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't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje

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Reviews: 103
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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 Raisingfable
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance
light brown color,
hazy
no residual head or lacing
very fizzy with effervescence
billowing towards the surface
like that of sparkling wine
which quiets down after a couple
minutes in the glass

smell
tart raisins
wine
slight vinegar
caramel
spiced apple cider

taste
smooth
fruity
preserved lemons
caramel
cinnamon
apple
hint of smoke

mouthfeel
light with a lively carbonation
not too sticky
with slight warmth in the back of the throat

overall
A lucid quad offering from Smisje. Scary drinkability: a lightly textured body and flirtatious carbonation keep the palate wanting more, never getting too sweet or syrupy. It almost has a little rugged malt backbone that keeps it from dipping off the palate in the long finish. One of the easiest drinking 12% abv ales I’ve ever drank. (800 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a big nose – traces of fruit, caramel, malt. It pours dark caramel under a 1” light tan foam cap that dissipates fairly quick for a Belgian. The palate starts with a fruit cocktail composed of cherries, light apple and plum sweetened by light caramel malt and seasoned with light spice and herbs. It finishes with a light bitter accent. The beer is yeast driven but well composed. The beer is highly carbonated with a body just above medium. (449 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like a clear copper coloured brew with a small but persistent head of foam, usual good lacing from a Belgian beer.

The smell, well, it's very similar to an aged UK Old or Barley Wine. Lots of caramel malt more than hinting notes of Port. Aged Thomas Hardy or JR Lee's, anyone?

The taste just verifies what I said about the smell, to the letter.

Very nice mouthfeel with lightish carbonation to with the medium body


It drinks like a champion of an Old Ale/Barleywine. I have to get more. (503 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +2%
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! (1,370 characters)

Photo of REDAMI
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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... (608 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (968 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Overall this was a pretty fun considering this is my first ten year old beer. It has held up considerably well. I am guessing this came out of someone's rare beer collection and was resold... (654 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper), fruit (apples), and some malt as well. Not exactly a groundbreaking flavor, but focused and tasty.

M: A huge amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made, well constructed, drinkable brew. (487 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,693 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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! (609 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a hazed chestnut color with 1 ½” ivory head that persists for a relatively long while that leaves some patches of lacing here and there as it recedes. Sipping leaves a sheet of foam on one side of the glass that soon slides back down to the liquid while on the other side there are some patches and legs of lacing clinging to the glass. Eventually the head recedes to a ring of foam with a partial covering over most of the liquid.

Smell: The aroma has a nice fruity character (raisins and apples) mingled with lots of caramel and candi sugar. There is also a bit of a musty or leathery character here towards the end.

Taste: The flavor is full of the dark caramel sweetness and some fruit, with raisin, peach and apple showing up as the liquid warms.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the full side of medium with a certain light creaminess from the active carbonation. The finish is relatively long and filled with changes as the sugar comes and goes, changing places with the fruits and eventually ending a touch of bitter sour apple.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I’ve enjoyed drinking this one and despite the sweetness here it hasn’t begun to cloy by the end and so remains enjoyable throughout. My overall impression is that this is a well made, interesting beer that is not quite what I’d expected but that has a lot to recommend it. (1,487 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: rich light-brown hue with tons of effervescence. Poured with about four fingers of frothy, fizzy tan foam despite a pretty gentle pour. Not bad!

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a fruity, somewhat tart tinge to it. Alcohol is definitely present. Good, but not great.

Taste: sweetly malty with some bright fruit flavors and a little bit of nuttiness toward the end. Apple and pear are present, but there is a light tartness and the overall effect is much more reminiscent of a lighter beer than a quad. It is tasty enough, but it lacks depth; I like my quads to be contemplative.

Mouthfeel: bodacious, even Brobdingnagian, carbonation. There's a nice creaminess to it, but this sucker might even be over-carbonated. Still, I don't mind that so much.

Overall: this is a tasty beer, even if it's not an exemplary quadrupel. It is quite drinkable for its ABV, and it has enough going on to be interesting (if not necessarily for the style). (1,013 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark amber with a pillowy white head that left a thin trail of lacing down the sides of the glass. Not as dark as I expected.

S: Aromas of caramel, lemon balm, candy sugar, and spicy yeast were easily detected on the nose. The aroma was not all that reminiscent of most quadrupels, but it was appealing in its own way. Very unique.

T: Opened sweet and silky with notes of lemon balm, candy sugar, caramel, cream, nougat, spiced pear, red apple, and bittersweet herbal notes presumably resulting from the addition of valerian. A pungent, mildly spicy yeast backtaste became evident around mid-palate. The finish was long and smooth with a lingering flourish of lemon balm, caramel, candy sugar, and alcohol flavors.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, and silky. This was a very deceptive ale, as alcoholic warmth was masked. Lacked the slickness of some quadrupels I have tried.

O: This was a very unique quadrupel; in fact, it was more reminiscent of some English barleywines than many Belgian quads. A very intriguing and often overlooked ale. (1,049 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (679 characters)

Photo of impending
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
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.
cheers
jd (584 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are inviting for sure. Dark fruits, sweet caramels, some earthy/funk/woodiness, no alcohol, but it just smells strong.

Tastes follow the nose. Pretty standard Belgian yeastiness, prunes, cherries, raisin, toffee, dark caramels. Yum, I am consuming this way too fast for a 12% beer.

As the beer warms you can detect a slight bit of the alcohol and you can kinda pick out some earthy hop flavors as well. Belgian yeast adds some decent "spice" qualities. (462 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (463 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of ToasterChef
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,401 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (635 characters)

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