't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.9/5 rDev -1%
(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.
12-13-2007 23:38:11 | More by rhoadsrage
2.25/5 rDev -42.9%
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.
09-17-2007 07:06:12 | More by dnichols
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
08-24-2007 18:22:06 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Glowing dark reddish orange that reminds me of the light emanating from a Jack O'Lantern on halloween night. The ecru cap was large to start, filling the vast majority of the snifter before slowly shrinking to a thick, creamy disk. Wisps and tatters of lace decorate the inversely sloping sides of the glass. This is a beautiful beer.
Although the nose is nice, it isn't quite as rich or as complex as most of the best quadrupels; at least the ones I've had so far. It smells a little like port due to its fruity vinousness. There's also a whiff of mild spice that could be coming from the yeast or it could be coming from the two exotic ingredients that Brouwerij De Regenboog uses (see below).
I'm impressed with BBBourgondier, but my socks are still on my feet. I didn't care for beer of this style at first. That was before I drank a few world-class versions. It's funny how one's perceptions can change so radically with a little palate experience. This is still a more than solid version that does most things right.
In some ways, this beer is more reminiscent of an English barleywine that a quadrupel. The malt bill is slanted toward the lighter end of the scale, with nothing darker than caramel malt as far as I can tell. Apples, oranges and white raisins dominate. There are no figs, plums or dark raisins to be found.
The exotic ingredients include valerian (a medicinal herb used since ancient times) and lemon balm (an herb whose leaves smell both lemon-like and mint-like). Now that I consider it, there is a hint of mint... and maybe those oranges are really lemons after all. In any case, without prior knowledge of the ingredients, I never could have determined that anything other than malt, hops and Belgian yeast were used.
I like the mouthfeel just fine. This isn't the biggest, baddest quadrupel on the block, but there's enough volume and enough linger to maximize contact between beer and buds. The 12.0% ABV cuts through the malt sugars like a hot knife through butter.
This is a good quad, but I'm not tempted to wax poetic. On the positive side of the ledger, it's one of the more drinkable high-ABV ales that you'll find and probably ages like a dream (this bottle is at least one year old, perhaps two). I'm sure they have no interest in using it, but my newly created motto for this brewery is 'usually good, always interesting'. BBBourgondier is both.
06-19-2007 21:23:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.6/5 rDev -34%
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.
06-10-2007 19:12:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
A very tasty, extremly yeasty and dry beer, with an attractive orange glow, a firm and frothy head, a vibrant, almost bursting aroma and a sticky, nearly cloying maltiness, yet it remains extremely soft and shows the delicacies of Belgian yeast and subtle spicing.
05-15-2007 03:32:26 | More by Crosling
5/5 rDev +26.9%
I've never given a beer a perfect score before, but I'll be damned if this ain't one of the best beers in Ebenezers. Warming, smooth, and this beer will kick your ass. Dark, rich, malty, with the 12% abv very well hidden, with a nice sweet balance. Very lightlty hopped, this is a VERY BIG BEER. WARNING: THIS WILL KICK YOUR ASS! highly recommended Chris
05-12-2007 04:09:53 | More by Delerium
4.63/5 rDev +17.5%
A: Cloudy dark amber with a fizzy off-white head that only barely sticks around.
S: Dark fruits - figs, dates and the like. Some Candi sugar, and spices.
T: Excellent! Lots of dark fruits - fig, dates for sure. And delicious at that. Orange peel, coriander are also there, all nicely balanced. Man, that is delicious. Perfectly balanced, without a hint of alcohol.
M: Perfect! Everything is balanced and fulfilling, yet there is absolutely no trace of the 12%. This is how the best Belgian beers really shine. I could believe 8% - but 12%, incredible.
D: Oh man, this is way, way too drinkable for a 12% beer.
Highly recommended. To be entirely honest, I don't understand why this beer is below 4 for the average review. I'd put this up there with the best of the Belgians.
