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


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RATINGS: 1908   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rballs01 (278) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - APR 4, 2005
Pours a nice deep orange-light brown. Smells of clove and bread in the malt. Wow..a little overpowering with the alcohol. Tastes more like 11%. Warms the insides and tingles the ears. Definetly a sipping brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2006 Draught at Dulle Griet. Redbrown with a large creamy beige head. Aroma moderatkle malty (roasted, nutty, caramel), light/moderate hoppy. Flavor moderate sweet, light/moderate bitter. Medium body, soft carbonated. Bottle, in Gent. Dark golden with off-white head, almost lasting. Excellent lacings. Aroma and flavor of fruit, brown sugar and distinct of hops. Medium body, oily, soft carbonation. A very fine beer in total balance. 6-4-7-4-14/3,5.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2005
Amber color with reddish shine, medium light colored head and caramely aroma’s.Also touch of Grand-Marier, nuts, dry apricots and orange maralade. Taste is on the sweet side with good malty accents, some sweet alcohol and touches of fruit. In the afthertaste you can notice herbs, some spices and a faint bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2005
[bottle in South Africa] Clear, brownish-orange with a bubbly head topped by a fine, rocky foam that makes nice laces on the glass wall. Aroma is sweet and worty with phenolic spiciness and banana esters--notes of kiwi and lechee fruits. Flavour is very sweet almost like it was underattenuated. The sweet flavour is balanced by a bitter bite right away that is followed by higher alcohols, tangy banana, spicy melanoidin, some more hop bitterness and then spicy cloviness. Lots of carbonation and warming with a full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2005
Bottle. Amber-red with small head. Pleasently malty-sweet and fruity with alcohol in the mix. Quite drinkable, though not that memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2005 Rerate 24/10/05: This was the first Belgian strong ale that I fell for, but at a recent resampling it seemed sickly sweet. A sweet tooth certainly helps with this toffee-like ale, which counts white candy sugar among its ingredients. Pours a deep amber colour with a moderate head. The aroma is dominated by the three malts used in brewing and the sweet candy sugar, plus some honey and spiced fruit. It has a rounded character, defined by the malts. Sweet and toffee-like to begin, with thick honey notes and a fruity warming finish. Very easy drinking for its 8% abv. (Bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BCAR (221) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap. Pours a nice amber with ecru head. A little more mild than other belgians. Doesn’t seem to be quite as complex as other belgians, but still good. There was a distinct musty sweetness that the Kwak had. Overall, I have to try some more to get really used to the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2005
cork. toatly supprised by the smell. kind of musty, malty and fruity. taste is malty and fruity grapes. kind of a faded red color large head dissapates quickly. a decent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
Pours ruby-brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of red grapes. Taste is grape/plum like and slightly watery. Very malty. Decent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2005
Cork, sour apricot and cocoa in the nose. Little clouds of particulates in a fairly clear, amber body with decent tan head that recedes to cover. Apricot, lemon, peach, some earthy, musty, woody cobwebs in the flavour to balance the overall candy sweetness. Fairly strong effervescence with medium body that finished quite dry and well-attenuated, but little clouds of protein/yeast are distracting if not quite disconcerting. Bottle (Bieropholie - Jun. 2004).

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