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

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3.75
pDev:
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Photo of MoohMooh
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely pretty orange-red (a sunset in your glass!), with a small head and little lacing, very clear, very clean. The smell isn't terribly interesting: mostly malts, with something like wet hay, but mostly alcohol. Taste is even worse, with the alcohol covering pretty much everything. I managed to taste some yeast, and some hidden hops, but that's it. Mouthfeel is okayish; if you don't mind the overpowering alcohol taste, it's a pretty drinkable beer. Not very carbonated though.

Okay, can you see what I'm getting at here? It's too boozy. Take the alcohol out and what have you got left? The few other beers sporting a comparable ABV I've had were much more capable at hiding their alcohol content, and in turn felt complex and interesting (although I didn't necessarily like them that much...). I may try this again if I ever have the opportunity to drink it in its typical glass (which I'll gladly admit is cool beans), but otherwise I'll do just fine without.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy, burnt orange/copper color with just the slightest hint of ruby red. head is nothing more than a thin tan film on top

s: pears and sweet malt with some general fruity esters - but its dark fruity, a bit different from the BSPA that you're used to. there is also just the faintest hint of Belgian spice in the aroma as well

t: taste aligns with the nose fairly well. dark fruits - raisins, plums alongs side some light brown sugar and caramel. sweeter than other BSPA's. there is something almost woody in here as well, as well as some masked alcohol flavors. the alcohol is hidden quite well, so be careful. towards the back of the mouth, you can pick up some yeast spice and coriander

m: heavier side of medium. carbonation is surprisingly low for a BSPA

o: not necessarily a bad beer, however i find myself saying multiple times that it seems to depart from the traditional BSPA characteristics. honestly, if i closed my eyes, and you told me this was a dubbel, i would probably believe you. on its own, it is an alright beer that is a bit sweeter than you'd expect. as a BSPA, its a tad different so beware.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose gives me the hit of apple butter or prunes. The head is not existent, even when I tried to force one. The initial taste is of sweet molasses, but just slightly. Good to above average beer that has a kick due to high Abv.

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Photo of BeerKnower
1.97/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I like real beer. Drinks made with cereal grains, and/or sugars not totally derived from barely deserve their own categories, like mead, wine coolers, hard cider. Accepting this as beer is like letting Lance Amstrong go unchallenged. I just had this beer, and I would otherwise give it a good rating as having nice malty flavor, sweet and noticably boosted alcohol, if there were a sugary drink category for it.

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Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice coopery orangey color with a fluffy white head on the pour. Bready, fruity notes throughout. Sweet taste that hides the alcohol very well. A very solid amount of carbonation from start to finish. A very nice smooth fruity finish. A very nice balance of fruit versus sweet.
Can't figure out if this goes into my top Belgian Pales. Are there better BP out there ? For sure ! Will this do the job in a pinch ? For sure !

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into the Custom Pauwel Kwak special edition glass. It pours a rich burnt-orange amber mostly clear. The head rises quick, fluffy and foamy and dissipates fairly quick.

Aromatics: Light fruity citrus with undertones of fresh cut grass. An ever so subtle alcohol scent at the very back.

Taste: Sweet and savoury, a light combination of apple and banana come to mind over top of the mild spice and every so slight hop. Sweetness continues into the aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly heavy for what I was expecting - not that it’s heavy, but it does have a slightly oily weight and drys into a unique sweet bitter and finishes very cleanly.

Overall: I love the glass, and I think it suits this beer very well. I think it is my first BSPA, and I liked the complexity in the balance between the fruit aroma, sweet flavours, and bitter feel. Very solid beer in my opinion.

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Photo of jimdkc
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, dark copper color in my New Belgium globe glass. About an inch of creamy cream-colored head that did not last long. Aroma is bready, caramel with fruity notes of figs, dates, and a hint of banana and vanilla. Taste is quite sweet, but is cut by the high alcohol level. Alcohol is apparent, but not unwelcome. A bit of spicy earthiness from the hops. Smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Nice alcohol warming and fruity aftertaste. A bit sweeter than I normally like, but overall I liked this!

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Photo of imstimpy
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up in 2015 and aged for another six months. Poured into a Dogfish Head 120 glass leaving the last 1" of swill in the bottle.

