Notes added 08/20/21
I’ve been drinking Kwak for many years, and long before the original notes that are below from 2004. I’ve always enjoyed it more than those notes might suggest! I think the notes reflect a little naivety in note taking rather than the beer itself.
These days I note the dry esters, the beautiful color, the richness of the aftertaste and the pronounced banana notes that layer on top of the dryish, malt base.
Original notes 11/21/04
750 mL, corked and caged from Beverage Resort, Marietta, GA.
Much darker with more obvious alcohol than your average Pale Belgian. I prefer the golden yellow Duvel color as opposed to the darker, maltier looking pales. Indeed, this is much more like a Belgian Brune to me.
Strong malt, yeast, dark fruit flavors upfront in both the aroma and the taste. There is a distinct alcohol feeling to this that is not well disguised and is quite strong. A noticeable spirit like presence.
Very frothy, carbonated head that hangs around, with a strong alcohol flavor all the way through to the end.
This was just not subtle enough for me, a bit too obvious is what I am trying to say. Not bad, but there are many better.