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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Reviews: 668
Hads: 1,548
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 39
Gots: 243 | 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 FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper color with a thin head.
Strong aroma of Belgian yeast, brown sugar and prunes.
Intense fruity flavor, notes of Belgian Yeast, caramel malt, spices including cloves and cinnamon, apple juice and finishing with overripe dark fruits and hints of tea bags.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 8% is well hidden on its malty base.
A bit overly sweet beer, though the prior time I had it was very cold and I remember enjoying it greatly but it was on bottle. Maybe it was badly served from tap. (518 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which seems to have okay retention. The body is a slight off-white with hints of yellow while the body is a medium to dark amber which appears medium when held up to the light. Some wisps of lacing.

Nose- I feel like I already have a good sense of what this beer is going to taste like. Up front there is a lot of banana, then cloves, followed by a good amount of breadiness. Some yeast but I figure this is going to be malt dominated. Swirling reveals a slight ashiness.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose. Shows a good amount of bananas, then cloves with a bit of ashiness. Good amount of malt and bread. Slight sweetness (maybe lemon) in the background that I can't quite pinpoint. Seems a little thin. Some hint of raisins and figs. Bits of molasses and brown sugar. Pretty good for a beer that is dominated by the malt bill. Above average to good in my opinion. No real flaws but could use more complexity and presence. The balance and integration are wonderful though. Seems like it would be a good gateway to Belgian beers as the clove and yeast notes are quite subdued. Light notes of spice (some cinnamon, some coriander) start to appear on the finish and in the linger.

Mouthfeel- Easily, the premier aspect of the beer. Almost medium bodied with light carbonation. Very smooth, very creamy. This is the type of mouthfeel that makes me bump a beer up a notch.

Drinkability- Not the most interesting beer but the mouthfeel really drives this. Pricey at 9-10 bucks for an above average flavor profile. Won't buy again but appreciate that I did one.

Overall- Good, solid beer. Amazing mouthfeel. This beer is worth trying based on that alone. (1,702 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 330 ml. bottle stamped C-CI-CABF-3.28-18:20. Sampled on December 5, 2013.

It is an attractive reddish-chestnut amber pour with a quick burst of white fizzy head that dissolves quickly.

The aroma has many of the expected Belgian esters such as Belgian candied sugar, breaded malts, dark fruit, and allspice but a more earthy hop bite than one comes to expect.

The body is about right falling into the medium range.

The taste is far sweeter than I would expect from a Belgian Strong Ale. That is not to say it is bad because it also has those same bready, yeasty, and dark fruity notes. Pretty easy to drink. (620 characters)

Photo of Bucciamarcia
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark red/amber, very little foam that disappears quickly. Strong smell of malts and some sweet, maybe honey. Taste is mainly roasted malts with average hops and strong yeast. It's got a strange aftertaste I couldn't idenfity. Alcohol is well masked under the strong malts, mouthfeel is dense and well balanced. (322 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 750 mL bottle into Duvel tulip and Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Date reads 24/01/15. Seen this around, but never bit. Let's see...

A: Ruby-tinted amber with 1 finger of tight off-white head. Dies down quickly to a film within 2 minutes. Good clarity. Light lacing.

S: Light nose overall. Some belgian yeast. Indistinct fruit. Apple. Malt.

T: Sweet maltiness initially with transition to light hop bitterness. Semi-dry on the finish. Noticeable alcohol presence that actually seems to dominate the flavor profile. Mild fruitiness. Light malt. Sugar. Does have a vinous quality. Tartness develops in the aftertaste.

M: Low carbonation with fairly light body. A bit of stickiness on the lips. Disappointing.

O: A bit light across the board - smell, taste, mouthfeel. Alcohol strikes me as the predominate flavor. Fairly underwhelming and not a whole lot to speak highly of. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. (941 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into the appropriate odd shaped glass with wooden holder.

A - Amber pour, active tan foam that does settle (again this glass is more cute than practical). No lacing and active carbonation.

S - Scents of cherries and a bready yeast note. Actually a nice aroma on this beer.

T - Does not translate to the taste. Sweetness is offset by some acidic burn in the finish. Some diacetyl notes.

