Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Reviews by Rudgers73:
Photo of Rudgers73
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Ommegang chalice. Looks like a decent dubbel. Head swells to 1/2 in and falls quickly to reveal a few lines of sticky lacing. Looks like a breakfast roast coffee with slight translucency. Mild carbonation. It smells like big chocolate malt, biscuit, and candi sugar. No hop smell, just sweetness. The taste is pleasant, yet out of balance. The sweetness tastes good, but there is very very little hop, dryness, or complex alcohol to round it out. This would be great with just a little kick of saaz at the end and maybe a slightly lower final gravity. This would be a wonderful base for something that could be amazing. I would like to get ahold of the recipe and give it just a little tweak.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful brown with nice orangish highlights. It was thick and hazy and had one of the best heads that I’ve seen in ages.

Smell – The sharp, darkish dough was complimented by some deep, dark fruits. The black cherries, strong dates, and clove were exceptional. I also caught a wonderful wisp or two of fresh prunes.

Taste – For my tastes, this was a perfect blend of dark yeast, toasted malts, and complex fruits (from the nose).

Mouthfeel – The carbonation here is terrific. It is almost full in the body and exceptionally blended.

Drinkability – What a find! I stumbled onto this at Bottleworks and couldn’t be happier. It was truly a pleasure to consume.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Brown in color, roughly 14 LU. Minimal white head that does not hang out long.

S- caramel, malt, faint whiffs of old hops

T- Sweet, sugary, caramel malt base. A sweet brew with bigger clove taste than the sublte one found in the Prior, nice herbal hop contribution.

M- Lively and fizzy

D- good sipper, might get old fast

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, muddy water brown with a nice, full head that dissipates to a skin, leaving decent lacing around the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, dates and raisins with a slight metallic tinge.

Taste follows suit with the sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and molasses, dates and raisins. No big flavors here at all, in fact, the flavors are all underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and full, with low carbonation. The ABV% is hidden well.

Decent Belgian Dark, but there are many more beers that I would pass this brew over for.

Photo of ADR
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 beer sample pack. A clear stained and varnished medium cherrywood color with a big-bubbled head that rises over an inch to begin with but doesn't last that long. Laces are attractive, delicate small patches with lots of pattern and detail. Bright aroma, slight yeast with a sweetened cherry back tone. Mouthfeel registers as light-medium, most of the carbonation seems spent on the foam. The flavor is not as layered as the smell, diminished, overtly sweet (as in unfermentables) with a sense of peach that fades into the background mid mouth. Doesn't generate much of a sense of change or deeper flavors, by the end of it there's a bit of an impression of the sugar water you put out for hummingbirds. OK quaffability, not a lot going on here, in my opinion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
best before A0313
A- This beer pours a dense slightly hazy walnut brown with a bubbly white head that fades to a ring of big bubbles and the body is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The slightly tart note leads to brown malt and a cider/cherry quality to it. There is a sweet woody brown sugar aroma that has a candy quality to it in the finish.

T-The slight vinous quality to the brown malt flavor has some dry brown sugar notes to follow and a watery taste as the beer opens. The soft sweetness in the finish lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans up the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice flavor and depth but it is pretty soft and turns watery and thin. The fizz really covers a lot of the character as the beer opens.

Photo of sullysbeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Slight horse blanket/barnyard, malty sweet, hints of chocolate, burnt marshmallow, slight sourness.

Appearance: Clear ruby red with a slight off white head that lasts with some brussels lace.

Flavor: Malt up front, barnyard/horse blanket, slightly meaty, hints of raisin and grape skin and slightly tart. Decent hop flavor and a bitterness that lingers just a bit. Huge fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, astringency on the teeth and a bit high on the CO2 just like the Belgian Style.

Overall Impression: Very complex beer. Crazy complexity with a different flavor than I have ever tried. Not one of my favorites but you won't be disappointed.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Pater pours a slightly hazy mahogany body with reddish accents and orange highlights. The creamy tan head holds well before dropping , and continually maintains a thin surface covering. Lacing, however, is limited.

The nose is lightly sweet and tea-like.

In the mouth it's smooth and creamy with a medium-to-medium/full body and very fine bubbled, delicate carbonation.

The flavor is malty sweet with a caramel accent and some cola-like notes. Some soft fruit with a touch of citrus rind, and some leafy hops emerge in the finish. The bitterness is kept well-heeled, yet it never becomes overly sweet. In fact, it's very nicely balanced, finishing dry with just a touch of residual spice, some dull, leafy and tea like hops, and a very gentle but lingering bitterness.

