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King Cobra | Browar Belgia

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Browar Belgia

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 12-16-2005

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Photo of Tdenham
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyingpig
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml bottle as a gift, purchased in Morrisons Supermarket, Glasgow:
I wasn't quick sure about this one at all really, on the one hand it was quick strong and fairly basic but on the other it was easy to drink despite the strength and seemed better than what you usually get from an imperial pilsner, it wasn't great but it was certainly a decent effort. I'm not entirely sure it's a beer I'm realistically likely to pick up again but it is another off the 1001 list and I did manage to finish it easily enough.

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Photo of endless1408
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of fionn13
4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of janubio
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. corked bottle. Large head that doesn´'t hold very long but leaves a nice ring. Pale golden colour. Smell is a bit skunky, with citrus and fruits notes. Oily texture, medium body. Taste is sweet, caramel, hints of fruits, citrus. and some spices. Good, but i don't think I could drink more than one.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of mulder1010
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ML bottle poured into my Odell Imperial Pint Glass

A-- Difficult cork to remove!!! Poured a clear straw yellow, with a huge bright white head that reminded me more of dishwasher soap foam that quickly faded. Huge bubbles in the head and no lacing on the sides of the glass. A little bit of wine like legs on the sides of the glass from the alcohol. Low to medium carbonation shown besides the head.

S-- Very malt driven and on the sweet side. Like a sweet toffee. A little bit of a floral citrus smell to go along with it.

T-- Lager on steroids. All I can say. Alcohol right off the bat followed by sweetness and more sweetness. Made me pucker due to the sweetness. Doubt there are any hops in this.

M-- More carbonated in the mouth, very lively, especially on the tip of the tongue. Pretty rich and creamy and has a slight bit of acid (lemon) to this. High amount of pucker and the ABV is very apparent in the mouth.

D-- Interesting to say the least. Must drink this cold, as it gets very dull after a bit. One is enough but it is interesting. Was not expecting much and better than I though. Probably better as a 500 ML or lower to really enjoy this. Drinkability is lower due to the size and that the ABV is very apparent in this. Fruit needs to be brought out more and could use more hops to offset the huge amount of sweetness from the malt.

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Photo of PartyBear
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy and straw coloured, with a super foamy head that fades quite quickly. Mild carbonation, was expecting more.

Aroma: There is a definite sweet malt base, with a sharp citric fruitiness overlaid. The smell of yeast of noticeable, supporting the acidic citrus notes. There is a subtle champagne nose to it.

Taste: The initial flavours are quite mild and sweet, hints of toffee, and a slight buttery taste. After which there is the unmistakable taste of alcohol, which is quite potent and perfumy. The finish tries to offer a bitterness but the malts still seem to override this with sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Much more lively than the appearance would suggest, with a creamy edge. The body is medium to light, there is a slightly oily texture to it.

Drinkability: Was expecting more from this, in fact I would say that the original Cobra lager is a better beer. They have ramped up the alcohol but not really tried to develop the flavours to accommodate it, which creates what feels like a alcoholy binge-drinker beer. Not impressed.

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Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rule #1, if you are going to call your beer "King Cobra," make sure there is not a ghetto malt liquor that goes by the same name. Given that, this is not nearly that bad. Pours clear gold with lots of bubbles and a big white head. Grassy, floral, spun-sugar aroma. Corn syrup, grassy hops, and black pepper in the taste. Some sugary banana throughout. Not champagne, but decent.

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Photo of rec
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy straw-yellow fills the glass during pour, with a tall, rocky white head. There's little lacing after the head sinks, but up until that point it looks super-appetising.

The aroma, well, there isn't much of one. Ginger is noticed, but not much more.

Sweet malt, breadiness, spice and that ginger are all apparent - but don't nearly come across strong. It's balanced, and quite light flavored considering that it's a strong euro lager.

The mouthfeel feels appropriately carbonated and on the finish you find some alcohol warmth. Rather pleasant, and easy to drink.

It's not so dissimilar from your typical Belgian pale ale, but doesn't have the same level of complexity or stand out flavor.

Definitely something I'd buy again, but not something I'd hunt for.

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Photo of JohnW
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear gold at first from the champagne styled bottle, though towards the end some cloudyness from yeast particles (?) in the bottom of the bottle. Was poured slowly, and not much head developed, but it was dense and creamy, though not long lasting. Only little carbonation.

Aroma is malty, fruity and sweet, rather like some of the pale beers from Belgium. Taste is smooth, malty and rather sweet too, very much in the style of some Belgium beers, and not surprising seeing it is double fermented in Belgium with Belgium yeasts before bottling. No real hint of any hoppy bitterness. Overall taste is malty, caramel sweetness and smooth texture, though does not have the great depth of character, complexity or body of the better beer's from Belgium.

I enjoyed this, though a shade too sweet to want to drink much of it. Not a session thirst quencher, but worth trying if sweeter beers appeal to you, and you enjoy the Belgian beer style.

