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Pauwel Kwak | Brouwerij Bosteels

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Bosteels
Belgium
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,149
Reviews:
720
Ratings:
1,783
pDev:
13.19%
Bros Score:
3.12
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, deep orangish-red-amber with a creamy white head that holds fairly well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is sweet, with a light caramel maltiness, and shows some alcohol. The body is medium with a soft carbonation that makes it very smooth in the mouth. The flavor is rich, with a lightly fruity & candyish character that has caramel & toffee undertones as well as a light spiciness. Again, the alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not distracting. It may in fact, help to thin the sweetness. There's a touch of bitterness in the finish, but that's the extent of it. Kwak's flavor isn't complex, but it is quite luxurious. A really enjoyable beer that should be lingered over. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours clear, red-brown with a generous sized tan head that soon reduces to a thin and irregular coat. Nonetheless, the glass is nicely sheeted when tipped.

Aroma: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe banana. Lightly spicy.

Flavor: dark fruits with a trace of very ripe bananas and cherries. Faintly spicy.

Feel: A strong point. Medium+ but soft carbonation. Medium-full body. Dry and light at mid-taste.

O: a good Belgian ale but bettered by a good number of competitors. Certainly worth trying.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, spices, honey, Belgian yeast, caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops along with a little bit of alcohol.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, spices, honey and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better options in the style especially when you consider the price of this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red/copper color with meium head that leaves some great lacing,the aroma is almost non existant with a slight powdered sugar smell.The tast is pretty complex malty sweet with a tast of candied sugar as the backbone alcihol is prevalent in the finish wich is nice and warming.A real nice malty beer,very impressed.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Eulogy, Philly, PA

Pretty good. Pours into that funky glass with the wood frame, a orange-amber color with a fluffy white head that retains well. Bready aroma loaded with Belgian yeast. Some light sugar and banana as well. Bready taste, light sugar, bananas and apricots, toasted malts, and a dry bitter hop finish. Medium mouthfeel and quite drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Apricot amber color. Off-white head settles into ½ inch of cream.

S - Relatively mellow. Warm malt. Touch of honey.

T - Soft malt. Mildly bitter pine hops. Mellow med-dark honey. The flavors are smooth, well balanced, and well defined.

M - Soft and smooth with a pleasant carbonation.

O - Keep the gimmicky glassware, just give me the beer :)

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Photo of smithj4
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/caramel into my la chouffe glass (couldn't find my kwak goblet with wooden handle, still packed away) with 3 fingers of tan head. Great noise coming of the head! Above average lacing & head retention

S: Apple skins & that's it

T: Caramel & apple-skins with a little warming booze up front. Fruittyness (apricots) & breadyness, along with some leafy hops follow as this warms. Finishes with more leafy hops & fruit (lemons & dates)

MF: Medium-bodied, slick with low carbonation

Drinks a little slow, I remember this having more hops profile in the past. Worth a try, but not if over say, 8$ for a 750 ml bottle IMO. BBD of 17/05/2008, not sure aging will help this much

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Before Before... L22DJ?! It's been some years since I've had it at the Brick Store Pub, though I remember coming to the unyielding conclusion that the experience with the glass was far better than the beer contained within. Let's see if that notion has changed for me! Hopefully, a Duvel glass will do the trick.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, dark amber body with a head that starts full but quickly peters out into a thin, whitish layer of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, toasty caramel and toast with pleasant notes of peppery spices and fruits and a touch of wafting alcohol (but only a touch, mind you).

Taste: Sweet caramel and a half handful of dark honey and sugar-dosed bread crusts. Hits a resilient stride of fruitiness, with tastes of tart pears, white peaches, and crisp apple. Then, a supple spiciness joins the fray. Some herbal, earthy touches precede a medium bitterness and healthy dose of yeast. Some warm alcoholic hints interrupt in the back half. Finishes semi-dry, warming, with some final hints of toasted candy and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Better than remember, though, and I hate to admit this, I have gotten sweeter with age. All in all, it's sweet, warming, and generally agreeable, but I recommend serving it up in the proper Kwak glass.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rustic orange-bronze. As I peered through the bottle neck while pouring, after the first few clear ounces, I could see a fair amount of junk exiting. Once in the glass, the liquid looks clear. The beer must still be relatively fresh and hasn't yet reached the stage where the proteins coagulate and give that 'classic' Kwak look that I've heard so much about.

