't Smisje Dubbel | Brouwerij Smisje

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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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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 87
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 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 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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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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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 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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Photo of pixieskid
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad I have been pouring these into my trusty Stuise glass; excessive carbonation has been the theme of the beers I have been tasting lately.

Pours a nice dark orange/brown color with a solid 3 finger head that dissipates to a lingering lace of about a half an inch for the duration of the drinking.

The nose is quite interesting; dark fruits and sweetness per the standard of the style but with something lingering that I can't quite put my finger on...fig jelly maybe.

Nice spiciness upfront with notes of figs, candied/brown sugar, and a bit of earthy bitterness with a lingering honey note.

Finishes with a slight dry bitterness and a balance of booze and brown sugar.

Overall; one amped up Dubbel that has some solid notes and a well hidden abv.

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Photo of fusco86
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice looking short bottle - 11.2 oz.

Poured into a standard red wine glass. Pours a nice copper red with thick creamy foam that won't go away after several minutes.

Aroma hits you immediately after pouring, alcohol and ripe fruit. Sweet.

Mouthfeel is creamy. Nicely carbonated.

"Ale brewed with honey and dates"

The dates are certainly present in the aroma and taste. Some honey at the end, but I'm struggling to detect it in the aroma. Nice warm, lingering finish. 9% is not as well-hidden as other Belgians. Overall a nice Dubbel.

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Photo of woemad
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at J.B.'s on the northside of Spokane for $6.99. No freshness date. Also, the label is totally different than the one posted here.

Poured a dark, tea-like russett color that only slightly lightens when held up to light. Big, creamy and bubbly beige head that stick around a long time and leaves lots of lace on the sides of a Chimay goblet.

Honey and fruits in the nose, which is not surprising when one considers that the label calls this beer a "ale brewed with honey and dates." Some spices as well.

Honey is the first flavor to hit the tastebud beachhead, immediately followed by spicy notes, fruity esters and some mild, grassy hop notes. In the background is a cloak of dark fruits - not doubt the vaunted dates. As it warms, the alcohol heat becomes a tangible presence.

The mouthfeel is that of all well-made Belgians, featuring a sprightly effervescence that is too often missing from American versions of the style.

A very tasty beer. Although the price is rather high for something coming in a 11.2oz stubbie, this is too boozy for sessioning, anyway. I was looking for a good nightcap, and I found one.

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Photo of Rmason104
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -!Odd appearance. Not so much cloudy as cluttered. A lot of residual matter there even after careful pour. BTW: be warned, this is a VERY active beer. Open over a sink or outdoors. The head almost erupts out of the bottle. Takes several minutes to settle
Not getting much from the nose. Sweet, malty.
T- this is a rich, thick powerful beer. Especially as it warms you get the high ABV. Sweet up front, bitter towards the end. Lingering aftertaste.
M - thick & chewy. Up front almost as syrupy as some quads
O - I do like this one, although not as much as some Smisje beers. The head is very overboard though. Reminds me of the Brady Bunch episode when Bobby puts too much soap in the washing machine. Suds are out of control!

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Photo of impending
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy orangish butterscotch with little head. Not particularly attractive.

Big rich sweet aroma, distinct raw honey scent. Sweetness defines the nose but better than that sounds.

Bitter dark fruits surrounding a sweet honey core dripping in alcohol. Sweet but not nearly as much as the nose indicated. The alcohol, while not boozy, is considerably far forward and properly appropriate to balance the sweet. Bitter sweet aftertaste lingers considerably especially at room temp. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Warms well.
dubbels get no bigger

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

Nice Dubbel with an accented edge of honeyed dates.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Yellow label with a cartoonish portrait of a mustached character looking intensely. Offers a one-liner with a bare description of the brew. Notes 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour, nice frothy head, good retention and fair surface memory with some consistent lacing.

S - Caramelized malt, with a fruity sweetness over the yeasty whiff.

T - Taste provided a rich sugary and malty sense coated with a nice sense of the dates, honey is not so prominent in the sense that it seems woven with the date note. Touch of spices around the yeast element.

