't Smisje Blond | Brouwerij Smisje

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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 BeerDetective
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, it was poured in a tulip glass and had a very nice yellow cloudy appearance but this was a weird blend of smoke and grapefruit, it took some getting used to and was hard for me to finish, the nose is full of smoke for some reason, but it was big on a sour grapefruit taste. It grew on me a little bit after it warmed some, but still kinda weird. Not really one I would seek out again.

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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 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 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 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 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 DaggerEyes
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy orange gold color with a four finger foamy slightly off white head that settled into a thin layer of foam on the surface. a bit of patchy lacing

Nose is a bit funky yeast, with cirtic notes and a little bit of sugary sweetness.

Peppery a little bit of spice (corriander) and earthy must, a little grassy, soft hops, citrus notes (lime) . some minerality present. As it warms the lime becomes more pronounced and the beer begins to take on a more wine like quality, which is quite enjoyable, spend some time with this one, experience it at different temps so you can really see the breadth of it's taste profile.

easy drinking, medium body, active carbonation on the tip of the tongue mellows as the beer moves to the middle of the mouth. Finish is crisp and clean. A very refreshing 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 brentk56
3.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a billowy head that bubbles away in no time and fails to leave much lace

Smell: While the head bubbles, the beer gives off a nice floral and lime citrus aroma

Taste: Starts with an herbacious yeasty bitter flavor that grows in fruitiness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitter lime flavors kick in, joined by a clove spiciness

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I found that I enjoyed this much more than others; a lively and different brew

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heck, I'll be happy to award this one its highest score yet. I thought it was a very well-done and insanely refereshing beer.

Pours a big, fluffy, rocky head, fed by tons of bubbles. Hazy peach color, and that's without having disturbed the layer of muddy sludge left in the bottle.

Nose initially brings in lots of citrus and a distinct salty character. The lime blossoms this was brewed with are very much in evidence, brought to life by that big sizzling head. Mineral aromas too.

Taste: As is the case with a large variety of Belgians, the yeast gives this beer huge character. Sharp, tart lime and other citrus meet clean, generous hops (seems dry-hopped) and that dirty yeast goodness.

Mouthfeel is light, full of zing, well-carbonated but not oppressive. A little puckery in the finish, but probably exactly what they were going for, and I didn't mind a bit.

A crazy refereshing beer. And it gets better as it sits and warms a little. I will happily revisit this again.

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Photo of Gmann
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dirty golden color with a small head that dissipated to just a rim and left no lacing. The smell is a tad spicy maybe a slight bit metallic. The taste starts off spicy, peppery, then is washed away by the lime flavor that finishes dry. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and well carbonated. Not really what I am looking for in a Belgian. The drinkability is fine, nothing to get in the way though it is a bit dry.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Ale brewed with lime blossoms, huh? Wull, I ain't doin' nothin' with this $4.69, pre-tax, so, whut the hell!"

That's how my mind works sometimes.

Anyway, let's do this thing...

Into the Kasteel goblet it goes, showing fierce carbonation, a hazy golden coloration, fizzy white head, that disappears in a trice...

Intense aromatics, waft out from the start, very citric and spicy, and that's only from the glass sitting over there on the desk. Let's bring it close...
Big tart, large lemon, a bit dry and a trifle flat...oh, well...

Tastin' it: again, full force citric fruit, spicy, but dry, and unexceptional...no pizzazz, though it is certainly palatable, drinkable, nothing wrong with it...just falls flat on the palate, and resists giving forth further pleasures. Lime really shines through, have to give it that, it sure is limey...

Very wet, that I can say for sure.

A bit of candied orange comes in the flavor late. Gets sweeter. If thin, though. Smallish finish, a bit disappointing.

Nothing terrible, but nothing to crow about in this bottle. Move along, if you seek greater thrills.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry banana with multiple steady streams of bubbles leading up to an attractive crown of polished ivory foam. The head looked great immediately after the pour and looks merely good as it deflates. It isn't quite sticky enough to achieve rockiness or to leave more than a few scattered wisps of lace.

The nose is reminiscent of sweet and sour orchard fruit with a modest sprinkling of spice. I'm not impressed with the yeast strain, but then things could be much different on the palate. Try as I might, I can't appreciate the fact that this is 'an ale brewed with lime blossoms'.

Blond doesn't set my world on fire with the first mouthful. As I drink, though, I'm enjoying it a little more. The beer tastes like a fruit salad of apples, pears, bananas and lime zest. It starts out mildy sweet, is tangy in the middle and finishes on the bitter side. I'd still like a more zippy, outgoing yeast strain.

