“Landlord, pour me
another cold Kwak”

The Story

Always to hand…

In Napoleon’s time Pauwel Kwak was a brewer and 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 original kwak glass. Recognizable, special and just as idiosyncratic as the taste of the beer itself.

The art of Pouring

Serving temperature: 5-6˚C

  • The glass must be sparkling clean, if it isn’t, it should be refreshed in a glass-rinser.
  • Hold the glass at a slight angle and pour until full. Remember there must still be about 2cm of froth in the bowl of the glass when the head reaches the rim.
  • After settling for about 15 seconds, the head will form about 7cm from the upper edge of the glass.

Your Kwak is now ready to enjoy!

Sample with all your senses

Kwak is a traditional strong Belgian amber ale, a perfect blend of malt and hops with a great complexity of flavour.

Appearance: the Kwak beer is recognizable by its deep amber, clear beer with a dense, creamy-coloured head. The white wood support offers a nice contrast with the beer.

Aroma: A balance of dark caramel, dried orange, a hint of banana and baking spices with a touch of earthiness

Flavour: Medium-bodied with a soft, mellow warmth. Flavours include gentle allspice, baked caramel and banana with notes of orange marmalade. Spice and a warming character linger on the finish with a delicate bitterness.

ABV: 8.4%

The art of cooking

Kwak can also be enjoyed at the culinary level. A number of famous cooks from equally fine restaurants have given their imagination free rein to put together for you these recipes, which you can easily make at home. Delicious.

GRILLED BEEF CHEEK

WITH KWAK AND RED CABBAGE

PIGEON PICKLES

WITH CRISPY MUSTARD WAFER

BELGIAN BLUE BEEF

ROCKET AND MARINATED, GRILLED RADISHES IN SESAME OIL

SAFFRON RISOTTO

WITH LANGOUSTINES AND A NANTUA SAUCE

RED GURNARD

IN A RICOTTA AND SPINACH LASAGNE

LAMB RAGOUT

WITH PAUWEL KWAK

BRAISED VEAL CHEEKS

AND WHITE BEANS

CAPPUCCINO OF SPINACH

CORIANDER, PINCHOS OF SMOKED FISH, WHIPPED CREAM

Baked GOOSE LIVER with ENDIVES

PARMA OR SUPERANO HAM AND A KWAK VINAIGRETTE

Baked GOOSE LIVER

AND ROGNONADE A LA PAUWEL KWAK

Foodpairing – Kwak

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