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


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RATINGS: 327   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
A dark and heavy ale - the strongest that the brewery has ever produced - in which three varieties of malt and two spices are utilised. It is brewed "in honour of" the Burgundian Babble Belt, a well known web-site on the Internet, where beer lovers can exchange all sorts of information.

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jgb9348 (6280) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a small (almost non-existant) ugly large-bubbled head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, blood, metal, corn and nothing else pleasant. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong maltiness up front followed by large caramel and burnt sugars with a strong peach flavour-all masked by a large alcohol presence. Aftertaste shows alcohol and metal-not pleasant. Overall, not a good beer at all-this one was almost horrible. Don’t waste money on this one-go for any St. Bernardus beer! This one lacked carbonation, it was almost still, plus its flavours weren’t great. I sampled this bottle fresh (I bought it the day earlier at a market quick on turn-around), so that wasn’t an issue at all. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Vienna, Virginia on 14-November-2004.

iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 1, 2004
11.2 oz bottle, label says brewed in 2002: still clouded mahogany. Seems like this one should have some carbonation, I haven’t had too many Belgians that aren’t…no choice but to give it a try. Soft, though intense candied alcohol aroma. Bready flavours that match the alcohol fairly evenly, giving this beer a strange balance. Striking bitterness through the finish that covers up the fruity flavours that were just beginning to peak out…overall pretty good and unique flavours, but this one was missing my favour part about great Belgian beer: the carbonation.

Frank (4196) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2004
My bottle was uncarbonated. The seal on the cap seemed good and it doesn’t show any sign of infection aside from being very muddy with sediment, which is to say it doesn’t taste infected. It pours with no head and a nice amber brown with a thick sediment. I may have poured carelessly but even so it’s a bit rediculous. The palate is dead flat and a bit thick. Those complaints aside, it does taste and smell very nice. Lots of very fruity malts and a big hit of Belgian spice. It’s too bad the nice aspects of this beer are well over shadowed by it’s shortcoming. There are some who would say I shouldn’t rate this bottle being as it’s obviously in less than perfect. However, the store I bought it at, I stop at once per week and this was the first I saw of this on the shelves so it couldn’t have sat there long. Also, I think people should be aware that the brewery lets bad batches slip out.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2004
Pours a still muddy burgundy with tons of powdery sediments. No head. No pop on opening. Very fruity nose: perfumey pears, plums, oranges, apples. Sweet caramel. woody spiciness, cinammon. Moderately yeasty. Remarkably hidden alcohol, but the flat body is very annoying and removes a big part of the excitement which is sad because there is a nice range of malt flavors and no yeasty acidity to speak of. Still, I don’t know that I would enjoy this all that much as sweet as it is and with nothing to counter it. It feels like a fruity sweet full bodied red wine.

hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Poured a dark, hazy reddish brown color with a large tan head. Aromas and taste of yeast, spices, brown sugar, and caramel. Lightly sweet. Wouldn’t have guessed it was 12% alcohol. Overall a decent Belgian Strong Ale.

MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - SEP 16, 2004
Deep amber. Nose sweetened caramel, bit of maple syrup, some apple fruit. Bottle I got was tragically without carbonation, which definitely negatively impacted the taste. Sweet and a bit fruity, a bit overly sugared. Alcohol is well-masked. Spicy and a bit yeasty. No carbonation whatsoever.

Rckuy (1) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2004 does not count
Excllent. It is very cloudy but packs a punch. I highly recommend it. Strong alcohol taste. Nice flavor.

Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2004
Copper color with medium sized head. Aroma is strong alcohol, malt & sweet candy. Taste is smooth and tart with cinnamon and dried fruits. Strong as hell but tasty as well.

egajdzis (6590) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Poured a hazy reddish brown color with a quickly diminishing off white head. Aroma of sweet candy sugar, and lots of esthers of banana and other dark fruits. It was interesting that the taste seemed to be no where near the aroma, though it was still awesome! Sweet caramel malt, nuts soaked in more caramel, apples, light fruits, and finally just a touch of alcohol.

footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Ugly,this kinda looks like it was taken from the Mississippi River after a flood.Cloudy,which I am normally fond of,but the color.No foam no carbonation.Ugly.But the aroma on this baby more than makes up for how it looks.like a warm mug of apple cider with a cinnamon stick after a hour of shoveling snow on a cold day.Flat and nowhere near the flavor blast I was expecting from the aroma.Maybe I had a bad bottle,this bottle sucked.

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