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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,422 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,422
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 31
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber with a thin creme head. Malty and sugary sweet nose. Minor caramel. Sweetness bites on the flavor. It's heavy; the sugar that is. Thick malted tones are there too. Robust and deeper. Feel has a full carbonation and a smooth liquid feel. Nice to drink, though a bit distinct with it's firm flavor profile.

Photo of adamette
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Kwak-branded mini-yard with wooden handle, stand at McNaulty's Bier Markt in Cleveland, Ohio last night. It was recommended by our server since the beer that I had ordered (Ommegang Rare Vos) was no longer available.

A In addition to the very cool glass and wooden stand (both with Kwak branding), the beer itself was a very pleasing golden amber with a one finger head.

S Malty, alcohol, grainy, already very interesting, complex.

T Just great. A great balance of malt and hops, very active taste, sweet but also bitter in places. Really a great tasting beer.

M Really good but not the most remarkable aspect of this beer.

D Great. I had the one mini yard and I could have had many others had I not been in the mood to sample several types of beer tonight. The high alcohol content kept me from giving it a 5 in this category.

Notes: Another incredible beer on tap at the Bier Markt. If you are close to Cleveland then you should check that place out.

Photo of MillRat
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 330 ml bottle poured into a Kwak-branded mini-yard. Old-gold color with a solid rocky head that lingers due to the higher level or carbonation. Fruity, estery aroma with a mild malt nose, no hop aroma I could detect. Comes with that a sweet taste that would quickly become cloying without the astringency from the higher ABV. A full bodied belgian that is kept within tolerable range by the ABV and a mild hop bitterness. The degree of sweetness makes 330 ml enough for a sitting.

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

750 ml cork-in-cage Champagne-style bottle opens with a wimpy pfft! I pour the drink into a large weizen glass because I don't own the whole proper Kwak mini-yardglass-with- wooden-kickstand deal, yielding a hazy glowing amber body with a dark cherry heart and a huge thick cap of ecru foam that diminishes to a ring leaving wispy freckles of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is rich and fruity, with a bit of banana and tart citrus atop a toasty pale malty undercurrent.

The taste is malty and sweet up front, but a toasty bit of caramel is quickly drowned in a plethora of fruit and some zippy spice. Ripe banana, tart apple, white peppercorns and crisp pears all make a juicy, savory smoothie-style appearance, and the first notes of alcohol wait until the drink has warmed a bit before announcing their presence, but they do so with a little pop. The pale malty caramel returns to dominance late in the drink, accompanied by a touch of musty banana.

The drink is medium-bodied and very tasty, but I probably would rather share a 750 or try the drink in smaller bottles.

Photo of morimech
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a small off-white head. Retention was just average. Large amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

I smell candied sugar with a mild aroma of cloves. No alcohol is detected.

The flavor consists mostly of the sugar. It lacks the vinous qualities of other great Belgian beers. Alcohol is well hidden. Lacks a depth of flavor and finishes dry.

Medium to full bodied with abundant carbonation. I would rate drinkability as merely average. High cost, ABV and an average taste being the factors.

Photo of kurtissellen
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange and had a small head to it. It had a kind of sour yeast smell to it. Tasted decent although nothing outstanding, I detected a fruity flavor to it up front and had a hoppy sour almost mouth puckering ending. Other than the cool glass this is sometimes served in I didn't find this one too impressive. It's not a bad by any means, just not something I would have enough interest to try again.

Photo of stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark honey color with a rolling light tan two-finger head that fades somewhat slowly leaving a thin lacing all around the glass. Some yeast sediment floats around. Smells big and yeasty up front with an essence of sweet bread in the middle as well as plums and other dark fruits. Tastes bready, estery and sweet with some subtle medicinal qualities lurking in the background along with a nice touch of alcohol heat and hop bitterness. This is a medium-bodied, well-carbonated and tasty brew that should satisfy your Belgian fix.

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

Appearance is a hazy-copper color with a rocky off-white head that settles around the perimeter of the glass. Aroma has awesome smells of Belgian malt that suggest fig and burnt sugar, but oh my, there is a bit of oxidation in the background. That's OK because the taste makes up for any errors. Flavor is bursting with Belgian malts and again fruits like fig and black cherry. A flowery hop aroma and flavor dress up this beer nicely but bitterness could be ramped up a bit to balance the sweetness. Nice touch of alcohol warmth in the finish of this medium full-bodied beer. A nicely sophisticated beer.

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

this beer pours a medium amber color with a big frothy head, poured into a Duvel Glass, head dissipates after a while with no lacing (possibly my glass is not as clean as it should be), looks like a glass of Cognac. very appealing

aroma is bready and decidedly different than most Belgian beers I have tasted, although there is still a tinge of that ubiquitous candy sugar aroma.

taste is caramel, bread and just a hint of candy sugar to remind you this is a Belgian brew. very tasty, hop presence is not in the forefront.

mouthfeel is thin but not unpleasant.

overall, a very enjoyable beer, kind of tastes like a hybrid between a Belgian Tripel and a vienna Lager or Irish Red style. very good overall. I would definitely buy again.

Photo of AylwinForbes
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The next step on our crash course in Belgian beer appreciation. Wanted something to go with bratwurst and mustard and the Belgian is the match. The pour is a nice orange amber, much less carbonation than the Duvel for example, and very little head remains after a few minutes. Aroma has that phenolic aromatic component and some orchard fruit. On the palate some sweet malty components, raisiny and apple, hop bitterness emerges in the finish. Nothing particularly complex or intense, but quite decent - in the second tier of Belgians we have tried.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Kwak who has looked at me for many years wanting me to buy his wares poured a clear amber with a 2 finger foam head with some intermittent lacing.

The aroma was pleasant with apples and brown sugar. The malt backbone came through really sweet with some biscuit flavor. It was semi dry in the mouth and not very carbonated. Overall it was pretty average and I probably won't buy it again.

Photo of stumac
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i got a few buddies hooked on this beer.

pours up a rusty apricot color (i eat rusty apricots a lot). a big, thick, white bubbly head. the nose has red apples up front. also some yeast and brown sugar. the taste is the same as the nose but also includes tiny bit of honey in the finish. also some caramel. this brew really masks the 8% alcohol really well! medium bodied, medium to low carbo (due to this bottle not being the most fresh). sweet finish that just hangs out in your mouth all day.

definately a great easy drinker

Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of firkinhophead
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of seanyfo
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Slynger
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
85 out of 100 based on 1,422 ratings.