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

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RATINGS: 2137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clockk (193) - Lada / Langreo, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
Sabores a miel y maltas tostadas. Con buena espuma persistente. Buen cuerpo. Color pardo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neilrichards (191) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2002
I enjoyed this one. The head lasted for ages. I was worried that i might under rate it as mine had fairly large amounts of floating matter suspended in it. I was trying to hard to avoid it. It wasn’t too strong tasting for me either, which i find some belgians to be. I want the Kwak glass - it looks fantastic!

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
taalhiker (190) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2008
From bottle. Lovely Belgian. Aroma is clean and sweet but without any dominate smell. Palate yeasty, as expected, with sweet malt. No sense of alcohol even though it’s 8%. Brings back memories of drinking this in Amsterdam.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
I sampled a traditional corked and caged 750 ml bottle, which yielded a clear copper ale with a very nice looking bright white head that left great lacing. There’s a roasty, caramel nose with a hint of orange rind and alcohol. This is a medium- to full-bodied beer with a sticky, sweet malty backbone that is well-balanced by some lively carbonation and a long-lasting hop finish with a peek of alcohol dryness. Mid-palate flavors of dried cherry, raisin and plum, with a slight peppery bite and some of the orange rind character revealed in the aroma. Another fine Belgian adventure in beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2002
Copper brown, foaming light beige thick head, slighlty lace. Yeast in nose at the start of the glass, but at finish also flowery and malty aromas. Sweet, yeasty, spicy aromatic, some alcohol, a bit sour, dry and mild hop aroma. Aftertaste is dry & sweet, a bit yeast-like and quite long.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carl99Fan (187) - Suwanee, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours gold with medium head. Also, lots and lots of ’floaties’...so many that I had to pour beer through a strainer so I could finish. I’ve had beers with ’floaties’ before, but this was unbelievable. An enjoyable beer with mild taste. Went down easy. Finished a 750ml bottle in just under 30 minutes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hammster (187) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2007
750 ml bottle. Pours a close to clear dark pumpkin orange with a sizeable and cloudy head that’s fluffy and off-white. Aroma is generally sweet-smells like bitters (Angostura), orange, and dried fruit. Tastes like Angostura bitters smells--sweet citrus with some floral. A little bitter and dry in the finish. Very distinct flavor probably gives this strong ale a good following. I rather enjoyed it although I think some people are probably repulsed by it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Draft. Gorgeous in the glass.. inviting aroma with fruit, malt, honey.. delicious, layers of flavor, lots of cherry.. exceptional.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
saintjulien (185) - - APR 30, 2014
caramel, raisin, amber, heavy cloying sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, average carbonation

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Had it on tap at BXL Cafe, Manhattan. Served in its own particular glassware with wooden handle/device. Smells like a Belgian, looks like a Belgian, odd bitter and sourness with a Belgian finish. Definitely has its own character, but not one I cared for.


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