't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Had a bottle for $10 at The Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Poured murky brown with a short tan head. 12% is a lot for a Belgian and it shows. This beer is more barleywine than anything, though the Belgian influence is there. The big fig and cocoa malt flavor are certainly rich, but the body is thin and dry enough (like a good quad) to make this drinkable and avoid a syrup-y feeling. Still the flavor isn't terribly complex. I'd call this more of a strong dark as it doesn't resemble your average quad.
08-27-2009 13:43:36 | More by tempest
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
Not exactly sure of the year on this one, but I've had it in my cellar for at least 2-3 years. Poured from bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Beer was an iced tea brown color with a thick, two-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.
Aroma was very sweet candi sugar, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, caramel, but also a touch of grass and citrus. Lots going on in the nose.
Taste was not overly sweet, but lots of malt, sugar, honey, along with lemon, grapes and yeast.
Very bold aroma, but a bit lighter in the taste. Still pretty boozy. Has held up very well. Not your average quad.
06-27-2009 07:38:59 | More by drumrboy22
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
purchased on sale at my favorite bottle shop on sale for 3.99. couldnt pass that up! poured into a brand new chimay chalice. the label looks like it was copied on an ancient copier and can hardly be read
A- this one pours out a murky dark brown with lighter highlights the higher up the glass you look. a small khaki colored head forms and lasts the entire length of the beer. it leaves a solid wall of sticky lacing behind after every sip.
S- lots and lots of sweet malts. brown sugar and dark fruits. figs and raisins are the strongest. plums and cherries as well.
T- as with the smell, this one is very sweet. brown sugar loud and clear, followed by lots of ripe dark fruits. cherries, figs, plums, raisins and tobacco. the massive amount of alcohol in this one is very well hidden.
M- medium and nearly full bodied, which is a little thick for the style. a nice lowish level of carbonation which is also unusual. both seem to work for this one however. a moderate warming from the alcohol on its way down.
D- easy to drink and a fine choice to christen my new glass. the alcohol is remarkably well hidden and could have been a problem if i didnt know how strong it was. something ill try to go back and snatch a few more up of. check this one out if you get the chance.
06-25-2009 03:07:49 | More by jwinship83
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Got this at Siciliano's in Grand Rapids, MI and poured into a snifter while still cool from their cooler.. Reddish brown tint not hazy, not dirty, quite a nice looking beer in the glass. Little bit of head, fine bubbles.
Figs and raisins on the nose, brown sugar, malty goodness.
Taste is quite something on this one, for a big beer you don't get as much of the alcohol as you would think and the malts and the belgian yeast really balance well, brown sugar intermingles with a the malts as well.
Mouthfeel is kind of chewy, quite a lingering affect on the pallete.
Interesting beer! Quite good for a belgian quad.
05-16-2009 01:03:09 | More by midnite2sixman
3.65/5 rDev -7.4%
33cl bottle (with a small square of white paper with "002" written in black pen affixed to the back of the bottle with scotch tape) I picked up a few months ago, served at cellar temp (~55F). Poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, 't Smisje BBBourgondier is a murky pale, rusty brown, like apple cider, with a modest, off-white head that leaves decent lace.
Smell is very strong. Sweet caramel malt and lemon balm (as cited on the label), with a bit of a tang to it. Frankly, its too much - from the first whiff, I was scared of what this would taste like (which proved unfounded).
Taste is pretty good, very robust, there is a sour, spicy bit from the lemon balm, a rich maltiness but more bittersweet, with peppery esters and a bitter, astringent finish that I'd guess is more spices then bittering hops. Not your average quad, more like a kitchen sink BSDA. The aftertaste is rather tannic.
Mouthfeel is full of creamy carbonation, medium bodied.
Drinkability isn't too high, even though it was a pretty enjoyable experience. This is super strong, and while the ABV is well hidden, the flavors are intense, and it's not something you'd want a second glass of, even if you really enjoyed the first. While far from pedestrian, I thought it was overall of average quality.
12-11-2008 04:34:17 | More by ccrida
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Clear reddish brown colored beer with a good tan head that forms and falls. Hell of a lot of sediment in this bottle and it doesn't form a solid plug either, pour carefully!
Smell is sweet and quite strong with the fig aroma. Decently strong scent of lemon also, guess that is the lemon balm mentioned on the label, wonder if that is the same as lemon zest? Brown sugar with spice cake. Alcohol fumes carry more aromatic compounds mainly of citrus and strongly of ginger. Good stout bitterness holds the sweet in check.
