Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper red, clear, with a bright light tan head and lacing.

S - Fruits in the form of pear and apple, banana is huge, with a bubble gum note.

T - Follows the nose, with a bready quality, sweetness and fruit meeting with pudding.

M - Brisk, well carbonated, and bright. Very easy to drink.

O - This is a rock solid Belgian Strong Pale. I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of DevAJ
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far my favorite Belgian (and possibly overall) beer at the moment. I'm not even really sure how to describe it. It's distinctly Belgian, but it's also very easy to drink. I originally got the very last 222 year gift pack (the one with the glass) of it at a local liquor store a while ago. It's actually pretty easy to find around here as there is one store that always has it, but it's by far one of the priciest beers around ($5.99 for a single 11.2 ounce bottle). Worth a try even if you don't think you like the Belgian styles. Having the official Kwak glass is pretty cool too.

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Photo of ARoman
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

*from old notes - 1/1/2014*
75cl bottle poured into an English tulip. The scents of dough and apple come through most potently, with some traces of caramel malt. It pours a rich, hazy amber-red color with a substantial pale yellow head which fades quickly. It’s a light bodied, mostly malty sweet taste with a little apple sourness to it. It’s somewhat thin texture with an average to soft carbonation leaves behind a sweet, but not strong aftertaste. Paired well with apple pie.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out in a minute. Dark golden brown color and semi-filtered

S- Good caramel and malt. Touch of bubble gum.

T- Bubble gum and caramel. Some fig. Sugary

M- Creamy and a touch salty

O- Pretty good brew. Will buy again. Has a nice balance to it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with...... General Tso's chicken. The spice gets beat down well by this sugary beer

Enjoy

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Photo of stuppy
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, light Raisin, and faint Alcohol aroma, no hop aroma

Appearance:Medium cream head. Somewhere between Ruby and amber color, mostly clear with slight haze

Flavor: Caramel, sweet, light raisin, alcohol (cider like). Medium low bitterness. No apparent hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, hot alcohol in finish

Overall: Like this beer, but definitely not my favorite Belgium strong (pale or dark). Too sweet and little too much alcohol burn.

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Photo of drmeto
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S:
-banana,caramel,honey,toffee,bubble gum,earthy
T:
-Follows the nose
-slight hop bitterniss
F:
-alcohol well hidden
-low carbonation
O:
Very good one

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer of a reddish amber color, comewhat transparent and a bit beigy foam.
Smell is malty with notes of toffe and red fruits. Possible to feel the presence of the alcohol already.
Taste is alocoholic, a bit unpleasant, with similar notes to the smell.
When it warms a bit, the beer acquires a more intense toffe and caramel smell/taste... and it's better like this ;)
Yeah, they should make it more balanced..

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Likely on the sweet end of the spectrum within the class, I find this to be a strong, solid brew. The nose is fig newton and honey. Taste follows closely with a warm, clean finish and virtually no hop.

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Photo of 57md
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Copper in color with very little head. Both the nose and the flavor profile keep the funk on the mild side. The body is decent but I'd expect it to be a bit more hardy considering the ABV.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has ripe light fruit, malt, caramel, not much hop action on the nose. Pours dark amber with a slight haze under a 1” tan tinted white foam cap that produces delicate lace. Rich malt flavors introduce the palate with traces of caramel, light malts, a faint hint of chocolate, and a trace of anise with a little brown ale character. The beer is fairly sweet throughout and may be cloying to some. The balance leans more towards the malt than yeasty esters. The carbonation is medium low with a medium full body.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear reddish orange with two fingers of fluffy cream colored foam, settles to a thin ring, splotchy sheet of lace for the first few inches. Smell: raisin bread, sugary, overripe stone fruit note, lightly medicinal and spicy. Mildly alcoholic and a little underpowered. Taste: candy sugar, raisin, dried apricot, overripe plum; clove, grass and pepper notes. Medium-full bodied, lightly syrupy with low but quite creamy carbonation. A bit on the sweet end and not super exciting, but a nice strong Belgian ale. 6/14 label date.

