Smiske Winter (prev. Kerst)

Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mater, Belgium


on tap


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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Previously this beer was known as "Smiske Kerst"

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (19743) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 1, 2017
Alkoholischer, leicht oxidierter Antrunk. Malzig herbe Noten, etwas Honig, dann reife Frchte, erhhte Karbonisierung. Alkoholischer Nachhall. Erstaunlich sffig. 10/9/9/10/7/9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnstledger8 (1121) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2017
Bottle. Pours an opaque murky brownish orange with a lasting off white foamy head. Aroma is of toffee, banana, grassy, hint of spice. Taste is of toffee, figs, raisins, currants, plum, banana. Oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikske79 (1641) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - NOV 23, 2016
Een zeer lekkere volle, rijke geur. Weinig schuim. De smaak is zeer lekker, vergelijkbaar met een Abbaye des Rocs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (3889) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2016
11.2oz bottle. Cap is stamped with Lot 087, not sure what, if anything, that means. I must admit that I am biased when rating this beer. I am a big fan of Regenboog, which I guess is now Smisje. I think Ive only had one of their beers since the change but if this is any indication not much has changed. This beer, as is norm for Regenboog/Smisje, pours with a muddy, dirty ruby hued brown. No clarity and full of yeast byproduct. At first a foamy and bubbly head that fades rather quickly and loudly. Aroma is full with plummy, raisiny, fruit-rum cake-y mix of alcohol, yeast, and malt. Strong and sweet but not sugary or too much alcohol. The dominant house yeast is present and lots of fruitiness but well balanced by the strength. Flavor has the same characteristics but a slight addition of hoppiness. We arent talking about American level of hoppiness but more than one sees in a traditional Belgian Strong. Non-astringent cherry fruitiness and a light paperiness finishes the flavor. The "paper" aspect, I am hesitant to call it cardboard, is interesting. I don;t know if this is an old bottle, Ive never seen Smiske in the USA before nowadays who knows. Or this brewery always seems have that character, which may be a byproduct of a bit too much oxygen exposure during brewing. But I think it actually accentuates the beer and helps balance the strong and sweet characters. Either way, Ive been drinking a lot of bad beer recently, I am happy to finally sit down with a beer that makes me happy. I hope to see more Smiske beers in the US.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
McDef85 (42) - ITALY - SEP 27, 2016
Dolce, piena, pastosa, buon warming, segue diligentemente la linea delle birre invernali belghe

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mariojbra (1) - 60810160, BRAZIL - AUG 22, 2016 does not count
Trazida da Belgica, colorao acastanhada, aroma de po, sabor complexo toffie, frutado e retrogosto menos amargo que o esperado. Surpreende do incio ao fim. Excelente!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6837) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2016
From a bottle at Cafe Genevieve in Jackson WY. Pours a murky brown with an ecru head. Caramel aroma. Flavors of fruitcake and tart cherries. Musty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (1155) - Firenze, ITALY - DEC 26, 2015
Il gran mappazzone belga invernale, per digerire il pranzo natalizio. Direi che il suo lo fa e nasconde anche benissimo, gli 11 gradi, ma poi certo non per niente esaltante...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (44202) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small off white head. Aroma is mild fruity, phenolic, caramelish and light spiced. Sweet, fruity. Lingering overripe fruity and caramelish into the finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - DEC 8, 2015
Een zeer lekker winterbier, een stevig karakter om te drinken, wel traag drinken om van te genieten.

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