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 putnam
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good dark copper velvety textured transition from liquid to gas.
On the nose it shows primarily roasted grains and only in the background are impressions of sour yeast and fruit. On the palate it is ably balanced between broad, malty cereal flavors and unobtrusive botanical bitterness. All of this occurs in a creamy medium of fine mousse only just offset by tangy fruit and grip on the finish. Because of it's clean, roasty profile this is a perfect Belgian beer for any BA lost in an Anglo paradigm and wanting to dip their toes into the exotic, continental waters of Beer Xanadu.

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Photo of Brent
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer was something of a contradiction in terms. There was a great deal of complexity in the flavor profile, yet, it had all the grace of a rhino crashing through the jungle. Poured a hazy, coppery brown. Flavor was very oaky, as though it had been aged in an oak cask, with a heavy-handed tannin aspect. Alcohol flavor was distinct and not integrated. I had to work at enjoying this beer, and, in the end, decided it was not worth the effort.

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

Kwak? What is in this ducks? ;)

Pours a hazy red brew.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a sweet malt and plums smell.

Taste is sweet and quite malty with plums, brown sugar and spice flavor. Light bitter finish to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty drinkable brew, I will drink this again. A bit fuller flavored than most beers of this style.

Oh and about the ducks comment, sorry for the wise Kwak! :P

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Photo of ZAP
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bronze color....fizzy white lace...fruity nose....body is medium to full....taste is enjoyable but not remarkable...malty...fruitiness evident..apples....pears....also some light spicy (peppery) notes....alcohol is hidden for the most part but does add some slighty to the spiciness...

Overall, this is worth trying....tasty...but not one of the greatest beers on earth....I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down but I don't think I'd pay the $$$ I paid for this one again..It is almost too easy drinking for what I consider a sipping style beer....lacks a little depth...still not bad though..

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Photo of abents
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with little white head that's gone rather quickly. Smells of fruits and a slight alcohol nose. Tastes of not a whole lot, some fruity notes with slight carmel in the finish. Some warming with the alcohol and slight spices detected. Mouthfeel is light with little carbonation goes down smooth, but doesn't excite me all that much. Overall not that impressed with this one.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I have ever had a beer where the glass named for it has become more popular than the beer itself. Oh well.
Pours a hazy orange-amber colour with an enormous head. The head releases fruity aromas that include banana, tart apple, tropical fruits (ie starfruit?). The taste is similar in many ways. all the fruity taste with a really cool light cider/banana thing going on. This seems to be the thing with the belgain pale ales. I like it. I wish I had the Kwak glass, but that will soon be in the works.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Redbones the night of the St. Patty's pubcrawl. Pour was a faded and dusty cloudy yellow. I thought the aroma was like jelly candy. Medium carbonation. The taste is slightly sweet, with a lot of yeastiness going on, but it's very good and very smooth. Even with that abv, it was easy to drink. Would get again.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed tea color with very little head even with a vigorous pour. The smell is very nice revealing light fruit and a hint spices with a small trace of warming alcohol. The taste is a heavy malt, watery sweet fruit, and very faint spicing. The alcohol is fairly hidden in taste with the malt that starts out in the beginning. This is surprisingly a light bodied brew despite the rush of malt at the start of each taste and it finishes lightly sweet. Decent brew. Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a thick head that produced some light lacing. The aroma was mild as sweetness and fruitiness were detected. The flavor was sweeter than expected. Caramel comes to mind but there were some citrus tones that developed at the end. Then during the swallow a light non-offending sourness was detected.

The mouthfeel smooth and this was medium bodied. Carbonation levels were good. Decent, but there are more drinkable Belgian ales out there.

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

This beer is new to B.C. liquor stores. The beer sets up with a nice mahogany finish coupled with a yeasty nose. The most apparent thing about this beer is the roundness of the spice notes and the smoothness of the finish. This is not the biggest beer in its
style but I found it very drinkable and would buy this again. It is also very food friendly especially with meat dishes.

