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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow, with very sizable foamy white head. Aroma has notes of sweet spices, lemon, bread, honey oats. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty hard to believe its 10% the way it drinks. Flavor is very spicy, with various bread notes, very soft sourdough underlying the sweet spices, with a generally dry finish, perhaps a touch of white grape, zesty spices, cracker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (7233) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap. Hazy rich yellow pour with a clingy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and Frosted Flakes. Smooth palate. More sugary grain on taste with some citrus. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3936) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
33 cl. Golden with a humongous head. Nose is spicy resin, hard candy, and wheat. Taste is the same with a bit of iron, cardboard, more resin, and light vinous notes. Light-medium body is dryish, smoothly carbonated, and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
The faint aroma is pleasant and unusual, sort of like pancakes on the griddle. This is a very good Belgian strong ale. When I drink a Wit beer, I want it to taste like this. It’s like a heartier, boozier Wit without as much citrus. The booze isn’t hidden, but you are glad it’s there. This beer feels more like 15% instead of the quoted 10%. Enjoy responsibly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4321) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours cloudy golden with a thick, fluffy, cream-colored head. Aroma strong of caramel and cereal malts, spicy yeast, and a nice balance of floral hops. Flavor about the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good Tripel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Floral with a hoppy finish. Citrus notes and crisp finish. Nice head. Straw color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3407) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Orangish brew, diffuse head. The sweet intensity of the bouquet is a bit jarring at first whiff. As I settle to imbibe it more deeply, I am ensconced by sugared corn flakes doused in alcoholic fruit punch which soon becomes more distinct. From peeled layers arises apple, which takes center stage. The body is of a buzzy Belgian apple flavor along a layer of sugar-frosted corn flakes. Definitely a brew that is at once interesting, and also redolent of distinct childhood breakfast memories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jrallen34 (3485) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
bottle... dark honey gold with a bright off white head, good retention and nice lace... sweet honey water with yeast, deceptively light... the taste is way to sweet, sweet wet grains, honey, yeast, alcohol finish yet for 10% its really easy to drink... average

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7224) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2011
750mL bottle, a few years old. Poured cloudy medium orange with a short-ish cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up lavender and peppery yeast over honey, bready, and raisin-y sweetness.. some sour apple and apricot-y notes accented.. smelled like it was a tad old, but it was still aiight. The flavor found candied raisin and honey malts with dry pepper, cloves, and some sour malts laced throughout.. almost mapley on the back-end, with enough sugars to mostly mask the boozage.. decent stuff, but again it seemed past its prime. Heavier-bodied and syrupy on the palate, with lots of decayed hops evident.. sweet in the middle, and mostly dry in the end.. this was a tough one to rate, and I’d like to try a fresh sample sometime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2011
750ml bottle poured into glass. Honey gold color with a big fluffy head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of honey and slight boozyness. Flavor is sweet as well. The ABV sort of makes this a little hard to enjoy. Good but I probably wont reach for it again.

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