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 mamaraza
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BelgianBeerChef
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The_Bujon
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Difficult to really judge a Kwak without serving it in the legendary bespoke bauble bottomed glass.

Ultimately the beer looks great in full regalia, a nice deep amber coloured body with a moderate head, and of course the glass to catch the sediment and release the flavour.

The Aroma is very spicy, almost like a mulled wine, and like many Belgian Christmas beers.

Those warming spices do carry through into the taste, and with a touch of gas on the tongue, it does slip down the gullet very well, and keeps the alcohol fairly well hidden.

This might not be everyone's cup of tea, and a touch on the acquired side, but overall a very good beer of that there can be no doubt!

Kwak Attack Attack Attack!

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Photo of toscanoigor
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wiener_schtnizel
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Giangio
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bombelsky
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, crystal clear. Not persisting off white foam, fizzy. Leaving a small crown with spare lacing. High aroma of fruity esters pears and bananas. Some peppery phenols. Soft perfumy-alcohol, low strength. Very rich malty sweet, low bitterness. Aftertaste is bittersweet. Medium-high body, cloying, oily. Soft carbonation very smooth, spicy ended with some warm alcoholic finish.

Lot of things going on here. Balance missing, a lot of chaos and getting away from style...

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a 4-pack of these for sale at my favorite liquor store, so of course I had to get it. Beer is not that cheap, $21.99 for 4 11.2oz bottles. However, if you can find a gift pack, it comes packaged with an interesting type of beer glass that is unique to this beer.

Smell is malty, banana, but is certainly quite strong. Taste is even thru the mouthful, quite thick and chewy, Also detect bread, caramel, and brown sugar in the taste. This beer is certainly on the sweet side.

Feel is very carbonated, slightly sticky mouth feel. At this point, from my experience, this beer feels much like the other popular offering from Bosteels-- Tripel Karmeliet. In fact, the best way that I can describe this beer is to say that it tastes and feels like a sweeter version of Karmeliet (I even think the ABV is the same between these 2 beers).

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I will probably get more of these in the future.

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Photo of Scassell15
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bmaslakov
2.27/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of calcnerd
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium caramel brown with nice barm. Smell has some spicy ester notes along with some banana, not dissimilar from a tripel. Taste is robust in that phenol department with a chewy raisin bread malt profile underneath with clove and more banana.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, solid amber color, relaxed approach with a minimal off-white foam cap.

A massive, dense sweetness of caramel, brown sugar, belgian candy and root beer makes up the nose. Subtle herbal aroma's.....but only very subtle. As it warms, the Banana and clove thing pops out in a very aromatic way. A Herbal, spicy yeast scent becomes much more bold, later on.

The malt is a powerhouse, dense, slick and very sweet malty flavor. Malty Caramel, brown sugar attack first, earthy herbals and more earth in the hops and yeast provide a nice balance. Ultra crisp first bite in the feel, levels out to a slick malty ride, full, lush with a slick, malty but also dry ending. The hops are semi-bittet, earthy and provide some spice. Complexity is actually very high.

The only word that realky works with most aspects of this Belgian classic is unique. Big in every way, the flavor spectrum could not be more diverse. Big, sweet, malty, bready, candy flavors, big earthy, funky hops and yeast....and somehow it all gets pulled together and works.

Slightly boozy, certainly malt dominated with big sugars. Abv at 8.4 % is no joke and really creeps up on you because of the complex flavor's that tend to mask its power.

I concider this a bar-setter for the Belgian Strong Dark Ale style. No, not "Pale" ale there's really nothing "Belgian pale" about this. But damn if this one doesn't provide all the right attributes for the classic Belgian Dark side. The color is amber, big malt base....not pale ! Sure it may have golden colored hues in direct light...but this is on the darker side. Perhaps a combo of the two...a malty pale with dark power!

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Photo of lafoulon
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.91/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Chimay chalice, The body is a cloudy dark red/burnt orange hue, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of spices, bread, and liqueur soaked cherries. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a light brown amber color with a two finger off white head. Leaves slight lacing and maintains a head for a while. Not sure why this is labeled a belgian strong pale ale here, it's definitely not a pale color.

Smell: Dark red fruits like cherries and plums complemented by notes of floral yeast and a rich caramel malt aroma.

Taste: Starts with off with a mildly nutty, creamy caramel malt flavor followed by notes of floral belgian yeast, akin to clove, thyme, banana, orange peel and mildly spicy white pepper. Has a prolonged fruity aftertaste of apples, sugarplums, cherries, currants and red figs. The beer is punctuated by a clean, calm, warming sensation of alcohol. Really nice stuff here.

Feel: Mid-heavy body. Low carbonation. Malty,floral, fruity and dry on the finish. Well attenuated.

Overall: 72/100? Idk what the bros were drinking but I think that's a tad low for this one. I'm sampling this from a cork and cage 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass and it's quite good. Don't serve this ice cold as the flavors will become muted, you'll want to let this get to room temperature or slightly below before tasting. I would definitely seek this out and buy it again in the future.

Again I think this beer is mislabeled here on BA, it's not a belgian strong pale ale, more of a belgian strong dark ale in my opinion.

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Photo of Rdc67
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jetlag767
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Glorithm
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Me0773
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: nice copper amber slightly hazy with off white quickly fading head. Moderate lacing on the tulip glass
S: malty, yeasty, sweet with a bit of fire on the nose from the alcohol
T: same as above, warming swallow from the alcohol. Sweet malty flavors with some prune and raisins.
F: good carbonation. Not to much as I see from these styles. Nice firm mouthfeel.
O: nice beer to enjoy on a nice cold night.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,793 ratings
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