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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

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RATINGS: 2312   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2007
bottle @ Cafe Gollum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Amber brown in color poured into Kwak glass with unique wooden holder. Both caramel sweet & flandersish sour & bitter. Well balanced

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2007
Shamefully not quaffed from a glass trombone. And Iíve got several. Wanted some beer with my froth. Clear red pour, a hint of vegetable and smoky, nutty malt in the nose. Possibly pears or cinnamon. Surprisingly sourish, woody, and warmingly boozy.Oozes alcohol and creamy nuttiness, but a touch of bitterness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2007
On tap @ Winking Lizard: Clear red colored pour with an off white head. Aroma, floral hops, some grassy notes, lightly bready notes. Flavor, cloying sweetness, some yeast, and floral notes. Pretty solid, I used to hate this stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
Poured a deep golden brown, full of rather disgusting floaties but otherwise clear. Really good, creamy head with great retention saves it from an otherwise terrible appearance. Aroma typical for a Belgian strong ale - yeasty, malty, rotting fruit. A rich, warm, complex flavour redeems this beer. Exquisite malting, very very fruity (pear & apple). Some hops but nothing more than mild bittering. Tastes woody - oak, possibly. Wonderful mouthfeel - just thick enough for the flavour. Carbonation good. Iíd say this Kwak is an ugly duckling, goes down easy, with a head that lasts well into its swan-song.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JAN 21, 2007
Lucky to find this bottle at Clichyís Tavern in the Montemarte neighborhood of Paris. 11.2 oz. Served in a Kwak glass with wooden holder. Pours an orange, sunrise red with a small amount of sandy, taupe bubbles. Lots of yeast percolate in the mild carbonation. Smells of sweet caster sugar, Belgian spices, and grains. Taste is rich malt, apple, pear, esters, clove and grape. Nicely rounded palate. Sweetness tempered by the tart apple and ABV. Well made beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2007
750ml bottle into an (improper) stout glass. Aroma of toasted bread and roasting chestnuts with a strong coppery head. Docked points on appearance due to the large (20 or more per glass) of floaties in the glass, even after a very careful pour. But the flavor and mouthfeel are so much more than the standard belgian golden ales that I donít even care. Strong roast nuts, toasted almonds, caramel and hints of apricot and cherry pull together to give a beer that is a little different with each sip as the palate becomes accustomed.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Served at cellar temp in a Kwak glass. Pours a clear copper red with a thin cap of light tan foam. A few floaties (protein clumps?) in the initial pour. Huge clumps of grey, mucky yeast in the subsequent pour. The floaties dance a bit in the carbonation, the mucky yeast sinks to the bottom and stays there. The clumps ruin an otherwise very nice appearance this time. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. Aroma of dark honey, burnt toast, and mild spice. Somewhat sweet and bready flavor, with lots of honey and toasted malt, and also some caramel. The most pronounced ‘toasted’ flavor I have ever experienced. Smooth and almost full bodied, a bit of tannin bitterness in the finish. A hint of warming alcohol kicks in half way through this 330 ml bottle. I’ve had this beer many times before, this is the first time I have experienced the floatie/mucky appearance. The last inch or so of beer will remain in the bottom of the glass with the muck. Luckily, the coolest glass in the world is perfect to catch it and keep it behind. Apart from that, I love this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
benpickens (483) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours with no head and is reddish copper with medium carbonation. Smells of apples and pears. Off dry with a bitter apple finish. Another tart belgium beer. good but donít like the sourness...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alfa (14) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2007
This isnít my favourite Belgian brune but I love the glass dingus and itís still a great drink. Malty without the hoppy bite I like.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
zootfinster (220) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Cloudy amber - medium light brown head. Malty sweet fruityness. Nice alcohol taste. Actually refreshing. this is my second go-around with this beer and I am raising my rating. I think itís pretty darn good.


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