Brouwerij Bosteels

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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Ranked #140
Ranked #23,880
3.81 | pDev: 12.86%
Brouwerij Bosteels
Very Good
Notes: Belgian Specialty Ale
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4/5  rDev +5%

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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 +8.7%
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 Jason
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 combatbootz
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
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 oberon
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
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 rachelhenderson
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
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 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 maslow
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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 +20.5%
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 Ninjakillzu
4.91/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay chalice, The body is a cloudy dark red/burnt orange hue, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of spices, bread, and liqueur soaked cherries. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An 11.2oz./33cl bottle poured into the bulbous coachman's glass/stand, typical of the Kwak. Our first pour in this type of glass since sharing one at Paters Vaetje in Antwerp; since then we bought our own on ebay.

A: Amber/copper with a gigantic off-white frothy head. Presentation gets even higher marks for being in the 'proper' glassware. Clear consistency and with an excellent, even lace.

S: Smells of sweet malts, caramel and sugars.

T: Big butterscotch flavor, followed with brown sugar, hints of mint (?) and a spiced yeast finish. Almost no hops or bitterness.

M: A little flat and a bit oily. Buttery & like a very thin syrup. A very thin trace of bittering hops rounds off the finish, leaving a slight dryness in the mouth.

D: Almost an 'everyday' drinker, definitely an enjoyable and very easy to drink strong pale. Pleasant flavors, sweet and caramel-laden with good balance, though it leans toward the sugary malts; this is one I could have many times. Also a favorite for my wife.

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Photo of everetends
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub in ATL. Served up in its traditional, brewery glassware with stand. Very cool. Its amazing when people see a beer presented this way, everyone seems to take notice and wonder what it is. As soon as mine hit the table, the table next to me ordered a few of them.

A: Besides the really kick ass glassware we have the actual beer itself. Served with a really nice half finger or so of pristine white head resting on top of the light amber (more orange than brown) body. That head was resilient as all hell. It made it almost all the way down to the bulb at the bottom of the glass. Lace was a bit to be desired but can't have it all. Beer had a pretty clear appearance with no debris in the glass. It really is a nice presentation.

S: Smell was a bit to be desired. Has a decent bready malt character. Maybe a touch of tropical fruits looming in the background in the form of some banana and may a touch of citrus from the hops. Little bit of sugared presence as well. Everything is just a bit light and subdued. Still nice.

T: Taste is a bit better. That bready malt presence comes out a bit more. Has a nice flavor to it. The banana that you get in the nose is just barely there but it plays a nice role. Really earthy quality here with some grains and a touch of hay. The hops are little medicinal along with a little bit of citrus and earth. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation keeps this beer very crisp and absolutely refreshing. I was a little taken aback to see it sits at 8% because I got zero hint of alcohol in here. The brew has just a touch of dryness to it in the finish. Aftertaste is mostly just a touch of bready malts.

D: Very easy drinker. I was expecting this to be a bit of a challenge to tackle for some reason, but it goes down very easily. Sits nice and light. Tastes are good and the beer is very refreshing. I could have easily had another, but I had already had enough by this point. Very enjoyable brew with a beautiful presentation. Worth exploring again in the future in my opinion.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GreenEggsHam1
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Bujon
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Difficult to really judge a Kwak without serving it in the legendary bespoke bauble bottomed glass.

Ultimately the beer looks great in full regalia, a nice deep amber coloured body with a moderate head, and of course the glass to catch the sediment and release the flavour.

The Aroma is very spicy, almost like a mulled wine, and like many Belgian Christmas beers.

Those warming spices do carry through into the taste, and with a touch of gas on the tongue, it does slip down the gullet very well, and keeps the alcohol fairly well hidden.

This might not be everyone's cup of tea, and a touch on the acquired side, but overall a very good beer of that there can be no doubt!

Kwak Attack Attack Attack!

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Todd
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I thought this to be a mediocre brew when I had it in Belgium, and so did the locals. Most who drank it, did so because it's served in mini-yard glass with a wooden holder. More of a fad brew.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I literally had to give up my left shoe to taste this beer. Sampled at Den Anker Belgian restaurant on the waterfront in Cape Town, the restaurant serves these in a Kwak mini-yard glass on a wooden stand. Because the glasses cost so much, they require you to forfeit your left shoe until you finish, which is hoisted above the bar in a basket. Makes for a good story, but not a real good air freshener.

Appearance: Pours a transparent red-orange, with a big head that looks like egg whites that have been beaten until they form stiff peaks - how is it so dense? Nice lacing as you get down the glass. A beautiful beer.

Smell: A touch of spicy fresh hops aroma here, which picqued my interest, but some candi sweetness too that I'm not a fan of.

Taste: sweet, as expected, but with a nice toastiness as well. Alcohol is definitely noticeable.

Mouthfeel is syruppy, and gets old quick. The label indicates otherwise, but it's hard to believe there's not some sugar in here. Drinkability suffers from being overly sweet. Unfortunately, the appearance was the best part of this one, and I think it may have set my expectations too high.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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