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't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje

't Smisje BBBourgondier't Smisje BBBourgondier

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88
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Currently only 50 cases of this beer are available per year. Brewed in honor of the Burgundian Babble Belt.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 01-12-2003)
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Reviews by chOAKbarrell:
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short, fat little bottle with a stumpy neck. Interesting messy colorful label. Muddy colored beer. Off to a not-so-great start.

A kinda sweet, alcoholish smelling beer.

Interestingly enough, the alcohol doesnt come through all that strong in the taste. Well, not like you'd think a 12% beer would. It seems pretty even to me. A pretty satisfying hearty aftertaste.

This is pretty much "just okay" to me, straight down the line. I would never be able to distinguish it from a thousand other Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:02:12 | More by chOAKbarrell
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Kansas

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BeerDocT

Georgia

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this lonely little bottle in my local beer store and decided to buy it and check it out.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful brownish gold. Weird black gunk all around inside of neck. The beer itself was completely translucent. Nice 1/2" head quickly disappeared and left nothing on top. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet. Malt, candi sugar, deep scents of wood and yeast along with a pleasant noble hop aroma. Also a strange hint of root veggies.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet and very smooth. Middle is somewhat dry with accents on an unusual taste of rooty veggies (the bottle states that the beer was brewed with "valerian and Lemon balm" so that may explain some of it). The finish is also slightly dry, but features a wave of sweet in the middle of the palate; this quickly fades into the Aftertaste which is smooth, slightly tangy and refreshing. Absolutely no indication of the 12%+ ABV this baby is packing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: The mouthfeel certainly enhances the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 4.0: A unique tasting beer and I do not mean that with any sarcasm. The rooty flavor is interesting and not a distraction. Also, this is a big BIG beer and it is a credit to the brewers that the alcohol is successfully hidden and the focus of this beer is on taste, not alcohol consumption. Recommended...if you can find it!

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01-20-2014 06:52:29 | More by BeerDocT
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California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

08-14-2013 03:57:29 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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REDAMI

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Lighter in color than expected from a quad. Cream colored head that settles quickly.

S - Caramel, raisin, yeast...a sticky bun in a glass!

T - Alcohol bite, grainy malt, vague raisin/candy sugar flavors.

M - Thin feel with strong alcohol.

There are certainly better quads out there. This beer has the right notes but the volume has been turned way down. While the label marks it as an ale brewed with spices, these flavors are lacking or hidden by the alcohol bite.

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South Carolina

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California

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

03-11-2013 04:53:47 | More by spycow
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't strike you as a Quad - but it offers some interesting flavors.

A: nice, big head...dark amber color, rather clear

S: caramel, acetic acid (like a weakened cider vinegar)

T: woody as hell, forest-musty....lightly bread-crusty (reminiscent of Jenlain Ambree), almond?....tannic, tea-like finish....sherry-like oxidation, yet surprisingly mellow in attack, clean overall

M: smooth, medium-full, pretty dry finish, little bit of a tingle....a bit hard to tell it's 12%

O: not what I think of with a Quad, but obviously notable for other reasons....curious about the handling and age of the bottle...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 08:10:12 | More by Bouleboubier
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Colorado

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.

A-The brew has a unique, reddish-orange-hued brown color...lighter than most quads. It is quite murky. A normal pour produces about one finger of dense, tan head. A thick cap hangs around but leaves no lacing.

S-The smell is sweet and boozy, but not hot or alcoholic smelling. I get some brown sugar and dark, overripe fruit scents.

T-The taste is also sweet and boozy with flavors of overripe fruit, molasses, and rum. There is a little hit of spicy pepper on the finish.

F-The brew is medium-bodied with a little hit of fine carbonation. Between the fine carbonation and the lingering cap of foam, it produces a nice creamy feel.

O-This is a pretty good quad with a unique flavor that tends toward fruit and sugar, instead of fruit, spice, and tobacco flavors. The high ABV is not hidden, but is displayed in a tasteful manner. This brew doesn't compare with my favorite quads, but I would not hesitate to drink this again.

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Utah

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12-30-2012 02:18:19 | More by apf
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of fruits are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has some sweetness with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Magnums on the 4th of July 2010 for $5.99.

Beer opened resoundingly flat and decanted without a head. Upon further examination of the bottle i discovered it was bottled in 2002. This could be good or could be bad...

Nose was quite lovely, dark ripe fruits dominate.

Taste is pretty similar to the nose, dark fruits and candi sugar. Finishes slightly sweet. Not catching any oxidation.

Mouthfeel is fairly full nut not overly smooth.

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New Hampshire

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Washington

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with a slight head and no lacing. Aroma estery and boozy. Flavor of brown sugar, fruit, especially orange, booze. Odd spicy finish, mega booze. Interesting flavors, but not at all balanced and the alcohol dominates. Interesting flavors if it was a bit more balanced.

Serving type: bottle

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South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A good, solid aroma of fruit, yeast, and some spices.

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Serving type: bottle

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Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With ultimate strength and a dangerously drinkable notion, this Quadruple Ale celebrates estery fruits, spicy phenols, and a warm tummy.

The beer pours with a deep honey-like amber hue that's less dark than many Stong Dark Ales on the market. The beer builds a very creamy and dense egg shell white head that retains very stubbornly and with mild lace. Very impressive is the head character and staying power.

Wine-like vinous notes, spice, and an underlying musty malt character set the stage for aromas while fruity notes resemble those of cherries, figs, dates, grape, and then rum-like alcohols.

Flavors are vividly of the raison, dates, fig, and cherry fruit flavors- all of the bold and ripe vareities. The stone fruit character is in perfect contrast to the peppery spice of white pepper, black peppercorn, corriander, and dried orange peel. Low-lying sweetness seems to be mostly of candied fruits rather than bready or biscuity malt. Alcohol also lends a hand in the flavor profile with the boozy character of rum or maybe even cough syrups.

Very creamy to start, the carbonation seems to erupt from the palate in a very expansive way. As the carbonation subsides, it takes with it any malty weight and leaves more of an impression of flavor in aftertaste rather than feeling the weight of the beer on the palate- all leads to a very whimsical texture and ease in drinking. The finish brings a dry-fruity character and a hot, prickly feel from the 12% abv.

Where this Quad favors the lighter and brighter balance of nuts and fruit rather than the more chocolaty and richer varieties; it has a very dry and warm identity that should settle well with drinkers of cognac and brandy.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:06:14 | More by BEERchitect
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't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
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