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

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RATINGS: 1912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 (Bottle 33 cl) The gimmicky glass is NOT the main thing about this beer. Actually the "Kwak" is a very decent ale in it’s own right. Beautiful amber with a nice creamy head. Lots of floating yeast. Has some caramel-like notes but never gets sweet or cloying. Very nice ale. 181093

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 13, 2005
Pour is a deep red with little or no head. Tons of floaties! Aroma is eathy,peat with some dark fruits in there. Flavor is is like a bowl of raisins and plums. Lots of dark fruity flavor throughout. Finally you get the alcohol at the back of the throat. Very pleasing in both the flavor and aroma.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (8354) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2005
Dark yellow appearance, lace in glass. Yeast with spice aroma, sour dry, with sugar texture. Some spice and orange and lemon fruit

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
Kwak is a true experience. It is neither the strongest, heaviest or spiciest of Belgians, but there is a thickness to it and a real diversity of flavors. There’s a licorice undertone that I love as a Sambuca man, and also a really gentle carbonation. Best when served in a short yard glass.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I love Kwak. It’s a "set you on your bootie" strong ale. In traditional bars, Kwak is served in a unique glass similar to the "yard of ale" style. It’s dark brown with a lovely creamy head. It has a complex aroma and a very lovely mouth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2335) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian beer café, Perth. Laid a deposit down for it’s Coachman glass and was asked if I would like to take part in it’s own ritual of drinking, whereby one must take off his/her left shoe and balance on the right foot until the drink is finished. This ensures extra care is taken whilst drinking it, and the safe return of the glass to the barman. I love an Ale with a story to it, especially one a century old, but had to decline as I couldn’t see me balancing on one foot for any amount of time. Pours a hazy chestnut-amber with a lot of loose yeast floating about. The off-white head forms and shoots up the flute of the glass, before dissipating to a ½" and webbing a thick lace. Sweet aroma, lightly roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and peppery spices. Nose follows through into the mouth, with the sweet malt balancing it’s unusual fruity esters. Limes, table grapes and lemon zest, intermingle with the coffee beans, burnt caramelised sugars, milk chocolate and spicy cinnamon sides of it’s smooth palate. Medium-light bodied and light spritzy carbonation, it has a vanilla creaminess to it as it warms, though, it remains quite dry, and a lightly warming, sweet malty swallow. I don’t know if it was the glass, the story or the beer itself, but it did hit the right spot. A lovely brew!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2005
Red-amber color, off white head. Nutty and cognac aroma’s, also, cramel and spices. Taste is medium sweet with a fine spicyness and a touch of sweet chesnut. A stong ale with a malty taste in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8389) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle) Clear ruby-red colour with a medium creamy white head with nice lace. Aroma of yeast and malts with fruity (plums) and spicy elements. Medium sweet flavour, alcohol is present, but not disturbing. A very tasty brew with notes of liquorice and slight sweet maltiness at the beginning and a vinous lasting finish. Very complex but in the same way well-balanced. A smooth and creamy strong Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (529) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Amber body with a foamy off white head that left minimal lacing. Bready aroma with fruits(bananas) carmel, yeast and rasins too. Bready yeast flavors with bananas and some sweet malts as well. A bit tingly int the mouth with a smooth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
finally brought this one out of the cellar after a 11/2 years from the corked bottle, poured a hazy copper with a light tan head. aroma. sweet fruits ,honey, malts, caramel some bread a nice mild yeast , and a hint of raisins, had a hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor apples, orange, honey, citrus, caramels.


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