Brouwerij Bosteels

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #140
Ranked #23,208
3.81 | pDev: 13.12%
Brouwerij Bosteels
Very Good
Notes: Belgian Specialty Ale
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Photo of beertunes
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Huh, woulda swore I reviewed this years ago. 11.2oz bottle, dated 1/17/19, poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear dark amber-light brown color with about 1/2 inch of light khaki head that OK retention and almost no lacing.

The aroma is of sweet malts, some yeast spice, and a slight touch of alcohol. Pretty much the same on the tongue, with the yeast being a bit bolder, and the alcohol subdued a touch.

The body was on the full side of medium, smooth, and had sweet finish that dried out nicely after a few moments. Drinkability was very good, I could easily knock back a couple of these in a session. Overall, a very nice brew. Certainly should be on any beer nerds must try list.

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Photo of Lanas
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oh yes this beer is delicious.. Has very weird and strange taste but definitely is great to me..
It start very punchy with a lot carboration in your mouth and also with some slightly sour fruity taste and after you feel one beyond words aftertaste that remind you many "Belgian" beers that you have taste in your life. The aftertaste is perhaps one of the best i have taste today.. Can complete your mouth very well.. On the other hand the mouthfeel is in the middle.. Is slightly light beer and perhaps for that has some average ratings here..
Overall one great and refreshing beer to drink.. Is aggressive, is fresh and in the end it taste like a true beer..

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/2/18; drank 7/7/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a big, noisy khaki head; nice lace.

Cream, clove & mild caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & clove flavors up front; cream & faint cinnamon notes on the finish.

Almost what we'd now call a winter warmer vibe here; not my preferred tasting notes, but this was solid & well put together.

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Photo of Martin194
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear bronze with an off-white head.

Smell: Yeast, some anise and dark fruits, sugar, booze.

Taste: Very sweet and boozey; reminded me of rum, brown sugar, raisins. The aftertaste is dry, kind of yeasty.

Feel: Medium body, leaves a warm, dry mouthfeel.

Overall: I really enjoyed this!

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.49/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into thistle. Beige head that fizzes down to nothing. A little patch of lace. Murky ruby brown.

Sweet nose w/ mild anise and dark fruit. Taste follows, with a milk chocolate creaminess and toffee & banana notes. Mouth is light, though carbonated.

Great Belgian beer. Kwak has its own glassware, but I found that a similar thistle glass works.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the small bottle in a snifter. This decent little ale pours a nice
and glowing medium dark amber with a nice head of white foam that subsides
to a thick ring, thin layer, and displays some nice light lacing. Nose features notes of
subtle peaches, subtle stone fruits, subtle herbal notes, mild banana esters, and light
yeasty funk. Flavor profile follow the nose with subtle exceptions; hints of coriander
mingle with mild caramel and honey malts with light grain notes awash in under-ripened
peaches and mild banana flavors. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium low
carbonation, and a moderately dry finish that is refreshing.

Overall a nice ale, would work well with spicy foods.


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Photo of aleigator
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours an amber color with a huge, stable white head.

Smells of banana, clove and some lime defined hops, creating quite a diverse nose, which comes very well together.

Has a higher carbonation among a lighter bodied beer with a mineralic finish to it.

Begins with a big chunk of cloves, cinnamon and toffee, which then gets totally overwhelmed by an insane amount of rock sugar. After that sugar rush becomes omnipresent, nothing else happens, with the exeption of a light stony carbonation adding in.

This is just distractingly sweet.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 330 ml bottle into tall glass. L. Golden, deep, with a large frothy white head that dissipates quickly leaving reasonable traces. Looks interesting. S. Always a weak spot with my nose. But some interesting fruit/grain notes. T. Not what I was expecting (I was thinking more a red ale caramel/nut flavour). Touches of sweetness and a definite alcohol backbone. But mainly fruity, somewhat spicy. Finishes reasonably dry. F. Medium body, not too bubbly. O. Glad I've tried it, even though not as outstanding as the reputation might suggest.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had in one of their goofy glasses and stand. That was really the big appeal. Taste has a dried fruit and syrupy malt base with apple vinegar and molasses finish. Lingered in mouth like a tootsie roll. Thin, watery, and just bland. But hey the glass is crazy

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Waterzooi in Garden City, served in the specialized kwak glass and stand... Orange-hued amber color with a fluffy tan head and bubbles quick to effervesce from the bottom... Surprisingly sweet, with flavors of spiced orange and candied dates, with hints or herb and clove and banana... Mild bitterness, medium-weight body... Very enjoyable even if not something I'd return to... Gets props for the presentation and fun factor...

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Photo of puck1225
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap poured into a traditional Kwak fluted glass with a bulb at the bottom held with a small wooden holder.
Yellowish brown color with nice head and lacing. Floral somewhat herbal smell. Taste is herbal with vanilla and licorice. Slight rustic booziness. Enjoyed it!

