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

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RATINGS: 2086   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6344) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Thick white head over a lovely glowing amber. rather sweet, with the typically Belgian sweet and sour finish. A fine beer, but not in the top league.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1891) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
Amber color with a medium-sized, off-white head. Aroma is pretty spicey and pretty sugary and malty. Very sweet flavor, maybe too much? But very interesting and drinkable ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2006
This was a better version of a strong. The body was brown, with a good size head. Sweet from front to end. Satisfying.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Draft at the Mellow Mushroom Carmel Rd. Pours out a brownish red color with a thick off white head. Smell is sweet, yeasty, malts, and fruits. Taste is similar, with the sweetness coming through alot more than I anticipated. It was a nice beer, pleasing to drink, though it might have been a little too sweet for me, but thats ok. I would certainly recommend it or drink it again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (949) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle (and glass) from gift pack purchased at Paradise Festival in Brussels. Inspired to go for it after the Kwak carriage nearly ran me over (fun!). Always been a fan of Kwak, but never really drank it at home before. Gift set was a bargain buy (sheer luck it didnt break on the way home), so why not? Right, the rate... Dark amber in colour with quickly thinning head. Pepper nose with taste to match. Hints of caramel and orange to compliment. Malty texture, refreshing full body. A lot to take in, but an easy drink no less. Spectacular!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Color is light brown / orange with thick white head. Poured in an interesting Kwak glass that Im told was shaped for very old "cup-holders" in horse-drawn carriages. The aroma is pretty spicey and pretty sugary and malty. Some nutmeg and hints of smoke. There is also a good bit of yeast in the aroma that lends some apple and perhaps bubble gum. The flavor has a load of interesting spice and fruitiness, hints of smoke, and a lot of sweetness. There is also a touch of bitterness. There is some chocolate and caramel, malt, and lots of yeast. Perhaps a hint of sherry, too. The body is heavy but lightened greatly by carbonation, and the beer finishes sweet. A very unique beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBiker (1413) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2006
[Bottled at Bos house] Amber looking and yeasty appearance. Great head and a belgo flavor with more yeasty palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerre (2782) - Waregem, BELGIUM - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Bottle, 33 cl. Copper-amber colour, with good head. Aroma fruits, malts, hops. Medium body. Taste sweet, fruity touch, caramel, malts, good hops. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
greenmanalishi (493) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 750ml bottle. Pours reddish amber with a medium-sized, off-white head. Malt, nut, fruity, complex taste but I agree with the reviewer who noted that the lingering sweetness "masks the depth of the beer" and there is also a slight metallic edge at times. Still, a very interesting and drinkable ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eructoblaster (3253) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
Bottle served in the Kwak glass. Limpid amber body with average carbonation and a lasting off-white foamy head. Very good and complex malty aroma with spicy and pine notes. Very well balanced malty/hoppy taste that carries some oaky hints. Ends with a good bittersweet finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Very good stuff!


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