Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,747 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay
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Pauwel KwakPauwel Kwak
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
bestbelgianspecialbeers.be

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,747
Reviews:
712
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
374
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of serhankoray
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Served in a Pauwel Kwak glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly fruity, the brew smells like pear, bananas, dried fruit, bready malt and some caramel. Taste is similar to the aroma, with pear, dried fruit, figs, dates, caramel and bready malt, banana and yeasty flavors. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating and creamy with a decent amount of carbonation. I think it's a good enough brew, glad I tried it.

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Photo of gianluca88
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tottel
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MoohMooh
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an extremely pretty orange-red (a sunset in your glass!), with a small head and little lacing, very clear, very clean. The smell isn't terribly interesting: mostly malts, with something like wet hay, but mostly alcohol. Taste is even worse, with the alcohol covering pretty much everything. I managed to taste some yeast, and some hidden hops, but that's it. Mouthfeel is okayish; if you don't mind the overpowering alcohol taste, it's a pretty drinkable beer. Not very carbonated though.

Okay, can you see what I'm getting at here? It's too boozy. Take the alcohol out and what have you got left? The few other beers sporting a comparable ABV I've had were much more capable at hiding their alcohol content, and in turn felt complex and interesting (although I didn't necessarily like them that much...). I may try this again if I ever have the opportunity to drink it in its typical glass (which I'll gladly admit is cool beans), but otherwise I'll do just fine without.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy, burnt orange/copper color with just the slightest hint of ruby red. head is nothing more than a thin tan film on top

s: pears and sweet malt with some general fruity esters - but its dark fruity, a bit different from the BSPA that you're used to. there is also just the faintest hint of Belgian spice in the aroma as well

t: taste aligns with the nose fairly well. dark fruits - raisins, plums alongs side some light brown sugar and caramel. sweeter than other BSPA's. there is something almost woody in here as well, as well as some masked alcohol flavors. the alcohol is hidden quite well, so be careful. towards the back of the mouth, you can pick up some yeast spice and coriander

m: heavier side of medium. carbonation is surprisingly low for a BSPA

o: not necessarily a bad beer, however i find myself saying multiple times that it seems to depart from the traditional BSPA characteristics. honestly, if i closed my eyes, and you told me this was a dubbel, i would probably believe you. on its own, it is an alright beer that is a bit sweeter than you'd expect. as a BSPA, its a tad different so beware.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nose gives me the hit of apple butter or prunes. The head is not existent, even when I tried to force one. The initial taste is of sweet molasses, but just slightly. Good to above average beer that has a kick due to high Abv.

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

Photo of hozersr
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrBass
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerKnower
1.97/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I like real beer. Drinks made with cereal grains, and/or sugars not totally derived from barely deserve their own categories, like mead, wine coolers, hard cider. Accepting this as beer is like letting Lance Amstrong go unchallenged. I just had this beer, and I would otherwise give it a good rating as having nice malty flavor, sweet and noticably boosted alcohol, if there were a sugary drink category for it.

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Photo of Antyk
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crisis1290
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice coopery orangey color with a fluffy white head on the pour. Bready, fruity notes throughout. Sweet taste that hides the alcohol very well. A very solid amount of carbonation from start to finish. A very nice smooth fruity finish. A very nice balance of fruit versus sweet.
Can't figure out if this goes into my top Belgian Pales. Are there better BP out there ? For sure ! Will this do the job in a pinch ? For sure !

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Photo of lic217
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Freepack88
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JonCorbett
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured into the Custom Pauwel Kwak special edition glass. It pours a rich burnt-orange amber mostly clear. The head rises quick, fluffy and foamy and dissipates fairly quick.

Aromatics: Light fruity citrus with undertones of fresh cut grass. An ever so subtle alcohol scent at the very back.

Taste: Sweet and savoury, a light combination of apple and banana come to mind over top of the mild spice and every so slight hop. Sweetness continues into the aftertaste.

Feel: Fairly heavy for what I was expecting - not that it’s heavy, but it does have a slightly oily weight and drys into a unique sweet bitter and finishes very cleanly.

Overall: I love the glass, and I think it suits this beer very well. I think it is my first BSPA, and I liked the complexity in the balance between the fruit aroma, sweet flavours, and bitter feel. Very solid beer in my opinion.

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Photo of beribenji
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jimdkc
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice, dark copper color in my New Belgium globe glass. About an inch of creamy cream-colored head that did not last long. Aroma is bready, caramel with fruity notes of figs, dates, and a hint of banana and vanilla. Taste is quite sweet, but is cut by the high alcohol level. Alcohol is apparent, but not unwelcome. A bit of spicy earthiness from the hops. Smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel and tingly carbonation. Nice alcohol warming and fruity aftertaste. A bit sweeter than I normally like, but overall I liked this!

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of raylpendleton
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,747 ratings.
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