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Photo of matuto
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, exp. 11/2018, thick foam, amber to brown beer, lots of tutti frutti sweetness on aroma. Medium body, hidden alcohol at a brief first moment after a sip, showing up just after and hiding again with great aftertaste. Interesting feeling, showing some complexity. Little drinkability, even if it's not the worst for a beer with 8.4% ABV. Not my favorite style, but it gets its highlights with a persistent malt aftertaste.

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Photo of sb17
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was served my Kwak in the Couchman's glass with a round bottom supported by a wooden holster. I was instructed not to remove the glass from the wooden holster while sipping, so I did as I was told. Poured a nice dark/amber with a milky head. Sweet taste, a bit of alcohol on the nose. Malt forward. I don't know if I'll order this out in public again because of all of the bells and whistles - but definitely in the comfort of my own home!

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Photo of bret717
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- Pours opaque amber w/ring of head around edge of the glass

Smell- sweet pipe tobacco, cherry, mild bubblegum, very subtle hint of smoke

Taste- tobacco, banana, bubblegum and a little smoke come together very nicely. As the beer warms more of that banana and bubblegum come out

Feel- light/medium bodied, highly carbonated

Overall- This was a nice surprise and sort of reminded me of a belgian version of a barleywine because of the rich tobacco notes I was getting from it. That and the subtle smoke blended surprisingly well with the bubblegum, banana and cherry.

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Photo of pubscout
4.56/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic...especially in its original holster. I’ll admit it tasted a tad better at Bosteel’s in Belgium, but probably only because it was super-fresh and poured by Jack Antwerpen himself. But just as good as the bottle I had at The Belgian Consulate in NYC as a guest of Michael Jackson. Sweetish, bready, smooth and boozy enough to be interesting, this beer should be experienced by anyone claiming “Beer nut” status. One of The PubScout’s faves...have one in the Cafe Vlissinghe in Bruges for a bucket list memory you’ll take to your grave. ( And the lasagna there is FABULOUS! )

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Photo of spectru
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Two champagne bottles of Pauwel Kwak were a Christmas present, along with two distinctive blown glasses, trumpet-shaped with round bottoms, with wooden stands. This really gives an impressive look to the presentation. The beer is a clear dark amber with a creamy head. It's hard to pour into these glasses without creating a lot of head. The aroma was noticeable as soon as the bottle was uncorked - a nice traditional beer smell. The mouthfeel is smooth and a little tangy. The flavor is rich and mild and pleasant and a little sweet. I had hoped to share with someone, but I get to drink the whole 3/4 Liter myself.

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Photo of BenHoppy
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink in Kwak scientist glass, flavors of Carmel malt marzen with Belgian yeast sugars. Super thin, creaminess that is surprisingly 8.4%abv. Dangerously drinkability.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at Monks Pub in Chicago. It poured a clear amber with thin white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent was sweet bread. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle Belgian sugar presence. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a decent beer.

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Photo of ken3c
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On Tap at the Gollum Biercafe on Raamsteeg in Amsterdam served in the signature glass with wooden stand. Bartender took time to pour it correctly.

Perfect head with stunning presentation earned this a perfect score for look. Lacing and classic glass were a bonus.

Smell was generic Belgian. a little spice, a little yeast, a hint of alcohol.

Taste added an interesting spicy hop kick with some caramel.

Tingly mouthfeel persisted throughout.

I'll definitely have it again as long as I'm in Belgium or Netherlands.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found a dusty bomber bottle of this at a local store. Excited for the style and accolades found emblazoned on the bottle, this ultimately disappointed. A bit heavy, carmel aftertaste, and average "feel." Not bad by any means, but not noteworthy.

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Photo of SpongeHop
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - golden brown, white, compact, aggressive head
S & T - very slight buttered toast, a LOT of candi sugar, honey, bit of banana/clove yeast esters,very slight generic bitterness, tinny aftertaste
F - quite fizzy, but not unpleasantly so; alcohol quite well hidden

O - let it breathe and come up to temperature before drinking. VERY sweet, though.


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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.32/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled possibly bottle conditioned and determined to give it an honest review
Pours a copper coloured body with big foamy white head
Metal coin and clove aroma
That’s the taste with some burned sugar
And it’s so thin bodied
No I either can’t honestly review or it’s really dull

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Photo of heygeebee
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cant believe I have never rated this.
However.... it's all Belgian but the molasses really take over, hellishly sweet for style and not really complex enough for the ABV

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Photo of emincems
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very famous Belgian beer due to its amazing glassware. Deep amber color with long lasting big head. Very attractive appearance. It smells caramel, slightly plum like fruits and honey. Taste is moderately sweet, bitterness is low. Caramel and biscuit come first, but the finish is cinnamon-like spicy and semi-dry. Abv is not well hidden. Medium bodied and carbonation is high. Aftertaste is slightly boozy and sweet. Actually it's decent strong pale ale and very easy to drink.

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

Amber color,just above medium carbonation. Aroma was malt,spice,yeast,and almost candy like aroma. Malt dominated the taste but not completely allowing some yeast,spice and hops to come through. This probably won't appeal to everyone but it really worked for me. A or of flavor,a bit heavy,but very easy to finish a large bottle.

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