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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: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Belgian Winter Ale brewed with spices (coriander and grain of paradise) ABV 11-12%

Chipalsa's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2012
For a coriander beer, that bready sweetness was very well hidden. Instead you get some light berries, brown sugar and yeast. Also, for a 12% abv it was surprisingly easy on the palate. Good stuff for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (1482) - 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 (582) - 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 (1518) - 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 (2737) - 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 (3547) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
generallee08 (759) - New York, USA - MAY 30, 2014
t Smisje Kerst pours a dark iced tea color with a thick white head that fades off quickly. It does leave some lace on the glass even without much of a head. The aroma has sweet ripe fruit notes with bready malts and earthy yeast. The medium body is full of malts, yeast and coriander. Sweet and sour fruit notes pop out then fade off into a light bitter hops finish. Over all it’s a very good, but average, Belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mad_Ferret (782) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
Pressklubben 19/12-13, 33cl flaska, vintage 2013. U: disig kola bärnstenbrun kort beige tjock skum. D: romrussin fikon träiga kryddor tobak/läder, lite hård. S: sötsyrlig med farin, alkohol, russin, fikon, apelsinskal, lite läder och tobak. M: stor lite spritig kropp med något moussig kolsyra het lite oljig. T: lite ung och het.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShivanDragon (2480) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
rood met bruine toets, troebel met minimale witte kraag (ziet er niet erg mooi uit), aroma is mout, zoet, licht zuurtje, laurier en rozijn. de smaken zijn redelijk zoet (kandijsuiker), matig bitter, zeer sterk (alcoholisch) in de mond, zacht, matig fruitig (donker fruit), sterk gemout (caramouten), redelijk kruidig (peper, zoethout, kardemom, iets lichts van sinaasappelschil), medium body, glad van textuur, afdonk zoetig en redelijk alcoholisch

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scrapersnbeer (1531) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Yeast laden aroma of candied dark fruits and brown sugar. Murky tan color. Very sweet taste, not really getting the spice here. Tart almost, but not quite there. Prickly like cola while cloying like a malt heavy strong beer should be. Feels about 9%, so it’s cooled down relatively speaking. I’m guessing two or three years on the bottle. Another powerful Belgian, not quite brune but not blonde either.

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