Guido | Brouwerij Smisje

very good
67 Reviews

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 02-03-2002

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pour a dark, muddy mahogany amber with a fine half finger off- white head. A careful pour still had a bit of particulates in it. Nice aroma of plums and dark dried fruit, sweet caramel and bready malt. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, dried dark fruit, plums, honey and a bit of cardboard; finishing with sweet dark fruit juice and a hint of hops. Medium body with a reasonable creaminess. A sweet, but very pleasant dark Belgian that leaves my wondering how old the bottle is and whether the cardboard is due to age or design. Still quite enjoyable and if it is old, has held up reasonably well.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It took me several times returning to this beer to get into it and appreciate it. A one time go at it is a bit surprising. It's also odd, but I think it puts out a lot of originality, even though similar ideas/styles have been done before.

Pours a very nice dark amber, a bit dirty looking. Almost looks like a jar of really good honey. Fairly lively.

Smell is pretty pungent. There is clearly the honey which is listed on the label coming through and a touch of sugary raisins. A strikingly earthy yeast smell, and also a hint of caramel and fermenting flowers. A little bit of booze comes out as well.

Taste is very nice, warms up great. There is clear amounts of delicious honey. A perfect amount. There is tart apple thing that snips the end. The raisins come through very gently, definitely more of a golden raisin in taste that mingles with touches of Belgian candi sugar. Tons of earth on this, a very interesting, dirty taste. But it remains somehow clean and crisp in a way. It's odd. Slightly sticky with a touch of caramel. A tad bitter on the end... very very very low bitter, and a bit dry. Booze is pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel is really nice, comes in a bit thick and sticky, but is then scoured away by a sand grain and perfect carbonation. A bit dry, but the dryness is very nice.

Overall, like I said, I have had this few times and it took several runs to come to a decision on it. At first it was a bit too odd even for my standards. But it is Smisje, great quality and always intriguing. Once you get used to it or if you are just in the mood for earthy and mellow sweetness, it is pretty awesome. A very respectable brew. I'll be happy to come across this again, I'll continue to buy this when I'm given the chance.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The ale was poured into a snifter with a cloudy brown color. I can't recall ever seeing a beer with so much sediment in a beer. It looked as though there was a sandstorm occurring in my glass. The lights in my house were like the sun being blocked out as I peered through the glass. A modest dark head was produced, showing lacing on the sides of the glass. In the aroma, I detected a mild grape note. I suspect much of this comes from the raisin. In reality, the aroma was fairly tame. In the initial taste, one first detects the funky Belgian yeast. The honey smooths the potential harshness of the alcohol, moments before one detects the tang of the raisin. For a Belgian strong, the alcohol is reasonably modest. Still, one can easily detect the mild warming in the throat with the aftertaste. Guido had a fairly smooth and modestly thick texture, making this a easy drink. I am not sure that I liked it a ton, but it sure was interesting.

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Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy russet color; the rather modest head quickly fades to a ringlet, though it leaves some dotty lace behind

Smell: Woodsy aromatics, with tawny port, caramel, fermented honey and herbal elements

Taste: Herbal caramel, up front, with the sweet port and fermented honey character building by mid-palate; dark fruit flavors build, in the middle, adding additional sweetness as well as a hint of tartness to the melange; the finish is earthy, woodsy and herbal

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low carbonation

Overall: Interesting beer, though it tastes a little tired to me (Though I just purchased this from a store that is relatively new, I suspect this beer is a pre-2008 brew as the brewery is listed as de Regenboog which, according to the brewery profile on BA, changed its name to Smisje in 2008)

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip

appearance - murky brown liquid with huge, pillowy khaki head

smell - honey is most prominent on this one, yeast, bread, raisins, caramel

taste - raisins, honey, prunes, yeast, figs, brown sugar

mouthfeel - heavy carbonation, full bodied, a bit less balanced than other iterations of this style, sweet upfront, dry finish

overall - pretty good beer, albeit not as refined as other BSDA's. I can't tell how much age this bottle had on it, but Glad I tried this out.

Price Point - $4.79/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Where Barleywines and Belgian Strong Dark Ales meet is where Guido stands. With malty sweetness at the forefront, the additions of honey and raisons give a beautifully complex taste to the sweeter Belgian ale for a unique tasting experience.

