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

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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Whiskey cask matured ’t Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2331) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 23, 2012
Bottle. Moderate aromas of cereal, caramel for the malt, cooked orange for the the hops, dough for the yeast with raisin, date, butterscotch, brown sugar nutmeg and tobacco. Head is average size, fizzy, off-white with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color si murky medium brown with some tiny particles at the bottom. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly to moderate acidic, sour and has a long heavily to harshly bitter aftertaste like burnt coffee. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a moderately alcoholic and lightly astringent and dry finish. A very nice smelling Belgian Strong Ale with some heady aromas, but the flavor is a bit harsh.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours hazy deep copper with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is huge vinous fruit (merlot, cabernet), fuselly whiskey, honey, mead, hops, spices. Tastes rich, hot, very fruity, with notes of merlot, oaky whiskey, fructosy syrupy molasses, and even some smoked malt/peaty/cognacy flavors late. This one is very complec and very delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
11.2oz bottle. Pours murky dark reddish brown with large chunks of sediment, and a small beige head. Aromas of sweet plum and raisin, cherry, alcohol, and cocoa, with some tart fruit and orange as well. The flavor is sweet and tart red fruit with oak at first, moving to peaty, smoky whiskey and oak. The finish is tart, with smoky, charred wood. Low/medium carbonation and medium body, slightly dry, and lightly warming. Pretty good; a very smoky profile. [1025]

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bth122 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2012
Bottle. Brown color with medium head. Smells skunky with sour fruits. Tastes like skunky fruits. Not good. I hope this bottle is bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14113) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Late March Tasting, 2012. Pours dark ruby amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is yeast, spices and vague whisky. Sweet and inviting. Sweet flavor with a warmth from alcohol, mild -very mild peated whisky, fruit , caramel and alcohol. Sweet - yet balanced and enjoyable. Hides the alcohol well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11282) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
Odense spring time specialties night at Dolle. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, raisins, peppery spice. Sweet brown sugar and caramel flavour with spice, dried fruits, and a touch of boozy alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Caramel and oak come off the nose with hints of mild funkiness. Pours a dark amber almost brown with a thin white head. Smokey whiskey, peaty with corriander and white pepper notes, caramel malts with malty fruitiness in the background. It finishes with more peaty scotch. Not bad but I was not expecting so much smoke and peat.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Caramel aromas. Flavors of caramel and damp wood. Overall a very interesting beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (2882) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2012
brown coloured body with a little white head a spicy alcholic hoppy aroma a spicy alcholic sweet fruity malty taste with a alcholic sweet bitter finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2939) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
Bottle @ Kerstbierfestival Essen. Brown coloured beer with almost no carbonation and a short off white head (diminishing). Rather light aroma with a short alcoholic and slightly fruity touch. Medium to full light creamy palate. Finish is sweet apple fruity very soft/ smouth only short alcoholic hinted. Very smouth. Nice.


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