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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).


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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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (386) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Tons of sweet dark fruit, peppery yeast, and slight black pepper flavor. Slight licorice and citrus.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-22-2010 (Bottle) When poured, this has a medium sized beige head that mostly diminshes, opaque orange brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, coriander, spicy, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, sugar, spicy, coriander, and boozy. The palate is smooth and very warming. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is a nice sipping beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rubbishystuff (1804) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
Some whiskey, cherry, spices and woody flavors. Hides the strength well. Would be too much be there was a touch of sour which really balanced things out. Kind of just OK but also kind of really good. Serving: Bottle

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Over the top out of this world goooood! The nose is pretty weird. I guess it’s the grains of paradise. I thought it smelled like a can of stewed tomatoes and soy sauce. Forget that though. Awesome cloudy brown. I stirred up the bottom and got all the dust. Really blows it up. The flavor is strong and spicy and complex. Nutmeg, coriander, pepper, soy. dark fruit, musty, wood, very very slight whiskey element. This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to experience! 92 rating is soooo wrong.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (780) - California, USA - APR 19, 2013
A very interesting beer. Pours a nice thick red-brown. Smells great, strawberries and pineapple and whiskey, and maybe even some prosciutto. Taste however, is very different. Extremely smoky and whiskey, pretty intense. Couldn't have very much. Give credit for trying something new, but not a fan of the taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beergeek23322 (2133) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
september 2010. From bottle. pours darm hazy brown with a tan head. The whisky barrel really shows through and numbs other flavors. Roasted malt and dried fruit are present, but it’s all about the oak.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2013
A - Cloudy brown with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly. S - Dark caramel malts, dark fruits, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugar, cocoa, and some booze. T - Dark caramel malts, raisins and other dark fruits, oak, vanilla, whiskey, Belgian yeast, clove, banana, pepper, coriander, grains of paradise, other spices, candi sugars, cocoa, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, warming, and estery finish. D - Great barrel aged BSDA. Great overall balance.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
EugeneStraver (119) - Nootdorp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2013
HMOE 20130331 (33 cl longbottle): The beer pours with a big brown head, a amber colour and tiny particels. The aroma is malty (slight roasted), caramel, raisens, vanille. Also some off-flavour of yeast, buttery and soap. The taste starts sweet with caramel, but also a not-nice small sour taste. In the end some malty bitterness. Furtheer esters, vanille and yeast. The finish is somewhat dry from the sour and bitterness. After a while even some sticky feeling.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThirstyBird (1457) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - FEB 11, 2013
Thanks Tim at the 1st Official Ledebronckx Barrel Aged Academie Grand Elite Tasting Pours clear orangish/brown with a loose tan head. Smells of caramel, honey a little spice. Taste is honey, smoke/peat. Begins dry with a dark fruity finish. Medium body and smooth. A very tasty and rich beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (4371) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 31, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2013 23/XII/12 - 33cl bottle @ 1st Official Ledebronckx Barrel Aged Academie Grand Elite Tasting (OLBAAGET) - BB: n/a (2012-1392) Thanks to Johan for the bottle!!

Clear copper red beer, big aery yellowish head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: raisins, aged beer, orange peel, red fruits, bit sourish, spicy, dusty. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: raisins, peated, caramel, bit sugary, sweet, dried fruits, little bitter. Aftertaste: caramel, peated, smoky, raisins.


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