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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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1,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,480
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 34
Gots: 186 | 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 Boto
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: This one pours a clear, amber color. There was a bit of an off-white head on it, and it lingers awhile. There is a constant fizzing coming from the bottom of the glass. The aroma isn’t overly strong, yet it is very pleasant. I get some caramel, spices, fruits and a touch of breadiness. The taste is some caramel , toffee, fruits, some of the yeastiness, and a touch spicy. The flavors don’t stand out, but blend nicely for a fine brew.

Photo of RDAdams
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For years I have thought Chimay Grande Reserve and Duval were the finest beers on the planet. I now prefer Kwak to both!

Appearance: Dark amber to copper with a large cream head. This beer has beautiful legs.

Aroma: Complex, fruity aroma with sweet smelling esters and phenols balanced with the malt.

Taste. If it's in the aroma, it's in the taste. And the effervescent carbonation enhances the tastes of the esters and the phenols.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and warm without an alcohol taste. The high carbonation is very pleasant.

Drinkability:Awesomely smooth This is a World Class Beer.

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

A: Dark amber with a two finger white head.
S: Phenols, sweetness, malt, yeast, sour freshness, red berries. winelike.
T: Bitterness, licorice, alcoholic sting (not as bad as the 8 % would suggest), malt, hint of figs. Aftertaste of raisins, bitterness and honey.
M: Medium body, good carboration.

Tried this one a long time ago. Didn't like it. At all. Wich kept me from trying it again, which - I realize now - is a pity. Really a drinkable beer, although it might be a good idea to keep count of the number of glasses, since those 8% ABV could sneak up on you and give you a rather unpleasant headache just a you finish that last glass.

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

Enjoyed at Smokeless Joe's in the new Kwak glass (flat bottom, no holder).

A: Golden-bronze with an off-white head; some retention; although the glass produces more head with every swig, there's very little lace.

S: Slightly fruity & spicey, with hints of earthyness from the Belgian yeast. Some brown sugar & light caramel in the background.

T: It's good, but I expected a little more. The flavours are all fairly subtle & well-rounded. Probably a good introduction to the style. The Belgian yeast seems fairly tame, with a light fruityness (apple & pear) & spice, with slight hints of phenols. Bitterness is mild, allowing some sweet malt flavour to come through. Somehow the alcohol is fairly well-hidden.

M: Moderate body; well-carbonated; some residual sugar but a relatively dry finish.

D: Flavours are subtle, nothing is overpowering, great drinker for its strength.

Photo of muddyriverduck
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Puchased a 75cl corked-bottle from the Wine Afficiando in Perrysburg, Oh.

Poured an amber color into my goblet with a single finger head that quickly dissapated leaving slight lacing on my glass. Moderate carbonation.

Smelled of carmallized apples and alcohol. Nothing extraordinary.

I enjoyed the taste. Sugary malts and carmel, followed by a slight alcohol warmth and pleasant aftertaste.

Had a nice texture, not too heavy or thin. Carbonation was well balanced.

I choose this one for my after-dinner sipper and was not dissapointed. Can't foresee wanting to do more than a bottle of it, but for my purposes tonight, it's just what the doctor ordered.

Tigers - 7
Angels - 3
Top 8th

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

Primarily sweetened caramel
with phenolic yeastish bite
slight peach while
malts dominate
little hops in sight

pours a hazy tan brown
has a nice carbonation
tastes rich
sweet as

drinks without aggravation

a nice after dinner drink
or aperitif situation

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.76/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this on-tap at Nomad in Milwaukee, served in the goofy kwak glassware. The glassware was something special (and impractical!), but I didn't find the beer to be all that exceptional. It is a rather fruity ale with a lot of alcohol phenol flavor that I didn't find all that pleasant.

The beer looks great; it is a sparkling amber color with a very fine billowy head. Aroma was alcohol phenols with some faint sweet caramel notes. Flavor was somewhat grapey and fruity with lots of alcohol phenols. Mouthfeel was fine and very smooth. I didn't find this beer to be very drinkable.

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

A little haze in an amber orange dark ale, good amount of light tan head that retains okay. Lacing is underwhelming.

Light citric fruits, prominent raw sugar sweetness and some dextrin clove medicinal aroma.

Prominent alcohol, big warming character. Spicy dark ale, good hop balance and more estery fruits in the flavor. Malt profile is sweet and caramel.

Smooth mouthfeel, medium full body. Lots of alcohol present, but not bad drinkability anyway. This is an okay beer, plenty of better Belgians for the money.

Photo of TheClassical
2.39/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was visiting Hong Kong after a long couple of months on the Mainland, and I couldn't wait to get my hands on some real beer. I found a great little shop in SoHo, right off the escalator, called "Euro Treat." They seemed to have more American stuff than European (Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Sierra Nevada PAs, etc.), but I saw a 75cl bottle of Kawk's standing alone alongside a shelf full of Duvel, and figured, what the hell.