Guido pours with a prune juice-like tawny color and haze. Where the light carbonation struggles to form or retain any impression of foam, I begin to appreciate the appearance in more of an English Old Ale kind of way instead of the classic Belgian ale typical appearances. Where lacing is terse, a swirl of the glass leaves the classy legging of brandy.

The malty-rich aromas reveal strong notes of molasses, floral honey, brown sugar, and fruity notes of dehydrated or stone varieties. Lightly vinous with port wine notes, light leather, tobacco, and brandyish alcohol spice all play on the nose with an overall rich and inviting scent.

Malty sweetness delivers a solid taste of molasses and brown sugar, but not as strongly as the aromas suggest. Instead, a semi-sweet taste of barley malt and honey weaves in the strong fruit flavors of raisons, plumbs, dates, figs, red grapes, and wine must. Spicy flavors of black peppercorn, dried orange peel, cumin, and corriander balance the sweetness to a moderate extent but also to allow malt flavor to control. Other elements of Old Ales begin to resemble the mild sherry, fresh tobacco, and leathery notes and give this Belgian ale a complicated schizophrenic bridge toward Barleywine.

Sweet and rich textures halt just shy of full or robust. But with the lighter carbonation rates and higher level of residual honey sweetess, the beer seems to sit on the tongue for a weighted impression that seems to coat the mouth with a rich and warm film. Spices build going from mid palate to finish and aids in dryness, thinness, and heat. It drinks more powerfull than even the 8% alcohol seemingly should.

Guido is a satisfying raison and honey focused beer that straddles the fence of both strong English and Belgian ales. Fans of Gulden Draak and Kasteel Donker will surely find this beer an unfailing choice.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle at Brugs Beertje in Belgium

A: Clean, yet foggy amber with a half finger white head. Decent lacing lines the glass while drinking.

S: Sweet caramel, malty and subtile vanilla.

T: SWEET... Malts, dried figs, raw sugar, caramel...

M: Lightly carbonated. Smooth, yet a bit sticky and cloying.

O: Really glad to find this still available, since it is apparently no longer brewed...

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Photo of pixieskid
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately poured with that insane carbonation that creeps up and out of the glass...oh well.

Pours light brown/ruby red color with a 3 finger head.
Aroma; notes of toffee, candy sugar, and a slight earthiness.
Medium thin body, syrupy yet crisp, rabid carbonation.
Taste is all brown sugar and spice.
This thing would probably be the perfect xmas beer, honestly.
Great balance and mouthfeel, just a bit on the sweet side; slightly boozy as well.

Overall; pretty solid just a bit too sweet for my taste...

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Photo of t8s8l8
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look-A medium to dark amber with a light orange essence. Lots of carbonation here, you can hear the snap crackle and pop as if the beer could not stand to be caged in the bottle any longer. The sandy white head which starts out large with the same intensity as the carbonation quickly dies down but holds together.

Aroma- smells of dark fruits, possibly from the raisins a touch of fig and a nice floral bouquet. a spiciness is at play as well and bonds with the floral aroma rather nicely. The maltyness is strong in this beer with a descent amount of hops for the style, could be the spiciness.

Taste- high carbonation, a strong alcohol presence in the finish. the taste is fairly smooth till then. Tingling carbonation that's hard to get away from. very malty wouldn't say it was cloying but is very full. If it wasn't for the spiciness in the aroma and carbonation the beer would have a different character completely. I cant say I can point out the raisins but I can definitely tell they hold there part.

Overall experience- Its a nice beer but the carbonation seems to be to much for me, but at the same time smooths out this beer a lot considering the ABV. the middle is to overwhelming for me its moderately full and causes me alarm as to where the rest of the flavor is heading.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl into tiny saison glass.

Interesting stuff. A hazy, almost muddy brown beer with a sandy, tan colored head that builds nicely but settles quickly. Alcohol is present in the nose, as well as figs and dates. The taste is all about dried fruit- figs, dates, prunes and raisins. A bit of honey and some hot fruity esters come through. No idea how old this is but it's still pretty hot- lingering warmth as is goes down. An odd but enjoyable 't smisje, if you don't like sweet beers stay away.

