't Smisje Calva Reserva | Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Calva Reserva't Smisje Calva Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
Belgium
smisje.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jon on 11-26-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
162
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
14.54%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -74.5%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2/5  rDev -49%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of Rastacouere
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Dark Mahogany, no head, looks completely still. Extremely sweet aroma with cask wood aging notes obvious. Extremely vinous (port), apple or plum like. Huge alcohol flavor. It lacks some dimension other than liquorous anything. Tongue-burning like a strong scotch that you keep a long time in mouth, Very yeasty, cake-like. Medium to full body, appears syrupy with this carbonation absence. Feels like hot syrup. Not very good at all, I could not finish a whole bottle of this liquorous, heating, sweet wood juice. Overwhelming.

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Photo of dougnboston
2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Please understand, it's about 85 degrees (f) here today and this beer deserves a strong winter storm, being cut off from all the world, a big fire and someone special to linger with. Pair it with a hearty stew and you may have something.

Summer beer it's not, so it's very hard for me to rate this fairly. I'm not an extreem alchohol guy and this one is stong on the taste. Plums do seem to come to mind. Sweet for sure. Dark, dark fruits. Malty after taste. The head died quickly and no lace on the glass. Smell the brandy! Light up a cigar with this baby. It's a big one.

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Photo of counselor
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a ruddy brown with no head, practically flat. aromas of nut, plum and soy, the taste was similar, vinous, alcohol , deep braised fruits, plum, raisin, and burnt meat. Not terribly appealing and quite a dissapointment given the price for a 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of granger10
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a murky reddish brown color that turns peach when exposed to light. There was some yeast floating in my glass even though I poured quite carefully. No head or carbonation to speak of. The aroma was amazing however. Strong notes of fruit and wood and rum filled the room. It attacked my senses! Really good, I was very excited to take a sip of this one. Upon my first sip I get a watery sensation and little else. What!? Where's the taste that should follow the aroma? Well, the more I drank of it the more of a rum alcohol taste I get. I also get some red apples and a woody tone around the edges. This beer is really weak in body and too smooth, as in no bite from carbonation or any other flavors. To be honest the alcohol didn't offset the lack of carbonation like I thought it would. It was warming in the finish but I drank this one a little too quick because there were no lingering flavors. I am Very Disappointed! Way too expensive!

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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle @Toronado, San Fransisco. I think thanks go to mat for this beer, but i’m not entirely sure. this was pretty wierd. Salted licorice, toasty caramel and vegemite, definite aged character, not quite my bag, but not bad. Packed a punch, and theres lots of flavour.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of ark57
3.02/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

There is no head on this barrel aged beer and there is no carbonation to speak either. It is a murky ruby-brown. The aroma is fruity (apple is detectable among some dark fruits), woody (very strong wood character), and there is peppery alcohol. The aroma is somewhat pleasant yet harsh. Apple is the first flavor noticeable then a strong woodiness. It is malty, but seems to be dominated by the barrel and alcohol. The finish has a good amount of hotness from the alochol. The initial taste is not too grea, but the lingering apple in the aftertaste helps the score out.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Seriously explosive carbonation on the pour. Mysterious chestnut color with a lot of haze to it. Head settles down and remains that profound traditional Belgian head, night khaki color.

S: You can really smell the calvados, its crazy. Really dirty aroma to it. Sort of a rum raisin, cherry and a nip of citrus.

T: Begins really woody at the tip of the tongue. Seems relentless at first but releases its death grip and allows some strong, satured amber to dark fruit flavors to come through. Brown sugar plays the sweet angle which increases quickly to strong alcohol esters. Notes of plums, raspberries and red apple while here. Finishes dirty with very strong alcohol vapors.

M: Full body and syrupy.

D: Wow, aggresive beer. Unbalanced and a bit kooky. Not so hot on this one. Its too hot and needs to relax a bit. Maybe after some age it might be better but I'm not sure it would help the overwhelming wood flavor.

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Photo of teromous
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottle date that I can see. The label appearance is a bit different than the one displayed and the ABV is listed as 11% on this bottle.

