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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Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1697) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2002
Originally had this at a small marionette pub in Brussels in the traditional glass, which is my preferred way. This is bottled. Light bodied golden color with a nice Belgian style head. Tart and hoppy aroma, smells of spiced apples and pears. Perhaps a little too much carbination for my taste. An overall good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caesar (5324) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2002
This beer has probably the most beautiful glass, but too bad it doesnt taste the same way. I expected a lot, but i came up with disappointed feeling, though it isnt a bad beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SteC (137) - Oostende, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2002
Very tasty beer, the glass makes it special, it’s fun when someone drinks his first kwak, and gets a ’kwak’..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Warming, garnet-colored ale with lots of flavors going on in it. Mostly malty sweetness with spice and fruit notes. Fun to drink. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2002
If your going to ’KWAK’, you must use a ’KWAK’ glass. A bit of glass history:

The distincitve glass originated from coachmen needing a way to enjoy beer since Napoleonic Code forbade them sharing a drink with the passengers. Kwak developed this glass so the coachmen could remain seated yet hang the glass on the coach and enjoy the rich beer too.</P> These glasses also make a ’Kwak’ sound when drinking. Clear amber in color, the head is huge, beige, the lace is in sheets. Nose is malt, hints of caramel, earthy, sweet. Front is quite sweet, the top light, the finish is nicely hopped, mildly carbonated, and a tad dry with a long lasting after taste, and also a hint of alcohol bitterness. From the ratings it’s a bit of ’Love It’, ’Hate It’, I like it. Ranks a respectable 496 on my current 1000 beer master list. If your interested, here’s a site where you can see a ’Kwak’ glass: http://www.mbibeer.com/beer/html/bosteels.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2002
If it Kwaks like a duck, then it must be a duck, you wise-Kwaker! Let’s all smoke some Kwak... I might be a Kwakpot, but I’ve never seen the NutKwaker. Polly wants a Kwaker! Damn, my beer glass is Kwaked. Hey, Kwak open another one of these, they’re great. One of my favorite Belgians. Should easily be in the top 50, but it is a bit strange and different, so many are probably scared away. I find a cinnamon nose, haven’t seen that mentioned, but I enjoy reading all of the reviews of a different beer such as this...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5278) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2014
Sept, 2002For me the sweetness is overdone - and it’s a sacharine sweetness. It’s like chewing on a handful of sacharine tablets washed down with a glass of mouldy fruit juice found somewhere at the back of the fridge. [2.4]
Jan, 2008Falstaff, Brussels, served in the Kwak glass Perfumed amber ale. Toffee - touch of banana - soft and pleasant. Suggestion of Earl Grey in the finish. Very enjoyable. An English Strong Ale done with Belgian yeast. [3.5]
Dec, 2014 330ml dark bottle from Casino, Marseille. Candy sweet. Pleasant ale with little character, but smooth and easy drinking. [2.9]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4631) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 13, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 This beer is much like a Palm but with a higher ABV. Malty aroma, sweet and spicy taste. Alcohol isn’t well hidden. Bonus points for the beautifull glass in which one should drink the beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2592) - GERMANY - SEP 11, 2002
Had this a Café Belgique in Amsterdam served in a flask with wooden stand &#8211; great experience. Warm, roasted malt nose and a substantial malt body with caramel and spicy tones. Tangy and grapefruit-like in the end. Big taste and a full, round mouth feel. Complex and smooth.

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