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Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloWitkap Pater Singel / Stimulo

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BA SCORE
84
good

268 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Photo of mclanem
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was first drawn to this beer by the fact it is an abbey ale from Belgium one of my favorite types of beer. I had to double check on the correct way to pour this beer since it is bottle conditioned and I think they have the instructions on this web site. bottom line leave the bottom of the bottle in the bottle it is yeast.
Back to the beer this is a unique smelling beer it took a few smells to pinpoint kinda reminds me of a barn, but the flavor which is smooth and green.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Incredible pour with a pillowy ivory thick dense cap over a clear golden hay hue with a few tiny bubbles rising up. The lace is glued to the sides of the glass. Of course, the last yeast pour contained a bit of a cloudy aspect.

Dry aromatic light farmhouse and outdoorsy scents. A slight "pilsner" aroma.

First swigs: Dry crisp slightly peppery flavors with a mineraly tad diluted esence. A touch of a chardonnay dryness. A delicate apple fruit.

Feel is a crisp medium bodied soft carbonation. Lingering dryness. Just a bit thin on body.

Last swigs: A dry pale without the funk. With funk, this would be great. 83/3.85 Glad to have tried it, but it didn't rock my world.

Beer is good. Happy Belg pale beering.

Photo of geexploitation
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one gets points for being delightfully different from most Belgian Pale Ales I've tried. It's got a cidery, winey twist that makes it worth seeking out for a try, if not for regular drinking. (It won't be replacing the Duvels of the world, for example.)

Pours with a huge, frothy, aromatic head. Color is typical Belgian gold with a yeasty haze and a slight, slight touch of red/pink. Nose is high-noted and clear, with a touch of apple. The apple flavor carries over to the taste, which is redolent of cider and even has a slightly watery, i.e., ciderish, mouthfeel, but one that tingles with much carbonation. The finish is short-lived, with some pinpricks on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, a decent Belgian, with some bonus marks for a unique flavor.

Photo of ggaughan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle at the Foodery in Philly about a year ago. Shared it with some friends on New Year's eve in my cellar. Holding this bottle up to the light we could see a tremendous amout of crud in the bottle and floating around when unsettled. Very interesting.

The beer poured a nice brilliant gold color with the crud breaking up and disbursing into our glasses. A nice white head follows.

The smell is very earthy and crisp / fruity. The fact that this beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned is definitely evident in the look and smell of the beer.

The taste is a good balance between sweet fruit and some tart notes throughout. A very nice beer.

Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz bottle No bottling date, well-settled bottle.

Foam burst from this very carefully rested and handled bottle immediately upon opening. Pours a clear beautiful golden beer with a good white head.

The smell is lots of honey and flowers in the malt scent along with a good scent of apples and coriander. Black pepper scent and cinnamon and rum ride the alcohol vapors.

Taste is mildly sweet and lots of honey and flowers in the first taste. Mild bitterness puts the sweetness in check and lets the spices come out, mostly coriander and some vanilla and oak flavors. Very mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good mildly flavored Belgian beer here. This would go good with other mild flavors like raw vegetables without strong sauces or dressings. The low alcohol rating also makes this a super choice for lunch when you have to go back to work.

Photo of Derek
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dusty straw/blonde, pours with a little head, not much retention, but a little sticky lace.

S: A little farmhouse like, slightly earthy, a little straw, slightly sour smell (like from wild yeast).

T: Bready, a little grainy and cidery, slight tang to the aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, but gassy.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Soft focus gold with lemony highlights and a copious amount of finely bubbled carbonation. Another fantastic Belgian beer head. This one is pure white and is loaded with huge pits, as if a lemon meringue pie was left out in the rain. Its inherent stickiness is resulting in thick patches of lace in an assortment of different shapes. A great look.

The nose can't quite keep pace, although it makes a valiant effort. There's a pale malt base with a generous load of lemony, grassy hops and a 'just right' yeasty spiciness. The beer smells like sugar cookie dough riddled with flecks of lemon zest and ground clove. It's unmistakably Belgian and unmistakably good.

