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Witkap Pater Dubbel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 82
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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!

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted glass. Was a lot of head at first and possibly an infection or something?

Aroma is actually kind of hoppy with some spice and raisin in the nose. Decent.

Taste is full of spice, candi sugar, raisin and light citrus hops. Seems very nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking as in it's not quite as thick as I expected. Otherwise, beer seems to hit the right notes in other areas.

Worth a shot. Not quite what I expected in a dubbel but still highly drinkable for what it is. Couldn't possibly be infected.

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Photo of Durge
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
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!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of stcules
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a goblet. Best before October 2009.

Very dark brown, almost black, but hold it against the light and multiple crimson highlights enhance the already nice beer's appearance. This is topped by a tan head, fluffy and thick initially, dropping down to a finger but then lasting all the way down, with nice Brussels lace along the sides of the glass.
Pleasant and reasonably strong aroma, enhanced as the beer warmed up in the glass, it shows caramel, a fruitiness mostly dominated by berries, plums and raisins, along with some spices and yeasty notes.
Medium bodied but creamy, its overall malty, caramelized and fruity sweetness is well balanced by a peppery spiciness, some warming alcohol and a mild bitterness evolving into a dry finish.
This is a very good dubbel, although it would be great with a bit more body.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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)

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Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Witkap Pater Dubbel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
85 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.