't Smisje Blond | Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Blond't Smisje Blond
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't Smisje Blond't Smisje Blond

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rhoadsrage on 10-06-2005

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
1.54/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

The beer poured into the chalice clear, crystal clear, pale golden straw with a barely there head which did what it could to lace at the glass.

The aroma was cardboard and a light bit of lime, but mostly cardboard. Also present was some alcohol presence.

The flavor was strong, strong cardboard with a prickly sense of light lime in the flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting lime and cardboard well into the aftertaste and far beyond, too far. The body was medium light. A completely awful beer. The first time it was hazy and so it might have been a bottle issue. This bottle was purchased in a different town at a different store. Same resultant awful aroma and flavor and the appearance was not as good as the first. Skip it!

11.2 ounce bottle. (Review number two for this beer).

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Photo of remilamy
1.62/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow. I typically love belgian ales, limes, and unique beer - this one definitely falls into all categories. It does, however, widely miss the mark.

Pour was great, appearance was what one would expect - somewhat cloudy and light peach in color, soft light head... and that's about as good as it got. The smell was mildly astringent. The taste reminded me of the smell of the detergent my gradeschool janitor used on the floor.

Someone else mentioned Anbesol and that would also seem quite accurate. I'm disappointed, as a lime-kissed belgian blonde ale sounds fantastic. This one doesn't quite do it.

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Photo of silenius
1.77/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear gold with a very active head that settles to a skim. There is quite a bit of yeast in the bottle so, some got in the beer giving it a murky dull gold color.

Smell is medical disinfectant, band aids, and black pepper. If I didn't know this was beer, I would think I could use this to clean my toilet.

Taste is harsh and bitter with a bit of sweetness sneaking in. More medical disinfectant smell.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Not very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
1.99/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2 oz picked up at the Coop last week for about $3.50.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

2 Finger head dies back very quick.. no lacing atop a slightly hazy (despite a very careful pour) straw colored brew.

Aroma is a fruity/floral cardboard.. Smells oxidized for sure... not much else to say here.

Flavor is pale malts and floral with wet cardboard.. are we getting a pattern? I'll let it warm up... Done... Too bad.. now we have Band-aids... Uggghhh. Pale malts with the citrusy/floral overtones, but it still is very oxidized.

I've paid my dues over the years with 2 other bottles ... I will not buy again. I just don't think that this one is destined to be a star in the States... at least not from the bottle. It appears to me that it really doesn't appreciate the jostling from Belgium to Boise.

Too bad really.. seems like a fantastic idea.. I love the smell of citrus blossums, and think they would be fantastic in a Belgian Pale without too much other yeasty fruitiness... but this one is way beyond not drinkable... and I honestly tried. My notes from the other two previous bottles show pretty much the same thing.. but this time, I am a little pissed off that I again spent way too much money on an obviously bad beer.

I am not angry at the COOP... but the importer. Where is the quality control?

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Photo of MattsLilBeerLuvr
2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought this on a whim at a store in Baltimore, love Belgian style beers, & wanted to try something new. But what the heck is this?

Yellow color. Smells like Corona & Lime mixed with iced tea. Alcoholly, stinky. Smells almost like rotting bark.

Tastes how it smells. Like cheap malt liquor infused with citrus and nail polish remover.

Burns a little bit. Weird after taste, I can't describe it.

Tried to drink all of it, since it WAS $7. Got 3/4 of the way there, then down the drain it went.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.28/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy, orange-tinted gold with a creamy white mousse that recedes quickly. It looks cool, but I get the impression that this bottle is pretty old.

S: Aromas of must, lemon, lime, bitter orange, grass, and sour, bready yeast are present on the nose. This pale ale smells pretty good until that sour, yeasty scent kicks in and takes over completely. Very unrefined.

T: Notes of lime, lemon, must, grass, hay, minerals, talc, bitter orange, and sour yeast are very apparent. The finish is extremely tart and gritty with lemon, lime, bitter orange, and mineral flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied and dry. The carbonation is oddly lacking-in fact, it is barely noticeable. This beer also has an unpleasant gritty feel on the palate that is extremely distracting.

O: This ale is really strange. Though it may be unique, it is not appealing in the slightest. The flavors just don't merge. At best, this ale is an unpleasant, sharp mess. Easily the worst Smisje beer I've had.

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Photo of emerge077
2.36/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy orange pour, with visible streams of carbonation. No foam until the glass is tilted upright, and pour is a little stronger.

