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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2004 On these prodigious pastures proliferate wild plants the likes of which have rarely been tasted before...Chocolate mint leaves inhabit glazed coriander syrup trees, at the bottom of which grow unique sweet basil licorice stems...A beautiful equilibrium of delirium and reverend sanity, this cordial yet palate-blaring originality is worthy of loud tastebud laudation...This candied mouthful of jungle is a bundle of perennial life...Sadly enough, some bottles are completely flat and this wonderful liveliness can become a near wasteland...Rating is an average of both ends of the spectrum...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - JUN 6, 2003
Dark amber colour, few head, soon disappearing. Sweet (honey) and fruity (raisin) aroma. The taste is dominated by sweetness (honey and caramel)with some good fruity (plum and raisin) traces. The finish is slightly alcoholic. Pleasant, but this beer should have a better balancement.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2003
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, dense tiny particles, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (mold), with light notes of orange and alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Full body, syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Fourth Regenboog sampling and it's clear I just don't like this brewery. Very well-hidden alcohol, but otherwise it's no fun for me: the aroma ia rather weak and not very interesting, and the flavor is so sweet it hurts my teeth. This seems to be a rather American-style kitchen sink strong ale (except the yeast variety), and these hops smell suspect to me, though there are several British varieties with this nose-raping citric quality too.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2003
This is a great Belgian ale. Carmel, earthy, and malt flavors. Finishes clean, crisp and smooth. ABV is also well hidden. Recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (8794) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 4, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2003 Dark orange. Slight white head. Vinegary nose, spicey, malts & honey-like (strange, no honey added on this). Sweet taste. With a punch - a good one. The aftertaste is peppery-spicey - but whether this IS valerian and lemon balm, I don't drink enough pharmaceutical concoctions to decide that. This is nice, anyway. Very rich mouthfeel. Spicyness keeps going on. Amazing, interesting, but the bed has to be near.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - APR 26, 2003
Had from bottle on April 18, 2003 at the Suffed Sandwich
I very much enjoyed this beer. It has a sweet, caramel aroma with a hint of smokiness and malt. The appearance is quite nice with a hazy, amber color. There are small particles evident and virtually no lacing. The beer is quite flavorful. While it finishes with a smokey aftertaste, the beer itself is a bit acidic with a sweetness that masks the alcohol content very well. Highly recommended - a great surprise at the tasting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bov (10914) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 12, 2003
cloudy dirty brown colour, absolutely no foam, chaotic aroma of malt, potatoes and perfume, sweet, oily and medium-bodied, bitter plumy finish - urgh ?

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappistenbier (52) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003

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