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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 671
Hads: 1,567
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 20.32%
Wants: 42
Gots: 254 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Arthuros
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet golden Belgian strong ale.

Taste of honey and rye. Banana as well.

Quite heavily carbonated. Dark golden color.
Sweet aromas, with hints of whiskey.

Decent sweet ale, with some ABV. Not a game-changer, but a good beer.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Clear brown with a lot of bubbles and 1 finger tall head.
S: Smell is amazing. Grapefruit, dried banana and strawberry jam.
T: The same as smell, too sweet for me, slightly bitter finish.
F: Medium-bodied and crispy.
O: Too sweet as mentiond but the smell is magical.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a slightly hazy caramel copper with a one finger head that thins out to a ring. Aroma has deep notes of candy sugar, bubblegum, spice, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, slight citrus, and a touch of pepper. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Dark sugar, caramel, bubblegum, slight warming in the finish.

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Photo of Hugues
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best-known for its weird glass, this is more of a curiosity than one of the best in its genre. Can't say I order this often, except to show it around.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a deep Amber color, with a tight thin head
S: plums, figs, yeast
T: fruity, Belgian yeast comes through...boozy
F: nice mouthfeel, medium body, lingering finish
O: solid representation of the style, glad I revisited after so many years

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color. Has an aromatic yeast / bread like aroma. Good mouth feel. Has an almost spoiled banana flavor with yeast notes. Overall a good drink, I enjoyed it

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark but transparent brown-amber color. Medium bubbles on the body creates a tan head which rises at best to 2/3" off the body. Settles fast with the perfect lacing.

Smell: The scent isn't the most appealing but not really bad. Somewhere in the middle of raisin bread before you toast it but has a lemon skin feel to it.

Taste: Lightly sweet, feels likes raisins and touch of bread. Light malts gives it a mellow bitterness feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but the beer feels a bit heavy. Finishes sweet like raisin bread minus the cinnamon.

Overall: Good brew, and definitely not something I would turn down. Drink with love my friends. Salud!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored beer, a little ruby, clear.
Head just enormous. After pouring the glass he was actually just foam, white, fine bubble, long-lasting.
In the aroma you can smell the sweet plums, caramel and a bit of a damp basement.
Taste like the flavor, enchants us with plums, lots of dark fruit, caramel. Saturation average, maybe a little too much perceptible alcohol. Kwak is quite rich and full of beer, very pleasant.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- darker in color than most of this style
- smell is pleasant but very malt filled
-very malty but great none the less
- feel is over carbonated
- overall not a great representation of this style but still really good!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper red, clear, with a bright light tan head and lacing.

S - Fruits in the form of pear and apple, banana is huge, with a bubble gum note.

T - Follows the nose, with a bready quality, sweetness and fruit meeting with pudding.

M - Brisk, well carbonated, and bright. Very easy to drink.

O - This is a rock solid Belgian Strong Pale. I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of DevAJ
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far my favorite Belgian (and possibly overall) beer at the moment. I'm not even really sure how to describe it. It's distinctly Belgian, but it's also very easy to drink. I originally got the very last 222 year gift pack (the one with the glass) of it at a local liquor store a while ago. It's actually pretty easy to find around here as there is one store that always has it, but it's by far one of the priciest beers around ($5.99 for a single 11.2 ounce bottle). Worth a try even if you don't think you like the Belgian styles. Having the official Kwak glass is pretty cool too.

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Photo of ARoman
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

*from old notes - 1/1/2014*
75cl bottle poured into an English tulip. The scents of dough and apple come through most potently, with some traces of caramel malt. It pours a rich, hazy amber-red color with a substantial pale yellow head which fades quickly. It’s a light bodied, mostly malty sweet taste with a little apple sourness to it. It’s somewhat thin texture with an average to soft carbonation leaves behind a sweet, but not strong aftertaste. Paired well with apple pie.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out in a minute. Dark golden brown color and semi-filtered

S- Good caramel and malt. Touch of bubble gum.

T- Bubble gum and caramel. Some fig. Sugary

M- Creamy and a touch salty

O- Pretty good brew. Will buy again. Has a nice balance to it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with...... General Tso's chicken. The spice gets beat down well by this sugary beer


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Photo of stuppy
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, light Raisin, and faint Alcohol aroma, no hop aroma

Appearance:Medium cream head. Somewhere between Ruby and amber color, mostly clear with slight haze

Flavor: Caramel, sweet, light raisin, alcohol (cider like). Medium low bitterness. No apparent hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, hot alcohol in finish

Overall: Like this beer, but definitely not my favorite Belgium strong (pale or dark). Too sweet and little too much alcohol burn.

