't Smisje Tripel | Brouwerij Smisje

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Brouwerij Smisje

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-04-2003

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by dogfooddog:
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

bottle of unmarked date with the 3-dog label (not the old brown label). year range on label is from 2007-2010. This beer was recently bought from belgium but looks to have mildewed on the label. Pours cloudly yellow in a chimay glass with top 20% of glass to foam. served 50f.

smell is a blunt hoppy smell, somewhat sour or disorganized.

taste is a lot of hops, bitter, without much clarity or complexity. aftertaste is bitter It almost makes me suspect this beer is old. With no notches on the label I can only suspect. The 'tsmisje yeast and hop taste should be more prevalent in this bottle.

I will comment that I am fairly certain this beer was changed from the old brown-label tripel. Samples of the old label I bought a few years ago were distinct in taste and far better and I noticed the difference immediately the first 3dog-label I tried.

I have been very fond of some of the beers this brewery produces but this is not a good example and I am not sure if I am getting old beer or just not-so-good beer. Triples do not age well generally and that may be a factor here.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale tawny hue with a good amount of haze, good lacing which leaves a few rings on the glass. Smells of Fruity Pebbles, musty yeast and a light rose like alcohol. The taste hold true with a big Fruity Pebbles blast on the palate, the warming alcoholic esters are light and splash against a mild hop bitterenss. Solid malt base for its size and seems to hold a balance between flavors. Some what sweet to start then draws a bit more dry in the end.

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Photo of mattfancett
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden/beige color ale with a huge foamy head with average retention. Aroma of typical Regenboog yeast with some sweet malt. Taste is dominated by the dry yeast with some sweet malt and very subtle spices. The alcohol is discernable and way too cloying to make this enjoyable. Another so-so beer from a brewery that leaves me ambiguous.

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Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squelch
2.32/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Murky brown. No head. Hazy. Looks like Gruel.

Smell: smells rotten. Not sure what is appetising here.

Taste: yuk. I think I may have a bad beer. This beer almost tastes like I'm drinking rotten fruit.

Mouthfeel: Huge carbonation. Bad beer.

Overall: Not good. Seriously not good.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A orange, murkey brew with a very big stable head and lots of carbonation.
Smell was very abundant, fruity, phenolic with some citrus tones. Also the typical Westmalle-like ripe bananas were present.
Taste was bitter and fruity, and showed a lot of resemblance with a Westmalle, only this one has more body. Off course Westmalle being the all time classic tripel can never be equaled.
It finishes dry and bitter, leaving me with a slight buzz and satisfied on the couch. Very good beer!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of paterlodie
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good till 1st per. 2007 and bottled 5 years before make this beer 3 years old and still in quiet a good condition. Appearance is not overwelming cause of the bad foam this one has. A minute after pouring the beer in all foam was gone. Further a nice orangebrown colour. Smell is fruity, most apricot/mango/banana like. Reminds of the beers from Watou. Further still hops to be smelled so wonder how this one fresh should have smelleded. Taste is full malty, fresh before it hits into a bitter ending. Good beer!

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Photo of janubio
4.7/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle. Cloudy deep golden color. Medium head that leaves a good lace and a lot of yeast floating. So much that when you're finishing the beer is completely brown. Aroma of molasses, spices, coriander, cinnamon and at the same time, wet soakedt earth. Taste of oranges, licorice, cake, different fruits and spices, clove, maybe some cardamom. Very complex nice beer.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of stcules
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost amber-oranged in colour, with a lot of rising bubbles.
Good foam, just a little low and falling. Some floaters.
Smell of malt, warm and alcoholic. Lightly floreal, dry flowers, vanilla. Yeast and bread.
Taste vry malty, with acacia honey, vanilla again, and a good hop.
In the aftertaste, alcoholic, good bitter again, quite persistent.
Medium body.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 2013, served lightly-chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer. Note: Different from the picture shown here, the front label shows 3 monk-dressed mice in front of 3 goblets of Tripel bier - looking very stupid indeed.

A: dark golden to amber hue, coming with lively carbonation (very fine bubbles, though) and a 2cm thick off-white pillowy head that lasts decently well.
S: the intense aroma shows orange-citrusness (and something like passion-fruits) with less assertive sugary malts behind; a swirl gives rise to a slightly vanilla-stick like sweetness, fruity perfume, musty notes, and a surprising stinky/earthy intervention as of Fuggles hops! Overall, aromatic in an unusual way than many other Tripels I've had.
T: quite earthy-yeasty as well as semi-sour citric upfront, with a "subtle bite" of fine carbonation... The estery flavour soon expands, featuring dry and powdery-mineral yeasty bits, plentiful dried flowers, mild mustiness, dried hawthorn-fruit candy and hard-to-describe spiciness, before a dry-ish bitter finish is reached. In the very end, the palate is covered with intriguing herbal/woody undertones, while simultaneously the mildly warming alc. sinks down the throat by stealth.
M&D: the carbonation comes fine and natural, as a vivid witness to the successful bottle-conditioning, which is also important to highlight the moderate body and scales down any alcoholic feel down the palate. This yeasty Tripel has some fulfilling elements to demonstrate as much as unusual flavours and a rounded but dry finish, which gets my palate easily hooked to the overall performance.

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Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 13 ratings