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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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More unusual than the name is the story behind "Kwak" and it's unique glassware. Devised as a method of giving the late 18th century coachman (who was not allowed to leave his coach) a thirst-slaking brew, and as the coaches of the day had a handy little slot cut out to hold the mini yard glass they could ride on and drink at the same time. A romantic notion, unfortunately dashed by the fact that coaches didn't have these glass holding slots cut out of them, in fact the glass and the story behind this brew is a marketing ploy from the 1980's to help it compete in the already oversaturated Belgian beer market, but who cares if it tastes good right?

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass (closest thing I could find to Kwak's mini yard glass).

A: The body is clear deep chestnut, with a tan head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Smells quite nice; honeyed figs, papaya, caramel malts, candi sugar with a spiced rum note.

T: Bold and sugary flavours straight away. There is a big alcohol hit in the middle. Dark fruits are the most noticeable taste outside of this. Similar flavour to the Grimbergen, but Kwak certainly doesn't have the same finesse and isn't hiding the booze at all.

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly sticky body.

D: Average overall... for the style that is. Kwak places itself in a similar playing field to the Trappist dubbels, however where they bring their own unique dimensions to the table, and also taste like they've been crafted with passion (on a small scale), Kwak tastes like a macro attempt at a Trappist style, which ultimately falls sour for me.

Food match: Would lean towards desserts with a brew this sweet, something along the lines of a baked custard tart (Portuguese style) or if you were really interested in something savoury - Baked lamb with mint and almond pesto for a nice change.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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