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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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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 ricke
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass.

A: Dark copper color, although translucent. Big beige head with some yellowish hues. The head is dense and looks creamy. Good head retention, some lacings.

S: Plenty of caramel malts and toffee. Dark bread, wet leaves,mild spices. Yeast.

T: Again, plenty of sweet malt flavors. Caramel, butterscotch, dark bread. Plenty of Kwak's characteristic yeast flavor. Some grass and spicy hop flavors in the middle. The finish has a decent bitterness, some white pepper and hot and spicy alcohol. A rather round taste with some richness to it, but nothing special actually.

M: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

D: This is a decent beer, a couple of notches above average. It lacks some character, but at the same time the taste feels heavy.

Photo of aquaderek
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in the Kwak glass at Bouzy. The presentation was nice with the glass and wooden stand. The apppearance is golden with thick and creamy head which was fairly large. The nose was sweet fruity with biscuty notes and sharp alcohol. I trying to be objective, I really liked the taste, but I realize the alcohol bite may be a little up front for some folks. The mouthfeel is full bodied. I would have given it a higher drinkability rating but with 8.0abv, it may be a little rough.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Chimay glass. 03/11/09.

Pours a cloudy orange-amber color with tons of visible little floaties. A thin half-finger of beige head quickly disappeared with no lacing, and almost no retention. Aroma is sweet and sugary with a hint of alcohol - not very complex.

Taste starts very sweet and malty with candied sugar. Caramel and toffee flavors are subtle. There is also a noticeable alcohol presence. Feel is medium-bodied with a low amount of carbonation for a Belgian beer. Slight warming from the alcohol. The finish is fairly dry and clean. Drinkability is decent, though it is a bit heavy. I split the bottle and I wouldn't want much more than the half I had.

Overall, a pretty average Belgian. Its taste is lacking in complexity.

Photo of marcpal
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottled enjoyed in Paris, sampled on 3/5/09. Had meant to try for a while and saw on the menu at the Brasserie so why not.

Bottle provided with large Duvel glass.
Bottle graphics: 2/10.

A: Sediment laden ruby to brown pour with very little carbonation. Extremely thin head, probably even more because it was in a Duvel glass and didn't measure to what I was used to seeing in there. Barely any lacing to describe.

S: Yeasty and dark fruit. For the most part, dried apricot and pitted dates. There is a booziness to the aroma as well as the sweet sugar notes that overflavor the aroma.

T: Dried fruits and molasses sugar. A hint of spice is on top of the other flavors but it just unfortunately comes off as plain. There sure was yeast but it did not balance out the pervasive sweetness that provided most of the one-sidedness.

M: Pretty full body, borderline syrupy. Nil carbonation that really has to be teased out to get any. Long finish that is probably the high point of the beer.

D: The flavor is right on with the level of alcohol. It really is sub-standard compared to the top Belgians of the style and it really offers nothing unique or all that pleasureable. Happy to try but won't be seeking out again anytime too soon.

Photo of atis
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with dense one finger head, patchy lacing. Aroma is bready medium sweet malty caramel, hints of dried fruit. Taste is spicy malt with caramel, alcohol felt at finish, sweetish aftertaste. Medium-full body with low carbonation and light warming alcohol.

Dangerously good drinkability.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pauwel Kwak
Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale
ABV: 8.00 %

Reviewed @ home,12/29/09 bottle>pint glass
(Thanks to Tripp & Noel for the Uncle sampler!)
A 3.5, light amber color, big bubbling head, mediocre head retention, no lacing
S 4.0, semi sweet malty smell, subtle spice/hop notes, some pepper notes
T 4.0, malty complex taste on palate, sweet finish, semi sweetness but balanced
MF 3.5, Med-low carbonation
D 3.5, a bit of a macro commercial brewery clean/crispness, sweet but balanced, very different than what I expected for a Belgian, I wouldn't turn one down, but it's not my first pic either.

Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a clear orangey brown. White head.

Smells of sugar, yeasty goodness, malt, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is of yeast, caramel, and again a touch of booze. Sweet aftertaste.

Med/thin body, drinkable.

Photo of oldhippie247
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy burnt orange with fluffy white head that shows decent retention. Nicely carbonated. Haze clears after a couple of minutes.

Aroma is smeet malt and fruity, yeasty esters.

Mouthfeel is full and round, as expected from such a hazy pour. Malt sweetness is again evident on the palate, as well as a little candi sugar.

Overall a pretty good Belgian "amber". I would like to experience it on draft in the proper glassware, but a regular 11.2oz bottle was adequate.

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

750ml bottle into Mad Elf chalice. Thanks to brewslut for sharing.

A - Poured a cloudy burnt orange/copper body with ample carbonation and half a finger of creamy off-white head that diminished into a thin patch and left spotty lace around the glass.

S - Subtle notes of spicy yeast, bready grains, light caramel malt, citrus and dark fruit reminiscent of raisins and black cherry. A mild alcohol twang also creeps into the mix, but is very restrained. Hops are virtually non-existent, with perhaps a bit of earthiness, but very faint.

