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t Smisje Grande Reserva

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


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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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Whiskey cask matured t Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
330ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Murky brown in colour, thin lasting beige head, excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet, alcoholic, some musty yeast, fruity. Flavour is quite sweet, noticeable alcohol, lots of fruit, chocolate, caramel. Warm mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes quite warm, sweet, lingering. Again, the barrel aging seems to thin the beer out way to much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (6624) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a hazy reddish amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big barrel character, smoke, wood, whiskey, some spices, but the barrel dominated this, not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (2939) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Oak-aged spice ale with unstable, off-white head and a very fruity and rich aroma of peach, plum, woody tannins, single malt, coriander seed, brandy and madera; complex, fruity taste, sweetish with vivid spicy hints, drying coriander, smooth with a warming, woody, long and complex finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (549) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Tons of sweet dark fruit, peppery yeast, and slight black pepper flavor. Slight licorice and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-22-2010 (Bottle) When poured, this has a medium sized beige head that mostly diminshes, opaque orange brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, coriander, spicy, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, sugar, spicy, coriander, and boozy. The palate is smooth and very warming. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is a nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Some whiskey, cherry, spices and woody flavors. Hides the strength well. Would be too much be there was a touch of sour which really balanced things out. Kind of just OK but also kind of really good. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1289) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Over the top out of this world goooood! The nose is pretty weird. I guess its the grains of paradise. I thought it smelled like a can of stewed tomatoes and soy sauce. Forget that though. Awesome cloudy brown. I stirred up the bottom and got all the dust. Really blows it up. The flavor is strong and spicy and complex. Nutmeg, coriander, pepper, soy. dark fruit, musty, wood, very very slight whiskey element. This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to experience! 92 rating is soooo wrong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1222) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
A very interesting beer. Pours a nice thick red-brown. Smells great, strawberries and pineapple and whiskey, and maybe even some prosciutto. Taste however, is very different. Extremely smoky and whiskey, pretty intense. Couldn't have very much. Give credit for trying something new, but not a fan of the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
september 2010. From bottle. pours darm hazy brown with a tan head. The whisky barrel really shows through and numbs other flavors. Roasted malt and dried fruit are present, but its all about the oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugar, cocoa, and some booze. T - Dark caramel malts, raisins and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, whiskey, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugars, cocoa, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and estery finish. D - Great barrel aged BSDA. Great overall balance.

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