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


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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Whiskey cask matured ’t Smisje Kerst ale brewed with spices (corriander and Grains of Paradise).

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fonefan (51126) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011

Bottle 330ml. @ ChrisOs - Christmas Tasting.

Clear medium amber color with a small, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, oxidide, moderate yeasty, light coriander, light whisky notes. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light bitter with a average to long duration, overriped berries, oxidide. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20101228]

Travlr (26130) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2010
Bottle at Max’s. Murky chestnut color, big tan head. Aroma of oak and bourbon, some dark fruit. Taste begins with caramel and progresses to raisins and an edge of citric acid. Interesting.

madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 26th November 2010
Cloudy brown beer, decent tan head. Toffee cream nose. Light dry palate. Toffee cream. Subtle sour and spice. Light whisky. Nice woody tones with a trace of vanilla and aniseed. Very light on it it’s toes for an 11.0% beer.

Leighton (22327) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2010
Bottle. A very nice beer with varied layers. Pours dark, amber-gold with a strong head. Nose of dark fruits and oak, mostly. Plenty of sweetness in the flavor, with notes of raisins, pear, spices, caramel and toffee. Pretty thick in the body with a syrupy, sticky finish. Mild warming. Really quite good.

chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2011
330ml bottle (no best before date) @ Christmas tasting on 28 December 2010. Not sure how old this bottle was but it certainly had a few years on it. I would have expected a beer of this strength to have held up well, even acquired some interesting aged characteristic. Unfortunately it mainly seemed a bit past it with signs of oxidation. Musty and quite woody - seemed more like the age than the barrel. Just a hint of fruit but it’s well-faded. Drinkable but not in great nick.

harrisoni (19341) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2010
Bottle at Chriso NY 2010 Tasting. Sour barrel aroma. Some sweet toffee in mouth. Some more barrel on finish. Not my favourite.

Dedollewaitor (16393) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Late March Tasting, 2012. Pours dark ruby amber with a small creamy white head. Nose is yeast, spices and vague whisky. Sweet and inviting. Sweet flavor with a warmth from alcohol, mild -very mild peated whisky, fruit , caramel and alcohol. Sweet - yet balanced and enjoyable. Hides the alcohol well.

bhensonb (15761) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Ruby amber color with a frothy beige head. Aromas of caramel and light stone fruits with citrus/coriander. Medium body with fizzy carbonation. The flavor moves quickly from caramel to whisky (not bourbon?) and oak. Spice is present. Also heat, but it’s rather soft. Turns a bit peppery. Finishes rather dry. So there’s quite a few changes as consumption progresses. Good thing this tasty stuff comes in small bottles!

Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Stubby bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, coriander, fruitiness, yeast, light vanilla, light oak and a hint of whiskey. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of caramel, fruitiness, coriander, light whiskey and a hint of oak with a smooth lingering caramel finish.

Tmoney99 (14983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured hazy brown color with a large frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Complex aroma of yeasty, bourbon, woody and sweet spice. Body was medium with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was sweet & tart fruit with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Good, not great beer.

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