't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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5/5 rDev +26.9%
I've never given a beer a perfect score before, but I'll be damned if this ain't one of the best beers in Ebenezers. Warming, smooth, and this beer will kick your ass. Dark, rich, malty, with the 12% abv very well hidden, with a nice sweet balance. Very lightlty hopped, this is a VERY BIG BEER. WARNING: THIS WILL KICK YOUR ASS! highly recommended Chris
05-12-2007 04:09:53 | More by Delerium
4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured a nice amber with a dense off-white head.
The aroma had a wide array of complex components: Brown sugar, dates, plums, burnt raisins, and some zesty spices were carried up by the volatile 12% alcohol.
The flavor of the beer was simply amazing. Every sip brought out new and complex flavors as it warmed up. Everything from well rounded caramel and dark fruits, to lively and spicy poached apples and pears. Slight phenolics added a nice tingle to the especially high alcohol content of this brew. A reasonable level of fusel alcohols helped give this brew a warming sensation. The floral hops were slightly higher that most quads I've had, helping to balance out the sweetness that is typical of the style.
The mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a syrupy viscosity. A nice creaminess helped round out the flavors. The carbonation was perfect. Many bottle conditioned quads can be a little too carbonated, but this one was dialed in.
The amount of complexity and bouquet of flavors and aromas made this beer very drinkable, having me look forward to each new sip. This was an outstanding quad, at the top with Rochefort 10 and Westy 12. I'm off to the store to stock up on some more.
02-21-2007 18:11:58 | More by SacoDeToro
4.63/5 rDev +17.5%
A: Cloudy dark amber with a fizzy off-white head that only barely sticks around.
S: Dark fruits - figs, dates and the like. Some Candi sugar, and spices.
T: Excellent! Lots of dark fruits - fig, dates for sure. And delicious at that. Orange peel, coriander are also there, all nicely balanced. Man, that is delicious. Perfectly balanced, without a hint of alcohol.
M: Perfect! Everything is balanced and fulfilling, yet there is absolutely no trace of the 12%. This is how the best Belgian beers really shine. I could believe 8% - but 12%, incredible.
D: Oh man, this is way, way too drinkable for a 12% beer.
Highly recommended. To be entirely honest, I don't understand why this beer is below 4 for the average review. I'd put this up there with the best of the Belgians.
04-25-2007 06:36:26 | More by rallison
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
I love this beer. Vintage unknown into 25cl chalice.
A- Brown, like fall leaves or dirt. Active carbonation settles into a tight ring of tiny bubbles.
S- Huge waves of fruity sweetness, plums and cherries. Like a bouquet of flowers.
T- Candi sugar comes on strong, malt, mellow sweet fruit and strong honey. A bit of tobacco and a bit of musty earthiness. Label says 'lemon balm', and the crispness is def. there on the front of the tongue.
M- Smooth, full-bodied, mellow flavors. No sign of ABV. Very expansive flavor profile. Carbonation is dialed in perfectly- light bubbles keep the beer moving nicely.
O- I can't get enough, by far my favorite quad. Worth seeking out.
08-11-2011 00:05:09 | More by ShogoKawada
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
375ml bottle poured into a Goblet
A Poured a very nice and hazy burnt amber with a nice brownish tint to it, almost a fig type of color. A smallish maybe one finger high head of off white frothy lace came across the top and lingered for a moment before settling down to just a thin layer across the top. There was some decent carbonation streaming up towards the top, but the side glass lace was very nice. Silky like strands that encircled the glass throughout the entire session. Very nice presentation.
S The aroma was rich with lots of dark yeast and subtle hints of fruit. Some plums and grapes could be picked up along with a bit of a sour note and a very nice touch of sweetness in the back. It was a very upfront aroma with nice complex layers of different fruit like smells. Very inviting.
T The flavor was wonderful. Very full with the first obvious taste being a deep rooted fruitiness. A nice mellow onset really had to be warmed up before the good stuff started to shine through. A nice touch of plums and peaches were very evident along with a good amount of sour in the back. This was nothing outrageous and sometimes came across quite subtle, but the flavor was really wonderful. Dark and rich hints of figs and grain were becoming apparent along with a ling drawn out finish that had that nice little sour bite at the end and the ever so subtle hint of apple. Very nice indeed.
M A nice medium bodied ale with good carbonation this was an easy dinner sipper. There was a nice silky quality to it and the depth of the feel let the flavors really roll out and let you explore all the options.
D Very nice I could have easily had another when this was done. It was something that was to be savored, to be enjoyed over a period of time. This was nothing you wanted to rush as you would have missed out on a great session.
Overall this was unique and wonderful. Something a bit different that I really was not expecting, but that was a wonderful surprise. I really enjoyed how well the yeast was able to morph into different flavors as the temperature changed during the session and found this to be on the whole very warm and enjoyable. I greatly look forward to trying this again in the near future.
