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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a medium thin bubbled beige head. Great retention and lots of soapy and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of grapes, raisins, toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts and candy sugar. Light flowery hops. Belgian-style bready and earthy yeasts. A bit boozy and a bit bubblegum in the very end. Strong Belgian character, as expected

T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and fruity in the mouth too. Strong notes of grapes, raisins, toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, candy sugar, oak. Some spices and some notes of bubblegum too. Light bitterness in the end. Hops are a bit citrus. Bready and biscuity yeasts profile. Again, quite Belgian

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Warming beer. Candy bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 16:54:46 | More by eduardolinhalis
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spoony

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated May 25, 2013.

A-The brew is slightly cloudy with a deep amber/tawny color. The head is quite thin and greyish tan in color. There is little retention or lacing. Mundane.

S-The smell is full of brown sugar, caramel, and syrup. There is just a bit of nut and baking spice. It is quite sweet, but strangely pleasing.

T-The taste follows the smell with sweet, syrupy flavors being pretty much the only show in town. Like the smell, it is one-dimensional, but strangely tasty.

M-The feel is very soft with ultra-fine carbonation that gives a creamy texture.

O-This is a one-hit wonder of a beer, but I found it strangely good. It is very sugary, and would make a nice dessert brew, but compared against the best dark ales, it is not as complex or intriguing as it could be.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 19:00:26 | More by spoony
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 02:00:13 | More by LiquidAmber
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newton99

Belgium

2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a faint metallic sourness in the nose, behind sweet upfront molasses malts.

Tastes much sweeter than the aroma gave away, with an almost overwhelming, but welcome, brown sugar sweetness. Very malty with a hint of bubbly effervescence to the molasses backbone.

It feels quite malty on the tongue too, good but a little off putting for how sweet it is.

Overall a good, hearty and warming paters beer. Them monks got class

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 10:05:53 | More by newton99
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a St. Stefanus glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head that reduced to nothing. It is cloudy amber brown with little clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, some chocolate, caramel malts, honey, apple, pear, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Everything along the sane lines as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery, low carbonation, medium bodied, and super easy to drink.

Overall: A good BDA that I got from volunteering the BBF last year. Good to know it held up for over a year. A have two other styles from the brewery that I am looking forward to this week.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 18:31:42 | More by Flounder57
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Filosoof

Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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....

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 20:46:43 | More by Filosoof
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superspak

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger billowing light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts forever. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, caramel, molasses, herbal, candi sugar, biscuit, earth, and yeast spices. Some nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of plum, raisin, molasses, caramel, biscuit, herbal, candi sugar, yeast spices, and a bit of a metallic flavor; but it isn’t too bad. Lingering notes of dark fruit, herbal, molasses, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable Belgian dark ale. I would not mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 05:00:00 | More by superspak
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danieelol

Australia

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown colour. Good lacing.

Smell is yeasty chocolate and cherries. Slight metallic notes.

Taste is malt, cherries, chocolate, sweetness roast and hops. Also yeast underlying this. Flavours are very full-on, almost raw.

Mouthfeel is decent with some sour astringency.

Overall a very full-flavoured beer for the ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 09:19:17 | More by danieelol
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 01:19:48 | More by u2carew
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flagmantho

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich medium-brown hue with plenty of haze and a thin finger of creamy ivory foam atop. Pretty decent looking.

Smell: light but smooth malty aroma with notes of raisin, plum and tobacco all resting on a base of smooth milk chocolate. Very good, but unfortunately all that beauty is muted -- the intensity of the aroma is very, very light. I would love to see the volume turned up on this combination of smells.

Taste: not as well put-together as the aroma. The flavor starts off with something more akin to a smoked lapsang souchong tea combined with a bit of an acidic tartness; I'd be interested in knowing how their maltster makes their dark malts. Some of the fruits remain intact, and bitterness is extremely low. Not bad, but it's a bit weird for my taste.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation. It's a bit watery, but it's a bit creamy, too. Not great, but decent enough.

Overall: I'm simply not in love with this beer. It's not that bad, but it sort of rubs me the wrong way.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 19:42:18 | More by flagmantho
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is pretty normal for Belgian Dark Ale. Tight bubbles dissipate quickly and leave little in the way of a head. The smell is nice and gets better as it warms and it comes out. Smell of vanilla and spice and dark fruit. The taste is not too bad but left a little of an off taste on the palate. Overall not a bad dark some good qualities but pretty middle of the road.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:48:10 | More by cswhitehorse
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socon67

New York

4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:36:06 | More by socon67
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litheum94

California

2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/16/2010.

