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

Tripel Karmeliet

I’m insanely happy that baseball is back. I bet you could tell since I’ve constantly mentioned it since Opening Day. I also love baseball because I find that beer pairs really well while relaxing and watching a game. Add grilling outside on a Saturday and you’ve basically found me at my happiest. I’m going to the game tomorrow and I love tailgating, so I can’t even describe my excitement. Onto tonight’s brew.

ABV: 8.4%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Tripel Karmeliet is a Belgian beer in 1996 was launched. It is a triple (6.4% by weight and 8% by volume) which in addition to barley also wheat and oats have been processed. In that respect, one might try a zesgranenbier (Double Triple) be called. Each of these grains is because in both raw and malted forms used.”

Random: I seriously can’t believe that a guy was beaten so badly after last night’s Dodgers-Giants game that he is in critical condition. I love baseball, but seriously, it’s just a sport.

This brew poured a cloudy yellow color with a two finger pure white head into my Duvel glass. The lacing left on the glass was significant. There was also a lot of carbonation visible on the beer. On the nose, I got the usual breadiness/yeastiness that I’ve come to expect from a Belgian. This was paired with some citrus notes. I especially got lemon out of this one. A slight hint of clove also came through. On the first sip, the breadiness definitely dominates the taste. Then, I got some slight spice, banana, and some sweetness. For a tripel, the booze on this is nearly undetectable. The citrus in the nose didn’t really appear in the taste. The brew ended up being really crisp and having more carbonation that I expected. This is probably the most drinkable tripel I’ve had. All the flavors work really well together. The finish lingered with a bit of yeast. Great beer and I definitely won’t have a problem killing this bomber.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Deus (Brut des Flandres)

So, it’s my birthday. There’s no real celebration until next week. Well, unless you count opening a bottle of Deus. I found this at Total Wine in Union. So, I’m ready to break out the flutes and try this bad boy.

ABV: 11.5%

Style: Biere de Champagne

Trivia: Deus is Latin for “god,” or “deity.” This beer also has its own wikipedia page which says: “During the brewing process, it is fermented over a month with two yeasts, re-fermented near Épernay in Champagne, France and then bottled, after which it is left in a cellar for 9 months and rotated for a week, and then the yeast removed.”

Random: This is a brew that seems like it will appeal to my wine loving side. Although, I think it’s weird to drink it out of a flute.

This brew pours just like champagne. It has a one finger white head that dissipates quickly with no lacing. The body is a clear, golden color. On the nose, I get a bubbly sweetness, with a little honey mixed into it. Also, some sour fruits on the nose as well. The taste is weird. Perhaps because I expect it to taste like champagne. It’s not really sweet. There is some serious carbonation on it and I get hints of booze and honey. I’m not sure how I feel about the brew. The finish is quick and unremarkable. Nicole looks up an article and someone says that is “champagne made with grain instead of grapes.” That is the perfect description for this. Once your brain decides that it’s okay that it’s not sweet, it’s okay, not great mind you, but okay. So, second impression. The high carbonation takes the front seat, as does the booze. I also get some green apple on the taste. This is one of the most unusual beers that I’ve ever had. But, this beer is pricey at $40. It’s obviously not something that you could drink everyday, nor would you want to. But, I think this is overhyped beer. After two flutes worth, I’m disappointed. I was hoping for a beer that would floor me. Instead, it’s just a mediocre beer that would put me on the floor. Avoid buying a bottle due to the price tag, worth a taste if you can get it, just because it’s so unique. But, this beer was a major disappointment.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0