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


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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Whiskey cask matured ít Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Over the top out of this world goooood! The nose is pretty weird. I guess itís 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours hazy deep copper with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is huge vinous fruit (merlot, cabernet), fuselly whiskey, honey, mead, hops, spices. Tastes rich, hot, very fruity, with notes of merlot, oaky whiskey, fructosy syrupy molasses, and even some smoked malt/peaty/cognacy flavors late. This one is very complec and very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - JUL 27, 2009
Colore ramato un pÚ torbido, molto densa e bella la schiuma color ambra. con un vago birra muschio brillare. Aroma dolce di luppolo e caramello. Gusto dolce, secco,cardamomo, malto.Buona

   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 Iím 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2008 Pours a nice burnt copper red, with a huge creamy light tan head. Very sweet nose with hints of caramel, honey, green apple, light sweet peppery spice (grains of paradise?), corriander, and a nice deep bready yeasty spiciness. Full lightly carbonated mouthfeel, with a good dose of caramel, apple, white pepper, alcohol, and an almost floral aromatic accenting the oaky bite to dry out the finish very powerfully. A very nice potent beer that will probably be awesome in a year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kapusta (92) - Olive Branch, Mississippi, USA - DEC 31, 2007
I have to thank my wife for this wonderful gift. With a crack of the cap, I noticed coriander, spice and whiskey. Very light tan head that disappears fast, leaving an opaquedarkish brown liquid. Does not sound to appetizing at this point, but that changes when sipped. Wonderfully spiced (Grains of Paradise, yeast, coriander, and pepper notes). Sweet, but not overpowering, and very rich. This is smooth, and hard to notice the 11% alcohol. Matured in whiskey casks (but for how long?), and I did pickup on whiskey notes, which made this eventastier than the regular Kerst.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2008
Huge, very dense & fine head with a cream- to mango-like colour over amber, hazy beer with a mossy shine. Sweet, cakey nose with an aroma of lytchee hops; smouldering tobacco and caramel. Very nice indeed. Very smokey taste, (pipe)tobacco, cake, dry, smoked straw, black cardemoms, Islay malt. Every sip ends on a dry, bitterish but perfumed note. Excellent! Rich MF, well-bodied but not viscous. Warming up, the above flavours lasting ever longer, spiked more and more by the (whisky) alcohol. One of Johanís best! And it contains coriander, at that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Bottle shared with Maniac and Butters. Another belgian that literally could fill pages to fully describe. Pear and peachy fruityness with bread aromas along with hints of alchohol and cheese. Cloudy amber golden with small white head. Winey woody smoky with peach pair fruityness and alchohol included in flavor. Dry finish with a touch of sourness. Medium body with high carbonation. Thrilling

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1377) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Murky brown pour with a creamy head. Attractive pour. Inviting. Hints of smoke, vanilla, oak, and brown sugar. Smoke really asserts itself in the flavor. A very unique brew and another really good effort from these guys. I really enjoyed this thoroughly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (8202) - 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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