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Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
1,675
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Likely on the sweet end of the spectrum within the class, I find this to be a strong, solid brew. The nose is fig newton and honey. Taste follows closely with a warm, clean finish and virtually no hop.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky, muddy bronze color with a minimal off-white head that soon vanishes. Mild aroma smells of bready malt and Saaz-like hops with a dash of coriander or similar spices.

Delicate flavor profile features bready malt, honey, caramel, apple peel, white grapes, and zesty yeast. Some grassy hop bitterness sneaks through in the finish. Whatever spices may be present are mild. Rumours of tart cherry and bubblegum begin to emerge on the back end as the beer warms. Just-right carbonation delivers a superbly complementary mouthfeel. The 8.4% ABV is almost nonexistent.

Overall, this is a phenomenal Belgian ale that does nothing wrong. The flavor profile is complex and perfectly balanced, giving the drinker plenty to explore and savor during the experience. Neither the yeast nor the carbonation are overbearing, giving the deft malt character the opportunity to shine. For all its nuance and complexity, Kwak remains supremely drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red/copper color with meium head that leaves some great lacing,the aroma is almost non existant with a slight powdered sugar smell.The tast is pretty complex malty sweet with a tast of candied sugar as the backbone alcihol is prevalent in the finish wich is nice and warming.A real nice malty beer,very impressed.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a more than decent off white lace that seems to retain quite well.

Smell: Tropical fruit, raw sugar cane and slight medicinal aromas flow from a alcohol perfume.

Taste: Smooth and crisp mouth feel that hold a full-ish body. Very noticeable alcohol, warming and very fruity with a tropical character. The tingling sensation from the alcohol lingers in its spiciness. Touch of hops with a faint flavour in the finish. Light cider like twang surround the alcoholic esters then fades into a rum raisin flavour. Light steely caramel and husk flavour in the end.

Notes: It is definitely a strong ale being that its alcoholic prowess flexes its muscles right away. A decent strong ale though seems to be a bit over the top for its own self, lacks complexity and depth and a bit too much on the esters(too warm of a fermentation?) though makes up with its drinkability.

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Photo of rachelhenderson
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oh, this might be my other favorite beer. Such a deep flavor and not to heavy.

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Photo of combatbootz
4.39/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really good ale. Sweet finish. I recommend you try...if you can get it.

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Photo of maslow
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my baseline for Belgian brews, great stuff

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Photo of bigtaveras
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark orange colour. light and refreshing look. the first sip had a noticeable alcohol kick. good maltiness that helped give this beer some body. spicey and hints of citrus make this beer pleasurable but not outstanding by any stretch. maybe sampling this beer in it's original "yard" glass would have enhanced the experience. nontheless, i liked it quite a bit.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Gorgeous, cloudy orange body full of sediment with a decent head.

Smell – Nice, fruity Belgian nose filled with apricots, banana, some spices (maybe coriander, cinnamon, and allspice), and a good malt/yeast combo.

Taste – Ouch! What a shock. The heavy spice took over the flavor. This didn’t taste at all like what I expected. The alcohol came on too strong as well.

Mouthfeel – This was a pucker-upper to be sure. Not what I was looking for when I bought the bottle.

Drinkability – Sorry, but I won’t buy this again. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this went down painfully slow.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Transparent reddish-orange. Extremely assertive carbonation. Large tan head. Not long lasting but easily reinvigorated.

N: Alcohol, spices, caramel, toffee, pinch of the tropics.

T: Fruity malts with plenty of booze and sugar cane. Caramel, toffee, and rum. Specifically rum flavored with the addition of fermented tropical fruits.

MF: Thick and malty. Pleasant but with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Somewhat lacking in smoothness and the ABV isn’t well covered limiting drinkability. Also lacking in complexity.

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Photo of beerhunter13
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of ricke
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving date: 2009-03-24. Served in tasting glass.

A: Dark copper color, although translucent. Big beige head with some yellowish hues. The head is dense and looks creamy. Good head retention, some lacings.

S: Plenty of caramel malts and toffee. Dark bread, wet leaves,mild spices. Yeast.

T: Again, plenty of sweet malt flavors. Caramel, butterscotch, dark bread. Plenty of Kwak's characteristic yeast flavor. Some grass and spicy hop flavors in the middle. The finish has a decent bitterness, some white pepper and hot and spicy alcohol. A rather round taste with some richness to it, but nothing special actually.

M: Medium body, gentle carbonation. Somewhat sticky.

D: This is a decent beer, a couple of notches above average. It lacks some character, but at the same time the taste feels heavy.

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Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steelerguy
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper color, extremely low carbonation...almost flat, nice just off white head that quickly becomes puny.

S - Some caramel malt, a little fruit aroma, very subtle.

T - Like the smell...a bit of caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit, and really not much else.

M - A moderate body, a bit creamy...leaves a coating, needs some more carbonation or alcohol to clean itself up.

O - A very ordinary beer, that is disappointing...not used to such mediocrity of a Belgian beer.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Satyr179
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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