12-20-2007 11:20:37 | More by mikesgroove
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
Note: Be careful pouring this one... there's a lot of yeast in there, and it'll sneak past you unless you're ready. On the other hand, it's not bad if you do let it go through. Also, my bottles all had the same label which read "brewed in 2002" - I guess this was a special brew made for members of the Burgundian Babble Belt.
Carefully poured from a longstanding bottle, it's a slightly hazy chestnut brown beneath a superbly creamy head of ivory that looks like some kind of creamy soup. The head retention is excellent (particularily for a beer with an alcohol content of 12%!), and it leaves short walls of solid lace just above the surface, and some thin, residual lace throughout the goblet.
The nose is fruity (strawberry, sugared plum) with a caramelish maltiness and an occassional whiff of alcohol.
In the mouth it's lightly zesty on the tongue before billowing out into an airy cushion.
The rich, wide, and satiating flavor is full of strawberry, raisin, cola, tangerine, sugared pineapple, and some mild papaya above a puddle of caramel that's sprinkled with dry cocoa and livened by a splash of alcohol.
It finishes with a receeding fruity sweetness that leaves behind a smear of caramelish malt.
05-23-2005 23:12:51 | More by NeroFiddled
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
A surprisingly excellent little brew, which I'd never heard of but found at a local store.
Thin, sponge-like head. Muddy orange-brown that ressembles a long island iced tea. Nose is very lightly laced with a peppery feel, not terribly complex but pleasant. Perhaps some pumpkin pie for good measure.
Flavor is much more interesting, oddly enough. Bitter mango skins, a slight roasty flavor, and grilled fruit move along in a sweeping and disturbingly apocolyptic finish -- that is, in the sense that it really cleans itself up nicely.
The 12% abv is nearly completely hidden in this beer, especially compared to other such large beers. Absolutely a delight to drink. I think this is kind of an "easy" but pleasant Belgian.
08-27-2003 03:03:21 | More by marburg
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
The beer poured clear then chunky golden deep amber. The head was large and in charge lasting to lace the glass.
The aroma was malty with deep dark caramel. The aroma almost had a graham cracker character. Definite biscuit and dark fruit aromas but no alcohol aromas.
The flavor was a different story. Lots of dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Caramel maltiness with plums and raisins, but the alcohol lightens the body so it does not become cloying.
The finish was dry with raisin and caramel flavors lasting into the aftertaste and alcohol warming long after the last swallow was taken. The body was medium and well done.
This beer is very well done. The flavors work together in concert and even though there is alcohol present it is not overpowering to the senses and actually adds to the complexity and drinkability of this beer. I should have purchased more...
11.2 ounce bottle.
05-12-2004 22:47:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
Clear, dark amber liquid with a creamy off white head that has no problem sticking to the sides of the glass. Quite a nice looking beer in the glass.
The nose reminds me of a port wine. Slightly fruity and acidic at first followed by a musty, earthy background.
Tastes like peaches and apples up front followed by the sweetness of caramel and brown sugar until finishing with dusty, earthy yeast.
Mouthfeel is chewy and sweet and the drinkability is superb.
Nice one that I'll have again. And again, and again, and again.
12-15-2005 12:36:43 | More by ggroller
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
A.Cloudy burgundy in appearance.Hard to see carbination due to cloudyness. Very small head probably due to the pour of the waitress.
S.Plum is the most prominant smell. With some other fruits in the mix, and a hint of alcohol.
T.Unique even among quads. A hint of plum and fig, sweet but does not hinder.
M.Near perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant.
D.Excellant for a quad, I would be able to drink two of these and enjoy the whole ride a third would be pushing it.The alcohol is also a factor to consider at 12%.
08-16-2008 23:49:11 | More by alovesupreme
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Reviewed from my notes of a rare cask pour at the Lion's Pride's Belgian Beer Festival. This cask was just tapped moments before I was served a glass; it had been stored in a cooler, so it was at a lower temperature than most cask beers are poured. It has a beautiful creamy copper/brown color. There are two fingers worth of white foam. The head settled slowly to an even skim of white. Perfect lace was left behind. This is exactly how a cask beer should look. It has a subtle aroma; a little cidery, spicy and sweet. It's a good balance of the strong smells you get from a quad and the faint smells from casked beer. The flavor has sweet malts up front, with some crystal sugar and a slight cider taste. There is alcohol and pepper in the finish. It's very unique and tasty. It has a lighter medium body; surprising for a quad, but right in line with a lot of the cask beers I've tried. There isn't much carbonation, but more than other casks, perhaps keeping the cask chilled helped with this. The beer leaves a great sweet coating on my tongue. There are plenty of alcohol vapors as well. It is slightly stickier than I like; I would rate it a 4.25 if I could. This is supremely drinkable, considering the strength, alcohol and spice. It's such a unique beer, I can't really say if it exceeds or conforms to the expectations of any style. It's just great. If you ever see the BBB on cask, get it!
