Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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

BB July 26, 2014

Beer is reddish-amber in colour with a moderate to large sized beige head. Fades at a steady pace leaving lots of lace.

Banana in the nose, as well as peach, apple and pear. Spices. Quite bready, sweet malt scents. Caramel.

Caramel, bread and some spices stick out immediately, tastewise. Belgian yeast is also prominent. Fruit flavours are there but not as strong as in the nose. Very malty and bready. Finish is rather dry.

Beer is full bodied, surprisingly think for the style, very chewy. Moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, not bad, but not a beer I would go to when in the mood for a BSPA. Too chewy and bready for me.

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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 8.4%.

A - Poured a orange-brown with a thin head. Minimal lacing.

S - Caramel, fruits, some spice. It's got that Belgian aroma for sure.

T - Like the aroma. Sweet, caramel, grains, some sour fruitiness, some booze in the finish. Find the flavour was overall muddled.

M - Medium-heavy body, average carbonation, sticky, some alcohol burn in the finish.

O - Just not into this one. Found it pretty average for the style.

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3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: beautiful, clear, maple syrup brown/red; pours a full egg white head that lasts about 5 mins leaving a thing layer

Aroma: tart fruitiness, but very mild, some caramel; grainy

Taste & Mouthfeel: oily, silky texture which amplifies a sense of fatty nuttiness at first - almonds, cashews; over time the slight burn from alcohol becomes more prominent along with the taste of rye bread; it's hard to place the flavour, almost like a very dry fruit liquer (grape, raspberry, strawberry); good carbonation; finish gets to be cloying

Overall: started off a little interesting, but really flattens out over time due to a lack of depth and a sticky mouthfeel

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

Chill hazed dark copper pour with ruby highlights. Creamy, foamy, two finger egg shell head. Lacing is decent.

Bananas, pears, grape skins, cinnamon, coriander, brown sugar, vanilla and webcast reminds me of short bread.

Brown sugar, caramel, bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, short bread cookies and a touch of maple syrup. Very sweet. But not cloying.

Medium to full body, decent carbonation, slightly syrupy.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, 330ml into a tulip.

Reddish brown, with a couple fingers of eggshell head. Moderate lace and retention. Malty nose, caramel but juggles by some by some pear, red delicious apple and a light herbal and spicy character to the hops. Taste has yeast and a lunch of spice upfront, sweeter malts, a touch of copper, and spicy hop character. Medium feel, drying yea, medium high carbonation. Adequate Belgian strong ale, but there are better choices out there.

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Appearance - Brownish copper colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone. There are also some small pasrtcles floating around.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, yeast, leather

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and some leather. There is also a bit of a buttery/caramel flavour and a slight woodiness. It ends with a slightly bitter malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - Better than I had expected based on previous reviews. My bottle was almost at it's best before date, so perhaps this beer develops well over time. I'd buy/drink it again anytime.

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

Served in the traditional stirrup glass that is held by the little wooden apparatus.

Beer pours a caramel to orange color with a huge off white head that surges up the sides of the glass.

The aroma is a vibrant mix of vanilla, caramel, banana, and some clove. Very complex.

The beer is on the sweet side with notes of toffee, caramel, lightly toasted bread, and warming alcohol. Sweet finish to the beer. No taste of hops.

Solid medium mouthfeel.

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