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Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you are willing to spring for the whole Kwak paraphernalia, which I discovered in Bruge, this is a worthwhile experience so enjoy the "kwak" if you tip up a tad to quickly. As far as Belgian ale, this one holds it's own compared to Zotish style ale. It is middle of the road for good Belgian ales, but definitely drinkable. Not overly complex, a little caramel, banana and slight nutty finish, reasonable alcholol cover and slight sweetness. This is the kind of beer to drink, enjoy and not worry about style or flavor, on the other hand, quite fun to enjoy the Pauwel Kwak drinking system, which is like no other, one reviewer called it a mad scientist contraption, I would say interesting and make sure you don't embarrass yourself pulling the round bottom glass out of the wood stand to sip, pay attention and use your ingenuity figuring it out.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before July 26 2014. Always eager to see another BSPA on the shelves, as it's one of my favourite styles and new ones don't seem to appear too often around here. Unfortunately, I don't have one of those absurdly impractical Kwak glasses, so this was poured into a regular snifter.

Pours a clear brownish-amber colour, with a bright ruby-orange look under the light. Generates one finger of foamy, off-white head that recedes relatively quickly, leaving behind a narrow collar, a soapy cap at the surface and some modest smears of lacing along the sides. The aroma is pleasant and mild, comprised of components that include pale malt sweetness, yeast, white grapes, red apples, pears, spice, and maybe a touch of caramel or honey.

The flavour is enjoyable, if a little straightforward, with a firm, steady backbone of pale malts and nutty bread, alongside some caramel notes that provide a continuous sweetness. This is followed up by a modest range of yeasty, fruity ester characters - mostly apples/pears, but maybe with a hint of banana as well. The finish is spicy, with plenty of clove and yeast; and although there is some residual sugar sweetness, the brew tends toward the dry side. Medium-bodied; drinks fairly lightly for an 8.4% strong ale, with subdued carbonation that prickles the tongue gently. Extremely easy to drink quickly, due to its deceptively light nature.

Final Grade: 3.85, an excellent B+. Pauwel Kwak makes for a worthwhile tipple, though as far as Belgian pale ales go I wouldn't consider it a particularly exceptional offering. I'd be hesitant to place this stuff on the same tier as my favourite BSPAs (Duvel and La Chouffe), but it's still a quaffable strong ale in its own right, with higher drinkability than average. If you're looking for an affordable strong Belgian pale to enjoy this winter, Kwak fits the bill nicely.

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A - Pours a nice amber colour, thin layer of head with little head or retention.

S - Buttery caramel, cloves, musty peat and a touch of rum.

T - Much like the nose, buttery caramel dominates, cloves, the peat and rum with a leafy green finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty brew indeed, dangerously drinkable and a pleasant brew to find at the local LCBO.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
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