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

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RATINGS: 2009   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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mklein818 (172) - Etterbeek, Virginia, BELGIUM - MAY 12, 2005
Kwak is a true experience. It is neither the strongest, heaviest or spiciest of Belgians, but there is a thickness to it and a real diversity of flavors. There’s a licorice undertone that I love as a Sambuca man, and also a really gentle carbonation. Best when served in a short yard glass.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
macguy (146) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2005
I love Kwak. It’s a "set you on your bootie" strong ale. In traditional bars, Kwak is served in a unique glass similar to the "yard of ale" style. It’s dark brown with a lovely creamy head. It has a complex aroma and a very lovely mouth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALLOVATE (2475) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2005
Tasted from the bottle at the Belgian beer café, Perth. Laid a deposit down for it’s Coachman glass and was asked if I would like to take part in it’s own ritual of drinking, whereby one must take off his/her left shoe and balance on the right foot until the drink is finished. This ensures extra care is taken whilst drinking it, and the safe return of the glass to the barman. I love an Ale with a story to it, especially one a century old, but had to decline as I couldn’t see me balancing on one foot for any amount of time. Pours a hazy chestnut-amber with a lot of loose yeast floating about. The off-white head forms and shoots up the flute of the glass, before dissipating to a ½" and webbing a thick lace. Sweet aroma, lightly roasted coffee, toasted malt, toffee, vanilla and peppery spices. Nose follows through into the mouth, with the sweet malt balancing it’s unusual fruity esters. Limes, table grapes and lemon zest, intermingle with the coffee beans, burnt caramelised sugars, milk chocolate and spicy cinnamon sides of it’s smooth palate. Medium-light bodied and light spritzy carbonation, it has a vanilla creaminess to it as it warms, though, it remains quite dry, and a lightly warming, sweet malty swallow. I don’t know if it was the glass, the story or the beer itself, but it did hit the right spot. A lovely brew!!!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - MAY 8, 2005
Red-amber color, off white head. Nutty and cognac aroma’s, also, cramel and spices. Taste is medium sweet with a fine spicyness and a touch of sweet chesnut. A stong ale with a malty taste in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2005
(bottle) Clear ruby-red colour with a medium creamy white head with nice lace. Aroma of yeast and malts with fruity (plums) and spicy elements. Medium sweet flavour, alcohol is present, but not disturbing. A very tasty brew with notes of liquorice and slight sweet maltiness at the beginning and a vinous lasting finish. Very complex but in the same way well-balanced. A smooth and creamy strong Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2005
Amber body with a foamy off white head that left minimal lacing. Bready aroma with fruits(bananas) carmel, yeast and rasins too. Bready yeast flavors with bananas and some sweet malts as well. A bit tingly int the mouth with a smooth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2005
finally brought this one out of the cellar after a 11/2 years from the corked bottle, poured a hazy copper with a light tan head. aroma. sweet fruits ,honey, malts, caramel some bread a nice mild yeast , and a hint of raisins, had a hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor apples, orange, honey, citrus, caramels.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Corked bottle. Did someone dissolve a loaf of bread in the bottle? I swear, I have seen less yeast floating around at a Mrs. Baird’s factory. Reminds me of a bowel of Kellogs Corn Flakes floating in a bowl of apple juice instead of milk. Nonetheless, the nose is a squeeze of orange, coupled with the sour offset of lemon. The head pours nice, white, and thick, and it stays around. The lace looks like hanging curtains of the same material they look so beautiful. The taste picks up where the nose leaves off, full of orange and lemon. The chunks of yeast feel weird sliding down the throat, but what the hey. Overall, a good, solid beer that I will definitely be purchasing again. Regular bottle: Don’t bother, unless you dig fermented cardboard.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 14, 2005
Bread and caramel dominate the nose with a bit of leather and nuts. Caramel and dark fruits on the palate notably raisins and figs. Clean finish with some lingering toffee notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefcon (1420) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2007 Maple syrup opening on the taste, followed by a rich, slightly sharp dose of malt and hops. Honey is present throughout. Aromas are weaker, with honey and cheese elements. In the glass, this beer is a reddish brown. Slightly sour citric finish. There is something savory to this beer.


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