Name of beer
What the brewer says
“An uncomparable Belgian top fermentation beer with a unique taste.”
I was going to start by saying how the rare summer’s day, with the prospect of a barbecue to come, had inspired me to pick something light and fresh to get me in the mood.
Then I read the notes on the bottle, which say Pauwel Kwak is “uncomparable”. As I am a pedant when it comes to the English language (don’t get me started on the misuse of words such as “literally”), and this blog is at least partially about breaking down myths, I will tell you now that this tastes like lager. Therefore, it is not “uncomparable”.
Those of you who have bothered to read past posts might recall that I my previous mentality towards lager was one of a beer snob, but that this was all put aside after discovering that you could get some really nice lagers, that have lovely nuances in taste. Gladly, Pauwel Kwak is one of those, though it is described in some quarters as a pale ale.
This isn’t a “neck ten pints on a night out” lager, at least partially due to its 8.4% ABV. It comes in a respectful 330ml bottle that will do just fine before I light the barbecue.
It carries a slight malty flavour, which I quite like (try, also, Peroni’s Doppio Malto Gran Riserva) and sits in that little niche of lager-style beers that would make a good introduction to ales for anyone stuck on the likes of Fosters etc. It makes a nice alternative route in to golden ales.
I’ll be honest, I still have a slight sense of foreboding when opening something I think is going to be lagery but, despite its fizziness (there was spillage upon opening), it is the likes of Pauwel Kwak that give me renewed faith in the genre.
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