jzzbassman (1456) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As a big fan of this style, I was excited to finally get this one in our state and bought one to try. While I didn't have the famous glass, I had one similar. My impressions were mixed; I maight tend to believe that I got an "aged" bottle after reading these other reviews. It just didn't seem as complex as some of the other Belgians and had almost no head, with almost a sour taste. That being said, it was pretty good, although not my favorite of the style.
imdownthepub (9449) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Conditioned. A beer more famous for its glass than its flavour! I was going to explain about the history of the glass in that case and then I find that Gusler has beaten me to it, still that was a while ago, so I will re iterate. In the days of horse drawn coaches, the drivers of the coach couldn't join the passengers in the tavern for a warming drink, so the glass was designed to fit a stand built onto the coach. It has a rounded bottom as it didnt need to stand on its own. The whole Belgian glass thing is, these days, about product placement, but Kwak does really taste better in the hour glass shape. It is a hazy orage beer which has been described many times now, but when you do try it, try drinking it chilled from its own glass!
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of light brown sugar, milky caramel, a very faint musty herbal characteristic and hints of banana, pear and bubblegum. Light amber in color, some particulates, with a very foamy, thick, lasting off-white head. Lightly bready, sweet malt and caramel up front, followed by a brief spicy bitterness, and with some fruity yeast, sugar and very faint alcohol on the finish. Full body and with an effervescent, lightly creamy mouthfeel and sticky palate. Lacking a bit in complexity and balance.
obxdude10 (1964) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellently balanced, lots of malt in the body & flavors, sweet & tangy finish, hazy copper appearance, very well-rounded beer
Nate (3531) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light aroma, good balance. Sweet malt, brown sugar. Low hops. Alcohol.. Light golden brown clear with small off-white head. Palate is med with low carb. Taste is very sweet with bit of citrus tang. Alcohol, yeasty. Sweet malts, banana esters. Like weizenbock. After is sweet & nutty. Cloying.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml) Hazy copper with small tan head. Aroma is rich, molasses, caramel, chocolate, plum. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, raisin/plum, floral. Finish is lightly herbal bitter and alcohol warming. Creamy full body.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice amber color. Very yeasty and sweet. Lacked good flavor components. I found this beer to be bland.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2004 Beer looks a weird colour in the thin, tall glass, but it maintains the carbonation nicely and had reasonable head retention. Lots of interesting aromas - toffee, vanilla, cinnamon, clove, creaming soda, caramel and alcohol. Flavour is somewhat bland (at least for a Belgian) with a mild bitterness and warming alcoholic dryness. It's OK, but there's a lot better.
RR: Had it again and found it thin, tomatoey and overly alcoholic. Pretty sweet too. The more I drink this the less I like it.
thedm (4867) - Fort Wayne, USA - AUG 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 This brew poured a small head of mostly diminishing light brown bubbles and a cloudy light brown body. It had a alcohol malt aroma and a strong alcohol malty roasted caramel sweet flavor. Its initial alcohol tingle smoothens in its finish yet burns as it goes down more so as it warms up. If you dont like the strong alcohol flavored brews, this one is not well hidden and may not be for you.
hotstuff (3732) - Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
One of my favorite styles of beer! A small tan creamy sized head with fine-medium sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated with a dense appearance.The hue was amber and the nose consisted of alcohol, sweet and fruity.There was not much lacing with this beer.The flavor was definitely that of alcohol and it was somewhat bitter tasting.The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue, fairly smooth and medium bodied.This one was a bit difficult to get down due to the alcohol taste.