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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,298 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,298
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001)
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Ratings: 1,298 | Reviews: 635 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SleepyMonk:
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3.35/5  rDev -11.1%

Chilled glass poured into a Kwak produced yard glass in a couchman wooden rack.

Pours with a thick head built with strong retention. Color is the closest to rust as I have ever come across and also very similar to pine tree sap.

On the nose the odor is driven with malt and a little dried fruit caught up amongst it.

Taste is built with rich malts at varying depths coupled with toffee, orange peel, dried dark fruits and roasted nuts.

Beer is not quite medium bodied and the anemic degree of carbonation matches that.

Kwak does have a soft creamy feel on the palate however with the exception of the glassware it is very bland.

05-16-2009 14:46:02 | More by SleepyMonk
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

07-29-2003 03:47:51 | More by oberon
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

02-14-2003 16:09:57 | More by Popsinc
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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.

08-30-2003 01:01:26 | More by RoyalT
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-23-2013 00:54:44 | More by aszatk01
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

06-09-2006 18:17:21 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +32.6%

12-30-2011 14:16:03 | More by beerhunter13
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3.48/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

03-25-2009 23:46:52 | More by ricke
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-10-2012 17:24:04 | More by DavyJones
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

06-11-2012 00:16:55 | More by Zakk
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-17-2011 03:03:47 | More by Mac19872
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

01-05-2013 02:06:45 | More by tbryan5
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New York

3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

03-17-2012 23:24:54 | More by steelerguy
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-17-2013 19:18:45 | More by danthehopslamman
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-06-2014 02:16:42 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-09-2013 09:50:51 | More by Satyr179
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-27-2013 19:53:15 | More by NWer
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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.

06-30-2001 11:57:50 | More by Todd
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New York

4.06/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

07-21-2014 02:58:55 | More by generallee
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-27-2013 15:25:56 | More by bishopdc0
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2012 21:33:33 | More by TimoP
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

08-01-2014 13:53:51 | More by Doomcifer
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-25-2013 15:27:05 | More by Beerswag
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

08-15-2014 22:33:24 | More by petewheeler
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3.68/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

04-16-2002 22:08:28 | More by Jason
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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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