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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yves (2441) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (4693) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1911) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
11.2 oz bottle from WestLakeview Liquors. This one is hot!!! Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of fruitiness, wood, vanilla, light whiskey and light spices. Tastes of whiskey, vanilla, wood, fruity, caramel, yeasty, and citrus. Heavy alcohol burn.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11312) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle. [thanks after4ever]
Hazy dark red-brown with a lovely, staying, creamy, almost white head. Nice lacing. Complex aroma, lots of tartish oak, plums, red apple, anise, coriander, caramel. A bit of vanilla and a slight red wine character. Medium carbonation, fabulous oily palate. Flavour is also very complex, but very nice. Oak, red wine, some mild smoke, toasted caramel, anise, heather, cranberries, red currants, very fruity dry. Mild vinious. Soft, elegant and a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2828) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours amber brown with a small off-white head that left spotty lacing. Malty aroma of caramel, toffee, light yeast and dark fruit. Flavor was moderately sweet with raisins, caramel, toffee, prunes and some notes of whiskey with a nice sticky warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
9er (82) - Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2011 Not my favorite. Poured this shit down the drain. Tastes like a barleywine beer. Fruity citrus sour. Not good. I find that the taste is off and the palate simply is offensive. This reminds me of a bad can of pop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Initially a large head that dissipated to medium, but stayed. A friend of mine hyped this one up and I have to say I’m not disappointed. On the nose I get raisins and orange peel with a bit of caramel. The taste is sweet malts and spicy with a slight coppery taste, but not unpleasant. Medium carbonation. On my palate the raisins come through, but the orange peel seems to become lemony. This is a great beer from a brewery that is very hit and miss.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5274) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2011
A mahogany colored beer with a small tan head that lasts nicely. The aroma is complex fruit but a variety that I cannot identify. Toffee is also noted. An aggressive beginning to the flavor profile. Sticky malt that is prunes and raisins, toffee and plenty of sweetness. Alcohol is not tasted as much as expected. This beer comes at you but is not over the top at all. Very tasty and nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2011
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 Aroma of Orange peel. Looks bright amber in color with a medium head. Tastes of Orange zest and sour. Tasty but very tart overall. Rerate +9 from a three year old bottle. Very sugary with peat, brown sugar and rum notes.

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