The beer: The most iconic of the Kwak beer is the glass. Do you recognize him? That original quack glass, with that ball at the bottom and in such a wooden holder? The last sip is always exciting, as we have often had the remainder of the beer not on the mouth, but on the shirt…. Good … We won’t bother you with our stories … A nice fact, by the way: do you know why the glass has this shape? This is because the time when people were driving around in coaches and coachmen were not allowed to leave their coaches, and often valuable cargo. The glass could be attached to the coach, so that the coachman could still enjoy a beer. Hence the name: coachman’s glass. Then … the beer! An amber beer, with an airy white foam head. You can smell aromas of caramel, dried apricots and plums.
The taste is bittersweet, robust with notes of apricots, malt, a small touch of banana and yeast in the aftertaste. Delicious.
The Brewery: Bosteels, the brewery behind the Kwak beer, has been around since 1791 and has been a family business for over 200 years! The descendants of the brewery’s initial founder, Evarist Bosteels, have continued the family work of their over-over-over-over grandfather. Fortunately, a lot of Bosteels sprouts have been processed to pass on the recipes of iconic beers such as Kwak, Tripel Karmeliet and Deus Brut des Flandres to posterity so that we can still enjoy this beautiful beer. The recipe practically unchanged and well preserved.
The style: Belgium…. Well … let’s just say the cradle of beer, with its countless abbeys and beer traditions! This also applies to this Belgian Strong Ale, which originates in family businesses such as Bosteels and Moortgat. The style itself is actually difficult to put in a box, because the beer varies from light to dark amber – in the case of Pauwel Kwak – and the hop profile can be very light to full-fruity. A kind of chameleon among beer styles, therefore, J. By the way, it is an agreement that they are often brewed with candy sugar to increase the alcohol percentage. Because Strong = strong!
Oh yeah! And because the style is called Belgian Strong Ale, this does not mean that the beer must actually be brewed in Belgium, many American breweries also brew this type of beer.
Food pairings: The Belgian Stong Ale has at least enough alcohol percentage to be a formidable opponent for wine and makes it an ideal table companion. The Pauwel Kwak combines very well with a “tasty chicken” or a smoked ham. Speaking of which … A ham sandwich would not be wrong! Kwak is also great to combine with Brussels sprouts or kale, because it somewhat mitigates the somewhat bitter taste of the vegetables. So if you didn’t like Brussels sprouts: With this Pauwel Kwak that problem is over for good!