't Smisje Great Reserva - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Great Reserva't Smisje Great Reserva

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28 Reviews
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Reviews: 28
Hads: 37
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 01-03-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Catherine the Great Imperial Stout aged in Cognac barrels.
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3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a-ruby brown. Brilliantly clear with a huge khaki head.

s-slight peaty smoke. Not as impressive as the taste. rum soaked cherries. No hops.

t-Firmly bitter. light smokey phenols. A bit of alcohol. Almost like scotch.

m-Prickly carbonation. Slight alcohol burn, but ok for style. Some toasty malt.

d-I couldn't do more than one of these in a night. Good beer, but a lot going on. Between the phenols and alcohol, i can't have another. (440 characters)

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3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a big, frothy crème head. Nose is a tangerine or apricot kind of thing with the expected dark sugar tones. Flavor is oddly smoked, like a rauch. Kind of that meaty and bacon thing you get from the German styles. But there's also that Belgian ale character at the same time. Feel is full with carbonation. Liquid is typical. A nice hearty ale. Interesting and different types of character, but a good one to drink. (445 characters)

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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A soft, careful pour in to my 25cl tulip glass still sees my glass filling up with four fingers of head and then an additional finger rises above the rim of my glass threatening to over flow. The head is a tan color with a varied, rocky surface. The beer is a dark amber, well brown color that shows a lightly hazed, red color when held up to the light. The aroma is fruity, quite spicy and actually quite nice. I think that a lot of the rich fruitiness is derived from the Cognac barrels; notes of cherry, a touch of strawberry, sweet currant notes and a nice, concentrated raisin note. Pepper like spice, some clove, and some woody allspice as well as a tannic black tea like character add complexity to the nose, which is otherwise quite fruit dominated.

Spicy and well carbonated peppery notes greet my tongue up front. The beer softens a bit as it rolls across the tongue with a touch of cocoa and a dark fruitiness. Brandy soaked raisin flavors, concentrated plum, and some complex fig notes seem to capture the fruit flavors here. There is a touch of chalky, cocoa and toasted caramel character to the finish of this beer. The toasted character also takes on a wood-like note as well as adding some nuttiness to the flavor. I like how light bodied this beer is for a 10% abv beer; there is just enough heft to this beer, but it is far too quaffable to be safe. The nutty flavors really become quite a bit more pronounced as this beer warms up a bit. There is a touch of tartness here as well, it boosts the fruit character a bit and reminds me just a bit of tamarind.

This beer has seriously mellowed compared to the non-barrel aged version, the roast character plays a much lesser role here and the off-flavors of the base beer are not to be found here (thank goodness). This is actually quite tasty and I really like the boosted fruit character that the Cognac barrel added to this beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ (1,941 characters)

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't Smisje Great Reserva from Brouwerij Smisje
80 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.