't Smisje IPA+ - Brouwerij Smisje

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very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ATPete on 05-16-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
1.43/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shared by azagthoth and split 4 ways. Alright, what the hell is this? Unanimously decided that it was crap, was dumped fairly quickly.

Pours a murky yellow color. Very tall white head that foams over the top of the bottle. Takes a while to settle down in the glass. Tons of lacing and retention.

Smell is extremely offensive. Aroma is peanuts, smoked salami, and alcohol. Oh, and the faint traces of what I believe is hops.

The flavor unfortunately is similar to the aroma. From my notes: "over carbed, salami, sweet malt, sour (underlined), boozy, no good." The CO2 accentuated the crumminess of this beer. If this was a sandwich it would have been good, but this is supposed to be a beer.

Body is light and made even lighter by the huge amounts of CO2. Not drinkable, would not ever try this again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine and banana fruit salad, with bright lemon peel edges. Abundant carbonation has created a Belgianesque crown of alabaster colored froth that filled most of the glass on the initial pour. The soft, creamy, rocky lid is one of the best that I've seen in quite some time. No one does foam and lace like Belgian brewers. No one.

My first thought was that IPA+ is a Belgian IPA. After all, it says India Pale Ale right there on the label. After one sniff, BSPA is closer to the truth. There isn't as much hoppiness as expected and the nose is dominated by an herbal spiciness that isn't due solely to Belgian yeast. Valerian and lemon balm are added.

Valerian is an herb that has been used throughout history for its sedative properties (ooh, I can't wait) and lemon balm is an herb from the mint family that smells like lemon and mint. Go figure. Neither is familiar to me, but they result in incredibly unique smelling beer.

The beer is both bitter and herbal-spicy. It would have been better with more hop flavor and less herbaceousness. Jacking up the hops (Goldings, Cascade and Amarillo) at the expense of valerian and lemon balm would have put this sucker right in my taste buds wheelhouse.

It's still tasty, and is definitely unique, but I won't be searching for another bottle anytime soon. The pale malt sugars and candi sugar are nicely offset by a pretty solid bitterness, so sweetness isn't really part of the equation. The beer isn't dry or crisp either. Let's go with bombastically balanced.

Actually, this BSPA tastes somewhat like a lemon-herb cough drop, complete with cooling eucalyptus. It's better than that sounds, but you get the idea. Again, even though I like what I'm drinking, it's becoming a bit wearing over the course of the entire bottle.

The body/mouthfeel hits the big Belgian bull's eye. It's light-medium in heft and is amazingly fluffy, pillowy and crushed velvety smooth. Each sip expands like some sort of magic elixir as soon as it hits the tongue. Dead... solid... perfect... carbonation.

I've had good Brouwerij De Regenboog beer (almost all of it), but I haven't yet had great Brouwerij De Regenboog beer. t'Smisje IPA+ doesn't quite make it over that hump either. It's still worth a single bottle purchase if you have any fondness for interesting, complex Belgian beer.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a huge frothy head on top no matter how slow you pour it you'll need to wait a little for it to settle. The color of the beer is a hazy yellowish gold. The smell of the beer is a bit more earthy than I expected from an IPA but since it's not an American one I'm not surprised. The taste of this brew is bitter with some Belgian yeast in there giving it a light bread like flavor to it. The mouthfeel is a bubbly, drinkable but very carbonated. Overall this brew is pretty good though.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a tulip on draft. I don't think I'm having a very good night when it comes to beer. This beer is billed as a Belgian IPA.

Beer is yellow to orange. Has a thin white head that breaks and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is pretty piny, very hoppy, smells pretty good, there is some sweetness in there too.

Its like drinking syrup. I think this beer can be better described as an east coast style DIPA. Its super sweet, cloying, overwhelming up front, strong alcohol, slight sulfur, very odd. Finishes dry, sickingly sweet, its like hop candy in liquid form. Too much malt. Way way too much.

Is this what people like?

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brickstoredave shared a bottle of this with me at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Dave! Poured a beautiful hazy golden with a very nice, huge, fluffy, white head. Aromas of bubblegum, herbs, and pine. Tastes extremely herbal and piney, and more unusually it is almost smokey- approaching band-aid but not quite there that makes this quite funky. The mouthfeel is smooth up front and tannic on the finish. This was interesting, but its a bit much. I certainly wouldn't have this too often.

Photo of jdhilt
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle (green hop background on label) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, 't Smisje IPA+ is a murky pale yellow with a MASSIVE off-white head, 75% of the glass on the first pour. Dense, tight and creamy, with incredibly long last, meringue like and rocky as it slowly settles, giving me plenty of time to babble away on it's impressive appearance while I wait for the first sip. There are a few very small dark flecks of sediment in the head, and the lace is as dense as I've ever seen, it looks more like kool whip then head.

Smell is bright and very hoppy, sour citrus spicy, woodsy aromas of a noble variety, with a nice compliant of tropical fruity Belgian esters. Also a doughy yeastiness, with the lemon intensifying as it warms, really quite nice.

Taste is hoppy and yeasty, spicy, grapefruit, soapy,
The finish is incredibly bitter and astringent, a tannic like woodiness that really makes this one a challenge for me. Served at fridge temp, it seemed to smooth out some as I slowly worked through it, not sure if that was from warming up or my palate adjusting to the brutal assualt. I should make clear that my compliant is not that this beer is to hoppy - I live in Portland for goodness sakes! The problem is the harsh bitterness, which is out of wack with the hop aroma and flavor. Try boiling those bittering hops a little less and softening the water and you should be alright 't Smisje! Still, it isinteresting to note from the first sip I thought I would end up dumping it, but by the last 1/3 of the glass it was going down with relative enjoyment and ease.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice, on the lighter side in the belly, slick and pretty smooth, but there a tannic like feel that's a little thick.

Drinkability isn't that hot, I just really didn't care for the abrasiveness of the finish. On the positive side, the high ABV is well hidden, the initial flavor is good, and the aroma, appearance and mouthfeel are all pretty good. However, working through this it is a bit of a chore, and it's not a beer I will bother revisiting unless I hear that it has been reformulated.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy orange with a hearty citric smell along with a little belgian funk and very minor sweet malts. Smooth bodied, not overpowering at all, with a citric twang and a little spiciness but is less hop bitterness/dryness and a little more sweet malt/fruit driven (orange, banana peel) but still has a crispness and dry finish. Very good beer indeed and the ABV is well-hidden.

Photo of drpimento
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white, foamy head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber and not that appealing. Aroma is first yeast, then grain, hop, malt, musty. Flavor is sweet on top then carbonic tang and hop/yeast bitter. Body & carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, longish, and boozy. Not one of my favs. Won't finish it.

Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bobsy
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank in t'Brugs Beertje as a change of pace and an injection of bitterness in an otherwise malt heavy few days. While worthy this attempt at a double IPA doesn't reach the heights of its American cousins.

A hazy orange liquid is crowned by a good two fingers of white head that shows good retention and laces well. The aroma is of dusty citrus hops and spicy yeast... more Belgian IPA than anything. The flavour is a strange goose. Extremely phenolic and spicy with layers of over-ripe fruit cushionned in candy sugar. A juicy bitterness is married somewhat awkwardly to this, and while the parts are well executed the whole is not, and I'm feeling a touch disappointed. Body and carbonation are medium.

An interesting experiment that needs some more work.

Photo of vermilcj
4/5  rDev +2%

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't Smisje IPA+ from Brouwerij Smisje
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.