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

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RATINGS: 1956   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7147) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Draft in Kwak glass w/ holder. Almost clear copper/amber pour with light off-white head. Some lacing as it went down. Darker fruits and caramel provided a significant amount of sweetness in the aroma and flavor... these became more pronounced as it warmed. Some alcohol and faint grapes noted as well on the finish. Almost sticky on the palate. Very good and nice presentation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. Pours a hazel brown, with a frothy white head.. Aroma is of malts, caramel, and candy sugar, some spicy/fruity citrus. Taste is very sweet, lots of caramel and candy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (13797) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 Bottle . Dark orange thin white lasting head. Caramel and orange peel run through this beer. Lovely caramel with citrus/orange nose. Caramel in mouth with orange peel/hop dry finish. Good balance, nice beer with toffee but not over the top with the candy sugar. On draught at The Rake. Bit sickly with strong malt. But drinkable and odd seeing it on draught 3.5/5

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marko (3947) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Drank from the Kwak glass, at Tolkienís, Zagreb ....poured a huge creamy tan head that made a great cascading effect when subsiding. That, and the odd glass drew the attention of some kids that were sitting nearby and they started taking pictures of it. Haha....hm, I digress. Iím not too sure about the colour, because it was orange in the top and red in the ball-bottom of the glass, but I guess orange is the correct choice. The nose was spicy, with hints of raisins and processed mandarines. The taste is very good, coriander/spices, sweet and sourish at the same time, some hints of lemony hops, and an odd, Belgian-style malt background Iím not sure I particulary like. It feels a bit light bodied, but the spice assault soon takes over the taste, and, well, for a belgian strong ale, itís damn refreshing when cold. I see why some donít like it, but in my opinion, itís great.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
Clear copper colour with thin light tan head. Strong carmel malt nose with fruit hints. Strong malt taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
Thin, sweet Belgian really has nothing going for it. Lacks the complexity of comparable Belgian brews, and all the nifty glassware in the world wonít change that.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
I will have to rerate this because the brew accidentally got partially frozen and I donít want to rate a bad sample.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Strange beer which changes nicely as it warms. Initial lychi aroma and near blode taste, changes to a sort of sweet carbonated dubbel as it warms. Great find and one to have again. Rerate, sweet and bready with no real balance or fruit character.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
A wonderful belgian ale. Very sweet and malt character that not everybody likes. And the bottle looks great...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 The Kwak glass is so spiffy looking I had to buy one today, with the beer to go along. Pours a beautiful clear orange copper with a large foamy beige head shooting up the neck and dissipating gradually. I had fun watching the small bubbles rise from the bulb and up the unique shape of the glass. The aroma is of sweet toasty caramel with hints of nuts (peanut butter lightly makes an appearance). The roasted malts are emphasized in the flavor with lots of caramel and honey. Very smooth palate with a bitter and mildly alcoholic aftertaste. Leaves sparse lacing as you drink it. This beer is truly an experience of its own. I really enjoyed it!


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