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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,416
Reviews: 651
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001)
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Photo of atsprings
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Saucer served in a Kwak Coachman's glass complete with the wood stand that I get to keep! Served a crisp light ruby with a decent head that slowly diminished to a thin layer. Aroma was slight sweet fruits with hints of gelatin. The taste is a decent amount of sweet fruits, candi sugar and slight dried fruit and spice, interesting blend. The beer is medium bodied with slight alcohol presence. This is a unique beer to say the least, but not something I'd seek out regularly.

Photo of dstc
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, somewhat cloudy burnt orange color with a foamy off-white head. Nice retention.

Nice malt nose with spices coming through.

Full flavor, malty, sweet finish. Slight alcohol as it warms.

Full and smooth in the mouth with a slight bite.

Big malty goodness. I like this one.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Pours with a tight two finger head, then settles to thin lacing on the top and side of the glass. Transparent. Visible carbonation. Amber in color.
S) Malty sweetness. Notes of alcohol. Grainy and wheaty notes as well.
T) Malty sweet nose. Caramel. Butter. Alcohol effervescence. Some spiciness presses through in the middle. Some hop bite in the back end.
M) Fizzy on the tongue. Medium body. Just a hint of a syrupy feel.
D) A good brew. Well crafted Belgian.

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

A: This beer pours golden with an amber tone. The head that is creamy white is large, and lingers for quite some time.

S: This smells at first sweet (I guess it's sweetness from the malt). Then there is red apples, but also an yeasty and spicy tone.

T: Heavy malty taste, with a nice sweetness. A complex beer with some fruit. You can also taste some alkohol.

M: Creamy and a little dry, you can also feel some fizz on your tounge.

D: This is a nice introduction to the belgian world of beers. It's not the most complex belgian beer, but it's a nice start before you try the dubbel and tripel Trappistbeers. This is a beer you should try at least once.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.38/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

Semi-hazy dark apricot color is the best way to describe the color of this beer, so I little darker than your average blonde. Some mushy bananas and clove emerge from the aroma, but so does some odd-flavored husky malt. It holds true even in the taste. There are some traditional Belgian characteristics, such as candi sugar and banana, but that stale, husky grain is turning me off. Add in husky, bland pilsner malt to the equation, and now my palate is filing for a divorce. I do like the creamy mouthfeel this beer has, but by now, it is too late. There are so many better options out there.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Barleys on my birthday. I had not scene it on the wall before so that was good enough for me. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was nice. Light amber in color and very cloudy. Nice little touch of white on the top as well that reached a heightof around an inch before settling back down. Light grain aroma with hints of spice and light fruits was welcoming, albeit a touch light for me. Smooth, mellow, and a bit bland on the taste. Lots fo pepper like taste tried to cover up a lack of depth and an otherwise slightly bland overall vibe. Still decent feel and a very smooth, easy drinkability.

Overall not bad, but forgettable. Dont know if I would pay for this one again, just does not seem worth it to me.

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on tap in the wooden holder pours a light brown murky color with a quickly dissipating head that leaves just a small ring to the end..the smell is musty and fruity with pepper smells the taste is the same its musty some peat mixed with fruit s apples melon some pepper..i enjoyed this ale alot and will have it again

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Before Before... L22DJ?! It's been some years since I've had it at the Brick Store Pub, though I remember coming to the unyielding conclusion that the experience with the glass was far better than the beer contained within. Let's see if that notion has changed for me! Hopefully, a Duvel glass will do the trick.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dark amber body with a head that starts full but quickly peters out into a thin, whitish layer of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, toasty caramel and toast with pleasant notes of peppery spices and fruits and a touch of wafting alcohol (but only a touch, mind you).

Taste: Sweet caramel and a half handful of dark honey and sugar-dosed bread crusts. Hits a resilient stride of fruitiness, with tastes of tart pears, white peaches, and crisp apple. Then, a supple spiciness joins the fray. Some herbal, earthy touches precede a medium bitterness and healthy dose of yeast. Some warm alcoholic hints interrupt in the back half. Finishes semi-dry, warming, with some final hints of toasted candy and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Better than remember, though, and I hate to admit this, I have gotten sweeter with age. All in all, it's sweet, warming, and generally agreeable, but I recommend serving it up in the proper Kwak glass.

Photo of gford217
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky caramel orange with tons of floaties thoughout the glass. The small creamy white head lingers for a little while, leaving a small collar and little lacing.

The aroma is sweet with lots of light fruits, pears and apples, with hints of sugary sweetness as well. There is some caramel from the malts as well.

The taste is a little bit musty with hints of booze-soaked fruits and hints of caramel malts in the background. The spicy yeast flavors come out a little more in the taste.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation and sticky sweet on the palate.

This is a decent Belgian strong that doesn't really stand out in any way but is pretty smooth going down.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a chilled 750ml bottle into an authentic Kwak glass...A small yard glass with a wood handle.