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Photo of Kampfar
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[From tap served in special glassware] Delicious strong amber coloured beer. Rich mouthtaste with a medium after taste. Strong malty taste with some hops making it a tasteful beer.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into kwak glass with stand.

A: Dark amber, clear. No yeast in the bottle. Nice head retention, love the unusual glass.
S: Pale malt and minimal hops. Not as fragrant as others in this class.
T: Better as it nears room temp. A bit thin, almost watery, but I like the soft mellow blend of flavor that is this beer. Some esters, yeasty, low traditional hop flavor. Alcohol comes through the flavors a bit.
M: Standard, goes down easily. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.
O: I like this beer and the weird glass. Would buy again but probably not on a regular basis. Nice belgian quality but lower esters and less complex than I prefer. (personal note)-Reminds me of sharp edge draft yeasty flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to an awesome bartender at Liberty Tap Room in Mount Pleasant, SC, I was able to take home one of their iconic Kwak wood-handled beer glasses. It might be a gimmick, but it absolutely adds to the experience. I'm hoping the bottled variety is as delicious as I remember from that trip to the tap room. The cloudy, tarnished copper liquid pours with a tremendous amount of foam. Maybe part of it is the shape of the glass (with the spherical bottom) but either way, that's a lot of foam! As it settles down there's splotchy, soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma bears a strange metallic scent, like a handful of pennies, with traces of banana. A little buttery toffee in the nose too. The flavor is sweet and malty with a hint of clove bitterness. It's a tad cidery, imparting a tangy flash of flavor. There's a buttery, honey sweet bread-like taste that reminds me a little of sticky buns. A little funky Belgian yeast and fruity banana esters in the finish. The alcohol here is thinly veiled, lending a boozy solvent-like layer. The mouthfeel is pretty standard, with medium body and carbonation that may be a touch too lively. In total, this is a tasty Belgian strong ale that lacks some of the finesse and character of its contemporaries. Not quite as refined as some of the others I've tried, but delicious nonetheless. Perhaps if they put as much work in to the beer as the glass, it would be world-class.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quality beer, although not in the same class as its contemporaries. In Belgium, this is considered sub-par. In Canada, this would beat most of the local beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap in a Kwak coachman's glass at Beelow's.

It's been far too long since first I tried this beer, and I just couldn't keep away from that snazzy glass. It pours a clear amber-russet topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, Belgian yeast, clove, light dry caramel, light grass, and a bit of vague breadiness. The taste brings in more of the same, the Belgian yeast really driving through some fruity and spicy notes to balance out the caramel-laden biscuit residing throughout the background. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid BSPA, one that has earned its place as one of the constant Belgian offerings at nearby watering holes.

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Photo of TangTKE402
3/5  rDev -20%

Poured crystal clear and ruddy brown from a wine bottle. Traditional Belgian Special Ale on the label, and about 1-finger's worth of white head in the chalice. Minimal lacing.

Aromas of spice, specifically cloves, plus orange peel, cinnamon, and a bit of black peppercorn. Definitely some banana bread thrown in there for good measure.

Flavors are a bit flat and predictable: sweet cream up-front with spice and bananas in the middle finished with a coppery aftertaste. Other notes of bread yeast, some dried cranberry, and a splash of orange juice.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not quite the bubbly effervescence I was expecting. It's light-bodied for a fuller-flavored beer, almost verging on watery. There is a bit of heat emanating from the alcohol esters, but nothing overpowering.

Overall, it's right down the middle bordering on "meh." It's a Blegian, to be sure, just not one I'd buy again due to the superiority of other similar beers for the same price out there.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, muddy bronze color with a minimal off-white head that soon vanishes. Mild aroma smells of bready malt and Saaz-like hops with a dash of coriander or similar spices.

Delicate flavor profile features bready malt, honey, caramel, apple peel, white grapes, and zesty yeast. Some grassy hop bitterness sneaks through in the finish. Whatever spices may be present are mild. Rumours of tart cherry and bubblegum begin to emerge on the back end as the beer warms. Just-right carbonation delivers a superbly complementary mouthfeel. The 8.4% ABV is almost nonexistent.

