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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Photo of OlaB
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L:reddish copper color. Very small head that almost disapear imediatelly after I pour it inn the glass.
S:yeast . banana. spices,dark fruits ,caramel is what comes my mind
T: First mouthful gives me a taste of dark fruits and a hint of caramel and spices. The aftertaste is quite sweet.
F: medium bodied with low carbonation. The alcohol content felt lower than 8,4%, the beer went down quite smooth
O: it was interesting to try this beer considering that I was very impressed when I drank the triple Karmeliet. This one is absolutelly a good beer but a little to sweet for my taste to give it a top score.but is not a bad beer at all. Is just that is so much belgian beers that are better

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this in one of those cool big test tube looking glasses and placed in that wooden stand. The bartender told me about the interesting history regarding the origin of this custom. (It was for coachmen traveling by Pauwel Kwak's inn) It poured a caramel/amber color with a big foam head. The lace was creamy like a cappuccino.
The aroma is predominantly sweet. At first I detected orange peel, followed by caramel. Later there is a hint of biscuit and even some floral tones.
The feel is pretty smooth with low carbonation. The taste and finish are quite sweet and a tiny bit on the cloying side. There is some alcohol as well.
I like this brew overall despite the fact that the taste was a tad too sweet for me and detracted from the score slightly.

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Photo of MGibbons
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Slight scent of cherry on the nose. The head disappears within a few minutes after the pour. The beer is relatively light bodied with marked effervescence. Malt and cherry tastes come through with a slight tartness.

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Photo of kabirmarwah
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful reddish copper that turns amber when held up to the light. Almost no head; moderate lacing. Quite fruity, almost tastes more like a Scottish Ale than a Belgian. Very smooth; I had a hard time believing that it's 8.4%. Overall: Very delicious; I can see myself making this my go-to beer for easy drinking.

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Photo of jonmikel
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a big tulip glass from a 33 cl bottle.
-Opaque of reddish colour.
-Strong smell
-The taste is very good. At some point it remind to cookie flavour.
-Mouthfeel is bitter but I like it a lot.
I think it's a very very good beer.

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Photo of KevCan
4.71/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pulled from the kegerator at work into a compostable plastic cup made in the good ol' U.S. of A. I love my job. Paired with some whole wheat crackers from the microkitchen.

Look: This beer was like 90% head when I poured it. It slowly settled down to reveal a deep reddish amber color underneath a thick foamy head. A little hazy with a few chunky particles floating around. Not sure if that's intended.

Smell: Sweet biscuity malt backbone, with a nice fruity yeast complement. Classic Belgian ale notes. Smells really great.

Taste: Unexpected taste of dark fruit, maybe plum or cherry. A bit of holiday spices. Incredibly drinkable for the ABV. I would have guessed this is more like 5% ABV. I could guzzle this. Just the right balance of maltiness, sweetness, and a touch of hoppy bitterness.

Feel: Goes down really smooth, just the right thickness. Low to medium carbonation, which is surprising given how big the head was.

Overall: Seriously delicious. An outstanding and underrated Belgian ale, in my opinion.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 33cl bottle, in Madrid.

I've been to Belgium, seen the fuss in the bars over Kwak, but never drank it there. I guess I was expecting something remarkable, and I was disappointed.

The beer looks fine, smells and tastes very much of ripe bananas. And more bananas. And more bananas. It's pretty fizzy.

It's certainly an OK beer, but not on the same level as many of the Belgians that I've had.

Less than 2 Euros for a bottle here in Madrid, so that's not bad!

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Photo of dpkpr
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Nobi Public House. What a nice copper colir you are. Lighter than a new penny, but just barely. Was surprised by the booze in the nose, but none of that comes through when it hits the mouth. Pleasant and unchallenging. A good Thursday beer to enjoy before a final nightcap.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.91/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look : One finger white head, dark caramel body.

Smell : Big bubblegum and clove esters, and some plum.

Taste : Same as above, but with some caramel as well.

Feel : High carbonation, medium body. Balanced dry/sweetness, alcohol shows a bit.

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

Poured with a nice thick luscious cream-colored head that settled after a bit, a little lace and a slightly hazy copper color. Aroma is sort of like caramel sticky buns. I remember from years ago this beer had notes of anise in the flavor, but I don't get that now. Sweet up front with some bitter in the finish. Nice body. Good sipping beer

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear amber color.

The beer offers sugary and almost caramel sweetness up front, some breadiness, sweet banana, lots of crushed pepper, clove, lively carbonation. Spice drives this beer, while still drying it out on the finish. Phenolic notes come through with hints of plastic and nail polish.

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Photo of Arthuros
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sweet golden Belgian strong ale.

Taste of honey and rye. Banana as well.

