Krait Prestige
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Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Ranked #18
Ranked #44,814
3.45 | pDev: 13.33%
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
England, United Kingdom
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MasterSki from Canada

2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't remember who brought this gem, but awesome: a champagne malt liquor. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Ample white foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Lightly hazed golden body with plenty of visible bubbles.

S - Smells like a malt liquor alright; grain, alcohol, white grapes, corn. Might be confused for very poor champagne I suppose. Gets a bit cloying as it warms up.

T - The taste is again very much malt liquor-esque, but on the good side of the style. There's actually some pilsner malt among the various adjunct flavors. There aren't any fusel flavors, but I wasn't expecting much of that at only 8%.

M - Medium-full body, surprisingly smooth texture, lower carbonation, and reasonably well-hidden alcohol. It's a tad too sticky for a champagne beer, but otherwise not too bad.

D - Could use more spritz and dryness for the style, but good if you take it as a malt liquor. Still, it's overpriced at $11.99 relative to some superior offerings that are available for a tenth of the price.

Nov 10, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy dark golden orange in color. The beer has almost no head whatsoever, just a handful of small bubbles that reduces to absolutely nothing in short order. No lacing is observed.

S: Light amounts of sweet malts (toffee) and light fruit (apple).

T: Quite a bit of malty sweetness with toffee being the dominant element. Slight amounts of apple/pear light fruit sweetness as well.

M: Light to medium bodied with light amounts of carbonation (almost none).

O: Very strange example of the style as there is so little carbonation (which is not what I have observed with others in the style or would have expected). Not super easy to drink due the sweetness - definitely not sessionable for me. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Jun 12, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color with some hints of brown. It poured with just a few large bubbles on the surface that quickly dissipated.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of malty sweetness and toffee in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the overall taste has flavors of malty sweetness with some notes of toffee and apple cider.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very unusual bière de champagne that doesn’t seem to be very carbonated. It’s not that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Jun 10, 2012
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dogfishandi from New York

3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

thanks sean!

brought home from england, labeled as "Cobra King". 750ml bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

very carbonated. pours out a cloudy light golden color. really had to pour carefully, and wait. the first pour yielded more head than beer. billowy, soapy egg white colored head has some great retention and great lacing. if champagne had a head, it would look like this.

some belgian like yeasty notes, maybe a touch of bubblegum. as it warms it really takes on a adjuncty lager like malt sweetness. slight fruits.

lots of sweet ricey grain, adjunct lager like, almost like imperial budweiser with a hint of belgian yeast. some bubblegum and fruity esters.

lots of high carbonation, but it settles as the beers warms. medium to light in body.

IMO, its better than Infinium, but i didnt really enjoy either. this came off a little too sweet and somewhat malt liquer like.

Mar 17, 2012
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BlackHaddock from England

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sold in the UK as 'King Cobra', it costs £6.75 for the regular 0.75 Litre bottle at one of my local Indian restuarants (about $10.00).

The two 0.75L Cork and Caged bottles from last night were poured into four champagne flutes and topped up fairly often as we drank our way down the bottles.

Light, lemony yellow with a slight haze, especially at the lower end of the bottle (no bits, but obviously some light sediment is in the base of the bottles. Lively head in the pour, but no staying power.

The smell is of Belgian yeasts, interesting but not strong.

The beer is really a strong lager in taste and feel, I like it and for the price is good value. Not sure it is in the correct style cat, but it isn't a bad beer at all.

Jul 09, 2010
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crossovert from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, corked and caged. "Crafted in Belgium" "Champagne Lager".

Pours a pineapple/pee colored yellow ithe a big foamy white head that sticks for awhile and leaves some lacing.

It smells fruity and oaky, very champagne like. It also had some hops and bready malts.

The mouthfeel is light and lightly carbonated. It isn't too dry. It has again alot of fruits, honey and basic malts.

It is a decent beer though perhaps not worth the price.

Apr 09, 2010
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A caged/corked 375 ml bottle, picked up several weeks back at John's Market. Poured to a champagne flute after a shitty Tuesday, one with too much work and more bad news (that wasn't so unexpected).

