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't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje BBBourgondier't Smisje BBBourgondier

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103 Reviews
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Reviews: 103
Hads: 138
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 01-12-2003

Currently only 50 cases of this beer are available per year. Brewed in honor of the Burgundian Babble Belt.
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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Stubby 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass Duvelian bottle sealed with a salmon red crown cap. Very *cheap* looking label, looks like a 58th generation poor quality faded color print from a warn out photocopier cropped by a wonky worn out guillotine - I could have done better with my HP Printer and some quality paper with a good pair of Scissors. Listed as “BBBourgondier’ and that it is ‘Brewed and Botlled (that’s supposed to be two t’s guys) by De Regenboog’. Listed as 12% ABV.

Appearance: Dark brown with orange copper inputs. Beige head has some tobacco stains set into a tan colored head that froths quickly on the pour but soon rests as a thin covering. Minimal lacing with a healthy fine conditioning.

Nose: Plums and figs with a prune juice background. Strength in the nose from the warm alcohols. Dark fruits add some complexity to the nasal vapors whilst a hint of brown sugar breaks through when it warms.

Taste: Caramel malts act like a base solvent for the raisins, figs and prunes which meld nicely with a smooth swirl in and amongst the alcohol. The ending has a gentle spice laden hop character to it, which is enjoyable and all too sadly short lived. The lingering finish is of dark fruits with a very cozy attenuation. I love the balanced nature of this megalith brew.

Mouthfeel: Fusel alcohols warm the gullet from the off and line the throat to the stomach with trace heating. Just a hint of sweetness long after the swallow, like an evaporating boiled sugar solution there is a light tacky texture on the lips and tongue on occasion.

Drinkability: It is 12% but it is hard to knock this for Drinkability, despite its strength. The fulcrum is equally in between the spectrum of flavors and seems to neatly balance them all whilst retaining a healthy wallop in the sipping department at the same time. A great “last of the evening” brew.

Overall: I’m all for substance over style, but unfortunately that is all you have to judge a beer on when purchasing sometimes. Sadly the low quality bottle presentation is at odds with the price, but thankfully not indicative of the contents. Even so, what does a *real* label cost?

Great beer, but word to B.United…..sort the label out, it’s bloody naff !!

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

Pours a hazy chestnut with a decent head that mostly fades , but sticks around as a thin, swirly cap. Fruity and slightly funky with persimmon and apricot. No hint of the bandaid aroma that you sometimes get with this brewery. The taste is quite a bit more sour, but with more sweet persimmon to balance the the flavors. A touch of lemon and sweet red apple rounds it out. Quite tame and smooth for the style, and the alcohol is unbelieavably well hidden. Nice, if a bit on the soft side.

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Photo of cbl2
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/16/2007 $4.99 11.2 oz. 12.00% No best by date.


Pours a hazy deep dark brown topped by a half inch of tight tan head that is molasses-in-January slow to settle.


Subtle notes of dark ripe fruit, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol, but very subdued for a quadruple.


Nice chewy mouthfeel with flavors of ripe pear dipped in caramel. Warming alcohol appears towards the finish, but for 12% ABV, it is masked extremely well. A very pleasant, easy to drink enjoyable quad. Not overly complex, but tasty.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting color..kind of a deep orange mahogany, clear through the pours, translucent in the glass..sediment on the bottom...yes, I'm gonna do the conditioned stuff. Sheets of pastel off orange Belgian lacing. Earthy nose that hints that this one is going to be on the thin side. Raisin, figs and plum, a little booze; all quite nice but slightly understated. The flavor matches up quite nicely with the nose. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel as understated as the nose. REALLY can't believe that this one is 12% ABV. Drinkability??your call. This one will creep up and bite you in the a$$, but crazy incognito. Recommended for those who consider themselves quad-noisseurs. Cheers..glad to find this one at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass on tap at Mugs Ale house

Poured a hazy reddish brown with a very little head, that didn't stick around too long

a little Sour and a bit earthy on the nose, scents of plum, caramel, maybe a little bit of fig.

Tastes of apple orange, plum, raisin, cola, caramel, a very tastey beer.

glad to have had the opportunity to have this on tap.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded dark amber brown with a small amount of tan head that does not stay around too long. Nose is strong with raisins and a bit of caramel. Also musty tones lingering as well. Flavor is smooth and sweet. Not a huge range of character, but still well made. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for being 12%. Feel is the expected with not a huge amount of carbonation. Definitely drinkable. May not be the greatest quad ever, but it is certainly well made and is good to try.

