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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,465
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 179 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a mini Yard glass that came with it. Thanks to the WHALES homebrew club - won this at their charity auction. My bottle says 8.4 ABV vice 8.1 listed here.

Bubbles out of the bottle after I pop the cork. Fill half the yard glass with foam as I pour, settles pretty quickly. Amber in color with flecks of yeast floating throughout. Yeast in the foam as well - this one looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon.

Aroma is phenolic, yeasty, and spicy. First sip is uneventful, no flavors really sweep me off my feet. Surprisingly sweet, but overall the flavor is pretty bland. For as much as this beer foamed, there is only a slow trickle of bubbles coming to the surface now. The biggest flavor I am picking up is a crystal malt type sweetness.

Actually pretty drinkable, but mostly because there are no strong flavors to offend the palate. The sweetness does start to get to you as you get on with the bottle... getting harder to drink. Overall, this is not something I would seek out - but it is pretty decent. I'm not a big fan of Belgian yeast flavors, so the lack thereof is a bit of a plus for me.

Photo of chaz410
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle at the Flying Saucer
Pours a lite amber body with a progressive white head that quickly disappears.
Smells of straw, wheat, light crystal malt and funky belgian yeast. There's some sweet fruit like figs dancing around the yeast smell.
Taste similar to taste. it has a dry finish and a tart back mouth. It is sweet and tart at the same time, it has similarities to red delicious apples and a little caramel thrown in as well.
Good, creamy mouthfeel for this beer with not as dry finish as it's taste suggests.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This one gets a five for presentation as much as anything. Poured into the distinctive Kwak glass (Google it) and placed in its wooden holder, it's an impressive sight. The colour is a translucent reddish brown reminiscent of an amber ale. Some lacing on the side.

S: Malty sweet with an undertone of fruit. Pleasant.

T: At first it tastes promising, but the initial flavours of sweet fruit lose themselves in a vaguely malty/beery/grainy mishmash I find unappealing. Middle flavour is watery and tastes like a sweetish generic American macrobrew. Aftertaste is sparse and not dry. Tastes like beer.

M: Meh. Not much going on here. Carbonation isn't entirely unpleasant, but the rest of the mouthfeel is average and nondescript.

D: The beer is drinkable enough I suppose. It'll definitely make you look like a badass while you're drinking it. It's worth it once, if only for the presentation. Not bad, just not great.

Photo of diamondc
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Hazy amber color. Some scattered lacing leftover from the huge head.

S: Smells so sugary, a lot of fruit especially cantaloupe.

T: Tropical fruit punch up front, caramel & light chocolate flavors. Finishes with a dry bitterness.

M/D: So sweet that I initally gagged on the first sips, but becomes more drinkable when warming up.

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a goblet

Appearance: orange/brown in color, cloudy, minimal head

Smell: funk and hay

Taste: sour apple, funk, hay, and caramel

Mouthfeel: tart/sour with bitterness, light body with medium carbonation, dry

Drinkability: Kwak is ok for the style. It is very dry. I could not finish more than one glass in a sitting. Worth a try, but I think there are better in the style.

Photo of Daniell
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: hot, malty colour. Highly carbonated. Lacing rather average. 3

S: apple juice. Bit of malty sweetness, some candi sugar. Later there's some nice caramel sweetness coming through. 3

T: apple juice mixed with some cinnamon. Tastes like a fairly standard strong ale. I'd say it's about as good as coopers extra strong vintage ale. 3

M: Undercarbonated, underwhelming (it's still within the use by date by exactly one year to the day). 2.5

D: alright. 3

Disappointing. On second thoughts it's substantially worse than coopers vintage, especially for the price.

Photo of Stunner97
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- pours a nice brown with good tan foamy head, very nice thick and lively look

Smell- good amount of hops and malts blend in on the nose with a bit of that signature belgian yeast,

Taste- pleasantly surprised by this beer in a couple aspects overall quite a nice flavor profile which was liked by all people trying it, it has a good amount of malt up front and sweetness but its kept very nicely in check by a firm bitter hop presence which lingers nicely after the finish, more hopped for sure then i ever would of guess quiet reminiscent in some ways of an American strong ale with Belgian twist

Mouthfeel- very smooth and perfectly carbonated, a very good mouthfeel

Drinkability- this beer to me had a very high drinkability it excelled at having a great balance of hops and malts and would actually reach and hit well for a lot of people who enjoy more hoppy american style strong ales then the typical belgian beer, a beer I could easily see my self downing a few of in a night, a nice beer even though a surprise

Photo of dgv0
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

P: I purchased a bottle slightly different from the image here. Tall 75cL brown bottle.

A: Pours dark orange/amber with a relatively average-sized off-white head.

S: SUGAR. Very sweet, fruity smell.

T: Even sweeter than it smells, but doesn't do well to hide the alcohol. Not bad, mind you, but certainly nothing special.

M: Low carbonation, thick and creamy mouthfeel.

D: Doesn't hide enough of the alcohol for me, and overcompensates with sweetness. 75cL is probably more than I will ever need of this one.