A: Clear, but not perfectly so. Bubbly, but not abundantly so. A slim, filmy head of snowy whiteness atop a golden brew. No lace, no real drama.

S: A fruity apple/pear kind of crispness in the nose. The warmer it gets, the stronger it grows; yeasty and sweet, yet not too over-the-top.

T: Orange, melon, a trace of raisin and spice. Malty though and through, sweet cereal. Spices (Belgian?) and a lingering dryness. Sweet and a little candied. It's funny but the wife said: "it's like Miller High Life"...ya' know 'the Champagne of Beers'. I can see that...

M: Clean, light and crisp. Not terribly fizzy - don't know whether that's intentional or the signs of age (no dating on the packaging).

D: Easy enough to drink...well, sip. Can't think of many times I've tried a beer of this style; it's certainly interesting, albeit one to nurse rather than have multiple glasses of. Give it a try! (but not one I have to go back to...)

edit: wow, first review for the style!

Mar 31, 2010
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fastpass17 from New York

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold in color, nice firm pillow white head.

S: Light slightly viscous, no hop presence, mild and somewhat lacking.

T: Malt liquor, grainy, alcohol, lacking in depth.

M: Sticky, alcohol, permeates in the back of the throat.

D: Crisp clean nice.

Would pass on it in the future.

Feb 26, 2010
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well. This is a singularly underwhelming beer. The bottle says brewed in Belgium v. the Polish version listed here. Poured with an ok white head and a bit of lace. Straw yellow color. With the full head picked up a pleasant fleeting aroma. Gone now; friends didn't pick it up. Flavor is basically sweet. And that's it. Body and carbonation is ok. Finsih is uh, yeah. Forgettable beer.

Oct 01, 2009
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strengthdoc from Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bottle I purchased listed Palm Breweries in Steenhuffel, Belgium as the brewer and not Cobra. There is the sweet lager yeast aroma of bread and typical european maltiness. The color is pale golden. The mouthfeel has more body than I expected for a lager and is about medium in feel. The taste is of malt and carbonation, you can see the bubbles in the glass like champagne. The finsh is a little syrupy and you can feel the carbonation as the beer goes down. It does do a great job of hiding the 8% abv.

Jun 26, 2009
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of njdhopgrower and edbeer. 750ml bottle served in a champagne flute. Poured a hazy, golden yellow with a one inch bright white head that quickly recedes - no lacing on this one. Nose was grassy, lemony and a little biscuity at the finish - very mild and muted. Taste was very light fruit, some yeast, candi sugar and cereal grains revealed towards the back. Mouthfeeel was light-bodied with champagne-like effervescence; a little prickly - finishes dry and clean. Interesting brew - well-hidden abv. I enjoyed the opportunity to try this one, but not a go to beer. A great alternative to champagne however.

May 31, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sweet and fizzy. That about sums up this beer. The Queen's malt liquor, for discriminating tastes...

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Hazed gold, initial burst of foam in the soap suds sense. The flaccid, weak head sticks around for a few minutes, then disappears. Sweet grains and corn in the nose. More of the same in the flavor. Dusty bubblegum and pilsner malt, with a prickly dose of sugar. Moderate to excessive C02. Fizzy lager to the Nth degree, with a strong hit of old pear fruit roll-up. Basically a bottom-of-the-barrel Duvel knockoff with an antacid in the mix...this is weak sauce.

Apr 12, 2009
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czechsaaz from Washington

3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

first whiff is very yeasty and like bread. There's a lot of pale malt underneath and some pils-type hops. Decent depth in the aroma. After a while I smell a nice hop/malt balance of a really good pilsner.

The head started off rocky and there is a ton of carbonation rising in the glass, not unlike champagne. That feeds a thickish pure white head. Beer is pale gold colored and very clear.

Hmm, first sip is rather disappointing. It just doesn't taste like much. So I swirled a sip around in my mouth. And I get malt and hops and decent pilsner-type beer. Malt and hops in balance, a little hoppy. But if I just sip and swallow, I get a kind of bland beer. Maybe a little maltier than most.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy with really nice lively carboination.

