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t Smisje Speciaal

Formerly brewed at Brouwerij De Regenboog
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Assebroek-Brugge, Belgium


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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Dixen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - APR 24, 2006
Nice sweetness, spicy fruityness and light yeast in the nose. Cloudy orange body with a white fluffy head. Sweet and doughy flavor, spicy and a bit citrusy. Pleasant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (3549) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Pumpkin ale tasted as ’t Smisje Halloween, with a light yellowish white, regular, medium thick, unstable head and deep orange blonde colour, hazy but milky with deposit. Sweetly perfumed aroma, honey, white port wine, white candi sugar, caramel, rhum, orange, mint, pumpkin soup, aniseed. Sweetish peachy and citrussy onset, smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel, caramelly malts, becoming more sweet afterwards and even a bit cloying, honeyish and brown rhum-like, soft pumpkin presence, spicy and yeasty finish with light floral hop bitterness as well as warming, even somewhat astringent alcohol; this was a bit too sweet and too alcoholic to my taste, but still another interesting Smisje.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarcoDL (3085) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
Apparently, this was meant to be a Halloween beer. This becomes clear with the use of pumpkin in this quadrupel/barley wine-like dark and spicey ale. Quite a unique beer and very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2014 Color arancio mediamente intenso con saponosa schiuma bianca. Dolce, zuccherosa, fruttata e debolmente speziata al naso, gusto morbido che riprende gli aromi con note di zucca, lievito e caramello. Corpo medio, effervescenza nella norma, vellutata e beverina nonostante l’abv. Birra gustosa e particolare, peccato che sia così difficile da reperire, vorrei poterla assaggiare più spesso!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (14399) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle from HJ Hansen, Odense. Unclear orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, fruity, yeasty and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet finish with warming alcohol. 010313

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JefVerstraete (2222) - Ghent, BELGIUM - FEB 24, 2013
Nice orange colour, a lot of foam but it disappears quickly. Sweet complex nose. Fruity, notes of raisins, white wine, plums. Light bitter and warm alcoholic finish. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerisgoodforu (992) - Nørresundby, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle. Pours a really murky orange color with a white head. Aroma is of sweet candi sugary notes, black pepper, clove, slight amount of cooked pumpkin, white grape notes and some green apple. The flavor follows the nose, with faint amounts of cooked pumpkin, green apple, white grape, candied sugar, black pepper, clove and bready notes. The body is medium with a dry mouth feel. Overall a solid brew, but I would have wanted more pumpkin flavor and spice.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
rane (962) - Nibe, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle.Golden orange with off white head. Aroma sweet notes, apple and some sour notes as well. I wonder if they were intended. Taste is sweet and malty, but again these sour yeast notes shows up. I wonder if it was slightly infected, as I don´t see anyone making notice of the sour notes, so I guess they weren´t intended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (13441) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle at home - 19/08/12, thanks to Wim for an IP trade. Pours a golden orange colour with a decent off white head that soon subsides but has a good level of retention. Lively looking carbonation billowing around in the glass. Sweet pumpkin at the fore of the nose allied to candied sugar and apricot/peaches and a little yeast. Sweet malts on the flavour, pumpkin, candied fruits, caramel, hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation on the palate dispite the intitial highly carbonated appearance. Bitter sweet finish with aslightly warming alochol taste. Lots of lacing prevalent. Very well diguised alcohol in this beer. If I was blind tasting I’d have guessed at 6 or 7%. Really enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wekker84 (1940) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUL 24, 2012
330 ml bottle a dark orange colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy fruits pumpkin alcohol flavor malts fruits pumpkin spicy some hops and alcohol

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
77ships (5895) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2012
33 cl. bottle @ ’t Brugs Beertje // the label is a slightly messed-up version of their cartoon dog mascot character dressed as red ridding hood, collecting stuff in his pumpkin basket at night with ghosts floating around // the name Halloween is probably more fitting than the official name but Special also definitely works // pours an pumpkin amber, lots of rising bubbles visible, off-white stable head, adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle turns it into a brownish rotting fruits colour & improves the taste as well // smell is pure candy sugar blended with lots of pumpkin seeds, caramelized, burned toffee, lots of sweet spices // taste is very weird, truly Halloween or special and yes indeed a pumpkin beer, is this the only pumpkin beer made in Belgium? It just might be, taste is like the bitter insides of a pumpkin, truly insane amounts of that stuff, pumpkin sees, lots of caramel, candy sugar, spices, bitter vegetable & pumpkin soup, going into a bitter grass, floral, almost hint of metallic & boozy finish, very weird, off turning at first, you sort of get into it by the end but this like eating the insides of a raw pumpkin with raw candy sugar or something, some Halloween treat // body is way, way too carbonated like sparkling water level of carbonation, what the hell?

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