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


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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3061) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2012
Bottle at home from Tanakaya. Dark amber red brown colour. Small golden head. Aroma lots of booze, Xmas cake, stewed boozy fruit. Very cakey. Bit of spice cinnamon, slight appley hint from the calvados but mainly full on booze and some malt there too. Taste full on. Full bodied. Warming. Very fruity. Booze hidden to a certain extent. Tastes like a Belgian Xmas beer. Fairly smooth and rounded. End has just a hint of brutishness. Surprisingly drinkable although more than one might be a challenge. End is sweet and a little spicy. Maybe a bit full on, but quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - JUN 30, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2012 Wow - calvabomb! Basically just calvados and some spice on the nose. Taste is again enveloped by calvados - some chocolate, bread,, candi sugar. A bit flat, but fizzy?! A bit underdone, perhaps too many yeast strains trying to work together - just doesn’t really gel - lots of different flavours with fairly flat projection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3002) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours unclear somewhat murky amber and bubbly with a huge foamy beige heading after a slight gush from the yeast. The aroma is malty somewhat sweet with the cellar and barrel notes prevalent from a few years of age. The flavor brings aged Belgian yeast notes and some winey notes in the background on a full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Aroma of brown sugar, maple syrup, with a hint of tart. Pours murky brown with a relentlessly huge foam. Taste is nice and woody with notes of tart fruits and sugary maple. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (40504) - 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]

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11053) - San Diego, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (13463) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11981) - 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.

   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.

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