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

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RATINGS: 147   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).


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1148) - 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 (1226) - 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 (13677) - 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 (11021) - 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 (2316) - 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 (917) - 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 (2667) - 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 (2941) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2094) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - DEC 26, 2011
Dark clear amber coloured beer with a red shine, small off-white head and no carbonation. Soft liqor aroma with some malty sweet fruity hints. Full sweet slight sparkling palate. Finish is sweet bitter fruity (pineapple?). Ok.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (3564) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 24, 2011
33 cl. bottle sampled @ Kerstbierfestival 2011: same as with his sibling beer – never even heard of this one, didn’t know it existed – A: clear red amber with an off-white red head – T: very sweet, even sweeter than the Calve Reserva but in a good way, candy sugar, syrup, strong caramel, wood, small hint of spices in the finish, overpowered by a small touch of whiskey – B: oily & slightly sticky, better than Calve Reserva, definitely good but still cannot play in the big boys league as far as BA beers are concerned


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