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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 1975   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2003
Dark brown colour. Malty aroma. Caramel, malty flavour. Nice glas. Little sweet too.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haukur (1309) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 12, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 re-rate pending

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2003
Smells slightly sweet, small feel of cirtus. It foamed up in the bottle, yet, gave very little head once poured. Color is nice ambem and golden. Palate is nice, gives a feel of bitterness initally, followed by a the citrus flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2003
Glowing bronze/copper color---medium cream head and honeycomb lace...a few floaters, but still pretty...Aroma attractively cidery, yeasty---nice...This has plenty of apple-like snap; effervescent, fairly acidic mouthfeel is rather cidery, adds to refreshment...Finish is tart and medium-dry...This is not very complex as Belgians go, but is certainly flavorful and refreshing...A nice change of pace...and it certainly feels light for a potent elixer...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (590) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 8, 2003
sweet citrusy aroma, bronze hue with a medium sized off-white head, sweet and fruity, grapes, well laced, long fruity finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (370) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - MAR 31, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2003 This beer was a surprise. The aroma is a bit heavy, but the taste is lovely and very nice aftertaste that lasts for a long time. I will buy it again when i have the change. This beer is dangerously drinkable. I want more, I want more.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2003
750mL: Slightly murky medium brown pour, with close to no head at all. Smells like cranberries and grapes, with a pugnant, unpleasent rotting aroma. First taste is mild spices, followed by a sour kick of old apples, and as it rolls across the back of my tongue I get a alcoholic kick that bites the insides of my cheeks. I'm seriously concerned that my bottle went bad, as the cork was not as loud as othier bottles, there was close to no head at all, and the tastes is just sour enough to suggest it's been skunkified.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2003
Kwak has a beautiful amber color and a strong malted taste. I enjoyed this beer that I find similar to a barley wine. Unfortunately I did not have the traditional Kwak stirrup cup drinking glass.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sigmund (5181) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 23, 2003
(330 ml bottle). Beautiful deep amber colour, just slightly hazy. Great head. INTENSE aroma of spiced alcohol (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon), hints of ammonium chloride too. Flavour is malty and spicy, but not as intense as you'd expect from the aroma. Sweetness seems just right. Aftertaste is good, but a bit short. An interesting beer, like so many Belgians.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2003
Draft. Nice amber/brown color with a fluffy head. Aroma of spice bread and raisins. Corresponding flavors. Dry finish. Moderate mouthfeel. Great glass.


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