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Photo of BierReise
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle. No freshness date. This Belgian poured a clear amber with a subtle head of foam that died quickly. Aroma is sweet and spicy with pepper and coriander. Body is very smooth and full yet lacks that crispness I prefer in this style. The flavor is sweet and spicy with the coriander showing up here as well. Overall a decent brew just nothing really exceptional.

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Photo of nomad
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Somehow, this beer has become as ubiquitous in Philadelphia as Hoegaarden.

Hazy orange beer that at first doesn’t look particularly appealing, but appropriate because you have to expect some protein haze from all that malt. Head is thin and sudsy, and sometimes you'll get some measly lace.

Smell is sweetish more than sweet, most recognizably as caramelized bread tones. Has yeast scents that are soft and blend into the bread scents, and some fruity esters, too. The latter seem a little too thin, antiseptic, and contrived, like a cheap version of Delirium's products.

Taste is sweet and soft, a king-sized bed of pillows made of malt: caramel, bare roast, pale sturdiness with a hint of wheat cleanliness. And thats about it.

Drinkable enough that you want one when you're in the mood, but not a beer I’m gonna settle in to for long. Too simple in a one-sided way, and in that respect, when compared to so many other Belgians, this beer is pretty weak.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Waterzooi...8.50 for a glass tho...anyway...

Poured an amber with nice size white head...
Aroma was a little hard to discern. Mild slight sweet fruity
Taste...this was strange...maybe it was a bad line or maybe it was supposed to taste this way...but...started slightly sweet turned to a tangy sour mellowing with a mild sweet old cider taste...even if it was off I liked it
Mouthfeel was smooth
Overall took me a while to drink this because you don't want to swig big gulps of the tangy sour taste...but i could have had another couple if I planned on taking it easy and drinking slowly

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this served in appropriate glassware at the Hopleaf. Pours a nice amber color with a nice big off-white head. Aroma is fruity malts, most predominant aroma I can come up with is green apple with some hop bitterings. Taste is super sweet, almost too sweet but settles down and is a very quaffable beer. By halfway through really enjoyed this beer and I'd like to try again.

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Photo of Imbiber
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber coloured, not as much sediment as I would have expected. Average-sized white, slightly greyish head on pouring. Fruity, yeasty, complex, flavour-promising aroma. Good carbonation. There's a big, malty, quite rich flavour with some sweetness there; a heavy beer I like very much but not suited to a session; I would alternate with something with more agility and less weight. Not that clever on aftertaste though, but still a great brew; your perfect antidote to corporate industrial 'Light Ales'.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

75 cL bottle. Pours a pale, translucent copper color with a spotty off-white head. Nice nutty, diacetyl aroma of complex complete malt fermentation and vague fruitiness. Aroma just doesn't stop, especially like I drink a great lot of beers +/- ~55 degrees F; pulled out of collection and shared with a couple of pals, it's just perfect for a finisher. Sour notes come through as well as some notes like a Flemish red (slight vinegariness). Gotta mention the nutty aroma again; the malt is most impressive in this light colored malty treat. Totally sweet and dessertish, yet so beer-like, in a connoisseur's kind of way. Again, complete fermentation despite sweetness which accounts for the slightest dry finish. Impeccable. I love this, unlike any other substitute for a dubbel Belgian. A bit syrupy in the mouthfeel, but all good, me and my toothbrush are ready for any sugariness (goddamn Cavity Creeps). It's totally unique but I've experienced this many times before, draught and the 33 cl bottle, not the 75 corked and caged version. I'm convinced this version's better than the draught version or the small bottle. Absolutely hit the spot.

