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

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RATINGS: 151   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   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).


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Pours dark amber/red with a thin fine head. Warm nose of whisky, leather, wood and maple syrup. Kind of like a maple sugar christmas ham and a glass of whisky. Lots of smoke. Sticky. Not quite as good or refined as the De Dolle Oerbier Special Reserva I had last night which is matured in Bordeaux casks. Even though I agree that it is really rough, I do like whisky a lot so... =)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 2, 2008
20th Rating of this brew, 12ozer, I think this was a bonus or a gift but I can’t recall. Pours orange with a half finger tan head. The nose is sweet and yeasty and has hints of spice. Taste is overall fresh and bold with some fruit and spice. Just had a glass of scotch before this, not sure how it shifted my palate. Not amazing but decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11684) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Complex aroma of yeasty, bourbon, woody and sweet spice. Body was medium with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet & tart fruit with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Good, not great beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Sampled at "An evening with Pantanap #2", from West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago. Red orange color with no head. Sweet semi-smoke aroma with lots of fruit and spice. Flavor is very barrel forward with lots of alc and some aged fruit. Very hot medium body. Okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2008
I first had the Kerst that this was made from last year and enjoyed it, but here the whiskey cask maturing seems to have lessened its likeability. It pours a hazy brownish amber with a tall frothy head that does loads of lacing. The aroma is dusty toffee, brown sugar, dark juicy fruit, booze, and old wood. There’s a peppery spiciness to the flavor from the abundant alcohol and a touch of coriander. A citrus pulp bitterness jumps in midway and lingers through the finish. Okay, but I had higher hopes for this.

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2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark mahogany pour with small white head. Aroma is dark fruits, caramel and smoke. Flavor is straight wood, huge whiskey flavor and an extreme woody tree bark thing going on. Smokey as well with hints of the fruity spices that should not be aged in a whiskey barrel. A chalky off-taste with some burnt chocolate notes and a hint of vanilla. But it’s all wood and not a subtle oak flavor more like a tree was put in this beer. I tried but I can’t drink this.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2008
bottle....contributed by devon at an Evening w/ Pantanap #2. thanks!....poured an amber brown with little to no head.....nose of sweet malt, brown sugar, and sublte spices.....flavors of smoky, peppery sugary sweet malt....not the greatest.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
A so so Belgian strong. A little too rough for my taste but what do you expect for 11%. Aroma was very weak especially for this alky content. Dark fruits mostly but with a grassy/pumpkin note. Pour was beautiful. Dark murky brown/amber with a huge 3 finger tan head. Taste was very alcoholic. Strong malt and candied sugar flavors with a strong whiskey presence. Too sweet and sticky. So so.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowe1983 (1377) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Pours a dark reddish-amber color with a lighter tan head. Aroma is of dark fruits, slight candied sugar, caramel malts, a hint of whiskey, and some alcohol. Flavor had some roasted malts, dark fruit, candied sugar and caramel malts up front with a dry finish of whiskey, coriander, and a little oak. Not as much warming on this as I was expecting from the nose.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Wow... only 11 ratings? Thanks Skyview. The beer pours to a hazy orange amber body with a nice creamy white head and awesome lacing. The aroma is strong on the grains of paradise, vanilla whiskey, and light coriander. A very interesting blend. The palate is medium bodied, carbonated, and spicy.


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