Smell is odd. Medicinal and phenolic, strange for a 6% ale. Funky citrus, coming a bit too close to the caustic Wit (Vuuve) from the same brewery. Not really that pleasant.

Taste is medicinal and bitter upfront, pretty one-dimensional. It actually reminds me of a medicine I had when I was a kid, when my teeth were coming in. It was an oral analgesic called Anbesol, and about the last thing I want my beer to taste like...

Once it sits out for 20 min. or so, it gets less harsh, but still unpleasant to drink. Mouthfeel is astringent and thin. Hope this is an old or tainted bottle, this can't possibly be the brewer's intended result. I won't be getting it again.

This was a tough one to review, because i've tried the best and worst from this brewery. I'm biased by my own polarized experiences.

Guido and Kerst were excellent, and the Dubbel was good, but 3 bottles of the Vuuve have been horrible. Now the Blond, which I didn't have high hopes for, but didn't think it would be as bad as the tainted Vuuve. Avoid it.

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Photo of blakesell
2.55/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

Appearance- Thick with yeast at the bottom of the bottle. A full finger of froth that fades to a mere film over the top. Lacing clings to the sides.

Smell- Talcum and rubber. Yeasty and very little in the malt department. Light banana and pineapple hiding in the background.

Taste- Thin and tastes to be past its prime. Chalky and powdery. Way too thin. Not light struck, maybe just too old. Oxidized hops, oxidized malt as well, vegetated. Not too good.

Mouthfeel- Thin, light bodied, decently carbonated at best. Astringent like powder. Sticky, but not warming.

Drinkability- Pretty damn bad. Nearly a drain pour, but this was a learning experience with all those strange off flavours, so down the hatch.

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Photo of DeadGuyRyan
2.58/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out slightly cloudy with a small head and a minimal lace. Although Belgian blond ales are not a classic Belgian I enjoy them a lot they tend to be on the sweeter end of the spectrum with more hints of fruits. However this is not in that category I do not really taste any profound characteristics in the beer beyond the alcohol finish as well as spice flavors. Belgian beers are my favorite style of beer however this is not one of my favorite.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.66/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange-yellow color with a nice rocky white head that falls slowly. The lacing from the head is significant and laces well. The smell is a rip you face off citrus bite with a musty-peppery note. The first sip was an eye-opener. I hated this beer at first but gradually got used to it. The lime flowers are an interesting adjunct. It's like they replace the hop flavor and become a " Imperial Lime Pale Ale". LOL! Really funky flavor and hard to describe. Can't say I would have one of these often but excited at something new.

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Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle conditioned. Don't pick up any lime blossoms except perhaps a slight hint in the finish, then again, maybe not.... Anyway, poured a small to medium off white head that quickly subsides and no lace.Color is a cloudy amber. Arom is yeasty, malty, leather, earth, minerals plus a bit of fruit and spice. Flavor is like aroma, sweetness comes out more and so does the mineral. Not that great. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish also has big mineral up front and altogether is medium in length.

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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of CaptFrothy
2.81/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

dirty blond look, two finger head settles down to a small ring. Not a whole lot here in the smell dept, faint hay. Small bubbles, decent mouthfeel. Taste is a little saison-y upfront that morph's into a dry mildly citrus aftertaste. Actually very thirst quenching, tho interesting, not a compelling beer. I love their dubbel and Calva Reserva, but this one doesn't live up to it's big brothers standards.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dogfooddog
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours with active white head, nose immediately has the acidic mustardy t'smisje nose. reminds me a lot of their mustard beer.

taste is less harsh, still bitter and odd, mustard-like in taste. not sure where the lime-blossoms come into this, there is an odd aftertaste that may involve them.

this brewery used to have a very nice line, not sure what happened.

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Photo of Ego
2.91/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

found @ oak tree buy rite

grrr. does a beer have to explode out of the bottle? this has been sitting in my cellar for 2 weeks, so it is around 55 degrees, damn near perfect, sure enough, I pop the goddamn cap and kablam! wtf? is it so hard to maybe put something on the label? not every belgian pale ale shoots a load so it isnt a per style thing perse... goddamnit. so opener beware I suppose...
Obviously this is carbonated as hell, 2 full fingers of fluffy white craggy head, small bubbles and compact, hazy and cloudy straw, the lacing is great.. a very good looking beer forgetting about the fact that I had to clean up my desk because of it...

hints of lime, mellow funkiness, fruity, nothing great but OK.

