Marko (4094) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 9, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2005 Drank from the Kwak glass, at Tolkienís, Zagreb ....poured a huge creamy tan head that made a great cascading effect when subsiding. That, and the odd glass drew the attention of some kids that were sitting nearby and they started taking pictures of it. Haha....hm, I digress. Iím not too sure about the colour, because it was orange in the top and red in the ball-bottom of the glass, but I guess orange is the correct choice. The nose was spicy, with hints of raisins and processed mandarines. The taste is very good, coriander/spices, sweet and sourish at the same time, some hints of lemony hops, and an odd, Belgian-style malt background Iím not sure I particulary like. It feels a bit light bodied, but the spice assault soon takes over the taste, and, well, for a belgian strong ale, itís damn refreshing when cold. I see why some donít like it, but in my opinion, itís great.
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper colour with thin light tan head. Strong carmel malt nose with fruit hints. Strong malt taste with lingering warming alcohol finish.
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 5, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thin, sweet Belgian really has nothing going for it. Lacks the complexity of comparable Belgian brews, and all the nifty glassware in the world wonít change that.
ericmc83 (207) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 3, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I will have to rerate this because the brew accidentally got partially frozen and I donít want to rate a bad sample.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Strange beer which changes nicely as it warms. Initial lychi aroma and near blode taste, changes to a sort of sweet carbonated dubbel as it warms. Great find and one to have again. Rerate, sweet and bready with no real balance or fruit character.
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A wonderful belgian ale. Very sweet and malt character that not everybody likes. And the bottle looks great...
kepano (247) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 30, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2005 The Kwak glass is so spiffy looking I had to buy one today, with the beer to go along. Pours a beautiful clear orange copper with a large foamy beige head shooting up the neck and dissipating gradually. I had fun watching the small bubbles rise from the bulb and up the unique shape of the glass. The aroma is of sweet toasty caramel with hints of nuts (peanut butter lightly makes an appearance). The roasted malts are emphasized in the flavor with lots of caramel and honey. Very smooth palate with a bitter and mildly alcoholic aftertaste. Leaves sparse lacing as you drink it. This beer is truly an experience of its own. I really enjoyed it!
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate:
Kwak gets put down a lot because a lot of people see it as a novelty beer. Persoanlly I do love to drink out of that glass and have even used it to drink wine out of! (The HORROR!) Anyway in my experience the temperature and poor is very important with this one. It needs to be fairly cold and poured really gently until the bowl is filled at the bottom and then dump it all in. Done right and from the neck upwards will be all head and it will settle in a most fantastic fashion. It is even more effective on tap. Malts and fruits with a bit of liquorice are the dominant charicteristics. When poured right it is creamy and very sinkable. Donít be put off, itís not one of the best from Belgium but itís well worth a go.
DrnkMcDermott (2844) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Bottled sampler. Rater #400 for this beer. Had just a sampler at Binnyís, so this is kind of a placeholder until I get to a whole bottle: Slightly fruity impression, with a suggestion of berries. Orangey in color, subdued spiciness. Definitely on my list.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Amber, almost orange colour, with a good beige head. Delightful, tantalizing sweet aroma with fruit, whisky, malt and flowers. Taste is like spirits, but thereís sourness and sweetness too. Intensely bitter finish. A wonderful, multi-layered beer - and pleasantly alcoholic as well. To think that this nectar cost me about a Euro in a Belgian supermarket.