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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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15227) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2003
Hazy golden color; thin, persistent pelage. Very nice aroma, malty, fruity (anans & mango, banana), candies, light wood; original & complex.
Full mouth, malty, perfectly balanced between a light sweetness and a correct bitterness; different to believe it's so strong!
The final starts gently, getting bitter more and more.
Different, but a valid antagonist for the Duvel!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (13230) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2010
33 cl bottle. Hazy yellow color, small white head. Aroma of hay and pepper. Taste is very bitter throughout, a bit over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2005 (750ml bottle) Pours a hazy orangish body with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of cheese, apple, and mustiness. Creamy mouthfeel. Spicy yeast flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 9, 2006
(750ml bottle) Particulate-filled body with medium white head. Aroma is medium sweet, musty, apple cider, some alcohol, light cookie. Taste is medium sweet, candi sugar, orange, apple, butter, some alcohol. Effervescent, medium-full body. Not very interesting or flavorful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (11491) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Aroma of caramel, cooked toffee, citrus hint, and some fruit. Golden, lightly hazy color, with a white head that laced and disappeared. Full mouthfeel, malt, defaulting through fruit and yeast, coming to a very interesting bitter finish. The fruit is apple/stone fruit mix. Really very nice, and the alcohol is hardly noticeable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11235) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. [thanks after4ever] . Clear light amber with a fine, staying, creamy, white head. Lovely duration. Aroma has sweet malts, caramel, apricot, soft vinious. Red apples, a touch of cardemum. Medium carbonation, fine creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of caramel, Belgian sugar, mild viniousness, good fruitiness, oranges, apples. Good lingering dryness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11065) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle From Keg Liquor. Poured cloudy dark orange color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Complex spicy citrus, alcohol and yeast aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy fruity citrus flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a refreshing good beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bierkoning (10555) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2006
Orange blonde color. Found in a drinks shop in Oldenzaal. The shopkeeper didn’t know he had this beer in stock ( I found it in a hidden corner) "Probably left from a christmas gift packet", he muttered. Didn’t want to sell it at first, then thought "what the hell" and let me have it for € 2,50 for a 75 cl bottle, garantied till I left the door. Buttery aroma. Alcohol, malt and butter in the sweet flavor. Powerful beer of decent quality.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2009
750 ml bottle poured a cloudy tarnished gold with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of yeast, bread, pear, light pineapple and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, yeast, pear, apple, light carmel and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lingering fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
750 mL caged and corked bottle purchased from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO. Pours hazy yellow-orange with a large, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (straw, hay, bread), average hops (grass, herbs), heavy yeast (dough, earth, horse blanket) with notes of pears. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, light sweetness and bitterness, moderate acidity.


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