't Smisje Grande Reserva | Brouwerij Smisje

't Smisje Grande Reserva't Smisje Grande Reserva
BA SCORE
64%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 89 ratings
't Smisje Grande Reserva't Smisje Grande Reserva
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
Belgium
smisje.be

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by emerge077 on 12-09-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,267
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
89
Liked:
57
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
19.46%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
6
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of RochefortChris
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrBier
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of keithmurray
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - murky brown liquid with tan head, lots of sediment

Smell - prunes, figs, raisin,rum,

Taste - prune, raisin, figs, red grapes, molasses, hint of whisky barrel

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower medium carbonation, slight sweetness upfront from the dark fruits, flavors of those dark fruits as well as a hint of the barrel present in the aftertaste

Overall - nice beverage here, the barrel characteristics from the whiskey barrel are well integrated along with the rest of the flavor profile. Recommended for fans of Belgian ales.

Price Point - $5.49/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mush
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of HerdNo1
4.62/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a tulip after letting it warm to 54 degrees. A small, off-white head faded to nothing fairly quickly. The beer itself is a hazy brown.

S: My immediate impression is an explosion of tart cherries; almost lambic in nature. Over a bit of time, I get almost a fruit salad of sensations. The barrel aging is barely detectable and you sort of have to know it's there to pick it up.

T: All kinds of things going on. Dark fruits and sweet malt dominate. The 11 % a.b.v isn't even noticeable. As on the nose, the whiskey barrel is there but you really have to look for it. Marvelous change of pace from too many barrel aged beers that let the barrel dominate. Any hops in this beer are bit players.

M: Creamy, creamy, creamy. This beer just melts in your mouth like chocolate. The finish is mostly sweet but not too much to let it hang around forever.

O: Terrific beer. As with all really good beers, it changes character with each sip and as it warms. It is sweet enough to be one hell of a beer with dessert or, better yet, served as dessert. The Belgians are masters of hiding the alcohol. Fortunately, I don't have to drive after this brew.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of RickS95
4.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a stubby 11.2 ounce bottle

It looks the style. There's nothing really that separates it from other strong dark ales, but it's still an attractive beer. Medium to dark ruby brown. Particulates. Soft white head, a finger thick with moderate retention that never fully dissipates.

Dark, fruity nose. Figs or raisins. Maybe some red apple. Belgian sugar. Red grape. Hops are an afterthought.

Taste is same as the nose with the raisins, apples and grapes. Red delicious apple, not the tart kind. Candied sugar. Spices. Really nice.

Very sweet, but not too sweet. Fruity, acidic, but combined with the sweet for a nice balance. Some heat from the alcohol in the finish. Slight burn on the lips. Tangy and earthy. Acid in the swallow.

Overall, this is a hell of a beer. It's got strong characteristics, but they never cross the line. Easy to drink for such a strong beer, classic Belgian. Wish I had more.

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4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugar, cocoa, and some booze.

T - Dark caramel malts, raisins and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, whiskey, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugars, cocoa, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and estery finish.

D - Great barrel aged BSDA. Great overall balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice barrel aged brew, with prominent whisky sweetness over a faint spicy touch.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Poor blue label with white typography. Offers a small description of the brew. Notes 11% Alc. by Vol. Served in a snifter.

A - Hazy amber/brown pour, nice frothy head, good retention and surface memory with some rich lacing. Quite the looker for a barrel-aged brew of this weight.

S - Whisky sweetness, malty caramel, barrel notes with a hint of smoke...

T - Tastes brings the whisky up in a prominent way but coated in heavy sweetness. This could be undermining of the whisky character but is actually working well if one likes that sweet flow. Touches of wood, slight smoke hint, and an emerging lingering touch of spice in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with medium carbonation rather smooth with a creamy hint broken by the firm bubble and coated in a nice booze sense.

O - Nice sipper, worth the try if one fancies the whisky/sweet range.

Notes: Solid all around barrel aged Belgian ale, not one for the ages but I'd be happy to revisit it and have a few lying around.

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Beer rating: 64% out of 100 with 89 ratings
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