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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,420 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,420
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 31
Gots: 143 | 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 marcpal:
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2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottled enjoyed in Paris, sampled on 3/5/09. Had meant to try for a while and saw on the menu at the Brasserie so why not.

Bottle provided with large Duvel glass.
Bottle graphics: 2/10.

A: Sediment laden ruby to brown pour with very little carbonation. Extremely thin head, probably even more because it was in a Duvel glass and didn't measure to what I was used to seeing in there. Barely any lacing to describe.

S: Yeasty and dark fruit. For the most part, dried apricot and pitted dates. There is a booziness to the aroma as well as the sweet sugar notes that overflavor the aroma.

T: Dried fruits and molasses sugar. A hint of spice is on top of the other flavors but it just unfortunately comes off as plain. There sure was yeast but it did not balance out the pervasive sweetness that provided most of the one-sidedness.

M: Pretty full body, borderline syrupy. Nil carbonation that really has to be teased out to get any. Long finish that is probably the high point of the beer.

D: The flavor is right on with the level of alcohol. It really is sub-standard compared to the top Belgians of the style and it really offers nothing unique or all that pleasureable. Happy to try but won't be seeking out again anytime too soon.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +32.6%

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.

Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DeanBB
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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