'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 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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