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

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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2362   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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3.7
SteC (140) - Oostende, BELGIUM - SEP 26, 2002
Very tasty beer, the glass makes it special, it's fun when someone drinks his first kwak, and gets a 'kwak'..

3.7
winkle (478) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2002
Deep gold colour, good big white head with serious carbonation. Nose is citrus/malty with fruit and bubblegum as well. A fair few chunky bits in the body are propelled all over by the carbonation. Sticky sweet body with some bitterness and a malt finish. Good stuff, love the glass.

3.7
Gusler (2652) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2002
If your going to 'KWAK', you must use a 'KWAK' glass. A bit of glass history:

The distincitve glass originated from coachmen needing a way to enjoy beer since Napoleonic Code forbade them sharing a drink with the passengers. Kwak developed this glass so the coachmen could remain seated yet hang the glass on the coach and enjoy the rich beer too.</P> These glasses also make a 'Kwak' sound when drinking. Clear amber in color, the head is huge, beige, the lace is in sheets. Nose is malt, hints of caramel, earthy, sweet. Front is quite sweet, the top light, the finish is nicely hopped, mildly carbonated, and a tad dry with a long lasting after taste, and also a hint of alcohol bitterness. From the ratings it's a bit of 'Love It', 'Hate It', I like it. Ranks a respectable 496 on my current 1000 beer master list. If your interested, here's a site where you can see a 'Kwak' glass: http://www.mbibeer.com/beer/html/bosteels.

3.7
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
750 ml bottle. Light amber with a decent, lasting head and lace. Subdued aroma of light cookie dough, yeast, herbs, alcohol and more. Light to medium bodied, tame carbobation, a malty and yeasty flavor profile with notes peach, brown sugar, spicy alcohol, hops and more. Turns creamier and sweeter as it warms. Very drinkable, warming and satisfying. Reminds me of Chimay red a bit. Pissed me off because when I opened, it gushed everywhere and made a friggin mess. Good belgium. Thank you ecrvich.

3.7
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a copper amber color and formed a nice bubbly white head. A good amount of tiny bubble carbonation is present. An aroma of malt and cinnamon. A flavor of malt and caramel, with a decent amount of sweetness to a medium body. Slightly astrigent finish.

3.7
fraternie (1031) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2003
Extremely sweet aroma, some spice and smoke present as well. Sugary/toffee malt, hints of nutmeg. Thin malt, seems a bit watered down for the style. Smooth, but little to no hop character. Notes of cinnamon. A nicely flavored, smooth Belgian, but not incredibly complex.

3.7
RichardGretton (4862) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 5, 2003
Rosey red beer, with a strongly alcoholic nose. Very nice toffee notes to its flavour with additional vineous qualites. A smooth and pleasant drink.

3.7
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 6, 2003
The coolest glass around. Body was amber with a great white bubbly head with legendary Belgium lacing. Aroma was spicy and sweet. Flavour is quite sweet and nicely bitter. The finish is dry and lasting.

3.7
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2003
Beautiful orange color, very little head or lacing. Taste of toffee, sweet fruit, sour ale finish, masking the alcohol. I would not call it a dessert beer, but it stood up nicely to strong sweet and hot Thai spices.

3.7
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2003
Dark golden color.Medium head that sticks around.Nice caramel flavor as well as a caramel malty aroma. Not as strong as most Belgians. A smooth drink that finishes as well as it starts.


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