't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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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
3.05/5 rDev -22.6%
I had to check the ratings before I rated this one. Its incredibly low carbonation. I was worried with the very weak pfssht on cracking the cap, but looking at the ratings here, its 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.
11-28-2004 03:39:22 | More by aracauna
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
Poured into a goblet ("trusty") at room temp, it pours a nice brownish/redish (mahogony I guess) color. I got a good deal of yeast that poured from the bottom as well and dribbled into my goblet; interesting. It left virtually no head, but only a nice edge layer on my glass. It appears to be pretty full-bodied, but it didn't look as though while I poured it. Sitting a foot and a half away, i can get scents from this beer. I get good hints of plums, raisins, and other various fruits coming to the front of my nasal passageways. Also, a hint of oak comes through as well (a dry smell i guess) and a little bitter hoppiness, which is always goodness!
first sip is interesting. Not a big as I anticipated with very little carbonation. The plums and raisin scnets come out right away followed by a hefty bit of alcohol. Also a slight yeasty finish (if that makes sense). The hops are also evident at the back of the swallow.
Mouthfeel is pretty interesting as well. It isn't a huge beer; maybe a medium body at best w/ very little carbonation. The alcohol and hops are evident and leave a nice warming feeling in my belly (great winter brew I think). The swallow is nice, and a pretty decent aftertaste as well. This is proving to be a nice find in CT (thanks Spence!!!). I'd recommend it if you can get your hands on it!!!
11-17-2004 01:23:10 | More by Fish113d
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Drinking a bottle of this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with some garnet tints, the bottom of the bottle releases some yeast dredges into the glass. I get a soft fluffy off-white head of about .5 cm to foam up. Aroma is dark fruit, ripe plums, raisins and cherries dominate, but I also detect lemon and banana as well. Actually I hint of nutmeg perhaps too. First sip reveals a thinner body than expected with very smooth, gentle and almost non-existent carbonation. Flavor is generally sweet, with ripe fruit coming through again, plums and prunes mix with caramel and again the lemon shows up. I get a bit of bitter earthy hop presence on the finish as well. A quite tasty and easy to drink beer. Very smooth for 12%.
11-15-2004 04:14:50 | More by sulldaddy
3.05/5 rDev -22.6%
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 dont 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.
10-25-2004 18:07:45 | More by Rastacouere
3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
10-04-2004 00:02:59 | More by CRJMellor
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Stuby Belgian small bottle, brewed in 2002 according to the label. Pours dark brown, cloudy, tan head, with yeast chunks floating around, nice lacing evident.
Nose is medicinal, earthy, hint of horse blanket, musty.
Notes of raisins, minty, yeast notes,alcohol evident but somehow kept in the background (even at 12%!), chunky malty center, spicy hoppyness clears things out for a long and complex finish. Get out the stinky cheese and crusty bread, this is a hearty brew, complex, flavorful and pungent. Belgian strong dark ale lovers rejoice
09-25-2004 01:55:57 | More by Billolick
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a hazed copper with a big tan colored head. A careful pour from a snub-nosed bottle left lots of particles and protein coagulation left in suspension. Good lacing. Sweet, caramelly, toffee-like aromas as well as some faint old ale smells, like straight graininess, some hops and fusel alcohols and a light fruitiness. Good carbonation, which helps cut the high alcohol. Richly sweet, subtly grassy and botanical, and lightly tropical in it's starfruit-like fruitiness. Mild spicing evident, certainly not overwhelming, but hard to decipher any specifics. This beer certainly hides it's boasty 12% ABV pretty well with an array of sensations on the palate, but note it is an asskicker.
09-04-2004 09:28:35 | More by crookedhalo
4/5 rDev +1.5%
The beer after its escape from the 11.2 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a smazy brown, with a colossal head that is spumous in texture and the color a toothsome tan, the resultant lace forms a glutinous blanket to obscure the glass. Nose is that of very ripe plums, hints of yeast and a bit of fusel alcohol, start is sweet and thick with malt, top id moderate to full in its feel upon the palate. Finish has a staunch acidity, the hops pounce on your palate along with the 12 percent ABV to make it spicy, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a quite decent beer.
07-02-2004 21:09:05 | More by Gusler
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Murky toffee brown with a massive puffy root-beer-float-sized head, smells like fermenting fruit and biscuits. Great lacing left behind in the glass.
Flavors of bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, fruit pectin, gold raisins with an alcohol bite. A taste balanced between 2 extremes (sweetness and alcohol) with everlasting carbonation, the alcohol bite is not so much that it would put you off though, it's more of a compliment to the sweetness than anything. This beer made the hair on my forearms stand up. Not a cheap beer, this stuff is worth the price though.
06-07-2004 01:52:44 | More by PopeJonPaul
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
The beer poured clear then chunky golden deep amber. The head was large and in charge lasting to lace the glass.
The aroma was malty with deep dark caramel. The aroma almost had a graham cracker character. Definite biscuit and dark fruit aromas but no alcohol aromas.
The flavor was a different story. Lots of dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Caramel maltiness with plums and raisins, but the alcohol lightens the body so it does not become cloying.
The finish was dry with raisin and caramel flavors lasting into the aftertaste and alcohol warming long after the last swallow was taken. The body was medium and well done.
This beer is very well done. The flavors work together in concert and even though there is alcohol present it is not overpowering to the senses and actually adds to the complexity and drinkability of this beer. I should have purchased more...
11.2 ounce bottle.
05-12-2004 22:47:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.