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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2009   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 22, 2003
I headed to Saratoga to visit Big Basin Bistro after I left Stoddard's brewpub in Sunnyvale last Thursday. Thanks again to the peeps in Ratebeer forum to steering me to such a killer Brewpub as BBB was my favorite establishment whilst I stayed in the San Jose area. Had this on tap in a Chimay goblet. This brew pours a dark red honey amber. The thin wispy white head diminishes quickly with little lacing. The nose is a very pleasant combination of ginger and nutmeg, and vanilla and alcohol. The fruity flavor is short and sweet. The palate is full, soft, and dry with a chalky feel to the finish. Big Basin Bistro is a great place that takes great care of the beer. The owner will even take you back to the keg room to show you the setup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4379) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Fruity, leathery, caramel and some smoke in the aroma. Rosy chestnut brown, ok label, no head. This was a nice glass of beer. Tartish finish. Medium sweetness all the way. Palate hangs on a bit cidery. Bottle, Ybor City.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark golden color.Medium head that sticks around.Nice caramel flavor as well as a caramel malty aroma. Not as strong as most Belgians. A smooth drink that finishes as well as it starts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Golden straw color. Thin head for a Belgian Strong but lots of fizzy carbonation and the head never relented. Very lacy. Citrus and grassy aromas. Somewhat soapy feel and taste. Very consistent from start to finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JUL 16, 2003
On tap; golden and honey color. The glass and its wooden holder is also novel and is what attracted me to this brew. Very strong and distinctive flavor I can't break down. Its kind of planty or earthy, with a pinch of spice. Middle of the road in excellence. Definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
11.2oz bottle - Color is of golden dark honey and the head is super tall, mega froth from the pour, 11.2 seemed more like 16, the head is frothy foam of off-white color but deeper in color at the bottm of a four finger high head. Head is smooth like whipper cream with some large divets. Smell is mostly malt like caramel and toffee with a light alcohol warmth hint. Taste is so smooth and yummy, amazingly sweet and malty with some toffee and rum-like capabilties in warmth. It reminded me of the nougat and caramel used in the Three Musketeers bar. Feel is all sweet and smooth with incredible silkyness and a warming from the alcohol thats like a brandy or rum. Highly recommended on trying this absolutely soothing warm brew. If you like barleywines this fits in right with 'em.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 I expected more from this famous beer and its even more famous glass. The aroma was actually a nice malty caramel to announce a sweet relaxing beer. I don't know if it's cause I had a Westmall Tripel perhaps 30 minutes before the kwak, but it tasted somehow like a weak scotch ale some mysterious spoilsport would have added a little water in. You still feel the alcohol, but it's just not surrounded by a reasearched melodic complexity. I had heard already that this beer had somewhat lost some since a couple of years though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3365) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1361) - 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.

   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.

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