At first sip it may not impress you (and it certainly won't overwhelm you!), but this is an easy drinking charmer that has just enough character to keep you coming back for more!

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a thin head of foam. Head dissaptes quickly.

S - Smells of licorice, candy, and caramel. Has a smell like opening that box of chocolate for the first time.

T - Flavors of coffee, licorice, and Coca-Cola. Very sweet, and the flavors come at you in waves. The finish has a bitterness of a morning cup of java.

M - Unfortuantely, this is a bit too thin and watery. So while it is easy to drink, would like a little more body on this one.

O - Worth trying, but not a regular beer to seek out. I acutally liked it as part of a belgian sampling with dinner. Treat it as such.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugh, I had a bottle in Watou and found the same disappointing metallic flavor that I assumed was a one-off flaw in the blonde. Alas. Otherwise it's a cool-looking ruddy brown with a thin tan head in the chalice. The aroma and malt flavor are a sweet and very smooth complex of caramel and toffee with a bit of raisin. The metal was less prevalent in this beer, but no less shameful.

Photo of Filosoof
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like most Van Eecke beers, but this one is really nothing special.

All the standard elements that can be mentioned about brown beers, can be mentioned here: candy sugar, caramel etc. It gives a reasonable top. Necessary finishing bitterness is missing.

And then....do I enjoy? No, I'm sorry.

Some kind of sourness in the smell makes me deciding not to finish my glass. It is drinkable, but when you have better beers in your fridge....

Photo of Bierschenker
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB: 09-07
Colour is dark amber. I poured it in and I got a nice head, but it soon started to form big bubbles that popped and made it collapse in a few seconds.
No scent noticeable, some malt in the distance maybe.
Overpowering iron oxidation with the first taste. Dry. Chocolate, malt, grains, slight alcohol and yeast.
Nice mouthfeel, bitter chocolate and malt softly lingering on, if you stir up the yeast, it also takes part in the tasting game.

Correct, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a creamy brown with a thick head, some retention and lacing with a ton of carbonation.

Smell was yeasty, musty, and spicy with some banana and date notes.

Taste is full of spicy yeast with hints of apples and cherries, a touch of alcohol and mustyness. Has a mild bit of earthy hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light.

A light and easy to drink belgian brown.

Photo of Mandrake
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep ruby red with a nice and tall head building to two fingers in my goblet. It is a light cream, and is retained well, leaving some good lacing. Smell is rich and fruity, but a bit muted, with notes of dark fruits and raisin, spices, and a yeasty backdrop. Taste falls flat. Bitter spices and a tealike note, but where did the fruits and yeast go? Mouthfeel is watery and flat, despite the visible carbonation rising. Drinkability is good, but it's just not much of a beer.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy brown with a small lasting head.
Nose shows caramel and golden syrup with very little else.
Flavours are even sweeter, with truckloads of candi sugar. Apart from that there isn't much else. Finishes with a sharp but unsupported bitterness - the sweetness has already faded by then!
Too watery by far.
Really, this is ridiculously sweet. Relies too much on candi sugar.

Photo of BierFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Thin layer of light tan head sticks around for a while. Dark reddish brown, slightly hazy. Buttery and caramel sweetness. Smells better than it tastes. Little yeasty, something off-putting about the aftertaste.