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Photo of daftafne
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had at Rich O's in New Albany tonight -

Poured from the bottle with a finger of head which was gone quickly. This beer had a light brown/deep amber color. Smelled like dates. Initially tasted raisens, dates, and carmel. Then, some resiliant hops. Lightly sweet, fairly smooth. Medium body with the 12% etoh felt on the tongue as I let the beer sit. Very good, I'm glad I was able to sample this rather rare brew.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI and poured into a snifter while still cool from their cooler.. Reddish brown tint not hazy, not dirty, quite a nice looking beer in the glass. Little bit of head, fine bubbles.

Figs and raisins on the nose, brown sugar, malty goodness.

Taste is quite something on this one, for a big beer you don't get as much of the alcohol as you would think and the malts and the belgian yeast really balance well, brown sugar intermingles with a the malts as well.

Mouthfeel is kind of chewy, quite a lingering affect on the pallete.

Interesting beer! Quite good for a belgian quad.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper colour, a thin receding off white head. looks nicely carbonated. had to be careful, as there was a lot of sludge in the bottle that was floating particularly high.

aroma is toffee, caramel, and a bit of an estery alcohol. not the strongest smelling beer I have had, and certainly the faintest of any belgian strong dark ale I have encountered.

Taste is fully caramel, bread notes, clay, pear, and honey. the alcohol is certainly present, but it fits with the flavour profile. finishes sweet and has a long, pleasant aftertaste of apples. overall the flavour is kind of old tasting, a bit muddled.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent. nice amount of champagne like carbonation, but not enough to kill the flavour. medium-light body. drinkability is fine as I can finish the bottle, and I don't see why you would want to drink 2 of these in a row anyhow.

A nice beer, nothing marvelous, but not bad by any means. Another notch on the belgium post, and grab it if you see it. This will not be a repeat buy for me, as it cost 4.59 for a small bottle, and I can get better belgians for cheaper.

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Photo of HombreWing
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle....Duvel shaped glass

Eyes: Bright thru the bottle...popped the cap and it foamed some disturbing the sediment. Like a hazy red sunset now. Head that laced but never more than a finger.

Nose: Sour notes more than anything. some yeast pepperiness.

Tongue: Sour notes there. Some malt sweetness balanced by yeast spice. Finishes somewhat dry

Texture: thin for 12%

Overall experience: I had this beer one other time. Don't remember it like this at all. Fuller bodied...more malt presence. Dark Caramel notes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dark pecan colored body with a yellowish-beige thick head that makes ring marks with each sip. The body is a bid dense but microbubbles of carbonation can be seen gliding up the sides of the glass.

S- This beer has a faint banana smell with a light candy sugar and toffee smell to it slightly similar to bananas foster. There is a light herbal green lemon note in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth sweetness with a faint plastic and caramel taste to it. There is a faint banana taste in the background with a light floral lemon note at the finish. A soft bitterness of an herbal quality finish the aftertaste but doesn't linger.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat at the finish that does a nice job of balancing the sweetness.

D-This beer has some nice big sweetness with a nice alcohol finish but not much depth in the flavor. The plastic note as a bit odd but the rest of the flavor compensated for it.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany tinged maroon beer with a fluffy wheat hued head that settles into a lasting ring leaving very little lace.

Aroma is standard Belgian dark ale; stewed plum, berries, raisins, and fig with hints of dry leather and earthy wood. There's a bit of spice and banana from the yeast.

Flavor a bit more pronounced. Dark stewed fruit, vanilla, hazlenuts, and dark caramel and candi sugar. Almost like a Belgian Barleywine. WArming and heady.

Body is quite big with active carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. I like the addition of Valerian and Lemonbalm, although I cannot taste them. Nice and worth the 5 bucks or so that I paid for this.

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Photo of impending
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Poured a nearly transparent garnet butterscotch, fairly light. Aggressive pour required for minor head that receded to the surface rather quick, large bubbles at the base of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma is not of a quad. Minor dark fruits, predominately light skinned. Strong sweetness, honey.

Taste surprises, a minor phenolic smokiness rides the length of the flavor. Taste is rather simple, lacks complexity. Again, strong sweetness. The aftertaste while lacking definition fades pleasantly. Warmth from alcohol is restrained. Full bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red color, with virtually no head. 12% abv with lots peppery floaties.

S: quite strange with a sweet caramel peanut butter aroma and some bread.

T: The flavor was full of nice dark fruit, plums, prunes and raisins. Nice warming caramel with some alcohol detection but is very well hidden other wise. Also some fresh apples and toffee is detected in flavor. Upon warming alcohol stands out, caramel apple and warm fruit.

M: active from the carbonation with a nice silkiness texture to it. Slippery on the tongue.

D: The abv of 12% is very well hidden, perhaps to much so. Very sweet and a very good try.

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Photo of biercircus
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This reminded me a lot of the 't Smisje Kerst Quadrupel.

A - filled up a Chimay glass nicely with a dark body and a thick, creamy head. Head lasted fairly long with a little fizziness.

