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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje
Belgium
smisje.be

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Currently only 50 cases of this beer are available per year. Brewed in honor of the Burgundian Babble Belt.

Added by purplehops on 01-12-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
12.18%
 
 
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Photo of kayrex
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Fish113d
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet ("trusty") at room temp, it pours a nice brownish/redish (mahogony I guess) color. I got a good deal of yeast that poured from the bottom as well and dribbled into my goblet; interesting. It left virtually no head, but only a nice edge layer on my glass. It appears to be pretty full-bodied, but it didn't look as though while I poured it. Sitting a foot and a half away, i can get scents from this beer. I get good hints of plums, raisins, and other various fruits coming to the front of my nasal passageways. Also, a hint of oak comes through as well (a dry smell i guess) and a little bitter hoppiness, which is always goodness!

first sip is interesting. Not a big as I anticipated with very little carbonation. The plums and raisin scnets come out right away followed by a hefty bit of alcohol. Also a slight yeasty finish (if that makes sense). The hops are also evident at the back of the swallow.

Mouthfeel is pretty interesting as well. It isn't a huge beer; maybe a medium body at best w/ very little carbonation. The alcohol and hops are evident and leave a nice warming feeling in my belly (great winter brew I think). The swallow is nice, and a pretty decent aftertaste as well. This is proving to be a nice find in CT (thanks Spence!!!). I'd recommend it if you can get your hands on it!!!

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is great with a head that's thin, but still foamy. Also my Chimay glass does let the carbonation bubble up through the top and feed the head more and more.Very nice lacing, but it doesn't stick so well.

The smell is of sweet dark fruit like plum and raisan, with almost a wine smell without the strong alcohol scent. Also has aftertone traces of nutmeg.

The taste is suddle and complex at first, then the strong flavors of nutmeg, creamy plum and raisan with a little pepper flavor as well.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is O.K., but to answer the question of would I have another? Probably not for a little while, but I respect this beer for what it is.

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Photo of scooter231
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, so I expected a lot. At first sight... yeck, not a pretty beer. Looks like muddy water. However, looks can be deceiving, so I'll look past it... Smell is raisins. Sweet, alcoholic, raisins. Taste is a bit less intense- still lots of alcoholic raisins, but not as overwhelming. Sweet, a bit bready. Mouthfeel is chewy, sudsy, more bubbly than I'd expect for such a high alcohol brew. Overall quite drinkable, and pretty tasty. Good bang for your buck. And alcohol is waaaay sneaky.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive red color. Head quickly dissipates. Specks of lace.

Smells of caramel, solvent, alcohol, red and green apples, lemon cough drops, maraschino cherries, vanilla. Very nice in a booze and candy way.

Tastes almost too sweet at first - caramel, raisins and candied fruit - but toast and herbal bitterness quickly step in and manage to achieve some kind of balance. Also earth, wood, and booze. Very unusual herbal character, presumably valerian and lemon balm. No discernible hops, I can't distinguish the hop bitterness from the herbs. Long finish, herbal and woody.

Suggestive of an ancient pre-hops beer, the ridiculously strong kind reserved for funerals of shamans... yes, I'm a dork.

Quite drinkable for what it is. Strange and wonderful stuff.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this lonely little bottle in my local beer store and decided to buy it and check it out.

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful brownish gold. Weird black gunk all around inside of neck. The beer itself was completely translucent. Nice 1/2" head quickly disappeared and left nothing on top. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell 4.0: Beautiful bouquet. Malt, candi sugar, deep scents of wood and yeast along with a pleasant noble hop aroma. Also a strange hint of root veggies.

Taste 4.0: Front is slightly sweet and very smooth. Middle is somewhat dry with accents on an unusual taste of rooty veggies (the bottle states that the beer was brewed with "valerian and Lemon balm" so that may explain some of it). The finish is also slightly dry, but features a wave of sweet in the middle of the palate; this quickly fades into the Aftertaste which is smooth, slightly tangy and refreshing. Absolutely no indication of the 12%+ ABV this baby is packing.

Mouthfeel 4.0: The mouthfeel certainly enhances the enjoyment of the beer.