Well it's definitely a drinkable beer but I wonder if it's worth all the methode champagnoise effort. If this were just any belgian pils or belgian golden, not bad. But for all the hoopla, it disappoints. JMO.

Feb 04, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun-drenched haystack gold with something less than Champagnesque carbonation. That doesn't stop the soft, pillowy crown of ivory colored foam from being at least four fingers high. The head looks good as it melts and takes its sweet time doing so. Even though lace is scarce, it's a good look.

The nose is primarily pale malty, with a light musky hoppiness and a little bit of bready yeastiness. It's amazing that 8.0% alcohol is almost completely buried in a beer without roasted malt, a ton of hops, spices or other powerful aromas.

Krait Prestige is interesting beer on paper and is almost, but not quite, as interesting on the palate. I'm not sure what a secondary fermentation at Brouwerij Rodenbach adds, but somebody thinks it's worth the expense. This brew is also bottle-conditioned, which means that it doesn't go through the 'methode de champenoise', like most beer of this style.

Another interesting fact is that Krait Prestige is known as King Cobra everywhere but North America. Maybe that's because an 8.0% pale lager with that name would make most people think of malt liquor. In fact, King Cobra Premium Malt Liquor is one of the shining stars in the A-B firmament. Seriously... it's pretty vile.

KP is reminiscent of a Belgian strong pale without the estery yeastiness. Since that's a large part of what makes BSPAs good, I'm a little underwhelmed. I haven't had enough bieres de champagne to know if it's a good version, but it's nowhere near as tasty as Malheur Biere Brut (Brut Reserve). Of course, not much else is either.

Having said all that, I'm becoming more and more impressed as the ounces cruise by. The flavor profile consists of untoasted grain, an undercurrent of citrus and a hint of pleasant grassiness from the hops. This is relatively simple, slightly sweet, spotlessly clean, easily drinkable lager (especially considering the stealth-like ABV). Maybe it's the alcohol talking, but the flavor score now deserves a bump.

The mouthfeel is very well done. It's medium in a general sense, with a hint of slickness that is easy to miss given the appropriately zesty carbonation that scrubs the mouth and tongue clean at the tail end of each mouthful. The combination of velvety smoothness and sparkling bubbles is close to quality Champagne.

This may not be world-class beer, but I'm still having a hell of time sipping my way to the bottom of the bottle. If 'bang for the buck' is important to you, Krait Prestige awaits a home in your glass. Just try not to think of it as King Cobra.

Jan 02, 2009
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a deal with someone but cant remember who, sorry. I sampled at cellar temp poured into a snifter. The bottle opens with a pop and pours a bright clear gold color with a little sediment at the bottom. Aroma is grainy malt and some white grape. There is also a little booze the comes through on the nose.
A fizzy bleached white head rests on the surface and goes away fairly quickly.
First sip reveals an average to lite body and fine crisp carbonation.
Flavor is malty and some light fruit hints. But mostly clean lager malt hits that is very easy to drink. not overly complex and no hints of abv on the drinking part. A fairly straightforward beer. No flaws just didnt really excite me too much.

Nov 15, 2008
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DogFood11 from California

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ML Bottle corked and caged. Transparent body with a slight yellow and gold hue. Thin, fizzy white head pops to nothing in no time.

Plenty of carbonation once you take a pull. A bit on the pop rock mouthfeel side of the house. Sweetened grain that is only trumped by an even sweeter light fruity profile. The thing that really keeps this in check is pepper. Right at the finish there is a freshly crushed peppercorn that saves this and keeps it interesting.

Not worth pursuing but worthy of a dram if you come across it.

