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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 18, 2006
Reddish amber with a big and lacing off-white head. Spicy caramel aroma with liquorice and yeast notes. Sweet liquorice, well countered by dry yeastiness, making the finish surprisingly dry.Alcohol is very present. Smooth cord-like texture. A Belgian barley wine that is a perfect night cap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
A little darker than amber and somewhat murky. Aroma is sweet but flowery with some earthiness. Flavor was pleasurable but nothing exceptional with sweet berries and earthy fruits holding center stage and a tinge of spice in the finish. Enjoyable beer and probably the best hidden 11% I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2006
(draft) Looked like coffee with cream, I guess because the keg had been jiggled. Flavor was pretty good. Lots of berries and fruits. A fairly strong alcohol bit at the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 18, 2006
(Bottle 25 cl) Pours a very unclear orangey brown - dirty river water style - and an off-white, dissipating head. Sweetish aroma of overripe fruits and brown sugar. Very full-bodied with accents of apricots and prunes and perhaps a touch of port. Solid but not overly refined. Big, lumpy impurities. 110206

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sayravai (4708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2006
(Bottled) Very hazy red-amber color with a smallish, quite tight head. Slightly sweet, barley-wineous, fruity and berryish aroma. Sweet, extremely (exotic-)fruity flavor with toffee notes. Very smooth, medium to full-carbonated palate. Hides the ABV well behind sweetness. A smooth and pleasant brew, but a bit too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Popped open a 2001 brew for tasting hoping that it matured rather nicely, but was significantly disappointed. The taste was bitter and sour with a heavy aftertaste. Poor lacing and a very cloudy appearance. The beer has a very dominant licorice taste with a high alocohol feel. Warms the body but disappoints to palate. Not my kind of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2006
a sim rate: (bottled from Belgian Belly in Chorlton) Cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate and orange in the aroma. Watery despite its thick flavour. Same things in aroma are in the flavour. Toffee, caramel, sugary-sweet. Very very sweet finish with big hit of alcohol. Finish is worst thing about this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
Couleur marron, bonne quantité de mousse blanche tachetée. Arômes de pain aux dattes, de figues, et d’épices. Flaveurs très parfumées, sucre brun, gâteau aux fruits, épices, clou de girofle, nous conduisent verts le mordant d’alcool arrivant en finale. Étalement long et complexe, corps d’épaisseur pleine, faible carbonatation. En fût ZBF, voyage Europe 2005

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2005
ZBF 2005. Pours a cloudy dark brown. Aroma is sweet and alcojol. Taste is sweet and spicy, with some alcohol burning

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 29, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Zythos Beer Festival, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium 2005. Hazy brown colour with a baige head. Sweet fruity aroma and a sweet malty fruity alcoholic taste. Medium to full body and a sweet alcoholic finish. A bit tomuch alcohol. 7-4-6-4-14. Re-Rate. Bottle. 6-4-6-4-15. Orange brown colour with a beige head. Hay, fruits and alcohol in the aroma and taste, smooth. Medium to full body with a sweet light alcoholic finish.

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