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Witkap Pater Dubbel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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
Reviews by Samp01:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's. In a tulip glass the beer was a dark brown color with an immense tan head. While it thinned out some, the head retained quite well, and was very sticky. The aroma was mainly that of dark fruit, with some notes of caramel. Fruit dominated the taste, plum and raisin, and I tasted some brown sugar also. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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 kingcrowing
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured in a snifter.

HUGE light brown head on a dark brown body. Very Belgian-esque aroma, no hops quite malty. Very carbonated and sharp to the taste. A little bit sweet Overall, quite good. The head keeps sticking around all the way through.

Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, blasting carbonation and head out of the bottle like Miracle Whip. White with brown body. Aroma cross between Coca-cola, some spices and yeast, and regular brew. Alcohol detected. Aggressive carbonation taste but tasty drinkable, like a Rochefort mix of Cinammon and citrus, drop of pepper, bold but a lot of yeast more than the first rate taste of the Rochefort.
From the Belgian Shop.

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 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 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 Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light malt notes is definitely unique. Taste is a mix between some candi sugar with some notes nice floral Belgian malt with a unique yeasty finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A very interesting and somewhat unique take on this style.

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 BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Ruby, port red colour with a biege foaming head.

Sweet caramel, burnt malts, some yeast esters as well.

The taste was a let down, a weak blend of yeast and off fruits and sweetness throughout.

The watery aftertaste ruined the beer for me, some hop flavours tried to come out, but almost failed.

A big let down for me.

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 Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Bier Temple in Brussels, the brown 33cl bottle with a tapered neck shows a white, brown and red label featuring a hooded man holding a mug. No ingredient information. Best before 11/07, I opened it on 12/11/06.

Pours a very cloudy burgundy-copper hue under an initial two finger white that fades quickly to 1/2 fingers, but then lasts forever, leaving a few strands of lace. Sweet fruit and caramel nose, quite strong and enticing. Very well-carbonated and slightly heavy in the mouth. Yeast, caramel malt and spice mix well here, with a powerful hops backing coming on strong a bit later. The hops are more floral than bitter, with a nice tangy tone that then yields to a drier, more traditional bitter. The aftertaste is a nice balance of this bitter and a return of the fruit. Very well done.

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 jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC:

Pours dark brown with a thin head that doesn't hold up as well as it should, leavinga a pretty clean glass.

The smell is of rock candy, brown sugar and darkish fruits.

The taste is sweet and fruity, with vinuous notes. A touch of sour balances the sweetness. Darkish fruitiness and brown sugar/rock candy/caramelish sweetness intermingle well. Sweet, but balanced.

A tasty, traditional dubbel. Other than the lackluster appearance, it's a nice one. Quite drinkable, esp. for abv.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent dubbel. Thanks to dogfooddog for the rare sample, which completes my Witkap-Pater hat trick.

The appearance is one of the better aspects of the beer. Pours to a clear brownish amber color, capped off by a decent off-white head. Retention and lacing could definitely be better. Carbonation is decent.

The smell is good. Only a hint of sweet candi sugar, and the rest of the sweetness seems to be malt based. Some dark belgian malts, such as special b. Even a hint of funky hay, which is a bit weird for a dubbel. Very nice ester profile of cherry, fig, grapes and currant, though a bit muted.

The taste follows along from the nose quite well, though the musty hay-like flavor is more pronounced. Also has a hint of copper. Aside from that, it is very nice. It is not too sweet and candied, and the esters work very well with the overall flavor. Nutty with a hint of peppery spice and smoke in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a nice crispness. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, though warming in the finish. The finish could be a little cleaner without the metallic off-flavors, but other than that it has a very pleasant aftertaste. Could stand to be a little more drinkable without the musty funk and the copper.

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 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

Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a ruddy chocolate brown, quite opaque, a bit hazy, huge plume of tannish foam with great resilience and lacing, head slowly compacts to a creamy layer

Aroma: malty, chocolatey, a touch of grain and yeast, an even smaller touch of clovey phenols, some earthy hops and a tickle of fruit, a hint of iron

Flavor: terse malt flavor with a slight tang, balanced, a touch of bitterness rides into the aftertaste where I also detect roast and chocolate, slightly nutty and yeasty, quick flavor progression, dry flavor profile

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, abv is well hidden

Overall Impression: A good dubbel, but I expected a bit more from it after having tried this brewery's tripel and singel. Not very complex, though still a reputable dubbel.

Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says it is a "living beer", since "living yeast" is used in the process of brewing.
A dense head, and a dark red-brown color. Smells like cassis.

The first impression in the taste is very pleasing, lots of red fruits, cassis, strawberries, blueberries, etc. The mild carbonation is really enjoyable. The beer was a good surprise for me, as I didn’t expect much from it. The only negative point (maybe) is the aftertaste that is somehow pasty, and slightly lowers the beer’s drinkability. Still, a (very) good beer in my opinion.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle, courtesy of Cindirene. Thanks, Chuck!

Poured into my gold-rimmed Maredsous goblet, Witkap-Pater Abbey Dubbel is dark amber in color with quite a bit of haze and the brew is capped with a huge head of glossy, fine-bubbled pale beige foam. The bubble-lid initially stands at a tall three fingers, stretching beyond the rim of the vessel, relaxing slowly without depositing the foamy film that instead slides down the sides of the glass. As it collapses into a rocky, misshapen cloud-wallop that nears the consistency of Kool-Whip, the head continues to retain, surviving for the duration of the drink at a thick bubbly layer.

Juicy notes of plums, apples, cloves and crushed white pepper meld with a tangy vinous note to greet the nose. The aroma is spicy, musky, and quite fruity and is underlain by a mild whiff of light caramel candy laced with brown sugar and black grape skins.

The taste is pretty darned yeasty, but sweetly vinous with a splash of tangy orchardfruit that rests atop the nutty toasted underpinning. Unsweetened pear, dark sugar, and a splash of juicy red apple sweeten the brew even as a bit of husky grain and earthy hops employ a bit of balancing bitterness in mellow contrast. A perfumey clove note becomes more prominent as the drink progresses.

The drink is fullish-medium in body and features a Belgian-style sizzle of fine carbonation that complememnts the drink just about perfectly. Tasty and highly drinkable for style.

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 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 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 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.

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