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Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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BA SCORE
85
very good

266 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 206
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999)
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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light-amber with honey accents, forming a solid head of fine white bubbles with average retention and mild lacing. Flits of bits bouncing and stuck to the side of the glass. Despite the short-lived nature of the head, it always remains at least 1/4" thick and meringue-like. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is extremely fruity with strong splashes of apple cider, belgian candi sugar, white raisins, plums, and orange blossom honey. No bananas or cloves. Mouthfeel is crisp and airy with a light body. Taste begins with some mild belgian funk sourness, phenols, rotting apple skins, and honey. The finish is watery and oddly semi-dry from a lemony tartness and a hint of husk. Hops are minimal and alcohol is not present in aroma or taste. Contrary to some reviews, this is not even close to being a Belgian Wit, but is, as it says on the bottle, an "Abbey Singel Ale".

A nice brew with some interesting elements going on. It's Belgian alright, but it's not over-the-top and it's light body makes it a good crossover beer for those getting into the Belgian Lambics. Think of this as a cross between a Lambic and Abbey single.

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.02 oz bottle, no dating noted. Nice monk on label. Pours cloudy, dull orange in color with a nice white, very tiny bubble head which reduces to a thin film and leaves a lot of intricate lacing. First tastes I get are a delicate, powdered sugar nose, and then interestingly, sourness on the tongue. Sweat and sour. Tastes of doughy donuts and sour cherries. Spices coriander,pepper, lemon, alot going on here! Funky Belgian yeast thang going down. "only" 6% so this one would be fairly drinkable, if it wasnt so complex....I like this beer, a good one to try on a Belgian newbie, cuz its got the Belgian flavors/yeast and complexity, but its not super strong. This would be great also with hearty/flavorful salads, breads, nuts and cheese..

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

Straw color, chill haze, a fine white rocky head and light effervescence. It has a sticky lacy and retains a fine layer after the head diminishes. The aroma is primarily of hops and some malt, but is also tart with a, bready background. The flavor has a slight sweet start with a tart yet spicy middle and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with an astringent finish.

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

Pours a hazed fizzy golden straw color with a bif white head. Mellow, yet spicey. Sweet, yet dry. Balance is quite right. Hops and malts are in check with each other. Yeast flavor is there too. Complex, but not overly so. A solid Belgian which I am glad is now available in VT.

Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Make sure to decant the yeast with the bottle on this one or it'll seem a little bland. Murky pale golden with darker colored yeast in suspension. Effervescent foamy white head that'll dissipate promptly of you use the proper chalice leaving a nice lace. Peppery, citrusy, zesty and musty aromas are right in front. Even smells effervescent (?). Taste is a different story. Very tart lime citrusy tang mixed with some yeasty funkiness in the beginning going toward a musty drier finish. The only malt presence I could discern was a mild tea sweetness in the middle. I like this beer a lot. I've tried older bottles and liked those better, but, regardless, I guess I could say that I like this beer for the same reasons that I like Duvel or a saison-style or Orval. Very tasty.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased with the $2 price tag on this bottle. 11.2 oz'er. Poured first without the yeast, a golden color with a well retaining head. Looks like champagne with a head, as there are thousands of huge bubbles quickly cascading to the top. I've never seen a beer with so many bubbles. I guess that's what is keeping the head intact. Nose is spicy and quite yeasty, even without pouring the yeast in. Quite a strong citrus aroma as well, as it nearly makes my eyes tear up. As I expected, the mouthfeel is a tad on the spritzy side from the heavy carbonation. Not overwhelming at all though. Flavor is not as citrusy or spicy as the nose is. Has elements of both, but has more wheat flavor than anything else.

In goes the yeast -- The brew goes from the bubbly gold to a very light orange color, very cloudy, and the bubbles are harder to see. Nose remains the same, but the yeast gives this one a more complex flavor, no surprise there. Stronger citrus flavors and a creamier mouthfeel result from the yeast. Mmm...yeast. Pour the yeast in on this one. A tasty Belgian white indeed.

Photo of pio
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big white head on an active golden liquid, very pretty with all this great lace, almost a five. very spicy scent with a cinnamon notable. flavor is also spicy and exciting with sage, corriander, clove, lemon zest slightly sweet grape and apple with wheat rounding it out on the bottom. an after glow of white grape, spicy, (cinnamon, sage, clove ect...see scents above) herbal vegetable balance and a nice bit of tart. mouthfeel is light and fresh feeling, filling and active. due to the balance of flavors and this beers' intreguing properties i have to say this beer is very drinkable, that drinkability score is just .5 higher because it's sessionable despite it's being complex.

