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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


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Muddy dull brown - looks dreadful in the glass. No hiss upon opening and no carbo visible. Aroma has apple, alcohol and rich malts - caramel and concentrated amounts of pale malt. Flat body, but alcohol arrives quickly and forcefully to minimize oiliness. Of course, this is merely replaced by heat. It carries alongside it an apple accent as well as slightly caramelized pears and peaches. Strongly alcoholic finish. I find the overall product too hot and the beer component too one-dimensional (read: dominated by the calvados). Decent at best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy brown body with a small cream beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, fruitiness, and spices. Flavor of fruit, corriander, and malt. Alcohol is nicely hidden in this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2004
With yeast poured in, a particle-filled, murky red-brown body with no head. Aroma is sweet, Granny Smith apple, some vinous. Taste is sweet, molasses, vinous, apple, coriander, finishing with a solid barleywinish kick. Medium body, a bit light for all that the beer contains.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11098) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 19, 2010
Bottle. [thanks, after4ever]
Pours deep redish brown with tiny floaties. Small creamy, beige head that soone becomes a thin film. Aroma is lightly sweet, fruity, yeast, plums, oak, light vinious, some maple syrup, grapes. Low, but prickly carbonation, oily but also rather dry palate. Lovely vinous flavour, plums, oaky, rather sweet, red apples, light raisins. Low, elegant tartness. Rather dry apple-wood finish. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Christian (11021) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2008 Date: 06/17/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta

Appearance: muddy rusty brown, thin beige head,
Aroma: sweet sugary brown sugar aroma with ripe fig and raison,
Body: big creamy body,
Flavor: very rich ripe fruit flavor, lots of fig, nice brown sugar sweetness, just a hint of the 12% alcohol,
-------- /> Date: 05/07/2008
Mode: bottle
Score: 3.7
Words: brusisin ales

picking up some additional bitterness to balance out the sweetness and tone down the brown sugar character,

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (10751) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10688) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle. A vigorous escape upon opening. Aroma of yeast and fruity esters. Color is ripe apricot and the head is full and slightly rocky off-white. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavor is quite complex. Fruity, yeasty, malty, vinous. A touch of wood, and some bitter hop. A hint of citrus, could be coriander. Overall it’s really impressive. And not a hint of heat - pretty good for 12%. This may be the beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s, London - big thanks to the honorable Jack. Pours murky golden-brown with a frothy, tam head. Some tangy fruits in the nose, bread, caramel. Medium sweet flavor, lots of leathery fruits, dry and toasty caramel, bread. Full bodied with fine, spritzy carbonation. Warm finish, some boozy kick, caramel, toast, light earthy bitterness, some citrus, more leathery fruits. Decent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10399) - 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


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