Appearance - Deep golden almost copper color with a big tan head with good lacing and retention.

Smell - Fruity, yeasty, with a little spice and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste - Yeasty, Fruity and a little spicy. Very nice sipping brew that gets a little better as it warms and releases a slightly stronger yeast flavor with spice behind it.

Mouth feel - A little overcarbonated, but not too bad. Slightly creamy.

Drinkability - It's a good BSPA, and one of my favorites. I've had many over the years and never been disappointed.

Photo of Suds
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a deep and quite transparent bronze color with a very slight, wispy head. The aroma is a modest mix of yeast, esters, and moderately toasted malt. The malt has a bread-crust character, and the esters carry a little ripe fruit, and are backed by a Belgian yeast scent. No real alcohol in the aroma, despite the ABV, however, it is present in the taste. The taste itself is semi-sweet, with a distinct peppery and hop bitterness. Some warming. Some phenols come out more in the taste. Fairly full in mouthfeel, which gives the beer a very satisfying sensation. All in all, this one is pretty good.

Photo of SleepyMonk
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled glass poured into a Kwak produced yard glass in a couchman wooden rack.

Pours with a thick head built with strong retention. Color is the closest to rust as I have ever come across and also very similar to pine tree sap.

On the nose the odor is driven with malt and a little dried fruit caught up amongst it.

Taste is built with rich malts at varying depths coupled with toffee, orange peel, dried dark fruits and roasted nuts.

Beer is not quite medium bodied and the anemic degree of carbonation matches that.

Kwak does have a soft creamy feel on the palate however with the exception of the glassware it is very bland.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a full 2-finger head, good lace.

S: Great smell, heavy malt, fruit - apricot, raisin, apple.

T: Fruity esters immediately and a dark, almost molasses flavour. Great treacle, cake batter sweetness at the end. Good complexity.

M: Smooth, very light solvent and phenol, soft carbonation.

D: A very tasty Belgian ale for sure. A bit pricey, but worth it IMO. Kind of a hybrid of the BSPA and BSDA.

Photo of armock
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with a big tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of fruits, bready malt, spice and alcohol

T - Tastes of bready malt with spicy yeast that finishes with alcohol warmth

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall its an ok beer not the best Belgian or my first choice for a beer from the country it is an interesting beer thats worth a try though

Photo of Monsteruss
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Foam was white wheat in color, thick, bubbly and hung around till the end. Smell was somewhat bitter wheat, fruity undertones and a hops balance. Color was a amber mahogany and some gold in the light. Taste was a med. deep feel, good hops and wheat balance and yeasty undertones. Mouthfeel - full-bodied, smooth and thick. Drinkability - good but not excellent.

Photo of RuudJH
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first (but random) review.

This beer with the funny name, bottle 75 cl, cork top, 8.4% abv.

It has a great dark amber/red (chestnut) colour, it's categorized as 'pale ale', but I would say it's very close to dark. A thin beige head, but beautifull lacing.
As many Belgian ales it has a lot of bubbling.

The smell gives dried fruits, roasted grains and caramel.

The taste is sweet, again dried raisins and plums, toasted bread and caramel (2nd review: the sweetness is a bit too much. I've downed the taste .5 point because of it), even coffee, hop as well as yeast. None are dominant.
It has a bittersweet aftertaste.

I would say it's one of the high class Belgian ales, very well drinkable on several occasions.

Photo of atpben
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into a Duvel glass. Pours a nice dark amber color with a fluffy white head. Lots of floral fruity malts in the aroma with some citrus and spice. Very fruity and sweet in the taste with a huge malt backbone. Finishes quite smooth. Easy to drink but it is a little too sweet for me. I couldn't enjoy more than a couple glasses in a setting. Will try again.

Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a Belgian beer Xmas package from some friends. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip (as I don't the official Kwak glass kicking around).

A - Great lookin' brew. Three to four fingers of creamy light beige foam that has solid retention and a bit of spotty lacing. The brew is an attractive semi-transparent red-orange brown color with a nice glow to it, with lots of tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Very sweet, but with a medicinal quality to it. Caramel, spices, bread, yeast, and maybe a bit of tropical fruit (pineapple and banana). It gets pretty big and significantly more boozy as it warms up and there is I mildly dislike in the yeast-alcohol combo.

T - There's more apple and banana in the taste, but with some nice caramel and toffee notes. There's a bready malt backbone that is pretty neutral (not yeasty). There's a hint of alcohol as it warms.

M - On the lighter side of medium, with moderate carbonation tingle, and tons of residual stickiness. Very creamy and soft on the palate. It's really style appropriate and quite satisfying.

D - The higher ABV would limit this to maybe two bottles, but the taste is just right in terms of sweetness (not cloying at all) and the mouthfeel makes it go down easy. I wish it smelt better, as that would help me get the glass to my lips more often.

