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't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje BBBourgondier't Smisje BBBourgondier

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88
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of dcurrin
2/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of dnichols
2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It was a stubby 330 ml bottle poured into a frosted challis. This was one of several beers imacoug returned to Washington with after a vacation in Florida. We got together on a Sunday afternoon to share a few newbies and watch football.

A: It poured a dark cloudy brown and an abundance of black floaties that settled quickly in the base of the challis. It had a moderate head that held on and covered the surface of the beer late into the event. However, probably because of the high alcohol content, the head refused to lace the side of the glass.

S: The aroma is subtle and unremarkable. There are hints of the malts but there as an aroma that I could not place. It had a chemical smell to it that was refreshing but somewhat artificial.

T: I experienced mostly a burnt malt kind of flavor with a strong alcohol burn. Each sip offered a bit of caramel front side with a sour bite on the back side that lingered after I swallowed the beer. The flavor was mediciney and lingered way to long diminishing my enjoyment of the flavors.

M: Full bodied with a sour chemical aftertaste. No carbonation.

D: This one has a kick to it that would prevent it being a session beer. I split one with imacoug and after half a bottle a warm glow was already evident. It is poorly balanced resulting in dominant flavors that detract from the quality of the beer.

Comment: I love quads and this is definitely at home in the quad family. However, for a Belgium quad it falls short of some of its Trappist cousins, as well as short by a long shot from its brother from the same brewery.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: Perfumy aroma of amontillado, dried fruits (bananas and golden raisins), and caramel.

Taste: Caramel sweetness along with the fruits carrying over from the aroma. That's really all there is to it, flavorwise. The mercifully brief finish is a 2-to-1 blend of alcohol and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very little carbonation.

Drinkability: I can't honestly recommend this one at all. The words "stop" and "no" pop-up in my mind whenever I see this beer in stores now.

Photo of stcules
2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The foam is thin, but persistent. The smell is quite variegated, from the fruity (even inclined to the too matured fruit) to the cheese?
The colour is mud, no other way to describe it.
It has a creamy flavour, fruity. The taste is even too fruity, maybe raisin. The hop is present in the carpet of flavour. The beer is unbalanced to the sweet. The bitter is noticeable just in the aftertaste. I've tryed this beer on tap at the 24 hour of Antwerpen last year, and I remember it very different (and much better...). Maybe it is the bottle.

Photo of alexgash
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a slight murky/cloudy/dirty apricot with a thick, guazey white head. I seem to really like the look of a dirty beer! Smells of caramel/toffee malts, cardamom, licorice, and big, spicy medicinal hops. Almost smells like an English Barleywine (with spices). Big malty sweetness with stewed fruit cocktail up front. Big, spicy (fennel), medicinal warming hops and alcohol come on strong and remain so into the finish. Too cough syrupy, and with the fennely spices, not the greatest combination. Cloying and syrupy big mouthfeel. Nice looking and smelling, but...taste...could barely finish.

Photo of UnionMade
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear mahogany, a gentle pour producing nothing but the barest wisp of head. Minimal aroma, requiring me to stick my nose in the glass. Hot, fusel alcohol and rum soaked fruit. Maraschino cherry. The flavor opens with huge syrupy sweetness. Gooey caramel malt suprersaturated with candi sugar. Hot and boozy right from the start. Incredibly sweet, with that lingering saccharine bite in the end. I'd say it's cloying. Super fruity and packed with alcohol, like cherry syrup cut with grain alcohol. Peppery phenols into the finish, mostly overwhelmed by the hot, hot booze. Very little carbonation, enhancing the massive sweetness and slick mouthfeel. Crazy, and hard to drink. I feel like I could breathe fire.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of Rastacouere
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a still muddy burgundy with tons of powdery sediments. No head. No pop on opening. Very fruity nose: perfumey pears, plums, oranges, apples. Sweet caramel. woody spiciness, cinammon. Moderately yeasty. Remarkably hidden alcohol, but the flat body is very annoying and removes a big part of the excitement which is sad because there is a nice range of malt flavors and no yeasty acidity to speak of. Still, I don’t know that I would enjoy this all that much as sweet as it is and with nothing to counter it. It feels like a fruity sweet full bodied red wine.

Photo of aracauna
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had to check the ratings before I rated this one. It’s incredibly low carbonation. I was worried with the very weak pfssht on cracking the cap, but looking at the ratings here, it’s either an incredibly common problem for this beer, or a flaw in every bottle. Anyway, it pours a cloudy brown. The aroma has a nice brown sugar and honeydew melon fruitiness. The flavor adds toast and a touch of caramel to the mix. This would probably be a great beer if they pumped up the carbonation. The fact I could drink it as flat as it was says something about it.

Photo of Jredner
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is subdued..some fruit cake spices and hint of sweet malt. Cloudy brown with a good sized creamy tan head. Fore is malty with medium clove/rum cake spiciness. Very bready with a sweet spiced pudding finish. Mild bannana flavors develop as it warms.

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

the colour, A cloudy juice with apple and pear. The smell, a yeasty odour with booze, like something not ready to serve. Taste and mouthfeel - so, so, was better than warmed. Faintest whisp of head and lace. Low carbonation, after a bit of pop in the open. Was this to be served 3 years ago, or needs 6 more months to ferment?

Photo of chOAKbarrell
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.

