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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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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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ypsifly

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber with a light tan head. Gobs of lacing as it receded, had the same problem of a yeasty ring just under the cap, so I used crumpled tissue paper to gently swab out the bottle before pouring and it seemed to cut down on the floaters.

Smells like sweet walnuts and a spice I can't quite pin down.

It is not as sweet as some of the other BSDAs I have tried. Tastes more like a spiced Amber Ale. Hearty mouthfeel that goes down so smooth you would never suspect the 12% abv. A rather bitter finish that works well with that hard to identify spice.

A very tasty and drinkable beer. I'm looking forward to trying other beers from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2005 04:00:12 | More by ypsifly
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky deep amber color. Reminds me of apple cider. There was a small amout of sediment or crust around the mouth of the bottle-this might have made it cloudier then it should be. Nice aroma-hints of vanilla,caramel,brown sugar. Good oakey notes-earthy and yeasty. All the different smells are nicely balanced. Big sweet flavor up front-raisen like. Slightly sweet. 12%???!!!! Not from where Im sitting-high abv is very well hidden. Somewhat spicy. Very full body-a damn fine beer. I need to buy more then one next time or see if it comes in a liter size. Well worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2004 01:35:49 | More by lackenhauser
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Brian700

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mirky amber color. The smell is of alcohol and the ever so familiar sweet smell that comes from the belgian candy sugar that I assume was used in this brew. It resembles raisins or dates, something along that line. The taste is sweet, honey-like. It also has hints of dark fruit like dates, raisins, and alcohol is there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth. It has the perfect amount of carbonation for the amount of flavor in the beer. It is a very drinkable beer but how many of these can one actually handle. Drink one and then consider switching down to something less dangerous. I would definately recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2004 05:52:04 | More by Brian700
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trancefishy

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy copper colour, a thin receding off white head. looks nicely carbonated. had to be careful, as there was a lot of sludge in the bottle that was floating particularly high.

aroma is toffee, caramel, and a bit of an estery alcohol. not the strongest smelling beer I have had, and certainly the faintest of any belgian strong dark ale I have encountered.

Taste is fully caramel, bread notes, clay, pear, and honey. the alcohol is certainly present, but it fits with the flavour profile. finishes sweet and has a long, pleasant aftertaste of apples. overall the flavour is kind of old tasting, a bit muddled.

mouthfeel is light and effervescent. nice amount of champagne like carbonation, but not enough to kill the flavour. medium-light body. drinkability is fine as I can finish the bottle, and I don't see why you would want to drink 2 of these in a row anyhow.

A nice beer, nothing marvelous, but not bad by any means. Another notch on the belgium post, and grab it if you see it. This will not be a repeat buy for me, as it cost 4.59 for a small bottle, and I can get better belgians for cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2004 02:48:14 | More by trancefishy
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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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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet ("trusty") at room temp, it pours a nice brownish/redish (mahogony I guess) color. I got a good deal of yeast that poured from the bottom as well and dribbled into my goblet; interesting. It left virtually no head, but only a nice edge layer on my glass. It appears to be pretty full-bodied, but it didn't look as though while I poured it. Sitting a foot and a half away, i can get scents from this beer. I get good hints of plums, raisins, and other various fruits coming to the front of my nasal passageways. Also, a hint of oak comes through as well (a dry smell i guess) and a little bitter hoppiness, which is always goodness!

first sip is interesting. Not a big as I anticipated with very little carbonation. The plums and raisin scnets come out right away followed by a hefty bit of alcohol. Also a slight yeasty finish (if that makes sense). The hops are also evident at the back of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty interesting as well. It isn't a huge beer; maybe a medium body at best w/ very little carbonation. The alcohol and hops are evident and leave a nice warming feeling in my belly (great winter brew I think). The swallow is nice, and a pretty decent aftertaste as well. This is proving to be a nice find in CT (thanks Spence!!!). I'd recommend it if you can get your hands on it!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 01:23:10 | More by Fish113d
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a bottle of this brew at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany with some garnet tints, the bottom of the bottle releases some yeast dredges into the glass. I get a soft fluffy off-white head of about .5 cm to foam up. Aroma is dark fruit, ripe plums, raisins and cherries dominate, but I also detect lemon and banana as well. Actually I hint of nutmeg perhaps too. First sip reveals a thinner body than expected with very smooth, gentle and almost non-existent carbonation. Flavor is generally sweet, with ripe fruit coming through again, plums and prunes mix with caramel and again the lemon shows up. I get a bit of bitter earthy hop presence on the finish as well. A quite tasty and easy to drink beer. Very smooth for 12%.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 04:14:50 | More by sulldaddy
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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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CRJMellor