Abbey Singel tastes roughly like it smells. Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly enough mouth presence. The mouthfeel is too thin (borderline watery) and doesn't keep beer in contact with tongue long enough for the flavor to be adequately appreciated. With any sort of acceptable body, this would have a chance to be one of the better Belgian pale ales. As is? No.

There's a fair amount of hop flavor (with more citrusiness than nobles usually impart), but it isn't all that bitter. That's all the more surprising because the malt is effectively AWOL on the palate. The same lightly zippy clove spiciness that was present in the nose is present in the mouth. There isn't enough going on in the flavor department, however, for me to consider the beer to be much above average.

Witkap-Pater Abbey Singel looks fabulous, smells good, tastes pretty good and feels just okay. The long, slow slide is saved in the end by an upturn when it comes to drinkability. Despite my complaints, this is an impressively quaffable beer. They mow lawns in Belgium, don't they?

Photo of Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What’s up with the white hooded sweatshirt? Oh well. The pour is a golden yellow color with a big frothy head that remains throughout the tasting. No surprise the lace is also very good. The carbonation is pretty big, so that might have something to do with it. Also interesting to note there was barely any room for air at the top of the bottle when I originally opened it.

The smell is sudsy, as in a slight soap essence to it. The smell overall is light to medium aroma but some smells of pale Belgium malts are noticed. It doesn’t have the feel for Belgium that the yeast can emit. Some lighter fruity esters are a touch in there as well.

The taste has a smooth and mostly sweeter malt. There is a more present citrus quality then per in the smell that is light but a lemon quality to it. A hit of banana and maybe pears as well. Limited spice flavor as well as hops. But very smooth.

The carbonation is on high gear but the body is light to medium. The smoothness makes it very easy to drink but I would like to have more flavor. So but on your hoody and enjoy.

Photo of NEhophead
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy white head that fades almost on impact. No sheet and just a few patches of dimpled lacing, with not much strength. A rather thin golden in color; noticable spirals of carbonation.

The aromatics are tart pear, green apple with hints of spices; pepper, clove, and even a touch of corriander. Whaffs of alcohol that seem too strong for the delicate sour quality.

A sharp tartness of apple, pear, orange, and lemon that turn watery rather quickly. The alcohol and yeast presence gives a touch of breadiness, but turns artificial when met with the light fruit. The peppered spice seems almost out of place. An aftertaste of light tartness.

Light bodied; vaporous and watery on the palate.

A Pale with interesting flavors; just not as balanced as I would've liked. Nice to try, but one to avoid in the future.

Photo of MrBen
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Witkap Pater is both very tasty and a cheapskate's delight!

This fine brew pours a pale orange/golden color. I expected more of a head, and what I did manage to produce in my pour quickly flew away. The carbonation was pleasant, and I enjoyed watching the tiniest of bubbles swim to the top of the glass.

A serious layer of yeast had managed to embed itself to the bottom of the bottle. Very nice. There's just something wonderful about bottle-conditioned beer. Not sure whether this is the yeast used in primary fermentation, but if it is, it's worth snagging some for homebrew experiments.

A sweet, fruity, almost cider-like flavor and aroma dominates, but the malt and hops are balanced nicely with everything in the foreground. The mouthfeel was pretty robust. Given the great depth of flavor here, plus the $2.49/bottle price tag, I could easily see myself returning to this beer many times again.

Photo of Sixpoint
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm.... mixed feelings about this one.

The appearance was rather disappointing, for even with a somewhat agitating pour, this beer had little to no head on it. Strange, especially given the non-filtered condition and the style.

Aroma? The beer gets high scores in this realm, as it is complex with yeast, spice, and hops. Very nice.

The taste was dry and slightly acidic in the aftertaste... not too much malty complexity given the 6.0ABV.

The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated and thin to medium-bodied.

Overall, a decent beer, but not that great and nothing I would seek out.