Nov 09, 2008
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bitterthebetter from Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a rich cloudy golden orange with pure white active head

aromas of lager yeast, slight toast, and bananas and green apple

flavors of slight fruit upfront with nice toasty notes, apples and bananas with slight clovey notes, mildly dry hops on the finish

nice light body, good finish

a nice beer, light, crisp, light fruit with dry hops on the finish

a nice lager with more flavors than most but for me one is enough, just not my style of beer

Sep 22, 2008
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cvstrickland from North Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml cork-in-cage Champagne-style bottle poured into a goblet yields a clear golden body capped with a finger of loose off-white foam. Streamers of active carbonation maintain the head at a sheet that leaves a bit of scattered lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is distinctly Champagne-like with a whiff of fresh apple cider and pale malt.

The taste of the drink is dry, crisp and clean with a bit of malty apple juice. Fruity hops bring a crisp bitterness to the finish.

The drink is medium-bodied with Champagne-style carbonation. A nice stand-in for the vinous Real McCoy, Krait Prestige offers excellent drinkability.

Aug 25, 2008
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BradLikesBrew from Missouri

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a bubbly apple juice body and active head.

s: sweet malt, a bit fruity.

t: Pale malt, honey, some light floral/herbal notes.

m: light, clean, kolsch like feel.

d: the result of this champagne/lager is a premium version of Budweiser, nothing more. This was interesting, but not worth the $$$.

Aug 13, 2008
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Krait Prestige has been dubbed a "Champagne Lager," the first of its kind. Let the debating begin! It's brewed with a blend of barley, imported maize and rice. Anyone remember Champale? Well the guys over at Cobra Beer are pushing this one as a high-end brew. Let's give it a whirl.

Pale and bubbly, with crystal-clear, golden yellow color. The head didn't have a problem rising to the occasion, with a sea-foam lace. Light on the aroma, clean with fresh flowers, cooked corn and pale, powdery grain. Smooth up front, with a fuller body than we expected. Juicy, pale malt throws a refined honey-like sweetness at the taste buds then the alcohol fl ares with a wall of warmth. The adjunct flavor that becomes the dominant flavor is one you would typically find in American malt liquors. The alcoholic character feigns it as well. Faint floral and herbal notes show a kiss of complexity from the hops. Finishes with a boozy, malt liquor-esqe fume, lingering sweetness and a clean palate from the grain.

What this beer lacks in complexities and all-around unique flavor, it makes up for with originality, though that originality might be more in the marketing and packaging than the actual beer. KP being brewed at the same brewery as Rodenbach does not change the fact that this beer tastes like a malt liquor. Sure, a little bit more refined and clean, but packaging alone won't put more glam into a beer. Here's a little for our homies [pours some on the rug]. How about a barrel-aged Champagne Lager without the corn and rice? Now that would have been interesting, if not glamorous. We'll give 'em a "+" for creativity.

Jul 23, 2008
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy hazy pale gold with a large fluffy white head that was moderately lasting.color.

S: a slight yeastiness, sweet candi sugar and fresh fruit (apples, pears).

T: The flavor was very light and clean, with some candi sugar sweetness and fruitiness (apples, pears). The beer finishes out with a nice light floral hopping with some lemony character. Overall the flavor was very clean and smooth.

M: lively and tingly from the carbonation, much like real champagne.

D: The drinkability was crisp, tingly and champagne like, very clean body and flavor, no complaints here.

Jul 16, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a respectably-sized, white head.

Smell: Pale maltiness, some light floral hints and minor notes of grapes, citrus, and the honey you'd find in a squeeze bottle shaped like a bear.

Taste: Smooth pale maltiness with a mild, restrained honeyish sweetness. A few drops of orange juice, a dash of white grape juice. Faintly floral hoppiness with a tremendously mild bitterness. Small pinch of acidity. Hint of white pepper. Drying, yeasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Odd, questionably chalky mouthfeel to it.

Drinkability: Not altogether horrendous, but make no mistake, it's no Malheur Brut by any stretch of the imagination.