Arkansas

3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours the color of caramel candy apple, hazy with brown dominant and red tints. No head at all and very little evidence of any carbonation.
Aroma is coriander, spciy yeast, some burnt brown sugar and candi sugar with a hint of some dark citurs fruit.
Flavor starts with dark malt, almost chocolate hint that moves to a bready, grain alcohol hit and finishes with a heavy yeast hit.
Mouthfeel is average to me. The total lack of carbonation just does not help this beer. Sour, sweet and bitter seems to be too much to balance.
Drinkability is average at best. Beer just does not have enough to get past lack of carbonation and a real direction.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 00:02:59 | More by CRJMellor
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Billolick

New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stuby Belgian small bottle, brewed in 2002 according to the label. Pours dark brown, cloudy, tan head, with yeast chunks floating around, nice lacing evident.
Nose is medicinal, earthy, hint of horse blanket, musty.
Notes of raisins, minty, yeast notes,alcohol evident but somehow kept in the background (even at 12%!), chunky malty center, spicy hoppyness clears things out for a long and complex finish. Get out the stinky cheese and crusty bread, this is a hearty brew, complex, flavorful and pungent. Belgian strong dark ale lovers rejoice

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 01:55:57 | More by Billolick
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed copper with a big tan colored head. A careful pour from a snub-nosed bottle left lots of particles and protein coagulation left in suspension. Good lacing. Sweet, caramelly, toffee-like aromas as well as some faint old ale smells, like straight graininess, some hops and fusel alcohols and a light fruitiness. Good carbonation, which helps cut the high alcohol. Richly sweet, subtly grassy and botanical, and lightly tropical in it's starfruit-like fruitiness. Mild spicing evident, certainly not overwhelming, but hard to decipher any specifics. This beer certainly hides it's boasty 12% ABV pretty well with an array of sensations on the palate, but note it is an asskicker.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 09:28:35 | More by crookedhalo
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer after its escape from the 11.2 ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a smazy brown, with a colossal head that is spumous in texture and the color a toothsome tan, the resultant lace forms a glutinous blanket to obscure the glass. Nose is that of very ripe plums, hints of yeast and a bit of fusel alcohol, start is sweet and thick with malt, top id moderate to full in its feel upon the palate. Finish has a staunch acidity, the hops pounce on your palate along with the 12 percent ABV to make it spicy, aftertaste quite dry and long lasting, a quite decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 21:09:05 | More by Gusler
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PopeJonPaul

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky toffee brown with a massive puffy root-beer-float-sized head, smells like fermenting fruit and biscuits. Great lacing left behind in the glass.

Flavors of bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, fruit pectin, gold raisins with an alcohol bite. A taste balanced between 2 extremes (sweetness and alcohol) with everlasting carbonation, the alcohol bite is not so much that it would put you off though, it's more of a compliment to the sweetness than anything. This beer made the hair on my forearms stand up. Not a cheap beer, this stuff is worth the price though.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2004 01:52:44 | More by PopeJonPaul
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear then chunky golden deep amber. The head was large and in charge lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty with deep dark caramel. The aroma almost had a graham cracker character. Definite biscuit and dark fruit aromas but no alcohol aromas.

The flavor was a different story. Lots of dark fruits and plenty of alcohol. Caramel maltiness with plums and raisins, but the alcohol lightens the body so it does not become cloying.

The finish was dry with raisin and caramel flavors lasting into the aftertaste and alcohol warming long after the last swallow was taken. The body was medium and well done.

This beer is very well done. The flavors work together in concert and even though there is alcohol present it is not overpowering to the senses and actually adds to the complexity and drinkability of this beer. I should have purchased more...

11.2 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 22:47:40 | More by GCBrewingCo
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marburg

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A surprisingly excellent little brew, which I'd never heard of but found at a local store.

Thin, sponge-like head. Muddy orange-brown that ressembles a long island iced tea. Nose is very lightly laced with a peppery feel, not terribly complex but pleasant. Perhaps some pumpkin pie for good measure.

Flavor is much more interesting, oddly enough. Bitter mango skins, a slight roasty flavor, and grilled fruit move along in a sweeping and disturbingly apocolyptic finish -- that is, in the sense that it really cleans itself up nicely.

The 12% abv is nearly completely hidden in this beer, especially compared to other such large beers. Absolutely a delight to drink. I think this is kind of an "easy" but pleasant Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 03:03:21 | More by marburg
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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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jrallen34

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2010 21:40:21 | More by jrallen34
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ToasterChef

Maine

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: cask

03-08-2010 16:19:01 | More by ToasterChef
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

02-12-2010 16:55:58 | More by johnmichaelsen
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2008 08:41:43 | More by corby112
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DaggerEyes

New York

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2008 15:04:09 | More by DaggerEyes
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2007 18:22:06 | More by jdhilt
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 22:52:20 | More by Gavage
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't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
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