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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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85
very good

1,493 Ratings
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72
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Ratings: 1,493
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 36
Gots: 198 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Ratings: 1,493 | Reviews: 669
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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red/copper color with meium head that leaves some great lacing,the aroma is almost non existant with a slight powdered sugar smell.The tast is pretty complex malty sweet with a tast of candied sugar as the backbone alcihol is prevalent in the finish wich is nice and warming.A real nice malty beer,very impressed.

Photo of Popsinc
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange colour. light and refreshing look. the first sip had a noticeable alcohol kick. good maltiness that helped give this beer some body. spicey and hints of citrus make this beer pleasurable but not outstanding by any stretch. maybe sampling this beer in it's original "yard" glass would have enhanced the experience. nontheless, i liked it quite a bit.

Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Gorgeous, cloudy orange body full of sediment with a decent head.

Smell – Nice, fruity Belgian nose filled with apricots, banana, some spices (maybe coriander, cinnamon, and allspice), and a good malt/yeast combo.

Taste – Ouch! What a shock. The heavy spice took over the flavor. This didn’t taste at all like what I expected. The alcohol came on too strong as well.

Mouthfeel – This was a pucker-upper to be sure. Not what I was looking for when I bought the bottle.

Drinkability – Sorry, but I won’t buy this again. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this went down painfully slow.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Transparent reddish-orange. Extremely assertive carbonation. Large tan head. Not long lasting but easily reinvigorated.

N: Alcohol, spices, caramel, toffee, pinch of the tropics.

T: Fruity malts with plenty of booze and sugar cane. Caramel, toffee, and rum. Specifically rum flavored with the addition of fermented tropical fruits.

MF: Thick and malty. Pleasant but with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Somewhat lacking in smoothness and the ABV isn’t well covered limiting drinkability. Also lacking in complexity.

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

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass.

A: Dark copper color, although translucent. Big beige head with some yellowish hues. The head is dense and looks creamy. Good head retention, some lacings.

S: Plenty of caramel malts and toffee. Dark bread, wet leaves,mild spices. Yeast.

T: Again, plenty of sweet malt flavors. Caramel, butterscotch, dark bread. Plenty of Kwak's characteristic yeast flavor. Some grass and spicy hop flavors in the middle. The finish has a decent bitterness, some white pepper and hot and spicy alcohol. A rather round taste with some richness to it, but nothing special actually.

M: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

D: This is a decent beer, a couple of notches above average. It lacks some character, but at the same time the taste feels heavy.

Photo of steelerguy
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper color, extremely low carbonation...almost flat, nice just off white head that quickly becomes puny.

S - Some caramel malt, a little fruit aroma, very subtle.

T - Like the smell...a bit of caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit, and really not much else.

M - A moderate body, a bit creamy...leaves a coating, needs some more carbonation or alcohol to clean itself up.

O - A very ordinary beer, that is disappointing...not used to such mediocrity of a Belgian beer.

Photo of Todd
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this to be a mediocre brew when I had it in Belgium, and so did the locals. Most who drank it, did so because it's served in mini-yard glass with a wooden holder. More of a fad brew.

Photo of generallee
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.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a more than decent off white lace that seems to retain quite well.

Smell: Tropical fruit, raw sugar cane and slight medicinal aromas flow from a alcohol perfume.

Taste: Smooth and crisp mouth feel that hold a full-ish body. Very noticeable alcohol, warming and very fruity with a tropical character. The tingling sensation from the alcohol lingers in its spiciness. Touch of hops with a faint flavour in the finish. Light cider like twang surround the alcoholic esters then fades into a rum raisin flavour. Light steely caramel and husk flavour in the end.

Notes: It is definitely a strong ale being that its alcoholic prowess flexes its muscles right away. A decent strong ale though seems to be a bit over the top for its own self, lacks complexity and depth and a bit too much on the esters(too warm of a fermentation?) though makes up with its drinkability.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My daughter schlepped this 12 oz over hill and dale almost 2 years ago and I am tasting/drinking it now. The nose is exhilerating, particularly as the beer warms up. Lots of toffee. The Kwak has malty, lager notes that I find appealing. The head, while nice at first, didn't stick around and the beer is rather flat looking too soon. There's a nice deep golden color. The balance of this beer is really good, malt, hops, and conditioning. Great job !

