Krait Prestige | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Brewed by:
Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
England, United Kingdom

Style: Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 11-16-2006

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Photo of vaughtex
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of knicks19947
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of MinorThreat
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of MasterSki
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of fastpass17
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.28/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of strengthdoc
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Krait Prestige from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 56 ratings