Krait Prestige | Cobra Beer Partnership Limited

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Krait PrestigeKrait Prestige

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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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 750ml to flute glass. Comes out about half clear golden effervescent body and half white head. The four fingered fluffy topping descends rather slowly but leaves only a small amount of webbing on the glass. A nice cap of lace remains behind.

Nose: From the pop of the cork there's a pleasant grapefruit aroma that pervades the air around me. Belgian yeast scents, almost like a blonde, green grapes, some rind bitterness.

Mouth: Somewhat flat tasting, up front anyway. There's a touch of fruit and then it slides through to the back where a deep array of fruit and grain flavors mingle together: apricot, grapes, ruby red grapefruits, raw wort. A warming updraft after the swallow, and a lingering corn sugar sweetness that doesn't provide anything useful. Mouthfeel is extremely mellow for how bubbly the body is - small little pricks in the front that don't make it through to the back of the mouth.

An interesting beer to say the least. Very very easy to drink, swallows like water... but does not contain a whole lot of depth that makes you want to savor every sip.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL bottle with info about double refermented at Rodenbach.

Cloudy hazy straw gold topped with a thin instantly deflated ivory top leaving zero lace in the glass.

Nose is a slight corn adjunct and caramel corn candy.

First swigs: Sugar hard candy like rock candy lolipops. Weak thin flavor. Dusty with a hint of molasses. Thin on flavor.

Feel is powdery with a soft carbonation. Linger of vanilla or almond extract.

Last swigs: Not a “champagne lager” at all. Seems more like a cream ale. $8 down the drain. Overall boring and one dimensional.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazed, pale yellow liquid full of tiny carbonation fills the glass.
The head is sort of a disappointing 1/4" of white bubbles that melts quickly to a topping of fine white bubbles.
Constant tiny bubbles raise to the top of the glass refreshing it.
Slightly sweet and fruity aroma.
Mouthfeel is full of tingly carbonation.
Slightly unique flavoring of very sweet pale malts, sharp citrus hops, bitter fruits, and a little dry bready yeast. A very nice balance of the sweet to dry to bitterness.
Aftertaste is dry and a remembrance of the light fruitiness remains.
Refreshing style and very champaign-like.

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Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

start off the new year with a champagne lager.. not exactly the usual find, but then again, neither am I. (served this in a duvel tulip, of course)

beautifully constructed head, fluffs up in small bubbles then she sizzles away forming larger bubbles as the crest collapses onto itself. Ample carbonation keeps the head alive, yellow with orange hue, very inviting.

musty and yeasty, very dry, spice notes with just a hint of fruitiness amongst the hints of funk, interesting.

taste etc...
like the nose, very dry, medium bodied with subtle flavors. The alcohol is well hidden as this drinks rather easily (you do have warming in the stomach). the carbonation is as subtle as the flavor, it adds as a component rather than being a distraction, it molds in very well with the overall character of this beer.

interesting style and beer. Something to break out for a special occasion. This is better when slightly chilled than at cellar temp.
paired well with chimay cheese.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first Bière de Champagne. Served in a tulip.

A: Bright golden color that's nearly crystal clear. Loads of carbonation. Bubbles race toward the top of the glass and add to the respectable white foamy head.

S: Aromas of dry hops and light pepper are present and mild. A touch of the oh-so famous Belgian yeast and dough. Not bad.

T: Mild, yet complex, and rather unique. Sharp notes of crystalized malts and tart dry hops are accented by a light pepper and grass notes. A light bready sweetness is noted.

M: Bubbly. Very bubbly. Lots of carbonation on an otherwise light as a cloud liquid. Nice. I like it.

D: Good. Not an everyday beer, but a good one for special occasions. This is an great crossover brew, as I can see wine and champagne lovers finding appealing qualities in this brew.

Notes: Kind of like a Bière de Garde on steroids. Don't know why, but that connection comes to mind...

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3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Labeled as a Champagne Lager)

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and moderate head which was small bubbled and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly spicy with pepper after first being poured. The aroma became slightly fruity with a crisp very, very lightly corny character and a subtle sweetness which brought to mind a light peach nature.

The flavor was light and crisp with a clean characteristic and a nice peppery spice presence. The hop present was very slightly earthy and mostly spicy. Some very light caramel flavor was notable but throughout the flavor was clean.

The finish was dry with only lasing light spicy pepper into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation. Far too low in carbonation to be considered a Champagne and extremely clean in character. Might be close to a Double Pilsner with the clean lager character and higher alcohol content which leads to a light warming. If bottled in a brown bottle I'd probably list as a Malt Liquor. Not a bad beer at all, but not interesting enough to seek out.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. $12.49 at The Good Beer Store in Chapel Hill, NC.

The back of the bottle says:
Double fermented to be twice the beer, Krait Prestige is a unique lager, specially brewed to be extra smooth, this champagne lager is fermented a second time in Belgium's world famous Rodenbach Brewery to bring out all the subtleties and character of it's fine ingredients. As a bottle conditioned beer, Krait Prestige contains a natural yeast sediment. Serve either perfectly settled or turn gently to impart a subtle fruit flavor. this noble beer is double fermented but we don't want you seeing double - sip it with respect and share it with friends.

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Krait Prestige from Cobra Beer Partnership Limited
3.41 out of 5 based on 56 ratings.
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