't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
01-05-2007 05:45:06 | More by Westsidethreat
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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 (thats supposed to be two ts 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: Im 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, its bloody naff !!
11-29-2006 07:41:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a deep reddish brown, and in a tulip glass the head was most excelent.The smell was sweet, with lots of dark fuits (dates, figs, raisins), and good belgian ale yeast. The taste was very malty and fruity, and fairly sweet as well. The mouthfeel was slightly syupy with slight carbonatoin, and the alcohol presence was masked extremely well. Drinkability was low, only because this is a sweet, thick beer with lots of booze in it.
09-12-2006 03:02:48 | More by zjungleist
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
08-30-2006 20:26:22 | More by TastyTaste
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
08-18-2006 18:12:30 | More by biercircus
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
07-24-2006 05:01:46 | More by ommegangpbr
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-24-2006 05:00:13 | More by scooter231
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: thick head dissipates rather quick hazey translucent amber in color
Aroma: sweet pears and heavy sugary malt character
Flavor: There's that Belgian yeast smooth sugar and caramel candy
Mouthfeel: creamy low carbonation and chewy
This is good but would probably earn a better score from me in the winter
07-12-2006 02:24:15 | More by acoatley
2.98/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
05-16-2006 02:48:07 | More by UnionMade
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Appearance is great with a head that's thin, but still foamy. Also my Chimay glass does let the carbonation bubble up through the top and feed the head more and more.Very nice lacing, but it doesn't stick so well.
The smell is of sweet dark fruit like plum and raisan, with almost a wine smell without the strong alcohol scent. Also has aftertone traces of nutmeg.
The taste is suddle and complex at first, then the strong flavors of nutmeg, creamy plum and raisan with a little pepper flavor as well.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is O.K., but to answer the question of would I have another? Probably not for a little while, but I respect this beer for what it is.
04-11-2006 11:00:50 | More by Erdinger2003
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
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.
03-11-2006 02:02:12 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: hazy brown in color with a thin surface foam for a head. No lacing develops.
Smell: sweetness abounds, mostly brown sugars and malts.
Taste: flavor follows the nose, as a thick malt backbone of brown sugar and caramels is nicely balanced with a slight earthiness, mild bitterness, and mildly noticeable alcohol.
Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and syrupy at the finish. Sweetness lingers briefly, and the tongue feels like it has a slight coating of liquid stuck to it. Heavy in body.
Drinkability: pretty good for a quadrupel since the alcohol is not overbearing, but the sweetness may get old after a glass or two. Definitely worth trying.
02-21-2006 22:52:20 | More by Gavage
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
01-25-2006 16:47:03 | More by Jredner
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
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Presentation: Poured from 11.2oz fat little bottle into Watou chalice. Bottle states "brewed in 2002".
Appearance: Orange brown, translucent, low to moderate carbonation, nice 1 finger beige head.
Smell: Very yeasty and fruity. Smells like an abbey dubbel or quad, maybe tending towards old ale in flavor...
Taste: Explosive flavor, very rich and robust. Malty flavor throughout, with fruitiness and almost no hops bitterness. There is a distinctive belgian yeast flavor.
Notes: Thanks to Terry Boyd on his recommendation. This was a satisfying beer. I wish I could have another, but I'll have to find it again first.
08-28-2005 23:25:51 | More by TurdFurgison
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
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
This beer poured a copper color with a couple finger very creamy off-white head that lasted and laced the glass.
Aroma was malt, caramel, dark fruits (prunes, plums, raisin) and a hint of pineapple.
Flavor was a great balance of the dark fruits noticed in the aroma and malt.
An enjoyable beer. Interesting complexity and worth a try.
05-16-2005 03:31:42 | More by ncbrewerbun
3.25/5 rDev -17.5%
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?
04-18-2005 01:29:03 | More by Sammy
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
$6 for a 11.2oz bottle.
attractive clear ruby pour with belgian style whirlpool-top head . even the most minimal jarring creates a sturdy lace.
nose is very raisiny and sweet. vanilla and butterscotch are here too. all flavor and spice, no alcohol or yeast in the aroma. clean is the best way to describe it.
first taste brings out a yeast/malt profile very reminiscent of westvleteren 12. then i get hit with spices.. (bottle says 'valerian and lemon balm'). berries, bananas and raisins to me. sweet burnt sugar. stille nacht comes to mind in the aftertaste. funny that i drank it out of a st. bernardus glass... this beer imitates and captures certain elements of all these big belgians. well done clone- would be a great substitution for the expensive stuff if it wasnt expensive itself. good, but in a weird place ratingswise.
03-28-2005 13:47:24 | More by goodbyeohio
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
The beer was well behaved on the pour with a little head and a malty honey alcohol nose. It is a dark brown opaque ale with small bubbles that just looked creamy. It is creamy with an instant alcohol warmth. The taste is surprisingly light and dry with alcohol dominating the palate. Nice sweetness with a citrus dryness making for a clean finish. The label read ale with spices but I cant taste spices other than coriander is a minor way. As it warms, the flavors come together better but this may need a year or three to mellow. It also is a bit thin.
03-14-2005 04:55:13 | More by lou91
2.83/5 rDev -28.2%
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.
02-22-2005 22:30:23 | More by alexgash
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured a dark amber with a light tan head. Gobs of lacing as it receded, had the same problem of a yeasty ring just under the cap, so I used crumpled tissue paper to gently swab out the bottle before pouring and it seemed to cut down on the floaters.
Smells like sweet walnuts and a spice I can't quite pin down.
It is not as sweet as some of the other BSDAs I have tried. Tastes more like a spiced Amber Ale. Hearty mouthfeel that goes down so smooth you would never suspect the 12% abv. A rather bitter finish that works well with that hard to identify spice.
A very tasty and drinkable beer. I'm looking forward to trying other beers from this brewery.
01-26-2005 04:00:12 | More by ypsifly
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
Pours a very murky deep amber color. Reminds me of apple cider. There was a small amout of sediment or crust around the mouth of the bottle-this might have made it cloudier then it should be. Nice aroma-hints of vanilla,caramel,brown sugar. Good oakey notes-earthy and yeasty. All the different smells are nicely balanced. Big sweet flavor up front-raisen like. Slightly sweet. 12%???!!!! Not from where Im sitting-high abv is very well hidden. Somewhat spicy. Very full body-a damn fine beer. I need to buy more then one next time or see if it comes in a liter size. Well worth buying.
12-20-2004 01:35:49 | More by lackenhauser
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
12-15-2004 05:52:04 | More by Brian700
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
12-02-2004 02:48:14 | More by trancefishy
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.