't Smisje IPA+ - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.43/5 rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2008 17:53:20 | More by Absumaster
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-15-2008 19:48:29 | More by John_M
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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...
Serving type: on-tap
05-16-2008 16:04:05 | More by ATPete
't Smisje IPA+ from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.