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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,369 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,369
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 123 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website
Belgium

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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Reviews by TXHops:
Photo of TXHops
4.58/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML silk screened brown bottle.
-ABV: 8.0%
-ABW: 6.4%
-Malts: three malts, including wheat, with some candi sugar in the kettle

Kwak is probably my favorite Belgian Ale. It’s one of the few that doesn’t just taste “Belgian”—all fluffy and estery with massive amounts of phenolics and esters. Kwak has more to it and it comes out different than 99% of its brethren. The result is a beer that I absolutely love, and it’s one of the few Belgians that I find to be unique.

As for the beer itself, Kwak is an orangey-tea color with a thick, cream-colored head. The aroma is pretty subdued in the beginning, but as the beer warms, the estery nature of the Belgian yeast becomes more and more evident, smelling very similar to a Bavarian hefeweizen: cloves and bananas. However, there’s a maltiness in the aroma that I’ve never gotten out of any other Belgian—it doesn’t smell like alcohol and candi sugar. Instead, it actually smells like malt. However, there’s a crisp tartness in the nose as well—quite appealing. The flavor is very banana-like as well, and the full body with the high carbonation virtually slides down the gullet. There is a slightly acidic finish, reminiscent of tropical blender drinks. In fact, the whole nature of Kwak is oddly tropical, with flavors of passion fruit, and pomegranate to go with the bananas. Unlike most Belgian Ales, this one isn’t fluffy. Kwak actually has body that doesn’t scream candi sugar. It’s one of the only Belgians I’ve ever had that actually felt substantial in my mouth. With that substance and lack of foaminess comes less of the normal Belgian yeast twang, which combined with the high ABV and airy body, typically imparts a lingering sourness in my mouth. Kwak leaves a sticky, tropical sweetness, though there’s enough spritziness to avoid the cloying problem that you’d assume would manifest itself after the above description. It’s almost like this beer were brewed with a standard Belgian high ester yeast and then allowed to bottle condition with a British ale yeast—it’s so much more nuanced and subtle than I'd expect.

One of the most unique beers I’ve tried, even by Belgian standards. This is definitely my favorite beer from a country that I believe produces too many beers with an overwhelmingly similar flavor profile. Cheers to Bosteels for doing something different.

TXHops, Apr 09, 2003
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

oberon, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Popsinc, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

aszatk01, May 23, 2013
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +32.6%

beerhunter13, Dec 30, 2011
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.

ricke, Mar 25, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

DavyJones, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Zakk, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

tbryan5, Jan 05, 2013
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.

steelerguy, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Satyr179, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

NWer, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Todd, Jun 30, 2001
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.

generallee, Jul 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

bishopdc0, Mar 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TimoP, Jul 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Beerswag, Sep 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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