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Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Beer is an amber color with off-white head that doesn't hold for very long. It's heavily carbonated as evidenced by the hundreds of carbonation bubbles that are stuck to the walls of the goblet. Smell is of caramel and dark fruit, along with some spices. Some slight honey notes. Taste is very strange at first, unpleasant and difficult to pinpoint. Subsequent sips are much better with more of the dark fruit coming through. Thankfully, the caramel character is not present in the taste. After a bit some sweetness comes through. I can also pick up some of the honey and hints of grape juice. Slight warming sensation. Light mouthfeel. Seems like at one point this beer had quite the reputation. Before I bought it I had never heard of it, though I'm not sure why. Not the best BSDA I've had, but infinitely better than most American takes on the style.

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Photo of Amalak
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a short, stubby bottle.
A. Completely opaque. Brown in color. Some head and lace. Beautiful darkness to it.
S. Very harsh alcoholic way. Malty.
T. I was expecting the worst, but this was done really well. There is a hallowness in the middle that the raisin makes, but it has a beautiful ale maltyness. The barleywine taste kind of comes through.
M. Has a very coarse carbonation to it.
D. This would be a beautiful drink to have after have some Moroccan/middle eastern food. Can't have too many of these.

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Photo of Neecee513
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Dark reddish brown, some tan head and retention.

S: Sweet raisins.

T: Raisins, honey, malt backbone. Slightly pungent on the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Gave me a warm fuzzy feeling, would pair well with a pungent/strong/fruity cheese. Very nice!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shared by a non-BA friend.

A- The color is kinda odd. I guess not what I was expecting. Its a muddy, murky brown. Not very dark, not very light. Precisely middle ground in shade. The muddiness isnt totally throughout, the edges easily let light pass, creating a beer with highlighted edges and a deep, muddy core. Lots of carbonation floats on top.

S- The aroma is very inviting. Its big on sweetened raisins. I guess honey and raisin would be a fair descriptor.

T- Very rich, bordering on sweet. Lots of raisins. Honey seems to just add a touch of extra sweetness. There is a solid base of chocolate malts.

M- Very high carbonation. It furthers this beer's dryness and makes the body seem much lighter than it is.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a Regenbook ale with honey and raisins and that is precisely what you get - honey and raisins all the way! (Not necessarily a bad thing.)

Pours a dark brown with an off white head. Decent looking.

Nose is very assertive sweet carmel. Simple but bold.

Mouthfeel is bright and well balanced once you get over the huge hit of sweet and can evaluate the mouthfeel. Decent and well balanced with pleasant carbonation.

This beer is all about the flavors. HUGE sweet honey and deep flavorful sweet raisins. Like drinking raisin juice laced with honey. Big sweet honey front palate that goes to a big sweet rich ripe raisin back palate.

Finish is all huge honey. This is very different; unique I'd say. Definitely worth a try with an open mind and a must if you like the "sweeter" character of beer.

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Photo of claspada
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid amber with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates; a bit of lacing sticks. Some yeasty chunkiness escapes as I did not pour carefully enough but still it's kinda gross.

Aroma is quite complex; honey, caramel, raisins, candy, with a few citrus notes; obviously also some Belgian yeast smells.

The taste is fairly sweet honey and caramel. Subtle raisins, that grow a bit as it progresses, Belgian yeasty spiciness and a touch of earthy hops balance the sweetness that remains a dominant feature throughout. Slight alcohol, but not too assertively. Slightly astringent. Complex with a sweet finish.

Effervescent Belgiany carbonation, but the body holds up well. Some sweet stickiness and alcohol cling to the palate, but not in an unpleasant way.

An interesting, unique sipper that is light enough to drink faster than that if you desire. Lands between a pale and dark Belgian ale, Brown ale? Certainly strong though; this would make a nice, sweet after dinner/dessert beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An oddity sent to me randomly by CooperEllis. Thanks.

Beer is brown and pretty hazy. Beer had leaked in transit but it was still carbonated. Minimal head, no lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is very raisin-y. Slightly alcoholic, pretty nice.

