't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.36/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet
A - Lighter in color than expected from a quad. Cream colored head that settles quickly.
S - Caramel, raisin, yeast...a sticky bun in a glass!
T - Alcohol bite, grainy malt, vague raisin/candy sugar flavors.
M - Thin feel with strong alcohol.
There are certainly better quads out there. This beer has the right notes but the volume has been turned way down. While the label marks it as an ale brewed with spices, these flavors are lacking or hidden by the alcohol bite.
08-03-2013 23:03:22 | More by REDAMI
3.81/5 rDev -3.3%
Doesn't strike you as a Quad - but it offers some interesting flavors.
A: nice, big head...dark amber color, rather clear
S: caramel, acetic acid (like a weakened cider vinegar)
T: woody as hell, forest-musty....lightly bread-crusty (reminiscent of Jenlain Ambree), almond?....tannic, tea-like finish....sherry-like oxidation, yet surprisingly mellow in attack, clean overall
M: smooth, medium-full, pretty dry finish, little bit of a tingle....a bit hard to tell it's 12%
O: not what I think of with a Quad, but obviously notable for other reasons....curious about the handling and age of the bottle...
03-06-2013 08:10:12 | More by Bouleboubier
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice.
A-The brew has a unique, reddish-orange-hued brown color...lighter than most quads. It is quite murky. A normal pour produces about one finger of dense, tan head. A thick cap hangs around but leaves no lacing.
S-The smell is sweet and boozy, but not hot or alcoholic smelling. I get some brown sugar and dark, overripe fruit scents.
T-The taste is also sweet and boozy with flavors of overripe fruit, molasses, and rum. There is a little hit of spicy pepper on the finish.
F-The brew is medium-bodied with a little hit of fine carbonation. Between the fine carbonation and the lingering cap of foam, it produces a nice creamy feel.
O-This is a pretty good quad with a unique flavor that tends toward fruit and sugar, instead of fruit, spice, and tobacco flavors. The high ABV is not hidden, but is displayed in a tasteful manner. This brew doesn't compare with my favorite quads, but I would not hesitate to drink this again.
02-01-2013 04:30:12 | More by spoony
3.98/5 rDev +1%
A: The beer is hazy brownish amber in color and poured with a thin collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of fruits are present in the nose along with notes of caramel malts and hints of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste is complex and has some sweetness with flavors of caramel, dark fruits and yeast.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
10-29-2012 13:46:57 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Picked up a bottle from Magnums on the 4th of July 2010 for $5.99.
Beer opened resoundingly flat and decanted without a head. Upon further examination of the bottle i discovered it was bottled in 2002. This could be good or could be bad...
Nose was quite lovely, dark ripe fruits dominate.
Taste is pretty similar to the nose, dark fruits and candi sugar. Finishes slightly sweet. Not catching any oxidation.
Mouthfeel is fairly full nut not overly smooth.
Overall this was a pretty fun considering this is my first ten year old beer. It has held up considerably well. I am guessing this came out of someone's rare beer collection and was resold...
10-28-2012 00:33:00 | More by arizcards
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
Review from 7/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a dark orange amber with a slight head and no lacing. Aroma estery and boozy. Flavor of brown sugar, fruit, especially orange, booze. Odd spicy finish, mega booze. Interesting flavors, but not at all balanced and the alcohol dominates. Interesting flavors if it was a bit more balanced.
08-02-2012 23:39:29 | More by LiquidAmber
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a brown color and murky consistency. There was an inch and a half of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.
S: A good, solid aroma of fruit, yeast, and some spices.
T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, spices (pepper), fruit (apples), and some malt as well. Not exactly a groundbreaking flavor, but focused and tasty.
M: A huge amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
O: A solidly made, well constructed, drinkable brew.
06-10-2012 20:11:23 | More by avalon07
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
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
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