't Smisje Dubbel | Brouwerij Smisje

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't Smisje Dubbel't Smisje Dubbel
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't Smisje Dubbel't Smisje Dubbel

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2003

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of spycow
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a fruity spicy nose with traces of caramel. It pours hazy brown with chunks under a 3” white foam cap. Delicious, very fine, soft carbonation, first you are aware of soft foamy fruit and then some alcohol comes in, some balancing bitterness and then a lingering soft bitterness balanced by long, large pitted fruits and a light citrus. Despite the chunks, not a bad beer.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Fig colored, opaque. An off-white, one-finger head that fades to foam. A thick, full head and lacing.

S: Honey and dates, like the label says. Figs, Belgian yeast. Fruity.

T: Follows nose. Fruity and floral with a great sweetness. So full of life.

M: Hella carbonated. Chewy, thick. Terrific.

O: A great Belgian dubbel my wife picked out at Hop City, Birmingham. Neither of us knew what was in store, but the taste was memorable. A bit pricey at $5.50 for and 11.2 oz bottle.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

another fun beer from this brewery. a tip of the cap to the classic belgian dubbel, but this one is done with dates and honey, a cool way to add fermentables and flavor without the classic use of candy sugar in this style, at least in its normal capacity. blonde in color for a dubbel, more light amber or copper than brown, with a half inch of fizzy murky head. it smells sweet, the fruit and honey are evident right away, and the belgian yeast smells like a classic strain, fruity and prickly and familiar in the abbey types. lighter malt profile to the taste, but hints of maple syrup and molasses are there. the dates give it a very ramadan sort of vibe, like the dried fruits you eat as soon as the sun goes down. not overly sweet in the finish but its there. great carbonation and lighter feel for the style. much like the quad they do, the alcohol was expertly hidden in this one. fun beer, i like their clever twists on styles we all think we knew too well. way to shake things up!

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment sink to the bottom of the glass after the beer is poured. Smell is of malt, toffee, dark fruit, spice, and slight soy sauce aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and tobacco flavors on the finish. A slight cardboard presence shows up in the flavor as the beer warms up. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some age and oxidation but still has some interesting aromas and flavors.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a huge half glass off-white head with good retention and slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, light and dark stone fruit, some oxidation cardboard. Flavor is well integrated caramel malt, dark dried fruit and lighter contribution of light stone fruit, sweet. Finishes sweet with some non hop bitterness, perhaps from Belgian spices. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. An interesting dubbel with a mixture of fruit flavors spanning peach, plum, dates and raisins, but well melded. Finishes with sweet caramel and hints of oxidation. Although I just got this bottle, I suspect that it has some age on it and I don't know the storage conditions. I get the impression that some of the nuances may be covered by the light oxidation flavors here. It is definitely a beer that can handle aging and tastes good, with a pleasant heat-reduced caramel flavor in the finish.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jrpapajcik
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass at Lazy Boy White Plains, NY. Pours deep brown syrup color with a bit of see-through reddish blonde. No head at all. Smells of sweet belgian yeast with a lot of spice; mainly licorice. Taste is very much like it smells...licorice and dried fruit dominate. Its smooth, and suoer easy to drink, especially for such a high abv. Its good, but not the best dubbel out there. They are just very intersting to me and seem to have some different flavors to the style...worth a shot for sure.

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Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of JakeDebus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jpcool9
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a beer to bridge the gap between grape and grain, then this rich and vinous Dubbel should do the trick!

pouring with a very bubbly vivacency, the beer quickly builds a billowing ivory head that settles into a rocky persistant foam stance. High on retention and leaving pockets of lace behind, the beer does all that Dubbels are asked. Even the burnish brown, rust-like hazy appearance sings the song of authentic Dubbel Ales.

Aromas of malt, fruit, and wine all culminate with a complementary notes of caramel and grape, toast and cider, dates, figs, cherries, and apples to merlot and balsamic and pepper. All fuel a very complex and inviting nose.

Delicious malty richness starts the flavor spread as caramel, chocolate, nuts, and mild toast give a rounded and masculine demeanor behind the veil of confectioner's sugar or candied fruits. The bridge to wine begins as the tart fruit flavors of apples, cherries, berries, and grape transition to richer fruit flavors of dates, figs, raisons, plumbs, and prunes- all before turning to young balsamic, vinous, nearly tannic notes of red wines and nutty oak. Pepper with bittered orange peel, both white and black pepper corns, alcohol spice, and earth hop bitterness round out the finish for a whimsical lingering of fruit and malt.

Medium-full bodied, the expansive carbonation expands delightfully in the mouth for a very 'airy' feel. As the beer lifts far from the tongue, the flavor of the beer seems trapped in the effervesence and the only real appreciation is in the retro-olfactory experiene. This leads to a very palatable and drinkable session that weights effortlessly on the mouth and stomach. The airy and dry finish captures alcohol wamrth, zesty spice, and tart fruit flavors in a fleeting memory.

If Belgian Dubbels are supposed to do more than this beer delivers then I haven't seen it. Masterful in recipe formulation and execution- this is a very well balanced and complex Belgian Dubbel that demands praise!

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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