mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a deep golden brown, full of rather disgusting floaties but otherwise clear. Really good, creamy head with great retention saves it from an otherwise terrible appearance. Aroma typical for a Belgian strong ale - yeasty, malty, rotting fruit. A rich, warm, complex flavour redeems this beer. Exquisite malting, very very fruity (pear & apple). Some hops but nothing more than mild bittering. Tastes woody - oak, possibly. Wonderful mouthfeel - just thick enough for the flavour. Carbonation good. I’d say this Kwak is an ugly duckling, goes down easy, with a head that lasts well into its swan-song.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lucky to find this bottle at Clichy’s Tavern in the Montemarte neighborhood of Paris. 11.2 oz. Served in a Kwak glass with wooden holder. Pours an orange, sunrise red with a small amount of sandy, taupe bubbles. Lots of yeast percolate in the mild carbonation. Smells of sweet caster sugar, Belgian spices, and grains. Taste is rich malt, apple, pear, esters, clove and grape. Nicely rounded palate. Sweetness tempered by the tart apple and ABV. Well made beer.
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle into an (improper) stout glass. Aroma of toasted bread and roasting chestnuts with a strong coppery head. Docked points on appearance due to the large (20 or more per glass) of floaties in the glass, even after a very careful pour. But the flavor and mouthfeel are so much more than the standard belgian golden ales that I don’t even care. Strong roast nuts, toasted almonds, caramel and hints of apricot and cherry pull together to give a beer that is a little different with each sip as the palate becomes accustomed.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served at cellar temp in a Kwak glass.
Pours a clear copper red with a thin cap of light tan foam. A few floaties (protein clumps?) in the initial pour. Huge clumps of grey, mucky yeast in the subsequent pour. The floaties dance a bit in the carbonation, the mucky yeast sinks to the bottom and stays there. The clumps ruin an otherwise very nice appearance this time. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. Aroma of dark honey, burnt toast, and mild spice.
Somewhat sweet and bready flavor, with lots of honey and toasted malt, and also some caramel. The most pronounced ‘toasted’ flavor I have ever experienced. Smooth and almost full bodied, a bit of tannin bitterness in the finish. A hint of warming alcohol kicks in half way through this 330 ml bottle.
I’ve had this beer many times before, this is the first time I have experienced the floatie/mucky appearance. The last inch or so of beer will remain in the bottom of the glass with the muck. Luckily, the coolest glass in the world is perfect to catch it and keep it behind. Apart from that, I love this beer.
benpickens (448) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with no head and is reddish copper with medium carbonation. Smells of apples and pears. Off dry with a bitter apple finish. Another tart belgium beer. good but don’t like the sourness...
alfa (12) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This isn’t my favourite Belgian brune but I love the glass dingus and it’s still a great drink. Malty without the hoppy bite I like.
zootfinster (218) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Cloudy amber - medium light brown head. Malty sweet fruityness. Nice alcohol taste. Actually refreshing. this is my second go-around with this beer and I am raising my rating. I think it’s pretty darn good.
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Draft/bottle. This is one of my favourite Belgians outside the Trappist family. Just a fun beer to drink espcially in its patented glassware. This is one beer I would recommend trying to find and also try to get your hands on a glass & wooden holder.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m not that crazy about this one but it could be that the Belgian Strong Ales are not my cup of tea. The aroma is of toasted dates and the head is not holding. This is being enjoyed in a goblet so the aroma and taste of a Belgian should be accentuated. The first impression of the taste is dark Belgian candy sugar...very sweet. It does finish with a nice light tartness but follows with an alcohol aftertaste is subtle but noticeable.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from an 11oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark amber color with all sorts of funky shit floating about. Aroma is alcoholy and peach. Flavor is abrasive and off. Overall, not good.