Photo of Avagadro
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: fiery red in color and crystal clear, Kwak sits in my goblet with a vigorous lacing emanating from the etching at its base. Personally, I've never been a fan of this brewery's gaudy glassware (the yard and the pimp chalice).

S: prunes and apricots throughout. The nose is not overbearing, but delicate and refreshing.

T: prunes, apricots, bananas, and rum round out the malty sweet body of this brew.

M: light and well-attenuated. Not too thick, but not watery.

D: a great Belgian brew that is much classier than their gimmicky glasswear. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of GreenThumb
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in pint at The Yardhouse, Houston, Tx.

A: A light copper / dark gold. Little head retention.

S: Bready and fruity with no noticeable alcohol. Bready smell seemed to intensify as the beer warmed.

T: Caramel, bread, dark fruits like plum, hardly any bubble gum.

M: Exactly what I expect from a triple. The mouthfeel was thin due to the high ABV and did not complicate the beer. Mouthfeel like this allows you to enjoy the other parts of the flavor profile.

D: Good drinkability but they definitely catch up to you quickly.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, cloudy amber or dark brown pour has a sizable white head that sticks and laces the glass. Definitely not as pale as some other Belgians in this category. Aroma is light chocolate and caramel with a nice does of hops. Sort of a stronger version of Leffe. Taste is like light caramel, very clean and non-boozy. Alcohol doesn't show in the taste, but you can tell this is a strong brew. This semi-sweet brew is a must for any Belgian lover.

Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-hazy dark orange with a large off-white head, good lacing.

smell is of roasted malt, some caramel, toasted nuts, pear, apple, pineapple, and bit of yeast.

taste is smooth and dry, sweet fruit, bread dough, some caramel, and roasted malt, ends with a oily mouth-feel.

Photo of mmahut
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark bronze / amber with average head, high carbonation.

S: Caramel, prune, sugar.

T: Sweet flavours manifesting mostly after few sips with minor presence of dark fruits.

M: Light, well carbonated body, dry. Gives you bitterness feeling on your tong.

D: Easy to drink. Nice try if you find it, tho not worth searching for it.

Photo of xylophonica
4.74/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark copper colour. Colour verges on orange when held up to the light. Finger or more of head. Head looks particularly creamy with a dark chocolate tint but fades quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - Chocolate and banana. Little bit of toffee and sweetness in there as well. Alcohol kicker! Bit of bubblegum as well.

T - Sweet and strong. Alcohol content is there but not unpleasant. Lots of malt and sweet fruit.. nuff said! Of the fruit flavours banana is most obvious with some definite caramel overtones for good measure. Aftertaste suggests bubblegum.

M - Smooth at first but with a bitter aftertaste. Probably the worst feature of this beer.

D - Love this one. Could drink all day.

In terms of appearance it starts off well but a lack of lacing prevents it from earning any further points. Smell is great as is the taste. Highly recommended - don't worry about the gimicky glass, it's still a damn good beer!

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happened to stop at the Tap & Mallet while in Rochester, NY April 27, 2010. Reps from Brouwerij Bosteels as well as their US distributor had an impromptu tasting, if I understood right just because they were in town. Presented (in the proper glassware to boot) with a slightly cloudy light brown brew with a light white head which left nice lacing. Smelled lightly of apple cider and caramel malt. Tasted very much of green apples, semi sweet, keep thinking cider on this. Mouthfeel was medium to full, perfect amount of carbonation. So very drinkable with the alcohol hidden who knows where, could be dangerous.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another of those beers you assume you've reviewed because you've had so many, but haven't actually registered the tasting. So here goes, this brown 33cl bottle, best before 23 April 2011 was reviewed and consummed at home on 27 April 2010 and poured into the correct bulbous bottomed glass.

I managed to pour it slowly and kept the sediment in the bottle, that might sound easy, but sometimes the bottles can be a bit 'lively' to say the least, this one behaved.

The body colour is a true amber, darker than some amber, but never-the-less, amber. The full head is an off-white foaming blanket of small bubbles, in it's proper glass the beer looks wonderful (if a bit touristy when in a bar).

The aroma is very sweet, toffee, molasses and almost candy floss as the beer warms in the glass.

The flavours within the taste are sweet and malty, no hint of hop bitterness. I've liked this beer for years, it doesn't need the fancy glass really, it can stand alone as a good beer without the glass. Having said that I've got used to drinking from it now, so prefer it served from the wooden stand and glass.

The 8.4% ABV sneeks up on you, the sweetness and lightness of the body lull you into a false sence of security, and just as you finish the beer to ask for another you realise the room isn't in focus as much as it was before you started drinking. A very drinkable beer and a flavourite of my wife and daughter.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hotel rocks glass. Room temperature.

Nice amber colored and clear, tan head fades rather quickly. Just a great bready malt aroma, spicy hops mix well with an earthy yeast character to create very pleasant and enticing aroma. One of those beers you just have to smell before each sip.