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

Poured a cloudy gold color. I has similar characteristics of a wheat beer when pouring. Very thin head that disappeared rather quickly. Lots of carbonation rising from the bottle of the glass. Not a potent hoppy smell, but present. Almost had citrus and grass smell. Very sweet tasting. Kind of suprising at first. Almost tart tasting. First thing that comes to mind is sweet tarts candy or red bull. The mouthfeel is nice and the drinkability is enjoyable. I can see myself drinking this beer on hot summer days.

Photo of moulefrite
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is ridiculous how tasty this is! Golden orange with a big puffy wit head-1/2 inch of head stays through the whole trip. Thick and supple lace throughout. Aromas are citrus dominated, and quite sour-almost lambic-ish, and fade back and forth from lemon and tart orange. Delicious to taste with sourball, orange and lemon flavors, and some grapefruit zest. Hard to put down, as the flavors are so refreshing. Medium bodied with just right carbonation providing a rush of creamy foam moments after each sip. a citrus delight-damn near a lambic, and solid as a rock. I'll be going back to this one real soon.

Photo of byrd
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very hazy golden color and a small semi-sticky head. Aroma is of hops and spices (clove and maybe some coriander) with some citric notes. Very slight hint of malt is also noticeable. Yeast settles quickly to the bottom making it necessary to frequently swirl the glass. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit fluffy from carbonation. The start is somewhat smooth, but then a tart, almost sour, nature takes over. Very tart citric dry finish that lingers for a bit. Lemon notes are quite prevalent. The spiciness is mild with hints of clove as well as a small amount of yeast. The malt in this brew is very subdued with almost no sweetness, but there is a soft graininess. This is a fairly drinkable brew that is probably a good summer refresher. The tart and sour character of this beer doesn’t really do much for me though. This is the first Belgian Pale Ale (Single) that I’ve had. It seems to me to be more of a Witbier.

Photo of Shiloh
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew...poured a murky medium light golden hue with average carbonation. Initial head was half a fist in size but quickly bowed to a large glass ring with a full and creamy lace. Body was medium/full.
Nose was of assorted fruits and a light yeast component.
Taste was strongly of spearment and fruits with a dry hoppy element to back.
Retentive syrupy mouthfeel however light.
To sweet for my taste but a credit to its style.

Photo of GreenCard
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle best-by date: 8/2006

Appearance: golden color, lots of bubbles, voluminous pure white head, great retention, some threads of lace here and there

Aroma: malty and grainy, a pleasant leafy hop scent, sweet fruitiness akin to ripe pears, fresh wort, iron, minerally, some honey

Flavor: light maltiness with a substantial hop flavor and bitterness, slightly fruity, dryish finish with a tangy hop-bitter aftertaste, some residual honey-like quality, quick flavor progression, very fresh taste... really gets your taste-buds going

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation, smooth

Overall Impression: A nice abbey single. Far superior to some of the ones I've tried from actual Trappist breweries and probably one of my favorites. Not watery tasting at all. Somehow it is similar to an Orval without the bacterial/wild-yeast element. Very tasty!

Photo of goz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly cloudy golden orange, with a huge rocky white head that is sturdy and lasting, lacing nicely. Aroma is yeasty, apple, peach, slightly spicy, and some grassiness. Flavor is apple, some sourness, lemon zest, tart, acidic, and quite dry. Medium body, fairly bubbly carbonation.

Photo of andyj
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer which is miscategorized. This is actually a wit beer. The name abbey single probably gets it placed under begian pale ales. Wonderful aroma in this, very citrusy with some other hints of spice. This spice 'hint' in the aroma is quite intriguing since it is a bottle conditioned ale. Supposedly, the coriander aroma disipates after a month or so in the bottle. I doubt that it is within a month fresh since I bought in the states. Nonetheless, the taste is quite extraordinary -- it zaps the palate with a bit of a cidery sour bite and finishes sparkling dry, which I found quite refreshing on a hot summer day a few hours drive from the mason-dixon line. Do I detect a hint of ginger in there?

