Witkap Pater Dubbel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2003

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 48
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 stcules
2.51/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany-ruby reflexes colour. Creamy and compact beige head. Good persistence.
Smell of rhubarb, candy sugar, caramel.
At the taste: fruity (orange), vanilla. Maybe lightly sour, just a little. Malt. Roots.
The body is a little thin.
Bitter aftertaste, with some sourness again.
It is a beer with various flavour and tastes, but not well amalgamated. Nothing very interesting.

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 germanbeer1
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dubbel from Witkap is much better than the Single, but that's not saying much. I found the Single, Dubbel and Tripel all at Julio's in Westborough, MA. It pours a nice brown color with some reddish tints and a manageable sized head. The smell and taste of this beer are nearly identical to that of the single, but less metallic i.e. less offensive. The aftertaste has some very faint traces of chocolate, but other than that, the beer has very little character. It's a step up from the Single, but still nothing to rave about.

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 Durge
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark root beer color with a modest off-white head and decent lacing served cold in a goblet at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. The aroma is swampy metal malt. Not my cup of tea but the flavor brings much more malt and alcohol grass hop. Thin and not very bubbly, OK drinkability. A good malt satisfier for sure and very worth a try. In fact everyone else at the table loved it but I was head over heels on the Hop Wallop on cask!

Photo of opwog
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now listening to: Calexico - House of Valparaiso

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- Cloudy purple brown body with small white head.
S- kind of grapey malt, rather interesting
T- Definitely fruity, sour malt and a rather unpleasent metalic finish
M- Nothing special or worth going into detail
D-Tough to say, as this was recomended by somebody who's tastes I generally trust, but I had a harder time with this one.

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 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 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 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 Pamola
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this on tap at the Great Lost Bear and it ended up in my normal flight of obscure belgians like every time I find myself there.

A: Grayish Brown (poor bar lighting) with pretty darn good head retention, some lacing.

S: Mellow scent. A little bready.

T: Nondescript. Bittersweet with a slight roasty and yeasty flavor in the end.

M: Fairly watery but coats the palate well enough anyways,

D: Pretty poor example of a dubbel in my opinion and it was definitely the poorest beer that I tried in my flight. It was admittedly up against Allagash and De Proefbrouwerij, but it still didn't hold a candle.

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

This beer poured a dark mahogany/ruby colour, almost opaque, and gave a 1cm light brown/tan head. Settled down to a few mm on the surface. Lacing on the glass was good. I like the look of this one.

Aroma is slightly nutty, with some roasted grains and molasses in it, plus some yeastiness.

Tastes of light stone fruits such as peach, as well as lighter berries with a nuttiness to it. A nice balance of sweet bitter and acidity that lasts reasonably well.

Has quite a thin body, and goes down smoothly. Quite drinkable, and is nice for introducing someone to the style without being too heavy.

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 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 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 dnichols
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. The bottle was labeled "Lot A" with a best consumed by 2009.

A: It poured a ruddy opaque brown, with a tint of ruby when back lit. It had a rich, sticky one finger tan head that lingered and supported a rich full curtain of lace.

S: It emitted a rich chocolate and roasted malty aroma with grains and yeasts as wells as cloves and earthy hops.

F: It hit me with a creamy chocolatey malt malt flavor with a tang from the hops and a heap of carbonation. It had plenty of sweet malts and roasted nuts as well as well-balanced hops. However, there was a bit of a bite and lingering sour aftertaste.

M: It was medium to full bodied with aggressive carbonation and well hidden alcohol that left a relatively clean and warm palate.

D: This is a nice solid dubbel but it is a tad over carbonated and it is not terribly complex. Easy brew to put down but not challenging enough to run with the big dogs or long into the night.

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 bryroger
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Trappist Bar in Oakland, California.

A: Dark, Opaque, Cloudy, Slightly brownish tint through the light, There was a thin white head, it had some nice lacing on the sides and the head had dwindle by the time I found my seat. Somewhat inviting.

S: After bringing to the nose, noticed some mild caremel and dark fruits tones and maybe some brown sugar. Hops were very light and mellow with some hints of grape and dark floral.

T: Taking a big gulp, it was well balanced and medium bodied. It had light fruitiness and malty characteristics. The Caramel and brown sugar tastes were reinforced from the smell. Again, the hops were light and slightly bitter with nothing lingering. At the end it was lightly tangy, sour with a non-intrusive yeasty/alcoholic finish.

M: The next gulp, I noticed the thin, watery, smooth feel to the beer. It felt carbonated but coated the mouth nicely.

D: This was very drinkable and enjoyable. It seems like a good intro the the style. I would enjoy another one.

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Witkap Pater Dubbel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
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