M - Balance could be better. The burn in the finish keeps this from being as easy to drink as it should. Other examples of this style tend to be easier to work on.

O - Honestly the novelty of the glass is all that this has. Not a bad Belgian pale but there are many better examples. (683 characters)

Photo of Underrower
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a goblet.

Looks good. Carmel color. Nice foam.
Smells a little fruity.
Tastes good up front. Smooth. A little booze. Not very complex or spicy. Sort of reminds me of littel bit of wine in a wierd way. At the end a slight sharp bitterness but not over poweringly so.
Mouthfeel is very nice.
Overall not the best the Belgian but not bad. I would like to age one and see how it tastes after a couple of years. I don't think I would seek this one out but it is deffinately better than most beers out there. (526 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very murky brown, noticeable sediment suspended throughout the body but tending toward the bottom of the glass- makes my glassware look polka-dotted. I'm not usually one for sediment, but the amount of it present is hugely amusing, and somehow looks appetizing. A sizable head recedes to just a ring around the glass, respectable lacing.

S: First sniff reminds me of bubble gum- very sweet exotic fruits like pineapple and mango, and just a touch of cinnamon spice. Another touch of yeast is back there if you want to find it.

T: Similar to the smell: sweet ripe fruits, a dash of spice with a now-present malty background. Finish introduces a hint of yeast funk, and is moderately long and pleasant throughout. Hops/bitterness/alcohol undetectable.

M: Great amount of carbonation: lively yet non-bloating, even after a bomber's worth. Just a tad too creamy to call it crisp.

O: My unwavering ratings of 4 in every category are the opposite of this BSPA- it's nuanced, and I hesitate to call it complex, but it will keep you entertained. Like the numbers say, outstanding in every category, I only didn't bump some categories up a bit because I feel it's almost more like a tripel than it's labeled variety. If you come across it I'd suggest a taste (especially if in a bar where they serve it in it's proper glassware and wooden holder (google pictures of it)- just be ready to get judgmental glances from MCB diehards, and maybe some BA's too). (1,453 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 3/11/2013. Pours slightly hazy orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass; with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, honey, caramel, toast, bread, clove, herbal, floral, pepper, light banana, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, grape, raisin, caramel, honey, floral, clove, toast, bread, light banana, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, raisin, caramel, honey, toast, bread, clove, floral, light banana, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity.spicy yeast esters; with a large malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong pale ale. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy esters with a sizable malt balance; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable sipper. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Birdmarg741
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark raisin amber with only the slightest bit of translucence. Poured into a goblet glass with very little head - though this glass is quite inappropriate for the beer, so notes on the head dont seem warranted.

S: smells strongly of vinegar; sour and rye grains with a bite of ascorbic acid, while earthy walnuts round out the nose.

T: Dark raisin, cinnamon, and apples. A mix of hard cider and light red wine and plums; while and earthy bitter bark flavor cuts right through the sweetness, balancing out the bold warm flavors.

M: full bodied and highly carbonated. Initially a bit overly acidic in its dance on the tongue, but smooths out with time and swallow.

O: A wonderful drink that screams the holidays, at least in the states. A unique bouquet of bitter, spice and sweet that keeps one engaged though the whole glass. Would be quite fun to pair with food. (880 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Revisiting this beer after a couple of years purchased for $3.25 CDN.

Appearance - bright and clear, dark honey in color. Pours a finger of ivory head with good retention. Effervescent bubbles and a nice ring of lacing left behind.

Smell - honey, caramel, some Belgian yeasts. Not too heavy on the fruit especially compared with others in the style.

Taste - rather sweet, namely caramel and honey with a sharp alcoholic edge. Definitely on the boozy side of things, long lasting aftertaste of honey, subdued with a mild amount of bitterness and hops. Pretty tasty but rather sweet overall although onto the level of cloying.

Mouthfeel - smooth a bit syrupy and definitely heftier. Moderate carbonation partially nullified by the sweetness.

