Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by Shovelbum:
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a one finger head of creamy off-white foam over a glowing amber body. A few rather large chunks of yeast made it into my glass and drift aimlessly around in the currents of rising carbonation. Head falls to a thin layer that is concentrated around the edge. Aromas cherries and oranges mix with Belgian yeast. Flavor is quite soft, with a light caramel upfront, notes of pepper, a prevailing pear character throughout and a hint of lemon at the finish. The sweetness is a major force, but the body is still lean. Carbonation is medium to low for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.
Apart from the chunks of yeast milling about in the glass this was an all around great ale drinking experience. The ale was refrigerated for a week prior to drinking and didnt abuse the bottle prior to the pour, so I am led to believe that this may be a bit over yeasted, or the strain is so flocculent that it cant help itself from forming big natty chunks. I didnt really mind them except on the last swallow.
Upon further inspection of the BA classification of this ale it is yet another example of a Belgian Ale defying style categories--- or the need for a Belgian amber ale category. Pale this ale aint. But it shouldnt have to be.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2007 22:50:25 | More by Shovelbum
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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.