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

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RATINGS: 2289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13850) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
33 cL bottle. Aroma of caramel malt. Orangey amber color with fine bubbles, and an off-white head that laced a little. Medium body with mild, almost creamy, carbonation. There is instant heat, a light touch of darker fruits, and moderate caramel sweetness. Itís beautiful, but not so complex as many.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 16, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 330mL bottle, pours a deep amber with a nice beige head. Aroma is sweet malts and yeast. Flavour of sweet, honeyed malts, some dark dried fruits and some yeast. Semi-sweet and bitter finish. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13313) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 2, 2010
330ml bottle (Hell Hunt, Tallinn)
Deep reddy orange, darker than the 8.0% version I last had in Finland. Very sweet malty and caramelly aroma. Very sweet and sticky in the mouth, treacly retronasals. Carbonation pleasant. Simple caramelly malty taste, a touch mushroomy and woody. Finish has some pencil sharpening vapours, and then a big dollop of treacle. Did I mention itís sticky? Fairly similar to the 8.0% version, but with much less complexity, and more reliance on caramel to hide the increased alcohol. Unfortunately it makes the beer taste cheaper. The original is definitely more subtle and interesting.
Earlier Rating: 6/13/2007 Total Score: 3.7
330ml bottle (William K, Helsinki)
Nutty red colour, poured with a thin light head. Wonderful peach and apple aroma. Full malty body, some honey, some banana, and floral notes. Powerful and delicate and complex. Very well integrated and balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2008
Bottle from Riverís Bend. Poured clear reddish amber color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex sour citrus yeasty aroma. Medium body. Flavor was full with sweet yeasty tone and spices with a moderate sweet finish and small alcohol bite. Good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2003
(750ml) Hazy copper with small tan head. Aroma is rich, molasses, caramel, chocolate, plum. Taste is sweet, malty, caramel, raisin/plum, floral. Finish is lightly herbal bitter and alcohol warming. Creamy full body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear copper wioth a small lasting amber head. Aromas of fruitiness, carmel and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruitiness, light spice and a hint of yeast with a smooth slightly drey lingering sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HenrikSoegaard (12933) - Randers, DENMARK - APR 22, 2006
Creamy white excellent mostly lasting head. Amber colour. Light malty and hoppy aroma but loads fo citrus. Powerfull flavor, long finish. A litte watery palate, but I really like this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
imdownthepub (12919) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2003
Bottle Conditioned. A beer more famous for its glass than its flavour! I was going to explain about the history of the glass in that case and then I find that Gusler has beaten me to it, still that was a while ago, so I will re iterate. In the days of horse drawn coaches, the drivers of the coach couldn't join the passengers in the tavern for a warming drink, so the glass was designed to fit a stand built onto the coach. It has a rounded bottom as it didnt need to stand on its own. The whole Belgian glass thing is, these days, about product placement, but Kwak does really taste better in the hour glass shape. It is a hazy orage beer which has been described many times now, but when you do try it, try drinking it chilled from its own glass!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (12779) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUL 3, 2011
Itís a nice beer, but not really special. Fantastic glass. Above average taste, but as I said, donít expect anything spectacular.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12702) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
Lightly hazed reddish brown ale with a thick off white head. A sweet brown sugar aroma, with light orange notes, and light maraschino cherries. In mouth, a sweet malt, biscuity and maderized, with more of an orangey character. Medium bodied. 750 mL bottle from Bieropholie imports.


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