04-25-2007 06:36:26 | More by rallison
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
04-16-2007 19:08:33 | More by cbl2
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
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.
04-16-2007 02:31:05 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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!
04-06-2007 02:34:58 | More by Dukeofearl
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
Attractive red color. Head quickly dissipates. Specks of lace.
Smells of caramel, solvent, alcohol, red and green apples, lemon cough drops, maraschino cherries, vanilla. Very nice in a booze and candy way.
Tastes almost too sweet at first - caramel, raisins and candied fruit - but toast and herbal bitterness quickly step in and manage to achieve some kind of balance. Also earth, wood, and booze. Very unusual herbal character, presumably valerian and lemon balm. No discernible hops, I can't distinguish the hop bitterness from the herbs. Long finish, herbal and woody.
Suggestive of an ancient pre-hops beer, the ridiculously strong kind reserved for funerals of shamans... yes, I'm a dork.
Quite drinkable for what it is. Strange and wonderful stuff.
03-24-2007 07:23:02 | More by Beerzebub
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
So I picked up one of these when I realized that it had already aged 5 years...listed on the bottle "Brewed in 2002."
I don't know how familiar people are with the plant valerian...but it is a natural sedative....and also some lemon balm is in this thing too.
These people put some interesting things in their beer.
A-The bottle looks appealing...short stubby 11.2ozer with an attractive label. It pours a bubbly hazy murky amber, and has a 1/4inch bubbly brown greyish tan colored head...light lace rings around the glass.
S- Thick malty sweetness, roasted sugars, fruity yeast, big cherry, berry and other red fruits, and a hint of lemon...basic characteristics of a quad...and I am surprised that there is no foul smell from the valerian.
T/M/D- Thick and sweet...the sugars and fruit(cherry, raisin,and plum) are present in the body, a pungent hop alcohol burst right before the finish, and the beer lives on your mouth between sips....there is a really unique oily lemony finish....I really have not experienced anything quite like this...I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.
03-20-2007 03:45:17 | More by jameaterblues
4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured a nice amber with a dense off-white head.
The aroma had a wide array of complex components: Brown sugar, dates, plums, burnt raisins, and some zesty spices were carried up by the volatile 12% alcohol.
The flavor of the beer was simply amazing. Every sip brought out new and complex flavors as it warmed up. Everything from well rounded caramel and dark fruits, to lively and spicy poached apples and pears. Slight phenolics added a nice tingle to the especially high alcohol content of this brew. A reasonable level of fusel alcohols helped give this brew a warming sensation. The floral hops were slightly higher that most quads I've had, helping to balance out the sweetness that is typical of the style.
The mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a syrupy viscosity. A nice creaminess helped round out the flavors. The carbonation was perfect. Many bottle conditioned quads can be a little too carbonated, but this one was dialed in.
The amount of complexity and bouquet of flavors and aromas made this beer very drinkable, having me look forward to each new sip. This was an outstanding quad, at the top with Rochefort 10 and Westy 12. I'm off to the store to stock up on some more.
02-21-2007 18:11:58 | More by SacoDeToro
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into a Duvel glass, a rich, burgundy hue, dark, hazy crimson, under a solid layer of white foam...
Ah! Lovely aroma here, instantly reminds one of cognac, port wine, dark fruits, spice, wood, a whiff of leather...love it!
Have to stop smelling and actually taste the guy...large flavor, filling the mouth, bright, yet deep, and boozy, like a particularly wicked spiked punch. Ripe cherries and pungent grapes...sticks on the palate, and stays a spell..Rich, tasty, and relatively easy to down. Very much like a barleywine or an old ale. Delcious!
Long fruity finish, big mouthfeel, full bodied, ...alcohol doesn't stand out, although it should, if it really is 12 %...or is it I who have become inured to big boozy badness?
A bit expensive, but worth trying, for sure. And certainly a sweet one, getting warmer as we go along...almost done now, and it's creeping up on me!
01-26-2007 10:18:13 | More by feloniousmonk
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
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.