Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #125
Ranked #21,169
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
May 29, 2022
Jun 30, 2001
Very Good
Notes: In Napoleon’s time Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and owner of the ‘De Hoorn’ inn in Dendermonde. Mail coaches stopped there every day. But at that time coachmen were not allowed to leave their coach and horses in order to have their thirst quenched along with their passengers. As a result, the inventive innkeeper had a special Kwak glass blown that could be hung on the coach.
In this way the coachman had his Kwak beer safely at hand. Today Kwak is one of the few remaining historic Belgian beers and is still served with respect for tradition in its original kwak glass. Recognizable, special and just as idiosyncratic as the taste of the beer itself.

Kwak is a traditional strong Belgian amber ale, a perfect blend of malt and hops with a great complexity of flavour.
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
On tap in the distinctive glass and stand. Amber color with a thick layer of white head. Smells of brown sugar and cloves. Medium body and smooth feel. Taste is sweet, reminiscent of pear cider, with a dry finish. Interesting beer, never had anything quite like it
May 29, 2022
Rated: 3.92 by cold_beer

May 20, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
KWAK definitely haves nice color and amazing aroma but flavor is way to sweet for me that was the only draw back!
Apr 17, 2022
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Reviewed by CantDrinkEveryBeer from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Gift set of four 12 oz bottles with a quarter yard glass, the traditional glass for this beer. Cellared for three years, I've chilled these just a few months past the best by date.

Appearance: Pours a thick, rich amber, with some dark sediment suspended. Thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell: Nose is honey, cloves, and brown sugar. Very heavy and sweet.

Taste: Initial flavor is juicy. Apple cider, Nashi pear, honey, and a bit of orange rind bitterness. A maltiness follows; Hawaiian sweet bread, which then settles on the palate. The finish is very sweet, mead-like and cloying. There's a very distinct progression in the flavors, very pleasing to sip slowly and savor.

Feel: Exquisite; thick, sticky and bubbly. Again, redolent of cold apple cider.

Overall: I've only had a few Belgians, but this is my favorite (so far!). The aging really brought out the best in this beer, and even my non-drinking mother found it to be delicious. Looking forward to the other three bottles.
Apr 10, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
4-bottle gift box with glass from Jungle Jim's
Mar 31, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by TheRatCage from Connecticut

Feb 11, 2022
Rated: 3.98 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by Rhetion from Florida

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by bojmil

Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 3.87 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Dec 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by KT3418 from Colorado

Nov 25, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Oct 16, 2021
Rated: 4 by altrio

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This is a sweet, Tripel-like beer. Rich with a good carbonation. Very easy drinking but also rich and full flavored. No lacing from the modest head. Short aftertaste.
Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 3.93 by Ushouldbeworkinh from Portugal

Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by officerbill from New York

4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: pours a beautiful copper/orange amber with a tall, slowly dissolving tan head and continuous tiny bubbles
S: bananas, clove
T: banana, dates, raisins, caramel, sticky buns, burnt sugar, some over ripe apple or pear, no hops or bitterness
F: smooth and rich, mild carbonation, slightly sticky coating, and a very mild, very subdued touch of bitter in the aftertaste
O: so so good, smooth and easy drinking, a sweet beer with no noticeable hoppiness, missing that trademark Belgian funk and maybe a little too sweet (even compared to other Belgians) for many drinkers.
If you want hops in your beer don't bother with Kwak. This is a sweet beer with no noticeable hop presence and a profile almost reminiscent of a dunkelweiss.
Very smooth, rich, easy to drink and you don't feel the 8.4% until the end of the bottle.
Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A chill haze clears out to an acorn-copper body under a moderately dense khaki head settling to a creamy curled collar.

Esters and phenols work in tandem: cherry on toasted graham and gingerbread with a light spice.

Very unique, and insanely old world, it's like a hard cider but with a different fruit--not quite the mango or pineapple the brewery itself describes it as, but I guess I can see the resemblance, as it's fairly sweet overall, and I also get a hint of bubblegum.

The round yet lighter body has a fine then expanding froth and finishes semi-dry.