Wish I had gone with Duvel.

When you begin your pour, it all begins very promisingly: a cloudy amber-brown, a steady stream of carbonation with a lasting head and some minor lacing. It looks really great, warm, and inviting. But things tend to go downhill from there.

The smell was sugary, unremarkable, and dull. Some fruit that was there at first but disappeared in the dull overpowering sugar-stench. I wanted to like it, I wanted something to kick my nose in the ass after months of Tsing Tao and San Miguel ... alas, this failed to deliver.

The taste was a blunt upfront sweetness, overwhelming and just too candied in the mouth. You can't enjoy the spicy lingering because things are just too sugary, the bite is lost or at least subdued. A little alcohol on the finish just as you get a taste for a citrus suggestion, but again the false sugary bombast wafts up and ruins it. This beer is just too sweet, for me at least.

As for drinkability? No thanks. It was a struggle to get through this 75cl bottle.

Photo of phisig137
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich orange color, with a two finger head. Moderate retention gives way to a thin layer of foam over the glass.

Aroma is malt forward, and backed by some heavy solvent alcohol. Burnt sugar, and light caramels, mix with raw grain and mash like aromas.

Flavor is much the same. Malt flavors and simple sugar compounds dominate the flavor, backed by strong flavors of light fruit from Bosteel's distinct house yeast. Finish is relatively dry and lingering. Mouthfeel is creamy up front, but scrubbed away by heavy and lively carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

Nice overall, and a good value at only $7.29. This is another questionable categorization. It's to light and not yeasty enough to be a good tripel. On the other hand, it's too sweet and not hoppy enough to be a good belgian strong pale ale. But at the end, regardless of what you want to call it, I call it tasty. Definitely worth a try, and could make for a good "conversion" beer for the uninitiated.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a frothy white head that quickly disappears. Little lacing. The aroma is quite light and all typical Belgian yeast smells of clove, banana, and light fruit. The taste is slightly winey and sweet with a pronounced banana finish. Fairly one dimensional and a little too sweet. Mouthfeelis solid with just the right heft and crispness to support the beer. Not the most intriguing Belgian strong pale, but not bad.

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

A tasty beer, but lacking in any real depth. It immediately presents with strong caramel and there are pleasant notes of light citrus in there. It leaves what I can only describe as a brief hint of smoky oak on the tongue. Not at all dry.

The beer is obviously made with quality ingredients, because it tastes good; but I don't think the brewer put much thought into it. It's very one-dimensional. There is little to no hop character to balance out the overwhelming malt.

That being said, you do need to try this beer. It is pleasing to the palette and very drinkable. It will help you decide what you do and don't like about the genre since it doesn't have too much going on.

Photo of Braudog
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I uncorked this monster 75cl bottle with a glimmer in my eye. This oured dark copper with an airy and big (but airy) head. Brown sugar and sweet alcohol are the primary characteristics of the aroma. The flavor, on the other hand, is heavily titled to the caramel ... very sweet, almost candied. (#2766, 3/31/2007)

Photo of gunnerman
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint glass, pours an amazing orange amber haze with a seriouls head that leaves some thick sticky lace on the glass, simply impressive to look at. Smell has some nice fruit notes banana and cloves come to mind, this reminds me of a hefe, only the smell that is. Taste is not the greatest thing going for this beer, its a bit mild with a bit of fruit taste again I can taste the banana flavor with hints of mild pepper after finish, I cannot detect any hops in this batch and it has a bit of a alchol burn. Not a bad offering but not the best.

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

Pours a copper/amber color, light head, light retention.

Aroma reminds me of grist, smells like our cooler mash ton. Slight herbal notes, caramel, malt.

Tastes of heavy malt, slight bitterness and an ethanol finish. Slight sweetness, mild licorice.

Personally I don't find this to be very drinkable. An interesting experience, but not one I would seek out to repeat.

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

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a medium density, rocky tan head fed by a zillion little champagne bubbles up the side of the glass. The smell is caramel & roasted malt with something cherry-like in the background. The taste is caramel but has almost a burnt note in it somewhere. The finish is dry, offsetting the initial sweetness. The mouthfeel is gorgeous, silky and oily. The drinkability is very good, certainly helped by the mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol in the forefront on this one, given its strength. Definitely one you could sip (note "sip") all evening. The beer, overall, makes me think of sitting in an exposed timber and plaster pub somewhere, drinking at a long wooden table as old as, well, beer, meeting new friends and listening to the world go by outside. For whatever that literary detour is worth.

