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't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje

't Smisje BBBourgondier't Smisje BBBourgondier

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BA SCORE
88
very good

124 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.69%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Currently only 50 cases of this beer are available per year. Brewed in honor of the Burgundian Babble Belt.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 01-12-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 01:29:03 | More by Sammy
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Jredner

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 16:47:03 | More by Jredner
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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 don’t 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 18:07:45 | More by Rastacouere
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aracauna

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I had to check the ratings before I rated this one. It’s incredibly low carbonation. I was worried with the very weak pfssht on cracking the cap, but looking at the ratings here, it’s 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 03:39:22 | More by aracauna
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UnionMade

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 02:48:07 | More by UnionMade
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alexgash

Connecticut

2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2005 22:30:23 | More by alexgash
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stcules

Italy

2.8/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The foam is thin, but persistent. The smell is quite variegated, from the fruity (even inclined to the too matured fruit) to the cheese?
The colour is mud, no other way to describe it.
It has a creamy flavour, fruity. The taste is even too fruity, maybe raisin. The hop is present in the carpet of flavour. The beer is unbalanced to the sweet. The bitter is noticeable just in the aftertaste. I've tryed this beer on tap at the 24 hour of Antwerpen last year, and I remember it very different (and much better...). Maybe it is the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2003 11:00:35 | More by stcules
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.6/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 19:12:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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dnichols

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 07:06:12 | More by dnichols
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.