Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750 ML silk screened brown bottle.
-Malts: three malts, including wheat, with some candi sugar in the kettle
Kwak is probably my favorite Belgian Ale. Its one of the few that doesnt just taste Belgianall 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 its 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, theres a maltiness in the aroma that Ive never gotten out of any other Belgianit doesnt smell like alcohol and candi sugar. Instead, it actually smells like malt. However, theres a crisp tartness in the nose as wellquite 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 isnt fluffy. Kwak actually has body that doesnt scream candi sugar. Its one of the only Belgians Ive 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 theres enough spritziness to avoid the cloying problem that youd assume would manifest itself after the above description. Its almost like this beer were brewed with a standard Belgian high ester yeast and then allowed to bottle condition with a British ale yeastits so much more nuanced and subtle than I'd expect.
One of the most unique beers Ive 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.
Serving type: bottle
04-09-2003 20:17:33 | More by TXHops
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