Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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85
very good
1,760 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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
Ratings:
1,760
Reviews:
715
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
383
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rukeli76
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Houborg1
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of REDAMI
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Chimay goblet

L - Hazy auburn pour, vague traces of foam.

S - Brown bread, raisins, toffee, dates.

T - Tastes like it smells, lots of brown bread, malts, coffee-like bitterness at the end.

F - Starts creamy, moving to a slight stinging bite with some alcohol heat.

A solid beer, just wish it was bottle conditioned.

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Photo of frenchbeer
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I think the strength of this beer was just a little overpowering taking precedence of my ability to rate the beer properly

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

Photo of Maciel6578
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NYC_dave
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A Definite go to beer in the winter. Was introduced by my cousin several years back. Need to invest in their specialty glassware (still haven't done so). Goes down smoothly. Another Belgian classic.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JSG18
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Excellent.

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Photo of chensey13
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyharry2489
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandrilo
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mamaraza
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of The_Bujon
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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 toscanoigor
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiener_schtnizel
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Bombelsky
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, crystal clear. Not persisting off white foam, fizzy. Leaving a small crown with spare lacing. High aroma of fruity esters pears and bananas. Some peppery phenols. Soft perfumy-alcohol, low strength. Very rich malty sweet, low bitterness. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Medium-high body, cloying, oily. Soft carbonation very smooth, spicy ended with some warm alcoholic finish.

Lot of things going on here. Balance missing, a lot of chaos and getting away from style...

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a 4-pack of these for sale at my favorite liquor store, so of course I had to get it. Beer is not that cheap, $21.99 for 4 11.2oz bottles. However, if you can find a gift pack, it comes packaged with an interesting type of beer glass that is unique to this beer.

Smell is malty, banana, but is certainly quite strong. Taste is even thru the mouthful, quite thick and chewy, Also detect bread, caramel, and brown sugar in the taste. This beer is certainly on the sweet side.

Feel is very carbonated, slightly sticky mouth feel. At this point, from my experience, this beer feels much like the other popular offering from Bosteels-- Tripel Karmeliet. In fact, the best way that I can describe this beer is to say that it tastes and feels like a sweeter version of Karmeliet (I even think the ABV is the same between these 2 beers).

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I will probably get more of these in the future.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,760 ratings.
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