'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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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 68
Reviews by Westsidethreat:
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with honey and dates. Good times :)

A: Looks like what raisin juice would look like, very mucky. Head is oatmeal colored, solid and aerated with sediment on top left behind from the poor.

S: Smells fresh and lively. Yeasty with hints of bubblegum, red grapes, dark fruits and honey.

T: Begins with a mild sourness like grapejuice or maybe cola. Little bit of dustiness to this one which moves towards some dark fruits (perhaps dates?). Next up is some delicate clover sweetness with a lot of raw dough. Little bit of aluminum can be found around the tip of the tongue. Finishes with a little bit of peas, red apple, honey and raisins.

M: Medium body with a common mouthfeel

D: Honey and dates sound better on paper than they translate to beer, or at least in this one. Pretty boring I must say. Pass.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 11.2 ounce bottle, without freshness dating. Pours cloudy dark almond, without much head to speak about and next to no lacing. Nose is strongly of nuts and mint. This is a flavorful, interesting dubbel. 9% expertly disguised behind layers of tasty malt/yeast/mild hops. Barn yard notes picked up but not overly strong. Artisinal and differant, Belgian to the core. Well worth a try or two...

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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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle> Postel chalice
"Brewed with honey and dates"

Pours out a clear amber with golden hues, big lively carbonation creates a tan colored head that is soft and even at the top. Dissiptes pretty quick.

honey-sweet malt, very spicey herbalness with tangy fruits. sour red fruits and a slight wheatiness underneath and a heat scent that buzzes the nose.

rock-candy malt, sweet honey, sour fruits, like overly ripe red grapes and raspberries and obvious dates. A tangy, herbal yeast that is very hearty. The hebalness becomes pretty "green" with cucumbers. The heat is high and sharp and cranked way up for a dubble at 9%.

Medium to full bodied, soft and smooth but with a crsip bite and a heat tingle.

This is a very unique dubble with it's extra high ABV, it's a sipper!

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Photo of mattfancett
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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

Date brown with creamy soapy bubble head. Yeast and boozy aroma. Dry and yeasty taste, malty and very drying finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Sourish taste with Dates. Found the coffee cream. FUll mouthfeel. Aggressive carbonation. Tad metallic.Unique but could not finish.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single at brasserie V the other night, $2 off bottles on tuesday

cell phone notes

appearance: poured into a st bernardus chalice and paired with some sliders, dark amber body with a moderate glow, light tan crest, nice

smell: punchy yeast, sticky honey, sugary sweet, lots of caramelized malt, light traces of alcohol

taste: nice dubbel, stick honey , raisin and dates, minimal traces of sweet alcohol, thick caramelized malts, brown sugar, creamy with light waves of metallic hops

mouthfeel: rich and full bodied

drinkability: good

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a dark brown color with an off-white head that produces a ring of lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma features dark fruits, notably plum and raisins, spices and yeast. The taste is malt up front, with some dark fruits, spices and an earthy hop finish. Overall, this is a pretty solid dubbel, but it is about middle of the pack compared to some of the others. It is good no question, but it doesn't stand out in any way from the others.

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

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

Lucky enough to try this one on tap at the Monk's Cell. Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Rose colored and extremely viscous. Great lacing. A bit sour which was surprising and pleasant. Carmel and raisin flavors were present throughout. Alcohol was a bit stronger than I would have liked. Good none the less.

Glad to have this on draft. I'm going to get a bottle or two and see how it tastes.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with super big foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of sweet malt with some typical Belgian dry yeast. Taste of sweet malt with a dry Belgian yeast finish with no hops or spice really discernable. Body is quite filtrated with no alcohol being detectable. A bit weak in the flavour profile to make this really worthwhile but interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz squat Belgian bottle from the Coop for about $4.50... poured into a Kasteel tulip.

1.) This is a completely different label than the " 't Smisje Dubbel" in the BA database.. mine is Yellow with a guy who looks like a WW1 era German Barber on the label... it also says "Ale brewed with honey and dates".

Nice head that lasts forever and gradually drops to a pretty lite tan collar atop a crystal clear (with a very careful pour) reddish dark amber brew.

Aroma is fruitcake right out of the oven.. better than obvious dark fruit notes and a not suprising honey finish.. smells sweet.. very caramel sweet.

Flavors are the same but x10 .. complex in the sweetness.... a whole lot of interesting things going on without being teeth rottingly cloying.. Dates and figs... drying in the back of the tongue reveals the fruitiness....am I getting a little Brette? I think so. Pink bubblegum and lite pineapple esters. Medium body and little bubble carbonation... funky as it warms..

