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Smiske Winter

Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mater, Belgium


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.21/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JefVerstraete (1253) - BELGIUM - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle as Kerstsmiske. Dark amber colour, white foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruit and spices. Good beer, nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kr1zz (95) - - APR 10, 2014
Amber colored beer, with a beige head. Sweet fruits with caramel and alcohol. stronger alcohol notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tide (1761) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from a friend. Brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, ripe fruits, earthy notes, nuts and alcohol. Bitter finish with citrus, ripe fruits and alcohol. Decent belgian strong ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lembeek (143) - ITALY - FEB 25, 2014
Ambrata, con schiuma compatta e abbastanza persistente. Aroma di malto, caramello, frutta e liquirizia. In bocca attacco dolce, fruttato, con una buona acidità. Corpo rotondo

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6646) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle. Medium brown, very hazy, low off white head. Sweet estery and spicy aroma. Flavours of marzipan, dates, mild spices, lightly phenolic. Just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackHaddock (3605) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
Labelled as Kerstsmiske. 33cl Bottle, well in date when opened on 10th Jan 2014. Poured slowly into a ’Leffe’ badged chalice. Some sediment did get out though. Good deep mahogany body (with a slight mist from the sediment): the thin head became a wisp and collar far too quickly for me. Port like aroma, this is a winter brew with attitude, my nose warmed up just sniffing it, actually you can add ’Bovril’ to the smell. Malty molasses sticking to a side of beef left in a shallow mash tun for a week and then had Port or Madeira poured onto them just before bottling, you get the picture. Rich, tasty and very alcoholic from the off. This is a monster brew that has prune, damsons and spices all vying for attention within the sweet beefy brew. Barley Wine in feel and taste, very drinkable, but dangerous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Christian (11054) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2014
Amber with a disappearing tan head. Aroma of caramel and dark sugar, dried fruit, spice and a hint of licorice. Sweet and full bodied caramel and dried fruit flavour

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1306) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 11, 2013
33cl bottle. Dark orange with huge, dirty white head. NOSE : tart, booze, cooked cherries and pears. Strong spicy aroma of clove and cinnamon. SIP : medium body with strong carbonation and creamy/foamy texture. The beer has an aggressive carbonation that hits you and injects the strong flavors and aromas and the booze from the very first sip. Sweet tart like start. The beer gets sour with cooked fruits flavors in the background. The sweet and sour becomes the leading layer while further on I taste more dry and bitter ones. Dry like clove and it stays till the finish. Bitter like apple seed. The booze is warming and it becomes unbearable if you like to drink this beer fast. Spiciness is strong and it reveals dry and earthy feeling on the tongue. Aftertaste is bitter and dry like clove and apple seeds. The booze is there too. OVERALL : quite complex and daring. Sweet sour fruit like but really boozy. It makes me think of a vanilla tart being soaked with booze and topped with cooked cherries. Spiced with a bit of cinnamon and clove. That would be it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PriorL (1760) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: brown beer, small unstable off white head. NOSE: burned malts, caramel, sweet. TASTE: sweet, caramel, too sweet actually, some alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2212) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Poured slightly warm with a gigantic, cream-colored, foamy, frothy head and some lace. Color is at first a slightly hazy honey amber, then upon emptying the bottle with the sediment, more cloudy and brown. Aroma is very mild, vinous, malt, fruit, yeast. Flavor’s like nose and has sweet, bitter, & tang up front and other qualities in back. Body/carbonation are excellent. Finish is like flavor, slow taper, significant warmth. Great sipping beer.

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