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Pauwel Kwak - Brouwerij Bosteels

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,480 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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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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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a thick head that produced some light lacing. The aroma was mild as sweetness and fruitiness were detected. The flavor was sweeter than expected. Caramel comes to mind but there were some citrus tones that developed at the end. Then during the swallow a light non-offending sourness was detected.

The mouthfeel smooth and this was medium bodied. Carbonation levels were good. Decent, but there are more drinkable Belgian ales out there.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a full 2-finger head, good lace.

S: Great smell, heavy malt, fruit - apricot, raisin, apple.

T: Fruity esters immediately and a dark, almost molasses flavour. Great treacle, cake batter sweetness at the end. Good complexity.

M: Smooth, very light solvent and phenol, soft carbonation.

D: A very tasty Belgian ale for sure. A bit pricey, but worth it IMO. Kind of a hybrid of the BSPA and BSDA.

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

This is another of those beers you assume you've reviewed because you've had so many, but haven't actually registered the tasting. So here goes, this brown 33cl bottle, best before 23 April 2011 was reviewed and consummed at home on 27 April 2010 and poured into the correct bulbous bottomed glass.

I managed to pour it slowly and kept the sediment in the bottle, that might sound easy, but sometimes the bottles can be a bit 'lively' to say the least, this one behaved.

The body colour is a true amber, darker than some amber, but never-the-less, amber. The full head is an off-white foaming blanket of small bubbles, in it's proper glass the beer looks wonderful (if a bit touristy when in a bar).

The aroma is very sweet, toffee, molasses and almost candy floss as the beer warms in the glass.

The flavours within the taste are sweet and malty, no hint of hop bitterness. I've liked this beer for years, it doesn't need the fancy glass really, it can stand alone as a good beer without the glass. Having said that I've got used to drinking from it now, so prefer it served from the wooden stand and glass.

The 8.4% ABV sneeks up on you, the sweetness and lightness of the body lull you into a false sence of security, and just as you finish the beer to ask for another you realise the room isn't in focus as much as it was before you started drinking. A very drinkable beer and a flavourite of my wife and daughter.

Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours clear, red-brown with a generous sized tan head that soon reduces to a thin and irregular coat. Nonetheless, the glass is nicely sheeted when tipped.

Aroma: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe banana. Lightly spicy.

Flavor: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe bananas and cherries. Faintly spicy.

Feel: A strong point. Medium+ but soft carbonation. Medium-full body. Dry and light at mid-taste.

O: a good Belgian ale but bettered by a good number of competitors. Certainly worth trying.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ouncer without freshness indication. Pours a nice rich and glowing mahogony auburn. Clear, with a short lived off white head and leaving delicate and fine, splotchy lacing. Nose I get is nutty, alcohol and a bit of barnyard funkyness. Notes of more nuts, alcohol, steady stream of maltyness and quite dry late. So so Belgian, this one doesnt do much for me, there are alot of more interesting Belgians out there.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at the Farmhouse in Emmaus, PA. Carefully decanted into my wine glass, it was a clear red with a tan head.

I've always heard this was an interesting brew and it didn't disappoint. It immediately reminded me of an oak-aged beer for the mellow, earthy spice. There are also notes of caramel and molasses with dried berries in the background. It's not the most complex Belgian, but at 8% abv its very drinkable and worth a try for something different.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Kwak carriage glass.

Pours a dark golden amber/caramel orange color with some golden orange hues when held to a light source and a three finger frothy, pillowy light beige head. Excellent retention, pretty much only settling a slight bit into a thick lasting cap that coats the glass chunks of soapy lacing.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with a nice earthy, grassy hops. Smells surprisingly hoppy for a Belgian beer with subtle estery dark fruit notes.

Surprisingly hop forward with some subtle earthy hoppy bitterness which is nicely balanced by a sweet caramel malt backbone with hints of toffee and, caramel, slight nut character and subtle dark fruit notes. Possibly some raisin and fig notes. Very well balanced and the bitterness up front actually lingers throughout into a slightly dry sweet finish. ABV decently masked making Kwak pretty quaffable.

Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured ontap into a chalice. Pours a ruby reddish in color, a bit cloudy and a short livid white head. This doesn't appear to be to style, as the beer is not a rich gold in color by any stretch.

Smell: Aroma is pleasing. Soft tannins and fruity esters make up the nose.

Taste: Nice and fruity with no real hop bite or edge. Fruit borders on sherbert, alcohol well masked behind the esters and malt. Brown sugar. The finish has a more-ish sweetness to it. The flavor profile is much closer to an abbey style double than strong pale ale, but to hell with guidelines this tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewey malt body.

Drinkability: A very tasty beer but a bit of an oddity as it really doesn't fit the style as listed. Still a beer I would reccommend to fans of Abbey style beer and barleywines. This beer also seems to be much better on tap and fresh.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On-tap at the YardHouse, on to the beer:

Semi-hazy dark apricot color is the best way to describe the color of this beer, so I little darker than your average blonde. Some mushy bananas and clove emerge from the aroma, but so does some odd-flavored husky malt. It holds true even in the taste. There are some traditional Belgian characteristics, such as candi sugar and banana, but that stale, husky grain is turning me off. Add in husky, bland pilsner malt to the equation, and now my palate is filing for a divorce. I do like the creamy mouthfeel this beer has, but by now, it is too late. There are so many better options out there.

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 lacqueredmouse
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Leura Cellars, when I realised that I was yet to review it. Interesting.