Overall, this is a phenomenal Belgian ale that does nothing wrong. The flavor profile is complex and perfectly balanced, giving the drinker plenty to explore and savor during the experience. Neither the yeast nor the carbonation are overbearing, giving the deft malt character the opportunity to shine. For all its nuance and complexity, Kwak remains supremely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3/5  rDev -20%

A - Pours a clear amber color with a generous amount of active carbonation and a very thin,
even, creamy white head across the top.

S - Spice, clove, bready, sweet toffee/caramel malt aroma.

T - Cloves, spice, toasted biscuity caramel malt, cardboard, some alcohol presence, and ever so slight citrus
on the back end that's quickly crushed with more mounds of toasted caramel malt and spice.
The malt and alcohol tends to take more front and center with the spices following.

M - Full body to medium heavy body, slight alcohol warming on the way down, creamy mouth
feel.

O - Nothing eventful, I wouldn't spend $12 on another 750 ml bottle of this stuff. It's been quite
awhile since I last had this beer and now I remember why.

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Photo of titvs
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 18E). AROMA: sweet malty aromas, reminiscent of caramel. no hop aromas. spicy alcohol notes. APPEARANCE: deep amber color and translucent. average tanned head with good retention. pronunced lacing. TASTE: sweet malty flavour with notes of caramel. very low bitterness with a sweet finish. PALATE: medium-light body with medium carbonation. some alcohol warmth. OVERALL: a belgian ale that is less complex than its competition.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

On tap at Cafe Kwak in Irkutsk, Siberia, of all places.

A: Dark amber. Fantastic lacing.
S: Loads of rhubarb and custard and a general confectionary smell.
T: Yup, massive confectionary flavour, like strawberry chews or rhubarb and custard boils, and has a lovely treacle-like sweetness. Quite a bitter finish but mellows slightly as it warms.
M: Fantastic. Velvety but sprigtly.
O: A lovely Belgian beer.

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Photo of Nightwing
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Poured from a bottle. Aromas of caramel with hints of apple. Pours a clear amber that looks great. A light sweet taste. Between medium and full bodied, with creamy texture, and slightly bitter finish. A really great Belgian Ale, rich and smooth.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance – Full amber colour slightly cloudy with decent off white head that forms a lace
Smell – This top fermentation beer has an odd smell a little like rubbing alcohol with some mild fruit aromas.
Taste – The taste is also odd but the good type of odd. Holds some mild spiciness with a touch of hops in the back. Light cider taste in the alcoholic. Also some light caramel notes.
Mouthfeel – Smooth and crisp with full-ish body. Very heavy boozy feel especially in the belly.
Overall – Fairly strong at 8.4% it does taste of alcohol on the tongue but has a lot more warmth to it when it hits in the belly, which is similar to whiskey. Like a lot of Belgium beers this one has a slight sweetness on the pallet but leaves an after taste like Amstel.

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Photo of DubbelTrubbel
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Served in Kwak glass (what else), poured at around 55 degrees. 750 ml bottle

A- Amber to deep red, depending on the point in the glass! Rich almost khaki foam, plenty of bubbles. Cautious pour, but could use a more voluminous head to start.

S- Belgian yeast, spice, then a fruity, festive smell

T- Some toasty malt, some candy sugar, spices, plenty of balancing hop bitterness. A hint of pilsner malt. Hop bitterness lingers on the finish. Very rich overall, without being heavy

M- Nice carbonation, better than in the 33 cl bottles. Very easy-going. Noticeable stickiness

O- This is a nice middle ground between session and refresher beers, and strong, knock you out beers. It's good at the end of a busy day- without ending your day.

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Photo of PaulietheBrit
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Looks great , a little darker than I would have expected from a pale ale, but beautiful amber with slight haze.
Smells a little boozy and strong fruit, almost no malts, like a Christmas sherry, some spicy notes.
Taste is following the aroma, with a fruity sweet spicy tang.
A good ale with, for me, a bit too much fruity, and not enough malty.

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