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Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB-InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2337   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Full-bodied Belgian Specialty Ale. Amber in color with beautiful foam and slightly sweet, seductive malt character. Rich, satisfying Belgian experience.

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3.4
Slokop (107) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Copper yellow color and a creamy head that did not last long, due to the form of the traditional glas that came with it. Fruity tastes in good balance with the hop. Alcoholic but not exageratted. The last sip will gush over your face when you’re drinking unattentive. Beware! Nice beer. Would ask for another kind of glas though.

3.4
Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, copper-amber color with a lasting, foamy, off-white head. Skinny lines and small spots of lace mark the glass. Aromas include candy sugar, caramel malt, bananas and estery orchard fruits. A distinctly Belgian yeast profile finishes things off, along with a good amount of alcohol on the nose. Flavors follow suit, sweet caramel and candy balanced by peppery, floral hops and dry, bready yeast, with light fruity notes showing throughout. Medium-full in the mouth, the palate starts out overly sweet, but finishes on the dry and alcoholic side. Floral hops linger. Nice Belgian amber overall.

3.2
phildorsey (161) - Fort Carson, Colorado, USA - JAN 9, 2009
pours reddish/orange with a slight frutti aroma. Loads of fizz; malty even. Taste is traditional American malt, not as bitter. Alcohol is hidden very well; very refreshing. Solid Belgian Ale, though not the top echelon.

3.5
wheresthepath (2395) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 [7/1/2009, 330ml bottle at the Retreat, Reading] Served in the famous glass, which evoked gasps of astonishment from my friends. Pours Deep amber with a large off-white head. Initial impression just of sweetness, with smoked gammon and honey and sweet malt coming through. Finish quite syrup-y. It’s certainly the glass that makes this famous rather than the beer itself - I feel if I was served it in a normal glass my mark would be lower. But my enjoyment was certainly boosted by the feeling that you were taking part in a chemistry experiment; by the joy of discovering that you could actually safely pick it up in using the wooden stand as a handle; by the worrying little glugging noises as the beer starts to leave the bulb and then by the relief as you realise that this doesn’t actually mean that all of the beer is going to suddenly rush down your throat at once. Top marks for the glass then (which is, after all, part of the whole beer experience with Belgian beers) but the beer itself is rather sickly sweet. 7/5/6/2/13. [24/12/2010, 330ml bottle, gift from my brother - cheers!] Still an exceptionally attractive beer, even when in a normal glass - a rich, glowing deep amber with a large creamy head. Tastes of toffee, malt and sweet plums, with little of the meatiness I experienced the first time around. It’s pretty simple but full of flavour. I enjoyed it, even though it was still on the seet side - but they really need to tone down the excessive fizz.6/5/8/2/14

3.1
kopher (593) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2008
rusty orange, lots of frothy slightly orange head sweet caramel aroma with some relatively subtle belgian overripe fruit, plus toffee and some nutmeggy spice very smooth body and somewhat disappointingly mild flavor a bit thin, maybe it is just a bit too cold

3.5
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - DEC 27, 2008
Poured into the Kwak yard glass. Amber with creamy white head. Carmel malt, fruit, spices and nutty aroma. Flavour is caramel, spices and fruit. Good carbonation and good dry finish.

3.3
joe19612 (3064) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2008
Bottle. Good malty aroma and a very fruity taste. One of my favourite beers from Belgium.

4.6
cyrenaica (1159) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
330ml bottle
8.4% ABV
Special Pauwel Kwak glass (Priceless)
I tried this beer on October 21, 2008 at "Smokeless Joes" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer was poured into the special Kwak glass a translucent golden red, highly effervescent, and with a long lasting white head. The aroma was yeast, fruity, with some hops. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, with medium to high carbonation. The flavour was sweet malt, plummish tones, and a bitter finish.

3.4
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2008
330ml bottle, poured into a standard Kwak yard glass with holder. Reddish toffee color, off white creamy head. Smells of malt, mustard seed, a small bit of alcohol, lots of cereal. Dry texture. Tart flavor, spiciness, friut, clove, some dark fruit, and a hint of vanilla. Lots going on. Very nice. Smoked trout, nice Kerrygold Iverson, and sesame water crackers. nice pairing, Yum. Finishes with banana yeast character, with alcohol.

3.4
albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2008
Bottled. This amber beer tastes of cereal sweetness and bananas. Enjoyable enough on its own merits, but I tend to expect something more memorable if drinking something of this high an ABV.


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