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Photo of drmeto
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-banana,caramel,honey,toffee,bubble gum,earthy
-Follows the nose
-slight hop bitterniss
-alcohol well hidden
-low carbonation
Very good one

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer of a reddish amber color, comewhat transparent and a bit beigy foam.
Smell is malty with notes of toffe and red fruits. Possible to feel the presence of the alcohol already.
Taste is alocoholic, a bit unpleasant, with similar notes to the smell.
When it warms a bit, the beer acquires a more intense toffe and caramel smell/taste... and it's better like this ;)
Yeah, they should make it more balanced..

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Likely on the sweet end of the spectrum within the class, I find this to be a strong, solid brew. The nose is fig newton and honey. Taste follows closely with a warm, clean finish and virtually no hop.

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Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with very little head. Both the nose and the flavor profile keep the funk on the mild side. The body is decent but I'd expect it to be a bit more hardy considering the ABV.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has ripe light fruit, malt, caramel, not much hop action on the nose. Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a 1” tan tinted white foam cap that produces delicate lace. Rich malt flavors introduce the palate with traces of caramel, light malts, a faint hint of chocolate, and a trace of anise with a little brown ale character. The beer is fairly sweet throughout and may be cloying to some. The balance leans more towards the malt than yeasty esters. The carbonation is medium low with a medium full body.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange with two fingers of fluffy cream colored foam, settles to a thin ring, splotchy sheet of lace for the first few inches. Smell: raisin bread, sugary, overripe stone fruit note, lightly medicinal and spicy. Mildly alcoholic and a little underpowered. Taste: candy sugar, raisin, dried apricot, overripe plum; clove, grass and pepper notes. Medium-full bodied, lightly syrupy with low but quite creamy carbonation. A bit on the sweet end and not super exciting, but a nice strong Belgian ale. 6/14 label date.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[From tap served in special glassware] Delicious strong amber coloured beer. Rich mouthtaste with a medium after taste. Strong malty taste with some hops making it a tasteful beer.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into kwak glass with stand.

A: Dark amber, clear. No yeast in the bottle. Nice head retention, love the unusual glass.
S: Pale malt and minimal hops. Not as fragrant as others in this class.
T: Better as it nears room temp. A bit thin, almost watery, but I like the soft mellow blend of flavor that is this beer. Some esters, yeasty, low traditional hop flavor. Alcohol comes through the flavors a bit.
M: Standard, goes down easily. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.
O: I like this beer and the weird glass. Would buy again but probably not on a regular basis. Nice belgian quality but lower esters and less complex than I prefer. (personal note)-Reminds me of sharp edge draft yeasty flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to an awesome bartender at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, SC, I was able to take home one of their iconic Kwak wood-handled beer glasses. It might be a gimmick, but it absolutely adds to the experience. I'm hoping the bottled variety is as delicious as I remember from that trip to the tap room. The cloudy, tarnished copper liquid pours with a tremendous amount of foam. Maybe part of it is the shape of the glass (with the spherical bottom) but either way, that's a lot of foam! As it settles down there's splotchy, soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma bears a strange metallic scent, like a handful of pennies, with traces of banana. A little buttery toffee in the nose too. The flavor is sweet and malty with a hint of clove bitterness. It's a tad cidery, imparting a tangy flash of flavor. There's a buttery, honey sweet bread-like taste that reminds me a little of sticky buns. A little funky Belgian yeast and fruity banana esters in the finish. The alcohol here is thinly veiled, lending a boozy solvent-like layer. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, with medium body and carbonation that may be a touch too lively. In total, this is a tasty Belgian strong ale that lacks some of the finesse and character of its contemporaries. Not quite as refined as some of the others I've tried, but delicious nonetheless. Perhaps if they put as much work in to the beer as the glass, it would be world-class.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quality beer, although not in the same class as its contemporaries. In Belgium, this is considered sub-par. In Canada, this would beat most of the local beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a Kwak coachman's glass at Beelow's.

It's been far too long since first I tried this beer, and I just couldn't keep away from that snazzy glass. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, Belgian yeast, clove, light dry caramel, light grass, and a bit of vague breadiness. The taste brings in more of the same, the Belgian yeast really driving through some fruity and spicy notes to balance out the caramel-laden biscuit residing throughout the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, one that has earned its place as one of the constant Belgian offerings at nearby watering holes.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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