Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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85
very good
1,760 Ratings
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72
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
bestbelgianspecialbeers.be

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
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Photo of Sammy
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark yellow appearance, lace in glass. Yeast with spice aroma, sour dry, with sugar texture. Some spice and orange and lemon fruit, medium mouthfeel. Alcohol disguised by the sweetness from carmel and honey and sugar. Doesn't all work out. On tap at Eulogy. Had a bottle 1.5 years later, same rating.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some slightly fruity aromas. Taste is very much the same with a mild bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice sweet and malty flavor that I am enjoying.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into one of those crazy wooden handled glass trumpet shaped glassholder devices that im sure has a proper name, and for this it gets bonus points. cheeky monk in denver. has a nice redorange glow, some cloudiness, and a small white head. lovely. smells really yeasty, almost sour if you think about it like that, some notes of dried fruit as well. flavor just isnt my favorite for a belgian. its tart and sweet at the same time but not in the right proportion, it kind of filled me up too, which is uncommon for this style. the yeast dominates the flavor with subtle notes of dried cherries and raw sugar. feel is nice and bubbly, crisper than most in the finish. not a bad beer, but on a night of drinking fine belgian ales, this one did not stand out.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was poured into it's signature glass. It has a good head to start off that settles into a white ring around the top. The color is a very nice amber color. The taste is a little spicy and had a great caramel flavor to it. The mouthfeel is pretty light but had enough body to be flavorful and pleasing. Overall this beer has some elements of a Belgian Quad. I really enjoy the flavor and the look of the brew. Very cool brew.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Lucky Baldwins 10th Annual Belgian fest on 2/15/09.

Pours a clear orangey brown. White head.

Smells of sugar, yeasty goodness, malt, and a touch of alcohol.

Flavor is of yeast, caramel, and again a touch of booze. Sweet aftertaste.

Med/thin body, drinkable.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of metter98
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber into a snifter glass with a huge, foamy head that took a long time to settle down. Very well carbonated.
S: Nice sweet aroma of malt and sugars.
T: Sweet malty sugars and caramel tastes stand out. There's a tad bit of sourness in the aftertaste.
M: Well balanced with a sweet, medium bodied taste.
D: It goes down pretty easy but it's better to sip this one and enjoy it.

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

With the employment of kettle caramelization, Pauwel Kwak's confidence in this "grand cru" of a beer earns the beer the name of the brewmaster. ...and one sip will show you why!

As the dark amber decants, a rusty haze gives a glimpse into its rustic roots. Once tipped, aromas of soft nuts, caramel, bread crust and fresh baking bread entice the nose while a balance of cinnamon and nutmeg balance upon the initial taste.

Once the beer develops over the middle, its bready and toasty middle gives slight bready texture that's lifted with rose-type wine. Its acidity enlivens the malt and gives its terse caramel sweetness life with red grape, red apple and dried dates. Its nutmeg flavor garners esteem just ahead of the beer's finish.

That's when the high effervescence lifts the taste and refreshes the palate with ease- its steely caramel flavor dissolves easily, carrying with it any malty weight and bready texture- nearly preferring wine like zestiness in charming warmth as the taste closes.

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

I remember getting this for a work function a few years ago, and the last bottle sat in the office fridge for a long time afterward, until I gave it a good home...now, a fresher 330ml bottle, best before date Aug 2011.

This beer pours a clear, bronzed amber hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and yet slightly fizzy pale beige head, which leaves some fuzzy sea cavern lace around the glass as it evenly sinks out of sight.

It smells of toasted bready caramel malt, yeast, vinous dark fruit (chiefly strawberries, browned apples, and plums), musty molasses, muddled savoury spices, and a further warming alcohol. The taste is more semi-sweet toffee-inflected caramel malt, brown sugar, fleshy, though indistinct tropical fruit, estery yeast, banana chips, a hint of wet ashes, and a soft drying alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is on the soft side, just a trilling frothiness, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally smooth, a certain sugary alcohol essence picking away at it. It finishes clean, and quite off-dry, a mesh of fruity malt and scandalously muted alcohol.

A big, and hefty-seeming version of the style, especially for the pale variety, and an uncomplicated boozy fruit bomb at times, the California Cabernet of Belgian strong ales, one sans overt skin extraction. Anyways, a tasty, somewhat off-kilter brew, where I can't help but be reminded of having just watched the Three Sheets episode where Zane expounds on the virtue of the marriage of alcohol and sugar.

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Photo of oline73
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy reddish amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a layer and leaves very mild lacing.

Smell: Sweet with some Belgian spice and fruity notes. I'm picking up a hint of bubble gum.

Taste: Sweet malt with some mild Belgian spice. The fruity notes from the smell are there, as is the bubble gum. A slightly warm alcohol note shows up in the finish along with some herbal notes to go with the malt.

Mouthfeel: Just on the thick side of medium body with very strong carbonation. The finish is slick and a bit chalky.

Overall: This is a very solid Belgian ale. I enjoyed the blend of flavors, but wasn't blown away.

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Photo of brentk56
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy russet with a nice fluffy head that leaves lacing all over the glass

Smell: Sweet and doughy with candy sugar, herbal and tropical fruit aromas

Taste: Starts with a refreshing sweet and fruity (banana) caramel taste, somewhat herbacious (clove and sage); mid-palate, the balancing bitterness kicks in to keep matters on an even keel; a touch of warming alcohol on the finish seals the deal

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with decent carbonation

Drinkability: I see this beer has its proponents and detractors but I have sided with those who enjoy it's light but sophisticated array of flavors

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very little head when pourred into glass, almost no bubble coming from the bottom. the alcohol is way too evident and takes too much place leaving little for the spice taste to come throught. A little bit disapointed, I was hoping more from this belgian ale which is usually highly rated by beer drinkers...

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, orange/copper color with a small, tan, bubbly head. It left behind a soapy sheet of lace.

S - It smelled of spices and a good deal of yeast.

T - Great spicy/yeasty flavor blended with a smooth, sweet caramel malt backbone. Also, some dried fruit flavors.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice tasting brew. Flavors are complex and unique.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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

750ml bottle with no freshness date.

Caramel colored, clear for the first pour, hazier toward the second half of the bottle. The head is large and billowing before slowly settling to a collar.

The nose is heavy on caramelized malt and dried fruit. Red apple and pineapple are prominent.

Fruitiness is strong on the tongue; red apple, dried apricot and pineapple. There's a caramelized malt backbone along with a light spiciness. The body is medium, though the beer feels overly sweet halfway through the glass. The finish is semi-dry, bready, a bit peppery.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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