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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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 10, 2012

Bottle 330ml.

Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, dusty, oxidide notes, old malt, calvados, licorice - candy sweet, light wood. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a long duration, malty, light alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120316]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle. Gusher but managed to save most of it. A reddish-brown body is topped by a medium sized tan head that quickly disappears. Aroma is initially pineapple juice, later becoming sweet malt, wood, spice and some oxidation and alcohol. Taste is sweet with some light bitter notes. Flavors are sugars, spice, apple cider, faint bitterness around the edges and more papery oxidization. Medium mouthfeel with some strong carbonation. Finishes with lingering apple sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10099) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bottle shared by MaltDawg at the Irish Chanukah tasting. Pours clear amber with a medium, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is apple, brandy/port, brown sugar, caramel and cookie malt with spices and dates/dark fruity esters. Flavor is malt dominant, spices, light hops and bitterness with light alcohol notes and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11390) - 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 (11280) - 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 (213) - 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 (2882) - 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 (2939) - 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 (2362) - 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.


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