't Smisje IPA+ | Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje IPA+'t Smisje IPA+

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ATPete on 05-16-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of t0rin0
1.49/5  rDev -62%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shared by azagthoth and split 4 ways. Alright, what the hell is this? Unanimously decided that it was crap, was dumped fairly quickly.

Pours a murky yellow color. Very tall white head that foams over the top of the bottle. Takes a while to settle down in the glass. Tons of lacing and retention.

Smell is extremely offensive. Aroma is peanuts, smoked salami, and alcohol. Oh, and the faint traces of what I believe is hops.

The flavor unfortunately is similar to the aroma. From my notes: "over carbed, salami, sweet malt, sour (underlined), boozy, no good." The CO2 accentuated the crumminess of this beer. If this was a sandwich it would have been good, but this is supposed to be a beer.

Body is light and made even lighter by the huge amounts of CO2. Not drinkable, would not ever try this again.

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Photo of drpimento
2.87/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured at a good temperature with a smallish, off-white, foamy head that soon settled and no lace. Color is a cloudy brown amber and not that appealing. Aroma is first yeast, then grain, hop, malt, musty. Flavor is sweet on top then carbonic tang and hop/yeast bitter. Body & carbonation ok. Finish is like flavor, longish, and boozy. Not one of my favs. Won't finish it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a tulip on draft. I don't think I'm having a very good night when it comes to beer. This beer is billed as a Belgian IPA.

Beer is yellow to orange. Has a thin white head that breaks and leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is pretty piny, very hoppy, smells pretty good, there is some sweetness in there too.

Its like drinking syrup. I think this beer can be better described as an east coast style DIPA. Its super sweet, cloying, overwhelming up front, strong alcohol, slight sulfur, very odd. Finishes dry, sickingly sweet, its like hop candy in liquid form. Too much malt. Way way too much.

Is this what people like?

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Photo of GRG1313
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattfancett
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of bobsy
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank in t'Brugs Beertje as a change of pace and an injection of bitterness in an otherwise malt heavy few days. While worthy this attempt at a double IPA doesn't reach the heights of its American cousins.

A hazy orange liquid is crowned by a good two fingers of white head that shows good retention and laces well. The aroma is of dusty citrus hops and spicy yeast... more Belgian IPA than anything. The flavour is a strange goose. Extremely phenolic and spicy with layers of over-ripe fruit cushionned in candy sugar. A juicy bitterness is married somewhat awkwardly to this, and while the parts are well executed the whole is not, and I'm feeling a touch disappointed. Body and carbonation are medium.

An interesting experiment that needs some more work.

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Photo of ccrida
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

33cl bottle (green hop background on label) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, 't Smisje IPA+ is a murky pale yellow with a MASSIVE off-white head, 75% of the glass on the first pour. Dense, tight and creamy, with incredibly long last, meringue like and rocky as it slowly settles, giving me plenty of time to babble away on it's impressive appearance while I wait for the first sip. There are a few very small dark flecks of sediment in the head, and the lace is as dense as I've ever seen, it looks more like kool whip then head.

Smell is bright and very hoppy, sour citrus spicy, woodsy aromas of a noble variety, with a nice compliant of tropical fruity Belgian esters. Also a doughy yeastiness, with the lemon intensifying as it warms, really quite nice.

Taste is hoppy and yeasty, spicy, grapefruit, soapy,
The finish is incredibly bitter and astringent, a tannic like woodiness that really makes this one a challenge for me. Served at fridge temp, it seemed to smooth out some as I slowly worked through it, not sure if that was from warming up or my palate adjusting to the brutal assualt. I should make clear that my compliant is not that this beer is to hoppy - I live in Portland for goodness sakes! The problem is the harsh bitterness, which is out of wack with the hop aroma and flavor. Try boiling those bittering hops a little less and softening the water and you should be alright 't Smisje! Still, it isinteresting to note from the first sip I thought I would end up dumping it, but by the last 1/3 of the glass it was going down with relative enjoyment and ease.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice, on the lighter side in the belly, slick and pretty smooth, but there a tannic like feel that's a little thick.

