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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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very good

1,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 32
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels visit their website

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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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-14-2012 02:07:02 | More by Lawnboy33
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Northwest Territories (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-12-2012 02:43:27 | More by andrewfjohnson
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1/5  rDev -73.5%

05-10-2012 20:49:23 | More by Jagaleg
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-10-2012 00:55:34 | More by Thiago
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-09-2012 12:31:33 | More by jrjordao
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet smell. Caramel malts and toffee with Belgian yeast and some clove. Dark fruits with hints of raisins, plum, and figs. Candied sugar and some hints of citrus like you would find in a summer beer. Hops aren't really noticeable. Very malty and biscuity.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet malt forward Belgian ale. Big taste of caramel malts and toffee with some Belgian yeast, cloves, and candied sugar. Dark fruits with notes of plums, raisins, and figs. Also some hints of citrus and banana. Hops are very subtle. Malty like an American lager but with a Belgian twist.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat prickly, syrupy, and slick. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian ale. Robust malt presence with enough spice to keep it from becoming cloying. Fruits are good.

05-08-2012 06:23:28 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

05-08-2012 05:50:20 | More by Edruil
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

05-05-2012 22:55:08 | More by MouthfulOfchris
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3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

Goodluck Kwak, after having LOVED Moinette Blonde this beer has a lot to live up to.

A: Already it falls flat. Albeit not a bad looking beer or head it's not nearly as robust. Two fingers of creamy head instead of the normal robust rocky heads you see in other Belgian Strong Pale Ales. By the time I finished typing this sentence it's almost all gone. Color is a dark ruby mahogany which is a surprise. Fantastic clarity and nice carbonation. A decent looking beer but the head is a huge disappointment.

S: This also smells a lot sweeter than I think it should. Much more like caramel and dark fruits then Belgian Strong Pale Ale's normally do. Not an unpleasant aroma, just surprisingly different. Some estery yeastiness is present too. Nice spiciness to it.

T: Very sweet beer. Lots of caramel, toffee and dark fruitiness. It's rich but borderline cloying. On second thought I don't think it crosses that line. The alcohol is absolutely present which isn't too surprising. There is some spiciness present throughout. I let the beer set out for about an hour but I even think it needed a little bit more. It tastes pretty uneven... there's just not the right balance to this beer.

M: Medium body with smooth mouth. Slick and dense with medium to light carbonation.

O: I appreciate what they're trying to do but I think they just tried to make this beer "too much". I could see how this beer might hit some people's palate just right and they love it. But I think it's not balanced well and doesn't finish quite clean enough.

05-04-2012 05:25:03 | More by tony223366
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle of 330 ml, at home.
Very deep red/light brown colour with one finger of creamy, beige head, with an average retention.
Aroma is sweet, of fruits, plums, raisins. Quite strong smell.
Taste is also sweet and fruity, it follows the smell very close. Alcohol is masterfully concealed.
Medium to thick body and average carbonation.
Overall, a great beer.

05-01-2012 18:00:19 | More by Douberd
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-24-2012 23:19:11 | More by hotsudge
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

04-24-2012 19:34:54 | More by gleemonger
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-23-2012 19:06:06 | More by smartassboiler
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-22-2012 15:22:05 | More by rale
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-22-2012 14:42:54 | More by Sbrouill
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-21-2012 11:45:05 | More by MercerTraieste
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-19-2012 02:03:21 | More by Tarks
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

04-17-2012 16:30:11 | More by JxExM
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-17-2012 05:01:39 | More by Chou
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a clear ruby red hue with a huge, 5-finger, white, frothy head that slowly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with hints of cinnamon and spices.

T: Very sweet caramel flavor with spices and cinnamon in the background.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Strong Belgian Ale. A little sweet for my liking for still went down easy.

04-17-2012 02:44:20 | More by ckollias
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

04-13-2012 11:11:44 | More by decay_of_mind
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-12-2012 05:54:33 | More by JoeyRamone
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

04-10-2012 17:24:04 | More by DavyJones
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

04-10-2012 08:37:59 | More by aztraz
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

11.2oz bottle split into two snifters

Pours cloudy brownish with a medium head that fades to a ring and a film of fine bubbles. Smell is fruity, yeasty, dingy.

Taste is fruity, dark fruit like dates. A little funky. Moderately sweet.

Mouthfeel is slightly grainy. Overall, pretty good.

04-07-2012 19:44:59 | More by snaotheus
Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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