Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by Shemmy:
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
For us here in land of zero to minimally quality controlled mass production lager stored for months in 100 degree + warehouses, to find Kwak is like stumbling on the leprechaun's proverbial pot of beer uranium at the end of the rainbow.
Appearance was not too much unlike some other Belgians I can vaguely recall such as Tripel Karmellite, a welcome association in probbaly most people's beer brains. Nothing flash, but you are assured by the toasty golden brown with maybe a slight orange going on that it will be a solid Belgian experience.
On to the taste...a solid buttery, nutty, banana with a shot of whiskey in there somewhere. I was hungry when I had my two bottles, so all of this was very welcome.
I had it with a few slices of white cheddar cheese which may well have brought out some of the damp moldy woodyness as well as the butter.
Seems to me I've heard people complain that Belgians are not well suited to hot weather, the sticky heaviness of them not permitting. Well, most people do have access to air-conditioning, so I don't understand what is the issue, tho' I'd agree, Kwak and others have a heaviness and stickiness which you'd do well to consume in a cool to cold environment.
Mouth feel is nice and well suited I thought. Slightly heavier than many lagers but nearly as fizzy. Quite a bit fizzier than other Belgian ales I thought. Not that its a bad thing, nice to know there's a fizzy one if there's an emergency--zero head tho'.
Overall, I'd say this is one that's got a rich, somewhat complex taste but which is nicely balanced with a relatively high degree of effervesence. It's now on my list list of beers I definitely like.
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2013 12:12:12 | More by Shemmy
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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 1,271 ratings.