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69
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style
Brewed by Brouwerij Smisje
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Mater, Belgium

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unknown

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unknown

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Previously this beer was known as "Smiske Kerst"

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2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
karlsnes (58) - - DEC 27, 2012
27.12.12 Ølkonsortiets julekalender. Uts: oransjebrun, uklar, store gjærsedimenter, middels holdbart beige skum. Duft: fruktig og fyldig, endel malt og belgisk gjær. Smak: middels fyldig, mye tørket frukt og gjær, litt lite malt, god ettersmak.


4
nearbeer (5610) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 16, 2017
33 cl. "Smiske Kerst" version. Cap stamp appears to say "KE 113". Mild gusher pours a turbid copper with a big dollop of sticky creamy foam. Aroma of fig, vanilla toffee and a touch of sourish citrus. Flavor is similar plus some mineral and hints of wood and whiskey. Medium-plus body is smooth with low-medium fizz and a sweet slant, though not cloying. Well-hidden abv with just a touch of welcome warmth evident. This bottle appears to have been sitting a while. Might have been 7 plus years old based on what info I could find about the alias version. If so, it held up nicely and became pretty smooth.

3.9
Wixie (668) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2017
Hazy brown liquid, large head. Aroma of malt and alcohol. Heavy body, little bit carbonation. Taste is sweet, with hints of iron.

3.2
nathanvc (712) - Brugge, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2017
At Café Botteltje, Ostend. Pours hazy brown with a small, tan head. The aroma contains caramel, (dark) fruits, spices, vinegar and port. It tastes medium to heavy sweet, light bitter and light sour. The finish is slightly dry, wry and tart, with prominent alcohol. Medium body, slick texture, fizzy carbonation. Good touch of sourness, but all in all not very refined.

3
Koelschtrinker (21514) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - FEB 1, 2017
Alkoholischer, leicht oxidierter Antrunk. Malzig herbe Noten, etwas Honig, dann reife Früchte, erhöhte Karbonisierung. Alkoholischer Nachhall. Erstaunlich süffig. 10/9/9/10/7/9

4
Johnstledger8 (1331) - 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.

4.5
mikske79 (1731) - 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

4
beastiefan2k (4112) - 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 I’ve 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 aren’t 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, I’ve 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, I’ve 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.

3.6
McDef85 (42) - ITALY - SEP 27, 2016
Dolce, piena, pastosa, buon warming, segue diligentemente la linea delle birre invernali belghe

3.5
mariojbra (17) - 60810160, BRAZIL - AUG 22, 2016
Trazida da Belgica, coloração acastanhada, aroma de pão, sabor complexo toffie, frutado e retrogosto menos amargo que o esperado. Surpreende do início ao fim. Excelente!

3.5
Iphonephan (7287) - 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.


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