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

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RATINGS: 1922   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2010 Malt is the clear focus of this beer. Clear amber in color with an off white head that diminishes fairly rapidly. Aroma is almost entirely of malt. Clean palate, but a bit sticky. The flavor is comprised almost solely of sweet malts. Belgian yeast is far in the background, along with a faint spiciness. The best part of this beer, unfortunately, is the glass. RERATE 2010 - My comments generally stand the same. It is just that over the last 7 years, I have come to enjoy the sweet malt flavors quite a bit more. I would actually say that Kwak may have lost a touch of the malt assault that it used to have, but it might just be the shift of my taste as opposed to a real change in the beer. Now I think it is a pretty tasty brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1292) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2003
Beautiful dark copper beer with a fine and persistent head. Good sweet malt and fruit nose. Sweet malty full flavor. SOmewhat a one trick beer. Devistatingly strong. Finish a bottle and I don't think you'll care all that much about it's lack of depth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2003
Not as complex as some belgians but lets face it. This beer gets points for the way cool glass. Sweet and candy-like this beer has an evident alcoholic content.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2003
Amber with a thick cream head. Fruity but hopped to be semi dry with a light fruity finish. Nice glass.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2003
Orangy nose with yeast and a malt back bone. Great to look at in the test tube like glass in its wooden stand. Deep amber hue with massive head. Rich orange taste tones with hints of pear. Fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (2781) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Served in the ODs glass in the history of glasses--sort of a short yard glass with a rounded bottom so that it requires a wooden stand to stand up. Brownish red with a huge head and great lace. Nose is sweet and fruity--mostly melon with a floral note. Very thick on the tong with almost no carbonation. Softly sweet with an earthy bitter notes in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TChrome (1415) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2003
This is an intersting ale. It is more of a malt dominant Belgian than any other I have tasted. There are some yeast/spice flavors, but it is the malt that is the star here. Bottle opens with mild pop. Pours up big bubbly head which fairly quickly dissipates. Color is amber brown. There is some lacing. Aroma is malty with some light yeast. Flavor is earthy/leathery malt. Lit of bit of yeast with some very light spice. This is good beer though not as complex as the best Belgians.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4656) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2003
Very little head when pourred into glass, almost no bubble coming from the bottom. the alcohol is way too evident and takes too much place leaving little for the spice taste to come throught. A little bit disapointed, I was hoping more from a belgian ale...

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 18, 2003
Brilliant orange gold color. Smallish head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malty and spicy. Bright and yeasty. Spices (anise, coriander and clove) and fruit (peaches, apricot and bananas). Well balanced. Smooth tasting. It’s a touch sweet, but there are some earthy and musty aspects to this beer as well. The 8% alcohol is somewhat evident in the slight oiliness to the flavor and a touch of bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Sweet, roasted notes are the dominant flavors of this thin-bodied beer. Enjoyable, but the alcohol is very noticeable.


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