Photo of nomad
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a soft tangerine color that was a little opaque. Had a foamy head with dimples and little lacing. Liked how the head kicked up real fast yet smoothly; looked very natural.

Smelled of farm scents and a major tart Gueuze-like scent. Also had cumin notes, a faintly fruity note, and a metallic tinge to it all. Taste was tart but with a strong malt background. Most noticeable was its feathery first touch and medium-length finish that moved from sour to creamy to bready. Mouthfeel was more than watery, as a quick fizz fell to a refreshing water afterglow.

So easy to drink, great with food. Remember, it was made to be drinkable as it was monk’s everyday beer. This would be my everyday beer.

Photo of marburg
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is just a damn *good* beer -- and interesting to boot. Despite it's single status, it's got a good abv, which is discernable every so slightly in the zesty, spicy, peppery nose. Muted, cloudy yellow cream color with a pure white head. Starts with some apple flavors and progresses through a lemon zest tartness into a fairly dry finish. The flavors in this pretty well-carbonated brew are strong, which makes it more interesting. A slightly tart apple flavor mingling with the citrus and the aromas leads for a really cool sensation. It's a fun one.

Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy gold color and formed a nice bubbly white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, cirtrus, banana and cloves. A flavor of hops, sour apples and some citrus. The finish was a bit on the tart side. Not a bad beer, but the flavor threw me off a bit.

Photo of clvand0
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a cloudy orange color with a medium head and some slight lacing on the glass. The aroma is very spicy and filled with citrus hints. The taste is very smooth for having such a strong aroma. The spices also come out in the taste. Not a bad beer, but very spicy.

Photo of Realale
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold. Huge very fine head settles slowly to a rocky, uneven and incomplete cap.

Nose is powerfully spicy and citric. Celery seed and grapefruit predominate over a solid base of bready malt. Simply magnificent to smell.

Much more subdued in the mouth, but still substantial. The malt and yeastiness dominate, but the spice and citrus add complexity. Excellent mouthfeel from this bottle-conditioned brew. Great length from nice underlying acidity. Simply a top-notch beer.

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

Reminiscent of a White Ale, this Abbey Single Ale is light gold to straw in color with a fine little bubbly head. Trails of lace slowly slide down with some spotty stickiness. The fizzy effervescence hides the true malt body. Wild hoppy flavors abound with sharp bitter citrus, acidic and piney esters. Some noticeable yeasty clove-like flavors lasts throughout the glass. The brew slowly transforms as the lightly sweet malt sneaks into being, creating a mild fruity taste and smoother mouthfeel.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgium Light. Bad choice of words? I think not. I think this is what the Monks drink in the summer. A good golden color, a taste alive with hops, citrius and other fruits. Not too heavy, a golden crispness, almost refreshing. I could handle more than a couple of these when the mercury hits 90. Mmmm, mmm, monk light.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy gold with a vibrant white two fingered head. Relatively no lace with a decent retention going on in my goblet. The aroma consists of a musty sour mash tone complemented with hints of bready yest. The tastes is definitely also a sour yeasty forefront to the flavor, along with a bit of an acidic ester with some sweetness trickling along the taste buds. The mouthfeel is a carbonated fizzy feeling with a high drinkability due to the pleasant but unique overall presentation of this Belgium classic.

Photo of Bighuge
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is almost clear and golden. A skimming of a head is present. Frothy edging however. Aroma is fruity, musty and heavily cidery. Huge apple cider nose. Taste seems a little stale. Sour apple and vinegar come to mind. Not very drinkable. I wouldn't go with this one again.

Photo of fattyre
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellowish golden color with a large white head. The smell sort of sour with a citrusy hints. The taste was of crisp mint, cedar and pepper with a slight hint of salt(?) with a moderate body. I thought it was very complex for a single ale. Very tasty!

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color and a stocky white head. Nose is alive with citrus, spice, and sugar, with notes of other fruits, peach, apricot, coming in from behind. Largely lemony, though. Smooth, clean palate, with a citric hop bite afterwards. Light body, some graininess in texture, and very, very yeasty. Liquid bread, almost, but that is the point, isn't it? To give the abbots their daily bread in a mug, during fasting times?
Some sourness appears in the end, but doesn't destroy the enjoyment of this tasty brew. Thanks to Marc77 for bringing us together!

Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
85 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.