Photo of tatterdash
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited 2 monthes for my Kwak glass to arrive, I finally get to enjoy it, thanks Viggo! Pours a clear amber burnt orange with a creamy off-white head that laces very well. Smell was a earthy citrusy hop and malty grassy crystal malt and a bit of alcohol. Taste was very unique and unexpected, almost like an American Barleywine. Sweet syrupy front with solvent alcohol, but not over-powering or unpleasant. tropical fruits creep in, and the finish is dry with some maltiness sticking around. Mouthfeel was thin but warming, and this is a very pleasant and unique Belgian.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Leffe chalice (I don't have a stirrup glass).

A: Very dark orange/medium amber with very active carbonation. Quite bright and clear. The head developed quickly into a nice 2 inch cap, and slowly melted into a solid quarter inch over the surface. Decent laceing, but nothing extraordinary.

S: Strong toffee and light sugar notes, with a hint of spice. The aroma is immediate and quite pronounced without being in any way off balance. Absolutely outstanding.

T: The flavor rushes in with a delightful toffee/caramel character, which gives way to a somewhat minerally and out-of-place citrus-like finish. There are notes of honey and vanilla in the middle. The citrus notes on the finish are, unfortunately, a bit distracting, and after the world-class nose one feels a bit deceived.

M: Medium bodied, slight coating sensation but lifted by the carbonation.

D: Above average drinkability, but lacks the deceptive quaffability of the best tripels.

Overall: This is a very good beer, well worthy of its reputation, which I certainly enjoy drinking. However, poured from tap into a stirrup glass at a bar that knows how to handle Belgian ales properly it is at its best; the bottled version seems slightly harsher and less refined.

Photo of DogFood11
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz brown bottle. Classy looking label. Poured into a tulip it formed a milky off white head that leaves some ring lacing. Shiney copper body.

A touch of musk up front followed by a brew that leans on spices. There is a light and fruity underbelly that is more subdued than most in this style that I've sampled. It kind of comes across like carbonated fruit juice and then the spices kick in to round it out. I'm not talking about being too sweet or fruity as it works out in the end. Charcoal in the nose doesn't translate to the taste. Alcohol is strong and played a big role in making this similar to a tropical mixed drink. Not for me.

Notes: I went back and forth on this brew. There is a lack of depth in this beer but it turns out decent.

Photo of MiScusi
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Pasadena for Belgain Beer Fest.

Was a reddish-purple with only soap sud-resembling head. The smell was alcohol and grapes, like a weak wine. The taste was of grapes and volatile alcohol... very similar to a wine.... carbonatioin was on the lower end. Not really to my tastes, and if it is really a belgian pale ale, it IMO doesn't measure up anywhere close to a say, Duvel.

Photo of rec
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper with a head to appreciate and lace to accompany that.

Sweet caramel malt and yeast come through strongest in the aroma.

The aroma is represented well, with some light fruits and some very mild spice additional in the taste. Kwak finishes sharp, dry and with noticably high yet suitable carbonation.

It really is a great brew, and in my opinion should be rated higher than what it has been.

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

Sweet and malty, thick, very lightly perfume-like.

I've had this on tap in the past and I appreciated that more, but as always most brews on tap are better than the bottle...

When I got down to the yeasty goodness, I was really interestingly pleased with the flavor. Good big ass beer to drink while watching Kevin Smith Strikes Back!

Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear rusty red/orange with a giant white foamy head. The head doesn't last too long and there is little lacing. The smell is not very pungent,but a real "bisquity" aroma is prevelant along with a mix of spices and alcohol. The taste is a mix of alcohol, lemon, candy sugar, coriander, cherries and other fruits. A good tasting beer with some minor flaws. The m/f is light with flavors mixing well. For a high alcohol beer,this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Sweet with a biting tartness that blossoms into a bouquet of flavors. Hard for me to describe. Flowery esters and spicy clove (phenols?) notes coming through. Smooth on the palette but very complex. Caramel malts, a blend of apricot/banana/breadiness that somehow is creamy yet has a bite too it.

Alcohol presence is noticeable thoughout the whole drink. Almost a sweetness working its way out as beer warms. Sorry for the mess of a review this was from sparse notes about six months ago at Delaney's in New Haven. Beer is served in it's own miniscule yard glass with holder. Very elegant and recommened trying at least once on tap!

Photo of theformula
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice lookin brew. Pours a burnt orange, bright copper body. Has a decent tan head with minimal retention.

It smells great, but the alcahol strength is a little obvious IMO. Sweet, fruity (cherries, blood orange?), vanilla and honey. A mineral note hangs around and yeast it bready and delicious.

Medium body and a soft feel in the mouth. Little carbonation.
A sweet, fruity ale. The alcahol is strong right up front, followed by a malty, cherry-like sweetness/tartness. Notes of honey, minerals, light hops and a dtry, decent finish in which the dry, mineral character holds on. Nice orange and a little clove in the background.

Not too bad. It's a heavy gravity ale just by the scent and it doesn't feel ashamed of it. Not much of a finish though. I'd drink another, but wouldn't kill for it (Duvel on the other hand...).

Alcahol is just to dominate and flaunting.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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