The wonderful looking cap of orange-accented ecru filled the majority of the glass initially and has now deflated to a more reasonable two fingers. It's more firm and rugged than soft and creamy and has laid down a jagged collar of lace with several dozen spots and dots higher up the glass.

The nose, while decent for the style, doesn't compare to my favorites. It's musty fruity and not very Belgian yeasty. On a good note, very little of the 8.0% ABV is appreciated. The best BSPAs smell strong and complex. This one is neither.

Kwak is better on the palate, but I'm still far from dazzled. There's plenty of malt, with a little sweet caramel to go along with the macerated-in-fruit-brandy flavor. Apples and pears are dominant, followed by white pepper, clove and a dash of musky cardamom.

This beer is simple and solid more than multi-faceted and nuanced. It does, however, have the right mix of fruit and spice, sweet and bitter, unruliness and civility. While it's obvious that one is drinking a higher ABV ale, the brewers have done a fabulous job of integrating alcohol into the flavor profile. With warming, faint caramel and light brown sugar notes come to the fore.

The body/mouthfeel is neither too light nor too heavy. It's full enough, slightly chewy and modestly mouthcoating. It's probably undercarbonated compared with many Belgians, but is perfectly carbonated as far as I'm concerned.

Pauwel Kwak isn't as good as Tripel Karmeliet... but then what is? As noted above, it's a solid version of the style that would probably taste better if imbibed from the traditional Kwak glass in the land of its birth. Drunk from a nonic pint glass in the American Midwest, it's still a damn fine ale.

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 oz slender euro style brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a more than decent off white lace that seems to retain quite well.

Smell: Tropical fruit, raw sugar cane and slight medicinal aromas flow from a alcohol perfume.

Taste: Smooth and crisp mouth feel that hold a full-ish body. Very noticeable alcohol, warming and very fruity with a tropical character. The tingling sensation from the alcohol lingers in its spiciness. Touch of hops with a faint flavour in the finish. Light cider like twang surround the alcoholic esters then fades into a rum raisin flavour. Light steely caramel and husk flavour in the end.

Notes: It is definitely a strong ale being that its alcoholic prowess flexes its muscles right away. A decent strong ale though seems to be a bit over the top for its own self, lacks complexity and depth and a bit too much on the esters(too warm of a fermentation?) though makes up with its drinkability.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap at Barleys on my birthday. I had not scene it on the wall before so that was good enough for me. Served cold and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 06/11/2009.

The pour was nice. Light amber in color and very cloudy. Nice little touch of white on the top as well that reached a heightof around an inch before settling back down. Light grain aroma with hints of spice and light fruits was welcoming, albeit a touch light for me. Smooth, mellow, and a bit bland on the taste. Lots fo pepper like taste tried to cover up a lack of depth and an otherwise slightly bland overall vibe. Still decent feel and a very smooth, easy drinkability.

Overall not bad, but forgettable. Dont know if I would pay for this one again, just does not seem worth it to me.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

thanks to Erik Ney for sharing this growler with tenderbranso69 (Tim) and me, enjoyed in a goblet chilled on Christmas Day '13.

The color is amber with moderately hazed look with small head with fine bead head collapses to a ring and spots of lace cling. The smell is very good, lots of tropical aroma of yeast with banana dominant and light spice ester. The feel is smooth and mostly malty with slight yeast tanginess and medium carbonation with subtle spice and alcohol with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is great, lots of malt with a mild yeast fruitiness and and a gentle spice quality with mild hop flavor which adds to the caramel element from the malt with an almost candy-like flavor with a semi-dry finish. Overall this is a pretty decent Belgian ale, I had this a few times before and was glad to revisit this as it was easy on the palate considering the strength. Thanks again, Erik Cheers!

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 1,783 ratings
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