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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Added by kbub6f on 06-30-2001

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a dark amber color that almost shows a reddish hue from certain angles. Topped by a rather thin off white head that maintains a thin collar around the glass. Sweet roasted notes accented by noticeable alcohol in the aroma. Has the distinct 'belgian dubbel' sort of smell. The taste is interesting and sort of complex. Immediately a very earthy malt flavor comes through, then some woodiness. Theres a bit of chocolate in this one as well. Then the alcohol sweetness hits you. There's a touch of bittering on the finish, and perhaps even a slight astringency to the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rather light, but yet smooth. Carbonation is there, but barely noticeable as it meshes well with the mouthfeel. This is not what I expected, as something more like a Leffe Blonde was in my mind. I seem to remember being more surprised (and enamored) by the aroma and the sweetness of the Leffe, but I enjoyed this as well. Hopefully the rating reflects that. This is a decent beer, and it's even better that I picked up for a song at a wine shop in Ohio. If the alcohol were more subtle, I'd like it much more.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz. bottle. The color was a dark amber, with a good head. Smell was a sweet malt. The taste was fairly sweet......hints of licorice and spicing amongst the alcohol sweetness. Mouthfeel was fairly smooth. Drinkability-wise, a few more before the sweetness became overwhelming.

After hearing about the uniqueness of Kwak, I decided to give it a try, and I enjoyed it. Although this seems like it was more of a wintery beer than a summer one, I still liked it nonetheless, and maybe I'll have another this holiday season.

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Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of mishi_d
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of botham
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a clear, rich reddish amber with a couple fingers of off-white orangish head.

smell is of smell is sweet and fruity, with notes of grapes, apple, and apricot. yeast and malts are also present, with caramel malts residing in the background. alcohol is slightly present, but not taking away from the other aromas.

taste is sweet, malty, and yeasty up front. yeast notes include apricot, apple, and a touch of grapes. very well balanced on the palate. finish is dry and mildly hoppy.

aftertaste is dry and fruity, with notes of apple and grapes. well proportioned. leaves the mouth with a tart feel.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy. alcohol is well masked, and the carbonation add to the creamy mouthfeel, rather than contributing to the bite. very smooth and palatable.

drinkability is great. this is a stronger brew (at 8% APV), which masks the booze very well, and the liquid itself is smooth and very well balanced, both in the nostrils and on the palate. it remains mild enough for most beer lovers to take a liking to it. cheers!

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Photo of jimmygord
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.68/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of FickleBeast
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle poured into a mini Yard glass that came with it. Thanks to the WHALES homebrew club - won this at their charity auction. My bottle says 8.4 ABV vice 8.1 listed here.

Bubbles out of the bottle after I pop the cork. Fill half the yard glass with foam as I pour, settles pretty quickly. Amber in color with flecks of yeast floating throughout. Yeast in the foam as well - this one looks like it was sprinkled with cinnamon.

Aroma is phenolic, yeasty, and spicy. First sip is uneventful, no flavors really sweep me off my feet. Surprisingly sweet, but overall the flavor is pretty bland. For as much as this beer foamed, there is only a slow trickle of bubbles coming to the surface now. The biggest flavor I am picking up is a crystal malt type sweetness.

Actually pretty drinkable, but mostly because there are no strong flavors to offend the palate. The sweetness does start to get to you as you get on with the bottle... getting harder to drink. Overall, this is not something I would seek out - but it is pretty decent. I'm not a big fan of Belgian yeast flavors, so the lack thereof is a bit of a plus for me.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep amber colour, just slightly hazy. Great head. INTENSE aroma of spiced alcohol (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, aniseed), hints of ammonium chloride too. Flavour is malty and spicy, but not as intense as you'd expect from the aroma. Sweetness seems just right. Aftertaste is good, but a bit short. An interesting beer, like so many Belgians.

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Photo of therica
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color, head quickly fading. Nose is interesting-- not quite sure what to make of it. The belch is about the same. The taste is somewhat unique, with burnt caramel overtones and some hints of possibly clove that are subtle. There's a slightly sweet taste and aftertaste. There's also an aftertaste that reminds me of burned leaves at a campfire in autumn-- odd and interesting, almost smoky.

