redlem (1296) - Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - MAY 12, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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?
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
copper colour. fruity, anisey aroma. flavours of raisins, toffee, sour apple and slight alcolhol. not bad.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber colour. Aroma of malts, caramel, oranges. Flavour of caramel, alcohol, slightly bitter and sweet. Finishes sweet and bitter. Very cool glass.