Drinkability isn't that hot, I just really didn't care for the abrasiveness of the finish. On the positive side, the high ABV is well hidden, the initial flavor is good, and the aroma, appearance and mouthfeel are all pretty good. However, working through this it is a bit of a chore, and it's not a beer I will bother revisiting unless I hear that it has been reformulated.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bottle mentions 't Smisje + Dubbel IPA. The beer pours a murky orange color with a huge head like a baker's hat. The Westmalle chalice gives a nice stream of carbonation in the middle of the glass.

Smell is spicy with fenolic notes of the typical Belgian yeast. Ripe bananas, some solvent and higher alcohols. A mild hoppiness that smells primarily of noble hops, a bit grassy. Also some light metal whiff. A little yeast in the back.

Taste of Belgian yeast, ripe bananas, solvent and fenols. Quite hoppy with spicy, peppery and grassy hops. Bitterness is nice. Body is (too) big, there is a sweetness to the beer that appears to be created by stopping fermentation. Sweet and sugary syrup. This is not an IPA, not even a Belgian IPA. This is a good beer, but more like a heavy hopped sweet tripel.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2 ox was poured into an Dogfish rounded pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy copper color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Tangerine, grapefruit, orange, floral, caramel, booze, and toasted malts.

Taste: The aromas come through and then there is some earthy aftertaste with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat smooth, burning alcohol, medium bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Took a shot at this beer and it was alright. Not sure how old it is, but would like yo try this fresh if and when that is possible.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of InsolublePancake
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Light gold with a big white head. Quite a bit of sediment makes it into the glass despite my best efforts to keep it out.

S- Some spicy yeast, a touch of clove and bubblegum, and grainy malt make up the smell for the most part. Fairly typical BSPA-type smell, but quite pleasant.

T- Starts out very sweet, almost like candy. The hops add a little pine and citrus to go with sweet malt. The finish is somewhat bitter with a touch of banana and clove in the aftertaste.

M- Very smooth with a medium body and soft carbonation, not too prickly.

D- The alcohol content and the sweetness make this a one and done beer for me.

This is an interesting Belgian ale, and even after drinking it I really don't know what to think. I don't know how much of an "IPA" it is, Belgian or otherwise. It's certainly hoppier than your typical BSPA. Anyway, the flavors were kind of all over the place. It was still decent, I just don't think I'd get it again. I'd say it's at least worth a try.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured out with a huge frothy head on top no matter how slow you pour it you'll need to wait a little for it to settle. The color of the beer is a hazy yellowish gold. The smell of the beer is a bit more earthy than I expected from an IPA but since it's not an American one I'm not surprised. The taste of this brew is bitter with some Belgian yeast in there giving it a light bread like flavor to it. The mouthfeel is a bubbly, drinkable but very carbonated. Overall this brew is pretty good though.

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Photo of thepeter
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks slightly hazy orange with lots of effervescence and a bubbly fluffy head decent lacing and lots of sediment which was left with the dregs while I drank the first half of the beer (but never wasted!) I take a whiff and get a lot of hops, citrus peel, and yeast, not bad at all! Tastes a lot like it smells but even heavier on the hops than I was expecting. Tastes like they Possibly use American hops in this one, not sure though. Grapefruit flavors are abundant, the fruit and zest more so at the beginning and spicy bitter peel coming through at the end. Also some alcohol warmth coming through at the end, can't be surprised with this one coming in at 10%. I did find it a bit too effervescent at first but that of course calmed down as I drank. I liked this one quite a bit but I would not see myself drinking more than one in a night. A bit overkill on the palate. A very good beer that goes beyond the boarders of the typical Belgian IPA and one hopheads should all be down with.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Big honkin' 4 fingers of glistening, peaked, meringue-like foam over hazy, rusty orange body. Some small, fast bubbles rising to join the throng. Some suspended flecks of sediment. Lacing like caulk. Head drops within a couple minutes.

Aroma of green apple, white grape, with a boozy, champagne-like dryness. Subtle spiciness like pepper & even a little cinnamon. Some sour orange showing up.

