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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,335
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 117 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001)
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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Sampled from a 750 ml bottle in a chalice.

A - Copper colored with good clarity and a thick tan head.

S - Sweet (like candy) and syrupy.

T - My first impression was that it was very sweet and malty. But as I made my way through the bottle, I found the flavor to be much more complex. It starts sweet but it changes as it passes the tongue. It ends with a faint bitterness and tartness (and more that I can't quite pin down). The 8% alcohol is very well hidden.

M - Thick and chewy with a nice low to moderate carbonation.

D - A little sweeter and maltier than I expected but very enjoyable.

GJ40, May 22, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.98/5  rDev -21%

Pours Amber brown with a decent head that settles to a nice tight lace. The aroma is of yeast,fruits,honey and alcohol.
The taste is pretty simple. Fruits(apples),caramel and honey tones with some spice. There is a touch of hops, but nothing grand.
The overall feel is that this a low carbonation,high alcohol yet sweet drink.

Notes:It is from Belgium so it is held to a higher standard and because of this I believe it falls short of expectations. Despite all the negatives, this brew is not nearly close to bad. The feel is really smooth and while not complex it was not the worst experience. Maybe some malt?,maybe some more carbo? I really could not say. I do feel that the alcohol is not well masked and that I did not like. I suppose I was disappointed.

Lexluthor33, May 17, 2008
Photo of firkinhophead
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a coppery reddish brown with a fizzy head that dissapates to almost nothing. Slow, sparkly strings of bubbles hint at the big body.

Armoa is a bit weak because of the lack of head. Candied apples, some grassy hops, alcohol, Belgian yeast (banana and fruity esters)

Taste is bold fruit--overripe strawberries, apricots, apple, candied sugar, caramel, honey, some herbal, medicinal hops in the finish, moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is sticky and full-bodied, tongue-coating, tingly alcohol, dryness, in the finish is quite enough to keep it from a heavy finish. Needs more carbonation, more hops or both.

Overall, a bit too heavy and sweet. Not a lot of complexity and the alcohol is a bit too prominent. Closer to a strong dark, but without the bready, spicy component.

firkinhophead, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -13%

A: When poured from a bottle to a tulip glass, had a deep amber color and a somewhat thin consistency. There was initially a big head, but it went away very quickly.

S: Aroma consisted of yeast, malt, apples and a small amount of spices.

T: I thought the taste was a little thin for a Belgian strong pale ale. Malt, apples and yeast, but this wasn't complex enough.

M: While the carbonation level was alright, it could've used a bit more kick. The finish was decently smooth.

D: On the whole this isn't a bad beer, but not a great one either. If you hadn't ever had an excellent Belgian strong pale ale, then this might suffice.

avalon07, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of TheLiterati
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Beautiful coloring when poured - a bright, crisp, orange- amber color, with a finger-high off white head. Richly hued for a pale ale.

Nice aroma - spicy, with a subtle citrusy backbone, with hints of caramel sweetness. Mildly sweet but not at all cloying.

Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety - nice body without being too heavy.

The taste is that of a solid, well-brewed Belgian Ale...one that I've been meaning to try for years, and am quite happy that I finally did.

Definitely drinkable!

TheLiterati, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%

11.2 oz poured into a snifter.

A = Copper color, relatively clear, very slight cloudy haze from sediment that come out in the pour, small off white head which dissipated pretty quickly with light lacing on glass and medium cover of foam on a bout half the surface.

S = Yeasty esters, phenolic smells, alcohol shows through a bit, also some warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, not bad but I expected more for this style.

T = Light sweet malt flavors like maple syrup with a medium strong yeast imprint of pepper and plasticine. Not really all that complex. As with the smell, not bad but pretty standard for the style.

M = Medium-heavy body, carbonation stings a bit too much, maybe helped out by the alcohol on that score. Good mouthcoating.

D = Not a bad drink, but I doubt I'll search this one out often given the other possibilities. Still definitely wouldn't run it down either.

Traquairlover, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured from bottle at Brasserie Beck in downtown, DC. (Nifty glass that sits in its own wooden cradle.) Great stuff -- a tad sweet however -- with the aroma of dates and candied Belgian goodness. Superb, frothy, dense head and great lacing, silky mouthfeel. Turned more complex as it warmed and then my notes became unreadable.

pinotboy007, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

330ml bottle.

A: Poured with lots of bubbles for small head that quickly faded to lacing. Vanilla and creamy malt dominate the aroma, hops are non existent.

S: Apples and cream, fresh malt hit swiftly followed by vanilla. Powerful alcohol comes through quicklly, with a mildly bitter touch of the hops with yeasty note.

M-heavy bevy, with sweet malt. Perhaps not

D: Good quaf but I would not go back to it again.

Brianmerrilyn, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

A: A golden amber pour into the brands 'mini-yard' styled glass. Quick rising head that recedes about as quickly as it comes... really nothing left behind on the glass.

