Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Abbey Tripel
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium


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RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
K-O is the latest invention of Dirk Naudts, one of Belgiums leading brewmasters. For years, Dirk has been coming up with winning beer recipes for breweries large and small throughout Belgium and Holland. (You would be amazed at how many beers with other peoples labels on them were actually created by Dirk.)
Meanwhile, of course, theres the beer to talk about. When we first tried it, a year or so ago, K-O was a pretty good blonde ale, with deceptive strength and a black-and-white Xeroxed label that, frankly, really sucked. But then, by chance, when Brother Daniel was poking around the Pike Place Market in Seattle, he found an antique label for a now-defunct apple orchard called K-O that really made a punchy statement. Our good friend Paul re-worked that label a tad, we convinced Dirk to add a few extra shovel-fulls of hops to the brew, and there you have it: a bottle of beer that anyone can understand.
The name says it all. This fabulous golden ale will knock you on your can. But K-O delivers more than just an alcoholic punch in the face this is real beer, with pure malt and hops, body and character, not just a metric ton of fermented candi sugar.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2012
25.4 oz bottle. Foggy orange with a big fluffy white head. Nose is honey and yeast, slight floral and citrus. Borderline syrupy with prickly carb that turns foamy. Taste is apricot, butterscotch and grass finishing bitter to balance the candi. Simple with a subtle complexity; alcohol barely apparent. Nice brewing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with very thick frothy head that never completely dissipates. Aroma is a lot of alcohol, hay and hints of pepper. Flavor is bread, earthy hay notes, mild caramel, alcohol. Body is creamy light with a lot of carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2011
bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow, with very sizable foamy white head. Aroma has notes of sweet spices, lemon, bread, honey oats. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, pretty hard to believe its 10% the way it drinks. Flavor is very spicy, with various bread notes, very soft sourdough underlying the sweet spices, with a generally dry finish, perhaps a touch of white grape, zesty spices, cracker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (10215) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Tap. Hazy rich yellow pour with a clingy white head. Aroma is sweet caramel and Frosted Flakes. Smooth palate. More sugary grain on taste with some citrus. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (5303) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 8, 2011
33 cl. Golden with a humongous head. Nose is spicy resin, hard candy, and wheat. Taste is the same with a bit of iron, cardboard, more resin, and light vinous notes. Light-medium body is dryish, smoothly carbonated, and watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2011
The faint aroma is pleasant and unusual, sort of like pancakes on the griddle. This is a very good Belgian strong ale. When I drink a Wit beer, I want it to taste like this. Its like a heartier, boozier Wit without as much citrus. The booze isnt hidden, but you are glad its there. This beer feels more like 15% instead of the quoted 10%. Enjoy responsibly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5443) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2011
11.2oz bottle in a Trappist glass. Pours cloudy golden with a thick, fluffy, cream-colored head. Aroma strong of caramel and cereal malts, spicy yeast, and a nice balance of floral hops. Flavor about the same. Smooth texture. A pretty good Tripel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flyingzambonie (42) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2011
Floral with a hoppy finish. Citrus notes and crisp finish. Nice head. Straw color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (4020) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Orangish brew, diffuse head. The sweet intensity of the bouquet is a bit jarring at first whiff. As I settle to imbibe it more deeply, I am ensconced by sugared corn flakes doused in alcoholic fruit punch which soon becomes more distinct. From peeled layers arises apple, which takes center stage. The body is of a buzzy Belgian apple flavor along a layer of sugar-frosted corn flakes. Definitely a brew that is at once interesting, and also redolent of distinct childhood breakfast memories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2011
bottle... dark honey gold with a bright off white head, good retention and nice lace... sweet honey water with yeast, deceptively light... the taste is way to sweet, sweet wet grains, honey, yeast, alcohol finish yet for 10% its really easy to drink... average

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