T - Initial flavor is very sweet and suggests caramel, toffee and even rum. Dark fruit and subtle cherry notes persist throughout and then segue into a bready malt character and a bit of spicy yeast in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a light syrupy texture and soft carbonation that builds a bit the longer you swirl it around. Finish is only slightly yeasty with a bit of residual spice on the palate.

D - At 8% ABV, this is certainly a drinkable Belgian Pale Ale. However, the aroma is fairly muted and the flavor is a bit undefined. Nothing exceptional, but worth a try if you like Belgian style ales.

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

a - Light, orange and golden. 1 finger head.

s - Sweet and fruity. This was marketed on the menu only as a Belgian so I was not sure what to expect.

t - Sweet and fruity. Definitely seems like there was a lot of fermented sugar and some kind of Belgian fruity yeast obviously. Not real hoppy, the malt character dominate for me.

m/d - Felt fine, not too thick. Drinkable but unique, worth a try.

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

On-tap at the Cheeky Monk in Denver, CO. Served in the most bizarre beer glass I've ever seen. The official Kwak glass looks like a bong siting in a wood handled cradle. Very different, to say the least.

A: Cloudy apple and cherry cider color with a small off-white head. Carbonation is fairly active. No lace is left behind.

S: Rather sour, with a slight pepper spiciness.

T: The sour aroma carried into the flavor, as there is a sourdough bread quality that rides through the whole experience. Bitterness adds pepper and a bit of nutmeg to the experience. Flavor is light overall. Alcohol flavors are nowhere to be found.

M: Medium body is slightly grainy and has the right a mount of fizz.

D: Certainly worth it for the glass itself. Drinks a lot lighter than it is. Worth a revisit.

Photo of MightyCow9
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first report, so bear with me.

I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. My wife came home from Central Market with the beakerish glass and the belgium beer in tow. I was happy!

So we all know, I am colorblind. I often ask my dog, "Does this shirt go with these pants?". Sadly enough, he rarely answers.

But this beer was quite flavorful. A medium maltiness that rides heavily on the tongue. You can't drink this very fast, but then again you wouldn't want to. The flavor is apple/pearish with with a hint of the victory style malts.

The smell comes in nicely, a tiny bit of fruitiness from the yeast.

The mouthfeel is thick, just slightly less than a watery cough syrup. Perfect for a nice Belgium Pale.

You can't drink this for hours on end but it would go great with a slightly sweet dessert or pastry.

Hope this helps. Enjoy!

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep golden/orange color. A frothy white head forms with some lace.
S: Fruity apples and pears. Some yeast and biscuit malt. What I have come to expect for the style.
T: The flavors are kind of muted. Some yeast and biscuit malt. A nondescript fruitiness.
M/D: A medium body that is watery and over carbonated for my tastes. A slight prickly alcohol twang. That does not take away from the drinkability, but the over carbonation does.

Not bad. A lot better than I was expecting, though it does not hold up to my favorites of the style.

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle with a freshness date of 03 J 10.

The pour is a nice dark reddish-brown colour. There is little head and a tiny bit of lacing.

The nose is very fruity, with apples and bananas standing out the most. The taste is more of the same, with cherries and wheat becoming more dominant flavours. There is some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability is high; I can barely detect the alcohol.

The cost is a bit high, but if I ever have a pocketfull of money and this one is around, I will give it another try.

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

A - A cloudy apricot color with a tall off white head that leaves no lacing.

S - Dark fruit with esters and some spicey tropical undertones.

T - Very sweet. Alcohol is noticeable and welcome. Kind of reminds me of hard cider. Esters, raisins, dates, spice are all very apparent in the flavor.

M - Sticky with a medium body.

D - Despite the sweetness this is still a very drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular but good enough.

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

Had this on recommendation of the waiter at BierMarkt in Toronto.

Very interesting pour into what I assume is the traditional Pauwel Kwak glass...sort of a dumbbell-shaped affair, all rounded curves. Glass upended onto bottle, then flipped over and the bottle pulled out after filling 3/4 of the way up the glass. Effect was similar to a stout pour...lots of bubbles dying down to a two-finger head. The similarities ended there, I think.

Are we *sure* this is a "Belgian Strong Pale Ale"? Doesn't act like the others I've tried.

Some sediment readily obvious, cloudy medium reddish brown. Nice colour, actually...I like the warm tones.

Very fruity aroma, sweet but with some depth to it...maybe figs and bananas?

Taste was surprising, actually. Very little carbonation, and figs were predominant. Odd, somehow...like a fancy spiked punch. Alcohol was well-covered, but detectable.

It felt a little bland in my mouth, actually...I actually prefer a little bit more carbonation than this, but if I had it, I fear I might just think someone put ginger ale in the punch.

Definitely quaffable...you could down this stuff like punch at a party.

Overall, very interesting. Yummy, but not something that would keep me coming back. Glad I tried it. Likely won't drink it much in the future.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from morel's in beijing.

