Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

very good
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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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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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Photo of korguy123
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle from Bessettes Canton NY for 13$

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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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Overall this is a very cool beer, mostly because of the glass. As far as the beer in the glass it is solid but not stand out.

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

Pale amber colour, one finger worth of white head, some lace here. Nose is of sweet candy, malty and some juicy fruits start to show themselves as well, spicy, bits of pepper and a bit yeasty. Taste is big and malty, fruity with a good deal of sweetness, apple and orange flavours, yeasty points, more fruit in the finish with some spice mostly clove and pepper. Light-med carbonation, medium body with some fuller points as well. This is a good although fairly sweet belgian, ABV goes largely undetected, but still not a stand out for me anyway.

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3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, though I wish I had poured it into a yard glass.

3.0 A: Clear dark orange amber color. One and a half fingers of frothy light beige head. Retention is about average and just a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Toasty with a throat lozenge-like medicinal component. Quite sweet smelling with cherry, brown sugar, plum, and fig. It smells like a sugar-laden spread of some sort featuring the flavors listed. Moderate booziness. Candi sugar, Belgian Special B malt, lots of caramel, and maybe some toffee as well. Light generic spiciness from the yeast.

4.0 T: Like the nose, this is sweet, but actually a bit less sweet than the nose suggests. Toastiness, caramel, fig, and date are the most prominent flavors. Belgian candi sugar, special B, toffee, plum, and cherry follow. A little more clove and pepper than in the nose. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Pretty good.

4.5 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. The spritziness in this is wonderful and is one of the main reasons I love Belgian beers. Light and creamy on the tongue. Very nice here.

4.0 D: I know this beer doesn't get a lot of love, but I think it's pretty good. Has lots of flavor and a great mouthfeel. Give it a go if you haven't.

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

A - Ruby red with a thin off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, dark fruits, hints of spice, cherry, cinnamon.

T - Sweet with caramel and dark fruits. Plum, raisin, maybe even some cherry.

M - Medium body and just a touch sticky.

D - On the sweet side and not very complex but solid.

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3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a very strange shaped glass that was a cross between a tulip and a weisse glass that came in a similarly strange branded wooden holder.

A - Medium amber with two fingers of off white head.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar and some Belgian yeast and clove aromas. Very sweet nose.

T - Caramel, brown sugar, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, clove. Very sweet overall with a slightly noticeable warming ABV. Very one dimensional with not much character.

M - Light body. Light carbonation.

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