Color is a nice copper with a medium to large head. Scent is subtly malt. Taste is quite simple and clean- Belgian malt, spices, and yeast. It reminds me of a Leffe. Ok, but not nearly as good as I remember. Very subtle compared to the Trappists I've had more recently.

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Photo of erk0607
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: coppery brown. Head disappeared almost immediately and lacing soon thereafter.
Smell: Has a sweet, yeasty aroma and is reminiscent of the banana and spices in a hefe. Also kinda fruity smelling.
Taste: Strong malt presence with banana, dark fruit, sweet caramel, and yeast.
Feel: medium-thick bodied, low carbonation. Smooth.
Overall: tasty and definitely sweet. If it weren't so pricy I'd definitely get it again.

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Photo of Ant777uk
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.75

Unfortunately they do not sell the cool glass thing at my local Paris shop, so it loses a a point for look...

This is a bit unfair for my Kwak, I admit.

Still, the head is fairly good and deep colour.

Nice fruity aroma, quite tingly.

Taste is fairly heavy, malty, with orange peel, red current, coriander and lemon peel coming through. It's a bit too heavy feeling in my opinion, not easy to drink lots of. If it was a bit more frothy and bitter or fruity, it would be better.

I have often bought this in Belgian beer cafés, for the glass. Though as a beer, it's not the best. It's too malty, not enough hops, fruitiness, complexity.

Once I wanted to buy the glass at one of the London Belgo's, though they were not for sale. So I gave the Spanish barmaid about a £15 tip and she let me steal one.

The best option is to steal the glass from somewhere like me, and use it for a Piraat, Chimay, Rochefort or your favourite alternative

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed in "Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium", this awaits my review with another tasting.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!"
It also is reviewed on the "1001."

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Photo of Shanex
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good beer, an okay have reviewed the 'Bros" (founders of BA) which seem a bit harsh imo. I'd have this one again and again, but yes there are better Belgian Strong Pale Ale out there. Cheers

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750 cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a vibrant, slightly hazed, copper caramel coloring, with a filmy, sparse surface coating of off-white head. Solid flow of carbonation throughout the body, too. Nose of tangy caramel and an old world fruit blend of apple, date, and fig. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, heavily roasted on a caramel backbone. Solid notes of apple, fig, and hints of vanilla. Very rich and sweet, with earthy highlights to rough up the edges a bit. The body is bold, slick, and smooth, with a fruity and sweet aftertaste. The finish is smooth, slick, and surprisingly clean, with only a slight cloying linger. Solid beer.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The body is copper with a weak, non-lacing, white head.
S: The aroma has a hoppy profile with a sweet tone.
T: For a BPLA, this is a very sweet beer. Actually, I look back and find it too sweet. Yet, it's great how it balances the sweetness and the small hop profile to a balanced beer. Nice one.
M: Very foamy, mellow, soft. In other words, very well carbonated. To refer that I've been drinking this beer for 40min and it's still doing pretty great.
O: It took me long to get to this beer. I don't know why, but I've been avoiding this beer since I first saw it. Even being a regular to good beer in my standards, I'll probably not revisit this beer although I'd definitely recommend this beer for entry levels.

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Photo of RobinLinde
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a beautiful clear brownish, golden colored body with a thin white head that was reduced to almost nothing within the minute. Very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet and spicy smell. Quite different from other Belgian beers I've had.

Taste: Very spicy and mild. Somewhat sweet and it's hiding the alcohol very well. Sweet and a bit bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing with low carbonation.

Overall: An interesting surprise. Not a favorite but a very spicy and different beer.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Reddish brown beer, minimal head retention with what appears to be mild carbonation. Little to no head.
S: Really enjoyable. Very sweet first and foremost. Malt lends a sort of dark fruit characteristic, much like grape and apricot. Has an almost wine-like aroma.
T: First, taste is very well balanced. Despite having a sweet aroma it is not overly so. There is also a touch of bitterness as well. You also get the dark fruit notes from the aroma though they are milder on the palate, also detected a bit of caramel-apple in there as well. Not overly complex but good.
F: Very light and crisp. Definitely a refreshing beer, never gets too heavy or overwhelming, not too much astringency from bitterness.
O: I really like this beer, surprised other ratings were so low. I've had other Belgian pales before as well, for some reason just really enjoyed this one. Absolutely will purchase again.

