't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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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
3.9/5 rDev -1%
A: Amberish cider color with loads of haze and sediment. Head is full figured, light beige color.
S: Caramel, raspberries, lemon, powdered cocoa, fresh dark fruits and toasted cereals.
T: Begins with a lot of upfront brown sugar which moves quickly to caramel apple. Lemon is definately apparent on the tip of the tongue all through the process. The dark fruits that come next really taste right off the vine, not the saturated and syrupy presentation that sometimes comes with quads. Get a lot of chocolate covered orange towards the back of the palate. Finishes with what I can only assume is the valerian root because I'm not really familiar with this flavor...sort of like Sprite with alcohol esters actually.
M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel. Carbonation started out really agressive but like most Belgians chilled out after a while.
D: Interesting beer. More like a dubbel with seasonings than a quad (except for the alcohol content). This one would develop some interesting characteristics with a few years of age...not sure how old mine was.
01-05-2007 05:45:06 | More by Westsidethreat
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Presentation: Stubby 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass Duvelian bottle sealed with a salmon red crown cap. Very *cheap* looking label, looks like a 58th generation poor quality faded color print from a warn out photocopier cropped by a wonky worn out guillotine - I could have done better with my HP Printer and some quality paper with a good pair of Scissors. Listed as BBBourgondier and that it is Brewed and Botlled (thats supposed to be two ts guys) by De Regenboog. Listed as 12% ABV.
Appearance: Dark brown with orange copper inputs. Beige head has some tobacco stains set into a tan colored head that froths quickly on the pour but soon rests as a thin covering. Minimal lacing with a healthy fine conditioning.
Nose: Plums and figs with a prune juice background. Strength in the nose from the warm alcohols. Dark fruits add some complexity to the nasal vapors whilst a hint of brown sugar breaks through when it warms.
Taste: Caramel malts act like a base solvent for the raisins, figs and prunes which meld nicely with a smooth swirl in and amongst the alcohol. The ending has a gentle spice laden hop character to it, which is enjoyable and all too sadly short lived. The lingering finish is of dark fruits with a very cozy attenuation. I love the balanced nature of this megalith brew.
Mouthfeel: Fusel alcohols warm the gullet from the off and line the throat to the stomach with trace heating. Just a hint of sweetness long after the swallow, like an evaporating boiled sugar solution there is a light tacky texture on the lips and tongue on occasion.
Drinkability: It is 12% but it is hard to knock this for Drinkability, despite its strength. The fulcrum is equally in between the spectrum of flavors and seems to neatly balance them all whilst retaining a healthy wallop in the sipping department at the same time. A great last of the evening brew.
Overall: Im all for substance over style, but unfortunately that is all you have to judge a beer on when purchasing sometimes. Sadly the low quality bottle presentation is at odds with the price, but thankfully not indicative of the contents. Even so, what does a *real* label cost?
Great beer, but word to B.United ..sort the label out, its bloody naff !!
11-29-2006 07:41:37 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a deep reddish brown, and in a tulip glass the head was most excelent.The smell was sweet, with lots of dark fuits (dates, figs, raisins), and good belgian ale yeast. The taste was very malty and fruity, and fairly sweet as well. The mouthfeel was slightly syupy with slight carbonatoin, and the alcohol presence was masked extremely well. Drinkability was low, only because this is a sweet, thick beer with lots of booze in it.
09-12-2006 03:02:48 | More by zjungleist
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
Appearance: No head on the pour, hmm, at all, I mean. Clumpy white yeast at the bottom of the bottom, body is muddy and brown. Not very appetizing.
Smell: Fruity, with some apple, citrus, raisins for sure. Alcohol is very evident.
Taste: Raisins and dark fruits, a little tart, sweet, and but more mellow than you would generally expect form of a beer this strength. Not bad, it is missing something though.
Drinkability: Carbonation. I have had tap waer with more carbonation than this beer. Flat as can be, this at least needs a little something.
08-30-2006 20:26:22 | More by TastyTaste
3.9/5 rDev -1%
This reminded me a lot of the 't Smisje Kerst Quadrupel.
A - filled up a Chimay glass nicely with a dark body and a thick, creamy head. Head lasted fairly long with a little fizziness.
S - light smell of vanilla and cola, though not very strong
T - raisiny and milky-sweet coffee, a tad of chocolate and lasting, complex finish, not bitter at all
M- some fizz, some oily smoothness
D- Very smooth, easy to drink, lots of flavor. Good example of a quadrupel, although not as distinct as a Rochefort 10 or a Westvleteren 12.
08-18-2006 18:12:30 | More by biercircus
3.38/5 rDev -14.2%
Not so pretty for a quad. Offwhite head and a murky brown color don't make much of an impression.
