Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Imperial Stout
Mater, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Bottle fermented. Brewed with water, barley malt, hops and yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (5983) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2008
Draft at Maxís 72 Hour Belgian Beer Fest. Dark brown to near black body. Aroma is very yeasty and floral with some cocoa notes. Taste is also flowery and yeasty with cocoa, powdery chocolate, soft spice, light caramel and some herbal notes. Body is creamy with an odd herbal astringency. Almost medicinal, but not quite. Thatís the only way I could describe it. Finishes with an almost aspirin like bitterness, more cocoa, yeast notes, herbs and flowers. Iíd go with Foreign Stout over Imperial Stout here, but thatís just me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2008
Bottle at the Ale Street News UBT 3. Deep dark amber brown brown in color with a little head. Malty and sweet aroma. Yeasty notes. Malty caramel roasty flavor. DArk fruity notes. Medium bodied. Creamy tasting. Finish is dry. Nice beer. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HenrikSoegaard (13067) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 11, 2008
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Yeasty soapy aroma, Moderate bitter flavor. Powerfull long finish. Creamy palate. OK beer but more like BSA than Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle at Oíbriens. Pours with a dark amber-bown body topped by a thick, off-white head with little lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a touch of yeast and a hint of roast. Basically tastes like a belgian double with a touch of roasted malt. Medium bodied and smooth yet a touch dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Name: t Smisje Catherine The Great
Brewery: Brouwerij de Regenboog
Date: April 02, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Greenís, Atlanta
Appearance: clear very dark ruby red, big tan head qickly settles down
Aroma: sweet estery aroma with lots of ripe plum and a touch of chocolate
Body: big carbonated body
Flavor: lots of rich ripe plum flavor, touch of estery sweetness, nice chocolate comes in for complexity, a swirl of yeast adds a bready yeasty character and an earthyness

Name: t Smisje Catherine The Great
Brewery: Brouwerij de Regenboog
Date: June 15, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
draft follows the bottle very well with maybe a richer chocolate character to blend with the fruity esters,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+ /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
ZBF 08. Hazy, murky brown pour with a thin light brown head. Aroma of yeast and fruity esters. Flavor of toasted malt, fruits and yeast. I like most tíSmisje beers, but this one is disapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Dark tan foamy head. Yeasty aroma that goes down very smooth with a nice balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2008
Poured a hazy deep amber color with a large beige head. Yeasty aroma with notes of smoke, dry spice, figs and plums. Light fruit to the start of the flavor. Plump raisin flesh. Dry finish with a light spice. Bitterness on the finish with some warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Stubby bottle and served in my Expedition snifter: A very deep dark brown with a huge tan rocky head and excellent lace. The aroma has notes of milk chocolate and milk sourness, bready and toasty malts, star anise, fig, and a dusty yeast ester. The taste starts with a strange combination of twangy fruits, lactic sourness. liquorice and sweet chocolate with a finish of dry herbs and spices. The mouth feel is sprite and sharp, biting and a tad chalky. This is sort of a cross between a Belgian Strong Ale and an Imperial Stout with a hint of sourness for good measure. If you expand your expectations of what the genre is then you will find a complex tasty little gem here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 21, 2008
Pours a barely transparent amber mahogany with a large, airy, wispy-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and toasted malts with a good amount of bready Belgian yeast and a touch of milk chocolate. Body starts with the typical Belgian effervescence and a rich dark caramely malty sweetness toward a slightly drier, biscuity malty finish. Definitely not your typical imperial stout, but itís a pretty good Belgian Quadrupel nonetheless.

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