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


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RATINGS: 171   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Caskalefan (163) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2006
This ale pours with an incredible mousse of a head that doesn’t quit. The deep golden color is profound, and the body is both light and fluffy, and yet , paradoxically, immensely rich. The flavor builds across the palate, as you savor sip after sinful sip. There are notes of spiciness, woodiness, and a hard-to-pin-down fruitiness (something like date or fig, but not really...it’s a very elusive flavor, but it goes on and on. There is also a definite sappiness in this masterpiece that reminds me of an armagnac, similar to the flavor component found in a Cuvee L’Hermitage, but more pronounced. In fact, this was the biggest impression that I was left with after relishing this ale. An absolute beauty!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2008
Murky, golden pour with a big, sustaining head. Very light aroma of sweetness and wheat. Bitter hoppy start quickly followed by a smooth and creamy maltiness that ends with an apricot like yumminess. Full-mouth feel. A great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (18577) - 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2005
33 cl bottle. Hazy yellow with suspended sediment going absolutely nowhere in the body--promising a thick beer. Orange and pineapple citurs, with loads of bubblegum, mark the aroma. The flavor is less full and joyful, but it still manages to give me complex yeasty and fruity flavors, with a hint of mint and chewing gum. The 10% abv doesn’t show up anywhere here; that’s a pretty good accomplishment on its own. Chewy though not sticky, just a substantial body that is not cloying or fizzy. Really well done and nicely balanced. Thanks to Kevin for helping out so much tonight with the wallboard installation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2007
The beer poured a cloudy yellow/orange color with a rather large head. The aroma is quite citrusy and floral with some lemons and peaches. I also detect some whipped cream and toffee in the nose. The flavor is somewhat sour with some lemons, vanilla, honey, peaches, and butterscotch. A little bit of spice is also present. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. The alcohol is hidden extremely well. Overall this was a great Tripel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2004
This is a good Abbey Triple . ABV well hidden. Malty, fruity, and somme bitterness. Finishes clean, crisp, and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 10, 2005
dark cloudy yellow with dot size floaties throughout. smells of fried fruit pies, big yeasty notes and pineapple with some bubblegum. rich flavor with a strong malt character. i can sink my teeth into this one. very meaty. finishesfruity with an edge of vanilla. very nice, very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2005
08.06.05 750ml bottle, trade from footbalm. Beautiful hazed, glowing gold. Lofty fluff of white foam speckled with yeasty flotsam. Inviting. Luscious, naughty aromas of buttered orchids, candied grapes, sugary toffee, dried banana. Sweet and grapey, candied yams, grandma’s sweet potatoes, warm applesauce, citrus touches. Mild, hidden alcohol. Velvet palate, soft and sensual, filling. Strongly reminiscent of Allagash Triple Reserve.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Rich frothy white head tops this dark gold, slightly cloudy brew. The aroma is clean and malty with no hop presence to speak of. Flavor is very clean for a 10% beer. As with aroma, it’s sweet and malty. A beautiful strong golden.

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