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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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Added by ATPete on 05-16-2008

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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 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 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 Sammy
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prepicture release, from State Line Liquors. Pours immens white snowstorm on some golden body. Aroma is yeast and hops. Mouthfeel is creamy, taste is the quintessential Belgian IPA, leaving mostly bitterness at the end, curiously. I am getting corriander, and mustard.

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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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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 Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is carbonated enough that this beer spits up a ton of sediment from the bottom of the glass to cloud up what started a clear beer. A careful pour still sees me with five-fingers of (including a full finger above the rim of my 25l tulip glass) frothy, off-white head. The beer is a deeply murky, honey color that shows an opaque, yellow gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of tropical fruit, lychee, apricot, candied tangelo peel and a bunch of fermentation character. Earthy aromatics, musty black pepper, an almost coriander note, some peat like smokiness, musty biscuit notes and a general spicy phenolic character (including a bit of clove). As this warms up it almost picks up some woody, almost rosemary like notes to it towards the finish. The hop character is definitely dominant, but the fermentation character adds a lot of complexity and a nice backdrop to the hop aromatics.

Effervescent and prickly from the carbonation, the beer has a definite sweetness to it that is much a product of the fruity hops used as from residual sweetness. This beer actually is quite light, surprisingly so for its strength, but it is perfect for something with India Pale Ale on the label (actually even light for your average regular IPA). The flavor sees a big hit of hop flavors throughout; up front are notes of lychee, ripe apricot, sweet tropical fruit and super ripe tangelo lead into a touch of herbal and pine like flavors towards the middle and finish. There is also a fair amount of bitterness to this beer, but it is easy to overlook with all the other flavors going on. This has lots of yeast-driven spiciness to it; persistently phenolic with some tongue numbing turpenes and clove, there is also a nice pepper note here, and earthy, musty, almost coriander spiciness towards the finish. At times this has quite a bit of herbal character that is accentuated by both hop and fermentation components. As the beer warms up the phenolics and clove start to give the hops a run for their money though not quite.

My second pour is even murkier than the first, it doesn't seem to affect the flavor too much though; perhaps adding a touch of yeast bite. This has an amazing fresh hop character to it, I was expecting this to be a little old and not nearly as hoppy as this still is.

The head is near perfect with lots of dense froth that slowly recedes with lots of lacing and forming of interesting structures; if the beer wasn't so murky it would be visually stunning. This really hides the alcohol quite well. I like how the hop character mixes with the woody, earthy, peppery spice notes. Quite the dynamic beer, I am really enjoying this; it drinks way too easily though as I could easily (and dangerously) knock back a 750ml bottle of this, even still I am a bit disappointed I only have a 330ml bottle.

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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 JayQue
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fairly unusual beer. The brewer calls it an India Pale Ale. BA calls it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. 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 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 corby112
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark cloudy golden yellowish orange color with a huge foamy white head. Earthy and citrus hops dominate the aroma. Also, hints of pine and malt. Excellently balanced and very quaffable considering the high ABV. Crisp, fruity, piney, citrus peel, light fruit and very hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Nice alcohol warmth in the finish.

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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 Beerzebub
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 50 F/ 10 C.

Bright golden color. More than a hand span of almost white head, crowned with a dense slowly melting plateau. Huge chunky lace.

Sharply aromatic, like white grape, dried apricot, banana, clove, smoke, and some earthy spicy hops. Very nice.

Tastes sweet and fruity, then a wave of herbal hop bitterness hits. The sweetness persists. Bittersweet, quite fruity, with some earthy, herbal, spicy hop flavor, and some gravelly minerality. Alcohol is there, but not excessive. A lot going on, and quite tasty.

Sugary texture with smooth rich carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Good interesting beer, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of Walken
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brouwerij De Regenboog: 't Smisje India Pale Ale Plus (Tasted 10/23/08)
11.2 oz. bottle: poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks like hazed grapefruit juice with a bubbly, cream colored head that reaches triumphantly out of the glass, pointing towards the heavens in peaks. Retention is beyond insane. Belgian lacing is in full effect.
Odor: Bright, perfume citrus zest aroma, banana & clove esters, and a very full, toasty/sweet malt aroma in the background. As the beer warms some slight pine sap aromas become evident.
Consistency: Juicy, luscious medium body with firm carbonation that lends an almost fluffy mouthfeel to this beer. Hop oils work their magic adding a bit of a smooth sensation to the brew.
Taste: This is one hell of a layered IPA. Hops are first out of the gate, flavors of tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit, with a layer of sweet malt, pear ester and clove underneath it all. Finish is slightly malty, leaving grapefruit hop flavor and clove on the palate & tongue.

