tmc90 (17) - BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2009
A very unique brew. The alcohol doesn’t really come through making it very drinkable. Not sure if its true but a barman told me the name comes from the sound this drink is supposed to make when drunk from its yard-glass-style tulip. Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
The beer pours a cloudy reddish brown and a has a very large thick white head that lasted about half the glass. There’s a strange smell of sweet dirt, berries and some rooting wood in the back ground, very complex smell just not sure if I like it. It feels dry and thin in my mouth almost like I just ate a mouth full of flour, it’s not really that bad but its the only thing that’s coming to mind. Very strong alcohol flavor, as well as sweet berries, and nutty malts. The beer seems to get smoother and less alcoholy as it warms, more rich flavor to. Diffinatly not my favorite Belgian but still very drinkable, I will re-review this beer again with a warmer beer to see if it makes a big difference. WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 2, 2009
Pours a clear amber coler with moderate off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts and Belgian yeast. Flavor is candied fruit, raisins. Driy mouthfeel and very drinkable. A nice Belgian strong. BiddleBrau (1238) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Poured an very nice amber color with full off-white head. Not sure if this is accurate but the aroma is of nutmeg initially and the initial sips. As this warms hops step up but malt plays a nice balancing role. Much better than I anticipated or recall. On tap at B. Cafe UWS, NYC cosmicpolly (27) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAY 31, 2009
I thought the appearance is weak: no head at all, but that has certainly something do with the glass I poured it in (not the special Kwak glass where the head stays longer). the smell of alcohol was definitly overwhelming, and fruits.
The taste was fortunately better than that. Fruity, sweet and less alcoholic than the smell. It’s a reasonably good beer and the presentation with the special glasses makes the experience even better. But not the best of its kind.
MagnumPI (56) - Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2009
WEAK WALK UP !
Probably more disappointed with Kwak because of the reputation it affords. Its strength is barely unnoticeable but is that always a good thing? Palatable but unremarkable beer at the end of the day and whats with that glass !
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Amber with a thick fluffy white head. Belgian yeast and candi sugar in the nose. Flavor is sweet, soft fruity malt with a bready quality. Mild finish. very good. Parket (586) - Bruges, BELGIUM - MAY 28, 2009
bottle. I didn’t see the ’great head’ .. mine was flat en fading away fastly (trappist glass). Reddish/brown colour. Beer smells fruity. Taste: nuts, raisins, dried plums, yeasty and sweetness. Also grainy and malty notes. They make people curious by using that strange glass and that’s a smart marketing technique. It’s definitely not a top beer but a good balanced one except the quit sharp and grassy aftertaste. GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Pours a murky caramel orange with tons of floaties thoughout the glass. The small creamy white head lingers for a little while, leaving a small collar and little lacing.
The aroma is sweet with lots of light fruits, pears and apples, with hints of sugary sweetness as well. There is some caramel from the malts as well.
The taste is a little bit musty with hints of booze-soaked fruits and hints of caramel malts in the background. The spicy yeast flavors come out a little more in the taste.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and sticky sweet on the palate.
This is a decent Belgian strong that doesn’t really stand out in any way but is pretty smooth going down. scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Poured from a 750 into my trust Kwak glass. I’m confident it tastes better this way. Clear bronze/gold, picturesque effervescence up the narrow neck of the glass, adding to a tan fluffy creamy head. Maple toffee aroma, dry fall leaves too. Powerfully malty up front, with a bite of molasses spiked with cinnamon. Strongly weighted on the palate, dense and thick. Dry finish reveals a gentle lavender herbal notes over roasted wheat.