Wha-huh?! Savory flavors? Beef jerky & soy sauce jump out at me. Mixed with it are other strong & bitter flavors, like orange zest & pulp, mild pepper, booze, hay, tobacco. Some sugars hang around in the aftertaste. Complex & interesting, if not just flat out weird!

Full mouthfeel, going through turns of sharp, foamy & rich, dry, & a tad cloying at first swallow.

This is one crazy beer! Can't say I loved every aspect of it, but it definitely kept my interest & there were some interesting highlights. Scores points for originality. One would be plenty for me, but I wouldn't be opposed to trying it again.

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Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Suds
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes in a stubby 33 cl bottle with a label containing the Salty Dog...it was just like reading the Ale Street News. The beer pours a very cloudy, murky color...nearly full-on white with yeast and sediment. The head is tall and leaves some lace, but doesn't last terribly long. Decent aroma on this one...fresh and flowery hops, backed with some alcohol and a healthy dose of malt scents. There's also fruit...apples, pears, and a little banana. Candi sugar. The taste is very good...sweet, malty, bitter...lots of hop flavor. The alcohol provides some warming, but is just a character in the experience. Quite a lot of complexity here. Malt flavors are pale and Belgian...at times doughy, phenolic, fruity, spicy, and (even) a hint of smoke. The finish is long and lingering, with some ethanol hanging on. I did enjoy this one.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale golden amber with shades of harvest fruit. Highly effervescent, a HUGE fizzy white foam head with substantial hang time. The nose is aggressive, bright, tart citrus, The mouth feel is light refreshing and the tiny bubble lend a smoothness to the light body. Full flavored, the Belgian yeast show up and linger on the tongue while the rest cleans up really quickly, almost dry. Full flavored, a little tart, some harvest fruit, tangy lemon...all gone in a flash, with a peppery after taste. REALLY surprised that this one is 10% ABV. Nice to see this one at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving no lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Murky amber color with a ton of yeast left in bottle. Nose is yeasty and flavor is caramel and yeast. High ABV is hidden. Some bitterness in aftertaste. Pricey at $5.95 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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Photo of Cresant
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served this beer in a Chimay glass. No date, but a different label than the one pictured here. 11.2 oz. brown bottle. The body was a murky dull orange color with two fingers of eggshell white head. The foam was thick and tight leaving a substantial cap throughout.

The smell was citrus and mild yeast. Bread and stone-fruit. Wet concrete. Marmalade and alcohol increased as it warmed.

The flavor was complex and ever changing. Bold citrus rind and dense maltiness with some chalky yeastiness. Enormous hops here. Oily reside sticks to your lips. Pear and tropical fruit as well as hints of dishsoap. There was a lightly drying finish but the oily bitterness lingered forever. The alcohol was definitely present especially as it warmed.

The mouthfeel was full with plenty of carbonation. There was a sting of alcohol that keeps this one from going down quickly.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy orange with a hearty citric smell along with a little belgian funk and very minor sweet malts. Smooth bodied, not overpowering at all, with a citric twang and a little spiciness but is less hop bitterness/dryness and a little more sweet malt/fruit driven (orange, banana peel) but still has a crispness and dry finish. Very good beer indeed and the ABV is well-hidden.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brickstoredave shared a bottle of this with me at the Brick Store Pub. Thanks Dave! Poured a beautiful hazy golden with a very nice, huge, fluffy, white head. Aromas of bubblegum, herbs, and pine. Tastes extremely herbal and piney, and more unusually it is almost smokey- approaching band-aid but not quite there that makes this quite funky. The mouthfeel is smooth up front and tannic on the finish. This was interesting, but its a bit much. I certainly wouldn't have this too often.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a full copper color with a small amount of brown sediment that drifts to the bottom of the glass (I intentionally left the last few drops in the bottle). A 2cm fizzy white head leaves a little lacing around the glass.

Smell: Quite a sweet aroma. Green apples, apricot, pear and cherries provide the fruit base. Some herbal notes are quite apparent as well.

