't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-21-2012 05:06:14 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
01-22-2012 23:56:00 | More by woosterbill
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-11-2011 02:00:30 | More by drtth
3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
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).
11-18-2011 01:16:31 | More by flagmantho
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-06-2011 15:32:36 | More by mrfrancis
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
10-11-2011 17:14:03 | More by thagr81us
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
3.9/5 rDev -1%
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.
06-11-2011 05:25:50 | More by impending
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
10-15-2010 15:48:23 | More by claspada
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
05-05-2010 21:40:21 | More by jrallen34
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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.
04-30-2010 23:32:59 | More by jjayjaye
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
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
02-12-2010 16:55:58 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
01-09-2010 04:32:47 | More by yelterdow
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.