Pours a clear copper amber colour, with a fine and minimal head of white. Some sticky lacing, but the body looks relatively light, and the carbonation streams effortlessly to the top of the glass. Not bad.

Nose is light and caramelly, with not a lot of Belgian esters or spice. Indeed, it's very light overall. Just some mild candy and caramel sweetness, and a very subtle touch of grain. Not the standard Belgian aroma I'd expect.

Taste is similar, with more of a strong English Amber character to it that a true Belgian, lots of caramel malt, a bit of sticky grain and a slight astringency on the finish. Back is extremely thick and heavy—feels like it really needs something else to clean it out.

Not bad, but certainly not great. Belgian beers spread quite the gamut, but this is one you feel could have used a little more balance, and a little more of that classic Belgian yeast character. Lacks a lot.

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 ejimhof
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Coming in a 750ml champange bottle, corked and caged. BB 14/12/2007, served lightly-chilled in a large Burgundy bulb wine glass.

A: pours a clear and bright chestnut brown or copperish hue; semi-thick, beige-hued beer head dissipates very slowly, leaving moderate layers of lacing along the way; the gentle carbonation is much milder than most Belgian ales. Looking elegant~~
S: sweet, caramely Munich malts, slightly syrupy with a spicy hint like ginger on top of a profound sweet fruit-preserve: cherries, orange, coconuts, sticky plums, and slightly banana-ish yeasty at the back. Not terribly complex, but quite pleasant all the same.
T: semi-thick textured, dark candy-sugary malts pour onto the palate, followed by slightly spicy yet rather cloying flavour of ginger-syrup + orange-cordial + over-ripened melon, before the palate hits a semi-dryish and lively aftertaste mixing (Saaz?) hops and more residual caramely maltiness... A surprisingly dryish-sweet aftertaste lingers at the back of the palate, resulting in a (next-to-)healthy balance b/w bitterness and maltiness overall.
M&D: softly-carbonated and medium-bodied for its high alc. content, this beer is quite robust yet unbelie...vably easy to drink. Compared with my previous note of the same beer on tap, it seems the bottled version is indeed sweeter, but in an ideal glassware--a bulb wine glass, rather than the stupid (sorry!) "chemical experiment" like glass-tube--the beer is truly nice and more pleasant.

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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

Kwak? What is in this ducks? ;)

Pours a hazy red brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a sweet malt and plums smell.

Taste is sweet and quite malty with plums, brown sugar and spice flavor. Light bitter finish to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty drinkable brew, I will drink this again. A bit fuller flavored than most beers of this style.

Oh and about the ducks comment, sorry for the wise Kwak! :P

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer pours a clear auburn body with a gentle carbonation and a thin soapy head.

S- The aroma is dark fruit notes like plums and dried apple, with a faint hint of spice. Very faint alcohol warmth on the tongue.

T- This beer has a sweet taste of fruit almost cider, with a nice pale malt background. Very faint spice from hops that blends into the finish.

M- medium mouthfeel with no alcohol warmth or astringency

D- This is a very nice beer but it doesn't have all the complexity that others do in this style.

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

Pours with a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving a ring and some lace. Cloudy, amber color. Medium bodied. Sweet raisin nose. Light carbonation. Starts and finishes with sweet overtones, not syrupy, but clean. Pricey at $4.34 for a 330ml bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of John_M
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For some reason this beer has always been a favorite of mine. On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a slight hazy amber orange color with very god head retention and lacing. The is terrific, showing off butter, brown sugar, toffe, sugar daddy candy caramel, and a boatload of spice. Flavors generally replicate the nose, on a fairly sweet frame. Mouthfeel is full (yet light) and fairly long, with a soft, lush finish. Alcohol is very well disguised, leading one to foolishly believe they could down a number of these (bad idea, no matter how delicious this beer is).

What else can I say. Yummm....

Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kwak's distinctive presentation - an elegantly branded, round-bottomed, hour-glass shaped yard glass that is held upright in a wooden stand - does a great deal for this otherwise ordinary looking beer. In a normal glass, there's nothing catchy about its amber appearance, save maybe the ruby highlights. And without that oddball device rigging things and making pouring so awkward, don't expect much head to form.

The uninitiated might find this aroma to be a little bizarre; indeed, Belgian beer comes standard with some notably different features than those of commercial lager beers. For starters, there's the fruity esters and peppery phenols of the yeast. This one also adds a faint musty quality. Alas the malts are much more robust, tinged with caramel and toast.

The taste offers little else but conventional, unembellished malt and yeast flavours - and there's nothing wrong with that. Its almost nutty-sweet, cookie-like malts and yeast, which is suggestive of over-ripened fruits and a light rash of phenolic spice, don't leave me licking my lips or rubbing my belly in satiation, but they're more than palatable.

Besides, it has a pleasant sweetness that leaves you tempted to go right back in for another sip. Do take heed, however - this ale may be easy-drinking but it is over 8% alcohol! (I feel it's my responsibility to tell you because otherwise you might not sense it.) Although Belgian ales tend to age better than most, this is one best enjoyed fresh.

Kwak is sort of the anatomical skeleton of Belgian ales; its conventional, unvarnished qualities provide a plain, paradigmatic taste of the style and a quintessential, agreeable learning experience for young reviewers, curious drinkers or aficionados alike. Despite being an ale stripped-down to its bare essentials, it's still an enjoyable, social and perfectly acceptable beer worth drinking (or at least trying to pour properly) at least once.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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