The taste starts out sweet and malty with some orange and spice. Lemon is mostly an aftertaste like lemon. Not bad at all.
Mouthfeel is good.
Nice sipper I didn't really expect the strong citrus flavors in this beer. Haven't quite decided if I like this one or not, but it surely isn't a weekly flavored beer. Really need to find a big bottle of this and give it a further more intense analysis.
12-05-2008 01:56:11 | More by Zorro
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
On-tap at Monk's Cafe, Philadelphia, PA.
Poured a dark plum color with a slight cream colored head. Aroma of sweet berries balanced out by a nice sour scent. I was expecting this to be very sour but was surprised by the nice balance of dark fruits and bitter sourness. Very drinkable enjoyable beer.
12-01-2008 08:41:43 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a hazy chestnut with a decent head that mostly fades , but sticks around as a thin, swirly cap. Fruity and slightly funky with persimmon and apricot. No hint of the bandaid aroma that you sometimes get with this brewery. The taste is quite a bit more sour, but with more sweet persimmon to balance the the flavors. A touch of lemon and sweet red apple rounds it out. Quite tame and smooth for the style, and the alcohol is unbelieavably well hidden. Nice, if a bit on the soft side.
11-15-2008 03:31:01 | More by Georgiabeer
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Talk about from one extreme to another - the beer before was a tropical piss and now this. Age a small wedge of world champion aged gouda to set my mouth up. Yum! Worked perfect. Poured with a tan head. No lace. Hazy brown color. Odd mix of aromas: dark, ripe fruits, dark malts, a hint of wet cardboard, fudge, nuts, and and cocoa. Flavor was a little lighter. More of the dark, ripe fruits, some yeast, and honey. Soft body with a bit of tang from carbonation. Not much apparent alcohol surprisingly. Not the heavy hitter I would've expected either. Great beer though. Could get to thinking this is a session beer only to get carried out or stumble to bed.
11-15-2008 01:18:00 | More by drpimento
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
A.Cloudy burgundy in appearance.Hard to see carbination due to cloudyness. Very small head probably due to the pour of the waitress.
S.Plum is the most prominant smell. With some other fruits in the mix, and a hint of alcohol.
T.Unique even among quads. A hint of plum and fig, sweet but does not hinder.
M.Near perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant.
D.Excellant for a quad, I would be able to drink two of these and enjoy the whole ride a third would be pushing it.The alcohol is also a factor to consider at 12%.
08-16-2008 23:49:11 | More by alovesupreme
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
I was recently accepted into the BBB babble belt, so I am very excited to try this beer. I havent drank a quad in quite some time so this will be quite enjoyable.
very active carbonation, light tan head,settles quickly, leaves good lacing.
Oats, lemons, white grape, lemons, sourish aromas.there is an odd protein like aroma, cant quite place it.
taste is medicinal(in a good way) figs, prune-bitterness, dates, thinner than most quad,mouthfeel is more of a farmhouse ale. Bitterish on the finish,but very drinkable. I never could have guessed from the cleanliness of the finish that this beer apprached anywhere near 12%abv, this is a well-masked high abv quad, very well executed.
08-07-2008 05:10:53 | More by czfreeman
3.9/5 rDev -1%
A: Pours a dark cranberry red color, with virtually no head. 12% abv with lots peppery floaties.
S: quite strange with a sweet caramel peanut butter aroma and some bread.
T: The flavor was full of nice dark fruit, plums, prunes and raisins. Nice warming caramel with some alcohol detection but is very well hidden other wise. Also some fresh apples and toffee is detected in flavor. Upon warming alcohol stands out, caramel apple and warm fruit.
M: active from the carbonation with a nice silkiness texture to it. Slippery on the tongue.
D: The abv of 12% is very well hidden, perhaps to much so. Very sweet and a very good try.
08-04-2008 22:26:09 | More by beerthulhu
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
This is a nice malty Belgian whose mouthfeel feels like its going to start out as a Flemish red, but quickly develops into heavy malt instead of sweetness or tartness. The color is a cloudy amber with a large, foamy head that dissipates into lingering lace. The smell makes it hard to pin down the style, but some booziness is detectable after a strong whiff. I think this would be best with some sturdy, aromatic type of food, like blue cheese, to go with it, more so than drinking it by itself.
07-23-2008 00:49:43 | More by StoutHearted
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
Had at Rich O's in New Albany tonight -
Poured from the bottle with a finger of head which was gone quickly. This beer had a light brown/deep amber color. Smelled like dates. Initially tasted raisens, dates, and carmel. Then, some resiliant hops. Lightly sweet, fairly smooth. Medium body with the 12% etoh felt on the tongue as I let the beer sit. Very good, I'm glad I was able to sample this rather rare brew.
