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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2725) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2006
Dark amber in color with a rich, fluffy head. Taste is smooth with maltiness, caramels, citrus, and hops. Nothing fancy here, but a solid brew nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottle. Great color, pours a head, but doesn’t last. I had this on tap a few months ago and that seems much fuller and robust. The bottle is good, but nothing like the tap. Finish seems really sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (10771) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 22, 2006
Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma but loads fo citrus. Powerfull flavor, long finish. A litte watery palate, but I really like this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndoughty (4071) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2006
Bronze and poured with a medium head. Some sweetness, fruits and nuts make for a complex beer.Interesting and easy to drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14103) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 12, 2006
light/medium brown with white head. Average carbonation, a bit of fruit and quite sweet. Very pleasant for every beer fan. Not too abstract. Remember to pour it into a high glass (if you do not have the beutiful kwak glass). Good finish!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (6873) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 9, 2006
Kind of ordinary beer. Well, flavor starts a bit sweet and finish with a nice bitterness. The 8% is a surprice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2006
Ver surprised by the 8%, it does not taste strong. A fruity banana aroma at first then becomes very sweet. Nice head when poured from bottle that lasts for a few sips. By the end of the glass sweetness was taking over.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BruderMichael (13) - Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle: 75cl (sweet). Pours a nice head, however rapidly diminishes. Nice copper color and good balance which hides the high ABV (8%). Unfortunately, lacking the signature Kwak glass, poured into my trusty Chimay glass -- does the bubble at the bottom of the Kwak glass do something? A bit of sour/sweet action here -- must be the yeast contrasting with the high malt. Bonus points for the classic understated bottle. Pauvel bears a striking resemblance to Simon Bolivar -- I guess they both were liberators of a sort.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Tap. Medium dark color with a small head. This one has flavors of yeast and fruit. It is very refined and the alcohol is really not noticable. Flavors are of grains, fruits and yeaxt. Palate and finish is refreshing. A remarkable feat for a fairly high alcoholic beer. pretty sophisticated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
I poured this into a snifter from an 11.2 ounce bottle. Kwak was a cloudy burnt orange in color. It formed about a half inch of a light tan head that lasted a minute or two and left some nice lacing as it receded. The lacing becomes spottier as the glass drains. There is a nice covering of foam across the surface for the entire time once the head is gone. There is a citrus aroma with caramel notes. It has a crisp upfront taste with hints of citrus; grapefruit perhaps. If you let it warm in your mouth there are some nice malt flavors; molasses and caramel. Finishes with a nice clean citrus flavor and leaves just a touch of sweetness. It seems well balanced to me and hides the 8% ABV very well. It has a medium body and feels creamy on the palate. This one is good. I want more. Also, this is a dangerous one. Kwak has a great taste and no hint of the 8% ABV on the palate, but on the grey matter that’s another story.


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