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


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RATINGS: 152   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2997) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Dark amber/brown murky pour thin to no off white head .... aroma of whiskey, smoked peated malts, spices .... taste is mostly of smoked peated malts, light whiskey, dry spicy .... flavors are very well put together .... abv hidden very well coriander and grains of paradise are light but evident .... finish is smokey and sweet ... good stuff

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (14070) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
edgallow (3932) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2015
11.2 oz bottle pours hazy brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of sweet malts, fruit, yeast and brown sugar. Taste is sweet fruit and yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Niko100 (2796) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2015
Rich amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, stone fruit, some caramel, & spice; Flavor of slight sweet malt, oak, yeast, tangy dark fruit, and spice; Dry finish; Tasted odd & oxidized - not sure if the bottle was off.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
330ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Murky brown in colour, thin lasting beige head, excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet, alcoholic, some musty yeast, fruity. Flavour is quite sweet, noticeable alcohol, lots of fruit, chocolate, caramel. Warm mouthfeel, medium/light body, moderate carbonation. Finishes quite warm, sweet, lingering. Again, the barrel aging seems to thin the beer out way to much.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alexsdad06 (9736) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle at home from backlog notes. Pours a hazy reddish amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big barrel character, smoke, wood, whiskey, some spices, but the barrel dominated this, not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (4902) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
Oak-aged spice ale with unstable, off-white head and a very fruity and rich aroma of peach, plum, woody tannins, single malt, coriander seed, brandy and madera; complex, fruity taste, sweetish with vivid spicy hints, drying coriander, smooth with a warming, woody, long and complex finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Tons of sweet dark fruit, peppery yeast, and slight black pepper flavor. Slight licorice and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hotstuff (4947) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Rated on 5-22-2010 (Bottle) When poured, this has a medium sized beige head that mostly diminshes, opaque orange brown body, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, coriander, spicy, and alcohol. The taste is sweet, sugar, spicy, coriander, and boozy. The palate is smooth and very warming. This beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this is a nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (2422) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2016 Some whiskey, cherry, spices and woody flavors. Hides the strength well. Would be too much be there was a touch of sour which really balanced things out. Kind of just OK but also kind of really good. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - APR 30, 2013
Over the top out of this world goooood! The nose is pretty weird. I guess its the grains of paradise. I thought it smelled like a can of stewed tomatoes and soy sauce. Forget that though. Awesome cloudy brown. I stirred up the bottom and got all the dust. Really blows it up. The flavor is strong and spicy and complex. Nutmeg, coriander, pepper, soy. dark fruit, musty, wood, very very slight whiskey element. This is one of the best beers I have ever had the pleasure to experience! 92 rating is soooo wrong.

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