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't Smisje Kerst - Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Kerst't Smisje Kerst

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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2003)
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3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl Bottle, well in date when opened on 10th Jan 2014. Poured slowly into a 'Leffe' badged chalice. Some sediment did get out though.

Good deep mahogany body (with a slight mist from the sediment): the thin head became a wisp and collar far too quickly for me.

Port like aroma, this is a winter brew with attitude, my nose warmed up just sniffing it, actually you can add 'Bovril' to the smell.

Malty molasses sticking to a side of beef left in a shallow mash tun for a week and then had Port or Madeira poured onto them just before bottling, you get the picture.

Rich, tasty and very alcoholic from the off. This is a monster brew that has prune, damsons and spices all vying for attention within the sweet beefy brew.

Barley Wine in feel and taste, very drinkable, but dangerous.

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4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured slightly warm with a gigantic, cream-colored, foamy, frothy head and some lace. Color is at first a slightly hazy honey amber, then upon emptying the bottle with the sediment, more cloudy and brown. Aroma is very mild, vinous, malt, fruit, yeast. Flavor's like nose and has sweet, bitter, & tang up front and other qualities in back. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, slow taper, significant warmth. Great sipping beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

So, I am a bit a lost as to where this should be put. As my bottle is different and is labelled as Smisje 'Smiske' Kerst. Note this should a separate beer appear elsewhere. But judging by other posts on here this is likely very very similar or the same thing.

Pours a rusty, reddish, tan murk with grainy and small light tan head that dissipates quickly. First thought at smell, and appearance, it may be similar to Scaldis Noel. Looks similar, just... muddy. Not pretty, but I always have high hopes for this brewer and have loved all from Smisje (Smiske) so far.

Smells of damp wood, warm booze, a bit of vanilla, citrusy caramel tinge. You catch a hint of Belgian candi sugar... a very unusual earthy, yeasty presence which is fairly common for this brewer. Unusual all around, but I like it in an odd way.

There is a whirl of spice going on as I taste. A little nutmeg, a little dry cinnamon maybe, pepper and some other things I have trouble really connecting or putting finger on. There is a toasted raisin sort of taste. Toasted, dried dates. There is a tad bit of caramel, a little vanilla. The candi sugar sweeps in on the middle and follows through until it dries and bitters out lightly on the end with sort of a herbal hop character. Earthy and yeasty with the sugars. This is on the sweeter side but not too sweet. It is actually pretty well balanced and the booze gets lost among the other things going on... but adds to the bitterness I think. Has a nice warming effect with the spice.

Reminiscent of Scaldis Noel for me... but better. I think the yeast and spice profile is much more interesting and adds a great deal more complexity to this.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Not sticky, a little dense, but the carbonation scours away and lightens things up a bit. Pretty spot on. A nice cold/snowy spring evening beer. Surprisingly easy to drink for the high alcohol content.

As it warms it really blooms. Overall, I wouldn't consider this a Belgian Dark... Definitely a Belgian Amber. Definitely fits all those characteristics much better. On my love affair with Smisje, I may be a bit bias... but, this is one from the brewer that is not high on the list. It's awfully good! Don't get me wrong. It just doesn't surprise you and intrigue you quite as much as others. The quality is impeccable though. No one can deny the quality of this beer. I only picked up one when I saw it, and double of others. I'm satisfied that I did one and would definitely grab up another should the chance arise. But I wouldn't stockpile this like I do some of the others... (COUGH -calva reserve!-)

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

A: The beer is cloudy light brown in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a thick collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark fruits and begins to develop a little bit of sweetness and notes of yeast as the beer warms up. There are also some subtle hints of coriander and peppery spices in the finish that add complexity.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't one of my top favorites of the style, but this beer is incredibly drinkable considering its strength because there are absolutely no traces of alcohol in the aroma and taste.

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3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raisons, a multitude of other pitted, dehydrated, and candied dark fruits all provide an estery blend to this spicy and rummy Belgian Strong Dark Ale.

Pouring a rusty and brownish amber color with yeasty haze gives this beer the classy and Belgiany glow of signature ales from the region. A creamy bright-white head billows to the top of the glass and then settling slowly to a dense blanket from edge to edge. Impressive staying power and light lace tops off a very handsome ale.

Dark fruit aromas start with a pronounces raison scent, but then grows toward other dehydrated dark fruits of cherry, berry, dates, figs, prunes, and plumbs. Modest candy-like sweet notes introduce toasty, bready, and nutty elements of malt while complementing the fruity yeast notes. Mild peppery notes of white pepper, alcohol, and wood-like tannin notes provide a soft vinous note that reminds me of red wines.

The dry-fruity, spice and pepper flavors are to be expected, however in slightly greater intensity than expected from that of aromas. Sugar coated cherries, raspberries, raisons/grapes, figs, plumbs/prunes, along with pecans and bread crust flavors shape the more pronounced flavors while milder notes of apples, pears, and peppercorn round out the estery/spicy balance. Alcohol flavors inform the peppery spice, along with contributing flavors of rum and bitterness.

The bubbly effervesence gives an expansive and full impression, but is soon fleeting and provides a dry sweetness that evaporates off the palate and ushers in a finish of peppery spice, moderate prickle, and warm (boardering on hot) alcohols. An aftertaste of pepper and dry-fruitiness gives a supple linger into the next sip.

Kerst has an overall 'young' flavor that seems to have some aggressive, maybe abrasive alchols that still need maturing. As the alcohols subside, the esters and spice will meld and provide the complex sweetness that makes any single attribute difficult to pin point.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy reddish-brown color. A cream head appears in the very beginning but the head goes away very quickly.
Smell has a nice simple malt taste to it. The sweet malts are followed by that awesome Belgian sugar smell that I always love.
Taste is nice. A nice Belgian sweet sugar taste is balanced by a very good dark fruit taste. Dark fruits of raisins, prunes, and others are strongly prevalent in this beer.
Mouthfeel has a medium thickness, but a crisp carbonation gives this beer a refreshing quality.
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Scaldis chalice. Pours a murky dark red orange amber with a massive fine off-white head that kept growing from active carbonation. Color isn't that outstanding, but a very attractive head on this beer. Aroma of light fruit, Belgian yeast and spicing with a bit of a sour element. Flavor is hard to describe. Sweet dark malt and dark fruit elements, fruit esters, brown sugar and light caramel in the finish which has a bit of cinnamon and a slight hop kick. Very complex and well integrated to the point that it's hard to distinguish individual flavors. Medium bodied with some creaminess. Delicious. This definitely tastes like a winter season dark Belgian ale. Well done.

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't Smisje Kerst from Brouwerij Smisje
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