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


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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 26, 2005
750 mL bottle (corked & caged): large fluffy white head, quickly diminishing into a generous creamy foam. Clear body with a dark golden hue. Clove esters tingle the nose, while mushy bananas, alcohol and fresh melon entice the senses. Smooth palate, that has a lightly grainy feel as it progresses across the tongue. Juicy tangerines, whole cloves, and overly ripe bananas melt into a wonderful mix of flavours that hide the high alcohol amazingly. An unexpected treat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2005
The color is quite beautiful, resembling the inside of a grapefruit peel, while the head of foam is very large, lasting and dense. Fragrant passion fruit aroma (papaya, mango) with hints of dried apricots, banana, doughy and caramel like malts, spice and yeast. Fruit forward, incredible flavor with big notes of dried gummy worms (peach, orange), dried apricots and bubble gum. Dry as hell with a creamy and bubbly feel on the palate. One hell of a beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Shared at the 12/18/04 Wisconsin gathering: Pours a clear bright golden with a large thick frothy head and good Belgian lacing. Has a rich, bready caramel sweetness and light fruity yeast aroma. Starts sweet and viscously malty with light fruity complexity, but could use some more balance. This could be considered overly sweet, even for a tripel. Still an enjoyable brew. Thanks heemer77!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Nice, reputedly one of only 12 bottles available here in Richmond... Deep golden color, nice hazy of tiny floaties, OK head. Aroma of perfume, alcohol, and a bit of Belgian yeasts. Flavor matches, also introducing flavors of orange, peach, and a subtle spice to the finish. Full bodied, some carbonation evident on the palate. An almost textbook tripel, very well done, highly enjoyable. Westmalle yeast strain at work here?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Bottle: Clear golden hue with small fizzy but lasting head and very good lace. The aroma has funky yeast and cheesy notes in addition to grassy and floral hops, caradmom and clove, and light phenols. The taste starts sweet and flowery, bready and yeasty. A lingering spice nature runs throughout the beer and some fruity notes appear as well. The feel is sharp and the alcohol is hidden effectively. This is not as sweet or strong tasting as many tripels. Quite quaffable. Thanks Heemer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Pours a orange/golden color. Aroma of Cinnamon, bannana, and a little "barnyard" to it. Flavor is sweet, berries, and honey, bannana as well, and spices. Palate is smooth, malty finish. Interesting, thanks To Heemer for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2004
Attractive deep gold, with big, lingering head. Spicy, doughy aroma, with a definite alcohol component. Definite citrus component to the flavor that I didn’t get in the aroma. Medium bodied, nice background hop note that bitters just enough to balance. Mellow fruitiness, other raters are right on when they mention peaches. Finish is moderately sweet, but never cloying. This really beats up on Kasteel Tripel, which I also recently had and they are rather similar beers IMO.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Poured a medium to darker, hazy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Average amount of floaters. Spicy, fruity, and citric aromas and tastes. Bananas. Lightly sweet. A hint of alcohol but no where near the 10%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5211) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2005 Cork exploded out of this one. Poured into the chalice with a huge head and amazing amounts of carbonation. The coloring of the body is a beautiful deep gold. The aroma is banana, peaches and a little bit of ginger and nutmeg spice. The taste is a little bit more dry than many tripels.It has bananas, burnt apples and some oaky character. The finish also has a little bit of rotten peaches. It has a warming alcholic finish. A little too hot for me. It finishes sweeter than it starts. Also the alcohol smooths out a little bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Comes in a caged and corked brown 750 - pours a lovely thick dark lemon gold and settles thick and hazy with a great murky glow of lava lamp yellow when put up to the light. A puffy and creamy off-white yellowed crown sits proudly tall on top and never wavers from its seat. Super thick and intricate sheets of lace sticks all over the glass.Gorgeous. Aroma is a bit dry with spice and citrusy things and banana, with a light earthy edge of wood and old paper. Brought on by the yeast strain I suppose; very clean overall with a pale sense of lightly mixed fruits and candied sugars. Taste is delightfully smooth and full of wonderful fruity flavors that aren’t overly sweet in any way; ever. More of a pale or dullish like candyness to it. Banana, pineapple. lemon parts, bits of dark orange, and drops of pear. Dryish. Which in turn takes a wonderous display and inter-twines it with a super fine yeast display of slightly dry woods and heavy grasses with spicy little leftovers. Quite a good combo on display here, one never over takes the other and its not a slap in the face with anything either. Very delicate but present in its charm and character with a certain pazazz. Very likeable. Fairly full bodied and bubbl’n with a solid carbonation, widely smooth across the palate and has lots of energy. Somewhat dry yet maintains a full malt edge and fruity swagger. 10% ABV? Huh? It never makes its presense in any of its character until late, and thats in the Ol’ sensory dept. not on the buds or the nose. Damn fine stuff.

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