Overall - a well crafted if a bit too sweet of a Belgian pale ale. Booze isn't terribly well hidden, but that doesn't take away from an inviting flavor with plenty of sweetness and the devilish ability to get yourself into trouble if you don't stop after one or two. (1,056 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet--a bulb to try to mimic the marvelous glassware I had first in Brussels--and enjoyed over 25 splendid minutes.
The color is a pretty marooned amber that matches the bouquet very nicely. There's a haze that won't clear even after settlinig down in the glass, and long rising bubbles continue to obscure, as well. A small frothy, soapy head falls a bit fast in my glass. Lovely legs.
This creature's nose is a real treat. It jumps at you with holiday fruits and spices. Toasted nuts and caramel are prominent alongside a heady, peppery apple/pear cider. It smells and tastes of white grapes, some.
For flavors, it's a shame to say, but compared to the foreplay with other senses, there's a bit of a letdown on the front end. It starts thin and medicinal. But with more gulps, some fun emerges. Nougat and tart red berries are there. The apple pops up drenched in Scotch whisky and dashed with clove.
All the carbonation seems to hide the flavors; more character emerges after some warming time and off gassing, but then things get out of balance. Caramel bananas clash with the tart and too much booze comes into the air.
In the mouth, that carbonation holds interest. It buzzes on lips and tongue, carrying down the warmth to one's goose. But, there's a drying effect that's not countered by the body--chewy, but a bit awkward. Actually, downright clunky.
This brew is rather goofy like its name and the glass it's traditionally poured in. Although socially gangly, it will dance with southeast Asian cuisine quite nicely. And giving the clown some solo attention is certainly warranted, too. Brought to you by the folks who have made a two-foot-tall pissing toddler a provicial icon...you gotta at least try the beer! (1,738 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Cafe du Foy in Lille. Served in a branded Kwak glass - which as a rounded mini-yard of ale type of glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color. Lots of bubbles coming up slowly through the beer which were fun to look at when they collided with the necking on the glass. Light tan/hint of orange thin dense head. Thick chunks and strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Caramelized malt with some underlying mild fruity esters.

Taste: Buttery / caramel / toffee flavors. Nice malty beer, but with enough floral/herbal hops at the end to counter it. Some fruity esters scattered throughout. If this is to be held to style as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale....then this beer is wrong. But it's so tasty I feel it's a cross between a Belgian Pale Ale and an English Strong Ale - the toffee notes go so well with this beer.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, sticky. Plenty of carbonation to pull the beer off the teeth, but no so much that it gets in the way of the thickness of the beer. Very nice.

Overall / Drinkability: Very good with food. Had this with Welsh Ch'Ti (think Welsh Rabbit, but with potatoes, ham, and bacon under the cheese on top of toast, all cooked up in a gratin dish) which was great, and this beer was so dangerously drinkable, I wanted another but knew I would regret it if I did. A very good beer and I hope to have it again someday. (1,359 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL.OZ bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It pours peach in color with amber highlights. It is topped with a inch or two of off-white to beige head.

S - I smell that Belgian yeast. I get some fruitiness with pear coming to mind.

T - This has a spicy taste. That yeast is doing its thing here. I get light fruity flavors with once again pear being distinguishable.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - A buddy gave me this beer citing that it was awful. I thought it was decent. I wouldn't call it a favorite, but it is certainly not awful. (557 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, clear body with a good sized head

Aroma: Malty; light spice

Taste: Creamy; yeasty; almost like a wheat beer (which I love).

Remarks: Wish I had bought the glass/stand when I had the chance. I'll have to look around for one. Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (308 characters)

Photo of YoDude
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pauwel Kwak, aged 3 years in my beer cellar.

Appearance: Poured deep amber with a creamy tan head and lacing.

Smell: Honey and caramel notes, no pronounced hop presence, no obvious off flavors.

Taste: Licorice and toasted malt, with a hint of light Belgian candy sugar.

Mouth feel: Medium body and good carbonation. A candy sweetness lingers along with a slight spicy malt finish. No warming alcohol effect.

Overall: I have a soft spot for this beer as I discovered it on my first trip to Brussels before they began importing to the US. It also has a great back story that goes with the coachman’s glass. That being said, this is a very unique be that can only be categorized as Belgian Specialty. Aging three years is definitely too long as the beer becomes quite one dimensional with sweetness. If you’ve never had, it is definitely worth trying. Get it on draft with the coachman’s glass. Learn the back story and impress your friends.

