Beer of The Week: Bosteels Pauwel Kwak

Posted on February 15th, 2011

About The Beer: Kwak is a classic Belgian beer best known for the unusual teardrop shaped glass it’s often served in. Although actually named after its inventor there’s an old story of the name coming from the sound of the beer rushing down the long stem of the glass. There was a time when all Belgian breweries created unique glassware for their beers. This was done for marketing purposes but also to ensure that the brew was showcased in a manner that highlighted its strengths.

As we’ve discussed before, different glasses serve different type of beers. The glass Kwak comes in closely resembles the traditional “yard of beer” that been used since the 17th century. Tradition holds that these glasses’ elongated shape was designed for stage coach drivers, who were able to rest the glass in their stirrups and then drink from them without having to bend over. At 9.5 inches Kwak glasses are not nearly as tall as yard glasses, but it remains a fun and unusual way to enjoy your beer.

In a nutshell: Although best known for its unusual glassware, Kwak is a tasty treat no matter how you drink it.

Review: Once you get past the gimmick of the fancy glass Kwak is actually a pretty tasty beer, regardless of what you drink it out of. It’s brewed in the style of a Belgian amber, which is a lesser know type of beer that deserves more attention. It has the body and hops of classic pale ale but with quite a bit of sweetness to it, thanks to generous portions of Belgian candi sugar. This creates a nicely balanced but very sweet beer that goes down easy.

Rating: 4 out of 5