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

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RATINGS: 2011   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2003
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 Draft... This beer rocks!... Enjoyed a couple at Monk’s Cafe in Philly! Maybe it was the atmosphere, but this beer really hit the spot. I drank a St. Bernardus Abt 12 before and a Westy Extra 8 after and the Kwak still held its ground. Crystal clear copper with no head. Aroma is vineous and of dark fruits, licorice and sweet malt. The flavor includes bursts of licorice, English toffee, dark and fuzzy fruits, candy sugar and alcohol. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Short, dry finish. World Class in my opinion. You’ve seen it in beer stores. Go ahead and pick one up.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - APR 27, 2003
Bottled. Clear almond brown colour, with very little head (as far as Belgian beers go). Sweet taste to start, nothing at the finish. The palate was all over the place. The name and the brand seem to me to be larger then the beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2391) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2003
Deep amber colour. Aroma of malts, caramel, oranges. Flavour of caramel, alcohol, slightly bitter and sweet. Finishes sweet and bitter. Very cool glass.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Voivod (304) - Como, ITALY - APR 19, 2003
Dark amber colour, almost no head (just a thin lace of foam). The aroma is sour (citrus) and quite sweet (caramel). The flavour is too sweet (caramel and toffee and a lot of sugar), quite sour. Spicy aftertaste. I didn't really like this beer...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2003
I put down a 750ml bottle of this before I headed down to the 50 cent beer night so I could at least have the memory of something decent while I drank beer-flavored-water. Amber in color. A creamy head. Just the right amount of sweetness mixed with some yeastiness. Crisp and tasty overall, I'd like to try it with food, as Eject says.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
This beer pulled an amazing 180 on me when I had it with food. Alone, I was unimpressed, but with a meal its slight sweetness became crisp and very enjoyable. If you've tried this one and found it less than perfect, try it again with a hearty meal.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - 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 (1344) - 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...


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