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


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RATINGS: 328   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
A dark and heavy ale - the strongest that the brewery has ever produced - in which three varieties of malt and two spices are utilised. It is brewed "in honour of" the Burgundian Babble Belt, a well known web-site on the Internet, where beer lovers can exchange all sorts of information.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjs (6538) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 3, 2013
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at Cafe Thembi, Maastricht, 20130603) The beer poured reddish brown and hazy. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, chcolate and caramell. Palate was medium bodied and warming with a lot of carbonation. Flavours were malts, sweetness, chocolate, caramell, dried plum and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet and malty. Alcohol was a bit too much present but the otherwise the beer was pretty good and balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3440) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Pours an enormous, poorly retained, ivory head, with some lacing, over a slightly cloudy, dark amber (SRM 15) body....nose is sweet malts with plum, raisin, brown sugar.....taste is sweet, with light plum, raisin, heavy brown sugar, finishing with a moderate spice and hop bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, sticky, alcohol heat present, carbonation, after the initial burst, adds light acid tingle. This is a very sweet, rather simple Belgian Strong Ale. It does not have the depth of complexity in aroma and flavor found in the best, but much of its lightness can be explained by the remarkably high ABV. This needs more from the malt back bone and less from the ethanol. BJCP 8/2/13/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wekker84 (2200) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle a amber colored beer with a tiny white head aroma malts caramel spicy dry fruits and yeast flavor malts caramel spicy fruits and some bitter hops

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JefVerstraete (2963) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle of 4 years old. Cloudy orange colour. Minimal head. Sweet nose. Notes of honey, raisins, stone fruit. Nice balance between sweet and bitter. Warm alcoholic finish. This beer was very good and it aged very well. It’s a pity they don’t brew it anymore.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle from Blue Max. Orange-cola pour with no head. Rich fig and raisin aroma. Palate is medium to a bit thinner. Decent but not spectacular.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Monstrous, crackling carbonation. Huge head. In the glass, it’s a murky, tarnished brass. A storm of bubbles - so much so that you actually get swirling currents in the glass. The head crackles and hisses at you as it very slowly retreats. Fluffy, sticky, voluminous. Insane. Aromas of dry Belgian yeast. Dried grass. Subdued fruity esters. Lots of dried figs and raisins and spice in the taste. The alcohol is very forward. Becomes nutty with pronounced caramel and toasted vanilla as it warms. Rough around the edges, but a good quad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle from Tanakaya. Cloudy/murky golden brown colour. Not much head and what is there soon disappears. Aroma is boozy and fruity. Quite sweet too. Plums, raisins, bit of candy too and something indistinct but perfumey. Taste is less full on than the % might suggest. Once again, boozy fruits, sugary sweetness, caramel malt. Herbs and spices too. Very easy to drink given the %, but not really grabbing me. Smoothed off spirit elements. Could feel the booze afterwards though. Bit of a disappointment, all booze, not so much taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thegreenrooster (4034) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is brown sugar, spice and toffee. Flavor is a nice heavy molasses with some dark fruit and spice. Spice lingers on the tounge after the swallow. This was tasty and probably the spicest Belgian beer I’ve had in a while. The 12% was not to be found.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2831) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Poured from 330 ml bottle. Very murky, rusty brown with vey large light tan head and very good lacing. Aroma of raisins, apples, caramel, yeast, wine and a touch of spice. Taste of brown sugar, caramel, raisins, apples, sweet cheap red wine and yeast. Medium body and high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnoud (312) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2012
2012.08.05 - 11.2oz bottle in tulip glass. Pours medium orange/brown. Exceptionally carbonated and the head was easily 1/3 to 1/2 the glass and subsided slowly. Aroma has a bit of caramel note to it. Taste is very good, bit of a tangy taste envelops the tongue then gives way to sweetness and spices, and just a tad of alcohol burn. Very drinkable for a 12%.

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