Serving type: 11.2 oz. bottle and poured into a Pauwel Kwak Coachman’s glass. (1,031 characters)

Photo of Shemmy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For us here in land of zero to minimally quality controlled mass production lager stored for months in 100 degree + warehouses, to find Kwak is like stumbling on the leprechaun's proverbial pot of beer uranium at the end of the rainbow.

Appearance was not too much unlike some other Belgians I can vaguely recall such as Tripel Karmellite, a welcome association in probbaly most people's beer brains. Nothing flash, but you are assured by the toasty golden brown with maybe a slight orange going on that it will be a solid Belgian experience.

On to the taste...a solid buttery, nutty, banana with a shot of whiskey in there somewhere. I was hungry when I had my two bottles, so all of this was very welcome.
I had it with a few slices of white cheddar cheese which may well have brought out some of the damp moldy woodyness as well as the butter.

Seems to me I've heard people complain that Belgians are not well suited to hot weather, the sticky heaviness of them not permitting. Well, most people do have access to air-conditioning, so I don't understand what is the issue, tho' I'd agree, Kwak and others have a heaviness and stickiness which you'd do well to consume in a cool to cold environment.

Mouth feel is nice and well suited I thought. Slightly heavier than many lagers but nearly as fizzy. Quite a bit fizzier than other Belgian ales I thought. Not that its a bad thing, nice to know there's a fizzy one if there's an emergency--zero head tho'.

Overall, I'd say this is one that's got a rich, somewhat complex taste but which is nicely balanced with a relatively high degree of effervesence. It's now on my list list of beers I definitely like. (1,663 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


On tap at Cafe Hollander. Served in a test tube. Pretty well chilled...

A) A rusty looking brew with over a finger of light tan head. Decent retention. No lacing noted.

S) Fairly sweet and malty. There is some banana, and a mix of spices. Faint alcohol...

T) A little toast and caramel sweetness. Yeasty, fruity, mostly banana. Adequate spice, mainly clove. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but worth noting.

M) Medium body... Carbonation is about the same. Finishes with some alcohol warmth, but not an unpleasant lingering burn. Drinkability is good from a mouthfeel standpoint.

O) I've had this several times, so I knew what I was getting. It's good... Although, half way through I reached the conclusion I was over paying for the privilege of drinking this from the test tube, and accompanying wooden holder. (828 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, red orange brown colored with a short light tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, cloudy

S: caramel malt, yeast, honey, banana, bread

T: yeasty, clove, banana, spice, cardamon, cinnamon, vanilla

M: lively carbonation, full bodied, sticky feel, alcohol well hidden

O: an interestingly flavored beer, typical Belgian characteristics with a unique flavor (415 characters)

Photo of jmckenna15
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Great maroon color, head took a while to settle, though it may be because i was pouring it into the tulip class in its wooden holster and i was doing it wrong. But my goodness what a beer. Yes, i paid 8 quid for it, and yes, i had to give up my left shoe for a while to have the priviledge of the glass, but it's the greatest beer ive had thus far. Mouth feel that had a distinct apple flavor to it, blended with a good sweetness mixed with a bitterness that made it refreshing to drink. Regretted it when i drank it all, but it had the all the characteristics of a beer i like: personality, good flavor, complexity, all around enjoyable.

if this is what belgium exports, can you only imagine what they keep to themselves? (724 characters)

Photo of DandyEssex
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 330mL bottle, in a tulip. The original glass for this is unnecessary, but fun.

A burnt caramel colour kind of belies the richness of the beer. Nice aromatics (caramel, sweet liquer), but pretty simple. Sweet caramel dominant flavours. Nougat, chocolate and a faint bourbon character. Slick and smooth with a bitter edge on the finish. It's kind of like drinking a chocolate bar. Very drinkable.

I tend to love sweet, malty brews that can play as dessert as well as with food, so this suits me very well. I could see some thinking it a bit overtly rich. (560 characters)

Photo of tonton
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the standard 33cl bottle into a Burgundy wine glass. This glass is great for tasting and for nose but limits the head.

Darker than I thought it would be, caramel color.

