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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Photo of DARIVA
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber colored beer with a good head.

S: Only caramel, I can discover, no further special scents.

T: The taste of biscuits and nougat in the aftertaste.

M: Nicely drinkable, good foam, and feeling fine carbonation.

O: Above average beer, a bit dusty.

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Photo of adamcthomp
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of RConnealy
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of skatonic
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very sweet, but to be fair I like sweet. Good overall, would really only have one at a sitting. Served in a tall glass with a wooden holder. Strong, but pleasant. A pleasant beer with a very nice taste and finish. Hard to have more than one though. Different for a pale ale.

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Photo of Morningstorm
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of MaddDogg84
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz into a Corsendonk chalice- pours a pretty dark, relatively clear amber color with only a little bit of foam, moderate retention, and a little lacing.

Smell is not very exciting- pretty faint, candi sugar, a little amber malt and belgian yeast.

Taste is all right- not as bad as I was expecting from previous reviews but certainly nothing special. Pretty sweet, definitely a little plum, candi sugar and a little bit of yeast.

Mouthfeel is probably the best part- a nice prickle at the beginning of the taste, medium bodied and the carbonation smoothes out throughout.

This is definitely not a strong pale ale- it's quite drinkable because of the mouthfeel. May get it again because of the price of a small bottle.

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Photo of sfprint
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Moderately dark reddish brown, mild to healthy column of rising carbonation, but not much of a head.
S: tree sap, a very specific type of fresh cut wood, with a bit of plum sweetness. Interesting
T: Amberish, with a combination sour/bitterness. Mild Rotten lemon tang in the aftertaste. Strange sweetness.
M: Kind of sour/tart in not the most pleasant way. Slightly dry and low carbonation.
O: Not so special but ok. But probably wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of Sergio
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of steelerguy
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper color, extremely low carbonation...almost flat, nice just off white head that quickly becomes puny.

S - Some caramel malt, a little fruit aroma, very subtle.

T - Like the smell...a bit of caramel malt, a touch of dark fruit, and really not much else.

M - A moderate body, a bit creamy...leaves a coating, needs some more carbonation or alcohol to clean itself up.

O - A very ordinary beer, that is disappointing...not used to such mediocrity of a Belgian beer.

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Photo of leokbelo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of rdilauro
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The initial pour looked promising. Nice and semi dark with a bright white creamy head.
But then...
Not much of any noticeable bouquet or aroma. The first sip was ok, crisp and a good mouthful, but nothing really exciting.
The second sip was better but I guess this just wasnt what I was hoping it to be.
Nothing wrong with the beer, just something that I could not get excited about or have again.

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Photo of agancsos
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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 zonker17
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in Kwak glassware at Benelux, Milwaukee.

A - copper color and 1 inch beige head. Reduced quickly with decent lacing.

S - light malt, fruits

T - mineral notes, iron, banana

M - slightly syrupy

O - not outstanding in any way but also a drinkable beer

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,800 ratings