Brewery Bosteels Pauwel Kwak may be best known outside of it’s native Belgium as that beer with the crazy glass. The glass is shaped like an hourglass or a yard glass but requires it’s own stand. Belgian beer fans will know this as a unique beer that combines some swee, malty character with a slight hop bitterness not found in most Belgians. The experience of drinking Kwak is immensely increased when using this unique glassware.
Pauwel Kwak (8.1% Alcohol)
Appearance : The head is impressive helped by the unique shape of the glass, clings all along to the glass. Color is a deep orange-brown.
Aroma: Slightly sweet aroma with notes of caramel.
Taste : Slight citrus and banana flavors with a decidedly sweet finish. The initial taste is not overwhelming in any flavor.
Mouthfeel : Somewhat thick but good amount of carbonation does lighten this beer in the mouth.
Overall : If you get the chance to try this beer at a reasonable price and in the correct glass, seize the opportunity. However, there is nothing that makes this beer really stand out. It lacks the depth of flavor profile that you would find in a great Belgian Dubbel or Quadrupel. It lacks the malt character and bitterness to be a Belgian Pale. Overall, It’s a beer that can’t really decide what it wants to be.