Photo of whitehouse50
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Andy's, poured into the proper glass which was a very nice treat. The wooden holder provided a new experience for drinking this brew.

Pours a clear amber color with a thick white head the shrinks down to almost nothing.

Aromas are sweet almost like candy.

Tastes is sweet and smooth and has that signature Belgian style flavor to it. Has a small bite in the aftertaste.

It's medium to full bodied. I would try to have more than one just to use the wooden holder again.

Photo of everetends
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub in ATL. Served up in its traditional, brewery glassware with stand. Very cool. Its amazing when people see a beer presented this way, everyone seems to take notice and wonder what it is. As soon as mine hit the table, the table next to me ordered a few of them.

A: Besides the really kick ass glassware we have the actual beer itself. Served with a really nice half finger or so of pristine white head resting on top of the light amber (more orange than brown) body. That head was resilient as all hell. It made it almost all the way down to the bulb at the bottom of the glass. Lace was a bit to be desired but can't have it all. Beer had a pretty clear appearance with no debris in the glass. It really is a nice presentation.

S: Smell was a bit to be desired. Has a decent bready malt character. Maybe a touch of tropical fruits looming in the background in the form of some banana and may a touch of citrus from the hops. Little bit of sugared presence as well. Everything is just a bit light and subdued. Still nice.

T: Taste is a bit better. That bready malt presence comes out a bit more. Has a nice flavor to it. The banana that you get in the nose is just barely there but it plays a nice role. Really earthy quality here with some grains and a touch of hay. The hops are little medicinal along with a little bit of citrus and earth. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation keeps this beer very crisp and absolutely refreshing. I was a little taken aback to see it sits at 8% because I got zero hint of alcohol in here. The brew has just a touch of dryness to it in the finish. Aftertaste is mostly just a touch of bready malts.

D: Very easy drinker. I was expecting this to be a bit of a challenge to tackle for some reason, but it goes down very easily. Sits nice and light. Tastes are good and the beer is very refreshing. I could have easily had another, but I had already had enough by this point. Very enjoyable brew with a beautiful presentation. Worth exploring again in the future in my opinion.

Photo of AChamberlain
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served complete. Holder and all. They went all out with this beer. I would love to see an American brewery make a beer that is poured into a glass that requires a stand. That would rule. Orange to amber. Thin head. Looks good. I had this beer in Belgium a few times, but I can not remember it. Candied sugar. Hard candy aromas. Flavors are candyish as well. Tasty. I could see it getting old. Fairly thin bodied. I could not session this beer for sure, but good by itself. One at a time.

Photo of DigitalHype
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before: 07 K I Not sure what that means, or if some of the printing is missing. But, if 07 is the year, I'm a little late. :)

Very dark reddish-brown in color. No sediment, and very little head. Some minimal lacing.

Smells of banana, sour apple, and a some funky yeast. The sweet smelling Belgian malts are very nice.

The flavor starts out very well. It begins with a roasted malt character, and a sweet caramel. But, the fruitiness that you get on the nose, is missing in the taste. It seems to finish bitter and flat The carbonation is a little higher-than-expected.

This smells better than it tastes. Overall, it isn't bad. But, lacks in complexity of flavors I expect from a Belgian dark ale.

Photo of sjclay00
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber in color with a decent head about a finger. No yeast sediments left behind
S- Smells of bread and hint of sweet malt
T- Taste as its smell. Has a sweet finish. Hides alcohol % very well
M- Smooth not to carbonated
D- Moderate drinkability. Semi crisp

Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber colour with a very generous but thinly dispersed beige head, dissipating slowly. Leaves a nice lacing web. Looks sweet and tasty.

Nose is very sweet and Belgian with a banana weizen yeast character. Yeah, very sweet, with caramel and slight fruit. Kind of a tropical, Hawaiian character to it. Very pleasant, complex and interesting.

Again, very sweet on the palate with a sticky, caramel toffee kind of mid-palate. Very, very slight hops on the finish, bit of the fruit from the nose lingering behind the main flavours. To be honest, everything about the palate is slight, and this diminishes what would otherwise be a fine, powerful drop. The flavours are pleasant but there is a slight lack of potency with the sweetness, fruit and everything promised by the nose being subdued.

Alcohol is absent - where are you, 8%??? And mouthfeel coats your mouth deliciously as it goes through. Obviously a very competent beer, I just find it a bit lacking in taste. Just a bit, mind you.

Photo of Kensai
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad.

Had a nice healthy golden-orange color. Medium foam. Smells very good without any hint of the alcohol (which to be precise is 8.1% ABV). The taste is rather good, not too hoppy. It leaves a pleasant aftertaste in the mouth, never too alcoholic.

With a full stomach I would go for a second without complains...

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,416 ratings.