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Pauwel Kwak

Amber Ale from Belgium 🇧🇪


Brewed by Bosteels Brewery

Buggenhout, Belgium

Beer Type

Amber Ale

Alcohol %


A bit about the beer

Ingredients - Water, barley malts, wheat, hops, white candy sugar

Founded in 1791, Bosteels Brewery from Buggenhout in Belgium has been owned and operated by the same family since it started until the seventh generations decided to sell to AB InBev in September 2016. Pauwel Kwak is one of only four different beers brewed by the brewery.

Kwak is one of Belgium's most iconic beers, originally designed as a reviving brew for frozen coachmen. It is a spiced Flemish amber beer which is accompanied by a very unusual glass. Named after an 18th century innkeeper and brewer, the official description of the beer is a "warm amber with a fluffy white head. This sumptuous Belgian Strong Pale Ale breathes thick caramel malts, with fruity dried apricot and prune, and a seductive demerara sugar note.With a superb bittersweet balance set in a smooth, full body, Kwak offers more delicious apricot and plum malts, paired with a classical tobacco, old leather, banana, liquorice and green apple Belgian yeast backnote".

For me, poured from a bottle (without the iconic accompanying glass) it has an amber colour with a white head dissipates rather quickly. It is a strong ale at 8.4% and it is prominent in the aromas which is accompanied by ripe fruits and woody notes. The taste is what makes this beer special. You get a mouthful of plums combined with old leather and some hints of tobacco, perfectly balanced some light bitterness and bready malts. The aftertaste lingers long after and the combinations of flavours are just perfect.

Kwak is a rich drinking experience, it is rich, creamy fruity and all that you would expect from a Belgian Ale!

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