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't Smisje Dubbel - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Dubbel't Smisje Dubbel

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BA SCORE
85
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2003)
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

11-27-2013 22:43:10 | More by dtivp
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%

07-24-2014 02:24:06 | More by DrBier
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another fun beer from this brewery. a tip of the cap to the classic belgian dubbel, but this one is done with dates and honey, a cool way to add fermentables and flavor without the classic use of candy sugar in this style, at least in its normal capacity. blonde in color for a dubbel, more light amber or copper than brown, with a half inch of fizzy murky head. it smells sweet, the fruit and honey are evident right away, and the belgian yeast smells like a classic strain, fruity and prickly and familiar in the abbey types. lighter malt profile to the taste, but hints of maple syrup and molasses are there. the dates give it a very ramadan sort of vibe, like the dried fruits you eat as soon as the sun goes down. not overly sweet in the finish but its there. great carbonation and lighter feel for the style. much like the quad they do, the alcohol was expertly hidden in this one. fun beer, i like their clever twists on styles we all think we knew too well. way to shake things up!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2014 16:04:45 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rihup

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

10-26-2013 21:55:34 | More by Rihup
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the beer is poured. Smell is of malt, toffee, dark fruit, spice, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and tobacco flavors on the finish. A slight cardboard presence shows up in the flavor as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some age and oxidation but still has some interesting aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 02:02:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a huge half glass off-white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, some oxidation cardboard. Flavor is well integrated caramel malt, dark dried fruit and lighter contribution of light stone fruit, sweet. Finishes sweet with some non hop bitterness, perhaps from Belgian spices. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. An interesting dubbel with a mixture of fruit flavors spanning peach, plum, dates and raisins, but well melded. Finishes with sweet caramel and hints of oxidation. Although I just got this bottle, I suspect that it has some age on it and I don't know the storage conditions. I get the impression that some of the nuances may be covered by the light oxidation flavors here. It is definitely a beer that can handle aging and tastes good, with a pleasant heat-reduced caramel flavor in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 03:13:31 | More by LiquidAmber
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-03-2013 21:31:44 | More by WOLFGANG
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-01-2013 23:33:07 | More by mrfrancis
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-28-2012 04:33:07 | More by jrpapajcik
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

11-12-2012 02:48:47 | More by t0rin0
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass at Lazy Boy White Plains, NY. Pours deep brown syrup color with a bit of see-through reddish blonde. No head at all. Smells of sweet belgian yeast with a lot of spice; mainly licorice. Taste is very much like it smells...licorice and dried fruit dominate. Its smooth, and suoer easy to drink, especially for such a high abv. Its good, but not the best dubbel out there. They are just very intersting to me and seem to have some different flavors to the style...worth a shot for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 18:56:35 | More by DrinkSlurm
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jjcote

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

09-16-2012 01:04:43 | More by jjcote
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cowboy83

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%

08-28-2012 02:55:07 | More by cowboy83
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JakeDebus

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-07-2012 12:41:57 | More by JakeDebus
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jpcool9

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-05-2012 01:35:20 | More by jpcool9
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a beer to bridge the gap between grape and grain, then this rich and vinous Dubbel should do the trick!

pouring with a very bubbly vivacency, the beer quickly builds a billowing ivory head that settles into a rocky persistant foam stance. High on retention and leaving pockets of lace behind, the beer does all that Dubbels are asked. Even the burnish brown, rust-like hazy appearance sings the song of authentic Dubbel Ales.

Aromas of malt, fruit, and wine all culminate with a complementary notes of caramel and grape, toast and cider, dates, figs, cherries, and apples to merlot and balsamic and pepper. All fuel a very complex and inviting nose.

Delicious malty richness starts the flavor spread as caramel, chocolate, nuts, and mild toast give a rounded and masculine demeanor behind the veil of confectioner's sugar or candied fruits. The bridge to wine begins as the tart fruit flavors of apples, cherries, berries, and grape transition to richer fruit flavors of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, and prunes- all before turning to young balsamic, vinous, nearly tannic notes of red wines and nutty oak. Pepper with bittered orange peel, both white and black pepper corns, alcohol spice, and earth hop bitterness round out the finish for a whimsical lingering of fruit and malt.

Medium-full bodied, the expansive carbonation expands delightfully in the mouth for a very 'airy' feel. As the beer lifts far from the tongue, the flavor of the beer seems trapped in the effervesence and the only real appreciation is in the retro-olfactory experiene. This leads to a very palatable and drinkable session that weights effortlessly on the mouth and stomach. The airy and dry finish captures alcohol wamrth, zesty spice, and tart fruit flavors in a fleeting memory.

If Belgian Dubbels are supposed to do more than this beer delivers then I haven't seen it. Masterful in recipe formulation and execution- this is a very well balanced and complex Belgian Dubbel that demands praise!

