Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels (AB InBev)
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 2384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Bottle & keg: Filtered
Ingredients: Barley malts, mineral water, wheat, hops and white candy sugar.
Created in the 1980s, and named after an 18th century brewer and innkeeper, Pauwel Kwak, who apparantly developed a shorter version of the traditional English long stirrup glass (which developed into the yard of ale), for coachmen to use.
Kwak is served with respect for tradition in its own Kwak glass. Recognisable, special and just as idiosyncratic as the taste of the beer itself.

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K-V-F-L (290) - LaVista, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2001
Not as richly alcoholic as I might have preferred, yielding to a caramely sweetness that could have used some carbonation to temper it. One dimensional and blah. Perhaps better out of the cool tall Belgian glass.

RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2001
This is a great beer, but the taste isn't that special, the original glass makes it all good.

dins (266) - Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2001
Nicely done, malty and spicy flavor........................................

P-tor44 (887) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 24, 2001
The finest glass in the beer world. Malty with a lot of spice. slightly warming

ExUTex (8) - Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2001 does not count

Oakes (19909) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 16, 2001
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2009 2007 Vintage, 2009 re-rate
Muddy reddish-brown colour and the glass is filled with chunks. The aroma is heavy malt, some liquorice and spice. Soft body shows some pleasant brown sugar notes and light spice. Rounded body is smooth until a bit of alcohol kicks in late. Not bad with a couple years on it. 2-6-7-3-14 = 3.2
Fresh version, 2005 re-rate: Golden-brown colour. Slightly spicy aroma. Metallic, slightly sweaty character. Spicy palate. Thin bodied and not at all enjoyable. Score for this rating.

weide5599 (48) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2001

Bov (13677) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JAN 22, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2014 re-rated (originally 4.3 1/2001; from Bier-Bienne - quite clear red-amber beer with a long lasting yet chaotic foam; chewy and estery nose, aroma of red fruits marmalade and spices; full-bodied and pretty sweet, fair carbonation, some residual sugars in a long fruity, yeasty and perfumy finish; sticky

PhillyBeer2112 (2975) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2000
Very nice. Rich and malty, with a bit of that sour yeastiness. Strong and warming - but very drinkable.

Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 16, 2000
Absolutely superb beer. This comes in a really weird airhorn shaped glass, with a wooden holder that you actually use to drink the beer. The beer is wonderful, nice aroma, medium color and body, and great, slightly sweet flavor, but in a nice way. I loved this stuff.

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