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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,465 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Reviews by thehyperduck:
Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 26 2014. Always eager to see another BSPA on the shelves, as it's one of my favourite styles and new ones don't seem to appear too often around here. Unfortunately, I don't have one of those absurdly impractical Kwak glasses, so this was poured into a regular snifter.

Pours a clear brownish-amber colour, with a bright ruby-orange look under the light. Generates one finger of foamy, off-white head that recedes relatively quickly, leaving behind a narrow collar, a soapy cap at the surface and some modest smears of lacing along the sides. The aroma is pleasant and mild, comprised of components that include pale malt sweetness, yeast, white grapes, red apples, pears, spice, and maybe a touch of caramel or honey.

The flavour is enjoyable, if a little straightforward, with a firm, steady backbone of pale malts and nutty bread, alongside some caramel notes that provide a continuous sweetness. This is followed up by a modest range of yeasty, fruity ester characters - mostly apples/pears, but maybe with a hint of banana as well. The finish is spicy, with plenty of clove and yeast; and although there is some residual sugar sweetness, the brew tends toward the dry side. Medium-bodied; drinks fairly lightly for an 8.4% strong ale, with subdued carbonation that prickles the tongue gently. Extremely easy to drink quickly, due to its deceptively light nature.

Final Grade: 3.88, an excellent B+. Pauwel Kwak makes for a worthwhile tipple, though as far as Belgian pale ales go I wouldn't consider it a particularly exceptional offering. I'd be hesitant to place this stuff on the same tier as my favourite BSPAs (Duvel and La Chouffe), but it's still a quaffable strong ale in its own right, with higher drinkability than average. If you're looking for an affordable strong Belgian pale to enjoy this winter, Kwak fits the bill nicely.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
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
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Todd
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
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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