03-08-2010 16:19:01 | More by ToasterChef
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
purchased on sale at my favorite bottle shop on sale for 3.99. couldnt pass that up! poured into a brand new chimay chalice. the label looks like it was copied on an ancient copier and can hardly be read
A- this one pours out a murky dark brown with lighter highlights the higher up the glass you look. a small khaki colored head forms and lasts the entire length of the beer. it leaves a solid wall of sticky lacing behind after every sip.
S- lots and lots of sweet malts. brown sugar and dark fruits. figs and raisins are the strongest. plums and cherries as well.
T- as with the smell, this one is very sweet. brown sugar loud and clear, followed by lots of ripe dark fruits. cherries, figs, plums, raisins and tobacco. the massive amount of alcohol in this one is very well hidden.
M- medium and nearly full bodied, which is a little thick for the style. a nice lowish level of carbonation which is also unusual. both seem to work for this one however. a moderate warming from the alcohol on its way down.
D- easy to drink and a fine choice to christen my new glass. the alcohol is remarkably well hidden and could have been a problem if i didnt know how strong it was. something ill try to go back and snatch a few more up of. check this one out if you get the chance.
06-25-2009 03:07:49 | More by jwinship83
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
05/05/08- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Bottled in 2002, poured into my Rochefort chalice.
Appearance- Mohaganey in color with a bit of murky yeast floating around (small particles). About a 1/2 inch head which dies quickly. Leaves light spotty lace.
Smell- Fruity for sure with a caramel malted background. Definite figs, dates and raisins. Smells like it's going to be sugary as well.
Taste- Sugary, but not to the point of too much. Caramel malt flavor upon the first sip that changes to dark fruits (raisins and figs) and then mutates into a tropical flavor?!?! Thinking peaches. Odd, but really refreshing. Has a whiskey like alcohol flavor as well. Really hides the 12% abv well.
Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation, but still smooth at the same time.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one. Have one more in my stash. Think I will age it for a few more years to see how it fares. Great flavors!
05-07-2008 00:02:09 | More by GClarkage
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Murky toffee brown with a massive puffy root-beer-float-sized head, smells like fermenting fruit and biscuits. Great lacing left behind in the glass.
Flavors of bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, fruit pectin, gold raisins with an alcohol bite. A taste balanced between 2 extremes (sweetness and alcohol) with everlasting carbonation, the alcohol bite is not so much that it would put you off though, it's more of a compliment to the sweetness than anything. This beer made the hair on my forearms stand up. Not a cheap beer, this stuff is worth the price though.
06-07-2004 01:52:44 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into a Duvel glass, a rich, burgundy hue, dark, hazy crimson, under a solid layer of white foam...
Ah! Lovely aroma here, instantly reminds one of cognac, port wine, dark fruits, spice, wood, a whiff of leather...love it!
Have to stop smelling and actually taste the guy...large flavor, filling the mouth, bright, yet deep, and boozy, like a particularly wicked spiked punch. Ripe cherries and pungent grapes...sticks on the palate, and stays a spell..Rich, tasty, and relatively easy to down. Very much like a barleywine or an old ale. Delcious!
Long fruity finish, big mouthfeel, full bodied, ...alcohol doesn't stand out, although it should, if it really is 12 %...or is it I who have become inured to big boozy badness?
A bit expensive, but worth trying, for sure. And certainly a sweet one, getting warmer as we go along...almost done now, and it's creeping up on me!
01-26-2007 10:18:13 | More by feloniousmonk
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Stuby Belgian small bottle, brewed in 2002 according to the label. Pours dark brown, cloudy, tan head, with yeast chunks floating around, nice lacing evident.
Nose is medicinal, earthy, hint of horse blanket, musty.
Notes of raisins, minty, yeast notes,alcohol evident but somehow kept in the background (even at 12%!), chunky malty center, spicy hoppyness clears things out for a long and complex finish. Get out the stinky cheese and crusty bread, this is a hearty brew, complex, flavorful and pungent. Belgian strong dark ale lovers rejoice
09-25-2004 01:55:57 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a hazed copper with a big tan colored head. A careful pour from a snub-nosed bottle left lots of particles and protein coagulation left in suspension. Good lacing. Sweet, caramelly, toffee-like aromas as well as some faint old ale smells, like straight graininess, some hops and fusel alcohols and a light fruitiness. Good carbonation, which helps cut the high alcohol. Richly sweet, subtly grassy and botanical, and lightly tropical in it's starfruit-like fruitiness. Mild spicing evident, certainly not overwhelming, but hard to decipher any specifics. This beer certainly hides it's boasty 12% ABV pretty well with an array of sensations on the palate, but note it is an asskicker.
09-04-2004 09:28:35 | More by crookedhalo
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Nice cloudy mahogany color. Aroma and flavor are pretty much identical... raisins, figs, dates, caramel malts, and spicy. Alcohol is basically undetectable. Delicious, warming and fairly complex, this beer is a real treat. Pick up a few if you can find it.
04-04-2008 22:16:02 | More by turdburglar
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.