Photo of REDAMI
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: No head on the pour, hmm, at all, I mean. Clumpy white yeast at the bottom of the bottom, body is muddy and brown. Not very appetizing.

Smell: Fruity, with some apple, citrus, raisins for sure. Alcohol is very evident.

Taste: Raisins and dark fruits, a little tart, sweet, and but more mellow than you would generally expect form of a beer this strength. Not bad, it is missing something though.

Drinkability: Carbonation. I have had tap waer with more carbonation than this beer. Flat as can be, this at least needs a little something.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not so pretty for a quad. Offwhite head and a murky brown color don't make much of an impression.
The odor is strong and sweet; nothing too complex going on in there. Sweetness and booze, some raisins can found in there.
The flavor is more of the same. Rum raisin ice cream, maybe.
The mouthfeel makes me think I've just eaten a sweet, chocolate cake, and just washed it down with some cola. RC cola comes to mind.
Not too shabby but there are plenty of brews out there for less money that are easier to get a hold of that I'd pick before this one.

Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of caramel candy apple, hazy with brown dominant and red tints. No head at all and very little evidence of any carbonation.
Aroma is coriander, spciy yeast, some burnt brown sugar and candi sugar with a hint of some dark citurs fruit.
Flavor starts with dark malt, almost chocolate hint that moves to a bready, grain alcohol hit and finishes with a heavy yeast hit.
Mouthfeel is average to me. The total lack of carbonation just does not help this beer. Sour, sweet and bitter seems to be too much to balance.
Drinkability is average at best. Beer just does not have enough to get past lack of carbonation and a real direction.

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Cognac/raisiny nose. Starts sweet and raisiny, smooth, high ABV is barely noticeable. Their Dubbel is very similar. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

10oz glass, $8, on-tap at Ebenezer's Restaurant and Pub Lovell, ME. Seems to be quite different from the bottled version - white head, flavor is sweet and tart with a nose that has a tartness to it. Clean finish.

Photo of kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks to JAHMUR for sharing.

A: Cloudy medium amber body witha thin off-white layer of bubbles. Meh.

S: Intense. Big booze, malt, bandaids, and smoke. Weird, but not unpleasant.

T: Follows the nose, with rich, spicy, smokey, malty and medicinal notes. Booze and sweetness on the tail end. Nice spice, but the bandaids are a bit much.

M: Slick, smooth medium body with delicate carbonation. Nice.

O: This wasn't very Quad-like at all, but it was interesting all the same. I won't be seeking it out, but wouldn't dissuade anyone from giving it a shot.

Cheers!

Photo of sbart518
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of drumrboy22
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly sure of the year on this one, but I've had it in my cellar for at least 2-3 years. Poured from bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Beer was an iced tea brown color with a thick, two-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was very sweet candi sugar, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, caramel, but also a touch of grass and citrus. Lots going on in the nose.

Taste was not overly sweet, but lots of malt, sugar, honey, along with lemon, grapes and yeast.

Very bold aroma, but a bit lighter in the taste. Still pretty boozy. Has held up very well. Not your average quad.

Photo of yelterdow
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Ramsey Liquors in the late Summer of 2009, this was originally going to be competing against several other quadrupel style beers in a blind tasting. Now, about six months later, I'll sample this beer between fridge and cellar temperature in a Gouden Carolus chalice. 11.2oz. bottle, Vintage 2002.

Appearance- Due to its mighty strength, this beer only offers a thin, quarter-inch head that rapidly sinks into the surface. A cola-like display of bubbles along the glass walls, complete with their audible hiss and pop as they reach the surface, create a wildly active attraction for the eyes. There is absolutely no lacing to be seen.

Smell- Sugary, over-ripened dark fruits such as figs and dates rush the nose, transforming into a suggestion of cocoa and pralines... getting even better as the beer comes to cellar temperature.

Taste- Lush, sweet candi sugar and a rich malt character flood the tastebuds with delight, while the gentle spices and hops add a zip of stinging, lemony bitterness. The alcohol is a bit hot, even with between 7 and 8 years of bottle conditioning... and the effects are imminent. A few ounces left in this small bottle and I'm feeling no pain.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture gets better throughout the tasting, going from prickly to a more foamy, rolling carbonation. I add the yeast to the final 2oz. pour, and the edges are softened along with the alcohol heat. An interesting, enjoyable Belgian quad that has withstood the test of time.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear burgundy brew with a medium head, no lacing. Adding the makes it very cloudy with the color of chocolate milk.

S - Dates, cherries, brandy, grapes and raisins.

T - Brandy, dates, pinot grapes and currants. Aftertaste is malty and smooth.

M - Thin, smooth, refreshing in spite of the faint alcohol burn on the finish.

D - A pleasing quad, milder than some, but its flavors are nicely balanced. The alcohol is one fo the main flavors, but it astonishing smooth and pleasant. Worth a try. If I see this on-tap, I doubt I will be able to resist.

Photo of jrallen34
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a tulip. The beer pours a very light and clear maghonby color. Not what I expect when I"m drinking a quad. The aroma and taste are not what I was expecting either. When I think quad I want trappist quad not this. It has quad tendicies you can smell and taste all the inverted sugar here, but not any notes of caramel or dark fruits. overall, it wasn't what I was expecting, aside from that an average beer on its own merits.

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't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.