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Photo of OlaB
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:reddish copper color. Very small head that almost disapear imediatelly after I pour it inn the glass.
S:yeast . banana. spices,dark fruits ,caramel is what comes my mind
T: First mouthful gives me a taste of dark fruits and a hint of caramel and spices. The aftertaste is quite sweet.
F: medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol content felt lower than 8,4%, the beer went down quite smooth
O: it was interesting to try this beer considering that I was very impressed when I drank the triple Karmeliet. This one is absolutelly a good beer but a little to sweet for my taste to give it a top score.but is not a bad beer at all. Is just that is so much belgian beers that are better

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in one of those cool big test tube looking glasses and placed in that wooden stand. The bartender told me about the interesting history regarding the origin of this custom. (It was for coachmen traveling by Pauwel Kwak's inn) It poured a caramel/amber color with a big foam head. The lace was creamy like a cappuccino.
The aroma is predominantly sweet. At first I detected orange peel, followed by caramel. Later there is a hint of biscuit and even some floral tones.
The feel is pretty smooth with low carbonation. The taste and finish are quite sweet and a tiny bit on the cloying side. There is some alcohol as well.
I like this brew overall despite the fact that the taste was a tad too sweet for me and detracted from the score slightly.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight scent of cherry on the nose. The head disappears within a few minutes after the pour. The beer is relatively light bodied with marked effervescence. Malt and cherry tastes come through with a slight tartness.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish copper that turns amber when held up to the light. Almost no head; moderate lacing. Quite fruity, almost tastes more like a Scottish Ale than a Belgian. Very smooth; I had a hard time believing that it's 8.4%. Overall: Very delicious; I can see myself making this my go-to beer for easy drinking.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big tulip glass from a 33 cl bottle.
-Opaque of reddish colour.
-Strong smell
-The taste is very good. At some point it remind to cookie flavour.
-Mouthfeel is bitter but I like it a lot.
I think it's a very very good beer.

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Photo of KevCan
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pulled from the kegerator at work into a compostable plastic cup made in the good ol' U.S. of A. I love my job. Paired with some whole wheat crackers from the microkitchen.

Look: This beer was like 90% head when I poured it. It slowly settled down to reveal a deep reddish amber color underneath a thick foamy head. A little hazy with a few chunky particles floating around. Not sure if that's intended.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt backbone, with a nice fruity yeast complement. Classic Belgian ale notes. Smells really great.

Taste: Unexpected taste of dark fruit, maybe plum or cherry. A bit of holiday spices. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. I would have guessed this is more like 5% ABV. I could guzzle this. Just the right balance of maltiness, sweetness, and a touch of hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Goes down really smooth, just the right thickness. Low to medium carbonation, which is surprising given how big the head was.

Overall: Seriously delicious. An outstanding and underrated Belgian ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl bottle, in Madrid.

I've been to Belgium, seen the fuss in the bars over Kwak, but never drank it there. I guess I was expecting something remarkable, and I was disappointed.

The beer looks fine, smells and tastes very much of ripe bananas. And more bananas. And more bananas. It's pretty fizzy.

It's certainly an OK beer, but not on the same level as many of the Belgians that I've had.

Less than 2 Euros for a bottle here in Madrid, so that's not bad!

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Photo of dpkpr
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Nobi Public House. What a nice copper colir you are. Lighter than a new penny, but just barely. Was surprised by the booze in the nose, but none of that comes through when it hits the mouth. Pleasant and unchallenging. A good Thursday beer to enjoy before a final nightcap.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.89/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look : Poured into a Propolis tulip. Very dark orange, nearly opaque. Multiple streams of carbonation, floaters abound. White head disappeared nearly instantly.

Smell : Dark fruits, banana, bubblegum, pear, a note of caramel, and lots of spicieness (clove definitely, not too sure for what else).

Taste : Bubblegum, tons of spicieness again, some dark fruits, and a hint of caramel.

Feel : Highly carbonated, creamy, medium body. Slight sweetness, and a bit boozy.

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