Quite heavily carbonated. Dark golden color.
Sweet aromas, with hints of whiskey.

Decent sweet ale, with some ABV. Not a game-changer, but a good beer.

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Photo of Oleg85
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it from tap.
L: Clear brown with a lot of bubbles and 1 finger tall head.
S: Smell is amazing. Grapefruit, dried banana and strawberry jam.
T: The same as smell, too sweet for me, slightly bitter finish.
F: Medium-bodied and crispy.
O: Too sweet as mentiond but the smell is magical.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a slightly hazy caramel copper with a one finger head that thins out to a ring. Aroma has deep notes of candy sugar, bubblegum, spice, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, slight citrus, and a touch of pepper. Taste is balanced but a touch sweet. Dark sugar, caramel, bubblegum, slight warming in the finish.

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Photo of Hugues
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best-known for its weird glass, this is more of a curiosity than one of the best in its genre. Can't say I order this often, except to show it around.

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Photo of tlema1
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a deep Amber color, with a tight thin head
S: plums, figs, yeast
T: fruity, Belgian yeast comes through...boozy
F: nice mouthfeel, medium body, lingering finish
O: solid representation of the style, glad I revisited after so many years

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Photo of Stevem68
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep golden color. Has an aromatic yeast / bread like aroma. Good mouth feel. Has an almost spoiled banana flavor with yeast notes. Overall a good drink, I enjoyed it

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass from a 11.2oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark but transparent brown-amber color. Medium bubbles on the body creates a tan head which rises at best to 2/3" off the body. Settles fast with the perfect lacing.

Smell: The scent isn't the most appealing but not really bad. Somewhere in the middle of raisin bread before you toast it but has a lemon skin feel to it.

Taste: Lightly sweet, feels likes raisins and touch of bread. Light malts gives it a mellow bitterness feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation but the beer feels a bit heavy. Finishes sweet like raisin bread minus the cinnamon.

Overall: Good brew, and definitely not something I would turn down. Drink with love my friends. Salud!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored beer, a little ruby, clear.
Head just enormous. After pouring the glass he was actually just foam, white, fine bubble, long-lasting.
In the aroma you can smell the sweet plums, caramel and a bit of a damp basement.
Taste like the flavor, enchants us with plums, lots of dark fruit, caramel. Saturation average, maybe a little too much perceptible alcohol. Kwak is quite rich and full of beer, very pleasant.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- darker in color than most of this style
- smell is pleasant but very malt filled
-very malty but great none the less
- feel is over carbonated
- overall not a great representation of this style but still really good!

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

A - Copper red, clear, with a bright light tan head and lacing.

S - Fruits in the form of pear and apple, banana is huge, with a bubble gum note.

T - Follows the nose, with a bready quality, sweetness and fruit meeting with pudding.

M - Brisk, well carbonated, and bright. Very easy to drink.

O - This is a rock solid Belgian Strong Pale. I'll be picking this one up again.

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Photo of DevAJ
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is by far my favorite Belgian (and possibly overall) beer at the moment. I'm not even really sure how to describe it. It's distinctly Belgian, but it's also very easy to drink. I originally got the very last 222 year gift pack (the one with the glass) of it at a local liquor store a while ago. It's actually pretty easy to find around here as there is one store that always has it, but it's by far one of the priciest beers around ($5.99 for a single 11.2 ounce bottle). Worth a try even if you don't think you like the Belgian styles. Having the official Kwak glass is pretty cool too.

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Photo of ARoman
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

*from old notes - 1/1/2014*
75cl bottle poured into an English tulip. The scents of dough and apple come through most potently, with some traces of caramel malt. It pours a rich, hazy amber-red color with a substantial pale yellow head which fades quickly. It’s a light bodied, mostly malty sweet taste with a little apple sourness to it. It’s somewhat thin texture with an average to soft carbonation leaves behind a sweet, but not strong aftertaste. Paired well with apple pie.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $3.00 for a 330ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that films out in a minute. Dark golden brown color and semi-filtered

S- Good caramel and malt. Touch of bubble gum.

T- Bubble gum and caramel. Some fig. Sugary

M- Creamy and a touch salty

O- Pretty good brew. Will buy again. Has a nice balance to it.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with...... General Tso's chicken. The spice gets beat down well by this sugary beer


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Photo of stuppy
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Caramel, light Raisin, and faint Alcohol aroma, no hop aroma

Appearance:Medium cream head. Somewhere between Ruby and amber color, mostly clear with slight haze

Flavor: Caramel, sweet, light raisin, alcohol (cider like). Medium low bitterness. No apparent hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body, medium carbonation, hot alcohol in finish

Overall: Like this beer, but definitely not my favorite Belgium strong (pale or dark). Too sweet and little too much alcohol burn.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,724 ratings.
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