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


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RATINGS: 1973   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
Dark amber color with about a half inch of white foam. Doughy malt aroma with some yeast and plum notes. Starts with a mild sweetness, some fruity notes, rasins and pear. Light note of caramel, licorice and toast near the finish. Dries out some, but retains a light sweetness throughout. Solid belgian strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Hazy light brown in color, smallish creamy tan head. Soft, spicy nose, sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate. Utterly delicious, there’s no other way to describe it. Nice texture, slightly chewy, full of sweet malt, tingly hops. Really hides the 8% well, I didn’t feel the alcohol at all. Soft, sensual, sublime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7970) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2004
(draught) Deep amber colour, clear; head is amber as well, creamy, but is too influenced by the glass by half. Ambrée and cookie malt nose. Cookies, or more precisely cake, or sweet pie-bottom. It’s just a tad roasted. Not my favourite style, but it’s done in an appropriate way. Compliments. Medium bodied, just a bit dry. Sweetness remains until the aftertaste, but it never imposes itself to the detriment of the overall. It gets liqueurish in the aftertaste, the alcohol coming through. Pauwel Kwak was a tad lowered in alcohol during its existence. Exceptionally, I think they didn’t do it a disservice, the other one had a too -fast-enough streak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
The pour is full and lively - copper color with a full rocky head and silky lace. Head retention is poor, although a fine layer remains throughout. The aroma is bready, yeast, malt, fruity esters, cherries, clove, musty (or dank) and some bubblegum in the background. The taste is sweet and malty at the start with no surprising hop bitterness or bite. The Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low effervescence. IMHO: A very drinkable beer with well-balanced characteristics. The character changes noticeably with warming, more complexity develops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Except for some large floaties, this beer pours a clear amber color with a full tan head. The aroma is redolent of caramelized malt, and alcohol in the finish. The beer is sweet and malty, with a creamy, pleasing mouthfeel. This is a fairly clean beer, malt is certainly the showcase here. This beer is fairly one-dimensional, but it is also pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jfm (1724) - Holbćk, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2004
Reddish amber color with a white head. The taste is sweet with some fruity notes. Has a pattern of spices and alcohol notes which gives a nive sharpness in the finish. Gave it a extra point on appearance for the cool glass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2004
Nice cherry wood colour with a tiny white head.Lovely malty, hoppy aroma and a sweet slightly spicy taste & unlike some other belgian beers this one doesnt have a massively bitter aftertaste.I think that it hides its alcohol well,but Im sure the Mrs would dissagree when Im muttering drunken sweet nothings to her later on this evening!!! Good beer,I could drink a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2004
Bottle @ Řlbaren, Copenhagen. Poured in the original Kwak yard. Light chestnut brown body, has a orange hue, small off-white head. Smoky aroma, nice malts and some sweetness to back it up. Frutiy, spicy flavor, very strong alcohol flavor which becomes to much and cloying. Extra credits for the cool glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2004
On draft at Monk’s. Clear ruby brew, no head, little lace. To taste a bit boozy, strong port flavor. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 Rerate, 23/10/2007. Deep copper to brown hue, very clear, with a largish, off-white, frothy head...no lacing. The aroma is quite strong--sweet and fruity. Initial impressions are of caramel, treacle and blueberries. Underneath one can find dessert sherry, dates...Dr. Pepper? Hop tones of basil, white pepper, lavender. Less sweetness in the flavour than expected, starting with some caramel but completely overshadowed by intense, berry-like acidity. The finish is a bit herbal, as would be expected, but the acidity is still intense, almost with a tannic quality to it. Finishes very dry, alcoholic with lingering notes of lingonberry and maple wood. A hint of smokiness appears with significant warmth. Blueberry aftertaste begins to mount. Medium-full bodied with a slick texture and vigorous carbonation. Definitely an odd one, with plenty of diverse flavours. They’re not really working in harmony for me though, lots of clashing between the sweetness and blueberry acidity, the alcohol singe, the vague smokiness.33cl bottle, Leffe goblet, bbe 18/09/09.

33 cL bottle, tulip glass. Caramel, toffee, nutty malt (H); grass hops (L); raisin, plum, peach, brown sugar aromas. Red orange body with a foamy, off-white head that reminds me of a homebrew that’s not done fermenting. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, oily/slick texture, soft carbonation, light alcohol. The bottom line is: everything about this beer screams of a homebrew that isn’t ready to be drunk yet.

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