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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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Whiskey cask matured ’t Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1828) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11184) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2625) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
9er (75) - 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.

4.3
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
330ml bottle (no best before date) @ Christmas tasting on 28 December 2010. Not sure how old this bottle was but it certainly had a few years on it. I would have expected a beer of this strength to have held up well, even acquired some interesting aged characteristic. Unfortunately it mainly seemed a bit past it with signs of oxidation. Musty and quite woody - seemed more like the age than the barrel. Just a hint of fruit but it’s well-faded. Drinkable but not in great nick.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Bottle shared by bmanning. Pours a murky light brown with quite a bit of haze and sediment. Small, tight head. No lacing. Nose is something else, with a weird nutty character permeating everything else. Hints of toffee and dark fruits in the back. Taste is dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and a strong nutty presence. A bit of something else is off, though it is hard to place. Feel is creamy and nutty with almost no carbonation. Really bad. Overall, just not a good beer with some seriously strange flavors. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-18-2010

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Appearance: clear with the colors of toffee, treacle, and brown leather with some faint garnet highlights. Tannish khaki head is small and minor, leaving only a thin collar and a thin bubbly film in its wake. Does swirl with lace all around.
Nose: malty sweet with caramelized sugars mixed in with plums, raisins, and the essence of fruitcake. Spices in the back; coriander, grains of paradise, ginger. Green bananas, plantains, mango, and papaya – more of a tropical essence of these fruits unripe and still clinging desperately to their trees. Cotton candy, maraschino cherries, and more candied sugars.
Palate: full, creamy, and meaty – raisins, prunes, fruitcake, raisin bread. Plums and black cherries for a bit more stone fruit sweetness. Candied breads in the back and lingering in the finish. Tannic bitterness also in the back and along the edges; fruit skins. Brown sugar and spice mingle with a sense of old wood barrels steeped in burgundies and ports. Coriander and grains of paradise underneath and along the edges of my taste perception. About halfway through starts to grow a subtle warmth in the chest. Warm spicy sweetness in breath. Dryness of wood atop tongue.
Final Thoughts: overall good but somehow lacked the oomph and pow I was expecting given her circumstance. A fuller mouthfeel and richness to the flavors, all of them, would have taken her that one last step over the edge from really good to mind-blowing tastetastic.


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