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Kwak Beer yes that beer with the funny shaped glass...
Brewed by the family-owned Brewery Bosteels in Buggenhout, Belgium, Kwak is named after an 18th century innkeeper and brewer, Pauwel Kwak. In Napoleon's time Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and the owner of the 'De Hooen' inn in Dendermonde.
As with other Belgian beers, Kwak has a branded glass with its own distinctive shape, yet the Kwak glass has attracted great attention because it is a round-bottomed, hour-glass shaped glass that resembles a stirrup cup or 'yard of ale', which is held upright in a wooden stand‚Äïrather like a piece of old scientific apparatus.4
Travellers would often stop at an inn for refreshment, however the coachmen were required to stay with the coach and horses. Standard handled mugs were impractical for gloved coachmen sitting high up, so one enterprising innkeeper, Pauwel Kwak, had a special glass created for his beer. Its the eye-catching round bottomed shape enabled it to be hung on the coach and be easily held in a thick glove.
Whatever the origins, historic or a modern unique selling proposition, drinking Kwak from its glass is a unique and novel experience. The unwary often try to gulp the beer, failing to notice that the shape dictates that a torrent can pour out when the air reaches the bowl.
Kwak beer is a deep bright amber colour with a dense creamy head, it has a mellow, fruity and malty aroma with a slightly spicy character. It also has subtle and earthy notes of banana and also some tropical mango or pineapple in the background. To taste, it is smooth, mellow, fruity and nougat-like. It has a slightly spicy lift with hints of liquorice passing into a warm finish that is reminiscent of caramelised banana. The bitterness remains throughout but emerges delicately at the end.
Name Kwak Belgian Amber Speciality 8.0% 75cl Bottle ABV % 8 Bottle Size 75cl Brewery Pauwels Colour or Style Amber Beer Country Belgium Ratebeer Score No Serving Temperature 8-10'c Tasting Notes Kwak is a full bodied and alluring, malty-toffee, amber speciality. Best served in a branded mini yard of ale glass. Good with fish and seafood. Bottle Conditioned (Yes/No) No Available Wholesale No General Availability No