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t Smisje Calva Reserva

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

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RATINGS: 315   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Barley malt, wheat malt, vienna malt, and caramalt; Hallertauer, and Kent Goldings hops; Dark candy sugar, and White candy sugar; and Coriander, and Grain de Paradise. Finally it is aged in E.Dupont calvados cask 6 months.
Primary Fermentation: 2 Weeks
Secondary Fermentation in Bottle: Champagne yeast, port yeast and ale yeast


3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HarryPlopper (44) - - FEB 8, 2015
Chocolate, vanilla, Carmel and banana scent. Cloudy dark brown, minimal head. Poured from a bottle. Complex flavor, chocolate and vanilla, some banana in the background. Some molasses like smell. Very high alcohol, which makes it hard to drink more than one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2478) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
330ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Murky brown in colour with a long lasting creamy beige head, excellent lacing. Aroma is very fruity, slightly alcoholic, some chocolate, berries. Flavour is of lots of berries and dark fruits, some light chocolate, quite sweet, noticable alcohol. Thinning mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes with a long warming alcoholic heat, very sweet. Again, the barrel does nothing but thin out the beer. Too much alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (10306) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 21, 2014
Sampled @ O.B.E.R. Kerstbierfestival 2014, Essen.
Trübes dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit geringer beiger Schaumkrone. Geruch kräftig malzig, reife Früchte, Gewürze, alkoholisch. Geschmack nach sehr reifen Früchten, röstmalzig, Gewürze, leicht alkoholisch.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
njnut (347) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Poured into tulip glass a hazy rust color with tan head that sizzled with bubbles. Aroma was sweet to the nose a boozy sour apple with a malt backbone. Taste was winey, caramel, spice some booze and a little warming. The apple brandy casks this is Aged in really comes out in the finish. Very glad my beer store guy recommended this one.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (791) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a murky light brown amber color with a light tan head. Aroma is funky sweet, toffee, apple, brandy. Flavor is moderately alcoholic, apple, funky, hard for me to describe. Medium to somewhat heavy body with a heavy feeling in the stomach. Decent alcohol burn. Not in my usual style repertoire, but tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11804) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle shared by wihorock. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sweet dark candy, spice and yeast aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Solid complex sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a smooth complex beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6876) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle shared by wihorock. Pours a cloudy caramel color with no head at all. The aroma and flavor have sweet, caramel, candi sugar, brown sugar, spices, yeast. barrel notes add more sweet fruity character, some booze, woody with a slight warming as I continued to sample. Almost drank like it was a bit oxidized, but seemed to work pretty well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4535) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2013
Thnx to Ppurs dark copper , no real foam Smell is wood Low carbo Bit boozy , grainy . Nice

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3514) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2013
11.2 oz bottle 9/14/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° n Trappist Glass-Pours a murky deep amber with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, dried fruit, candy sugar, . Taste of sweetness, caramel, toffee, and apples. This full bodied brew is well balanced and is a very nice sipping brew.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (9063) - Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Murk pour, very slowly-forming head. Huge smell on this one. Spices, calvados, really thick vanilla waxy oak, pretty damn decent. It has a prickling carbonation. Slight vegetaiton as I get usually in calvados but mostly it is a spicy but nicely apple tinged brew. There is a hint of oxidation and smoke that actually works well. Very good obscure gem from Belgium.


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