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De Proef Knock Out (K-O)

Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Abbey Tripel
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 169   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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K-O is the latest invention of Dirk Naudts, one of Belgium’s leading brewmasters. For years, Dirk has been coming up with winning beer recipes for breweries large and small throughout Belgium and Holland. (You would be amazed at how many beers with other people’s labels on them were actually created by Dirk.)
Meanwhile, of course, there’s the beer to talk about. When we first tried it, a year or so ago, K-O was a pretty good blonde ale, with deceptive strength and a black-and-white Xeroxed label that, frankly, really sucked. But then, by chance, when Brother Daniel was poking around the Pike Place Market in Seattle, he found an antique label for a now-defunct apple orchard called K-O that really made a punchy statement. Our good friend Paul re-worked that label a tad, we convinced Dirk to add a few extra shovel-fulls of hops to the brew, and there you have it: a bottle of beer that anyone can understand.
The name says it all. This fabulous golden ale will knock you on your can. But K-O delivers more than just an alcoholic punch in the face – this is real beer, with pure malt and hops, body and character, not just a metric ton of fermented candi sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cory (364) - , California, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle. Very light toast aroma with a little, mild stone fruit, with a citrus finish. With light carbonation and and light body this one really can sneak up on you. I had it on a rather cold afternoon and it felt a little lacking, but sometimes it strangely seems all a beer needs is a hot day and this might just be that beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
husk2240 (10) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 9, 2014
It will be a sort of De Proef kind of place, with lots of contract brewing for different people who want to have their beer made here at a price much lower than transporting from Europe or elsewhere. We also see a lot of guest-brewers and collaborations between countries, etc.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndyW68 (1188) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Nice. Clear yellow pour with white head. Little sweet and yeasty. Nose and taste follow each other. Sticky feel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Hazy gold pour. White head. Yeasty and quite sweet. A nice spice component but it’s just too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7798) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Taster on tap at Neon’s. Hazy orange golden color. Little off-white head. Bigger body. Lighter carbonation. Pretty dry. Just a dot or two of lace. Some light grapefruit citrus. Caramel malt. Light belgian candy sugar. Moderate sweet taste. Light bitter. Just a very light bite. Solid tripel - the light citrus zestiness is an interesting twist, but besides that, there’s not too much else to say about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a hazy golden orange with thin white lacing. Smells of Belgian yeast and spices with some bitterness and sweetness. Tastes like it smells, but more balanced. Some caramel flavor in there too. Nice and smooth on the palate. A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (4259) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Aroma is spices, citrus and a very strong yeast funk. The flavor is citrus, spices, dryish malts, fruit and a dry bordering on puckering finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3960) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2013
750 ml bottle from Winnoski Beverage Warehouse for $11.99. Nose is nice, Esther’s of pears, banana and lots of bready pale malt. Flavor has a big yeast profile that gives me tropical fruit, clove mild yeast and a large amount of sweetness in the finish. ABV is there but not distracting at all. A nice little zip of spicy hints in the finish. Medium in body and real easy to drink for the big ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
priscoppi (24) - - SEP 27, 2013
Bottle. Hazy golden color with big fluffy white head. Aroma is malty and sweet with fruit. The taste is pretty malty for a tripple. Medium sweet with floral and spice. You really can not taste the 10% which is both excellent and addictive

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4784) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 31, 2013
Certainly packs the punch! Nice floral hops with some lime and general pot-pourri notions. A hint of candied malt underneath it with some booze as well. Pours orange with pillowy white head and good lacing. Nice, straightforward leave, good if not super versatile. Soft carbonation. Bittersweet and light candy finish. Bottle.

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