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

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RATINGS: 2088   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
rkn65 (106) - st. clair shores, Michigan, USA - APR 8, 2006
Ver surprised by the 8%, it does not taste strong. A fruity banana aroma at first then becomes very sweet. Nice head when poured from bottle that lasts for a few sips. By the end of the glass sweetness was taking over.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BruderMichael (13) - Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle: 75cl (sweet). Pours a nice head, however rapidly diminishes. Nice copper color and good balance which hides the high ABV (8%). Unfortunately, lacking the signature Kwak glass, poured into my trusty Chimay glass -- does the bubble at the bottom of the Kwak glass do something? A bit of sour/sweet action here -- must be the yeast contrasting with the high malt. Bonus points for the classic understated bottle. Pauvel bears a striking resemblance to Simon Bolivar -- I guess they both were liberators of a sort.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Tap. Medium dark color with a small head. This one has flavors of yeast and fruit. It is very refined and the alcohol is really not noticable. Flavors are of grains, fruits and yeaxt. Palate and finish is refreshing. A remarkable feat for a fairly high alcoholic beer. pretty sophisticated.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2006
I poured this into a snifter from an 11.2 ounce bottle. Kwak was a cloudy burnt orange in color. It formed about a half inch of a light tan head that lasted a minute or two and left some nice lacing as it receded. The lacing becomes spottier as the glass drains. There is a nice covering of foam across the surface for the entire time once the head is gone. There is a citrus aroma with caramel notes. It has a crisp upfront taste with hints of citrus; grapefruit perhaps. If you let it warm in your mouth there are some nice malt flavors; molasses and caramel. Finishes with a nice clean citrus flavor and leaves just a touch of sweetness. It seems well balanced to me and hides the 8% ABV very well. It has a medium body and feels creamy on the palate. This one is good. I want more. Also, this is a dangerous one. Kwak has a great taste and no hint of the 8% ABV on the palate, but on the grey matter that’s another story.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 20, 2006
(Draft. 03/2006) Sweet, fruity aromas of cookie dough. Deep, amber with nice, foamy, white head. Leaves good lace on the glass. Flavor of cake with a hint of roastiness and just a bit of sharp crystal malt bite. Quite warming although the alcohol is masked nicely. Medium bodied. Quite dry for the sweet tastes of malt and ethanol.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3353) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2006
Pours a clear amber. Sweet with very fruity aromas. Hints of prunes. Also mellow aromas of aroma hops. Full bodied. Mellow carbonation. Quite nice, but not verycomplex... The stirrup-beaker gimmick is kind of silly... but still a bit funny too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bikesandbeers (547) - san diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2006
On tap and served in the correct beaker. Looked quite red in the dim bar, and eveloped an intense head. Sweet is sweet, flavor was rich and sweet caramel dominating, with just a hint of sour alchol. very rich. a Nice breew, although I abit sweet for me. I might have to get it again just to stare at the glass.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2006
This is a very sweet tasting beer, you can smell the caramel and also taste it with a hint of vanilla. The first time I had it I was impressed by the so called glass it was served in.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5186) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Had this one from a bottle in Aufsturz with the suggested glass - the whole setup looked more like it came from a chemistry experiment than a brewery. Sweet without being cloying. In love with the ruby pour of this one [may have been closer to amber, depending on the lighting]. Great lacing and a massive fruity aroma. Alcohol reasonably masked. Lots of fruitys flavors there - a Doppelbock with the maltiness and heavy chocolate stripped away. Would like to try again without the gimmick.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 6, 2006
Draft. Poured a reddish color with a large head. A slighty sweet aroma. Had a nice sweet taste to it also. Pretty damn good.


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