Beer is smooth and sweet. Mildly raisin and grape flavors. Malt forward sweetness and some alcohol. Moderate palate carbonation, medium to light in body, overally quite interesting and good.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy brown in color and poured into a snifter with a huge off white head that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles, along with some yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: The smell is a bit sweet and sour with aromas of apple cider, honey, raisins, spices and yeast.
T: Honey dominates the overall taste, which is rather complex and also has flavors of candi sugar, raisins and spices. The taste becomes sweeter as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation and lots of dryness.
D: This beer has interesting flavors and is something that definitely needs to be sipped. I would consider having this again the next time I am looking to try a beer that's unique.

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Photo of ccrida
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet, Guido is dark amber with a small, off-white head that leaves scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is yeasty, dark malts, raisins, a little lacto.

Taste is very robust, big malty, raisins, some sourness and fairly clean alcoholic character on the finish. This is a really big flavored BSDA, but its tidy and enjoyable, as well as unique.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated but on the softer side, medium-light bodied.

Drinkability isn't as good as my recollection of having this a few times previously, but it's been a while. This is a pretty big Belgian, and while the full flavor is good, it's a bit over the top. Still, it's a real shame the Regenboog is retiring this along with the majority of their line-up.

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, the Belgian Kvass? Not with this abv!

It pours into my Duvel glass a thick dark brown with a foamy tan head that billows big time. It has large bubbles and leaves gobs of lacing.

The smell is ultra raisiny, smells like Kvass. It has a thick raisinbread aroma, some spices, fruitiness, sweetness, and a nice perfumey alcoholic whiff.

The flavor is thick and rich, tons of raisin in there, along with thick caramel and spices. It is malty and fruity up the wazoo.

This is an interesting one, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby, copper, and ochre mix with a phenomenal beige head that leaves a nice foam. You can feel the carbonation, but you can't see it through the deep haze of this beer.

You can really smell the honey and raisin i the aroma of this beer. These two secents combine with a sweet candi sugr and caramelized malt bill. Pretty sweet smelling overall.

Honey begins this beears flavor profile. The middle has caramelized malts and raisiny fruit flavor. The finish is sweet and warm with a syrupy palate.

I've got to admit I bough this beer just for the inflammatory name. Since my girlfriend is Italian, I thought she might get a kick out of it. Still a good buy.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle here that is non-standard: Some very sticky wort (?) dried & running down down the side of the bottle. Upon opening the dark sticky stuff is coating the inside of the mouth of the bottle. Poured a huge tan head that mostly settles down and some lace. Color is one of the more clear beers of this brewery, but still a bit hazy dark amber with little bits of very dark sediment. Aroma is malty, aromatic dark ripe fruit, yeast. Taste is like aroma. Good body and carbonation. Finish is raisins, malt, yeast, sweet, nice, and of medium length.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark purplish-brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of dark fruits - figs and raisins mostly with hints of green apple - and Belgian candi sugar. As the beer warms hints of darker malt aromas waft out but the fruit aromas remain in charge.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Indistinct sweet malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by sugar-coated dark fruits, raisins and plums, again with hints of green apple. Midway through the sip the malt flavors gain a bit more body and carry through to a sweet and crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a BSDA that was on the fruit-heavy side of things. Solid but nothing special, worth a shot.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a 1/2" off-white head, which slowly receded to a haze layer and some impressive lacing. The body was a turbid and opaque aged honey color.

S- Nutty and raisiny malts dominate the nose, and are complimented with nuances of straw and must. Belgian yeast aromatics are barely detectable with this one.

T- Tastes like candied walnuts and yellow raisins. Becomes quite dry on the palate midway into each sip, and finishes with a lingering nuttiness.

M- A nice medium body, moderately underattenuated, with a nice abundant semi-soft carbonation. While the carbonation is abundant, it is not bloating at all...

D- Goes down smooth, and while the alcohol is well-hidden, its effects catch-up with you quickly.

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Photo of Travlr
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark maroon color with a very large light tan head hat is long lasting and leaves a tiny-bubble lacing.
S: Aroma of dates and caramel, with some light spice and a background of grapes.
T: Immediate butterscotch and toffee with a sweetness that builds to a crescendo level. the finish had a slightly sour edge.
M: Thick and chewy.
D: Odd combo of sweet and sour that takes some getting used to.

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