S: Grassy, some citrus fruit aromas... a bit of a tropical smell - like canned tangerines & pineapple.

T + M + D: Sweet, malty, with some fruity flavours. A bit of alcohol spiciness. All around, not incredibly complex, and not as silky and seductive as some of the Belgian ales can be. Carbonation starts off a little expressive, and mellows substantially as the drink warms. It goes down very easily, though... despite the higher alcohol content, it's one that can be quaffed without second thought. Just make sure you know to turn the glass through the neck if going for the gimmick of the glass.

Proteus93, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

Served on tap into branded kwak glass at Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam

A- Dark amber, ruby body, with a 3 finger creamy thick head, very good retention and lacing.

S- Lots of malt, some cinnamon, vanilla.

T- Very malty, some breads, masks the abv well in the finish due to the malty body. Can also detect the vanilla and some cherry like fruit taste.

M- Medium carbonation and body.

D- I like this beer, the glass is a novelty yes but the beer on its own is a nice malty belgian, not often i say that!, Some nice fruit and spice notes also which compliment.

seanyfo, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

750 ML black bottle copped caged and corked from Gary's in Madison for $8 bucks...
Seen this beer in a lot of different places in my area and always heard a lot about it, so I was eager to sample it and see what the fuss was all about...
Overall, I really liked this beer, which displayed a certain spritzy, champagne-like characteristic in both appearance and taste...
"Gold Medal, World Beer Cup" on the back logo...
Attractive amber and light copper color with an impressive head that left plenty of lacing and exhibited strong staying power and showed some visible carbonation rising...
Smell was more subtle than anything, with slight citrus, malts, and honey overtones...
Taste was very good, rich, and authentically Belgian, with a noticeable malt quality coupled with a satisfying fresh fruit taste that included pears, apples, coriander, and slight grapefruit...
Very nice, rich mouthfeel, spritzy, creamy, and thick with a nice aftertaste...
Easily drinkable without the slightest hint of the 8% ABV... Could enjoy this all night...
Overall, this wasn't the absolute best depiction of the style that I've ever sampled, but nonetheless, this was still a top-notch European brew...

dsa7783, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%

a: pours a deep orange/rust with w/lots of fluffy white head with decent staying power

s: hints of alcohol; burnt toffee; some bready grains; some fruitiness as well

t: hints of alcohol; sweet creamy almost buttery malts; strong apple flavors; brown sugar; caramel

m: thick; pretty mild carbonation; a little syrupy

d: has a very german sense to it with really strong sweeter malt flavors; an interesting take on the belgian and an ok beer; worth a try

hoegaardenhero, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%

Pours a bright, clear, apricot color with light golden edges. A big, fluffy, orange tinted lid comes with.

Aroma consists of a sugary sweet white grape fruitiness, sweet malty caramel and vanilla, with some spicy plum brandy. It is well balanced and the alcohol does not detract from a fine smelling brew.

The taste is malty sweet caramel and toffee with lightly spicy/bitterness that rides the whole way through. A pleasant fruitiness is evident as well, but sits in the second chair.

Nice medium-full body with a smoothness aided by the creamy carbonation.

Pretty solid overall, but it doesn't knock me to the floor.

Slynger, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of RyanPB
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

This is the most effort I've ever put into finishing a beer that wasn't something from the Budwiser/Genny macrobrew family. Ouch. The color and the nose will fool you. It smells passable and appears as it should, compared to the genre. At taste, it is painfully sweet, an utter lack of balance. there's noting here but malt and sugar. I tried to pass this on to my sugar-addicted girlfriend and she was repulsed by it. It is a recent bottling according to the label.

RyanPB, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

Served in Kwak's own glass, an hour-glass shaped vessel.
Bright amber, a bit brown with sparse suspended particles. Good fluffy head, dense and a touch rocky.
Corriander, orange and cloves come through in the aroma, with some sweetness to it.
Crisp taste, a bit of malt towards the end. Spice and yeast dominate with citrus blended in. Nice carbonation as well. Malty finish.
A nice brew.

Mebuzzard, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of daledeee
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

This is a nice example of the Belgian group. POurs a beautiful head and nice light brownish color. I also marked this high because I thought all the floaties were cool. The taste was malty and some citrus in the background. The carbonation was good. The finish was nice. Can't say anything bad about this; but this is not exceptional; just worthy.

daledeee, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of saztheorybook
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

I ordered this one for the novelty of the specialty glassware, honestly, and was not let down.

The appearance was a very nice translucent amber, although the bar tender poured the end straight vertically, allowing an excessive amount of floaties. The head was a nice light brown that retained a bit and left a doily-esque lacing. The smell was a little spicy and a bit woody. My drinking companion and I agreed about nondescript fruit character. The taste was pretty outstanding, very fruity, with a mouthfeel like satin, although it finished a little tough and the alcohol character was outstanding. The coolest part of the beer was easily the way the bulb at the end created a second head on the beer for the last third.