Overall 4.0: A unique tasting beer and I do not mean that with any sarcasm. The rooty flavor is interesting and not a distraction. Also, this is a big BIG beer and it is a credit to the brewers that the alcohol is successfully hidden and the focus of this beer is on taste, not alcohol consumption. Recommended...if you can find it!

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mirky amber color. The smell is of alcohol and the ever so familiar sweet smell that comes from the belgian candy sugar that I assume was used in this brew. It resembles raisins or dates, something along that line. The taste is sweet, honey-like. It also has hints of dark fruit like dates, raisins, and alcohol is there as well. The mouthfeel is smooth. It has the perfect amount of carbonation for the amount of flavor in the beer. It is a very drinkable beer but how many of these can one actually handle. Drink one and then consider switching down to something less dangerous. I would definately recommend it.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not exactly sure of the year on this one, but I've had it in my cellar for at least 2-3 years. Poured from bottle into a Corsendonk chalice. Beer was an iced tea brown color with a thick, two-finger, tan head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was very sweet candi sugar, vanilla, oak, brown sugar, caramel, but also a touch of grass and citrus. Lots going on in the nose.

Taste was not overly sweet, but lots of malt, sugar, honey, along with lemon, grapes and yeast.

Very bold aroma, but a bit lighter in the taste. Still pretty boozy. Has held up very well. Not your average quad.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a glass on tap at Mugs Ale house

Poured a hazy reddish brown with a very little head, that didn't stick around too long

a little Sour and a bit earthy on the nose, scents of plum, caramel, maybe a little bit of fig.

Tastes of apple orange, plum, raisin, cola, caramel, a very tastey beer.

glad to have had the opportunity to have this on tap.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Short, fat little bottle with a stumpy neck. Interesting messy colorful label. Muddy colored beer. Off to a not-so-great start.

A kinda sweet, alcoholish smelling beer.

Interestingly enough, the alcohol doesnt come through all that strong in the taste. Well, not like you'd think a 12% beer would. It seems pretty even to me. A pretty satisfying hearty aftertaste.

This is pretty much "just okay" to me, straight down the line. I would never be able to distinguish it from a thousand other Belgians.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber with a dense off-white head.

The aroma had a wide array of complex components: Brown sugar, dates, plums, burnt raisins, and some zesty spices were carried up by the volatile 12% alcohol.

The flavor of the beer was simply amazing. Every sip brought out new and complex flavors as it warmed up. Everything from well rounded caramel and dark fruits, to lively and spicy poached apples and pears. Slight phenolics added a nice tingle to the especially high alcohol content of this brew. A reasonable level of fusel alcohols helped give this brew a warming sensation. The floral hops were slightly higher that most quads I've had, helping to balance out the sweetness that is typical of the style.

The mouthfeel was medium/heavy with a syrupy viscosity. A nice creaminess helped round out the flavors. The carbonation was perfect. Many bottle conditioned quads can be a little too carbonated, but this one was dialed in.

The amount of complexity and bouquet of flavors and aromas made this beer very drinkable, having me look forward to each new sip. This was an outstanding quad, at the top with Rochefort 10 and Westy 12. I'm off to the store to stock up on some more.

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Photo of apf
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of wattershed
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of alovesupreme
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.Cloudy burgundy in appearance.Hard to see carbination due to cloudyness. Very small head probably due to the pour of the waitress.
S.Plum is the most prominant smell. With some other fruits in the mix, and a hint of alcohol.
T.Unique even among quads. A hint of plum and fig, sweet but does not hinder.
M.Near perfect carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant.
D.Excellant for a quad, I would be able to drink two of these and enjoy the whole ride a third would be pushing it.The alcohol is also a factor to consider at 12%.

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Photo of emdawg
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of lou91
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was well behaved on the pour with a little head and a malty honey alcohol nose. It is a dark brown opaque ale with small bubbles that just looked creamy. It is creamy with an instant alcohol warmth. The taste is surprisingly light and dry with alcohol dominating the palate. Nice sweetness with a citrus dryness making for a clean finish. The label read “ale with spices” but I can’t taste spices other than coriander is a minor way. As it warms, the flavors come together better but this may need a year or three to mellow. It also is a bit thin.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I picked up one of these when I realized that it had already aged 5 years...listed on the bottle "Brewed in 2002."