07-08-2008 23:26:30 | More by daftafne
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
Poured into a snifter. Murky, reddish-brown with fat, plentiful bubbles forming an active foamy film on the surface and a neat ring around the edges. When the chill haze fades it is much more orange and clear.
Aroma us earthy, funky, some hard to identify fruit, like brandied cherries, or prune. Some alcohol in the nose, but nothing too fusel-like.
Taste is of sour malt, toffee, roasted lemon, raisin, some deep orange like Grand Marnier (from the hops?), candy sugar sweetness. The fruitiness is wrapped up in the alcohol warmth like a brandy or mascerated fruit. Bitterness is moderate, with spices and alcohol keeping the finish dry. Some medicinal taste in the finish.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly fizzy, which keeps the body in the medium range. Definitely can smell and taste the alcohol, and this one is going right to my head.
Overall some odd flavors going on here that I am not sure I can get a handle on. Seems to have a lot in common with some American barleywines. I think it lacks some coherency, but worth a try.
Edit: I started this one when it was much too cold. The medicinal and sour flavors mellow a bit as it warms, while the alcohol comes to the front, making for a more whiskey/brandy character. More enjoyable, but still a bit raw. Since I bought it in Chattanooga in a liquor store, so i suspect it has had plenty of time on the shelf to age, if not in the best conditions.
07-05-2008 03:23:56 | More by firkinhophead
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
05/05/08- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz stubby bottle. Bottled in 2002, poured into my Rochefort chalice.
Appearance- Mohaganey in color with a bit of murky yeast floating around (small particles). About a 1/2 inch head which dies quickly. Leaves light spotty lace.
Smell- Fruity for sure with a caramel malted background. Definite figs, dates and raisins. Smells like it's going to be sugary as well.
Taste- Sugary, but not to the point of too much. Caramel malt flavor upon the first sip that changes to dark fruits (raisins and figs) and then mutates into a tropical flavor?!?! Thinking peaches. Odd, but really refreshing. Has a whiskey like alcohol flavor as well. Really hides the 12% abv well.
Mouthfeel- Brisk carbonation, but still smooth at the same time.
Drinkability- Really enjoyed this one. Have one more in my stash. Think I will age it for a few more years to see how it fares. Great flavors!
05-07-2008 00:02:09 | More by GClarkage
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
Nice cloudy mahogany color. Aroma and flavor are pretty much identical... raisins, figs, dates, caramel malts, and spicy. Alcohol is basically undetectable. Delicious, warming and fairly complex, this beer is a real treat. Pick up a few if you can find it.
04-04-2008 22:16:02 | More by turdburglar
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
Had this a couple times now and its great. It pours a hazy brown color with little head. The little bit of foam that appears is offwhite.
The smell is nice and spicy. Also some raisin smell. Very malty and sugary. The taste is strong on the spices but overall its not as strong as one might expect. The sweet malt and possibly candi sugar stand out and balance nicely with the spices. There is the slightest presence of hop bitterness.
Very drinkable and enjoyable. I found it was better when it warmed up, say around 55 to 60 F. I noticed that even as it warmed, no alcohol showed up in the smell or taste.
02-29-2008 21:24:14 | More by t0rin0
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Made a visit to John's Grocery. This was advertised as a "big winter warmer". I get home and see there was only 50 cases of this sent to the U.S. I am pleased some of this found it's way to little old Iowa.
This poured a medium head but I must admit I forced it. The head goes away but leaves nice lace. The beer is very cloudy medium brown.
The nose is very raisin, plum, date or fig.
The taste is rather mild for such a strong beer. Dark fruit with little hops. Sweet with malt and caramel. Lots of stuff going on here. A very distinct and strong finish. Almost like licorice.
The mouthfeel is rather foamy/frothy. Some called this sour. I do not agree. Rather smooth for a strong one. Good drinking.
02-24-2008 00:57:50 | More by daledeee
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Had a glass on tap at Mugs Ale house
Poured a hazy reddish brown with a very little head, that didn't stick around too long
a little Sour and a bit earthy on the nose, scents of plum, caramel, maybe a little bit of fig.
Tastes of apple orange, plum, raisin, cola, caramel, a very tastey beer.
glad to have had the opportunity to have this on tap.