B'ham UK February 2008

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Photo of vancurly
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a) Pours a white rocky head, pale gold, initially fairly clear, but the last glass is distinctly hazy

s) Euro-lager nose, slight spiciness, ginger powder

f) Light ginger beer flavour, slight malty sweetness, bready

m) Quite hot from alcohol , strong body

d) Wouldn't have more than one.... not a summer session lager. May go nicely with a spicy curry..to be drunk cold.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a big white head that falls very fast. Nose is clean with a citrus tone to it. Faint yeast. Flavor is more towards the beer side. Hops and an almost pasty doughy yeasty kind of thing. It almost borders on the texture of pepto bismol...well...that is what comes to mind when it is in my mouth. But it isn’t nasty like that. Feel is slightly thick with carbonation. This is extremely drinkable. A very good brew in my opinion.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: clear golden colory, thick foamy head settles nicely to ring around edges, lots of bubbly action, some lacing
s: sweet -- fruits,honey, malts. overall aromas were faint.
t: sweet malty taste to start, mild hops near the end and plenty of alcohol weighs in at the end along with the lingering sweet malts
m: carbonation is present throughout but really hits at the end, medium body
d: as this warmed up it got better and turns out to be a pretty good brew with decent balance of sweet malts, alcohol and carbonation. an interesting story to this brew, and taste to match -- worth a try even if heavily overpriced.

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 50cl can into a tasting glass. There is almost no head and what little there is quickly dissipates. The color is dark yellow but entirely transparent and gives a rich impression.

The smell is mild with barely noticeable alcohol and hints of the corn. The taste is initially a little sharp but mellows to reveal a wider range with a perceptible sweetness and almost carmel finish. The beer has a lightly hopped character which lingers and outlasts the alcohol to add to the finishing effect.

The mouthful is unusually strong. The carbonation is very noticeable and slightly prickly but the beer itself has a very smooth feel. The drinkability is reasonable given the tastes but the carbonation seems to make it rather filling.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle

Pours with a dark yellow body, fizzy with a white fairly foamy head, fair retention but patchy

Smell, some nuttiness, little bit of corn on the nose, some malty alcohol also

Taste, crisp malty alcohol, some slightly bitterness, slightly fruity flavour (melon and banana), slight hint of lemon also

A solid beer, worth a try

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Photo of wl0307
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased again at the Sainsbury's this time when this beer was on sale, at just 2.87 quid for a large, 750ml champagne bottle~~ BB 22/08/2007, served chilled in a pilsner glass.

A: dark straw hue, with an effervescent white spongey beer head building up fast to a 2.5cm thick froth and settles extremely slowly to a white neck sustaining throughout the drink, on top of unstopping flows of lively fizziness--looking really enticing.
S: a mildly grassy note of hops and sweet grainy malts as well as doughy-sour tinge of Helles Lager come hand in hand with plenty of subtle fruitiness--sweet lemon, ripe Xinjian melon, sugar-cane juice, peaches... underlined by a constant flow of semi-thick melted-sugary sweetness like a soft-textured sponge-cake underneath. Still solid, but perhaps because it's not my first time to try this beer, the pleasant surprise isn't there any more. But, as it warms a little, I do pick up a subtly savoury-sour edge like prunes or old wood barrels which is remotely reminiscent of Rodenbach's products~~
T: a mouthful of thick sugary malts prevails upfront on the palate, pretty warming at first yet softening as my palate gets used to it... backed by a "quieter" layer of fruitiness from hops--faintly aromatic and sweet-lemony, as well as a moderately-lingering aftertaste featuring pleasant dryness (of hops) and bitter-sweet lager-malts, while the melon-like fruity flavour is hidden well behind the main theme.
M&D: lively yet creamy fizziness remains throughout the drink, full-bodied yet quite easy to manage when its 8%abv. is taken into account. Apart from the initial attack of thickness of sweet malts and alcohol, it drinks pretty smoothly ever since. But seriously, the flavour profile has lacked most of those complex elements which I remember vividly from my first encounter with this beer nine months ago. Now this beer doesn't show much fruity input from the supposedly "magical" yeasts of Rodenbach--Is it due to the age of the beer? Possibly. Or to do with my somewhat romanticised memory of the beer? Not unlikely. Or perhaps I just feel a bit let down by this bottle not living up to my memory, that's all. I only wish it was just me and not that the quality control has gone wrong. After all, the brewing concept of this beer is truly interesting, innit?

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Photo of GreenCard
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: bright yellow gold, great clarity, HUGE bubbly layer of white foam, good head retention, lots of rising bubbles

Aroma: ripe apple fruitiness, alcohol, floral hops, honey, pear, unripe strawberries

Flavor: semisweet maltiness at first then a zippy alcohol rush; herbal hop flavor and mild bitterness; slight acidity; finishes semi-dry with an aftertaste of raw wood, grass, and malt

Mouthfeel: medium body, zesty carbonation, alcohol warmth (but no burn)

Other comments: I've been wanting to try this beer for quite some time. The concept is intriguing: a lager from India (though brewed in Poland) sent to Rodenbach in Belgium for secondary fermentation and bottling in corked 750ml bottles with yeast. Despite all that work (or because of it, I suppose), it is not a wholly disappointing beer. It's actually quite good for a high-octane lager. You definitely know it's strong, but there is no overpowering alcohol burn. Curious how it would fare with a year or two of age.

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King Cobra from Browar Belgia
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 19 ratings
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