Jun 29, 2008
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tastybeer from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tangerine gold color glows clear under a white tight head. Head is small and lasts as a ring around the top. Too slick to stick. Aroma is interesting. Everything is soft on the senses except maybe our friend ethanol. I smell farm flowers, tropical fruits, bread, spice, and some kind of mystery sweetness that seems separate from the other aromas. The doesn't bother me so much as it confuses me somehow. Taste is a bit syrupy to me. I can still pick up on the spice, but the other delicate smells I picked up on blur together in taste. There is certainly some apparent alcohol. Body is light bordering on medium due to the syrup-like qualities. Mouthfeel is ok. Pretty slick and coating and the carbonation is nice at first but fades too fast. You're then left with am overly syrupy fruity concoction which seems more outright cloying. Drinkability is great given the turn offs of this beer, until the last flat sip I suppose.

Well, this was INTERESTING.

Jun 04, 2008
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wedge from North Carolina

2.16/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a very slightly hazed yellow color with lots of carbonation forming a one-finger pure white head that eventually fizzles away. Funny, they mention bottle conditioning and sediment, but I poured the whole bottle and didn't see such things. Anyways, the aroma is faint pale fruits, a bit of pepper, and a slight corny sweetness. Also, something that reminds me of grape bubblegum. Tastes like a strong pale lager. The strength is noticeable though not from an outright alcoholic flavor. A brief flash of maltiness begins the flavor, but it vanishes into the sweet "gummy" syrup flavor. Not very much carbonation.

This "double fermented lager" obviously has nothing Belgian going all. It's definately no Biere de Champagne, but even as a strong lager of sorts, there isn't much to like. Cheap beer dressed up as fancy beer. I'm glad we only got the small bottle at a discounted price. The mere fact that it's really called "King Cobra" frightens me a little bit.

Jun 04, 2008
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ccrida from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml champagne bottle ($7.95) served in my Meantime snifter. The first pour is at cellar temp, crystal clear gold with tons of streamers forming a large, fluffy white head that fairly quickly settles, leaving moderate lace.
I re-corked it and through the rest in the freezer and swirled up the dregs for the second pour, which was probably in the 40-50F range. Now it's murky, with a smaller head, only a few lazy streamers.

Smell is pretty bright and very sweet, candi sugar, tropical fruits and cereal grains. First impression is cotton candy, it reminds me of one of my wife's perfumes...perhaps the first time I've ever been turned-on by a beer!
Anyways...the 2nd, cold pour was still perfumey, but of course much more muted.

Taste, which sugary, is also a bit grainy and fairly boozy, with a slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Over although the taste balances out to be fairly neutral, like an imperial Budweiser or something! Slight hints of honey and butterscotch if I really search for depth, which it's generally lacking. I wasn't sure what to expect with the mixed reviews and the BS style declaration on the label (it's a strong larger that's bottle conditioned by Rodenbach but supposedly a Champagne Larger why...because of the bottle? It was obviously not riddled to remove the lees!). Frankly, I feared a plain old euro strong lager in a fancy bottle, but the sweet fruitiness adds an extra dimension that I enjoy, with my penchant for sweet Belgian ales (I assume this was bottle conditioned with a Belgian ale yeast, unless that's all pure sugar).
The cold pour lost any depth and was very boozy and sweet, which all but confirms my suspicions this is primed with a Belgian ale yeast and should be served on the warmer side. I regretted chilling it, and had to wait for the second glass to warm up before I finished it off.

Mouthfeel is sugary, with a crisp finish. The coating on the teeth is a bit much.

Drinkability was good, but the alcohol had a solvent feel in my belly, coupled with excessive carbonation, keeping me in check. But it was fairly light and airy, and went down very easily. However, the fact that it's so cheap is surely a plus, a sorostitute special for sure...the fact that I'm many years removed from college and happily married means I really have no reason to ever buy this again! Still, it would easily impress your average hipster that sticks to macro lagers. Do yourself a favor though and serve like you would any other BSPA, too cold and it looses flavor and is mainly fusels and sugar. My scores were all based on the cellar temp serving. In spite of the lower price, I dock them points for the BS marketing...a sugary BSPA in my book. FWIW, this bottle really went to my head more then it should have for an 8% 750ml...good or bad, I'll leave that to the reader to decide!

Apr 19, 2008
Krait Prestige from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 56 ratings