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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 RyanPB
1.5/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Photo of twbrewer
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of onid678
1.78/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

i got this in the boxset with the mini yard and wood handle.

A- honey color but there are chuncks of sediment. off colour head

S- aromatic,

T- not much bitterness, velvety

m- Feels okay, bit of carbonation, higher alcohol

d- Starts out okay, but the fruity taste is a bit over powering, so im definitely not going to drink more than one at a time. and probably wont by it again.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

got the gift box mostly due to the sweet-ass coachman's glass/stand that this is drunk out of. this is a hazy deep brown amber with a tan head. most of the sediment was left in the bottle but some large floaties escaped. aromas of nuts, rum, and fruit along with roasty, spicy, and musty/barnyard notes. taste was mostly sourish with a bit of dark sweet malts. a bit of husky graininess as well. minimal hop bitterness. prominent alcohol presence which is not my thing. mouthfeel was light to medium and kinda flat/watery on the back end despite the high level of carbonation in this. drinkability suffers due to the high abv and my struggle to finish it in order to move on to a two hearted ale.

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

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color with kinda an orange hue to it. The beer seemed really carbonated and had fine bubbles in its nice head. The beer smelled bready/yeasty/fruity. It also tasted fruity with a slight tinge of oranges. A malty thickness finish and a bit too much alcohol for me. I will not buy again.

Photo of DaveUK
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 330ml bottle.

The beer poured with a abundance of bubbles creating a small cream head that quickly faded to lacing. Vanilla and creamy malt dominate the aroma, hops are non existent.

It has an initial apples and cream with fresh malt hit swiftly followed by a big note of vanilla. The alcohol comes through into the powerfully, with a mildly bitter touch of the hops. The beer has a characteristic yeasty note, common among other belgium strong pale ales.

The mouthfeel is heavy, filling the mouth with sweet malt. Perhaps not overwhelming, but certainly mildly cloying on the senses. Pauwel Kwak is certainly not my usual beer, but I can see that this could be a perfect digestif after a hearty meal. It would go well with sweet dishes.

Overall, a big ale to enjoy in small amounts.

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

Beer bottles (33 cl. & 75 cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance : Ruby red color, with white foamy head. Clear and little saturated.
Smell : rich aroma of malt and spices.
Taste and mouthfeel : mighty mouth and tasty, with orange and liquorice notes.
Drinkability: good beer in the style Belgian strong ale , but I prefer the draught version (++).

Photo of walshclimb
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an interesting glass held by a wooden handle that is specific to the beer. Nice dark honey color with thick off-white head that leaves foamy lace. Smells mild and sweet with fruit, maybe banana. The taste is malty with clear bananas and spice in the initial flavor transitions quickly into lightly hopped malty flavor with strong alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is creamy with soft carbonation and a sweet finish. Overall, this is too sweet and fruity for me, though it is interesting. I would probably not buy again.

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

Served in a mini-yard complete with a wooden stand that could be used to drink the beer even more fancy-like.

Looks a little hazy, but must have been filtered a little bit since it is somewhat transparent.The glass was thick in ssome parts, where we found a deep orange color, and in the skinny parts the beer appears to be a light orange. 1 finger head with light lacing.

Banana, passion fruit, passion fruit, and very small pickled spicy jalepeno in the nose.

Taste is banana, delicate Belgium yeast. Light malts are a cross between a elgium ale and an American Belgium style ale, that is to say a little less bright and more savory. Hops are sweet and floral.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Thicker, more interesting texture than any Chimay that I've ever had. Still, very refreshing as is a credit to the style.

I thought this brew was excellent. Its not very delicate as other Belgium-like examples of the style, but way more drinkable than most. Very good.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice golden brown pour with a nice off white head. To me this beer tastes a little on the sweet side. I get some nice carmel undertones with a simple malt finish. This beer is smooth and clean with mild carbonation and very worth a try. Its also fun to say... KWAK! KWAK!! Try this beer with a light warm meal, maybe a turkey melt, and you will be in glutton heaven.

Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden brown color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving very little lace.

This beer has a citrusy aroma. Some lemony zest. Also I smell some orange peel. It has a slightly spicy aroma as well. It has a very slight caramel malt like aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Citrusy upfront, with some spicy flavors. It has a slight earthy yeast flavor. All the flavors are very subtle, and not what I expected from the beer and style, however, that is not necesarily a bad thing.

This beer is crisp. It goes down smooth, leaving a slightly malty and citrusy aftertaste. This beer is just right in the carbonation.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. It is not aggressive. The only problem is the 8% ABV.

Overall: This beer was good. I think it deserves a slightly higher rating than the one it currently has. 3.78

Photo of kmpitz2
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. The beer pours a deep golden color with very little head that falls to a few islands over top. There is a ton of chunky business in the brew but otherwise clarity is good and the carbonation is minimal. The aroma is a bit grainy, with a mild raisin sweetness. It gives me the impression of biscuit in the malt character, which is not my favorite aroma. The flavor is mild grainy biscuit with a more mild raisin sweetness that is accentuated with a touch of caramel. I'm not real thrilled with the flavors here. Mouthfeel is light with a very light to absent carbonation. I think the lack of body and carbonation really detracts from the brew. Overall impressions of this one are pretty low. I've had it on tap and in bottle before and it was never my favorite, but this one seems to be falling short of those expectations.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a beautifu; golden amber color with a thin, white head.

Smell- Roasted malts, citrus and hint of hops.

Taste- Taste of malts and slight hint of hops. Nice citrusy flavors as well. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability- This was a nice beer. A bit on the expensive side but probably worth it. Nice and refreshing.

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

A- Pours with a really thick tan head on a crystal clear dark amber body with some orange hues in it.
S- Sweet caramel malt, Belgian yeast, sweet oranges, European citrus hops, abd a hint of lemon.
T- Nice blend of sweet caramel malts, citrus fruits, alcohol tickles the tongue, orange peel, some citrus hops, and a few other flavors that are subtle that stay to well hidden to pick them out.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- It is a tasty brew. I will probably buy some more of this but I wouldn't hold onto it for to long (cork says best by 2009 and I'm not sure how well it would hold up till then). A little on the expensive side but another solid offering from Bosteels.

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

I poured a 330 ml bottle into a frosted Saison Dupont glass.

A: It pours a bright amber body with some burnt orange hues. It has an abundant head that was off-white, sticky and laces well, leaving a curtain of lace down the side of the glass. There is a nice covering of foam across the surface for the entire time once the head disipated.

S: It has a rich caramel aroma that dominates; however, there is a hint of tangerine and nutmeg.

T: There is a wonderful malty flavor with hints of milk chocolate, molasses and caramel. It finishes with a refreshing sweet and tangy citrus flavor. It is extremely well balanced, simple, yet enjoyable.

M: This is a medium to full bodied beer with a cream and malty smoothness and a bright cleansing zip attributable to the carbonation and alcohol.

D: Very good beer that gets better with the second and third bottle. However, the sweetness detracts and may make this a better one and out beer best served after dinner.

Comment: I first enjoyed this beer during a trip to Belgium with my son. Since then I have bought the unique glass set and tried the prestige as well as repeatedly sampled the strong pale ale. I have pleasant memories of this beer and find its history intriguing. The combination makes it a joy to experience, again and again.

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