December 21, 2005
Switzerland) - Scouring the beer rack here at my local
Foods for something Belgian that I hadn't had, I
came across a nondescript black bottle called Kwak.
Seeing that the price was about 25% less than the regular
Belgian fair, I figured it was worth the risk.
Kwak is brewed in Buggenhout, Belgium, by Brouwerij
Bosteels. The aforementioned bottle is slick and black
and contains a strong Belgian pale ale. It pours an
adequate head that has no special characteristics about
it. Lacing is there, but not substantive nor long-lasting.
The color is dark and reddish when held to the light.
Not bad to look at, but not the rich pouring or color
complexities that its Belgian brethren wield.
are a mix of malts and fruits, again not seriously complex,
but more than some. There is a bit more of dark fruit
spike when sipped that doesn't quite mask the alcohol
as pleasantly as it should. As the sips continue, it
becomes a more drinkable experience, dissolving into
a pleasant beer that is really enjoyable.
Belgian brews in big bottles, one kind of gets used
to the 9% ABV standard that most of these brews carry.
Kwak is a bit less at 8%, but that doesn't mean it can't
get the job done. One bottle of some Belgians can be
split - Kwak can't. Keep that in mind when attracted
to the lower price point.
is like the nice girl whose friends are all supermodels.
If found amongst other company, Kwak might stand out,
but on that shelf of big, bold Belgian superbrews, it's
kind of homely in comparison. That's not to say I would
kick it out of bed, though...
For more information on
Kwak, visit their website at www.bestbelgianspecialbeers.be