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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1912   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2003
nice amber color with lots and lots of large amounts of yeast particules suspended throughout the pour.small white head that lasted for a decent amount of time and left a good lacing.Malty sweet aroma with a nice hint of caramel,and light hint of dried fruit.The taste was malty and fruity with a mild caramel punch,lightly sweet with a very light hint of hops,and slightly metallic.That could be due to age.The large yeast paricules don't seem to interfere with the taste or texture of the brew but more then anything just have a very bad appearance.The after taste is fruity and lightly sweet with a nice drinkable appeal to it.A little spendy but well worth it and definately cheaper then what it would have cost if i bought it on-line.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Nice hazy amber colors with some head. Malty aromas with some fruit. Very nice flavor with a smooth finish. Loved the story of the beer and glass told from the distrobuter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2003
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jzzbassman (1467) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - SEP 8, 2003
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (9954) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2003
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!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2022) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Excellently balanced, lots of malt in the body & flavors, sweet & tangy finish, hazy copper appearance, very well-rounded beer

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 23, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2003
(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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Nice amber color. Very yeasty and sweet. Lacked good flavor components. I found this beer to be bland.


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