chimaybier (50) - Redding, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have not had a Kwak in about 5 years. Just purchased a 750 ML bottle at Beverages, & More! in Pleasanton, CA. I will say however, I remember the beer having a bit more character than now. Mind you, the bottle I am tasting as I write this is still of very high quality. This beer is a classic as noted by the late, great Michael Jackson. This is one of those Belgian ales that characterizes what a "Belgian" beer should taste like. Nice fluffy off white head. The bouquet is caramel. Now the entry is where I feel the ale was lacking a bit from what I remembered. Taste is figs, prunes, with a good hop balance. Aftertaste is slightly dry with a nutty flavor. I was still pleased, overall. Cheers, mate!
WeeHeavySD (3365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into proper glassware @ Brasserie Beck in Washington DC. Pours reddish amber with a 1 finger bright white head. The nose is yeasty with not much there. The taste is nice with caramel, and candied sugar, pretty tasty Belgian strong.
thornecb (5321) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Fluffy off-white head recedes to skim surface. Dark caramel aromas. Upfront sweet caramel and pit fruit with a dry lasting sweet alcohol finish.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 In bottiglia da 33cl alla Birreria Belga Manneken Pis di Napoli; colore ambrato scuro, schiuma persistente ma non copiosa. Aroma e sapore fortemente maltati, corpo ricco, frizzantezza media. Un’ottima birra, da riassaggiare.______________ENGLISH TEXT HERE______________33cl bottle at the Manneken Pis pub in Napoli; color is dark amber, persistent but not huge head. Aroma and flavor are sweet malt, body is rich, medium carbonation. A great beer, will taste again.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2008 Date: 04/20/2005
Appearance: amber, thin white head, gusher,
Aroma: lightly hopped aroma,
Flavor: nice malt flavor, touch of sweetness, light spices, gets a really nice carmel sweetness upon warming, nice light bitter finish,
Overall: a Belgian brewed Engligh style ale
Words: thirsty monk
Appearance: hazy amber, fine dirty white head, lots of drippy lace,
Flavor: sweet caramel malt flavor, light spicyness, candy sweetness,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy orange/amber with a huge pillowy white head. Nose was fruity and spicey with a heavy alcohol wamness. The taste was smooth and crisp. Started with green apple tartness and tropical mango/rum . Alcohol imidiatly warms the mouth then a slight touch of hops with a faint flavor of prune and carmel in the finish. This is a strong, complex ale with a lot of balls. Even though this ale is very strong it’s taste is inviting and is very drinkable.
Plovmand (7668) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice Belgian ale. I had in the original glass that fits perfect for any belgian strong ale. Taste of sweets and caramel and some vanilla.
davidpl (435) - Santiago, CHILE - AUG 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: amber copper color, semi-turbid. Great head, beige color, persistent and good adherence at glass.
Aroma: sweet malty, candy, soft toasty cereals, yeasty and fruity. Ripe red apple, cherry, berries, banana and peaches reminiscences. Very sweet; liquory. Vanilla, honey and wood touches.
Flavor: soft toasty cereals, sweet candy malty, toffee, wood and soft yeasty. Fruitiness like candy apples, cherries and peaches. Low hoppy. Liquory, similar at whisky and old rum. The final bitterness is light, mainly coming from the toasty. Aftertaste like of high-roast sugar.
Palate: medium body, semi-oily texture. Medium carbonation.
Not too much complex, nice liquory and malty. However, discrete belgian beer.
ilovedarkbeer (2689) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured into a mini yardie. Pours an orange color with a nice yeasty head. Tastes malty and a bit sweet. Nice and honey like and very full body. Really great beer.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very pretty rich amber with some copper highlights. Almost a Flemish Sour nose: slight vinegar and sour cherry notes with some Belgian yeast thrown in for good measure. Fairly dry with flavors of sour (and dry) yeast, some very lightly roasted malt. Not overly complex, but highly drinkable. Medium to full body with lively carbonation. Finishes yeasty and dry.