The smell hit me immediately - wow! I love it. Strong caramel with a bit of Scotch whiskey, especially when I really breathe it in. Excellent. The best smelling beer I've tried.

Tastes like a good Belgian, with a nice strong caramel finish.

Carbonation is moderate to strong.

I've decided I'm going to buy the gift set with the quarter yard to try this as it was meant to be tasted.

Now my current favorite Belgian. (602 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated 05-10-2014 poured into a wine glass. Didn't have any goofy glasses hanging around to pour it in.

The beer forms some slightly off white head that fizzles away promptly and a clear orange body.

The alcohol is perceptible and comes across a little medicinal. At juts 8% it is a little much and doesn't blend the best with the flavors and aromas. Lots of sweetness, bread, and sweeter red berry notes.

The body is thin-medium. Some tingly carbonation. (466 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I have seen this bottle time and time again, but have no idea what it tastes like. I have always been hesitant to buy this because of the price and the size of the bottle. For $4.99, this better be good! But it's not the beer that I remember, it's the glass. Glassware is SO important when it comes to enjoying craft beer, but they admit their glass is all about marketing. We don't have a lot of different glasses here, but I always like to use one with a wide mouth. I like sticking my nose deep in the glass and letting the beer breathe a little.

I like Belgian beers, so I am excited to experience Kwak. (Duck?) Ha!

In the Glass: The beer is a little darker than most pale ales, but this is a Belgian pale. Just think of what a Belgian IPA tastes like… nothing like an American IPA. I honestly can't recall the last Belgian pale I had… but I just keep going back to the name. The label on this bottle is pretty cool, too. Maybe I should start discussing the label (or bottle) for every beer we drink. I already do what the bottle says… I will think on that.

Nose: Just like with a Belgian IPA, there are no hops on the nose. I mean, NOTHING. The aroma is somewhat sweet, with a nice fluffy and yeasty aroma. More yeast than expected, that's for sure. It is cold, so maybe the aroma will develop as the beer heats up. But it smells fun… if that makes sense. Let's drink Kwak!

Flavor: The flavor, at first, is boring. There is nothing on the front of the palate. Then the bubbles kick in, some subtle sweetness picks up toward the back of the palate, and the finish is quick. How is this beer popular? This beer is boring! It is too carbonated for my liking. As I swish this around to get more from the flavor, and to heat the beer up a little, some additional flavors come out. The bubbles are overwhelming when I do this, but some typical Belgian characteristics begin to become obvious. Still, even when swishing it around, I am not impressed with the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: The first thing you experience are bubbles. Then you get some sweetness going on, leading to a horrible finish. Only when I toss this around in my mouth is there a lasting aftertaste, but by lasting I mean here and gone again in a matter of seconds. Just drinking this, you might as well be drinking Bud Light. Yeah, I said it! I wouldn't order a Bud Light, but I also wouldn't pay $4.99 for a bottle of this again.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? There really isn't one. What does linger is a subtle dryness… almost tastes like cardboard. I am sure this would be a good beer to pair with food, maybe some old stinky cheeses, but this is not something I am going to order when hanging out with friends.

Kwak, I am sad you aren't better than this. Maybe it's because I didn't drink from the traditional Kwak glass. I will post a photo of the Kwak glass on Facebook and Twitter if you want to see what that looks like. Oh well… can't enjoy them all! By the way, if Brouwerij Bosteels wants to reimburse me, that would be fine. (3,030 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a gift box set...12 oz bottles...ready to go. poured in the 1/4 yard.
Giant head...could be awhile before you get a sip if you don't pour right!
Copper color...giant head in the quarter yard.
Aroma of sour and sweet malts.
Flavors of rich malt, amber malts, butterscotch, toasty malts, Italian bread, cocoa...if I could just get through the giant head on this 1/4 yard glass to the beer...
OK...I'll admit, I first had this brew around 1980...it was different then. I've had it at least 40 times. Times change, our taste change, and brewery ownership and direction change. I'm trying to hold this drinking contraption and fully judge the taste. Melons, lemon rind, amber malts, subtle caramel malts, cola, caramel.
I've always considered this a very good bier, especially memorable if you use the proper glass. (816 characters)

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
84 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.