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

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RATINGS: 319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Barley malt, wheat malt, vienna malt, and caramalt; Hallertauer, and Kent Goldings hops; Dark candy sugar, and White candy sugar; and Coriander, and Grain de Paradise. Finally it is aged in E.Dupont calvados cask 6 months.
Primary Fermentation: 2 Weeks
Secondary Fermentation in Bottle: Champagne yeast, port yeast and ale yeast

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2.5
fiulijn (20604) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 20, 2008
Courtesy of Papsoe
Cloudy amber color. The aroma has, in the beginning, some nice malt; the mouthfeel is too dry and alcoholic, with just some light caramel flavor. The fermentation has used too much of the sugars. Strangely, it has a parmesan touch both in the aroma and flavor. Disappointing.

2.8
Oakes (17815) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Muddy dull brown - looks dreadful in the glass. No hiss upon opening and no carbo visible. Aroma has apple, alcohol and rich malts - caramel and concentrated amounts of pale malt. Flat body, but alcohol arrives quickly and forcefully to minimize oiliness. Of course, this is merely replaced by heat. It carries alongside it an apple accent as well as slightly caramelized pears and peaches. Strongly alcoholic finish. I find the overall product too hot and the beer component too one-dimensional (read: dominated by the calvados). Decent at best.

3.6
chrisv10 (17587) - DENMARK - MAR 16, 2012
Bottle @ FOneFan. Amber/orange with small off-white head. Aroma is malt, yeast, fruit, phenols and sugar. Flavour is malt, medium sweet, fruit, yeast, oak, calvados and warming.

2.8
jtclockwork (16685) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Licorice notes. Very aged. Almost like a "fine wine" only not a "wine" and not all that fine (if that makes sense). Molasses pour. No head. Rated 4/12/10

3.8
Dedollewaitor (16174) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2012 brown (muddy) with little quick disappearing head. sweet barley malt caramel aroma and dark fruits. Wood/oak feel. Sweetness. Smooth, soft and filling texture. Medium carbonated. A bit warm from the alcohol. Slight Bitter and lasting finish. Exciting. Great! Re-rate March 2012. Dusty, dark fruit. calvados, caramel. Old bottle. Warmth from alcohol. 3,5.

3.4
MiP (15920) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2004
Bottle. Very yeasty and peppery marcipan aroma. Dark brown/orange cloudy colour. Flavour is malty, alcoholic, caramelly. Burnt aftertaste.

2.5
Benzai (15726) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2011
Sampled at OBER Kerstbierfestival Essen 2011. Hazy murky reddish color, small off-white head. Smell and taste a little infected and chemical. Some kind of sourness I don’t like anyway. Ok carbo, low to medium body.

4.3
bhensonb (15338) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bottle. A vigorous escape upon opening. Aroma of yeast and fruity esters. Color is ripe apricot and the head is full and slightly rocky off-white. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavor is quite complex. Fruity, yeasty, malty, vinous. A touch of wood, and some bitter hop. A hint of citrus, could be coriander. Overall it’s really impressive. And not a hint of heat - pretty good for 12%. This may be the beer.

3.4
Scopey (14972) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s thanks to jackl. It pours hazy/murky deep amber with a medium beige head. The nose is sweet baked goods, brown sugar, crème brulee, vanilla, rice pudding and apple. The taste is caramel, toffee, earth, toast, preserved fruit, fig, prune, passion fruit and dried apple. Medium to full body and fine carbonation with alcohol warmth in the finish. Well integrated flavour. Decent.

3.3
Ratman197 (14952) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle 2003 vintage poured a cloudy dark copper with no head. Aromas of apple cider, spices, and some molasses. Palate was light bodied and slightly syrupy. Flavors of apples, brown sugar, spices, and carmel with a warming, lingering sweet finish.


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