Taste: The herbal flavor is even more noticeable than it was in the smell. Some light cherry and pear medicinal notes persist in the malt, but the hops have a strong lemon peel zest with a hint of apricot.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy feeling in my mouth, along with a medium body. Leaves a slightly herbal and bitter taste.

Drinkability: A little light on the mouthfeel, along with the almost excessively herbal and low hoppiness take a little bit away from the beer, at least for the catergory. It is definitely not an IPA, as it was advertised at the bar I was at. BSPA is more like it.

After drinking it I found out it contains Valerian and lemon balm, which account for the highly herbal and unique flavor. Maybe I will give this one another go and see if I like it any better. It is definitely not exactly like anything I have had before.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

squat 11.2 oz bottle picked up today at the Coop for a little less than $5... poured into my Chimay goblet.

Aggressive pour produced a 1" head that left descent lines of lace and a firm white cap.. the brew is hazy orange.

Nose is not at all what I was expecting.. much more of a lightly hoppy BSPA than any sort of IPA... very spicy aroma from the yeast... sorta herby qualities too.

Flavor is very phenolic.. even for Belgian standards.. not sure what to make of it.. again.. very spicy.. and quite a bit of an herbaceous quality... lemon balm comes to mind .. good bitterness is the only quality that makes this resemble an IPA.. long finish is has a tannic drying quality to it... as it warms the herbal notes transition into a sorta earty quality that is better in my mind... still a sorta clovey element is very present.

The body is in my mind a little lite for a BSPA, but the carbonation is about perfect.. very smooth and fairly complex, but still very odd in my mind in the entire package.... I would probably pick one up again, but only if I wanted to either brew something similar or if I needed it to compare to another wholly unique brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of hops is quite citrusy with a nice Belgian malt backbone and some yeasty notes. Taste is more hoppy then I had anticipated with more West Coast style hops then expected and a nice bready malt backbone with a yeasty finish. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no signs of the alcohol. Interesting take on the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine and banana fruit salad, with bright lemon peel edges. Abundant carbonation has created a Belgianesque crown of alabaster colored froth that filled most of the glass on the initial pour. The soft, creamy, rocky lid is one of the best that I've seen in quite some time. No one does foam and lace like Belgian brewers. No one.

My first thought was that IPA+ is a Belgian IPA. After all, it says India Pale Ale right there on the label. After one sniff, BSPA is closer to the truth. There isn't as much hoppiness as expected and the nose is dominated by an herbal spiciness that isn't due solely to Belgian yeast. Valerian and lemon balm are added.

Valerian is an herb that has been used throughout history for its sedative properties (ooh, I can't wait) and lemon balm is an herb from the mint family that smells like lemon and mint. Go figure. Neither is familiar to me, but they result in incredibly unique smelling beer.

The beer is both bitter and herbal-spicy. It would have been better with more hop flavor and less herbaceousness. Jacking up the hops (Goldings, Cascade and Amarillo) at the expense of valerian and lemon balm would have put this sucker right in my taste buds wheelhouse.

It's still tasty, and is definitely unique, but I won't be searching for another bottle anytime soon. The pale malt sugars and candi sugar are nicely offset by a pretty solid bitterness, so sweetness isn't really part of the equation. The beer isn't dry or crisp either. Let's go with bombastically balanced.

Actually, this BSPA tastes somewhat like a lemon-herb cough drop, complete with cooling eucalyptus. It's better than that sounds, but you get the idea. Again, even though I like what I'm drinking, it's becoming a bit wearing over the course of the entire bottle.

The body/mouthfeel hits the big Belgian bull's eye. It's light-medium in heft and is amazingly fluffy, pillowy and crushed velvety smooth. Each sip expands like some sort of magic elixir as soon as it hits the tongue. Dead... solid... perfect... carbonation.

I've had good Brouwerij De Regenboog beer (almost all of it), but I haven't yet had great Brouwerij De Regenboog beer. t'Smisje IPA+ doesn't quite make it over that hump either. It's still worth a single bottle purchase if you have any fondness for interesting, complex Belgian beer.

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