Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Appearance: Pauwel Kwak pours a beautiful tone of mahogany along with an airy crown of a tone comparable to that of buffed leather. Alas, the monarchy is not of any longevity since the crown is reduced to the level of commoners in but a matter of seconds. Noble looks aside, plenty of rather big bubbles tend to fizzle like a soda pop on steroids whilst the entropy takes place in aforementioned crown.
Smell: A deep, sweet tone of cognac is the primary sensory input here, just the way I like 'em. Continually, we also get honey interacting with grape juice, some traces of butterscotch and leather may be scented as well.
Taste: First and foremost a cane sugar-like sweetness with burnt undertones comes forth along with a bitterness of distinct, and yet discrete character, perplexing and persistent to the bitter (get it, bitter? Oh never mind, dry humour has no place in today's world of obscene-extreme, fontanelle-fucking schematic-smegmatics...) end. Finally, and to a lesser extent, some sarsaparilla -- or root beer for that matter -- and hints of pear occasionally makes a visit on the palate.
Mouthfeel: A wee bit thin (light-to-medium full), creamy almost oily in its consistency. The beer in question leaves the mouth with a considerably dry feeling afterwards and despite of having a rather high level of alcohol it does a pretty good job keeping itself clandestine and only, once in a while, make itself heard as a warming aftertaste. Additionally, the oh so lively carbonation in appearance faded rather quickly leaving it -- hypothetically -- just like a soda pop, or anything for that matter, on steroids: all show no go...
Drinkability: Sure, nice and complex with a lot of pretty unique traits but a lot of small factors are missing to those traits, which all together simply end up leaving this one standing at the finish line of the "Superb brew Marathon". To clarify: there is absolutely nothing wrong with this "Belgian strong pale ale", it is in fact pretty good, its just that it exists a whole bunch of better ones out there so why necessarily choose this one in nine times out of ten?
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2009 16:17:08 | More by Asgeirr
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4.06/5 rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label lists the abv at 8.4% abv.
Appearance: This is a very hazy beer with a brownish tan color and a quick fading off white head. A quick swirl is needed to keep some foam on top. Lacing is minimal and very slick.
Smell: Right up front there is a big raisin like fruity sweetness. This is backed up by bready yeast and malt notes.
Taste / Palate: Now on the tongue the bready Belgian yeast notes hop out first. Dark fruit, raisins, plums and apples move in with sweet maltiness. In the middle there is an attempt by the hops to come out and play but the yeast notes and malt notes and now some sweet boozy notes hold out and finish strong. The body feels smooth with lots of fine carbonation. Just right for a big Belgian Ale.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 02:58:55 | More by generallee
Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,266 ratings.