MarcoDL (2039) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A magnificent piece of Belgian brewing art. Strong blond beer with honey, raisin and lots of spices. Very sweet, but with a complex and malty body. Very good.
biereflaneuse (22) - Certaldo, ITALY - AUG 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, expire date end 2012, carefully preserved in my cellar but I do not remember the provenience of the bottle. Having faced serious yeast problems in previous ’t Smisje beers I figured it was time to check out Guido too, this idea gifting me a nice afternoon. This particular brew, which belongs to the "classic" ’t Smisje line - I do not know if they are still producing it, the informations are confusing - is dedicated to Flemish XIX century poet Guido Gezelle. I never read anything by him but I guess Brandt enjoyed his poems quite a lot, if he dedicated him a beer such as "Guido" is. This pours brown, opalescent, with small, crisp but subtle head; the foam is not long-lasting but leaves a lace around the glass and would be easy to re-form were I not drinking this one in my Orval glass (not easy to rotate without spilling). The nose is complex and strong, smell of confiture, fruits preserved in alcohol, nuts and sweet caramel; mouth opens and remains quite sweet for a while but is twisted with gentle roasted tones to a bittersweet and slightly drier finish, encouraging another sip. This is the perfect autumn beer, and I fear I predated the perfect timing of a month or so - the hot sun outside makes an awkward pairing - but anyway somptueux à siroter and in a way so simple, so familiar, so Belgian, it touches one’s heart.
maxwelldeux (3487) - Everett, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a very hazy brown color with a moderate, but quickly disappearing head. Nose is quite fruity and slightly sweet. Taste is also quite sweet with some fruity elements to it. Not a huge fan of this.
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Artisan Wine Depot. $5.89 A good Belgium Beer but not that complex. It is tasty. Aroma old raisins, winter spice, hint of banana. Not as sweet as some of the reviews mention. The biggest thing that stands out is the strong acidic raisins. A hint of maple and stinging carbonation. Dirty finish.
dasdan (234) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
33 cl bottle at brewery smiske in Mater. Dark brown with red shine body and large off white head. Very sweet caramel and raisin taste. Too sweet for me. **
annunz123 (852) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich aroma with bread, fruit, caramel, and spice. Flavor is sweet with coffee cake and fruit. A little alcohol in the finish for balance. A little too sweet, but I still liked this a lot better than the rating suggests.
mnoud (271) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013.01.27 - Regenboog (t Smisje) Guido - 11.2oz bottle in goblet glass. This must be an older bottle as it's clearly marked Regenboog and not t Smisje.
Pours a raisin color caramel, slightly red. Little to no head, about a half cap that settles to a lightly foamy ring.
Aroma is sweet honey and a bit of bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is pretty light and slick. Medium carbonation.
Taste is OK. Not as sweet as you'd expect with honey and raisins but it's there. I'm also guessing this bottle is well past its prime, no date indications to tell for sure. There is sweetness on the front end. At the very back end it almost resolves to a bit of a smoky flavor and just a trace of alcohol warmth. Not bad, I may seek out fresher vintages.
Aroma 5/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20
Gearz (19) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tastes like a double and looks like a double. Sweet taste followed by alcohol.
Brown Carmel color with a 1/4" layer of head.
Pleasant Belgian beer. Would probably rather have a St. Bernardus Christmas or Abt 12.
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jkwood04 (3785) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some caramel and darker malts, dark fruit, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with the honey and raisins making a nice addition. Average texture. A decent Belgian beer.
CanIHave4Beers (3166) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ’t Brugs Beertje
Pours a deep amber color with a medium sized, well retained white head.
The aroma is fruit forward with some pear and apple, plenty of toffee sweetness and a nice floral character.
The flavor is sweet and spicy, very peppery and floral with a very mild bitterness. There are light roasty and chocolaty notes that evoke mocha. This beer is just sort of all over the place, but it’s very nice also.
Palate is full & a little sticky.