Photo of GClarkage
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, undated, poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- One of the best looking Belgian Pale's I have seen. A bit clouded golden pour with little whisps of yeast flying everywhere. A large 2 inch big bubbled head which 1/4 inch remains until the last drop is consumed. Excellent lacing stuck to the entire rounded wall of my glass.

Smell- At first scent it kind struck me as a bit sour, maybe with a touch of barnyard to remind me of a saison. But then the scent turned to a bit sweet. Confused. Towards the end it smelled like a weak tripel. WTF!

Taste- A bit sweet at first with some citrus flavors as well as maybe some unripe bananas and maybe even a taste of pear. A tad medicinal as well. Looses it's flavor when it warms which is odd.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, a bit creamy.

Drinkability- Fairly easy drinking brew. Drink this one on the cooler side. Towards the end it starts to take on the taste of a watery green banana beer if that makes any sense at all.

Photo of Skidz
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale, fizzy yellow and sits cloudy light gold in the glass with a massive soapy white head. A near gusher out of the bottle, this has no problem maintaining a solid head and lacings to boot. Goblet no longer optional, it's required.

Smells thick and yeasty with apples, grapes and papaya. Full-on floral nose, everything is opened up wide. Light hints of caramel and vanilla.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with big notes of tropical fruit. Starfruit, mango, pineapple and kiwi skins come through a thick, doughy yeast slop. White pepper glows and alcohol warmth is noted on the mildly bitter finish, holding some grassy hops.

Spectacularly effervescent and light. Dreamy clouds float all around your mouth. Highly refreshing. Definately recommended.

Photo of mzwolinski
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold in color, with a moderate white head and lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma is spicy, with some orange citric notes. Spiciness dominates the flavor as well. Heavy on the cloves, but with noticeable coriander and orange peel flavors as well. Bubbles dance on the tongue, giving the beer a light, tingly mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Photo of Shiredave
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was mishandled and generally poorly treated on my part for several months - moving from car to shed to cellar to fridge - and it poured a beautiful pale lemon yellow with a tall white head. Streaming carbonation was evident through the murky haze- yeasites having been swirled and poured in. The head slumped to a film leaving smears and spatters everywhere.
Aroma is light - faint even, but there. Soft, tart hints of lemon and a definate wiff of fresh glazed donuts and some musty yeasty notes.
Flavors are light as well, nicely tart and citrusy with a wimpy malt backbone. Wimpy works here, and would make you question the 6% alc/vol as does the light body and mouth feel. Wheat notes blend well with the pale malt sweetness ( Im assuming there is wheat in here - if not , nice trick!). Dry, mildly hoppy finish with a tasty lingering bitterness. Now this is a session beer!

Photo of deejaydan
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Average Belgian Pale. Not very interesting to me. Pours and it looks clear and yellow, like an adjunct lager, but with a good head. Smell is slightly spicy, but not much there. Taste is a touch tart, some spice, but bland. Mouthfeel is good for style, very carbonated but not overcarbonated. Okay, but not great.

Photo of ColForbin
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witkap Pater Singel is a beer I had never even heard of before today, from a brewery I had never even heard of before today. This is a rare occurance for me, so I had to try it. It pours a cloudy golden color with a huge head that quickly settles to an island of foam in the middle of my snifter. Aroma is slightly hoppy and spicy. Taste is wheaty, with some spices (coriander? orange peel?) and a small amount of hops. Light mouthfeel, sparkling carbonation with a very dry finish.

This beer is kind of a poor man's Duvel - less hoppy, less alcoholic, less head, but more expensive. So I guess it isn't really a poor man's Duvel. A good beer nonetheless, and worth a try.

Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before dec-06. Pours in ok, but be aware of the ernomous amount of carbon dioxide otherwise impossible to get all of it it into the glass. Head not staying very well but had a nice white color. Smell is full malty, grassy and more a bottom fermented yeastsmell then a top fermenting nose. Litle hops to be smelled also but not overwelming.
Taste is very dull, watery, litle malty, dry and rather unintersting to me. Aftertaste is litle bitter and yeasty but also light. Mouthfeel is heavy cause of the ernormous amounts of carbon dioxide.
Drinkable.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this in an incredible beer-restaurant (Der Heeren van Liederkercke) with BelgianBeers and HopShop last September as part of a 3-hour multi-course lunch- now that's a vacation (thanks to both of you). I had never heard of Witkap before this, and I am glad I learned. I since found it in the states, and this review is based on a bottle at home.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a medium white head that quickly drops to a thin white cover of tiny bubbles. Aroma is nice but not particularly exciting, light bright malts and clean sugars and flowers. Flavor: vanilla creme with slightly more bitter hops at the end. Very nice.

This is not a top level classic beer, but it is very tasty, and I really enjoy it.

Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle, poured clear until half way then became hazy with a slight carbonation, a 4 inch head, and the color seems to be a golden straw.
Not real significant but sweet smell of wheat with a slightly nutty, maybe, st. pauli girl background.
Taste has a sweet sort of wheat ale flavor with a nutty (from yeast) background. The carbonation gives this some crispness and the aftertaste is equal but disappears within a minute.
The mouthfeel is comfortable not syrupy with an evenness of crisp carbonation throughout.
The drinkability is great could be a session beer since the aftertaste does not linger however the 6.0 a/v may limit the session.

Photo of tavernjef
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle purchased at Cellars in Roseville for $3.99 - Light and pale gold in color with steady flowing bubbles within, a sturdy and thickly set white cap of good sized girth sits atop. Fluffy and persistent fringe stays present the whole glass through; lacing is spotty.

Aroma is lightly spicy and dry with a lemony twist and a small hint of phenols drifting about.

Taste is crisp and dry with a slight tart edge of lemon grass, kinda keeps a citrusy draw from across the top half. As it finishes off it gets a bit more on the sweet end of the citrusy fruits and perhaps some malts and some yeasty things dancing gracefully upon notes of the fruits with phenols and dry earthy stuff. Overall dry and clean with a crisp and fruity/citric acuteness.

Feel is well carbonated with a fluffy medium body that plays off the dry crispness which seems to really keep a good hold without getting to strong like some wines or overly yeasty ales. A good little drinker thats smooth, dry, crisp, and fruity with just enough play of yeast and phenol things to keep you intrigued to continue 'til the glass sits empty.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strange thing happened when I popped this 33cl bottle. The carbonation starting mixing up the yeast and I barely moved the bottle.

Extremely effervesant as a steady stream of bubbles makes it way to the top. Golden yellow in color with a small white head that stays. The smell is very sour and sharp. Not what I expected at all.

The taste has the sour notes as well, but much more balanced then the smell. Carbonation is perfect which concerned me with all the bubbles. A great mix of tons of flavors, has more dimensions than I expected. Floral hoppy notes come through in the middle. A nice dry "bite" at the end.

Personally I really like this beer. Not sure if I am getting the intended flavors but I still like it.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An orange/blonde bodied beer w/ a thin ring of head. There is a light peppery sediment floats near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Carries a mild apricot and alcohol odor.

Taste: Ooh...its very fresh. The flavor reminds me of aged apple cider...its so sharp. The alcohol hangs on the tongue for a bit...very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, naturally eppervescent, and medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy going!

Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dirty, straw-colored beer, hazy. Cloudy on last pour with big dark chunks. Foamy, white head leaves arcs of lacing. Some tangy citrus and pepper in the nose. Taste is pleasant: yeasty, mildly spicy, some nice fruit. Finish is quite bitter, with buttery grains. It's very wit-like. A nice, pleasant, mild, fruity, bready Belgian.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a cloudy yellow ale with a good-sized head, and it lasted a good time, as a good Belgian should.

The aroma was of malted wheat... rather strongly, too.

The taste was of strong, smooth wheat, slightly nutty. Quite well balanced, I must say. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it delivered a memorable experience that I enjoyed.

Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
84 out of 100 based on 268 ratings.