taste etc...
for all the carbonation this packs it comes across as mild, it has a grainy texture with some sugar, it leaves a yeast dryness in the aftertaste, there is some strangr flavor in there I cant quite place.. sort of like the dandelion flavor in that Fantome (psselient or whatever it is).. it adds some wierd grassy/citric tartness of chewing on grass thing.. which is distracting. the mouthfeel itself is OK.

interesting.. maybe something to cook with.. but I won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of ryandurka
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

although this beer goes down well and doesnt hit too hard it has a strange taste. i am all for unique beer but this one is weird. it smells and has an aftertaste of swiss cheese to me. it tastes like a lambic, without and sugary sweet taste. it also taste like it has seltzer water in the beer. i liked it, kinda, but am not sure i would get this beer again, it was expensive and for the money i dont know if it was worth it.

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Photo of ckollias
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 11.2 oz stubby bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light golden ale with a thin, white, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lacy.

S: Spicy candi malt aroma fills the nose. Hints of yeast and citrus bring up the background.

T: Moderate bitter and slightly sweet ale. Lemony zest pops at first and then it mellowed out by the somewhat boring malt backbone.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

O: Just a so-so Belgian blond ale. This taste is a bit sour for me. Worth the taste but nothing I would grab again.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of mastny
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer tastes like mashed potatoes. after the first sip i thought: "no, that can't be right". but sure enough, second sip, there it was again. this persisted throughout the whole beer.

the best way i can descibe it is this. you know how potatoes kinda taste like dirt?(not really in a bad way). well this tastes like that.

weird, but not really bad.

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Photo of mattpetti
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you gave me this beer not telling me what it was i would have no idea which style. Belgian pale ale would be about 4 on this list of possiblilities. Pours a cloudy yellow gold, with ample carbonation, and a nice fluffy white head that shows intricate lacing. The smell was watery, yeast, with some hints of sweetness (honey?), ansd slight hints of unidentifiable fruit. The taste is bland, kind of a mix of a belgian pale ale and a blond and a witte beer. Some lime is apparent in the aftertaste (it says brewed with lime blossom on the label), but most of the flavors seem to be unfinished. Fairly drinkable based on the light body and the refreshing feel of the carbonation, but that's it. Nothing bad, but nothing great.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on January 1, 2012. The pour is a cloudy, light amber-orange with a fizzy white head that dissolves as quickly as it is poured. The aroma is lightly malted with flat fruits bringing out more of a sour sensation that a mellow one like other Blondes. The body is very light and thin. The taste leans to the sour side with no noted hop finish to speak of. My first beer of the New Year was a bit disappointing.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stubby, brown bottle that is capped. Pours out a cloudy yellow-orange with a very small head that doesn't last at all. Tons of bubbles though. Smell is slightly soapy with hints of bread, yeast and something odd that I can't identify.

Taste immediately reminds me of homebrew. It is almost like something plastic in the beginning. It starts to come around in the middle and end with the classic BPA bitterness coming through. Great grass notes dominate. Without that, this beer would be lost. The solid mouthfeel helps as well.

For me, it is just an average Belgian Pale Ale. I believe the label states something about lime blossoms and maybe that is what is different here. I had such high hopes for this beer as I love this brewery. Oh well, I will probably give this beer another try at a later date to see if my notes are consistent.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber. Nose is yeasty a bit with an almost antiseptic harsh edge. Flavor is weak and uninteresting. Starts off like there could be some body, but then the lime blossoms kick in and it takes on a bitter almost citric edge and then quickly disappears. Potential, but just no delivery. Feel is thin and bordering on watery, though there is a pretty decent level of bubble there. Drinkable. Yes. But only because it is so light and lacks any really harsh negative qualities. If you are reading this in order to decide on whether to try it or not, just pass.

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Photo of thekanna
3.22/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a hazy golden blond down, with about 2 fingers of loose head that dissipates quickly.

S: Gorgeous scent of nectarines, white peach, citrus fruits, faint oranges and white grape juice, with a touch of Belgian yeasts.

T: Inception is juicy citrus fruits, followed by a strange bitterness and taste reminiscent of strong Chinese herbal medicine. Finish is spicy and phenolic, with a faint aftertaste of limes.

M: Highly carbonated to complement the pepperiness.

D: Everything else was wonderful about this beer except the strange medicinal bitterness in the taste. This is just one element short of a stellar brew; unfortunately, that element will convince me otherwise to have another.

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