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


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Whiskey cask matured ’t Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Bottle 330ml. @ ChrisOs - Christmas Tasting.

Clear medium amber color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, moderate yeasty, light coriander, light whisky notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, overriped berries, oxidide. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101228]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 26th November 2010
Cloudy brown beer, decent tan head. Toffee cream nose. Light dry palate. Toffee cream. Subtle sour and spice. Light whisky. Nice woody tones with a trace of vanilla and aniseed. Very light on it it’s toes for an 11.0% beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (18672) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle at Max’s. Murky chestnut color, big tan head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, some dark fruit. Taste begins with caramel and progresses to raisins and an edge of citric acid. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (16286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. A very nice beer with varied layers. Pours dark, amber-gold with a strong head. Nose of dark fruits and oak, mostly. Plenty of sweetness in the flavor, with notes of raisins, pear, spices, caramel and toffee. Pretty thick in the body with a syrupy, sticky finish. Mild warming. Really quite good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrisoni (16053) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle at Chriso NY 2010 Tasting. Sour barrel aroma. Some sweet toffee in mouth. Some more barrel on finish. Not my favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15096) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (13224) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Ruby amber color with a frothy beige head. Aromas of caramel and light stone fruits with citrus/coriander. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. The flavor moves quickly from caramel to whisky (not bourbon?) and oak. Spice is present. Also heat, but it’s rather soft. Turns a bit peppery. Finishes rather dry. So there’s quite a few changes as consumption progresses. Good thing this tasty stuff comes in small bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12743) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Complex aroma of yeasty, bourbon, woody and sweet spice. Body was medium with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet & tart fruit with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Good, not great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 1, 2008
(33cl bottle) Small off-white head atop slightly hazed copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, whisky, berry, some caramel, light rye. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, whisky, berry, some cantaloupe, light nut. No sign of the coriander from the deScription. Medium-full body, fairly effervescent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12405) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
(33cl bottle) Pours an amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of coriander, tea, grains of paradise, grass, and earthiness. Flavor of tea, coriander, grains of paradise, and pepper with a somewhat dry oak finish.

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