I'll be the one to say it: this is a weird beer. It's kind of like having some food or drink after chewing gum, with that slight waxy aftertaste.
Jun 28, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Daneve76 from Australia

May 26, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by sjrider from California

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle pour- not quite clear amber/copper with long lasting thick off white head. Nose brings candi sugar, yeast ,spice and an earthiness. Taste follows with hints of fruit and caramel. Smooth finish with plenty of carbonation. ABV well hidden
May 09, 2021
Rated: 4 by Enomas from Portugal

Apr 29, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Kwak pours into my glass slightly hazy and the color of polished gold. The head is dense, off white, and lasting.
Very rich set of aromas on this beer. Hints of candi sugar and spice up front, moving very quickly into caramel candies. Caramel is supported by hints of leather and tobacco, reinforcing the aroma's overall spiciness. Then I get what smells like ripe summer berries, especially strawberry. All these elements combine to give an aroma that is at once both vinous and gently barnyard in character.
Kwak is smooth bodied, nicely rounded in the middle, and very full flavored. Flavors of caramel and spiciness lead the charge before moving into barnyardy flavors of leather, horse blanket, and tobacco. The center is vinous in nature, giving flavors of ripe grape rather than the berries I noted in the nose. Slight alcoholic spiciness somehow feels appropriate here.
It's pleasantly complex boasting the spiciness you might expect from a Belgian beer and coupling that with a vinous, barnyard profile. And yet the flavors and aromas are restrained enough to prevent them from becoming off putting. This is a very enjoyable beer to sip on during a cool, autumn evening.
Apr 22, 2021
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Rated by Joshyc88

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5
Does anyone know a beer similar to kwak? I can’t find it in Canada.
Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Slightly hazy light amber. Almost 3 fingers of off-white head with almost endless retention. Lots of gentle rising bubbles.

Smell: Earthy, floral, a little woody like cedar.

Taste: Mild sweet caramel, cedar, brown sugar, cherries. Very light earthy hops with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth with mild carbonation.

Overall: A highly quaffable ale that feels dangerously drinkable.
Apr 10, 2021
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750 ml corked bottle.

Pours amber in color, thick head of tiny bubbles, good head retention. mild caramel, a bit fruity, a little sweet, moderate Belgian yeast spiciness. Creamy mouth feel
Apr 04, 2021
Rated: 3.99 by Rainintheface from Florida

Mar 19, 2021
Rated: 3.9 by craigbelly from Iowa

Mar 15, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by bmaggot from Lithuania

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 3.9 by DvdP from Netherlands

Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by VicCooper from Ireland

2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not a fan of belgian beer, in general. Of course there are some gorgeous ones, but as they make hundreds of different beers in different breweries, that makes extremely hard to find them.

Top: one inch of sparkly head, yellow-ish, off-white in colour, but disappears in less than a minute, literally like a freshly poured Fanta... A bigger patch of lacing remains in the middle, fadind away in a few minutes, and a thin ring inside of the glass. Meh...

Colour: slightly cloudy dark amber. That actually looks nice. But the lack of head...

Smell: first, dry rose wine and belgian witbeer. After some decanting, sour apples, pears, a hint of banana and vinegar.

Taste: pears, A LOT. Sweet, flavoured cider. Some apples and a slight yeast note in the background. Tastes quite sweet, gets drier to the finish, which is semi-dry. Medium body, low carbonation (like a somewhat flat champagne). Alcohol is quite well hidden, hard to believe it’s 8.4% ABV.

Summary: ehh, to be honest, this beer is one prime example why I am NOT a fan of belgian beers. I like my beers beer-like, looks, taste and smell included.
This one feels basically a cider to me. In every possible way. No more of this, thank you. Duval is great in the genre, a milestone if you like, this one however is nowhere close to that league. I want my money back.
Nov 24, 2020
Rated: 3.85 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Nov 20, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by bainz from England

Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by travelguy from Ohio

Oct 04, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by Insomniac from Canada (ON)

Aug 18, 2020
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Reviewed by hk117 from Hong Kong

3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
750ml bottle - slightly sweet but rich and malty flavour, surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. You won't taste the alcohol but will definitely feel it after a glass or two
Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 3.15 by dubadw from Switzerland

Jul 31, 2020
Rated: 3 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by OrdinaryManDrinks from England

Jun 19, 2020
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