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, corked and caged, and label is embossed. Pours into a goblet a clear golden, copper/amber body with active carbonation. Creamy head is beige, settling at one finger in height. Gorgeous, sheet lacing is very attractive.

Aroma is malty, with caramel and bubblegum leading off. Very fruity, with tropical mango, mashed ripe bananas, and melon notes. Yeast is quite prominent, and some floral hops add to the complexity.

Mouthfeel is silky, with effervescent carbonation and a medium body.

Taste is yummy juicy fruits. Overripe bananas fold into some darker fruits, enlivened by a soft spiciness of white pepper and coriander. Yeasty and bready character most of the way through, with some wool yarn aspects. Floral hops add a pleasant note of rosewater. Musty yeastiness comes through at the finish. Lots of complexity here.

Very nicely done. A myriad of flavors in the taste and aroma make for a delightfully complex Belgian Pale Ale. I will be looking for this one again, soon.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ouncer without freshness indication. Pours a nice rich and glowing mahogony auburn. Clear, with a short lived off white head and leaving delicate and fine, splotchy lacing. Nose I get is nutty, alcohol and a bit of barnyard funkyness. Notes of more nuts, alcohol, steady stream of maltyness and quite dry late. So so Belgian, this one doesnt do much for me, there are alot of more interesting Belgians out there.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: funk and hay

Taste: sour apple, funk, hay, and caramel

Mouthfeel: tart/sour with bitterness, light body with medium carbonation, dry

Drinkability: Kwak is ok for the style. It is very dry. I could not finish more than one glass in a sitting. Worth a try, but I think there are better in the style.

Photo of badbeer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant copper color with an excellant head which left a pleasant lacing. I picked up aromas of strawberry, plum, bready yeastiness, and other various fruits. Fruity flavors, hints of clove and spices, banana, and perhaps a tiny bit of floralness of hops, but just a twinge. I really enjoyed the taste, it was simply a pleasure to drink. Medium bodied with little carbonation in the mouthfeel, pretty smooth going down. Almost seemed sessionable, however, at 8% you wouldn't last long.

Photo of bsp77
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Tulip.

Appearance: Rich, hazy orange with thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, fruity malts with plum and raisins. Light spiciness and banana.

Taste: Very sweet with lots of malt - very fruity with plum and raisins predominately. Light spiciness with minor banana underneath.

Feel: Somewhat syrupy with moderately low carbonation. Off finish.

Overall: Some nice flavors going on, but too sweet and syrupy to be top notch.

Photo of deebo
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tap glass with a shape closest to the Kwak glass that I have. Bottle with a BB date 11 13 2013.

A-Pours with a ton of big bubble effervescence leading into an off white airy head that laces while enjoying. Completely clear with a brilliant amber reddish color.

S-A complex, yet mellow aroma of fruity yeast (pineapple), sweet and slightly toasted barley malt, and a hint of spicy earthy hops.

T-Sweet, fruity and malty.

M-Plenty of tingly carbonation that brings out some spicy and bittering hops that lead into a decently long finish. The carbonation also nicely carries the fruity yeast and sweet slightly toasted. Body is light/medium. A hint of vapory alcohol as beer warms. Towards the end of glass it gets pretty noticeable letting you know this beer can knock you on your ass.

D-Could drink a few of these. Best enjoyed with a clean palate to enjoy this delicately crafted brew.

O-A really well put together beer. Complex and balanced very nicely.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy-copper color with a rocky off-white head that settles around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma has awesome smells of Belgian malt that suggest fig and burnt sugar, but oh my, there is a bit of oxidation in the background. That's OK because the taste makes up for any errors. Flavor is bursting with Belgian malts and again fruits like fig and black cherry. A flowery hop aroma and flavor dress up this beer nicely but bitterness could be ramped up a bit to balance the sweetness. Nice touch of alcohol warmth in the finish of this medium full-bodied beer. A nicely sophisticated beer.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Murky mahogany brown in color with a minuscule trace of head covering half of the top of the beer. Aroma is strongly centered around dark malt with a bit of candy sugar. The taste is exactly as the aroma advertised. Light Brussels lacing. The mouth is fairly smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has ripe light fruit, malt, caramel, not much hop action on the nose. Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a 1” tan tinted white foam cap that produces delicate lace. Rich malt flavors introduce the palate with traces of caramel, light malts, a faint hint of chocolate, and a trace of anise with a little brown ale character. The beer is fairly sweet throughout and may be cloying to some. The balance leans more towards the malt than yeasty esters. The carbonation is medium low with a medium full body.

