't Smisje IPA+ | Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje IPA+'t Smisje IPA+

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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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 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 cavedave
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

live review

Big thanks to a favorite trader, seeswo, for another treat.

Different label, feat. a large outline of a cross under 't Smisje.

Very cloudy dark amber with a killer two fingers of white foam that kicks back to a nice cap pretty quickly.

Very strong aroma fronted by citrus and tart and tangy yeast, even a bit of funkitude, with sweet grain and floral underneath. Cue saliva glands to activate.

Good gosh amighty what a strong flavor, a regular bomb on the palate of belgiany IPA goodness. Lotta sweet at the start, kind of over some spicy alcohol, but this is joined rapidly by a stupendous shot of citrus and funk, caramel, pine as it goes along, finally getting really piney and full of bitter, complex tart, and lingering caramel. Complex? Ummm, ya might say that this is fucking complexity squared. So many underflavors (esters? phenols? tannins? malty goodness?) that it is silly to try and catologue them. Magnificent.

Medium carb., maybe a bit too carb.'ed if I nitpick, very viscous, lots of cling, but it stays clean, heavenly finish that has plenty alcohol spice, no fusel.

Just a marvelous beer. If you like this style you will freakin love this, get it if you see it.

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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 melitameister
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a different oddball label from the one shown above. Some murky leaf green mystery with the 't Smisje name followed by a big plus sign that could be mistaken for a religious symbol with the word "plus" in italics crudely placed across it followed by "India Pale Ale" all in different styles and fonts. Very weird kinda ancient look about it.

A - Golden beige with fluffy, creamy off white head and decent lace.

S - Bouquet of fruit with grapefruit and lemon rind, almond, belgian yeasty funk and alcohol.

T - Rich and complex. Again, I get almond, grapefruit and lemon, some brown sugar up front with lots of rich hoppy bitterness coming on at the end to balance the sweet, bready malt and alcohol.

M - Full and rich. Delicious and dangerously drinkable for a 10 percenter.

If you want to try a Belgian and are a hop fan, start here. The bottom yeast is so tasty/fresh after a year or so in the cellar. I suggest giving the bottle a swirl before pouring the last ounce so you get a nice cloudy drink with everything nature intended.

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a very hazy dirty blonde-brown with a thick, frothy, 2-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a thick solid lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a great malt backbone, with hints of citrus fruits and spices.

T: Very bitter hoppy ipa with a good malt background. Spicy lemony finish.

M: Very boozy and strong. Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Very high-quality Belgian IPA. A little on the malty side for me, but very drinkable and enjoyable. This is a sipper @ 10% abv.

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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 CampusCrew
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

at kickbacks jacksonville

appearance: nice lacing, good head, golden comeplexion
smell: earhty, grassy, citrus
taste: bitter orange peel, earthy malt flavors
drinkability: a nice light belgian ipa hightlighting hops. nice to see from europe. great overall beer.

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Photo of ZapRowsdower
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a hazy caramel color with just a twinge of orange. Initially, there was a really nice Belgian ale head in an off-white color. I'm pretty sure the bottle I got is past date, but that doesn't seem to make much of a difference; there's no sediment in my glass and the beer neither exploded out of the bottle nor went flat.

The smell is split evenly between the fruity, sticky smell of most high-abv Belgian yeast and a nice spicy, but surprisingly fresh hop aroma. I definitely get more fruitiness (that orange marmalade smell along with maybe green apple peel?) as the beer warms along with more bread notes, though every time I go back to the glass I get a nice whiff of hops, which have a dark floral quality along with a surprising amount of citrusy/grapefruity tones for a Belgian. My one complaint would be that the hop nose is somewhat singular.

Wow, great taste. I first get a twinge of the candy sugar sweetness on the front of my tongue, then a wave of great fruit flavor (definitely an orange or even lemon meringue flavor) along with some sweet breadiness. Then comes an incredible hop bitterness that coats the whole back of my tongue and just doesn't go away, in fact, it builds as you drink the glass. This is a typical characteristic of Beligian hoppy beers I've had before, but I've never had one this over-the-top. The experience reminds me of drinking Campari, with that citrusy-sweet contrast with long lasting bitterness.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. There's even less heaviness and stickiness than an American DIPA; this beer goes down incredibly easy, leaving that hop bitterness and nothing more in your mouth.

Other than the intensity of its flavor and the Belgian yeasty flavors, this beer gives no indication of its 10% alcohol, which is incredibly impressive considering the lightness of its malt. For an American hophead like me, this is right up my alley. I could see myself grabbing this instead of a Bigfoot sometime. American hop intensity + Beligian hop duration + Belgian yeasty fruitiness - overwhelming booze flavor = one great beer. I got this on sale for $1.99; I'm totally going back for as many as I can.

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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 trafordboy
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fairly unusual beer. The brewer calls it an India Pale Ale but this beer blurs a few style lines.

A beautiful looking beer. Poured into an Augustijn goblet. Huge pillowy white head with excellent retention. Better head retention than many lower octane beers. Color is hefe straw yellow color - hazy with plenty of sediment. Sheets of lacing on the glass.

