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

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RATINGS: 1858   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
A slightly hazy burnt orange with a small off-white head. Sweet malt, toffee, and candied fruit aroma. A sweet taste, reminds me of butterscotch, which I hate. This was too sweet for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
Golden amber body topped by a medium thick head with decent lace. Slightly sweet malty aroma with a slight yeastiness. Sweet yeasty flavor with malty notes and a slight hoppiness. Full bodied, slightly tingly and slightly warming.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2003
Spice and yeast aroma. Opaque amber color. Little head. Musty taste with a cider like flavor and fizz. Pretty good and it is different than a lot of other Belgians.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Beautiful orange color, very little head or lacing. Taste of toffee, sweet fruit, sour ale finish, masking the alcohol. I would not call it a dessert beer, but it stood up nicely to strong sweet and hot Thai spices.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2003
This is the sort of beer you would have with dessert. It has a marvellous toffee/malt overtone that is well balanced by the alcohol undertones. I was worried when I opened the bottle as it showed too much enthusiasm to escape. After letting it sit for a while it settled well and kept its head all the way down. Who needs wine?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
copper colour. fruity, anisey aroma. flavours of raisins, toffee, sour apple and slight alcolhol. not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
This beer pours a dark copper color with minimal head and minimal lacing. The aroma contains strong scents of fruits, like most Belgian ales with a slight undertone of alcohol. The taste is very sweet and the fruity taste is very apparent, but it is oddly somewhat sour. Not too sour, but just enough to be different. They do a good job of masking the alcohol in the taste. The mouthfeel is very pleasing as the fruits and sweetness is very clear. Drinkability is not so good on this one because it is so sweet and sour that I can't see myself enjoying more than one. Overall, a very good Belgian beer that I enjoyed profusely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Draft... This beer rocks!... Enjoyed a couple at Monk’s Cafe in Philly! Maybe it was the atmosphere, but this beer really hit the spot. I drank a St. Bernardus Abt 12 before and a Westy Extra 8 after and the Kwak still held its ground. Crystal clear copper with no head. Aroma is vineous and of dark fruits, licorice and sweet malt. The flavor includes bursts of licorice, English toffee, dark and fuzzy fruits, candy sugar and alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish. World Class in my opinion. You’ve seen it in beer stores. Go ahead and pick one up.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
Bottled. Clear almond brown colour, with very little head (as far as Belgian beers go). Sweet taste to start, nothing at the finish. The palate was all over the place. The name and the brand seem to me to be larger then the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2003
Deep amber colour. Aroma of malts, caramel, oranges. Flavour of caramel, alcohol, slightly bitter and sweet. Finishes sweet and bitter. Very cool glass.


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