Taste is sweet and bready. I'm thinking hot cross buns here, with a nice little spiciness and how about that alcohol warmth? Very nice beer to sip, warming the cheeks a little at a time. Finishes with a minor alcohol burn that does leave the mouth tingly, but there is an underling sweetness that lasts.

Medium bodied and smooth, with some carbonation tingling. Nice easy sipper here. This one is recommended for sure.

Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is clear, amber, an off-white thick head with lots of lacing.

Smell has sweetness, syrup and sherry, some malty molasses and yeast as well.

The taste is rather sweet, fruits like apricot and banana, some sweet newly baked white bread, the alcohol is noticed.

There is not much carbonation, the fluid is rather soft and smooth.

The beer is solid and good, very sweet, probably best after food, with a ripe cheese.

Photo of Dixonian
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at my favorite local pub a few months ago and was poured into a Kwak glass complete with wooden holding aparatus. I'm very clumsy and of course I spilled it after only a few drinks so I picked up a single bottle to give it another go. Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Excellent head-at least two fingers. Maintained nicely settling down but still across the entire top. Hazy amber color. Nice medium carbonation.
Graham cracker and biscuity aromas fill my nose. Strong banana and clove flavors on first taste which only got stronger as it warmed. More complex than other belgian pales I've had.

I would buy this again-not sure if I missed much not tasting it in it's official glass. All in all very enjoyable.

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a kwak glass. Brown and clear, carbonation moderate to low. Head white with small bubbles. Not much lacing on the glass.

Aroma is mostly sweet with a hint of caramel and alcohol.

Pretty sweet, medium to light body carbonation low in mouth. Good finish with a slight grainy bitterness at the end. Drinkability high. Some alcohol in the mouth, overall really good.

Photo of gfreed
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, if you don't like the yard glass, don't *drink it* from the yard glass. Ask for a tulip. Or, better yet, bring a bottle home and drink it there from your favorite glass. I'm beginning to think that beer in a bar never tastes as good as it does at home, anyhow. But that's another story.

Now that that's out of the way...

Comes in a bottle that's heavy enough to kill when swung properly, and corked tighter than anything I've ever encountered. Had to struggle mightily with this one. Cloudy iced-tea in color with a manilla-folder-colored head which disappeared quickly. Aroma was rather weak, but I could still find some pears and apricots hiding in there, plus a strong belt of honey and some graham crackers (plain, not cinnamon, and not that cheap crap from Trader Joe's, either). Very smooth body with just a little thickness to provide some resistance; low carbonation as expected. Quite balanced in the taste: pumpernickel bread, cherries and apricots, more honey and a fistful of carmel malt. Nothing was terribly overpowering, yet I could taste everything distinctly. Low hop content and relatively high ABV makes this a nice thing to sip slowly while watching a Bogart movie, which is what my wife and I did. Well worth the expense and the uncorking effort.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cage-corked 750 mL bottle into a tumbler.

A: Poured a cloudy, reddish amber color with a thin, creamy head of white foam which left some nice lacing.

S: Smells slightly fruity and spicy, with a lot of citrus and effervescent, assertive clove and ginger aromas.

T: Flavor holds that very traditional Belgian candied yeast taste and combines a fairly sweet and floral, fruity malt profile with a slightly drying, spicy hop flavor. White pepper and fusel alcohol notes nip at the palate as well. A little bit of fruity banana and gummy esters make their way into the mix which finishes a little sticky with some caramel sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a sticky feel and astringent alcohol pulls at other times.

D: This 8% ABV Belgian pale is not quite what I expected, but as far as they go, it's a decent strong ale. Flavoring and color seem a bit off to me, but the overall product is a pretty balanced, fruity Belgian ale. It's alright.

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber into a snifter glass with a huge, foamy head that took a long time to settle down. Very well carbonated.
S: Nice sweet aroma of malt and sugars.
T: Sweet malty sugars and caramel tastes stand out. There's a tad bit of sourness in the aftertaste.
M: Well balanced with a sweet, medium bodied taste.
D: It goes down pretty easy but it's better to sip this one and enjoy it.

Photo of gloriousglo2
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated in my opinion; I wonder if the gimicky glass P.O.s some folks so they ding the beer. Had a bottle of this at our local Belgian beer joint, in that gimicky glass. It tastes no different in a tulip glass, frankly. I followed this up with a still legal Duvel here in PA, and, heretically, the Kwak was better, just seemed to have more body and flavor. The EtOH is a little noticable, but not overbearing...Or maybe it WAS the glass...

Photo of mwa423
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour had a finger of head which stuck to the glass nicely. The color is a hazy orange color.

S - Very bready malt aroma with some dried fruit and zing that reminds me of white wine.

T - Lots of dried fruit, very good Belgian yeasty flavor. There is a bit of rich alcohol flavor but it mixes with the fruit well.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full and rich, there is a thickness of alcohol that doesn't burn, but the mouthfeel is boozy. This is quite drinkable for the style, I won't feel odd about ordering a "Kwak" again.

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,465 ratings.