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t Smisje Kerst

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Regenboog
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Assebroek-Brugge, Belgium


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RATINGS: 295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander and grain of paradise) ABV 11-12%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerohen (2181) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 4, 2016
Bottled, 2006 vintage, sampled in 2016. Brown colored, small mostly disappearing beige head, still some pressure upon opening. Aged nose, malts, caramel, molasses, ethanol, not bad. Malty flavor, sharp alcohol, caramel, together with some cardboard. Ten years was way too long, but still it’s quite reasonable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
back (1854) - Holstebro, DENMARK - APR 16, 2016
Kobber klar skum hvid Chokolade vinøs Sherry træ gær Bitter modrate sød Cremet flad @home Mindst 6 år over salg

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9110) - Ohio, USA - APR 2, 2016
11.2 oz. bottle picked up locally and discovered in the back of my fridge recently. Pours a hazy deep amber brown color with a medium plus sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, ripe dark fruits, dates, fig, some berries, spices, coriander, some oxidation as this wasn’t a fresh bottle, but still pretty tasty, alcohol was warming, but blended nicely with the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1773) - DENMARK - NOV 29, 2015
As: Kerst Smiske Vintage 2010 tasted in Nov. 2015. Aroma: fruity sweet with dark berries and notes of cognac. Flavour: sweet dark berries and a dry finish. A creamy mouthfeel and a warm alcoholic finish. Colour: reddish brown with an offwhite head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (2803) - GREECE - APR 6, 2015
330ml bottle at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, courtesy of skullgeorge. Hazy dark amber almost brown color with off white to beige head. Aroma is yeasty light funky, spicy, citrusy fruity, caramel malty. Sweet and light bitter, lot of caramel - burnt sugar, fruity, light wineous. Medium oily body with soft to flat carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
teromous (119) - - JAN 18, 2015
Appearance: It is a hazy murky iced tea brown color with a thin dirty-white head that fades instantly. As usual head retention is not something to hold against a beer that is 12%.

Aroma: There is a strong caramel scent along with dates. It has a very rich aroma to it, that completely consumes all olfactory senses. If aroma had a "mouthfeel" it would be syrupy.

Taste: It has quite a lot of flavor. At first there is this rich candy caramel flavor, then it is followed by this nutty pecan flavor, which has a biscuit aftertaste, and a popcorn-like ending. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Despite the collection of flavors and ABV of the beer, it comes across as a fairly medium bodied beer, and a lighter shade of medium to boot. It has a touch of effervescence which seems to further the lightness of the body. I would like to see a larger beer like this have more of a coating quality.

Overall: I didn’t pick up any coriander or grains of paradise, but the flavor qualities were still there to make this an interesting beer. It didn’t blow me away but it was a good beer. Try it if you like large Belgian beers, but you’re not missing anything if you can’t get it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (818) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 3, 2015
It pours a very hazy/cloudy dark honey colour, 1 finger head of foam with the usual Belgian quality re retention and lacing. The smell is of dark fruits, black cherries amongst them?, yeasty, some light spiciness. The taste is stronger than the nose but not as impressive to me. Dark pitted fruits, yeasty, orange peel bitterness, has some woody notes and light Port(more of that please), vanilla,..to me, a tad over complex and not everything comes together in total harmony. Top end of medium bodied, medium carbo, very good mouthfeel. So, in the end analysis, I reckon, despite what I said about the complexity above, this IS a very good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Japalo (1840) - DENMARK - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle@home with Erik. No head. Muddied. Very low carbonation. Dry fruity figs dates prune. Rather prominent heavy sweetness. The spices drown in the sweet flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (3038) - Gray, Maine, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Pours a dull mahogany color with two fingers of aggressive white foam. Aromas of sweet date, burnt sugar, peppered yeast, clove and walnut. Palate follows with nice balance between sweet burnt sugar and date flavors with spiced bitter walnut and some lingering yeast esters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4594) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Christmas beer from the former Regenboog brewery, a spiced barley wine mostly intended for export to the American market. Bronze coloured ale with a sweet main profile, honeyish, orange, liqueur, coriander, caramel, cookies, candied fruit, yeasty with a long dryish, warming alcohol finish in which the candied sweetness keeps cloying a bit as well. Nice sipper.

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