Kind of average in my opinion.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a deep murky amber brew with a nice huge foamy white head that's long lasting. ABV is bit too omnipresent but excellent carbonation. Taste is sweet with some quite complex mix of spice. I notice that some of the other review mentioned a metallic taste, which I have heard of before. If I recall well, the metallic taste is from the hops and usually goes away after the bottle is aged a bit.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered 3 bottles from my Bangalore contact. Poured from the 33 cl bottle into my Chimay goblet. Let it fall aggressively to promote head as the Chimay goblet always gives you room for that. Poured a dark, ruby red opaque with a 2" tan head. Looked frothy and set at first but quickly receded into a thin collar over the body. Orangish brown flecks were observed dancing all over - somewhat appearing a little unpleasant / unappetising. However, we are used to Belgians being rampant with these addititons. The nose was like fermented carrot extract (there is a local drink like that) with yeast and bread notes to boot. It was vinegary surprisingly and the fruitiness was rather subdued, a characteristic which you would think would dominate in a BDA.
The taste was tart at first, predictable from the smell but underneath lay some sweetness and dark malt flavours. The whole package was a little subdued and shortlived, only a warming trail of booze that remained on the palate. Also, some bready flavours were traced after as I had more of the Pater.
The beer was smooth and non abrasive, in other words the carbonation was on the lower end. As I finished the glass, I noticed thin streaks of lacing randomly dotting the glass. I am a big fan of Belgian beers, but I can confidently say this is my least favourite of them all - not bad but the least favourite till now. Maybe I will give it another shot after a month or so and see if there is a variance in my experience.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl Bottle with green & tan label with a monk enjoying a fine ale. Appearance: Nice light brown/reddish color- somewhat cloudy with a few small chunks of yeast floating in the mix. A moderate head that thins very quickly. A moderate amount of carbonation in the beer that feeds the head to keep it from disappearing completely. Aroma: Not a lot to say. I don't have the best nose around, but there is a weak aroma of malty sweetness and little else. Taste: A nice mix of sweetness with a slight bite. The sweetness is stronger. Alcohol shows up towards the end of the swallow. Some spice flavors, very subtle. Quite tasty and drinkability is high, if not overly complex like some other Belgian offerings.

Photo of theopholis
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Trancluscent, amber/ruby with a good, loose off white head. The head has good retention, and leaves a very impressive lace.

Aroma: Aroma is kind of under-stated. I get just the barest hint of horse blanket/barnyard smell. Some malt sweetness, and just a tad sulfer at the very edge of perceptability.

Flavor- Fairly complex mixture of malt sweetness, barnyard, and oddly enough, has what can only be described as a meaty aftertaste. Some hints of dark fruits (raisin, plum, red grapes). Just enough hops to let you know this is beer, which is fine for the style. The malt sweetness, tannins and hops mix on the back of the tounge very nicely. I'm not much into Belgian beers, but this stuff ain't half bad.

Mouthfeel- The body is a slightly syrumpy, but only medium body. Well-carboanted. A pronounced puckering quality, probably due to the tannins.

Drinkability- I'm not a good judge of Belgian beers, but I like this stuff. Which probably means real waffle-heads don't like it, but the rest of us would find it a good introduction to Belgian styles.

Photo of u2carew
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz longneck
A) Pours with a big tan head that settles quickly leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear ruby body.
S) Bread. Brown sugar. But not very aromatic.
T) Malty sweetness. Caramel. Toffee. Hints of plum and raisins.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body.
O) A pretty decent brew. I think if I happen upon it again I would drink it again.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, dark caramel amber with a fine, thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Classic Belgian dark aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and hints of light apple juice. Flavor starts with somewhat subdued caramel malt, apple and dark stone fruit, and Belgian yeast, then the flavor quickly falls off leaving a slight metallic bitterness. A very odd flavor profile. Medium bodied. The initial flavor is light, but sweet and flavorful, but the finish is abrupt and off-putting. Puzzling.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured dark copper in color into a snifter glass with a thin white head that quickly dies down into a thin layer of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is both sweet with lots of flavors of dark fruits including plums and raisins. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink. I definitely want to try this again because I like the combination of sweetness and flavors of dark fruits.

Photo of wescj
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Deep ruby red in color, with a good inch and a half of tan head. About a quarter inch of the head remains after all is said and done, and the lace is pretty good too.

Aroma is a temperate butteryness, at best. Really not much going on here.

Taste is at least a step above the aroma. Still buttery, but we also get a strong presence of malts and maybe a touch of the dark fruits one expects to find in this style. Nothing extravegant, though.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, or medicinal. Not really much to count off for, but nothing to write home about, either. Drinkable enough, but I wouldn't recomend paying for more than one of these.

Photo of StevieW
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz brown Euro bottle. Deep mahogany color. Foamy beige head, bubbly and full.
Lots of earthy, musty farmhouse belgian yeast smells, mixed in with loads of cinnamon, carmel apples etc.
Taste is sweet at first, carmel, cinnamon, plums, figs and earthy mustyness to finish. Overall impression is carmel sweetness, and cinnamon. Very much like a belgian Christmas ale. Gets a bit thin toward the bottom, with a touch more alcohol heat showing up. Slick finish lingers a bit. Very good and worth a try.
Cheers to the BelgianBum up the road for this one.

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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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