Monday, June 8, 2015

Pauwel Kwak

Belgian beer is probably the best beer in the world and has been for a long time. It is traditional for some Belgian beer to be brewed by Trappist monks but not all beer is. Pauwel Kwak, 8.4% ABV a Belgian Pale ale has bee brewed since 1791 and is brewed and bottled by Bosteels. Kwak pours a rich amber color with a two finger bright white head that slowly dissipates and there is a little light streaming through nice amount of carbonation bubbles. The aroma is sweet with bits of caramel and faint hops notes. There is a strong whiff of alcohol on the nose. Kwak has a strong taste with nice caramel notes that are followed by a nice but faint hop note that is mildly bitter for just a second because the caramel flavor is a bit dominate. But the caramel taste isn’t alone. No! It is accompanied by a rater pleasant vanilla note. The vanilla isn’t too strong, it’s a bit mild by tasty. The mouth on Kwak is big and full, it coats your mouth a bit, and finishes nice with a warming form the 8.4% alcohol as it goes down. The after taste of vanilla and caramel lingers just a bit before fading into a warm alcohol sting. I really enjoyed Kwak and I do recommend trying this yourself. It’s an A here. It needs to have more of a light alcohol flavor in the middle, but that is a minor thing in making Kwak better. I don’t think it’s bad beer at all. Everything has room for improvement. I would have Kwak again for sure. So go and try Kwak for yourself! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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