This beer could be really dangerous on tap, my "playing dumb" ABV estimate would be 7.0%. To me, this beer is near perfect. Balanced, but still very hop forward. Fans of great hop flavor or just great beer, check this one out.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I have ever re-reviewed a beer on the basis of having it in a different serving type, and the only time I have felt it has warranted such, so far.

A: Appearance has remained the same, looking like 'an over-ripe banana,' as previously described. Again, it had a MASSIVE head... it took 4 pours to finally top it off, and a good 5 minutes. That still resulted in some foaming over.

S: Some notes of banana again, some citrus rind, and a distinct earthiness - or even a mustiness.

T + M: Taste is where a change really seems to stand out. Lemon playing a big role here, with the head literally tasting and having a consistency of an 'unsweetened lemon merangue.' More cloves, herb, and that strange banana flavour that I detect each time, but others don't seem to. Maybe it's a mind thing with the appearance.

D: Huge as always. Sip away, and I'd be willing to say that this is one of the first times I could suggest the bottle being better than the draft.

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Photo of Surlington
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy amber with a gorgeous fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. The bottle conditioning is excellent, so a vigorous pour is unnecessary unless you want a glass of foam. Excellent brussels lace.
S: Fresh and flowery.
T: Naturally, the hops are the first thing you notice, but they're not the only thing going on. A mild sweetness becomes more evident as you drink, and there's just a hint of orange peel.
M: It's a little on the thick side for an IPA. Just the right carbonation.
D: For its alcohol content, the drinkability is exceptional. It's hard to believe it's 10%. Still, more than two bottles would probably be too much.

Overall, this an exceptional IPA. Not at all typical of the style. It's remarkably well balanced and unusually complex. IPA is not my favorite style, but this beer is remarkable.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fully clouded brown hued orange with a massive billowing crème head that sticks around way too long. Nose is heavily sugared. The earthy and funky tones it gives say saison to me, but there is too much sugar for it to be truly that. A fairly heavy perfumed tone is there as well. Flavor is extremely unique. Almost smoky and meaty with a heavy sweet side to it and a general earthiness. Feel is smooth. Even though the head is monstrous in size, the carbonation is light and smooth. Liquid is good. This is very easy to drink. Earthy yet very sweet, it's definitely not a typical IPA. In fact I have to say that it leans very far towards being a Belgian Ale with a funky edge than an IPA with a Belgian flair. See it? Try it.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought blindly in amsterdam as the label proclaimed Dubbel IPA and that intrigued me greatly - consumed in a paris hotel room

appearance: pours a hazy apricot shade with a massive white cap and great fluffy retention - a rather nice appearance

smell: vivid tropical fruits, bright pineapple, strong yeast, brown sugar and other dubbel spices

taste: fresh pineapple juice, apricot, orange peel, tropical passion fruit, a touch of lemon, brown sugar and spice - my notes proclaimed "just a grand beer"

mouthfeel: fresh and lively

drinkability: good

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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 John_M
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a double take when I saw this on tap at Max's today. First I'd ever heard of this beer.

The beer pours a cloudy golden honey color with impressive head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty exotic. I get a complex array of sweet honey, cherry, some underlying citrus bitterness and spice. On the palate this beer is intense. It is quite sweet, but has a prominent underlying bitterness as well. Flavors include more honey and cherry, but the finish is long and bitter. The mouthfeel is big and soft, but without being overly heavy or tiring. This beer is a mouthful, and the abv. is noticeable... I doubt I could ever handle more then a single serving at a sitting, but for all that, this beer is pretty drinkable for it's abv. and style.

A very impressive beer from De Regenboog.

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Photo of ATPete
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught at Brugs Beertje in Bruges, Belgium on April 25 2008 for a Burgundian Babble Belt birthday party. I had the pleasure of drinking 3 of these beers with the brew master Johan.

A- The IPA+ poured a hazy yellow/blonde color with a big white head, some lace, and active carbonation.

S/T- Lots of fresh hops and spice on the nose. This is not an attempt at an American style IPA this is a Belgian representation, in turn, the hop character is very refined. Abundant yes, but not over loaded. The heavy spicing and yeast add a lot of complexity to the brew, although the hops take center stage.

M/D- Perfect mouth feel, full bodied but not thick. Definitely a supreme Belgian DIPA. I've never had anything quite like it but i hope Johan decides to brew this again and even bottle it for export...

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