02-22-2008 15:04:09 | More by DaggerEyes
3.93/5 rDev -0.3%
11.2oz bottle....Duvel shaped glass
Eyes: Bright thru the bottle...popped the cap and it foamed some disturbing the sediment. Like a hazy red sunset now. Head that laced but never more than a finger.
Nose: Sour notes more than anything. some yeast pepperiness.
Tongue: Sour notes there. Some malt sweetness balanced by yeast spice. Finishes somewhat dry
Texture: thin for 12%
Overall experience: I had this beer one other time. Don't remember it like this at all. Fuller bodied...more malt presence. Dark Caramel notes.
02-15-2008 06:09:11 | More by HombreWing
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Squat 11.2 oz bottle picked up at the Boise Coop sometime last week for ~$5.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.
Not much head at all and what is there dies down very quickly leaving no lacing behind.. amber with red highlites.
Dark caramel and dried fruit and spicy alcohol notes intermingle with some lite Belgian yeastiness... light figs, dates, raisins.. bready and peppery... subtle orangey aroma as it warms.
Flavor mirrors the nose.. rich caramel and long spicy finish.. medium sweetness has enough bitter backbone .. not getting much as far as hops, but again there is a whiff of citrus toward the end of the palate... cherries appear as it warms.
Reminds of what a Belgian take on a Barleywine would be like.. alot of malt.. fair amount of yeastiness.. a little spiciness and sit back and enjoy. This brew has been available in Boise on and off over the last few years and this is probably my 4-5th time sampling it....I will buy it again, but sparingly.. a little pricey.
02-12-2008 07:59:51 | More by JohnGalt1
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Pours a clouded dark amber brown with a small amount of tan head that does not stay around too long. Nose is strong with raisins and a bit of caramel. Also musty tones lingering as well. Flavor is smooth and sweet. Not a huge range of character, but still well made. The alcohol is extremely well hidden for being 12%. Feel is the expected with not a huge amount of carbonation. Definitely drinkable. May not be the greatest quad ever, but it is certainly well made and is good to try.
12-30-2007 21:18:04 | More by RblWthACoz
3.9/5 rDev -1%
Dark mahogany tinged maroon beer with a fluffy wheat hued head that settles into a lasting ring leaving very little lace.
Aroma is standard Belgian dark ale; stewed plum, berries, raisins, and fig with hints of dry leather and earthy wood. There's a bit of spice and banana from the yeast.
Flavor a bit more pronounced. Dark stewed fruit, vanilla, hazlenuts, and dark caramel and candi sugar. Almost like a Belgian Barleywine. WArming and heady.
Body is quite big with active carbonation and a creamy, full mouthfeel. I like the addition of Valerian and Lemonbalm, although I cannot taste them. Nice and worth the 5 bucks or so that I paid for this.
12-20-2007 21:15:07 | More by AlexJ
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
375ml bottle poured into a Goblet
A Poured a very nice and hazy burnt amber with a nice brownish tint to it, almost a fig type of color. A smallish maybe one finger high head of off white frothy lace came across the top and lingered for a moment before settling down to just a thin layer across the top. There was some decent carbonation streaming up towards the top, but the side glass lace was very nice. Silky like strands that encircled the glass throughout the entire session. Very nice presentation.
S The aroma was rich with lots of dark yeast and subtle hints of fruit. Some plums and grapes could be picked up along with a bit of a sour note and a very nice touch of sweetness in the back. It was a very upfront aroma with nice complex layers of different fruit like smells. Very inviting.
T The flavor was wonderful. Very full with the first obvious taste being a deep rooted fruitiness. A nice mellow onset really had to be warmed up before the good stuff started to shine through. A nice touch of plums and peaches were very evident along with a good amount of sour in the back. This was nothing outrageous and sometimes came across quite subtle, but the flavor was really wonderful. Dark and rich hints of figs and grain were becoming apparent along with a ling drawn out finish that had that nice little sour bite at the end and the ever so subtle hint of apple. Very nice indeed.
M A nice medium bodied ale with good carbonation this was an easy dinner sipper. There was a nice silky quality to it and the depth of the feel let the flavors really roll out and let you explore all the options.
D Very nice I could have easily had another when this was done. It was something that was to be savored, to be enjoyed over a period of time. This was nothing you wanted to rush as you would have missed out on a great session.
Overall this was unique and wonderful. Something a bit different that I really was not expecting, but that was a wonderful surprise. I really enjoyed how well the yeast was able to morph into different flavors as the temperature changed during the session and found this to be on the whole very warm and enjoyable. I greatly look forward to trying this again in the near future.
12-20-2007 11:20:37 | More by mikesgroove
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.