Smell is kind of different. There is some citrus and spices that you would expect in a Belgian beer, but the overwhelming aroma is earthiness - which to my nose seemed like ripe cheese!! The aroma was better than it sounds.

Taste is dominated by earthiness as well, a little sour and a little bitter in the finish. There is some spiciness and lemon in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with the spices providing a nice bite in the finish. There is no hint of 10% alcohol. Drinkability is good for a high octane beer.

A little different but nice!!

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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 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 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 ktrillionaire
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The brew pours a brassy gold with a voluminous head, depositing moderate lace. This is an especially pungent example of the style in both flavor an aroma; the lemon-herbal-citric hop is dominating to the point of being in-your-face, and the malt has a definite mineral astringency to it. Very pert mouthfeel.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from my notes. Served on tap as part of the Lion's Pride Belgian Beer Festival. The beer has an opaque peach color with a thin soapy white head. The Belgians know what a good strong IPA should look like, that's for sure. The nose was full of floral hops and orange citrus, proving they also know what big IPAs should smell like. The taste begins with some floral hops up front, followed by some sweetness and a strong bitterness that goes strong until I swallow, and lingers on after that. The flavor also has a bit of peppery spice to it that adds a nice, strong Belgian touch to this style. It has a medium body and an average amount of carbonation. The sharp hop flavors feel good. I find the beer to be quite drinkable. Someone who isn't into hoppy beers would probably not make it through one glass, but really, why would someone not into hops order this beer? If this one sounds good to you, seek it out.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden brown orange color. Average sized white foamy head that went away fairly fast but left a decent amount of lacing.

S - Sweet apple, apricot, and orange (along with some other fruit). A little bubblegum smell. Smells more like a BSPA than an IPA.

T - Much more like an IPA than the smell. Still has the light pale malt, slightly sweet golden fruit, and zest of a BSPA. Good amount of pine and herbal hop flavors as well as citrus taste. Some orange and good amount of lemon. A little grapefruit and pineapple. Some spices there giving it a bit of a kick, mostly pepper. Alcohol has a bit of heat, but not a lot.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Fairly creamy and a bit of a drying effect at the finish.

D - Not bad for drinkability. Lots of IPA hop flavors and tendencies, but also a lot of BSPA flavors and tendencies. This makes for a sometimes bitter sometimes sweet fruitiness.

Notes: About every other sip I was going back and forth about whether it was more like a Belgian IPA or BSPA. Either way it is a good beer that has a good amount of heat and bitterness, but is balanced out well with some sweet fruit and a bit of malt.

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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 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 Travlr
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange yellow color with chunks, large white head that settles rapidly to a central spot, with good lacing.
S: Profound funky aroma, with citrus, chewed bubblegum and barnyard animals.
T: Flavor starts with lemon and grapefruit, progresses to hay and dandelions, then finishes with a bitter hop punch.
M: Great body, much better than most IPAs.
D: Great Belgian IPA, not as subtle as most, but at least as complex, with interesting funky twists. A keeper.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its a 330ml bottle, served chilled in a goblet. Gorgeous slightly hazy sunny amber body, like healthy egg yolks swimming in a sea of bubbly light tan froth. Has a very typical yeasty, dry, musty slightly gueuze aroma. A flutter of fresh, spicy lavender infused hops.

The taste is ballsy. Fresh syrupy candied sugar, smooth and unctuous. Slight hint of farmyard funk followed by a whack of dry, aggressive acerbic hops. Musty and lingering bitterness on the palette along with zesty grapefruit and a touch of marzipan. A little alcoholic warm on the finish but only slight, the hops cover up most of that.

A superbly tasty and kooky little brew. A really interesting take on the Belgian IPA style.

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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 secondtooth
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, the anticipation here! A characteristic cloudy, golden appearance here, followed by an abundance of foam and thick lacing. Gives off a rich, yeasty, fruity scent, which bodes well. When it all subsides, the taste is a strong, hoppy, almost acidic flavor -- certainly not unusual for an IPA, though there are some odd fruit-like undercurrents which provide a more complex and characteristically Belgian profile. It's strong (10% ABV), rich, and really a lovely and memorable brew.

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Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was aged about 1 year and poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Very airy frothy head that is huge had to stop pouring 2/3 of the way, bright wheaty orangish-yellow cloudy appearance with lots of bubbles, lots of yeast at the bottom as well

N: Nose was slightly sweet and sour with some slight fruit, vanilla, oak, and slight alcohol as well as some light candi sugar, very similar to a Belgian White but not much for hops that I can detect

T: Taste starts mellow, some vanilla, a little spicey and a little yeasty, lots of Belgian white ale taste, some candi sugar, lots of carbonation, there's more hops than expected for a Belgian IPA but not close to American, probably 40-50 IBUs,

M: Round mouth feel, with lots of carbonation

F: Finish has some vanilla and slight fruit as well as yeast but more bitter hops, its kinda sweet too but the nagging bitterness keeps shining through

Final Thoughts: I'm not that big a fan of Belgian IPAs, and this seems to blend them well, but the nice Belgian white ale qualities are great but too contrast to the bitter hops its hard for me to appreciate, but I can tell this would be an awesome beer for those who appreciate it more.

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