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

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RATINGS: 2126   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
almopina (87) - Madrid, SPAIN - JAN 31, 2007
Deep ruby color with a great foamy head with good lacing and good retention. Very well carbonated. Smells of grass and yeast. On the tongue, alcohol esters warm up the mouth. Incredible taste of cherries, caramel, syrup, and that belgium yeasts. Very nice lasting aftertaste. 8% alcohol very well hidden. A great great sweet beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OllieBBommel (1242) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 30, 2007
Brownish head, redcopper color, caramel nose, hops, bitter sweet taste, soft finish, full body. But be aware of the 8%. A long time member of my top-10 of beers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a deep copper color with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel in the aroma. Some carmel in the taste as well, but much more complex than that. Some spice in there as well, with sour fruits in the aftertaste. Rich palate makes this one so enjoyable. Alcohol is well hidden beneath everything else that is happening here. I was skeptical about this beer at first, but I am now a fan!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MatKool (64) - CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
Pours a cloudy rust color with a thick beige head. Peaty smelling aroma with a creamy palate and smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6864) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
bottle @ Cafe Gollum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amber brown in color poured into Kwak glass with unique wooden holder. Both caramel sweet & flandersish sour & bitter. Well balanced

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Shamefully not quaffed from a glass trombone. And I’ve got several. Wanted some beer with my froth. Clear red pour, a hint of vegetable and smoky, nutty malt in the nose. Possibly pears or cinnamon. Surprisingly sourish, woody, and warmingly boozy.Oozes alcohol and creamy nuttiness, but a touch of bitterness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2007
On tap @ Winking Lizard: Clear red colored pour with an off white head. Aroma, floral hops, some grassy notes, lightly bready notes. Flavor, cloying sweetness, some yeast, and floral notes. Pretty solid, I used to hate this stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
Poured a deep golden brown, full of rather disgusting floaties but otherwise clear. Really good, creamy head with great retention saves it from an otherwise terrible appearance. Aroma typical for a Belgian strong ale - yeasty, malty, rotting fruit. A rich, warm, complex flavour redeems this beer. Exquisite malting, very very fruity (pear & apple). Some hops but nothing more than mild bittering. Tastes woody - oak, possibly. Wonderful mouthfeel - just thick enough for the flavour. Carbonation good. I’d say this Kwak is an ugly duckling, goes down easy, with a head that lasts well into its swan-song.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 21, 2007
Lucky to find this bottle at Clichy’s Tavern in the Montemarte neighborhood of Paris. 11.2 oz. Served in a Kwak glass with wooden holder. Pours an orange, sunrise red with a small amount of sandy, taupe bubbles. Lots of yeast percolate in the mild carbonation. Smells of sweet caster sugar, Belgian spices, and grains. Taste is rich malt, apple, pear, esters, clove and grape. Nicely rounded palate. Sweetness tempered by the tart apple and ABV. Well made beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750ml bottle into an (improper) stout glass. Aroma of toasted bread and roasting chestnuts with a strong coppery head. Docked points on appearance due to the large (20 or more per glass) of floaties in the glass, even after a very careful pour. But the flavor and mouthfeel are so much more than the standard belgian golden ales that I don’t even care. Strong roast nuts, toasted almonds, caramel and hints of apricot and cherry pull together to give a beer that is a little different with each sip as the palate becomes accustomed.


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