Witkap Pater Dubbel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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BA SCORE
86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Dubbel |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2003

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 48
Photo of Samp01
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a large slowly dissipating beige head. Aroma and Taste is caramel malt, Belgian yeast, some essence of dried fruit, dates and figs with some mild sweet tart bitterness. Palate is a medium body, good carbonation with a pleasant sweet dark fruit and malt flavor. Finishes with a sweet caramel malt, dark fruits and Belgian yeast with some mild sweet bitter notes on the end for balance. Overall a good flavorful and tasty brew.

Photo of deebo
1.53/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A bottle picked up in Bruges in December. This beer is from lot C with a confusing BB date of June 12 or 13, both are notched.

A-Poured into a wide mouth glass this beer cascades into 2 fingers of tan head that recedes to a fairly thin layer that laces the glass a bit. Typical appearance of a dubbel except this one is a little darker brown then most.

S-Oh oh, this one has a bit of a funky aroma, not typical of a dubbel for sure.

T-Yep definitely infected. Tastes like a sour brown ale. Somewhat sour and tart with tastes of tobacco and cherries.

Overall this is obviously an infected bottle. Bummer I'd rather have tried the dubbel! Taste isn't too bad and I managed not to drain pour this. I wonder if this brewery is having issues with their bugs.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a ruby amber, with a rich persistent off-head head leaving lots of lacing. Nice dark and light fruit and malt aroma. Medium creamy mouth feel. Flavor of dried and fresh light fruit and sweet malt. Fruit, malt middle and finishes with a light tartness. A great enjoyable dubbel.

Photo of dasenebler
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

33ml bottle. No dates.

Bottle is nearly filled to the crown. Pop the top and... GUSHER! Lost some Biere to foam on this bad boy, oh well.

Huge head at first, dissipates rather fast with spotty lacing. Mahogany with orange-red highlights.

Aroma is somewhat oxidized and acetic, but not too bad. Lots of cherry and raisin, with a funky note.

Flavor is very complex and fruity. Lots more cherry and grape, coupled with a yeasty-estery character. Sweet toffee notes are buoyed by the oxidation, which is readily apparent. Dry and surprisingly clean finish. Hugely effervescent mouthfeel, medium-light weight.

This is a very interesting brew, though I'm not so sure what to make of it. Has a lot of character, but it is pretty darn oxidized and possibly infected.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Westmalle goblet. Dark mahogany with thick off-white head. Nice ripe fruit and malt smell. Taste is very sweet with ripe fruit (raisins, banana) and bread. Very mild bitterness. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall this was good but a little too sweet for me.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witkap Pater Dubbel
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Pours a slightly hazed brown color, some tiny yeast particles, most was reserved in the bottle.
Aroma of fruit candy, fig, raisin, really inviting and more-some.
A bit less in the taste, more grape, light tang, dry yeast. Notes of aspirin. Bready and yeasty. Medicinal, yet fruity and very dry. Body lies on the light side of medium bodied with a substantial carbonation. Overall, a nice little Dubbel. Could be cellar-ed indefinitely.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 3" off-white head. Deep burnt umber brown color with mahogany hints. Smells pretty good, of malt and a little dried fruit. Tasts has the same but to me the smell outclassed the mild taste. Smooth, with a mild sour finish. Not really a Belgian standout though.

Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep ruddy reddish brown. Superior dense frothy head leads to clumpy lacing.

Scent is mild overly ripe dark grapes that have begun to wrinkle backed by cloves and spices, very nice.

Taste has vinous undertones. Sweetness is on the mild side. The caramel the brewer references is subtle. Strong dose of yeast but no phenolic characteristics. Finishes smooth - just a tiny smidgen dry, zero bitterness. Light tingly mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

Photo of bruachan
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

fairly luxurious head over a deep mahogany

very grainy pilsner malt aroma. lovely floral hops. dry, roasted smells

very subtle palette of flavors: excellent hop presence, toffee malt, narrow range of yeasty fruitiness. some tartness and a distinct nutty flavor (partly hop flavor, partly roasting). mouthfeel is weak

i would say the hop contributions are beyond what is called for in a dubbel. but who, in the end, really gives a damn...as long as the beer is good, right? (i will admit that i judge more harshly against off-style beers that are average or less)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a large off-white head.
Nose shows treacle and bready malt along with some floral hops. Pretty hoppy actually, especially for the style, but still nice.
Flavours are similar but less sweet and with more doughy, bready yeast. Finishes kinda weak.
Body is watery, especially considering the rich flavours.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and in a lovely branded Witkap chalice.

