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Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Reviews: 689 | Ratings: 1,659
Photo of erk0607
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: coppery brown. Head disappeared almost immediately and lacing soon thereafter.
Smell: Has a sweet, yeasty aroma and is reminiscent of the banana and spices in a hefe. Also kinda fruity smelling.
Taste: Strong malt presence with banana, dark fruit, sweet caramel, and yeast.
Feel: medium-thick bodied, low carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: tasty and definitely sweet. If it weren't so pricy I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Unfortunately they do not sell the cool glass thing at my local Paris shop, so it loses a a point for look...

This is a bit unfair for my Kwak, I admit.

Still, the head is fairly good and deep colour.

Nice fruity aroma, quite tingly.

Taste is fairly heavy, malty, with orange peel, red current, coriander and lemon peel coming through. It's a bit too heavy feeling in my opinion, not easy to drink lots of. If it was a bit more frothy and bitter or fruity, it would be better.

I have often bought this in Belgian beer cafés, for the glass. Though as a beer, it's not the best. It's too malty, not enough hops, fruitiness, complexity.

Once I wanted to buy the glass at one of the London Belgo's, though they were not for sale. So I gave the Spanish barmaid about a £15 tip and she let me steal one.

The best option is to steal the glass from somewhere like me, and use it for a Piraat, Chimay, Rochefort or your favourite alternative

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
It also is reviewed on the "1001."

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, copper caramel coloring, with a filmy, sparse surface coating of off-white head. Solid flow of carbonation throughout the body, too. Nose of tangy caramel and an old world fruit blend of apple, date, and fig. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, heavily roasted on a caramel backbone. Solid notes of apple, fig, and hints of vanilla. Very rich and sweet, with earthy highlights to rough up the edges a bit. The body is bold, slick, and smooth, with a fruity and sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and surprisingly clean, with only a slight cloying linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The body is copper with a weak, non-lacing, white head.
S: The aroma has a hoppy profile with a sweet tone.
T: For a BPLA, this is a very sweet beer. Actually, I look back and find it too sweet. Yet, it's great how it balances the sweetness and the small hop profile to a balanced beer. Nice one.
M: Very foamy, mellow, soft. In other words, very well carbonated. To refer that I've been drinking this beer for 40min and it's still doing pretty great.
O: It took me long to get to this beer. I don't know why, but I've been avoiding this beer since I first saw it. Even being a regular to good beer in my standards, I'll probably not revisit this beer although I'd definitely recommend this beer for entry levels.

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear brownish, golden colored body with a thin white head that was reduced to almost nothing within the minute. Very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicy smell. Quite different from other Belgian beers I've had.

Taste: Very spicy and mild. Somewhat sweet and it's hiding the alcohol very well. Sweet and a bit bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing with low carbonation.

Overall: An interesting surprise. Not a favorite but a very spicy and different beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Reddish brown beer, minimal head retention with what appears to be mild carbonation. Little to no head.
S: Really enjoyable. Very sweet first and foremost. Malt lends a sort of dark fruit characteristic, much like grape and apricot. Has an almost wine-like aroma.
T: First, taste is very well balanced. Despite having a sweet aroma it is not overly so. There is also a touch of bitterness as well. You also get the dark fruit notes from the aroma though they are milder on the palate, also detected a bit of caramel-apple in there as well. Not overly complex but good.
F: Very light and crisp. Definitely a refreshing beer, never gets too heavy or overwhelming, not too much astringency from bitterness.
O: I really like this beer, surprised other ratings were so low. I've had other Belgian pales before as well, for some reason just really enjoyed this one. Absolutely will purchase again.

