Pauwel Kwak

Pictured 11/28/23


Notes added 08/20/21

I’ve been drinking Kwak for many years, and long before the original notes that are below from 2004. I’ve always enjoyed it more than those notes might suggest! I think the notes reflect a little naivety in note taking rather than the beer itself.

These days I note the dry esters, the beautiful color, the richness of the aftertaste and the pronounced banana notes that layer on top of the dryish, malt base.

These days this is listed at 8.4% and to be honest it drinks every bit of that. Warming alcohol remains a feature. Also worth noting that its classification as a BSPA is challenged by the look and by the label which uses the word ‘Amber’.


Original notes 11/21/04

750 mL, corked and caged from Beverage Resort, Marietta, GA.

Much darker with more obvious alcohol than your average Pale Belgian. I prefer the golden yellow Duvel color as opposed to the darker, maltier looking pales. Indeed, this is much more like a Belgian Brune to me.

Strong malt, yeast, dark fruit flavors upfront in both the aroma and the taste. There is a distinct alcohol feeling to this that is not well disguised and is quite strong. A noticeable spirit like presence.

Very frothy, carbonated head that hangs around, with a strong alcohol flavor all the way through to the end.

This was just not subtle enough for me, a bit too obvious is what I am trying to say. Not bad, but there are many better.

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11/21/2004
Format:
bottle
ABV: 8.1 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.5
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