In the end, I've decided to go with the higher of the two considered flavor scores because the beer does enough right to get on my good side. Besides, it's improving with warming and (especially) as the goodies from the bottom of the bottle are added and ingested. I wish it had a little more depth and complexity, but it has enough.

The mouthfeel is medium for the style and isn't quite as carbonated as it ought to be. As a result, it lacks the spark that I look for in a Belgian ale. That's a minor complaint though. It still gets the job done in an acceptable fashion.

I expected something a little different from 't Smisje Blond. Maybe I thought it would be impressively lime zesty, who knows? What I got was a good, solid BPA that doesn't do much to stand out from the crowd. Having said that, this is a classic example of how even a rather generic Belgian beer is still an impressively enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark yellow color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malt with some candies sugar. Taste is also dominated by the Belgian yeast and the sweet malt with a slightly funky finish. Body is not filtrated and quite full with adequate carbonation. Not the best blond Belgian ale I’ve had but pretty good nonetheless.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.82/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting, not thrilling, this Belgian pale ale offers an interesting twist in the addition of lime-blossoms. From a long-standing bottle it pours a clear yellow-gold body beneath a short but creamy head of white. The retention is just slightly better than average, and the lacing is fairly nice. The nose displays the lime as might be expected, but with a floral and leafy side as well. It's quite unusual, and you may need a moment to get used to it, but beyond that it becomes quite refreshing and intriguing. The body is medium, and it's gently effervescent. Lime again appears in the flavor, but with more of the character you might expect. It's citrusy, but very distinctly lime. (I'm somehow reminded of tequila.... maybe that's just too many nights of agave and lime coming back to me ;) The malt underneath is very basic and straight-forward, and just slightly biscuity (but certainly not bready). The bitterness is quite restrained. It finishes dry and mildly tart with a streak of leafy, grassy, lime-blossom flavor and some chalkiness from the yeast. Interesting. Refreshing. A little odd. Flavor points for originality.

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Here’s an effervescent, straw-colored, hazy brew. The head is modest for a Belgian, but has a respectable firmness and staying-power. The aroma is fruity, with lemon, orange, and apples at the forefront. There’s a little sweet pale malt underneath the fruit, with some spice, pepper, and yeast as well. The flavor is similar, with a semi-dry taste and a little tartness. Although the brew has a moderate heft, the carbonation and delicacy of the flavors give it a light and airy quality. It’s an interesting and pretty enjoyable beer. It’s not particularly complex or inspiring, but it’s worth a try.

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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 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 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 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 Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical 11.2 ounce Belgian stubby bottle, pours cloudy light yellow, with a soft tiny bubble white head. Sugary, flowery nose. This is a delicate, complex, flavorful and intriguing Belgian. Notes of tangerine, leafy soft hops, with light spicing also picked up. Corriander, and white pepper. Inviting soft mouthfeel. High quality Belgian pale, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy yellowish orange in color. Thin 1" head that develops some mild lacing.

Smell: citrus, yeast, and faint malt sweetness.

Taste: biscuit tones with green apples, orange citrus, yeast, mild bitterness, and a faint amount of pepper spice. Nicely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finishes dry and smooth. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: refreshing and easy drinking. This was quite enjoyable on tap.

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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 goodbyeohio
3.87/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

beautiful label on a brown stumpy bottle. this time, we're given a picture of ali baba making a wood-fired pizza.. at least thats what i think it is.

pours lighter than yellow with some sugar syrup wavy suspension and lots of bubbles. not much head retention, swirly clouds of bubble clusters are all that remain from a decent pour. belgian pale in appearance, for sure. nose contains a nice mild sugar cookie thing along with careful bursts of the aforementioned lime-blossoms. as one who enjoys thai food, that botanical, herbal citrus should be easy to spot (and is). contributes and overall clean aroma to the beer. mouthfeel is perfect, heavy liquid mingling perfectly with a more watery edge.. fine bubbles in perfect proportion swimming throughout. smooth leads to bitter green bite and slight alcohol touch in the throat. flavor leaves a bit to be desired, as it seems the brewers were too sparing with ingredients and too concerned with aromatics. enjoyable, hop-accented biscuity flavor that is just a bit one-dimensional. not worth the big bucks these beers cost, but still a great example of the new school pale ales coming out of belgium.

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