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

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RATINGS: 2100   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holdwine (1116) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2006
Lively strong ale with plenty of particles floating about. I finally got to use my Kwak glass and holder! Nice citrus/dried cherry notes. Banana as well. Just a little different and well worth the effort.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nick76 (4304) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2006
This beer actually poured with chunks. It has the most floating particles I have ever seen. Also you can really feel them in the palate. The aroma has fruit, alcohol, caramel, rum, and vanilla. The flavor completely hides the alcohol with malt and spice. This has to be one of the biggest letdowns. The awful lumpy palate and complex taste make it hard to say whether itís good or bad.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nightfall (1306) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cyprus @ All about Beer. Amber colored with firm white head. Malt aromas and nicely sweet taste. Very nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3203) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2006
Slight cloudy amber hue, with some big flakes of lees swirling around, with a shy beige head, sweet alcoholic nose, with caramelized malt, brandyish accent, hint of spiciness, toffeeish note, with a honey touch in the aroma folows through on a medium-bodied palate with a sweet earthy grainy maltiness character, with a hint of fruitiness, warming accent, toffee note, leading towards a gainy malty, warmth alcoholic finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (20718) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2006
[Bottled at East End Brewery, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong] Amber colour, firm creamy head. Toffee is obvious up front. Caranel and almond dominates this fairly soft malt driven beer. It has solid body, a light yeast character and lightly grassy finish. Itís not very complex, but really pleasant.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Poured into Kwak glass at home. I had this on tap in belgium, but it transported well to Florida. Big creamy head that disappeared quickly during the pour. Beautiful amber color and a hint of bananas, my wife smelled cherries in her glass just to let you know how exact a science this is. The taste was fruity, again bananas and something else tropical. There was no hint of alcohol and the aftertaste hung around for just the write amount of time. Oh yeah there is a forum thread somewhere about the glass. No gimmick just good design.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 25, 2006
slightly yellowish head beautifull, orange-amber color (betwwen clear bronze and darker copper) smells malty,spicy,corriander-like,some dryed fruits,a bit of hidden caramel-toffee spice-taste, caramel-toffee taste, some citrus,some hops, a bit of alcohol aftertaste nice, fruity bitterness,some caramel, warm,nice alcohol well balanced, alcohol is warm, not harsh i like it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38081) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2006
A complex beer , with a nice smouth bitterness in the end. What a great beer. Canít say anything negative about it. Aroma was malty sweet and a touch of caramel. Flavor also had the same as the nose but a little sweeter, grassy, and yeasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2006
On tap at My Place, Newtown, CT. Have to disagree with Oakes on this one. Found it enjoyable, no matallic or sweat. A bit of spice, nothing too distinguishable though. But can anybody explain the origins of the funky glass?

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (766) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Tap, served in an official Kwak mini-yard. Tall and golden appearance, opaque = great. Extremely smooth, sensual feel, aroma of bright fruits, banana; flavor of caramel slight bite to the end. A wonderful ale, will try to get this one again soon!


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