Alengrin (5629) - BELGIUM - AUG 20, 2014
’Massive ale’ celebrating the renowned Flemish poet Guido Gezelle, customarily presented in stone cups citing his poetry. Yellowish white foam, deep reddish brown colour. Sweet fruity smell of raisins, plums, pear, cinnamon, honey (effectively used), caramelly taste with sweet raisins, faintly sugary, malty, spicy and yeasty with sourish hint almost reminiscent of an oud bruin, light bitter finish. MarcoDL (5312) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 3, 2013
A magnificent piece of Belgian brewing art. Strong blond beer with honey, raisin and lots of spices. Very sweet, but with a complex and malty body. Very good. biereflaneuse (22) - Certaldo, ITALY - AUG 21, 2013
33cl bottle, expire date end 2012, carefully preserved in my cellar but I do not remember the provenience of the bottle. Having faced serious yeast problems in previous ’t Smisje beers I figured it was time to check out Guido too, this idea gifting me a nice afternoon. This particular brew, which belongs to the "classic" ’t Smisje line - I do not know if they are still producing it, the informations are confusing - is dedicated to Flemish XIX century poet Guido Gezelle. I never read anything by him but I guess Brandt enjoyed his poems quite a lot, if he dedicated him a beer such as "Guido" is. This pours brown, opalescent, with small, crisp but subtle head; the foam is not long-lasting but leaves a lace around the glass and would be easy to re-form were I not drinking this one in my Orval glass (not easy to rotate without spilling). The nose is complex and strong, smell of confiture, fruits preserved in alcohol, nuts and sweet caramel; mouth opens and remains quite sweet for a while but is twisted with gentle roasted tones to a bittersweet and slightly drier finish, encouraging another sip. This is the perfect autumn beer, and I fear I predated the perfect timing of a month or so - the hot sun outside makes an awkward pairing - but anyway somptueux à siroter and in a way so simple, so familiar, so Belgian, it touches one’s heart. maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a very hazy brown color with a moderate, but quickly disappearing head. Nose is quite fruity and slightly sweet. Taste is also quite sweet with some fruity elements to it. Not a huge fan of this. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle from Artisan Wine Depot. $5.89 A good Belgium Beer but not that complex. It is tasty. Aroma old raisins, winter spice, hint of banana. Not as sweet as some of the reviews mention. The biggest thing that stands out is the strong acidic raisins. A hint of maple and stinging carbonation. Dirty finish.
dasdan (235) - BELGIUM - APR 20, 2013
33 cl bottle at brewery smiske in Mater. Dark brown with red shine body and large off white head. Very sweet caramel and raisin taste. Too sweet for me. ** annunz123 (963) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Rich aroma with bread, fruit, caramel, and spice. Flavor is sweet with coffee cake and fruit. A little alcohol in the finish for balance. A little too sweet, but I still liked this a lot better than the rating suggests. mnoud (318) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2013
2013.01.27 - Regenboog (t Smisje) Guido - 11.2oz bottle in goblet glass. This must be an older bottle as it's clearly marked Regenboog and not t Smisje.
Pours a raisin color caramel, slightly red. Little to no head, about a half cap that settles to a lightly foamy ring.
Aroma is sweet honey and a bit of bready yeast.
Mouthfeel is pretty light and slick. Medium carbonation.
Taste is OK. Not as sweet as you'd expect with honey and raisins but it's there. I'm also guessing this bottle is well past its prime, no date indications to tell for sure. There is sweetness on the front end. At the very back end it almost resolves to a bit of a smoky flavor and just a trace of alcohol warmth. Not bad, I may seek out fresher vintages.
Aroma 5/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 14/20 Gearz (84) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Tastes like a double and looks like a double. Sweet taste followed by alcohol.
Brown Carmel color with a 1/4" layer of head.
Pleasant Belgian beer. Would probably rather have a St. Bernardus Christmas or Abt 12.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 11, 2012
11.2oz bottle in a tulip. Pours brown with a lacy, light tan head. Aroma of spicy yeast, some caramel and darker malts, dark fruit, and some floral hops. Flavor the same, with the honey and raisins making a nice addition. Average texture. A decent Belgian beer.