keeper.

Travlr, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

dirtylou, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Bright golden color. More than a hand span of almost white head, crowned with a dense slowly melting plateau. Huge chunky lace.

Sharply aromatic, like white grape, dried apricot, banana, clove, smoke, and some earthy spicy hops. Very nice.

Tastes sweet and fruity, then a wave of herbal hop bitterness hits. The sweetness persists. Bittersweet, quite fruity, with some earthy, herbal, spicy hop flavor, and some gravelly minerality. Alcohol is there, but not excessive. A lot going on, and quite tasty.

Sugary texture with smooth rich carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

Beerzebub, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of Surlington
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Surlington, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of cypressbob
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its a 330ml bottle, served chilled in a goblet. Gorgeous slightly hazy sunny amber body, like healthy egg yolks swimming in a sea of bubbly light tan froth. Has a very typical yeasty, dry, musty slightly gueuze aroma. A flutter of fresh, spicy lavender infused hops.

The taste is ballsy. Fresh syrupy candied sugar, smooth and unctuous. Slight hint of farmyard funk followed by a whack of dry, aggressive acerbic hops. Musty and lingering bitterness on the palette along with zesty grapefruit and a touch of marzipan. A little alcoholic warm on the finish but only slight, the hops cover up most of that.

A superbly tasty and kooky little brew. A really interesting take on the Belgian IPA style.

cypressbob, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

secondtooth, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Proteus93, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

John_M, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of FreshHawk
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FreshHawk, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of ckollias
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ckollias, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ToasterChef
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Festival. The beer has an opaque peach color with a thin soapy white head. The Belgians know what a good strong IPA should look like, that's for sure. The nose was full of floral hops and orange citrus, proving they also know what big IPAs should smell like. The taste begins with some floral hops up front, followed by some sweetness and a strong bitterness that goes strong until I swallow, and lingers on after that. The flavor also has a bit of peppery spice to it that adds a nice, strong Belgian touch to this style. It has a medium body and an average amount of carbonation. The sharp hop flavors feel good. I find the beer to be quite drinkable. Someone who isn't into hoppy beers would probably not make it through one glass, but really, why would someone not into hops order this beer? If this one sounds good to you, seek it out.

ToasterChef, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange with a massive billowing crème head that sticks around way too long. Nose is heavily sugared. The earthy and funky tones it gives say saison to me, but there is too much sugar for it to be truly that. A fairly heavy perfumed tone is there as well. Flavor is extremely unique. Almost smoky and meaty with a heavy sweet side to it and a general earthiness. Feel is smooth. Even though the head is monstrous in size, the carbonation is light and smooth. Liquid is good. This is very easy to drink. Earthy yet very sweet, it's definitely not a typical IPA. In fact I have to say that it leans very far towards being a Belgian Ale with a funky edge than an IPA with a Belgian flair. See it? Try it.

RblWthACoz, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

at kickbacks jacksonville

appearance: nice lacing, good head, golden comeplexion
smell: earhty, grassy, citrus
taste: bitter orange peel, earthy malt flavors
drinkability: a nice light belgian ipa hightlighting hops. nice to see from europe. great overall beer.

CampusCrew, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!

JayQue, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Brugs Beertje in Bruges, Belgium on April 25 2008 for a Burgundian Babble Belt birthday party. I had the pleasure of drinking 3 of these beers with the brew master Johan.

A- The IPA+ poured a hazy yellow/blonde color with a big white head, some lace, and active carbonation.

S/T- Lots of fresh hops and spice on the nose. This is not an attempt at an American style IPA this is a Belgian representation, in turn, the hop character is very refined. Abundant yes, but not over loaded. The heavy spicing and yeast add a lot of complexity to the brew, although the hops take center stage.

M/D- Perfect mouth feel, full bodied but not thick. Definitely a supreme Belgian DIPA. I've never had anything quite like it but i hope Johan decides to brew this again and even bottle it for export...

ATPete, May 16, 2008
Photo of ZapRowsdower
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy caramel color with just a twinge of orange. Initially, there was a really nice Belgian ale head in an off-white color. I'm pretty sure the bottle I got is past date, but that doesn't seem to make much of a difference; there's no sediment in my glass and the beer neither exploded out of the bottle nor went flat.

The smell is split evenly between the fruity, sticky smell of most high-abv Belgian yeast and a nice spicy, but surprisingly fresh hop aroma. I definitely get more fruitiness (that orange marmalade smell along with maybe green apple peel?) as the beer warms along with more bread notes, though every time I go back to the glass I get a nice whiff of hops, which have a dark floral quality along with a surprising amount of citrusy/grapefruity tones for a Belgian. My one complaint would be that the hop nose is somewhat singular.

Wow, great taste. I first get a twinge of the candy sugar sweetness on the front of my tongue, then a wave of great fruit flavor (definitely an orange or even lemon meringue flavor) along with some sweet breadiness. Then comes an incredible hop bitterness that coats the whole back of my tongue and just doesn't go away, in fact, it builds as you drink the glass. This is a typical characteristic of Beligian hoppy beers I've had before, but I've never had one this over-the-top. The experience reminds me of drinking Campari, with that citrusy-sweet contrast with long lasting bitterness.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. There's even less heaviness and stickiness than an American DIPA; this beer goes down incredibly easy, leaving that hop bitterness and nothing more in your mouth.

Other than the intensity of its flavor and the Belgian yeasty flavors, this beer gives no indication of its 10% alcohol, which is incredibly impressive considering the lightness of its malt. For an American hophead like me, this is right up my alley. I could see myself grabbing this instead of a Bigfoot sometime. American hop intensity + Beligian hop duration + Belgian yeasty fruitiness - overwhelming booze flavor = one great beer. I got this on sale for $1.99; I'm totally going back for as many as I can.

ZapRowsdower, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of trafordboy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!!

trafordboy, Jun 15, 2010
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't Smisje IPA+ from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.