RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Came with a fancy little glass thing to pour into. Nice sweet toffee carmel flavors. Very enjoyable with my dinner.
mlkmn (10) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown/orange, typical strong ale color with almost no head. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, marshmallows, cherries and dried plums. Taste is very sweet, some bitter brown bread notes afterwards. At 8.4% vol. surprisingly little alcohol in the actual taste, gets prominent only in the aftertaste, which is something I would describe as port-like. Nevertheless, I perceive this one to be quite watery. Dried fruits, cherry, sugar cane and hints of smoked beef on the palate. Uninteresting at first, but grows on you after a few sips.
Humlehode (102) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very clear amber with thick white head. Highly carbonated. Sweet aroma of malt, berry, caramel. Both sweet and sour mouthfeel with low bitterness. The sourness/berry aroma lingers on the palate for quite a while.
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Bryanvdv (574) - - OCT 26, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gedronken @jp. Donker amber helder bier met volle kraag. Glas is mooi om te zien drama om van te drinken (laatste slok). Aroma is zoet. Smaak is zoet, beetje waterig.
vinivini (432) - BELARUS - OCT 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
amber colour, little head. aroma of honey grains. some sugar, a hint of alcohol well blended in. full body. pretty sweet in all dimensions. full loaded finish. great one
CacheManyHose (205) - HONG KONG - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Kvkx1 (36) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ninecats (180) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
swesson (243) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
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Alengrin (2180) - BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
DutchMark (174) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.