't Smisje BBBourgondier - Brouwerij Smisje
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3.45/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
10-04-2004 00:02:59 | More by CRJMellor
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
12-20-2004 01:35:49 | More by lackenhauser
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
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
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
3.05/5 rDev -22.6%
I had to check the ratings before I rated this one. Its incredibly low carbonation. I was worried with the very weak pfssht on cracking the cap, but looking at the ratings here, its 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.
11-28-2004 03:39:22 | More by aracauna
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
3.81/5 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
3.9/5 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
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
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
$6 for a 11.2oz bottle.
attractive clear ruby pour with belgian style whirlpool-top head . even the most minimal jarring creates a sturdy lace.
nose is very raisiny and sweet. vanilla and butterscotch are here too. all flavor and spice, no alcohol or yeast in the aroma. clean is the best way to describe it.
first taste brings out a yeast/malt profile very reminiscent of westvleteren 12. then i get hit with spices.. (bottle says 'valerian and lemon balm'). berries, bananas and raisins to me. sweet burnt sugar. stille nacht comes to mind in the aftertaste. funny that i drank it out of a st. bernardus glass... this beer imitates and captures certain elements of all these big belgians. well done clone- would be a great substitution for the expensive stuff if it wasnt expensive itself. good, but in a weird place ratingswise.
03-28-2005 13:47:24 | More by goodbyeohio
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
4/5 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
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
3.88/5 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
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
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
3.55/5 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
3.38/5 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
3.9/5 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
4.47/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
08-27-2003 03:03:21 | More by marburg
't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
88 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.