Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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85
very good
1,760 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay
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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:
1,760
Reviews:
715
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
383
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Photo of eldoctorador
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hunter
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Tan head of dense bubbles that sit atop a lovely red-brown ale.
Smell: Alcohol and malt, notes of banana and spiced plum.
Taste: Boozy figs, caramel, very little by way of hops.
Feel: Clean at the onset, then slightly cloying in the aftertaste.
Overall: Not bad. Simple without being bland.

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

Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mlore012
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of yaron73
4.94/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap at "Elephant Belgian Pub" in Warsaw.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, poured into the Kwak glass and holder, it pours a lovely orangey brown amber with a moderate head. Pleasant flavor of malts. Why is it that these always seem to taste better in their appropriate glassware? The Belgians do it right! While drinking this one, I got a lesson in the appropriate use of their glass and wooden holder. I was over thinking it and not trusting the holder. Nice.

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Photo of Thunderb01t
4.9/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueSpader
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's a deep amber that is clear and effervescent. That gives it a big foamy white head with small sticky lacing. The aroma is mild and generically malty. The taste is similar but with just a little hint of depth the aroma lacks. It is light bodied with just a little bit of carbonation

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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

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,760 ratings.
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