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

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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear ruby brown color with orange highlights. The head was off white and reduced to a lasting film relatively quickly. Distinct raisin and molasses aromas. There was also a faint whiff of milk chocolate and some alcohol. A bit rum-like. Medium bodied and sweet with moderate to high carbonation. Caramel dominated the flavor, but didn’t mask the molasses, milk chocolate, or raisin. There was also some clove. A cornucopia of dark fruit flavors accompanied the sugary sweetness at the end. There was a warming alcohol effect, particularly in the stomach. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7816) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours with a hazy amber-orange body with a large, off-white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, caramel, raisins, grass and hay. Taste is alcohol, wheat, grass, candi sugar, light spice and a bit bitter. Creamy carbonation with an odd lingering aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Pours deep hazy amber into a trappist glass. White head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Orange and yeasty caramel aromas. Strong alcohol and full sweet orange marmalade and nutmeg spiced lasting hot burn

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2009
Pours a murky,cloudy, caramel colour with a hugeoff white head that fades to leave a nice creamy covering. Aroma is sweet and caramely with a faint woody finish, taste is sweet-ish and full of ripe fruits and a deffinate smoked finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lefossoyeur (444) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2009
Beautiful amber beer with a deep golden-orange hue. Thick, creamy beige foam topping this strong belgian. Nose of sweet caramel and something grassy, like mint and lemon mixed together. Full bodied, lots of sweetness from the candi sugar, yet well balanced, with a good herbal, slightly bitter, mid-palate, just enough to balanced the huge malty presence and alcohol. This is a big beer, that you should consider for dessert only. With the valeriane in it, it will surely put you to bed early...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 19, 2009
2nd April 2008 Chocolate brown ale. A semi complex mix of slightly spicy zingy fruiy and malty creamyness. Dry very slight smoky finsh.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1055) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2009
11.2 oz. bottle. Aroma features raisin and port wine scents. It is sweet, strong, and very nice. Also chocolate, caramel, citrus, fruit cake, and pitted fruit (peach, plum). Very complex and appetizing smell. Clean and yeasty. Excellent aroma! Pours a dirty, cloudy light brown with both gold and copper hues in the earlier, clearer portion of the pour. Some particulate at the bottom of the bottle. Highly effervescent: A ton of bubbles. Moderate amount of short-lasting beige head. Little lacing. The liquid looks very cool. If the head and the lacing were more impressive, this might earn a 5 for appearance. The flavor is more subtle than the aroma. Charred, charcoal, bitter finish. Bourbony. Sweet and fruity. Apricot and caramel flavors, as well as some dark chocolate. Tasty, but not special. The flavor is less wine-like than the aroma; the flavor emphasizes the dessert characteristics more. Medium to heavy body. Very smooth and relatively lively in the palate. Easy to drink, much more so than I expected given the high alcohol content. ’t Smisje BBBourgondier is another strong effort from the perennially underrated de Regenboog Brewery.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (669) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2009
This is a good one. Never saw or heard of this one before. Murky looking. Lot of malt in the nose almost has a cloying like aroma, like a aged malty beer. The alcohol shows up as the ale comes up to room temp. A rich blackberry taste, with full feel. Strong flavors. I like! A little pricey, 5.99 for a 11.2 oz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshpiledean (315) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Pour: Nearly opaque, deep brown. Little/no head. Aroma: smooth alcohol, molasses and fruity yeast notes, cola. Flavor: Smooth, heavy feel, sweet and fruity sugar, but not cloying. Spices are either too light or blend in too well to stand out past the yeast. Alcohol is present but subtle enough to not distract. Balanced, very decent strong ale, but not very adventurous.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Chestnut brown with a fizzy tan head. Spicy soda pop aroma. Chocolate cola nut and smoke taste.


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