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

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RATINGS: 310   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10829) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Amber/orange with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, phenols and sugar. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, fruit, yeast, oak, calvados and warming.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11028) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Ulfborg Scooper Smagning 2012. Golden with a disappearing, bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, apple and laquer/calvados. Sweet caramel and dark sugar flavour with apple and calva and notable alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours an ugly, murky brown with a large tan head. Great calvados/apple aroma with some caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel upfront followed by calvados/apple, wood and a hint of hops. Smooth but alcohol filled finish, like drinking brandy or calvados. A great sipping beer.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kindacold (210) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Smells mild and sweet. Pours amber with no head. Tastes stronger than expected. Spices and fruit. Caramel and dark, bitter chocolate. Coffee and cereal. Finishes clean, with sweet and bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (2667) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
dark amber coloured body with a off white head a spicy alcholic malty aroma a spicy malty hoppy sweet fruity alcholic taste with a alcholic bitter finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2941) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival Essen 2011. Brown coloured beer with some very light carbonation and a short diminishing off white head. Very strong aroma. Hints of oak, madeira, apple (calvados) and alcohol. Matured aroma. Full heavy palate. Finish is alcoholic fruity (apple, but no green apple). wharming nicely balanced. Very good!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Yves (2094) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
Clear red amber coloured beer with small white head and very few carbonation. Strong liqor aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is malty roasted with strong alcohol warm feeling in ending. Liqor for me, no beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (3594) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kerstbierfestival 2011: never even heard of this one, didn’t know it existed – A: clear red amber with an off-white head – S: smells very sweet as well as somewhat thin, sweet liquorish, caramel, something fruity – T: sweet liquorish, liquorish candy, sweet grains, general candy, brown sugar & calvados – B: slick and oily, certainly not bad but definetly cannot play in the big boys league as far as BA beers are concerned

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Benzai (7324) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2011
Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival Essen 2011. Hazy murky reddish color, small off-white head. Smell and taste a little infected and chemical. Some kind of sourness I don’t like anyway. Ok carbo, low to medium body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3804) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours deep brown with a small head. Aroma of Belgian dark malts, spicy yeast, and some light piney/floral hops. The alcohol really comes through, and it’s a sweet beer as well. Smooth texture. A pretty good Belgian ale.


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