M - Medium-light body with medium carbonation and a smooth sense with a crisp finish.

O - Solid dubbel notes with the fruity sweetness. It works rather well.

Notes: Pretty nice brew, nothing to necessarily step out of one´s way but a quality experience to recommend.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing beer.

A - one of the best and most unique-looking beers I've ever seen. Pours a light brownish, almost opaque color with swirls of what looks like tan-colored cream or smoke creeping around the glass. I've never seen anything like it
S - Belgian yeast, hints of vanilla and whiskey, definitely complex. There are other smells I can't pinpoint
T - Taste's like it smells, with candied sugar/honey added to the mix. This is a spectacular beer
M - on the heavier side for the style, full-bodied and creamy but still well carbonated. Very unique
D - extremely drinkable, the alcohol is never overbearing in the slightest, and it's just such a unique brew. Just threw one in the cellar

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Photo of bylerteck
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle brought home from Brugge by my girlfriend. Opens with a great fizz and tons of smoke and carbonation that pushes a snake like head out of the bottle. Very interesting.

A - Pours with tons of head white foamy, rocky and creamy head. Sort of a hazy/muddy brown colour with lot's of carbonation.

S - Boozy fruits. Yeast and sugar notes are there as well. Maltiness and spiciness are present too.

T - Spice and yeast dominate with alcohol in the finish. Slight fruitiness but very mild. Yeasty notes mellow out and combine with the spice and fruit to make this quite nice.

M - Medium carbonation and medium body.

D - I could have a few but the booziness holds this back slightly, otherwise a nice dubb.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark cloudy amber with a big long lasting creamy head. Huge aroma of dates and honey with some sweet malt, caramel. Taste is dates, dark fruit, plums, yeasty. Palate is med to full body with good carbonation, and creamy texture. Finish is malty, dates, dried fruit, yeast with some light bitter hops, ending has some bitter sweet dates, caramel and nuttiness. Overall an interesting brew but pretty good.

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Photo of birchstick
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a carmelly brown with a one finger head

S - sweet apples, caramel malt, & dark fruits

T - burnt, smokey flavors give way to dark fruits (dates) and caramel malts with some honey. The sweetness in the nose didn't really translate to the palette. There is kind of a medicinal / herbal flavor going on as well. Not bad, but not exactly what I was expecting from a dubbel.

M - medium body with low carbonation

D - this is a pretty decent dubbel. Definitely a little different than others, but different can be good sometimes. Would I buy again, maybe, but I'll probably go with something else next time.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured amber-brownish in color with a huge off white head that took an extremely long time to settle down, after which a thin layer of bubbles consistently covered the surface. There are some yeast particles floating near the bottom of the glass.
S: The smell is mildly sweet and has aromas of honey with notes of dates.
T: Flavors of honey and dates dominate the taste, which is also relatively sweet like the smell. The date flavors are mild at first but begin to strengthen as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and smooth given the amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is relatively easy to drink and the addition of honey makes it stand out as being unique among dubbels.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, foamy head that never seems to recede. The beer itself is a beautiful rusty amber color. It looks reddish when held up to the light. The nose is all baking spices and candied fruit. Sweet notes of honey and caramel make a showing towards the end.
Flavors of figs and dates come first. Fresh baked bread, fruity yeast esters, caramel, honey, pineapple, bubblegum, and alcohol phenols. The mouthfeel is creamy and rich.

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Photo of drpimento
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

At first I thought that this was a huge change from the blonde which I just tried from this brewery. Poured with a HUGE foamy frothy light tan head. Bottle started foaming over even though it was about 2/3 empty and some lace. Color isn't too appealing - cloudy opaque coffee with milk brown. Aroma ends up being yeasty, malty, carmel, hint of bandaids. Flavor's very similar but more sweet in the end. Both aroma and flavor degrades quickly after opening. Body is ok and carbonation is aggressive. Finish is a little boozy and like flavor with yeast standing out and then fading to medium length. Not nearly as good as I thought at first.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown, but lighter than some dubbels. Head is fairly thick, but light as well.

