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 Belgium’s 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 people’s labels on them were actually created by Dirk.)
Meanwhile, of course, there’s 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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Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2011
750mL bottle, a few years old. Poured cloudy medium orange with a short-ish cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up lavender and peppery yeast over honey, bready, and raisin-y sweetness.. some sour apple and apricot-y notes accented.. smelled like it was a tad old, but it was still aiight. The flavor found candied raisin and honey malts with dry pepper, cloves, and some sour malts laced throughout.. almost mapley on the back-end, with enough sugars to mostly mask the boozage.. decent stuff, but again it seemed past its prime. Heavier-bodied and syrupy on the palate, with lots of decayed hops evident.. sweet in the middle, and mostly dry in the end.. this was a tough one to rate, and I’d like to try a fresh sample sometime.

dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2011
750ml bottle poured into glass. Honey gold color with a big fluffy head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of honey and slight boozyness. Flavor is sweet as well. The ABV sort of makes this a little hard to enjoy. Good but I probably wont reach for it again.

TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Tap @ Uber. Hazy honey-gold pour with a short, persistent white head leaving heavy lace. Dough, pine and fruit nose. Medium body with light, fine carbonation. Honey, banana, light toast, spruce, candy, coriander, well-hidden ABV, but leaves an alcohol warmth in the stomach. Well-balanced, velvety mouth feel.

italianjohn (3257) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2011
Hazy blonde/yellow pour thin white head ... light lacing .... aroma is of yeast, sweet fruits (apples, oranges), candi sugar ...... taste is of sweet candi sugar, fruits apples oranges bitter, wheat/grainy and light peppery spice .... lots of yeast in the taste and the 10% abv kind of struggles to hide itself ... the peppery spice lingers into the finish ... on the fence about this brew good for a glass

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
In short: A rather bland, fruity and yeasty tripel. Meh.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed probably relatively fresh, about 2 months after purchase. Bottle dropped at my place by dand645, thanks Dan
The look: Cloudy golden body, many medium size particles, medium off-white head leaving good lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is loaded with yeasty fruit esters. Taste is very sweet with a honey and granulated white sugar sensation. The beer is also very fruity with bananas and apricots coming out strong. Very yeasty, too yeasty. Strange cobweb sensation. Juicy grassy hops (fresh-hop style) that just seems out of place. Body just doesn’t have that lively carbonation and full fluffy mouthfeel that I’ve come to expect from true Belgian strong ales. Carbonation was too soft and body felt creamy and lifeless. Ok, so I’m complaining a lot but the beer isn’t so bad. It is just very disappointing as a real Belgium Tripel. But it is still drinkable… Kind of. Worst Knock Out since I hit my girlfriend in the eye with my elbow by accident… and she immediately reacted with a very voluntary devastating uppercut.

dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
Pours a beautiful cloudy gold with a fluffy white head. Nose is somewhat subtle with strong wheat and lemon zest. Smooth and thick on the tongue, with strong bitter start moving into a wheaty finish. The texture of this beer is really the most remarkable aspect, but the flavors are well balanced with no overwhelming notes.

rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
11.2oz btl. Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice foamy head. Nose of yeast, citrus, a little musty. Taste of crisp citrus, banana, a hint of sugary sweetness, spicy kick and a boozy finish. Alcohol apparent but not undesirable, warming for sure.

paultheguru (662) - Parker, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2010
A: poured into a snifter. pours a cloudy, murky yellowish orange. Nice white head on top with a great retention rate and very nice lacing. S: some apples, fig, pears, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of honey in the aroma. T: rich, sweet flavors. a ton of apple up front with a following of other baked fall fruits. the spices are a little lighter than expected but present. In the end its the honey finish, which I really enjoyed. M: not as heavy as I expected but it does have a great body. high carbonation level. smooth and crisp as well. D: its a very nice Belgian strong pale ale, but a little to rich, "pale" wise. solid brew though. Another good Shelton Brothers buy.

drjay44 (3832) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2010
750ml. bottle. Pours a medium, short lived head, over a hazy, orange gold (SRM 6-7) body....nose is citrus,with a musty cellar smell.....taste is light citrus, bit of spice, slight maple syrup, finishing with a cellar mustiness.....mouth feel is light, alcohol heat is present, carbonation high. This is a not particularly good Triple, and perhaps should be in a different style. It is rather too dark, and lacks the spice and fruitiness one associates with a Triple. The alcohol is a bit high and is too obvious. There are off aromas and flavors. This may have been a poorly handled bottle, but the large variation in recent comments and scores make me wonder about both the importer and the brewery. I will rate it as experienced. BJCP 5/2/12/4/5

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2010
UPDATED: APR 6, 2017 Got this as part of a variety pack at World Market. Some how I just wasn’t a fan of this. It was perfectly good it just didn’t have anything memorable about it. Serving: Bottle

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