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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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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Trappistenbier (49) - BELGIUM - JAN 7, 2003

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
kapusta (87) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Hands down, one of the best that I have encountered. So much going on with this one. Dark, almost black in appreance. Nice rich fruit taste, malty sweet, and very rich. Alot of alcohol in this one, but you don’t take notice when drinking it. So very smooth that you want to save them rather than drink them.

4.4
   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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rckuy (1) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2004 does not count
Excllent. It is very cloudy but packs a punch. I highly recommend it. Strong alcohol taste. Nice flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2005
Smells like candied wood. And the flavor is spwcial as well. Peppery, chocolatey and even with some bitterness. I’m impressed. But not by the label, which is stupid!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2007 Pours a dark brown with a small head. Aroma is wonderful. I think I smelled it for about 5 minutes before I took my first sip. Ripe sweet fruit and yeasty aroma. Flavor is nice and sweet malts and mild spices. It screams BELGIAN !! The alcohol is not strong in the flavor but you can feel it in the belly. This one will warm you up.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, in Chimay goblet. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a fluffy off white head that settles quickly to a creamy film. Aroma is strong and sweet, with a belgian yeast smell along with alcohol. Notes of apple cider, cinnamon spice, and sweet malt. Flavor is extremely malty, almost caramel like. Belgian spices, very port like in the finish with alot of alcohol warmth, they’re not kidding about the 12%. Very minimal if any hop bitterness. This one coates the mouth thoroughly yet isn’t overly cloying. This is a very big beer with a very vinous complexity to it. As it warmed, alcohol and spices become more predominant. Very good and highly recommended.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2006
Pours a hazy brownish amber, with no head. Sweet aroma laced with spices, maybe a hint of chocolate. Taste is sweet, but not cloying, it’s balanced enough to be quite drinkable. Alcohol is hidden for it’s strength. Mouthfeel is not heavy, and a touch sticky. An excellent brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11131) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 25, 2007
Bottle @ Plan B, Cph. Pours a beautiful deep red with lots of bubbles rising in the centre of the St. Feuillien glass I got. A little light bubbly off white head with little lacing. It keeps on being there because of the bubbles in the middle. Powerful fruity aroma with yeast, caramel, strawberries. Medium carbonation and extremely creamy mouthfeel. Very sweet flavour, vinious, warming. Caramel, yeast, toffee, Belgian sugar and some plums. I’d like to have a few of these for cellaring.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
nearbeer (3634) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 33 cl. Opaque, violet-chestnut with a small head that makes a lasting creamy ring. Aroma is earthy, spicy-sweet raisin bread with sugary icing. Flavor is dark fruit mulled with winter spices - juniper, brown sugar, maybe some slight nutmeg, lemon peel and a dash of white pepper. Some hints of sour leather and a delicate woody bitterness tame the big malt and show up more noticeably in the finish. Medium body is a little thin and slightly dry.


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