Nose is sweeter than expected, with little of the darker malt nuances I was hoping for.

This is definitely a sweeter example of a dubbel due to the honey and dates used in the brewing. The 9%abv is hidden well, making this a pretty well-balanced drink, but not all together that impressive.

Overall a nice beer and a great example of the variances amongst Belgian craft brews.

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Photo of janubio
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle, 330 ml. Orange copper colour, opaque if you serve the sediments. Big white head, there's always a lace when it fades. Smells mainly of yeast, honey notes, I can't detect the dates, but I smell papaya. Dust and moss. Rough flavor, taste is hidden by the yeast and the sourness, it's too sour, and dusty. Papaya again and noticeable alcohol. I'm not really sure what to say, given that the strong yeast and sourness hide anu nuances that it may have. Not easy to drink, I may have to give it another try some day.

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Photo of erz316
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 floz bottle into trois pistoles goblet

A - the body is a dark amber burnt orange hazy colour, medium turbidity, light can still get through, but it is impossible to make anything out. the head is off white, and laces well. a big stir with some remaining beer yeilds a huge amount of yeast that turn the colour into a light muddy brown. the beer is now opaque and the head has turned to a light brown colour.

S - the nose is decent. overall sweetness with a bit of sour funk from the yeast. not really a good dubbel profile; it doesnt have any of the normal sweetness or fruits that it should. the sweetness is here like a light brown sugar, while the yeast really makes an impact, providing an odd combination of bread and sour/funk.

T - doesnt really taste like a dubbel either. the only real good thing is that one doesnt notice the hugely high alcohol level. the initial taste is the sweetness from the nose mixing with the yeast flavour, which is distinct. not quite sour, but not quite funky, it is an odd taste that doesnt really fit the style. the finish has some of the hops come out with a burst of bitternes. the aftertaste is at first hops and yeast, and then we get a bit of malts and sweetness, a bit of a honey taste. dubbel? i dont think so. a chimera? perhaps.

MF&D - very creamy and carbonated, a decent feel and body but the yeast flavour perhaps ruined it.

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Photo of trg
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a short Belgian Ale bottle into a 13oz. tulip glass. Foamed out of the bottle on opening. Deep, hazy amber color with two inches of lively light tan head. Moderate lacing. Dates, sugar, and yeasty aroma right up front. The dark fruit flavor is quickly overwhelmed by alcohol and yeast flavors, with the warm, almost hot, alcohol lingering on into the finish. Fairly strong hop bitterness sets up camp on the back of the tongue and remains there for the duration. As the beer opens up, fusels die down and yeasty aroma and flavor take a step back, allowing the fruit and honey to show themselves a little more. However, the alcohol and hop bitterness remain as equal, if not dominant flavors. Nothing on the bottle to denote when it was brewed. Perhaps this beer could benefit from a little age.

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Photo of kylesobrien
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden apricot brown. Lively carbonation, and a frothy off-white head to match.

Aroma is both earthy and fruity, with caramelized raisin overtones.

The taste is initially somewhat spicy, with suggestions of clove and coriander. The spiciness eventually yields to a fig and brown sugar finish with a hint of hoppy bitterness. There's also a bit of warmth from the alcohol, which is evident at 9% ABV. Overall, this is a dubbel on the sweeter side of the spectrum.

Body is on the moderate side, and the effervescence lightens things up further.

This is an interesting dubbel, and one I've enjoyed the opportunity to try. My curiosity was piqued by the inclusion of honey and dates in the brew, but for me, the flavor wasn't as intriguing as the recipe. I get the feeling that this one might be great with certain cheeses (given the fig and caramel flavors), but I'm not knowledgeable enough to suggest any options in particular. I'd recommend this to folks wanting to try a more exotic dubbel from a tiny brewery, but there are plenty of other selections within the style I'd rather try at the price this costs per bottle.

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