't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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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
3.9/5 rDev -1%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a dark pecan colored body with a yellowish-beige thick head that makes ring marks with each sip. The body is a bid dense but microbubbles of carbonation can be seen gliding up the sides of the glass.
S- This beer has a faint banana smell with a light candy sugar and toffee smell to it slightly similar to bananas foster. There is a light herbal green lemon note in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth sweetness with a faint plastic and caramel taste to it. There is a faint banana taste in the background with a light floral lemon note at the finish. A soft bitterness of an herbal quality finish the aftertaste but doesn't linger.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft alcohol heat at the finish that does a nice job of balancing the sweetness.
D-This beer has some nice big sweetness with a nice alcohol finish but not much depth in the flavor. The plastic note as a bit odd but the rest of the flavor compensated for it.
12-13-2007 23:38:11 | More by rhoadsrage
2.25/5 rDev -42.9%
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.
09-17-2007 07:06:12 | More by dnichols
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color, ton of yeast in bottom of bottle. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Cognac/raisiny nose. Starts sweet and raisiny, smooth, high ABV is barely noticeable. Their Dubbel is very similar. $4.49 for a 330ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.
10oz glass, $8, on-tap at Ebenezer's Restaurant and Pub Lovell, ME. Seems to be quite different from the bottled version - white head, flavor is sweet and tart with a nose that has a tartness to it. Clean finish.
08-24-2007 18:22:06 | More by jdhilt
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
Glowing dark reddish orange that reminds me of the light emanating from a Jack O'Lantern on halloween night. The ecru cap was large to start, filling the vast majority of the snifter before slowly shrinking to a thick, creamy disk. Wisps and tatters of lace decorate the inversely sloping sides of the glass. This is a beautiful beer.
Although the nose is nice, it isn't quite as rich or as complex as most of the best quadrupels; at least the ones I've had so far. It smells a little like port due to its fruity vinousness. There's also a whiff of mild spice that could be coming from the yeast or it could be coming from the two exotic ingredients that Brouwerij De Regenboog uses (see below).
I'm impressed with BBBourgondier, but my socks are still on my feet. I didn't care for beer of this style at first. That was before I drank a few world-class versions. It's funny how one's perceptions can change so radically with a little palate experience. This is still a more than solid version that does most things right.
In some ways, this beer is more reminiscent of an English barleywine that a quadrupel. The malt bill is slanted toward the lighter end of the scale, with nothing darker than caramel malt as far as I can tell. Apples, oranges and white raisins dominate. There are no figs, plums or dark raisins to be found.
The exotic ingredients include valerian (a medicinal herb used since ancient times) and lemon balm (an herb whose leaves smell both lemon-like and mint-like). Now that I consider it, there is a hint of mint... and maybe those oranges are really lemons after all. In any case, without prior knowledge of the ingredients, I never could have determined that anything other than malt, hops and Belgian yeast were used.
I like the mouthfeel just fine. This isn't the biggest, baddest quadrupel on the block, but there's enough volume and enough linger to maximize contact between beer and buds. The 12.0% ABV cuts through the malt sugars like a hot knife through butter.
This is a good quad, but I'm not tempted to wax poetic. On the positive side of the ledger, it's one of the more drinkable high-ABV ales that you'll find and probably ages like a dream (this bottle is at least one year old, perhaps two). I'm sure they have no interest in using it, but my newly created motto for this brewery is 'usually good, always interesting'. BBBourgondier is both.
06-19-2007 21:23:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.6/5 rDev -34%
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.
06-10-2007 19:12:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
A very tasty, extremly yeasty and dry beer, with an attractive orange glow, a firm and frothy head, a vibrant, almost bursting aroma and a sticky, nearly cloying maltiness, yet it remains extremely soft and shows the delicacies of Belgian yeast and subtle spicing.
05-15-2007 03:32:26 | More by Crosling
5/5 rDev +26.9%
I've never given a beer a perfect score before, but I'll be damned if this ain't one of the best beers in Ebenezers. Warming, smooth, and this beer will kick your ass. Dark, rich, malty, with the 12% abv very well hidden, with a nice sweet balance. Very lightlty hopped, this is a VERY BIG BEER. WARNING: THIS WILL KICK YOUR ASS! highly recommended Chris
05-12-2007 04:09:53 | More by Delerium
4.63/5 rDev +17.5%
A: Cloudy dark amber with a fizzy off-white head that only barely sticks around.
S: Dark fruits - figs, dates and the like. Some Candi sugar, and spices.
T: Excellent! Lots of dark fruits - fig, dates for sure. And delicious at that. Orange peel, coriander are also there, all nicely balanced. Man, that is delicious. Perfectly balanced, without a hint of alcohol.
M: Perfect! Everything is balanced and fulfilling, yet there is absolutely no trace of the 12%. This is how the best Belgian beers really shine. I could believe 8% - but 12%, incredible.
D: Oh man, this is way, way too drinkable for a 12% beer.
Highly recommended. To be entirely honest, I don't understand why this beer is below 4 for the average review. I'd put this up there with the best of the Belgians.
04-25-2007 06:36:26 | More by rallison
4.03/5 rDev +2.3%
4/16/2007 $4.99 11.2 oz. 12.00% No best by date.
Pours a hazy deep dark brown topped by a half inch of tight tan head that is molasses-in-January slow to settle.
Subtle notes of dark ripe fruit, brown sugar, and a hint of alcohol, but very subdued for a quadruple.
Nice chewy mouthfeel with flavors of ripe pear dipped in caramel. Warming alcohol appears towards the finish, but for 12% ABV, it is masked extremely well. A very pleasant, easy to drink enjoyable quad. Not overly complex, but tasty.