Photo of Osiris9588
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a light ruby hue out of a 750ml bottle caged a cork. The white three-finger head is fluffy, with decent retention and some dots of lacing.

The smell is of light malt, candy, and sour apple. The flavor is of sour apple, sugar, and vinegar, with a slight alcohol burn. This beer is fruity and lighweight, and never even approaches complexity. It's like drinking a glass of juice. It's a grand cru without balls. I wouldn't even call it a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

It might be alright for someone who wants an easy drinking beer and who doesn't care about flavor or character.

Photo of Underrower
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a goblet.

Looks good. Carmel color. Nice foam.
Smells a little fruity.
Tastes good up front. Smooth. A little booze. Not very complex or spicy. Sort of reminds me of littel bit of wine in a wierd way. At the end a slight sharp bitterness but not over poweringly so.
Mouthfeel is very nice.
Overall not the best the Belgian but not bad. I would like to age one and see how it tastes after a couple of years. I don't think I would seek this one out but it is deffinately better than most beers out there.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet smell. Caramel malts and toffee with Belgian yeast and some clove. Dark fruits with hints of raisins, plum, and figs. Candied sugar and some hints of citrus like you would find in a summer beer. Hops aren't really noticeable. Very malty and biscuity.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet malt forward Belgian ale. Big taste of caramel malts and toffee with some Belgian yeast, cloves, and candied sugar. Dark fruits with notes of plums, raisins, and figs. Also some hints of citrus and banana. Hops are very subtle. Malty like an American lager but with a Belgian twist.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat prickly, syrupy, and slick. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian ale. Robust malt presence with enough spice to keep it from becoming cloying. Fruits are good.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of April 2014, so it's just out of date. Purchased ages ago from a supermarket while on a trip to Belgium, and subsequently stashed in my garage. I quite like the glass that is associated with this beer, though I don't possess one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A deep chestnut-amber hue with some floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet, fruity malt with hints of caramel/toffee, raisins, dried fruit, sherry, mild brown sugar, yeast esters, faint banana and subtle stewed leaves. A warming whiff of booze in the background, and perhaps a touch of oxidation. Not bad.

Tastes of sweet, fruity malt with a lingering finish. Notes of raisins, dried fruit, caramel/toffee, sherry, mild brown sugar, yeast esters, banana, faint spice and stewed leaves. Some alcoholic heat in the background along with a twinge of cardboard. Sweet, with a prolonged yeasty character upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with pleasant carbonation and decent body. Slightly oily on the palate. Mildly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity malt, caramel, sugar and yeast esters.

Alright but not outstanding. Looks OK, with a satisfyingly complex aroma of dried fruit, caramel and yeast. The flavour is similar yet somehow lacklustre - difficult to pinpoint but perhaps too sweet and cloying. Faint harsh undertones don't help. Body is acceptable. Doesn't stand out from the crowd; no need to seek it out.

Photo of BGDrock
3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: beautiful, clear, maple syrup brown/red; pours a full egg white head that lasts about 5 mins leaving a thing layer

Aroma: tart fruitiness, but very mild, some caramel; grainy

Taste & Mouthfeel: oily, silky texture which amplifies a sense of fatty nuttiness at first - almonds, cashews; over time the slight burn from alcohol becomes more prominent along with the taste of rye bread; it's hard to place the flavour, almost like a very dry fruit liquer (grape, raspberry, strawberry); good carbonation; finish gets to be cloying

Overall: started off a little interesting, but really flattens out over time due to a lack of depth and a sticky mouthfeel

Photo of ADR
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark but surprisingly almost clear (BUT, see below) ruby/brown appearance with a nice foam head of soft tiny bubbles and some tan streaks. Slightly toasty aroma with some astringent notes. Strong malty flavors, starts as cinnamon toast on the dark side and ends with a brighter peach and slight lemon statement. Nice fullness and endurence to the flavor profile. Hops aren't noticeable but counteract any tendency toward cloying. Slight oak and dried leaves impression in the back and through the nasal passages. Yes, another strong Belgian here...

My most recent 750 ml of Kwak was choked with giant protein flakes, to the point where you could feel them slip down your throat...

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,493 ratings.