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Alpha Kong - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 167
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 03-13-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A very complex Belgian sextuple, sweet with caramel notes.
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Ratings: 151 | Reviews: 107
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to dschuster03 for the share.

A - Toffee colored beer with a bit of an off-white head that left a little bit of ghostly stick and didn't stay for very long.

S - Lots of burnt and caramelized sugars, toffee, and booze. There's some yeasty ethers there that are reminiscent of caramelized banana. Smells very sweet, potent, and rich.

T - Nicely fruity and sugary with a bit of booze. Really tastes like this is something that's going to stick to your teeth. Some slight banana like flavor in with the caramel and toffee.

M - Lower carbonation, syrupy, pretty full bodied, all fitting the style.

O - A nice beer, it's a bit over the top, but sometimes you need a beer like that. Definitely one to share, between the alcohol and the sweetness it's hard to drink tons. Would like to have again, particularly if I'm in the mood for something that clocks in at 15%.

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Served in Founders Snifter. Shared with a few other people.

A: Pours a semi-hazy copper and amber mixture with a thin off-white head that dissipates into some swirls on top.

S: Lots of bubblegum yeast with some slight banana as well. Nice candied sugars a little booze as well.

T: The oxidation is present with a slight wet cardboard flavor, but there is still really nice notes of sweet sugars, bubble gum and banana. Little booze on the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a coating moutfeel. Very slight heat on the backend, a little on low side carbonation wise.

O: While there was oxidation present it didn't take away too much from the yeasty and sweet flavors. Am I glad I went out of my to get this? Yes. Would I do it again? Probably not.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dave by way of Alex. Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours a darker orange/light brown color, off-white colored head, very minimal, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - Big burnt sugars, dark fruity notes, caramel, toffee, booze. Very sweet, rich, and over-the-top, just like FFF is suppose to be. Really enjoyed the sweetness. The booze has had time to mellow out and really is at a nice level at this time.

T - Burnt sugars, candy, toffee, caramel, fruity notes, booze. Again, very sweet and rich...just what I wanted from this beer. The alcohol is there, but well-hidden for the monstrous 15% that it's listed at.

M - Full body, rich, smooth, creamy finish.

O - Finally able to tick this one and I was not disappointed at all. Loved the sweetness and booze and this is pretty much exactly what I was expecting from this one. Would love to have again!

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Dave (dschuster03). I think I traded this to Dave a few years ago. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - A hard pour yields a small amount of white foam that dissipates to a thin ring of bubble and the faintest wispy patches on top, leaving no lacework. Dark ruby body.

S - The beer has a definite aged aroma to it, but the mild oxidation is complementary. There's some super fruity Belgian yeast, spicy esters, treacle, milled grains, red licorice, and mild nostril-singing alcohol still present. That being said, I wouldn't have guessed this was 15%.

T - Taste is quite similar, but with more caramel and bready malts rounding out the flavor profile, mingling with the estery Belgian yeast. I don't get the banana a lot of people are throwing out there, but perhaps these a touch of banana bread of Bananas Foster. Some mild alcohol flavor in the finish.

M - Smooth texture, full bodied, slightly syrupy, with low carbonation, and a very mild amount of alcohol warmth.

D - This is much more enjoyable than it was when I attempted to drink a bomber in the fall of 2007. The alcohol has mellowed out significantly and there are plenty of enjoyable flavors coming out. That being said, it'd still be a challenge to drink more than 8-10oz of this.

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4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weirdbeer is my hero, he pulled this out as a semi joke, we opened it. This is possibly my biggest want. It pours a medium bodied bright amber in color with no lacing around the glass. It smells like bubblegum. It has a goofy appealing nose. It's like a Belgian barleywine. It's pretty malty and heavy on Tue caramel malts. The flavors are very sweet and again heavy on the bubblegum. It's very sweet and. Sipper. It's a sextuppel, a huge beer. I like it but its a sipper. This beer is interesting and efficient. Great craftsmanship.

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Alpha Kong from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.