Shag (2543) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ah I wasn’t impressed with this. It looked like iced tea when it was poured. The taste was similar to lemon iced tea with some caramel notes. This one was thin and watery. There is some alcohol showing through the water. This Kwak is Wack! Boring.
arhythmt (69) - USA - SEP 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting beer that stands alone among the strong ales from Belgium (which themselves are a rare breed). Can be a bit musty, but in a good way, almost like the malt was smoked prior to brewing. One of the most interesting malt flavors in a beer. Far better on tap!
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From bottle, at about 6 C, poured in a conventional glass (the special glass is just a marketing trick I think). Long-lasting off-white/brown head, amber colour, fruity, slightly sweet taste that make it very drinkable. Pleasant fruity aftertaste. Good carbonation. Altogether one of my favourites
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In Kwak I find a brew with a strong bitter mouth presence along with perhaps a bit too much cloying sweetness like Southern Comfort, and a pleasantly fruity malt savor in the aftertaste. This ale has a distinct deep amber color, the most "conventional amber" of the Belgian specialty ales I'm aware of. It pours a thick malted-milk color head with plenty of lacing to the end of the glass. Has a pleasantly strong yeast-dominated aroma but nothing spectacular compared to others in its class. Well carbonated like most Belgians (could perhaps use a tad more for my personal preference) - nice full mouthfeel but is too heavy and feels/tastes thick like S.C. going down, as if it loses all its carbonation in the mouth; yet this must be an illusion since it also gives great beer burps. In summary, I realize this is most likely a "traditional" recipe; however, it seems quite sweet as if the people who invented it so many years ago were quite into mead (I'm rather sure honey is present in abundance). The aftertaste is a pleasant fruity malt balance with plenty of plumlike elements, so despite clear deficits I'm left with somewhat of a positive impression.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had this out of its traditional test-tube style glass, which is very cute, but really not much of a beer glass. It sucks all the carbonation out of the beer and is a bit of a pain in the ass to drink out of. Kwak was a bit of a disappointment. Much too sweet and lacking in balance for my palate. Maybe I should try it out of a regular glass.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color with about a half inch of white foam. Doughy malt aroma with some yeast and plum notes. Starts with a mild sweetness, some fruity notes, rasins and pear. Light note of caramel, licorice and toast near the finish. Dries out some, but retains a light sweetness throughout. Solid belgian strong.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2005 Hazy light brown in color, smallish creamy tan head. Soft, spicy nose, sweet with notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate. Utterly delicious, there’s no other way to describe it. Nice texture, slightly chewy, full of sweet malt, tingly hops. Really hides the 8% well, I didn’t feel the alcohol at all. Soft, sensual, sublime.
JorisPPattyn (7678) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(draught) Deep amber colour, clear; head is amber as well, creamy, but is too influenced by the glass by half. Ambrée and cookie malt nose. Cookies, or more precisely cake, or sweet pie-bottom. It’s just a tad roasted. Not my favourite style, but it’s done in an appropriate way. Compliments. Medium bodied, just a bit dry. Sweetness remains until the aftertaste, but it never imposes itself to the detriment of the overall. It gets liqueurish in the aftertaste, the alcohol coming through. Pauwel Kwak was a tad lowered in alcohol during its existence. Exceptionally, I think they didn’t do it a disservice, the other one had a too -fast-enough streak.
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is full and lively - copper color with a full rocky head and silky lace. Head retention is poor, although a fine layer remains throughout. The aroma is bready, yeast, malt, fruity esters, cherries, clove, musty (or dank) and some bubblegum in the background. The taste is sweet and malty at the start with no surprising hop bitterness or bite. The Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with low effervescence.
IMHO: A very drinkable beer with well-balanced characteristics. The character changes noticeably with warming, more complexity develops.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Except for some large floaties, this beer pours a clear amber color with a full tan head. The aroma is redolent of caramelized malt, and alcohol in the finish. The beer is sweet and malty, with a creamy, pleasing mouthfeel. This is a fairly clean beer, malt is certainly the showcase here. This beer is fairly one-dimensional, but it is also pretty enjoyable.