Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
3.91/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap at Brasserie Cafe du Foy in Lille. Served in a branded Kwak glass - which as a rounded mini-yard of ale type of glass.
Appearance: Deep amber color. Lots of bubbles coming up slowly through the beer which were fun to look at when they collided with the necking on the glass. Light tan/hint of orange thin dense head. Thick chunks and strands of persistent lacing.
Smell: Caramelized malt with some underlying mild fruity esters.
Taste: Buttery / caramel / toffee flavors. Nice malty beer, but with enough floral/herbal hops at the end to counter it. Some fruity esters scattered throughout. If this is to be held to style as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale....then this beer is wrong. But it's so tasty I feel it's a cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and an English Strong Ale - the toffee notes go so well with this beer.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, sticky. Plenty of carbonation to pull the beer off the teeth, but no so much that it gets in the way of the thickness of the beer. Very nice.
Overall / Drinkability: Very good with food. Had this with Welsh Ch'Ti (think Welsh Rabbit, but with potatoes, ham, and bacon under the cheese on top of toast, all cooked up in a gratin dish) which was great, and this beer was so dangerously drinkable, I wanted another but knew I would regret it if I did. A very good beer and I hope to have it again someday.
Serving type: on-tap
07-04-2013 17:22:45 | More by damndirtyape
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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.