Smiske Extra Nature-Ale | Brouwerij Smisje

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Smiske Extra Nature-AleSmiske Extra Nature-Ale
35 Ratings
Smiske Extra Nature-AleSmiske Extra Nature-Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smiske Blonde dry-hopped with Belgian Cascade Hops.

Added by DeanMoriarty on 09-28-2010

Bros Score:
View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by spdyfire83:
Photo of spdyfire83
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

272nd Review
Served in a snifter, if memory serves correct

Enjoyed on a visit to 't Brugs Beertje in Brugge while touring around Belgium in early June 2012.

A: Hazy golden in color. Half (frothy white) fingernail head.

S: Smells of Belgian yeast (and the usual accompanying spice), cracked wheat, and faint floral/earthy hops.

T: Taste follows smell, but add a touch of clove and banana to the mix. Hint of white pepper near the finish too. Crisp and clean for the style.

M: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: An easy-to-drink Belgian pale ale! Don't hold your breath on finding this one in many places though as it is supposedly a one-off/small quantity production based on my discussion with Daisy. So if you see it tickers, get some while you can =)

 771 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of braugon
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl brown bottle at Waagstuk in Antwerp.

Rich orange golden color, massive head.

Smells of herbal hop, taffy, star fruit, green peppercorn, birch bark.

Dry, yeasty, medicinal, refined honey, bubble gum, wild herbs, craker maltiness, estery.

A serious beer even at 7%. Very lively, wakes the palate up. Very pleased to run into this ale.

 343 characters

Photo of chefpeet
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mattfancett
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of desint
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation along with some fine particulates visible floating in suspension. It poured with a massive two finger white head that took a long time to die down, eventually settling to a quarter finger high head with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of earthy and fruity yeast are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is very much dominated by the earthy and fruity flavors of the yeast. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness, which is most noticeable towards the finish. Hints of spices are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems rather yeasty for a Belgian Pale Ale, but if you like yeast it is a pleasant beer to drink.

 825 characters

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl Dumpy bottle, well in date, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru' badged stemmed tulip.

The sediment stayed in the base of the bottle, so the glass held a dull golden bodied beer with a large white head on top: loads of carbonisation bubbles rising through the almost clear body.

Belgian yeasty aroma, some sweetness in there too.

The taste is a little too clean and clinical to me, no honest farmhouse feel to the flavours, no bits to get into, not your regular Belgian craft/country brewed beer at all.

This is obviously well made and lovingly cared for, but it defeats what I love about going to Belgium, finding and bringing back beers that challenge the tastebuds and enhance my beer enjoyment.

 707 characters

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sansho
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours a five+ finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Floral hoppy nose and flavor is earthy and hoppy. Lingering bitter aftertaste. $5.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

 271 characters

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, alcohol, yeast, slight dough, hint of pale malt, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, slight grass, slight sweet malt, slight nut, hint of pale malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend. The hop presence in the body was undetectable.

 502 characters

Photo of BeastlyBrews
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

By all indications on the label - predominantly green colors, sketch of a hop cluster and hop field - one would think this would taste hoppier and possibly in the style of an American pale ale?

On the skewed contrary, this basically comes across like a pleasant, yet fairly bland farmhouse (saison) ale.

Yellow-golden and cloudy with a ridiculously-voluminous, cottony, white head - looks like a rustic brew. Another one of those beers (the second or third time this week, for me) that you can smell the hops when opening the bottle, but once it's poured, the fragrance mysteriously vanishes into the ether. The flavor has a modicum of hoppiness and hop bitterness and hints incessantly at a smart spiciness that never quite fully develops.

It's quite light and very easily quaffable, as in a patersbier, but not in the least exciting on the palate. Even if this was an old old bottle, having had a couple of their other offerings, I'm not terribly surprised by it's simplicity or, better stated, paucity in dynamic complexity.

 1,030 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Both rich and zesty, Smisje's Nature-Ale offers champagne-like spritz with the malty body of Amber Ales, sheading a light on what's both beer and wine.

The pour delivers a rather murky rust color of browns and reds, but lathers into a creamy and substantially firm egg shell white head that has no problem retaining the session and leaving mild lace behind. The dull appearance of the liquid is in direct contrast to the lively head character.

Bold and delicate aromatics continue to play the game of what's malty-rich and what's dry effervesence. Lemons, apples, under rippened berries, white grape, and figs give a fruity, nearly winey tart note just before the malty components of breads or bread dough, light toasty, sorghum, and biscuit. Spicy with both yeasty white pepper and hoppy herbal and earthy notes- all give a complex and varying scent with each visit to the glass.

Malt sweetness makes a first early impact with the candied sweetness of powdered sugar, thin caramel, fresh baked breads/bread crust, and a touch of brown sugar. The short-lived sweetness disolves easily into a fruity, spicy, earthy mix from the bold yeasty esters of apples, pears, apricots, figs, and berries; and then the spicy white pepper, clove, and cumin heat; and finally the grassy and tea-like hop flavors that develop into a late spicy bitterness- all this along with the dainty white wine notes of cider and grape.

Medium but expansive with the first draw as the carbonation erupts from the tongue, then ushering in an early peppery-dry mouthfeel that seems to evaporate from the palate well before the finish. Warm and whimsy are the final impressions as the beer allows for an effortless taste of fruit and spice in aftertaste.

A very solid Belgian Pale Ale that likely suffers from a bit of age as more stale bread character and reduced hop aroma and flavors don't carry the zip and refreshment that many of these do fresh.

 1,924 characters

Photo of Burgieburg
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very smooth; earthy aftertaste (as the name hints); overall very good beer

74 characters

Photo of FlyAwayPhil
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden color, with a large head. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - A yeasty Belgian nose with hints of grass and some spice

T - Same as the nose with some banana/clove hints.

M - Very light on the palate with light carbonation.

O - I very much enjoyed this beer. It was designated as a Belgian IPA on the bar list so I was expecting a more hoppy taste, especially since there are some hops on the label as well. In my humble opinion it seem more in the style of a tripel, but enjoyable nonetheless.

 560 characters

Photo of Zekenyce
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of GClarkage
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of timmy2b
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of steverx8
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarrelO
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. "04/2013" on the cap, which I'm assuming is the best by date.

A: Hazy orange body. Massive head with tons of lacing.

S: Apples, spices, and alcohol.

T: Fruitiness and spicy phenols up front. Bready malt in the middle. Herbal hop bite on the back end. Peppery alcohol throughout.

M: Light as air with tons of carbonation.

D: It drinks light, but the strong alcohol presence makes it kind of difficult to put down. An OK Belgian otherwise.

 478 characters

Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a bubbly two finger white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Splotches of soapy lacing left behind.

Grassy, earthy aroma with floral hops, pale malt and light fruit notes. Strong soil like character with resinous pine needle, bread, biscuit, apple, pear and permuy booze.

Slightly overcarbonated and on the lighter end of medium bodied with a strong bitter, earthy hop flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a dry finish. The hop profile is one dimensional with a ton of dry bitterness, grass and pine needle flavor. This is countered by sweet booze, bread, biscuit and light fruit. Decently drinkable but kind of boring, especially coming from a brewery that I usually love.

 739 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | nextlast
Smiske Extra Nature-Ale from Brouwerij Smisje
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 35 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.