Appearance: Murky dark tea colored body with a very short head that is very short lived. The head is an off white with a small bit of yellow. It fades as soon as it is poured and doesn't even leave a ring. Very poor head retention. No lacing.

Aroma: I get a very light but sweet smelling caramel aroma that intermingles with a bit of wood. The label says it is brewed with coriander but I don't pick it up at all.

Taste: I'm getting more of that caramel flavor with a bit of a fruity touch at the end. A nice woody finish. Aside from that there honestly isn't a whole lot more going on in this beer. There is a bit of a honey flavor in the aftertaste which is nice but it is very faint.

Mouthfeel: Medium body without much texture. Some apparent alcohol but nothing overwhelming while the beer stays cool. There is not much bitterness. There is a slight tinge to the beer at the front of the palate which adds a touch of complexity but overall it is a bit lackluster.

Overall: It is hard for me to even rate this as average because I find that many parts of the beer are lacking in depth and complexity. I could not consider this beer to be in the poor range given the minor strengths it does have. There is a nice caramel sweetness to the beer and the honey aftertaste is quite nice. Overall I really wouldn't recommend it to a person seeking Belgian Strong Dark Ales or simply Belgian Ales for the first time, but to the more experienced drinker of Belgian Ales I might recommend it for its minor positive attributes that would be appreciated by a person with a bit more tread under their tires.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I shared this bottle with my wife at the Brugs Beertje in Brugge. The beer poured a brown color with no head to speak of. It had an iced tea look to it, not the taste though. The aroma of the beer gave off solid hints of the high abv that this beer has. The taste was a bit citrus but was dominated by the high abv and some oak notes from the aging. The beer also had an almost maple syrup quality to it as well.

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Photo of drewone
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of oline73
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of neonbrown82
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours to a nutty brown and blood red color with a nice thick frothy head. Carbonation is fairly minimal. Laces the glass very well.

The smell is good. Some complex raisin, plum, and fig with some strong malt and candy sugar. Only a slight cidery aroma from the calvados.

The taste is not too great. Starts off nice and sweet with a tart cider fading into the raisin, fig, and plum and then finishing dry, nutty, and earthy. Quite complex, though it is a journey through borderline foul taste.

The body is full and syrupy. Carbonation is sharp and prickly. Alcohol is right up front, but doesn't provide a lot of burn. This is not a very drinkable beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Oxymoron
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I found this in the back of my beer closet and have no idea where I got it. That being said, the pour was a cloudy brown color with red amber highlights. There was some sediment but a good pour kept it in the bottle. No head really to speak of or carbonation either.

The nose was noticeable with a sweet caramel aroma. More of a caramel candy smell then a caramel malt. Noticeable candy hints. Some lighter tropical fruits as well, with some raisin and touches of plums.

The taste is similar but more emphasis on the sweet candy caramel flavor. The malt is the major characteristic with the sugary background. There are some toffee and a light phenolic value that is noticeable. This comes out more as the beer warms. I also picked up some hints of vanilla as it warmed too.

The body was a little skeptical with the lack of carbonation, but the sweet maltiness of it helps with a more mid to full feel. A nice creaminess to it as well. Overall I wonder if I might have sat on this too long, oh well.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ypsifly
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 with no dates into a chalice.

Brown with no head at all. The sediment is easily disturbed so this one was given a delicate pour, however there's still a lot of floaters in the glass.

Whisky notes dominate the nose. Smells very alcoholic. My nose says "get ready for a sherry dosed with Macallan's 12yr scotch".

Very sweet. You can really taste the "E. Dupont wooden calvados casks" that the label says this was aged in for 6 months. The alcohol registers a bit creamy. Good mouthfeel, but I wouldn't call this very drinkable.

't Smisje impressed me with their BBBougondier, but I won't be revisiting this brew unless someone offers me a freebie.

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Photo of pigc
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark brown with two finger head.

S - Banana, clove, bubblegum, raisin, figs, dark fruits.

T - Peppery sweetness upfront followed by a wave of dryness and taste of rum cake and tropical fruits. An astringent aftertaste that lingers at the end. A bit off-putting.

M - Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation.

O - Decent Belgian strong ale but nothing to get excited about. It's been a while since I've had this style but this one seems on the dry, astringent side.

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