't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.68/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. No date on the bottle.
Appearance: rich light-brown hue with tons of effervescence. Poured with about four fingers of frothy, fizzy tan foam despite a pretty gentle pour. Not bad!
Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a fruity, somewhat tart tinge to it. Alcohol is definitely present. Good, but not great.
Taste: sweetly malty with some bright fruit flavors and a little bit of nuttiness toward the end. Apple and pear are present, but there is a light tartness and the overall effect is much more reminiscent of a lighter beer than a quad. It is tasty enough, but it lacks depth; I like my quads to be contemplative.
Mouthfeel: bodacious, even Brobdingnagian, carbonation. There's a nice creaminess to it, but this sucker might even be over-carbonated. Still, I don't mind that so much.
Overall: this is a tasty beer, even if it's not an exemplary quadrupel. It is quite drinkable for its ABV, and it has enough going on to be interesting (if not necessarily for the style).
11-18-2011 01:16:31 | More by flagmantho
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
A: Poured a dark amber with a pillowy white head that left a thin trail of lacing down the sides of the glass. Not as dark as I expected.
S: Aromas of caramel, lemon balm, candy sugar, and spicy yeast were easily detected on the nose. The aroma was not all that reminiscent of most quadrupels, but it was appealing in its own way. Very unique.
T: Opened sweet and silky with notes of lemon balm, candy sugar, caramel, cream, nougat, spiced pear, red apple, and bittersweet herbal notes presumably resulting from the addition of valerian. A pungent, mildly spicy yeast backtaste became evident around mid-palate. The finish was long and smooth with a lingering flourish of lemon balm, caramel, candy sugar, and alcohol flavors.
M: Full-bodied, smooth, and silky. This was a very deceptive ale, as alcoholic warmth was masked. Lacked the slickness of some quadrupels I have tried.
O: This was a very unique quadrupel; in fact, it was more reminiscent of some English barleywines than many Belgian quads. A very intriguing and often overlooked ale.
11-06-2011 15:32:36 | More by mrfrancis
3.85/5 rDev -2.3%
Served from bottle into a Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Poured a slightly red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger very slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sugar, citrus, lemon rine, and dark fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, alcohol, sugar, citrus, lemon rine, wheat, and bread. It had a medium feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Ovearll this was a decent brew. Based on the aroma I really wasn't expecting much from this brew. However, the flavor was quite complex and pretty good. Not sure how the citrus aspect was supposed to tie into this brew, but it didn't kill it in any way; just didn't enhance it. Worth trying for any fan of the style.
10-11-2011 17:14:03 | More by thagr81us
4.58/5 rDev +16.2%
I love this beer. Vintage unknown into 25cl chalice.
A- Brown, like fall leaves or dirt. Active carbonation settles into a tight ring of tiny bubbles.
S- Huge waves of fruity sweetness, plums and cherries. Like a bouquet of flowers.
T- Candi sugar comes on strong, malt, mellow sweet fruit and strong honey. A bit of tobacco and a bit of musty earthiness. Label says 'lemon balm', and the crispness is def. there on the front of the tongue.
M- Smooth, full-bodied, mellow flavors. No sign of ABV. Very expansive flavor profile. Carbonation is dialed in perfectly- light bubbles keep the beer moving nicely.
O- I can't get enough, by far my favorite quad. Worth seeking out.
08-11-2011 00:05:09 | More by ShogoKawada
3.9/5 rDev -1%
33cl into a tulip. Poured a nearly transparent garnet butterscotch, fairly light. Aggressive pour required for minor head that receded to the surface rather quick, large bubbles at the base of the glass. Nice lacing.
Aroma is not of a quad. Minor dark fruits, predominately light skinned. Strong sweetness, honey.
Taste surprises, a minor phenolic smokiness rides the length of the flavor. Taste is rather simple, lacks complexity. Again, strong sweetness. The aftertaste while lacking definition fades pleasantly. Warmth from alcohol is restrained. Full bodied mouthfeel.
06-11-2011 05:25:50 | More by impending
3.73/5 rDev -5.3%
Aromas are inviting for sure. Dark fruits, sweet caramels, some earthy/funk/woodiness, no alcohol, but it just smells strong.
Tastes follow the nose. Pretty standard Belgian yeastiness, prunes, cherries, raisin, toffee, dark caramels. Yum, I am consuming this way too fast for a 12% beer.
As the beer warms you can detect a slight bit of the alcohol and you can kinda pick out some earthy hop flavors as well. Belgian yeast adds some decent "spice" qualities.
