Alpha Kong - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by jasonjlewis:
4.65/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Nice head and decent retention. Nice amber color. More color than the average belgian strong pale ale.
Smell is of cloves, coriander, and orange peel. Typical of the style.
Taste is awesome: I love la fin du monde. Well, I did at first, but I'm not in the mood for it much any more because it's clovey. I think it might be a seasonal thing. This beer is so balanced and awesome, it makes me crave more belgians. I wish I had more than the one sample from DAVID EDDIE! (thanks). The flavors are so balanced. The orange peel and coriander are balanced perfectly by cloves and caramel malts. I wonder if the yeast strain toned down the "over the topness" of some belgian strongs that have turned me off this season. I'm glad I finally cracked this bottle. I did not even notice the 15% abv. I thought it was about 8%/. This tells you that candy sugar wasn't simply added to boost the abvs as a shortcut.
Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.
The most drinkable belgian strong pale ale I have ever had, not to mention it's 15% abv! Holy shit. 5+++ on drinkability.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2007 06:55:32 | More by jasonjlewis
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3.79/5 rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Pulled this one out of the beer cellar as I reflect on the past year and need a little strong ale to loosen up. It's a lovely color. a ruddy amber, mostly clear but a bit of sediment in suspension. Light tan head and a hint of lacing. Nose carries lots of alcohol, toffee, fruitcake, and faint banana. A bit of the Belgian yeast esters. . LOTS of booze. Taste is sweet and alcoholic. Given the insane ABV however quite smooth. A fair amount of light pilsner malt and fruitiness from the yeast with an overall sweet candied fruit profile to the taste. Notes of sherry and a brandy like finish that show a surprising amount of hops and dry leafy bitterness. Full feel is lovely with a touch of light syrup and slickness. Mild carbonation. While boozy it still goes down easily and really lights up the palate with all kinds of foods like white bean hummus and various cheeses and smokey and roasted meats and veg. Quite a nice beer though I am a little surprised by the amount of heat after all this time. Maybe the hops hid it more when fresher. Nonetheless a lovely brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 06:31:28 | More by scootny
Alpha Kong from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.