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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: 292   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5058) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2012
11.2oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours caramel with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of spicy yeast, a lot of caramel malts, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with a good balance of sweet and bitter. Average texture. A good Belgian beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cuso (6851) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle from beerplanet.eu. Strange hazy brown color with huge white heat. Strong carbonation. Aroma of caramel, apples, pears, cherries, alcohol. Taste, caramel, apples, pears, toffee,burned sugar, little bit harsh bitterness. Bitter finish. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 28, 2012
Cloudy orange body with a smooth white head. Sweet aroma with spices (notably coriander), butter and caramel. Smooth, well carbonated palate. Quite sweet flavour, with brown sugar, caramel, butter, spices, dried fruits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 2, 2012
THOUGHTS: Very intense. The head lasted incredibly long. A sort of peppery burn in the throat. Hid alcohol fairly well for the high ABV. My bottle was 12% ABV. It became more spicy as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark, reddish amber with beautiful carbonation and an average, creamy, cream-colored head that fully lasted and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel; moderate cobweb yeast; slight doughy yeast; rip and sour fruit; Butterscotch; lots of spices and some citrus. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, slightly acidic and lightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, light to mod acidic, ever so slightly bitter and lightly sour. There was pepper, some citrus, cherry, sour cherry, spicy yeast, caramel, molasses, orange, sour orange, dusty yeast, fruit jelly and spices. The medium to full body was oily, slightly sticky on the lips, then very dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and light to moderately alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chrisv10 (13818) - DENMARK - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle. Clear dark amber with medium tan head. Aroma is malt, yeast, caramel and a little dried fruit. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, dried fruits, caramel, little toffee, hops, little rip fruit and a little bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3033) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from beer table pantry. Pours reddish brown with nice thick creamy head. Nose of dark fruits, malt, and candy. Tastes a tad sweet with brown sugar, figs, raisins, caramel, earth, some spices, warm alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oldrtybastrd (3448) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a hazy medium orangish amber color. Aroma is lightly malty, hoppy, yeasty, with a touch of fruit. Flavor is a nice mixture of malts and fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (8740) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle @ Ølkonsortiet christmas beer tasting. Pours dark amber with a offwhite head. Aroma of malt, brown sugar, fruits. Taste is malt, sugar, riasins and other dark fruits, spices, bit of alcohol. Full body, high carbonation. 051111

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8468) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2011
33 cl bottle. BBE Q4/2013
Pours hazy orange colour with small lasting head. Aroma is of english strong ale type honey and malts, caramel, spices and some berries. Flavour has distant spices like coriander, some honey and caramel, sweet malts and sugar candy. Full-bodied with high carbonation and some sourness at the end. Not too sweet or spicy. Balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (7789) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2011
33 cl bottle (bottled on 2007/2008?), BBE Q4/2013
Aroma has sweet toffee, just like in english barley wines. Also some candi sugar and raisins. Loads of CO2 in palate. Flavour is very sweet with sugar and raisins, but also some sourness does appear in the background. Could not locate the promised spices. Aftertaste is really sweet with loads of candi sugar. Adding the yeast makes this more stale and worse.

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