S - light smell of vanilla and cola, though not very strong

T - raisiny and milky-sweet coffee, a tad of chocolate and lasting, complex finish, not bitter at all

M- some fizz, some oily smoothness

D- Very smooth, easy to drink, lots of flavor. Good example of a quadrupel, although not as distinct as a Rochefort 10 or a Westvleteren 12.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amberish cider color with loads of haze and sediment. Head is full figured, light beige color.

S: Caramel, raspberries, lemon, powdered cocoa, fresh dark fruits and toasted cereals.

T: Begins with a lot of upfront brown sugar which moves quickly to caramel apple. Lemon is definately apparent on the tip of the tongue all through the process. The dark fruits that come next really taste right off the vine, not the saturated and syrupy presentation that sometimes comes with quads. Get a lot of chocolate covered orange towards the back of the palate. Finishes with what I can only assume is the valerian root because I'm not really familiar with this flavor...sort of like Sprite with alcohol esters actually.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel. Carbonation started out really agressive but like most Belgians chilled out after a while.

D: Interesting beer. More like a dubbel with seasonings than a quad (except for the alcohol content). This one would develop some interesting characteristics with a few years of age...not sure how old mine was.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did not know this was a 12% Quad when I opened it. Brewed with "valerian and lemon balm"- now that's a new one!

Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle with a slightly messed up label from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in January 2007 for $6.49; tasted in April 2007.

When opened, the inner rim of the neck of the glass was heavily coated with gunk- yeast, protein bits, whatever. But it made me wary- OK, I was slightly frightened. Carbonation started building a head in the bottle before I started the pour.

Look is a moderate mud. Some head. Mostly mud.

Aroma is quite unique. Rich and full, but also some spice that is quite distinctive. I have no idea what the hell it is, but it's distinctive. Almost a menthol-mint Vicks Vapo-Rub kind of thing, but much more pleasant than that sounds.

Flavor is quite tasty- well balanced rich slightly sweet maltiness, a pleasant herb/spice mix. Rich mouthfeel kept me sipping this one before I knew the ABV, and I'm glad of it. Some alcohol burn on the back of my throat.

Generally I like it, but it's a little too rich for my blood. In my world, I would take a Rochefort or something else first, but this is good enough!

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Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Max's today.

The beer pours an orange, tannish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose offers up brown sugar, orange and considerable spice. On the palate this beer is definitely on the sweet side, with brown sugar, chocolate and spice. The spice helps to cut through some of the sweetness, but there's no denying that this beer is on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the sweetness and alcohol, though on the other hand, there is plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good for the sweetness and alcohol, though there's no denying that a little bit goes a long way.

Nice beer on cask.

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Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mirky amber color. The smell is of alcohol and the ever so familiar sweet smell that comes from the belgian candy sugar that I assume was used in this brew. It resembles raisins or dates, something along that line. The taste is sweet, honey-like. It also has hints of dark fruit like dates, raisins, and alcohol is there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth. It has the perfect amount of carbonation for the amount of flavor in the beer. It is a very drinkable beer but how many of these can one actually handle. Drink one and then consider switching down to something less dangerous. I would definately recommend it.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured a slightly red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, citrus, lemon rine, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, citrus, lemon rine, wheat, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Ovearll this was a decent brew. Based on the aroma I really wasn't expecting much from this brew. However, the flavor was quite complex and pretty good. Not sure how the citrus aspect was supposed to tie into this brew, but it didn't kill it in any way; just didn't enhance it. Worth trying for any fan of the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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...

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Photo of scooter231
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, so I expected a lot. At first sight... yeck, not a pretty beer. Looks like muddy water. However, looks can be deceiving, so I'll look past it... Smell is raisins. Sweet, alcoholic, raisins. Taste is a bit less intense- still lots of alcoholic raisins, but not as overwhelming. Sweet, a bit bready. Mouthfeel is chewy, sudsy, more bubbly than I'd expect for such a high alcohol brew. Overall quite drinkable, and pretty tasty. Good bang for your buck. And alcohol is waaaay sneaky.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

quad done with valerian root and lemon balm, a nice herbal touch to a peciuiarly light base quad. cloudy medium amber color without much thickness, i am surprised how light this is, with effervescent carbonation it hardly looks like a quad at all. the yeast is forward in the nose, with esters of pears and figs and raisins, as well as a green tea bitterness likely from the lemon balm. the flavor is the same as the nose, not super complex or evolving, but extremely different from what we generally expect in a quad. absent is the dense dark sweet grains, and instead there is an herbal springtime lightness to it that aids in drinkability. i would never in a million years guess 12% abv for this beer, it drinks so much lighter than that. a beer that probably deserves a little more attention on our shores here, especially considering how affordable it is. i wish for more body out of a quad, and thats the part that really threw me off, but i loved the bright bubbles and the dryness on the finish. cool use of these botanicals in a very unique beer.

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't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.