330ml bottle. importer's label of april 2008, with "best by" of2 years later. poured into tulip.

brownish, orangey dull amber. clear. decent head slowly fades to wispy layer and ring. some nice lacing.

aroma has caramel and apple with hints of spice. trace of phenols. overall not offensive, and almost pleasant, but still a bit simple and on the faint side.

flavor is richer, with stronger tones of candy caramel sweetness from the malt and fruity pear-like esters from the yeast. gentle phenols with hint of alcohol. hop presence is mainly just a mild bitterness.

smooth but almost watery feel. finishes with hint of astringency. moderate, prickly carbonation gives a relatively neutral impression.

ah, ok... i guess i now know the frame of reference for allagash and southampton grand cru. the BA classification of "belgian [strong] pale" can range from duvel, to orval and even other brett/wilds like de proef flemish primitive, to this. hmm...

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

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazlenut amber with minimal head.

Smell: Slight yeast with warm, wholesome fruits: apples, pears, cherries. Hints of nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. Alcohol is there, but not strongly detectable.

Taste: Tingling spice and carbonation as it hits the mouth. Slight cheese taste, citrus fruits, Bready middle with almost a wafer-like taste. Finishes off with spice and a whiff of alcohol and bitterness.

Overall: a good sipping beer, warming; like drinking mulled cider or wine.

Photo of dontblake
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle - calibration beer at the 2008 Foam on the Range homebrew competition judging.

Grainy malt aromas dominate - some caramel present. Light herby hop aroma in the background. Very light ester, little/no phenols.

Medium Amber, slight haze. Off-white ring of bubbles with light/moderate retention.

Medium malty carmelly sweetness up front w/a hop bitterness that comes soon after. Lingering sweet finish. Little/no hop flavor.

Mouth-filling carbonation, slightly prickly. Medium body, no astringency, slight warmth in the finish.

A malty pale ale with nice hop bitterness. Lacking any notable "Belgian" character, but no significant flaws. Drinkable, but the carbonation gets in the way a bit.

Photo of peabody
3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out really weak ice tea with one finger of white suds. No lacing.
Smell is weak banana and some wheat. A little malt and just a tad of caramel sugar.
Taste is watery plain at first then the dry spices take over. The malt and caramel leave the mouth feeling dirty and thick.
Drinkability is low here. Not thinking too much of this.

Photo of bigkahunas4
2.97/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Kwak yard glass - which was interesting as hell. I had never seen one, and was a bit miffed when they brought out this Mardi Gras beaker.

Body was a honey brown, with zero head (due in part I think to the glass). Some nice minimal lacing. Nose was very cidery, lots of fruits.

The upfront flavor is not surprisingly quite fruity, moving towards its cider foundation, and then settling in some alcohol finish. The aftertaste on this I thought was quite foul, very stale. The mouthfeel on this also was quite odd, as it felt like jelly up front. Certainly wasn't appealing to me.

I wasn't excited by this at all. Seems fairly gimmicky.

Photo of sevopie
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Caramel/amber in color with a HUGE head (likely from the unique glass.)

Smell - Fruity and sugary with hints of malt.

Taste - Sugars fade a bit and the fruit comes forward a bit. Figs and pears are most noticable.

Mouthfeel - Actually relatively mildly carbonated for a Belgian, with a coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very smooth and goes down easy. Gift pack was a bit pricey, but I'd look into the possibility of buying single bottles again.

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

a:chill-haze that never cleared. pomegranite juice color. poured too cold but still less than 1/2 inch head that was beige and short lasting. unimpressive lacing. amost high carbonation.

a:light fruit that is either candied or covered in carmelized marshmallow is the first note i get. some other sweer note that is hard to pin down but reminds me of artificial fruit flavor in candy. no hop aroma.

t:pear first with maybe apple. the flavor then morphs into the lingering, savory carmelized flavor that could be special malt addition but i suspect is kettle caramelization. hint of yeast spice. warming alcohol present throughout but not harsh. i get only a hint of floral hop taste, if that. just a touch of oxidation.

m:medium body. the carbonation and alcohol anesthetize the center of my tongue briefly on each taste. this goes away with loss of carbonation. still a dry finish on the tongue despite the sweetness which again too me suggests wort darkening.

o:dryness helps with drinkability and alcohol hinders slightly. i question the care that was taken with my bottle so i may be skewed. a good beer and the caramelazation is enjoyable but the yeast profile and malt complexity are limited. not a beer that i would have often.

Photo of allboutbierge
2.69/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed here. Nothing special going on here and a few aspects are negative.

+ nice appearance, fair sized head, nice retention and lacing...scotch like color.

+/- nothing repugnant about the smell, but nothing tantalizing either. A bit sweet malt and a bit alcohol...not complex.

- alcohol comes much too strong through. tangy. starts a bit on the sweet side, finishes a bit alcohol sour.

- fairly thin body.

+/- yea, i could drink another one if i had one, but I wouldn't buy another one when faced with another option in the genre.

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

Appearance: Cloudy, Amber beer with a slight diminishing head.

Smell: No hop aroma. Smells like a double or triple. Very nice aroma

Taste: Sweet, cidery, smooth. Run of the mill double.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall a nice beer. Not the best Belgium beer I've had but wouldn't pass it up if offered

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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