I wouldn't drink more than one at a time, though.

saztheorybook, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of JohnW
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Had in large "champagne" 750ml style bottle with caged cork, black label with gold titles. Poured dark bronze brown, with brownish head that dissipated quickly, low carbonation. Aroma is sweet, maltly, dried fruits and spices, fairly appealing if you enjoy sweeter beers. Taste is no surprise from the aroma, dark, malty, very sweet - hints of fruits and spices, slightly toasted, no real suggestion of any hops at all, though maybe just a hint of bitterness at the end. The flavour does not really give much indication of its 8% strength, and although sweet, found it fairly easy to drink, though would not want more than two glasses! I did enjoy this, though maybe a bit too sweet for some tastes. The overall sweetness masks any depth of flavours that might be lurking there. A beer for the colder darker nights, served cellar temperature.

B'ham UK Jan 2008

JohnW, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of twbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

A-Pours a reddish/copper color with a off white head that fade to small floating chunks of foam.No lacing seen.

S-Smells of Belgian malts and sugars.Hints of sour cherry and raisins.Small but present notes of clove or other type of spice.

T-Wonderful taste,sweet malts and yeast.Honts of cherry again,slight alcohol taste(very smooth) as it warms to room temp.Very well balanced yet very complex.

M-Medium bodied,lower carbonation leaves a smooth,clean mouthfeel over palate.

D-This might be a new favorite,depending on availability and of course price.

twbrewer, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%

I had this bottle at Tank's Taproom in Tampa, Fl.
Appearance: A big bubbly carbonation, light brown body with and even lighter head that was big with good retention and decent lacing.
Smell: Aroma of stale bread.
Taste: Odd, I couldn't quite put my finger on it, bits of sour and bits of toasty malts.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and ridged.
Drinkability: Average
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

On draught at The Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe in Denver, December 22, 2007. This place does Belgian beer right, even though it's a bit pricey.

Properly dispensed into a signature Kwak beeker and wooden holder, this beer displayed the very definition of reverse-cascading for at least a solid minute while the bartender waited for the second half of the pour. Gorgeous hazy amber appearance under a solid off-white head that lasted for about 45 minutes. (Only problem I have with Denver bars is the temp at which they keep their beers. Health Dep't reg's require them to keep it under 40 degrees, which means you have to wait a bit to enjoy a good beer at the proper temp. Aaargh!)

Smell is delightful yeasty floral, with notes of grass, clover, and even peonies in bloom. Woodsy under-notes, and as it warms, the yeast comes up with some leather and rich malty warmth. Not a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is all banana and caramel while cold, and as it warms, coffee, bread-dough and chocolate-malt come up. Long caramely finish, with hints of licorice and banana chips.

Honestly, I'm surprised by the other reviews of this beer. Perhaps having it on draft in the right glass made some difference.

Mouthfeel is voluptuous, round and rich with perfect carbonation. Chewable.

Drinkability is excellent, as the alcohol is barely noticeable. So much going on in this one, you could have many and not get bored. At 8%, this is not exactly sessionable, but I want another. The only draw-back is the price this place charges, but that's a function of the bar, not the beer.

ColoradoBobs, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%

Poured this into the De Garre snifter whilst watching "Ocean's 13" This truly is a delicious BSPA.

Pours a very nice medium amber body with a nice eggshell head that dissipated within a few minutes.

Fruit and sweet malt in the aroma. Very nice, very bright aroma. A wee bit of spicy hops arise as well.

Same flavors in the aroma as in the taste. A very creamy sweetness anchors the beer. It has a nice biscuity flavor and a bit of spice. This beer manages to be sweet yet light in feel.

A beautiful beer. A must have around my house.

IPAcraig, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Duffman
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

Served in the traditional Kwak glass w/ stand. Father's birthday present he happily shared.

Appearance: Peachy golden colored, a very light amber. Thin head lingers on.

Smell: A bit like a farmhouse, or farm meadow. Strongly floral, orange peels, flavored honey, and spice.

Taste: A syrup-like sweetness, honey, lingering herbal/fruit/honeyish taste, reminds me of a ricola or cough-drop, some cinnamon and clove, orange.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a clinging syrupry feel with a malty taste, a touch of bitterness.

Drinkability: Doesn't taste as strong a 8%. Fairly smooth, with a cross-seasonal taste. Enjoyable and refreshing though not the beer that leaves one craving another.

Duffman, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

Cannot beleive this beer is rated lower than karmeliet. I think Kwak is the staple of bosteels. Pours an amber color with decent head. tastes of dark fruit and has all the characteristics of a true belgian strong. very drinkable and creamy in the mouth. the finish is very smooth and only a bit of flavor lacking in the aftertaste, but overall a very good ale. i was impressed with this beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%

Pours amber with thick white head. Great retention and fresh aroma.

Nose has a black tea component with mixed fruit.

Palate has a hot, alcoholic sweetness with some spice in the mix. Alcohol is very apparent as it warms.

Below average for a well-known imported Belgium.

yemenmocha, Dec 10, 2007
Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,335 ratings.