Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels
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Reviews by marcpal:
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2009 19:30:18 | More by marcpal
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4.25/5 rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
With the employment of kettle caramelization, Pauwel Kwak's confidence in this "grand cru" of a beer earns the beer the name of the brewmaster. ...and one sip will show you why!
As the dark amber decants, a rusty haze gives a glimpse into its rustic roots. Once tipped, aromas of soft nuts, caramel, bread crust and fresh baking bread entice the nose while a balance of cinnamon and nutmeg balance upon the initial taste.
Once the beer develops over the middle, its bready and toasty middle gives slight bready texture that's lifted with rose-type wine. Its acidity enlivens the malt and gives its terse caramel sweetness life with red grape, red apple and dried dates. Its nutmeg flavor garners esteem just ahead of the beer's finish.
That's when the high effervescence lifts the taste and refreshes the palate with ease- its steely caramel flavor dissolves easily, carrying with it any malty weight and bready texture- nearly preferring wine like zestiness in charming warmth as the taste closes.
Serving type: bottle
06-30-2014 05:16:57 | More by BEERchitect
Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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