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

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RATINGS: 1975   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RengeR (10) - - APR 4, 2013
Een bruisende volle smaak in je mond. Lichte tinten van volkoren graan dansen op je tong met een half bittere afdronk. Rond pallet. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (202) - HONG KONG - OCT 23, 2014
Bright translucent amber/light brown with lively effervescence. Beige creamy head, not much retention or lacing. Smells malty but not cloying - toasted grains, toffee, lots of fruit (pear and grape) and yeast. Taste is sweet caramel malt that ends on a dry, boozy note. Body is great - very creamy even though it’s not thick, finely carbonated. Enjoyable - sweet without being overly so and a silky smooth palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kvkx1 (35) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 21, 2014
Nice dark amber colour with a persisting head. Aroma is sweet, some caramel. Palate is well carbonated, sweet, with the alcohol well blended in. Slightly bitter finish. Full bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ninecats (180) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
Bottle at Turisten, Ljungskile. Pours deep copper with a big compact white foam that dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacings. Aroma is really malty, deep sweet nose with pear, honey, bread, alcohol and slight yeast tones. Taste is also very malty, with honey, bread, caramel, woodiness, also some light hint of grassy hops and yeast creating a warm alcoholic brandy-like bitter ending. Full body, medium body, sticky oily texture. A big beer served in its proper glassware.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
swesson (239) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
From a 750ml bomber bottle. Pours a dark Amber color and makes a medium beige head. Good lacing with millions of tiny bubbles. Smells of yeast and malted barley, dark fruits, and alcohol. Tastes Belgian! Rich, velvety, caramel, and brown sugar. Kwak is on the scale of St Bernardus, but doesn't quite reach the flavor complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alengrin (2124) - BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 The first thing which springs to mind upon hearing the name "Kwak" is the exuberant coacher’s glass, allegedly invented by a pub owner named Pauwel Kwak in the late 18th century to get round the DUI prohibition under the French supremacy. I have never found any historical source confirming this, so I have strong doubts, but Bosteels is a good story-teller so what the heck. In order to avoid any distraction coming from the iconic glassware, I taste this from a large wine glass. It has a yellowish white, very sticky, dense, near stable head and a beautiful deep coppery amber colour somewhere in between orange and red, as good as clear. Aroma of cookie dough, cooked grains (pasteurization!), toasted bread, pine resin, strawberries, tomatoes, butterscotch, vanilla, biscuit, iron, freshly cut grass, mango, cognac. Taste begins with candied oranges and overripe peaches, sweet and fruity, crisp, very slick and supple mouthfeel with medium to strongish carbonation, very caramelly and a tad sugary, nutty, toasted maltiness, subtle spicy hints of pepper, ginger and aniseed, leading to a smooth finish of medium length, with the initial fruit and sugary sweetness lingering a bit as well as the nutty malts, but surpassed by a somewhat restrained grassy hop bitterness and a warming, brandy-like alcohol effect which tends to become just a little bit wry. Has lost some of its character since the recipe was amended years ago: used to be more oily, less ’toasted’ and more ’different’ from other high-ABV Belgian ambers, and has become more straightforward and more fruity. Too bad, but this still remains an interesting beer; it was one of those ales sparking the first Belgian strong ale ’wave’ in the seventies (along with e.g. Duvel) and still stands firmly as a beacon on the Belgian beer map, despite the slight changes. Classic.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DutchMark (172) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
Nice warming ale. A bit too sweet for me. Flavor is sweet malts caramel and marzipan with some spicy hints. The alcohol is clearly present but that’s fine in this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
eduardovl (871) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in its own (exotic) glass. A: Pours a clear absolutely copper amber color forming a big beige and fluffy aired head. Good retention and some lacings left in the glass S: Strong on sweet grains malts. Candy sugar, caramel, caramel malts. Very fruity with strong notes of grapes and raisins. Bready Belgium yeasts. Smells like an Irish Red Ale but with stronger sweet notes. Flowery hops and a little bit of alcohol in the very end T: Follows the nose. Quite sweet upfront. Strong notes of candy sugar, caramel malts and dark fruits. Mainly grapes and raisins. Earthy and bready Belgian yeasts. Light hops bitterness in the end M: Medium and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Grainy bittersweet aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Very Belgian Ale. Recommended [ BA Review @ 9/19/2010 ]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Swank (23) - - OCT 13, 2014
Nice, dark color. Taste is quite sweet with hints of caramel. All in all a little to sweet for my likening, making it a beer with a quite one sided flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (247) - CYPRUS - OCT 13, 2014
Clear orange body with a beige head. Aroma is yeast, caramel, malt, spice. Taste is sweet with very low bitterness. A bit of spice. Light to medium body. Nice beer.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
outlawskies (964) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie loves it 4.6. C. Smooth sweet calmly well balanced Belgium ale. No bitter ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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