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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strings (377) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2006
Bottle in Tallin. Really quite good. Dominated by the rich fruity aromas, with the alcohol coming in a close second.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (3952) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
Bottle: Served in Kwaks elegant, original glass. Pours with a huge off-white head. The body is hazy and pale amber. Yeast, banana, fruit and caramel in the aroma. Very pleasant sweet/ sour flavour with citrus and light malt. Medium to full bodied. The finish i slightly bitter/ sour with alcohol bite. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Wow, this was a great experience. What an appearance with notes of bred, hops, caramel, maybe burned caramel. The Aroma was strong, full body with notes of caramel, some burned notes and liquorice, maybe even banana. Flavour was sweet and ever so slightly bitter. Hopy and sweet round mild finish. What a great beer this is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonjon (22) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 30, 2006
From a bottle. Pours orange with a white head. Belgian yeast and sugars in the aroma. Banana tones. Nice light malt flavors with sour yeast notes on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6674) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 18, 2006
Thick white head over a lovely glowing amber. rather sweet, with the typically Belgian sweet and sour finish. A fine beer, but not in the top league.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stefano (1956) - Thisted, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
Amber color with a medium-sized, off-white head. Aroma is pretty spicey and pretty sugary and malty. Very sweet flavor, maybe too much? But very interesting and drinkable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2006
This was a better version of a strong. The body was brown, with a good size head. Sweet from front to end. Satisfying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Draft at the Mellow Mushroom Carmel Rd. Pours out a brownish red color with a thick off white head. Smell is sweet, yeasty, malts, and fruits. Taste is similar, with the sweetness coming through alot more than I anticipated. It was a nice beer, pleasing to drink, though it might have been a little too sweet for me, but thats ok. I would certainly recommend it or drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle (and glass) from gift pack purchased at Paradise Festival in Brussels. Inspired to go for it after the Kwak carriage nearly ran me over (fun!). Always been a fan of Kwak, but never really drank it at home before. Gift set was a bargain buy (sheer luck it didn’t break on the way home), so why not? Right, the rate... Dark amber in colour with quickly thinning head. Pepper nose with taste to match. Hints of caramel and orange to compliment. Malty texture, refreshing full body. A lot to take in, but an easy drink no less. Spectacular!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2007 Color is light brown / orange with thick white head. Poured in an interesting Kwak glass that I’m told was shaped for very old "cup-holders" in horse-drawn carriages. The aroma is pretty spicey and pretty sugary and malty. Some nutmeg and hints of smoke. There is also a good bit of yeast in the aroma that lends some apple and perhaps bubble gum. The flavor has a load of interesting spice and fruitiness, hints of smoke, and a lot of sweetness. There is also a touch of bitterness. There is some chocolate and caramel, malt, and lots of yeast. Perhaps a hint of sherry, too. The body is heavy but lightened greatly by carbonation, and the beer finishes sweet. A very unique beer.

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