04-16-2007 19:08:33 | More by cbl2
3.55/5 rDev -9.9%
A - Clear burgundy brew with a medium head, no lacing. Adding the makes it very cloudy with the color of chocolate milk.
S - Dates, cherries, brandy, grapes and raisins.
T - Brandy, dates, pinot grapes and currants. Aftertaste is malty and smooth.
M - Thin, smooth, refreshing in spite of the faint alcohol burn on the finish.
D - A pleasing quad, milder than some, but its flavors are nicely balanced. The alcohol is one fo the main flavors, but it astonishing smooth and pleasant. Worth a try. If I see this on-tap, I doubt I will be able to resist.
04-16-2007 02:31:05 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
Did not know this was a 12% Quad when I opened it. Brewed with "valerian and lemon balm"- now that's a new one!
Stubby 11.2 oz. bottle with a slightly messed up label from Hi Time Wine in Costa Mesa, CA. in January 2007 for $6.49; tasted in April 2007.
When opened, the inner rim of the neck of the glass was heavily coated with gunk- yeast, protein bits, whatever. But it made me wary- OK, I was slightly frightened. Carbonation started building a head in the bottle before I started the pour.
Look is a moderate mud. Some head. Mostly mud.
Aroma is quite unique. Rich and full, but also some spice that is quite distinctive. I have no idea what the hell it is, but it's distinctive. Almost a menthol-mint Vicks Vapo-Rub kind of thing, but much more pleasant than that sounds.
Flavor is quite tasty- well balanced rich slightly sweet maltiness, a pleasant herb/spice mix. Rich mouthfeel kept me sipping this one before I knew the ABV, and I'm glad of it. Some alcohol burn on the back of my throat.
Generally I like it, but it's a little too rich for my blood. In my world, I would take a Rochefort or something else first, but this is good enough!
04-06-2007 02:34:58 | More by Dukeofearl
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
Attractive red color. Head quickly dissipates. Specks of lace.
Smells of caramel, solvent, alcohol, red and green apples, lemon cough drops, maraschino cherries, vanilla. Very nice in a booze and candy way.
Tastes almost too sweet at first - caramel, raisins and candied fruit - but toast and herbal bitterness quickly step in and manage to achieve some kind of balance. Also earth, wood, and booze. Very unusual herbal character, presumably valerian and lemon balm. No discernible hops, I can't distinguish the hop bitterness from the herbs. Long finish, herbal and woody.
Suggestive of an ancient pre-hops beer, the ridiculously strong kind reserved for funerals of shamans... yes, I'm a dork.
Quite drinkable for what it is. Strange and wonderful stuff.
03-24-2007 07:23:02 | More by Beerzebub
4.22/5 rDev +7.1%
So I picked up one of these when I realized that it had already aged 5 years...listed on the bottle "Brewed in 2002."
I don't know how familiar people are with the plant valerian...but it is a natural sedative....and also some lemon balm is in this thing too.
These people put some interesting things in their beer.
A-The bottle looks appealing...short stubby 11.2ozer with an attractive label. It pours a bubbly hazy murky amber, and has a 1/4inch bubbly brown greyish tan colored head...light lace rings around the glass.
S- Thick malty sweetness, roasted sugars, fruity yeast, big cherry, berry and other red fruits, and a hint of lemon...basic characteristics of a quad...and I am surprised that there is no foul smell from the valerian.
T/M/D- Thick and sweet...the sugars and fruit(cherry, raisin,and plum) are present in the body, a pungent hop alcohol burst right before the finish, and the beer lives on your mouth between sips....there is a really unique oily lemony finish....I really have not experienced anything quite like this...I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.
03-20-2007 03:45:17 | More by jameaterblues
4.72/5 rDev +19.8%
Poured a nice amber with a dense off-white head.
The aroma had a wide array of complex components: Brown sugar, dates, plums, burnt raisins, and some zesty spices were carried up by the volatile 12% alcohol.
The flavor of the beer was simply amazing. Every sip brought out new and complex flavors as it warmed up. Everything from well rounded caramel and dark fruits, to lively and spicy poached apples and pears. Slight phenolics added a nice tingle to the especially high alcohol content of this brew. A reasonable level of fusel alcohols helped give this brew a warming sensation. The floral hops were slightly higher that most quads I've had, helping to balance out the sweetness that is typical of the style.
The mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a syrupy viscosity. A nice creaminess helped round out the flavors. The carbonation was perfect. Many bottle conditioned quads can be a little too carbonated, but this one was dialed in.
The amount of complexity and bouquet of flavors and aromas made this beer very drinkable, having me look forward to each new sip. This was an outstanding quad, at the top with Rochefort 10 and Westy 12. I'm off to the store to stock up on some more.
02-21-2007 18:11:58 | More by SacoDeToro
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured into a Duvel glass, a rich, burgundy hue, dark, hazy crimson, under a solid layer of white foam...
Ah! Lovely aroma here, instantly reminds one of cognac, port wine, dark fruits, spice, wood, a whiff of leather...love it!
Have to stop smelling and actually taste the guy...large flavor, filling the mouth, bright, yet deep, and boozy, like a particularly wicked spiked punch. Ripe cherries and pungent grapes...sticks on the palate, and stays a spell..Rich, tasty, and relatively easy to down. Very much like a barleywine or an old ale. Delcious!
Long fruity finish, big mouthfeel, full bodied, ...alcohol doesn't stand out, although it should, if it really is 12 %...or is it I who have become inured to big boozy badness?
A bit expensive, but worth trying, for sure. And certainly a sweet one, getting warmer as we go along...almost done now, and it's creeping up on me!
01-26-2007 10:18:13 | More by feloniousmonk
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.