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

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2004
Pity this comes in small bottles. Itís good stuff and underrated. This stuff is aged in calvados casks. You guys are normally doing jumping jacks at the mere mention of barrel aging. What gives? I donít give a rip if it was aged in a dumpster, I like the stuff. Behind itís mild mannered murky brown, small headed demeanor thereís a beast lurking. Big malty nose with a spicy citrus hint and maybe a touch of apple. Explosive malt flavor balanced by big spice and heavy slap of bitterness. Loads of fruit--apple, peach, pear, apricot. A bit of a boozy, rum-raisin kind of character that warms the body nicely. Some resiny woody notes in the finish stick to the tongue and leave you wanting more.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Dates, wood and alcohol in the nose. Hazy brown with thin, off-white head. Overly sweet and vinous with some nutty tones. Medium-full body is very still in the mouth. Perhaps this would benefit from additional aging as it just seems overwhelmed by the barrel aged flavours. Bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere at Spuyten Duyvil (Brooklyn, New York).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 15, 2004
Agoraphobic honey sweetness scaring away most other flavor contenders...Peaches, dried apricots and apple sauce develop from the still sweetness and manage to let in some black pepper afterthoughts...Alcohol breaths roams freely and frequently in this lazy sipper of Belgian creativity...

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2004
Bottle at Spuyten Duyvil. Dark Mahogany, no head, looks completely still. Extremely sweet aroma with cask wood aging notes obvious. Extremely vinous (port), apple or plum like. Huge alcohol flavor. It lacks some dimension other than liquorous anything. Tongue-burning like a strong scotch that you keep a long time in mouth, Very yeasty, cake-like. Medium to full body, appears syrupy with this carbonation absence. Feels like hot syrup. Not very good at all, I could not finish a whole bottle of this liquorous, heating, sweet wood juice. Overwhelming.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
Very strong apple, pear, light fruit nose as soon as the bottle was capped. Hazy murky brown color. Very chewy, thick alcohol taste. Cookie, biscuit. Some nutty, woody flavors as well. Bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 22, 2004
sweet crisp malt body, bitter sweet finish, honey taste to begin. Definently a little weird, not something Iíd drink on a regular basis.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2004
Pours cloudy red/brown with a small off-white head. Very sweet woody malt aroma with a sweet caramel nose. Smooth taste with a reich sweetness that stands out due to a light carbonation. Nice slightly spicy sweet aftertaste with a bit of fruitiness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Deep mahogany, little head. Nose fruity, some maple syrup. Flavor is quite sweet, caramel and fruit, some woodiness, get the calvados character as well.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 31, 2004
This dark amber beer pours with no head and elicits a fruity alcohol aroma. It starts off tasting a bit like syrupy prune juice, but as it warms one can taste the candy. spice and calvados flavors. By the time I finished, I found this to be a very well-crafted, interesting and tasty beer.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - AUG 17, 2004
bottled brugg, belgium: also another recomendation of someone we met at the cafe. this one was somewhat cool because it was in limited quantities and the bartender was reluctant to give them up? who knows? but this was a good one in a long string of belgians at this bar. i was pretty inebriated to say the least but i remembered this one destinctly. served in small 10 oz bottles. this is all you need at 12%. lots of hoppy fruit that is bombarded with a bourbonesque sherry feelwith a some wood and earth features or the soil beneath your feet. warm but not obtrusive with the alcohol. very barley wine ish.


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