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

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This beer poured a clear, reddish-amber color with white foam that settled to a thin coat. The smell was modest: sweet with traces of caramel malt, and a slight fruitiness (musty grapes). The taste was sweet up front with some vinous grape flavors and some tangy maltiness. There was a slightly musty flavor in the finish, and the flavors really lingered on the tongue. The mouthfeel was smooth with some sweetness but with a dry finish. The body was medium with good carbonation feel on the front of the tongue. The was a rather nice Belgian ale.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The light amber brew arrived at the table with a low but persistent head which lasted until the end. The arom was fruity with a sweet candy aroma. Also present was caramel. The flavor was crisp and contained pepper and a slight bubblegum. The sweet candy flavor lasted into the dry finish. After sipping you are left with an acoholic warmth from the beer.

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Photo of jahred
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After seeing the Kwak glass on ebay, I had to make a bid. And after I won the auction, I figured it was worth trying out the beer (it's always good to have an excuse to buy a Belgian beer!)

The beer poured with a large amount of carbonation and a pretty dark brown color. I'm not sure if the bubbles were due to a pouring into the unique glass. Smelled mostly like rich, dark malts.

The taste was quite dark for a pale ale. Almost more like a bock than a belgian beer. A malty, bread-like taste, with hints of raisins. A peppery, slightly bitter, lingering finish. Quite unexpected, and not what I was in the mood for.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour is full and lively - copper color with a full rocky head and silky lace. Head retention is poor, although a fine layer remains throughout. The aroma is bready, yeast, malt, fruity esters, cherries, clove, musty (or dank) and some bubblegum in the background. The taste is sweet and malty at the start with no surprising hop bitterness or bite. The Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low effervescence.
IMHO: A very drinkable beer with well-balanced characteristics. The character changes noticeably with warming, more complexity develops.

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Photo of Andreji
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer certainly is certainly overcharacterised by the "way to drink it".

The beer is certainly fun in its very original glassware but the taste behind it, although good with a nice caramel colour and certainly a nice malty nose and sweet but hoppy feel; finds it hard to go past the actual sensation caused by the appearance and rather can lag behind as you might expect a creme de la creme beer to be served in such a fancy manner.

Nevertheless, nice and has a great name as well (if aesthetics or unimportant details ought to be pointed out...)

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Photo of Jon
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber hue with a creamy, quarter-inch head. Laces nicely down the glass. Nose features variations of fruity, sweet and spicy. Notes of apricot and darker fruits, sweet malt, and spices such as coriander and pepper prevail in the aromatics department. A vast array of flavors reign, as well. This beer's sweetness sets it apart from others in its style. More dark fruit (especially dates), caramel, coriander, a minor alcoholic finish and a distinctive yeast flavor profile define Kwak. Mildly carbonated and especially smooth on draught, this beer can turn syrupy or oily as it warms. A nice sipper, but its sweetness and alcohol content keeps it from being overly drinkable. A fine Belgian in the bottle, I find the draft version to be even better.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant orange gold color. Smallish head. Aroma is yeasty and spicy. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. Malty and spicy. Bright and yeasty. Spices (anise, coriander and clove) and fruit (peaches, apricot and bananas). Well balanced. Smooth tasting. It’s a touch sweet, but there are some earthy and musty aspects to this beer as well. The 8% alcohol is somewhat evident in the slight oiliness to the flavor and a touch of bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

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Photo of dmarch
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper in appearance with a large white head. Very spicy aroma with a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is quite fruity with a lot of spices as well. I enjoyed this much more than what the other reviews have indicated. No, it's not the best that Belgium has to offer, but it's still a treat to try this.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Gorgeous, cloudy orange body full of sediment with a decent head.

Smell – Nice, fruity Belgian nose filled with apricots, banana, some spices (maybe coriander, cinnamon, and allspice), and a good malt/yeast combo.

Taste – Ouch! What a shock. The heavy spice took over the flavor. This didn’t taste at all like what I expected. The alcohol came on too strong as well.

Mouthfeel – This was a pucker-upper to be sure. Not what I was looking for when I bought the bottle.

Drinkability – Sorry, but I won’t buy this again. Maybe I got a bad bottle, but this went down painfully slow.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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