At 8 percent alcohol, it doesn't have the liquor-alcohol taste that a lot of the 8+ beers have. It's very drinkable if you're looking for a higher-kick beer.

I had this on-tap in Brugge Belgium. It's traditionally served in a tall beaker-style stein-glass which is held in a wood-handled frame. When drinking, the air "burps" and makes a quacking sound, thus the Kwak name.

Try this stuff, it's definitely one that should be on any beer-questor's list.

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Photo of scratch69
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Pours a beautiful amber with a pillowy, tight head. Smell is wine-like with a grassy hop undertone. taste is tart, with wine-like essence...a little sour, bu refreshing. Mouthfeel is dry and light to medium in body. Mouthfeel and taste make this a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of Quafftastic
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Pours a rusty amber color with a creamy off-white colored head that leaves heavy sheets of lace on the sides of the glass as you drink. Nose is very faint to start but starts to come out as the beer warms a bit with aromas of sweet malt, fruity yeasts, and raw sugar. Medium to full in body and smooth and slightly sticky in texture. Taste is dominated by an overall sweetness with notes of candied sugar and tropical fruits up front followed by rum-soaked sweetened raisins and a bit of ice wine. An enjoyable beer but seems somewhat out of balance. Still, I’d gladly drink this again as it does serve as a fine nightcap.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: a solid, embossed 330mL brown bottle with a traditional Euro label, well presented. Nice package.

Appearance: just like a Belgian Strong should be. Really deep amber tending toward brown with a tinge of ruby. Fantastic head - nice and thick two fingers, creamy also. Decent lacing.

Aroma: lovely smell of heavy fruits, sherry, caramel and toffee malts and light spices.

Taste: a very smooth caramel flavour with those spices again. Some liquorice accompanies also. Not so much as a hint of harsh alcohol, which is well-disguised.

Aftertaste: flavours linger for quite a time, particularly the toffee and caramels. Very smooth.

Mouth feel: medium in body with low- to- moderate carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Overall: I had this beer around a year or so ago as I was cutting my teeth on styles of beer other than lager. This was an awesome entrance into the world of international ales, and still hovers near the top of my list of beers. A great, easy-drinking higher ABV ale which is silky smooth without the harshness that can sometimes accompany such high ABV.

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Photo of Dzu
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Kwak glass.
L:Copper color with a medium white foam head.
S: Caramel. A little bit of sourness. Berries.
T: Boozy, caramel, lacrice.
F: Alcohol not well hidden. Medium body and carbonation.
O: Not best belgian beer.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Goliath
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber/copper color with a one inch light tan head. Good retention, no lacing.

The nose is decent. Kind of fruity and spicey. Apples, plums, and sugar.

The taste is ok. Certainly some fruit, apple, plum, and banana with a bit of yeast. A bit of spice as well. Starting to get a bit of the phenolic thing going on too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated with gentle bubbles.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and mouthfeel make for pretty easy consumption.

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light brown/ruby edges with a thin line of off-white bubbles on top.

S: Dark cherry, Belgian yeast, clove.

T: Dark cherry is the dominant fruit flavor up front. There are also some, peach, sweet malt and yeast flavors. The finish is sweet with a slight bitter bite and pretty much all dark cherry with a bit of mineral flavor.

M: Light-Medium body with lower carbonation. Would have expected a little more carbonation.

O: A nice strong pale ale. The flavor in the beer is good, but to me it lacks the depth of other strong pale ales. The fruit flavors in this beer are much stronger than others in it's class.

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Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy amber-brown color. Film-like off-white head is mostly a film.

Smell: Hardly any identifiable aromas, but it is pretty earthy. I think there's a bit of apple in there, though.

Taste: It has a fairly mild taste of apple and pear. There's some mild earthy and yeast flavors in there too. Just a slight bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and generally smooth, although there is a bit of (pleasant) grain to it.

Drinkability: No taste of alcohol, and pretty easy to drink.

Rather different from what I expected. Tasty but not particularly inspiring - but there is a certain rustic-ness that is growing on me.

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Pauwel Kwak from Brouwerij Bosteels
3.75 out of 5 based on 1,763 ratings.
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