Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Brouwerij Bosteels

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, though I wish I had poured it into a yard glass.

3.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy light beige head. Retention is about average and just a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a throat lozenge-like medicinal component. Quite sweet smelling with cherry, brown sugar, plum, and fig. It smells like a sugar-laden spread of some sort featuring the flavors listed. Moderate booziness. Candi sugar, Belgian Special B malt, lots of caramel, and maybe some toffee as well. Light generic spiciness from the yeast.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this is sweet, but actually a bit less sweet than the nose suggests. Toastiness, caramel, fig, and date are the most prominent flavors. Belgian candi sugar, special B, toffee, plum, and cherry follow. A little more clove and pepper than in the nose. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Pretty good.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. The spritziness in this is wonderful and is one of the main reasons I love Belgian beers. Light and creamy on the tongue. Very nice here.

4.0 D: I know this beer doesn't get a lot of love, but I think it's pretty good. Has lots of flavor and a great mouthfeel. Give it a go if you haven't.

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A - Ruby red with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruits, hints of spice, cherry, cinnamon.

T - Sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Plum, raisin, maybe even some cherry.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - On the sweet side and not very complex but solid.

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A - Medium amber with two fingers of off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar and some Belgian yeast and clove aromas. Very sweet nose.

T - Caramel, brown sugar, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, clove. Very sweet overall with a slightly noticeable warming ABV. Very one dimensional with not much character.

M - Light body. Light carbonation.

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Copper, amber color. Little carbonation.

Smells boozie, molasses, dark dried fruit, fig jam.

Sweet, a little flat, biscuity aftertaste, wheat toast, not what I expected for the style. I don't pick up on the yeast that I would like with the style. Slightly metallic, dry finish. Of course it is a good beer, but for the price I would rather pick up another Belgian strong pale ale.

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Smells like whole wheat bread and nothing else.
Strong bread and yeast taste, which is fine. Alcohol taste comes in strong too.
Smooth, medium body, low carbonation.
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A- Blood orange body, a nice tight white head that settled very quickly with no lacing, TONS of lively carbonation, very uniformed! Looks tempting...

S- Sweeet! Caramalts, banana, some fig/dark fruit, a bit of spice! It is just way too inviting... This is just a belgian special you can dig into when it hits your nose!

T- sweet caramalt, dark sugar and dark fruit! some banana, and a very and I mean VERY subtle yeast/spice. I really enjoy the taste of this.

MF- Medium bodied with a light-medium carbonation. Incredibly smooth. The flavor likes to hang around for a short while, but not long enough to make one want more and more. Just great, but a bit light for a belgium.

O- Yum. I loved it, the back abbey in my area had it on tap, but unfortunately ran out that night! I want more!!!! I am looking forward to trying this again on tap! Such a great beer. If you like belgians and you want a decent price pick this up!

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,794 ratings
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