The odor is strong and sweet; nothing too complex going on in there. Sweetness and booze, some raisins can found in there.
The flavor is more of the same. Rum raisin ice cream, maybe.
The mouthfeel makes me think I've just eaten a sweet, chocolate cake, and just washed it down with some cola. RC cola comes to mind.
Not too shabby but there are plenty of brews out there for less money that are easier to get a hold of that I'd pick before this one.
07-24-2006 05:01:46 | More by ommegangpbr
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
This came highly recommended, so I expected a lot. At first sight... yeck, not a pretty beer. Looks like muddy water. However, looks can be deceiving, so I'll look past it... Smell is raisins. Sweet, alcoholic, raisins. Taste is a bit less intense- still lots of alcoholic raisins, but not as overwhelming. Sweet, a bit bready. Mouthfeel is chewy, sudsy, more bubbly than I'd expect for such a high alcohol brew. Overall quite drinkable, and pretty tasty. Good bang for your buck. And alcohol is waaaay sneaky.
07-24-2006 05:00:13 | More by scooter231
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Appearance: thick head dissipates rather quick hazey translucent amber in color
Aroma: sweet pears and heavy sugary malt character
Flavor: There's that Belgian yeast smooth sugar and caramel candy
Mouthfeel: creamy low carbonation and chewy
This is good but would probably earn a better score from me in the winter
07-12-2006 02:24:15 | More by acoatley
2.98/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
05-16-2006 02:48:07 | More by UnionMade
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Appearance is great with a head that's thin, but still foamy. Also my Chimay glass does let the carbonation bubble up through the top and feed the head more and more.Very nice lacing, but it doesn't stick so well.
The smell is of sweet dark fruit like plum and raisan, with almost a wine smell without the strong alcohol scent. Also has aftertone traces of nutmeg.
The taste is suddle and complex at first, then the strong flavors of nutmeg, creamy plum and raisan with a little pepper flavor as well.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.
Drinkability is O.K., but to answer the question of would I have another? Probably not for a little while, but I respect this beer for what it is.
04-11-2006 11:00:50 | More by Erdinger2003
3.28/5 rDev -16.8%
Short, fat little bottle with a stumpy neck. Interesting messy colorful label. Muddy colored beer. Off to a not-so-great start.
A kinda sweet, alcoholish smelling beer.
Interestingly enough, the alcohol doesnt come through all that strong in the taste. Well, not like you'd think a 12% beer would. It seems pretty even to me. A pretty satisfying hearty aftertaste.
This is pretty much "just okay" to me, straight down the line. I would never be able to distinguish it from a thousand other Belgians.
03-11-2006 02:02:12 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: hazy brown in color with a thin surface foam for a head. No lacing develops.
Smell: sweetness abounds, mostly brown sugars and malts.
Taste: flavor follows the nose, as a thick malt backbone of brown sugar and caramels is nicely balanced with a slight earthiness, mild bitterness, and mildly noticeable alcohol.
Mouthfeel: smooth at the start and syrupy at the finish. Sweetness lingers briefly, and the tongue feels like it has a slight coating of liquid stuck to it. Heavy in body.
Drinkability: pretty good for a quadrupel since the alcohol is not overbearing, but the sweetness may get old after a glass or two. Definitely worth trying.
02-21-2006 22:52:20 | More by Gavage
3.15/5 rDev -20.1%
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.
01-25-2006 16:47:03 | More by Jredner
4.4/5 rDev +11.7%
Clear, dark amber liquid with a creamy off white head that has no problem sticking to the sides of the glass. Quite a nice looking beer in the glass.
The nose reminds me of a port wine. Slightly fruity and acidic at first followed by a musty, earthy background.
Tastes like peaches and apples up front followed by the sweetness of caramel and brown sugar until finishing with dusty, earthy yeast.
Mouthfeel is chewy and sweet and the drinkability is superb.
Nice one that I'll have again. And again, and again, and again.
12-15-2005 12:36:43 | More by ggroller
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
Presentation: Poured from 11.2oz fat little bottle into Watou chalice. Bottle states "brewed in 2002".
Appearance: Orange brown, translucent, low to moderate carbonation, nice 1 finger beige head.
Smell: Very yeasty and fruity. Smells like an abbey dubbel or quad, maybe tending towards old ale in flavor...
Taste: Explosive flavor, very rich and robust. Malty flavor throughout, with fruitiness and almost no hops bitterness. There is a distinctive belgian yeast flavor.
Notes: Thanks to Terry Boyd on his recommendation. This was a satisfying beer. I wish I could have another, but I'll have to find it again first.
08-28-2005 23:25:51 | More by TurdFurgison
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.