Kwak wins the award for Best Presentation (Glassware). Good beer is all about the experience, and the Belgians know how to do it. Each brewery in Belgium has a special glass that is designed specifically for each of their beers.
It’s not all about looks, although visual appeal is more important for beer than we often think. Just as red and white wine are served in glasses that are designed differently based on factors such as aroma, temperature and color, beer is also best consumed in glasses that also take those factors into account. This could be its own study, so I’ll tackle this topic in more detail down the road in another post.
Kwak is more than just a pretty beer. It’s got personality and complexity. The color is a vibrant reddish-orange and the aroma is powerfully sweet, with carmelized fruit and malt.
The flavor starts out very sweet. There is a lot of the customary spiced fruit that you find in many good Belgian ales. There is also a hint of carmelized banana. It’s almost Bananas Foster-esque. The finish coats your mouth with a sugary feeling and stays with you for some time.
Kwak may be a little too sweet for some. I really enjoyed it, though it’s certainly not a beer I’d take out to the lake. I think it’s best enjoyed after dinner with dessert, or even as dessert. It’s also a great beer to order when you’re hanging out with friends at a bar and you want to grow in their esteem.