Friday, August 7, 2015

Classic Beer of the Week! Kwak

Taste it tonight from 4-6pm at Forsyth!  (8/7/15)
Classic Beer of the Week!
We are featuring a "Classic" beer in our Friday night tasting when we can. So many people may have never had these beers because they are not the "new" or "hot" craft beer anymore.   I was going to feature Karmeliet Tripel this week but researching it, it was first produced in 1996.   My sell imposed guideline is that a beer must be produced for at least 20 years to qualify as a classic.  So Karmeliet will have to wait until next year.

Kwak Belgian Strong Ale
Rated 94/100 RateBeerAlso available with 4 bottles of Kwak plus the special Kwak glass and wood stand.
"According to tourist guides, there are over 1000 types of Belgian beer. Quite a few of these Belgian beers have their own unique glass. The most distinctive of glasses is the Kwak vessel. This 25 centimetre glass tube with a flared top and a round, bulbous bottom is held by a wooden clamp. In fact, this glass would tip over if you tried to set it down on a table!
According to the Kwak website: “In Napoleon’s time, Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and the owner of the De Hoorn inn (near Brussels). Mail coaches stopped there every day, but at that time coachmen were not allowed to leave their coach and horses,” “As a result, the inventive innkeeper had a special Kwak glass blown that could be hung on the coach. In this way, the coachman had his Kwak beer safely at hand.”
Ordering Kwak for the first time is a great experience. It comes to your table complete with a monogrammed wooden stand. The long neck and round base makes a nice rich, frothy head. You can recognize a Kwak glass from across a crowded bar.
Once you get over the novelty of the glass, Kwak is a very fine Belgian beer. The color is a deep amber, with a creamy colored head. Kwak has a mellow, fruity and malty aroma with very little hops smell. There are some hints of fruit in the taste and aroma such as creamy bannana and liquorice."

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