I've purchased this one a few times before, but this is the first time I've take the time to thing about it. A very "dubbel" tasting and smelling brew .. but the funky yeast notes take it over the top... Give it a try and tell everyone what you think.... I like it.

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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 jim102864
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First brew for my first visit to Spuyten Duyvil in Brooklyn (ya gotta go there) and what a great welcome to a great beer bar.

Appearance was nutty brown with a thin head and no lace. The bartender knows how to pour Belgian. Served in a gorgeous narrow tulip glass with the brewery name on its side. Nice overall presentation.

Aroma offered hints of honey, nuts and some aged fruit such as figs and dates.

Taste was predominantly aged punes, dates and figs. Very special and very much a classic dubbel flavor.

Mouthfeel was beady and chewy with a lovely alcohol finish. Very drinkable and very much enjoyable. One of the best Belgium has to offer!

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

Had a bottle of this at Stuffed Sandwich (right after Gale's Jubilee Ale). Let this one warm up - it needs it.

Still not my favorite dubbel, but it's solid. Cloudy brown with a nice 1 finger semi-fluffy tan head. Tastes of some Belgian Candi Sugar, raisins and honey. This is actually brewed with honey, yet unlike many American honey beers, it actually tastes good. The honey is pleasant and very much in the background. Nice. A bit of spice too. Not overly complex, but solid.

Mouthfeel is about normal for a dubbel, and drinkability is up there.

Overall, recommended.

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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 DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 MrBen
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Regenboog makes some tasty, unique beers. I have yet to try them all (and none that I have tried has topped Guido), but the brewery is, so far, unstoppable. This offering, 't Smisje Dubbel, pours a cloudy and dark honey color. Head is mild and off white. Carbonation is just right.

When you think Belgian dubbel (or tripel, or quadrupel), you probably come to expect tons of fruity bubblegum and cloying sweetness. Well, Regenboog takes an interesting turn with its brews, adding spices or savory fruits to bring added interest to what might otherwise be just another Belgian.

Here we have dates and honey, as printed on the label. I've found that if you let beers from Regenboog breathe for a few minutes before diving in, you get more of the nifty flavors. Such is the case here. A quick sip after the pour, followed by a generous rest in the glass let this beer open up and reveal it all.

Great stuff.

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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 Rastacouere
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale copper, honest white film. Incredible dates nose, possibly the most intense date flavor I’ve encountered in a beer and I really like the effect in a dubbel, a style which seems to often border greatness without ever reaching it. So, plenty of dark fruits, very juicy nose containing heavy chocolate backing, mild cinnamon hints, nutmeg, heavier toasted maltiness. A sweet kiss from a sweet lady. Palate can’t help but being sweet though the moderate carbonation helps it being palatable. Figgy, overwhelming dates, wet yet trying to dry out. Juicy pancake stuffing. Medium bodied, mineral, fluffy carbonation, never close to biting, all in a smooth, sweet fruitiness. Greatness.

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Photo of Phatz
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

‘t SMISJE DUBBEL 11.2 OZ $4.39 at Stateline Liquors in Elkton, MD.

Now this is the way I like a dabble. Wow. Reminiscent of Westvetlteren Blue Cap Double. Dark and sweet truly delicious.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown sugar color (to accompany the smell and taste=) and has a big head.

Smell: Sweet yeasty aromas and dates in the brown sugary body fill the nose.

Taste: Sweet and spicy the flavors are of caramel and dates and brown sugary flavors tangy fruits and definitely yeasty flavors. (wild yeast? unclear but tasty yeast for certain. A bit of alcohol shows through but quite gentle for the 9% abv.

Mouthfeel: It is a solid medium body and feels very lively with the flavors and the carbonation.

Drinkability: Exceptional! I like the style and love the beer. I could drink this regularly. However, it is a bit too wild to consider sessionable.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of sweethome
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Traditional belgian bottle. Pours a very hazy dark amber. Alcohol, figs and a yeast hint on the nose (I know, it's brewed with dates, but it smells like figs to me). Aggressive carbonation on the entry - stays pretty long too. Profile is not overly complex, sweet bready malt with a fruity charachter from the honey and dates. Hops present with bittering to provide a bit of balance on finish. More or less follows straight through and doesn't develop a complexity I expect from a dubbel. That said, nice flavors, simple belgian yeast flavors, alcohol warmth.

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