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Photo of OlaB
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:reddish copper color. Very small head that almost disapear imediatelly after I pour it inn the glass.
S:yeast . banana. spices,dark fruits ,caramel is what comes my mind
T: First mouthful gives me a taste of dark fruits and a hint of caramel and spices. The aftertaste is quite sweet.
F: medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol content felt lower than 8,4%, the beer went down quite smooth
O: it was interesting to try this beer considering that I was very impressed when I drank the triple Karmeliet. This one is absolutelly a good beer but a little to sweet for my taste to give it a top score.but is not a bad beer at all. Is just that is so much belgian beers that are better

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in one of those cool big test tube looking glasses and placed in that wooden stand. The bartender told me about the interesting history regarding the origin of this custom. (It was for coachmen traveling by Pauwel Kwak's inn) It poured a caramel/amber color with a big foam head. The lace was creamy like a cappuccino.
The aroma is predominantly sweet. At first I detected orange peel, followed by caramel. Later there is a hint of biscuit and even some floral tones.
The feel is pretty smooth with low carbonation. The taste and finish are quite sweet and a tiny bit on the cloying side. There is some alcohol as well.
I like this brew overall despite the fact that the taste was a tad too sweet for me and detracted from the score slightly.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight scent of cherry on the nose. The head disappears within a few minutes after the pour. The beer is relatively light bodied with marked effervescence. Malt and cherry tastes come through with a slight tartness.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish copper that turns amber when held up to the light. Almost no head; moderate lacing. Quite fruity, almost tastes more like a Scottish Ale than a Belgian. Very smooth; I had a hard time believing that it's 8.4%. Overall: Very delicious; I can see myself making this my go-to beer for easy drinking.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big tulip glass from a 33 cl bottle.
-Opaque of reddish colour.
-Strong smell
-The taste is very good. At some point it remind to cookie flavour.
-Mouthfeel is bitter but I like it a lot.
I think it's a very very good beer.

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Photo of KevCan
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pulled from the kegerator at work into a compostable plastic cup made in the good ol' U.S. of A. I love my job. Paired with some whole wheat crackers from the microkitchen.

Look: This beer was like 90% head when I poured it. It slowly settled down to reveal a deep reddish amber color underneath a thick foamy head. A little hazy with a few chunky particles floating around. Not sure if that's intended.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt backbone, with a nice fruity yeast complement. Classic Belgian ale notes. Smells really great.

Taste: Unexpected taste of dark fruit, maybe plum or cherry. A bit of holiday spices. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. I would have guessed this is more like 5% ABV. I could guzzle this. Just the right balance of maltiness, sweetness, and a touch of hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Goes down really smooth, just the right thickness. Low to medium carbonation, which is surprising given how big the head was.

Overall: Seriously delicious. An outstanding and underrated Belgian ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl bottle, in Madrid.

I've been to Belgium, seen the fuss in the bars over Kwak, but never drank it there. I guess I was expecting something remarkable, and I was disappointed.

The beer looks fine, smells and tastes very much of ripe bananas. And more bananas. And more bananas. It's pretty fizzy.

It's certainly an OK beer, but not on the same level as many of the Belgians that I've had.

Less than 2 Euros for a bottle here in Madrid, so that's not bad!

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Photo of dpkpr
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Nobi Public House. What a nice copper colir you are. Lighter than a new penny, but just barely. Was surprised by the booze in the nose, but none of that comes through when it hits the mouth. Pleasant and unchallenging. A good Thursday beer to enjoy before a final nightcap.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.89/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Poured into a Propolis tulip. Very dark orange, nearly opaque. Multiple streams of carbonation, floaters abound. White head disappeared nearly instantly.

Smell : Dark fruits, banana, bubblegum, pear, a note of caramel, and lots of spicieness (clove definitely, not too sure for what else).

Taste : Bubblegum, tons of spicieness again, some dark fruits, and a hint of caramel.

Feel : Highly carbonated, creamy, medium body. Slight sweetness, and a bit boozy.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice thick luscious cream-colored head that settled after a bit, a little lace and a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is sort of like caramel sticky buns. I remember from years ago this beer had notes of anise in the flavor, but I don't get that now. Sweet up front with some bitter in the finish. Nice body. Good sipping beer

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer offers sugary and almost caramel sweetness up front, some breadiness, sweet banana, lots of crushed pepper, clove, lively carbonation. Spice drives this beer, while still drying it out on the finish. Phenolic notes come through with hints of plastic and nail polish.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it from tap.
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 +3.5%
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%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +2.9%
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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