Looks gorgeous, beautiful, opaque tawny brown color, glowing crimson at the edges, creamy beige head, long lasting, leaving lace.

Aroma: sweet and spicy hits the nose, ripe dark fruit, figs, plums, etc. Cherries. Sweet turns to tart, cinnamon and cloves, bits of pepper. Bright, deep, complex, and lovely.

Taste: smooth, clean, and fully flavorful. Tasty buzz on the palate, hops and spice. Same wonderful dark fruit flavors from the aroma are all over the taste. Delicious. Mmmm. (I admit, I do tend to say that a lot.)

My own quibble, the only major flaw, is the medium body is not quite what I want in a dubbel. I really look for something meatier, richer, chewier. That aside, there is no denying the deliciousness, and there's nothing else to call it. Deee-licious. Candied apple meets cinnamon and chocolate cherries, but without the sweetness. Wonderfully dry and spicy, right after the initial sweet.

Highly recommend this one. Go get it!

Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at moeder lambic fontainas , Brussels

Very dark brown with a creamy, tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Great raisins and nut aroma. Nose is promising chocolate and rum as well.
Chocolate flavours move to the front, followed by slightly tart bleu berries.
The taste remains on the sweet side. Surprisingly light body for all the flavours, but still decent. Positively surprised by this beer.

Very creamy mouthfeel , plesant .

Good brew , i like it

Photo of bskrtz
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served 11.2 ounce bottle very cold, poured into St Bernardus challis

A) Mahogany brown swamp water with lots of floaties and yeast. A billion suspended tiny bubbles is evidence of bottle conditioning

S) Sour malt mash, sour dough, burnt stewed fruit, coco, spice

T) Traditional Belgian dubbel(bruin), lighter and suttler than it looks, sweet & sour, root beer, dates. Ethanol is strong at 7% but barely present

M) Perfect effervescent fizz. Just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth

D) An excellent Belgian dubbel

Photo of Brabander
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second bottle i am drinking during the final of the world soccer game Holland-Spain. Still it's 0-0.

Poured the Witkap pater in my Struis glass. Nice lightbrown head and a brown fluid with some stuff floating in it. Not a very clear smell, not bad but also not good, just normal.

The taste is quit normal, a bit better than normal; neutral.

A good drinkable beer but not spectacular.

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown color with a robust head, and a somewhat thickish creamy mouthfeel.

It's a little hard to describe the taste, because it's a mix of many different things, but it's somewhat sweetish, like brown sugar, raisins, somewhat spicy (cloves?), a tiny bit of fruit, a little bitter in a refreshing way, maybe a touch of vanilla? That might make it sound a bit cloying, but it's not at all, really it's quite refreshing and drinkable.

This is a comfortable fuzzy-brown teddy-bear of a beer. It's complex enough to be interesting, and sweet and rich enough to be quite satisfying, but artfully avoids being too sweet. As my last beer of the evening, this left me feeling happy, refreshed, and satisfied.

I'll definitely seek this one out again.

Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new offering to our area and surprisingly not reviewed much on here. We do seem to get the Belgians in Iowa!! :)

This beer poured a pretty much uncontrollable head. Slightly off white head with good lacing. The head went away but left a covering of bubbles on the top of the drink. The body of the beer was a cloudy medium brown.

The nose is yeasty and cherries.

Taste is cherry, apple and sweet, but yet tart in the finish. Not an over the top type of carbonation though. The flavors are well balanced and not in your face. I did not notice much malt but I think it is buried under the fruit flavors. The flavor did not have the depth of some others I have had; I could only pick up two or three flavors.

This beer is fresh tasting and very enjoyable to drink. I think this is on my keeper list.

Photo of organicbrewer
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Be ready with a glass. This beer tried to leap free!

A-Huge long lasting tan head. Full ruby. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S-Rose, caramel, and perfume. Very light stone fruit. Slightly earthy.

T-Caramel. raisin. Very low hop bitterness. Rose.

M-lots of carbonation. Fairly dry. Light alcohol. Nice

D-Nice dubbel. has the proper dryness and flavor. Not as awesome as rochefort 6 but still a great beer.

Photo of WOTO97
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a half pour at Beachwood yesterday, and I was taken back just a bit by this one. Pours like a foamy apple cider with a thin sudsy head sitting atop a dirty, cloudy brown body with very nominal lacing. The nose was very much of the holiday season: cinnamon, nutmeg, faint fig, and bold red apple notes. The taste profiles did not waver much from this. Lots of spice notes on the front palate with a slightly dense, dry fruit finish. Again, a big apple crispness and flavor. At the same time, the flavors felt a bit one-dimensional. Slightly chewy but a pleasant finish. Overall, this was a very interesting beer, and I would likely go back for another if given the opportunity.

Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Best before Aug 2009

A- Dark mahogany, near black body, with an off white head reducing to a thin whispiness quickly. Very good lacing.

S- Lots of brazil/macadamia nuts. Alchohol very noticeable, with a hint of raisin. A hint of whisky, christmas cake spice. A little digestive biscuit

T- Lots of raisin,dates and a little sour citrus like a granny smith apple. Nuttiness lingers in the finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Lots of nice characteristics to this dubbel. An interesting combination of nutty/sour/rich flavours. Well balanced creating a refreshing effect. Tasty!

Photo of boudreaux
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dubbel is dark brown in color with purple hues and a thin light tan head. The sediment in the bottle pours out an extremely dark brown color, similar to coffee.

You can smell aromas of fruit, spices, and brown sugar. The taste is slightly sour (sour apples) and fruity (raisins and dark fruits) at first, but after a few sips, I also noticed caramel and brown sugar.

The combination of flavors along with a nice finish, make this well balanced Dubbel a very enjoyable drink. The Witkapa Pater Dubbel is good example of what a Belgian Dubbel can be.

Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour -- a 33 cl bottle bought 3-4 months ago was maybe the leasst auspicious part of the serving, comint out the color of chestnut-flower honey, darker than expected for the style. There was a huge head of light-toffee-colored foam that stuck around throughout. The aroma was a surprising rush of fruit scents, apple and peach, with vanilla toffee, some grass and hop flower. On the tongue it came across as vanilla caramel, still apple and other light fruits, and lovely, clove-y herbacious hops. It's a big mouthful, but rapidly scrubbed by a strong effervescent sensation, that makes this almost session-able. Overall, a very unusual example of the style that nicely finds its own way.

Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Todd.
Pours extremely and excessively foamy. In fact, very little beer created several inches of head. Lots of phenols in the aroma. Spicy and a bit of lemon. The flat muted yeast of Belgians. Brownish copper that's reasonably clear.
Flavors seem a bit muted. Tangy initial sip. Brown sugar sweetness. Slight hop bitterness. Yeast. Touch of dryness. Long finish that's soft, but present. With a little time the malt flavors show and they blend quite nicely with the yeast. Substantially complex. Each sip and adventure, just how I like my Belgians. Hmmmm, there is a little vanilla.
Fully carbonated, as noted in the excessive head. Requires a slow down of drinking with all the fullness in the mouth.
This is a pretty fine dubbel. Flavors are right and enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit boosted, but it's not evident in the flavors.

Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one a while back as an extra in a trade with Phyl21ca. thanks phil!

330ml bottle, best before december 2008. sampled feb 5/2010.

pours crystal clear brown with a dense light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. loads of belgian yeasty spice. nice dark fruit - date, fig, plum. bit of raisin and red grape. whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of grain. light alcohol. earthy. touch of anise.

taste is good. belgian yeasty spice again, quickly overwhelmed by a touch of sugary sweetness and rich dark fruit - date, fig, raisin, plum, bit of red grape. light alcohol. touch of dark chocolate. white bread and cracker. lightly earthy. fairly low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. fine medium carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent complexity. nice balance. a delicious dubbel.

Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy brownish orange, neat colour, very thick off white head forms, great retention, slowly settles down to medium ring and layer, lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, very wine like, grapes, light sour fruit, some caramel, quite fruity, a lot of yeasty character, light bit of spice, alcohol, some sugar, honey, pretty neat character, light oxidization.

Taste is similar, very winey, grapes, alcohol, some sour fruit, lightly tannic, yeasty, somewhat light on the flavour, almost some sweet whiskey like notes, some oxidation.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down pretty easy. Not bad, has picked up some neat character with some age, but I wouldn't mind trying this fresh. Thanks Russ!

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 33cL in Witkap goblet at Brugse Beertje. Reviewed 7/14/2009

Ar: Earthy with raisin, alcohol hints, very dry, dark fruit, lightly mossy, light funk

Ap: Mousselike very fine head, great retention, smooth creamy, lace, tan, mahogany, clear

F: Dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, very dry, clean end, dried earthy fruit (prunes, raisins) light syrupy quality initially (like a plum syrup), chocolate/toffee quality comes strong just after initial fruit, both fade as earthy/nutty, is revealed, ends dry and crisp with hints of tart fruit (wet plum, slightly grassy), hints of anise? very strong wet raisin

M: medium carbonation, thick and smooth mouthfeel, clean

O: slightly overwhelming syrupy sweet plum with earthy anise, would like crisper at first, good sipper

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Witkap Pater Dubbel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.