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 05:35:00 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

01-05-2012 08:24:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-25-2011 23:11:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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pixieskid

Germany

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I have been pouring these into my trusty Stuise glass; excessive carbonation has been the theme of the beers I have been tasting lately.

Pours a nice dark orange/brown color with a solid 3 finger head that dissipates to a lingering lace of about a half an inch for the duration of the drinking.

The nose is quite interesting; dark fruits and sweetness per the standard of the style but with something lingering that I can't quite put my finger on...fig jelly maybe.

Nice spiciness upfront with notes of figs, candied/brown sugar, and a bit of earthy bitterness with a lingering honey note.

Finishes with a slight dry bitterness and a balance of booze and brown sugar.

Overall; one amped up Dubbel that has some solid notes and a well hidden abv.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 20:50:17 | More by pixieskid
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fusco86

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking short bottle - 11.2 oz.

Poured into a standard red wine glass. Pours a nice copper red with thick creamy foam that won't go away after several minutes.

Aroma hits you immediately after pouring, alcohol and ripe fruit. Sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely carbonated.

"Ale brewed with honey and dates"

The dates are certainly present in the aroma and taste. Some honey at the end, but I'm struggling to detect it in the aroma. Nice warm, lingering finish. 9% is not as well-hidden as other Belgians. Overall a nice Dubbel.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 03:16:04 | More by fusco86
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woemad

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at J.B.'s on the northside of Spokane for $6.99. No freshness date. Also, the label is totally different than the one posted here.

Poured a dark, tea-like russett color that only slightly lightens when held up to light. Big, creamy and bubbly beige head that stick around a long time and leaves lots of lace on the sides of a Chimay goblet.

Honey and fruits in the nose, which is not surprising when one considers that the label calls this beer a "ale brewed with honey and dates." Some spices as well.

Honey is the first flavor to hit the tastebud beachhead, immediately followed by spicy notes, fruity esters and some mild, grassy hop notes. In the background is a cloak of dark fruits - not doubt the vaunted dates. As it warms, the alcohol heat becomes a tangible presence.

The mouthfeel is that of all well-made Belgians, featuring a sprightly effervescence that is too often missing from American versions of the style.

A very tasty beer. Although the price is rather high for something coming in a 11.2oz stubbie, this is too boozy for sessioning, anyway. I was looking for a good nightcap, and I found one.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 08:21:12 | More by woemad
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Rmason104

Nebraska

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -!Odd appearance. Not so much cloudy as cluttered. A lot of residual matter there even after careful pour. BTW: be warned, this is a VERY active beer. Open over a sink or outdoors. The head almost erupts out of the bottle. Takes several minutes to settle
Not getting much from the nose. Sweet, malty.
T- this is a rich, thick powerful beer. Especially as it warms you get the high ABV. Sweet up front, bitter towards the end. Lingering aftertaste.
M - thick & chewy. Up front almost as syrupy as some quads
O - I do like this one, although not as much as some Smisje beers. The head is very overboard though. Reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode when Bobby puts too much soap in the washing machine. Suds are out of control!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:57:29 | More by Rmason104
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impending

California

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy orangish butterscotch with little head. Not particularly attractive.

Big rich sweet aroma, distinct raw honey scent. Sweetness defines the nose but better than that sounds.

Bitter dark fruits surrounding a sweet honey core dripping in alcohol. Sweet but not nearly as much as the nose indicated. The alcohol, while not boozy, is considerably far forward and properly appropriate to balance the sweet. Bitter sweet aftertaste lingers considerably especially at room temp. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
dubbels get no bigger
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:13:22 | More by impending
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Dubbel with an accented edge of honeyed dates.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Yellow label with a cartoonish portrait of a mustached character looking intensely. Offers a one-liner with a bare description of the brew. Notes 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, nice frothy head, good retention and fair surface memory with some consistent lacing.

S - Caramelized malt, with a fruity sweetness over the yeasty whiff.

T - Taste provided a rich sugary and malty sense coated with a nice sense of the dates, honey is not so prominent in the sense that it seems woven with the date note. Touch of spices around the yeast element.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation and a smooth sense with a crisp finish.

O - Solid dubbel notes with the fruity sweetness. It works rather well.

Notes: Pretty nice brew, nothing to necessarily step out of one´s way but a quality experience to recommend.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 14:19:15 | More by Daniellobo
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josefnewsong

New York

4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

A - one of the best and most unique-looking beers I've ever seen. Pours a light brownish, almost opaque color with swirls of what looks like tan-colored cream or smoke creeping around the glass. I've never seen anything like it
S - Belgian yeast, hints of vanilla and whiskey, definitely complex. There are other smells I can't pinpoint
T - Taste's like it smells, with candied sugar/honey added to the mix. This is a spectacular beer
M - on the heavier side for the style, full-bodied and creamy but still well carbonated. Very unique
D - extremely drinkable, the alcohol is never overbearing in the slightest, and it's just such a unique brew. Just threw one in the cellar

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 21:40:27 | More by josefnewsong
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