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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,247 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,247
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 30
Gots: 78 | 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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gauchebag

New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle, pours a beautiful deep copper, amber color with a surprisingly small head of less than 1 finger. Doesn't leave much lacing as the beer disappears but the lacing it does leave is quite nice. This smells really good...I can't describe exactly what it's like as it's a pretty vague sweet fruity smell but it's a pretty strong smell. Other people in the room even commented on the odor, which doesn't usually happen when I open a beer.

The taste is pleasant, if a little too sweet. As it gets warmer I'm enjoying it less and less so by the time I'm on to the second glass, I add a couple of ice cubes (yeah, I know.) It tastes good, but not great. There's nothing extraordinary about it. Like the smell, it's fruity in a vague way but the thing that is overriding everything else is the sweetness. I love the mouthfeel though...it's very smooth and light for how it tastes. As far as drinkability, I'm hovering in between 3.5 and 4 but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt. When sufficiently cold it's defintely a 4.

I don't think I'll be buying this again but I definitely enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:01:59 | More by gauchebag
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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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