10-15-2010 15:48:23 | More by claspada
3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
I had this on tap at the Map Room into a tulip. The beer pours a very light and clear maghonby color. Not what I expect when I"m drinking a quad. The aroma and taste are not what I was expecting either. When I think quad I want trappist quad not this. It has quad tendicies you can smell and taste all the inverted sugar here, but not any notes of caramel or dark fruits. overall, it wasn't what I was expecting, aside from that an average beer on its own merits.
05-05-2010 21:40:21 | More by jrallen34
3.98/5 rDev +1%
Interesting color..kind of a deep orange mahogany, clear through the pours, translucent in the glass..sediment on the bottom...yes, I'm gonna do the conditioned stuff. Sheets of pastel off orange Belgian lacing. Earthy nose that hints that this one is going to be on the thin side. Raisin, figs and plum, a little booze; all quite nice but slightly understated. The flavor matches up quite nicely with the nose. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel as understated as the nose. REALLY can't believe that this one is 12% ABV. Drinkability??your call. This one will creep up and bite you in the a$$, but crazy incognito. Recommended for those who consider themselves quad-noisseurs. Cheers..glad to find this one at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.
04-30-2010 23:32:59 | More by jjayjaye
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Reviewed from my notes of a rare cask pour at the Lion's Pride's Belgian Beer Festival. This cask was just tapped moments before I was served a glass; it had been stored in a cooler, so it was at a lower temperature than most cask beers are poured. It has a beautiful creamy copper/brown color. There are two fingers worth of white foam. The head settled slowly to an even skim of white. Perfect lace was left behind. This is exactly how a cask beer should look. It has a subtle aroma; a little cidery, spicy and sweet. It's a good balance of the strong smells you get from a quad and the faint smells from casked beer. The flavor has sweet malts up front, with some crystal sugar and a slight cider taste. There is alcohol and pepper in the finish. It's very unique and tasty. It has a lighter medium body; surprising for a quad, but right in line with a lot of the cask beers I've tried. There isn't much carbonation, but more than other casks, perhaps keeping the cask chilled helped with this. The beer leaves a great sweet coating on my tongue. There are plenty of alcohol vapors as well. It is slightly stickier than I like; I would rate it a 4.25 if I could. This is supremely drinkable, considering the strength, alcohol and spice. It's such a unique beer, I can't really say if it exceeds or conforms to the expectations of any style. It's just great. If you ever see the BBB on cask, get it!
03-08-2010 16:19:01 | More by ToasterChef
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
On cask at Max's today.
The beer pours an orange, tannish brown color with OK head retention and lacing. The nose offers up brown sugar, orange and considerable spice. On the palate this beer is definitely on the sweet side, with brown sugar, chocolate and spice. The spice helps to cut through some of the sweetness, but there's no denying that this beer is on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for the sweetness and alcohol, though on the other hand, there is plenty of flavor. Drinkability is pretty good for the sweetness and alcohol, though there's no denying that a little bit goes a long way.
Nice beer on cask.
02-12-2010 16:55:58 | More by John_M
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
Purchased at Ramsey Liquors in the late Summer of 2009, this was originally going to be competing against several other quadrupel style beers in a blind tasting. Now, about six months later, I'll sample this beer between fridge and cellar temperature in a Gouden Carolus chalice. 11.2oz. bottle, Vintage 2002.
Appearance- Due to its mighty strength, this beer only offers a thin, quarter-inch head that rapidly sinks into the surface. A cola-like display of bubbles along the glass walls, complete with their audible hiss and pop as they reach the surface, create a wildly active attraction for the eyes. There is absolutely no lacing to be seen.
Smell- Sugary, over-ripened dark fruits such as figs and dates rush the nose, transforming into a suggestion of cocoa and pralines... getting even better as the beer comes to cellar temperature.
Taste- Lush, sweet candi sugar and a rich malt character flood the tastebuds with delight, while the gentle spices and hops add a zip of stinging, lemony bitterness. The alcohol is a bit hot, even with between 7 and 8 years of bottle conditioning... and the effects are imminent. A few ounces left in this small bottle and I'm feeling no pain.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture gets better throughout the tasting, going from prickly to a more foamy, rolling carbonation. I add the yeast to the final 2oz. pour, and the edges are softened along with the alcohol heat. An interesting, enjoyable Belgian quad that has withstood the test of time.
01-09-2010 04:32:47 | More by yelterdow
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
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
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