chicagobears (449) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a carbonated amber with a creamy head into Kwak glass. Nice aroma of fruit esters. The taste is malty with fig, dried dates, toffee and brown sugar. The right amount of carbonation, alcohol, and hops to offset the sweetness. This is better than I remember.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2007 Tap @ House of Brews, NYC. Pours a deep reddish-amber color with a lacy white head. Aroma is caramel and malt with a small hop and yeast characteristic. Taste is caramel with yeast characteristics, dissolving into a beautiful mix of malt and dark fruit. A very smooth Belgian ale, with barely detectable alcohol content. Very nice.
EHSRanders (1994) - Tjele, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear amber colour with large creamy white mostly lasting head. Fruity aroma. Sweet flavor with notes of caramel.
DeadGuyFrank (347) - http://westchesterbeer.com, USA - SEP 27, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a reddish copper. Full flavored malt, ripe fruit and figs - like "Rochefort 5 1/2".....Great beer and thoroughly delicious!!!
vyvvy (5613) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours deep copper with a dense, yet sudsy, tan had that has very good lacing. The aroma has lots of fruit (berries, apricot and banana mix) and yeast that has a buttermilk biscuit aspect. Medium / full smooth body with a good amount of sharp cascading carbonation. The taste starts outs out with lots of earthy yeast, very unhidden abv and light fruit. The finish has even more abv. Luckily as it warms the alcohol subsides and lush caramel comes into the picture and is much more enjoyable. Overall this is a very good beer that definitely needs to be warmed up considerably to be truly enjoyed for what it is.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear amber with a fairly small, but persistant, creamy, off-white head leaving lots of tight lace. Nose is fruity and complex; roasted almonds, toffee, whisps of alcohol, fig, date, cinnamon, and hints of apples. Flavor is less fruity but equally as rich and complex; toffee, caramelled apple, almond, date, a wood character, and some pie crust notes. Palate is medium-full, somewhat chewy, round, and moderate carbonation. Finishes fairly short, still mostly sweet with only enough bitterness (from the wood notes) to keep from being cloying, notes of caramelled apple, date, and toffee. This one had all the characteristics of what a strong Belgian should be, rich malt notes, fruity accents, and a round palate. Solid in every aspect.
bhensonb (13978) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cL bottle. Aroma of caramel malt. Orangey amber color with fine bubbles, and an off-white head that laced a little. Medium body with mild, almost creamy, carbonation. There is instant heat, a light touch of darker fruits, and moderate caramel sweetness. It’s beautiful, but not so complex as many.
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clouded amber brown with a tan head. Nose is orange peels and chalky almost. Flavor is severely impacted with alcohol tones. It is the first thing I get. On following tastings, it is not there so much, but it definitely hits you on the tail end too, lingering in the back of your mouth. Feel is standard. Low carbonation. Drinkable, sure. But with this style, there are so many better choices out there I think. The excess of alcohol on the flavor just kills the whole experience I think.
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 (3379) - 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.