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


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RATINGS: 2268   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2002
Tastes and smells like a holiday wine. Pretty standard belgian. Has a slightly burnt aftertaste which I found refreshing and enjoyable. Once done with it I felt like it might have been a bit watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2002
Not bad. I may have a bit of prejudice in favour of the Trappists when sampling a BSA, but this is a good solid beer with a lot of flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7040) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 29, 2002
Bottled(330ml). -caramel malt flavor, fruity, big and nice head, warming finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2003 I expected more from this famous beer and its even more famous glass. The aroma was actually a nice malty caramel to announce a sweet relaxing beer. I don't know if it's cause I had a Westmall Tripel perhaps 30 minutes before the kwak, but it tasted somehow like a weak scotch ale some mysterious spoilsport would have added a little water in. You still feel the alcohol, but it's just not surrounded by a reasearched melodic complexity. I had heard already that this beer had somewhat lost some since a couple of years though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 21, 2003
Nice amber color. Very yeasty and sweet. Lacked good flavor components. I found this beer to be bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
Sweet, malty aroma, with notes of light brown sugar, milky caramel, a very faint musty herbal characteristic and hints of banana, pear and bubblegum. Light amber in color, some particulates, with a very foamy, thick, lasting off-white head. Lightly bready, sweet malt and caramel up front, followed by a brief spicy bitterness, and with some fruity yeast, sugar and very faint alcohol on the finish. Full body and with an effervescent, lightly creamy mouthfeel and sticky palate. Lacking a bit in complexity and balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Winefly (60) - KEW, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
Interesting beer...It was not really to my liking however and far too strong in every angle I tried to look at it. It was in my books the Dr Frankenstein of all beers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2004
A good amber belgian. Sweet in flavor, reminded of plums. A pleasant head on the top, and although the beer was cloudy, it was definitely pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I first tasted this beer on a field botany voyage to the panhandle of Florida. After a hot day of tromping through pine flatwoods and boggy seeps seeking botanical wonders, this beer was popped open and split four ways. It was pure heaven. I failed to rate it then, so I picked up another. It just isn’t the same. There is a nice amber tinge in color and a foamy head. Toffee and caramel blended with brown sugar and a raspberry aftertaste and nose. Apple peel at first, fading to sweet maltyness. Overall, light on flavor and too sweet to balance with the subtle earthy notes. The moral of the story is that in the thick brush of Florida’s wilds, a hard day of botanizing and the company of good friends over a fire has a way of making any beer a thousand times better. With the exception of Frank’s Coor’s Light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2004
Poured clear copper with a medium light tan head that quickly disappeared. One thing I found curious about this beer was the strong alcohol flavor- rare for a Belgian ale of only 8% ABV. Otherwise the flavor was not very complex, with apple peel and vinous notes leading to a somewhat drier, crackery finish. Aroma was also of apple peel. Almost reminiscent of an alcoholic apple cider, this just isn’t a very complex beer.

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