How have I not had this beer before? I’m all about the Belgians and one that comes in a special glass in a wood holder, even better, right? I had this one at City Tap House in Philly while watching the Eagles game. I was in the mood for a Belgian, so I figured it was time to cross this one off of the list of ones to try.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Trivia: According to, “Pauwel Kwak is an amber ale brewed since the 1980s with 8.4% ABV. Supposedly it is named after an 18th century innkeeper and brewer, Pauwel Kwak. The beer is filtered before packaging in bottles and kegs. As with other Belgian beers, Kwak has a branded glass with its own distinctive shape. It is held upright in a wooden stand; the brewery claims the glass was designed by the innkeeper Pauwel Kwak in the early 19th century for coachmen who would stop at his coaching tavern and brewery named ‘De Hoorn,’ though the beer and the glass were not launched until the 1980s.”

Random: Since I may not be able to say this for the rest of the football season…the Eagles are atop the division!

This brew poured with a two finger, pure white head that dissipated slowly. It left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, medium yellow color with lots of visible carbonation throughout. The nose had a lot of spicy with marked notes of Belgian yeast and candi sugar. The taste had a lot of spice as well. I got coriander, candi sugar and lots of Belgian-y yeast goodness. There was also a touch of golden fruit as well. The booze wasn’t apparent and was well-integrated. The body was thick with high carbonation. The finish was long and had a touch of sweetness at the end. This was a great example of the style that was full of flavor and went down easily. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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