In Napoleon's time Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and the owner of the 'De Hoorn' inn in Dendermonde. Mail coaches stopped there every day. But at that time coachmen were not allowed to leave their coach and horses in order to have their thirst quenched along with their passengers. As a result, the inventive innkeeper had a special Kwak glass blown that could be hung on the coach. In this way the coachman had his Kwak beer safely at hand.
Today Kwak is one of the few remaining historic Belgian beers and is still served with respect for tradition in its origanal kwak glass. Recognisable, special and just as idiosyncratic as taste of the beer itself.
Smell: a mellow, fruity and malty aroma with a slightly spicy character with coriander and hops. Additional earthy and very subtle aromas of banana, pineapple and mango.
Taste: a mellow fruity attack, a nougat-like solidity, and a spicy character with hints of liquorice passing into a warm finish that is reminiscent of carmelized banana. The bitterness always remaining in the background but in the end emerges delicately.
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