I don't know how familiar people are with the plant valerian...but it is a natural sedative....and also some lemon balm is in this thing too.

These people put some interesting things in their beer.

A-The bottle looks appealing...short stubby 11.2ozer with an attractive label. It pours a bubbly hazy murky amber, and has a 1/4inch bubbly brown greyish tan colored head...light lace rings around the glass.

S- Thick malty sweetness, roasted sugars, fruity yeast, big cherry, berry and other red fruits, and a hint of lemon...basic characteristics of a quad...and I am surprised that there is no foul smell from the valerian.

T/M/D- Thick and sweet...the sugars and fruit(cherry, raisin,and plum) are present in the body, a pungent hop alcohol burst right before the finish, and the beer lives on your mouth between sips....there is a really unique oily lemony finish....I really have not experienced anything quite like this...I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

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Photo of crhea89
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky toffee brown with a massive puffy root-beer-float-sized head, smells like fermenting fruit and biscuits. Great lacing left behind in the glass.

Flavors of bananas, cinnamon, brown sugar, caramel, fruit pectin, gold raisins with an alcohol bite. A taste balanced between 2 extremes (sweetness and alcohol) with everlasting carbonation, the alcohol bite is not so much that it would put you off though, it's more of a compliment to the sweetness than anything. This beer made the hair on my forearms stand up. Not a cheap beer, this stuff is worth the price though.

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Photo of sbart518
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of zjungleist
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep reddish brown, and in a tulip glass the head was most excelent.The smell was sweet, with lots of dark fuits (dates, figs, raisins), and good belgian ale yeast. The taste was very malty and fruity, and fairly sweet as well. The mouthfeel was slightly syupy with slight carbonatoin, and the alcohol presence was masked extremely well. Drinkability was low, only because this is a sweet, thick beer with lots of booze in it.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a couple finger very creamy off-white head that lasted and laced the glass.

Aroma was malt, caramel, dark fruits (prunes, plums, raisin) and a hint of pineapple.

Flavor was a great balance of the dark fruits noticed in the aroma and malt.

An enjoyable beer. Interesting complexity and worth a try.

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Photo of mrunseen
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of REDAMI
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet

A - Lighter in color than expected from a quad. Cream colored head that settles quickly.

S - Caramel, raisin, yeast...a sticky bun in a glass!

T - Alcohol bite, grainy malt, vague raisin/candy sugar flavors.

M - Thin feel with strong alcohol.

There are certainly better quads out there. This beer has the right notes but the volume has been turned way down. While the label marks it as an ale brewed with spices, these flavors are lacking or hidden by the alcohol bite.

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Photo of firkinhophead
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Murky, reddish-brown with fat, plentiful bubbles forming an active foamy film on the surface and a neat ring around the edges. When the chill haze fades it is much more orange and clear.

Aroma us earthy, funky, some hard to identify fruit, like brandied cherries, or prune. Some alcohol in the nose, but nothing too fusel-like.

Taste is of sour malt, toffee, roasted lemon, raisin, some deep orange like Grand Marnier (from the hops?), candy sugar sweetness. The fruitiness is wrapped up in the alcohol warmth like a brandy or mascerated fruit. Bitterness is moderate, with spices and alcohol keeping the finish dry. Some medicinal taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly fizzy, which keeps the body in the medium range. Definitely can smell and taste the alcohol, and this one is going right to my head.

Overall some odd flavors going on here that I am not sure I can get a handle on. Seems to have a lot in common with some American barleywines. I think it lacks some coherency, but worth a try.

Edit: I started this one when it was much too cold. The medicinal and sour flavors mellow a bit as it warms, while the alcohol comes to the front, making for a more whiskey/brandy character. More enjoyable, but still a bit raw. Since I bought it in Chattanooga in a liquor store, so i suspect it has had plenty of time on the shelf to age, if not in the best conditions.

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't Smisje BBBourgondier from Brouwerij Smisje
3.94 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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