Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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Pauwel KwakPauwel Kwak

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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: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with lots of bubbles. About three fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin layer. Decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A pretty sweet smell. Caramel malts and toffee with Belgian yeast and some clove. Dark fruits with hints of raisins, plum, and figs. Candied sugar and some hints of citrus like you would find in a summer beer. Hops aren't really noticeable. Very malty and biscuity.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet malt forward Belgian ale. Big taste of caramel malts and toffee with some Belgian yeast, cloves, and candied sugar. Dark fruits with notes of plums, raisins, and figs. Also some hints of citrus and banana. Hops are very subtle. Malty like an American lager but with a Belgian twist.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat prickly, syrupy, and slick. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good Belgian ale. Robust malt presence with enough spice to keep it from becoming cloying. Fruits are good.

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

Goodluck Kwak, after having LOVED Moinette Blonde this beer has a lot to live up to.

A: Already it falls flat. Albeit not a bad looking beer or head it's not nearly as robust. Two fingers of creamy head instead of the normal robust rocky heads you see in other Belgian Strong Pale Ales. By the time I finished typing this sentence it's almost all gone. Color is a dark ruby mahogany which is a surprise. Fantastic clarity and nice carbonation. A decent looking beer but the head is a huge disappointment.

S: This also smells a lot sweeter than I think it should. Much more like caramel and dark fruits then Belgian Strong Pale Ale's normally do. Not an unpleasant aroma, just surprisingly different. Some estery yeastiness is present too. Nice spiciness to it.

T: Very sweet beer. Lots of caramel, toffee and dark fruitiness. It's rich but borderline cloying. On second thought I don't think it crosses that line. The alcohol is absolutely present which isn't too surprising. There is some spiciness present throughout. I let the beer set out for about an hour but I even think it needed a little bit more. It tastes pretty uneven... there's just not the right balance to this beer.

M: Medium body with smooth mouth. Slick and dense with medium to light carbonation.

O: I appreciate what they're trying to do but I think they just tried to make this beer "too much". I could see how this beer might hit some people's palate just right and they love it. But I think it's not balanced well and doesn't finish quite clean enough.

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Very deep red/light brown colour with one finger of creamy, beige head, with an average retention.
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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,794 ratings
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