P: Deep brown body that is completely opaque. Dull red tones when held to the light. Rocky, foamy, light brown head. Good stickiness.

A: Candied Belgian sugar. Caramel malts. A touch of alcohol sting. Sour berry funkiness.

T: Candied sugar dominates, going dangerously close to being sickly sweet. Some malts, but this is an extremely thin, simple beer. Just too sweet.

This beer needs some body desperately. It drinks like overly sweet, vaguely malty water. I'm not too impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:33:38 | More by litheum94
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.88/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 21:44:00 | More by rhoadsrage
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a dark burgundy color. Produced a nice creamy tan colored frothy head. Good retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice rich plum and earthy dry yeast profile. Some biscuit as well.

(T)- Very ripe dark fruits with a yeasty biscuit and subtle clay. Just oozes dark fruits of plum and currant.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Rich and sweet, yet dry and mellow; almost crisp too.

(D)- A great Belgian Dark Ale. Smooth and rich yet clean and refreshing. I enjoyed this one very much!

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:36:58 | More by sweemzander
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Hellish red-brown, lots of swampy haze and a decent dark beige head that sinks steadily but retains a nice thin crown of small bubbles. Lace is understandably sticky. Looks good for the style, and in general.

Smells quite fruity, in a dark sense. Lots of raisins, prunes and glacé cherry with a good musty spice at the back giving green peppercorns and some rye notes. Sweetness is perhaps a bit too pervasive but it's otherwise got all the right elements.

Taste is fairly malty on the front with a toffee/Belgian candi sugar kind of flavour upfront. Develops more interesting, complex sweet notes midway with maraschino cherries, plums and a marzipan flavour adding some bitterness to proceedings. Late-mid there's a touch of cola that coincides with a real dry fizz on the mouthfeel, then finish is dark, phenolic and earthy with residual sweetness taking on an overripe, syrupy complexity at the back.

I want to like this, but there's no real skillful blend of the flavours and they just seem like they're just going through the motions with an unbalanced palate being the end result. Sweet on front, phenolic on back, standard without any wow factor.

A bit thin on the body overall and could have used more.

A decent, but not outstanding drop, overall. Lack of excitement does not equal lack of appreciation.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 00:29:57 | More by laituegonflable
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crossovert

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

It ours a nice brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks nicely then recedes with a lot of lacing.

The nose is perfumey and fruity. It has the thick scent of flowers, dates, and raisins. There is a hint of spice and caramel as well.

The flavor brings to mind apples, raisins, and prunes. It has a metallic character that is kind of off-putting and herbally/medicinal hops.

It is an okay dark ale, perhaps a bit sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 02:55:06 | More by crossovert
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 10:14:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 14:59:25 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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metter98

New York

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 19:58:48 | More by metter98
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BeerSingh

India

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 14:22:15 | More by BeerSingh
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beertunes

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a cloudy brown color with less than an inch of medium tan head that dissipated in less than a minute and left moderate lacing.

The aroma was rich and bready, with a slight sweet fruitiness. The taste as very similar, with the fruitiness coming out a little more on the tongue.

The body was quite thin, not as tongue coating as I expected. Drinkability suffered due to the body being a bit thin, but was otherwise very enjoyable.

Overall, a decent example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 00:46:18 | More by beertunes
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SmasNadroj

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with gusto- a great head that slowly diminishes and leaves "stained glass" lace behind.

It has a faint metallic sourness in the nose, behind sweet upfront molasses malts.

Tastes much sweeter than the aroma gave away, with an almost overwhelming, but welcome, brown sugar sweetness. Very malty with a hint of bubbly effervescence to the molasses backbone.

It feels quite malty on the tongue too, good but a little off putting for how sweet it is.

Overall a good, hearty and warming paters beer. Them monks got class

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 22:14:17 | More by SmasNadroj
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color. Yeast left in bottom of bottle. Nose is dark fruit. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel but finish has metallic hints. $19.95 for a 4-pak of 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 22:28:56 | More by jdhilt
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CHickman

New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with some orange color around the edges and a small 1/4 inch tan head that faded pretty quickly; OK lacing that slid down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, nut, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, grains, raisins, molasses, some orange peel and whiffs of alcohol. Pretty nice nose that was sweet and complex.

Tastes of sweet malt, nut, caramel, yeast, grains, dark fruit like raisins and plums, molasses, brown sugar and faint alcohol like rum. Pretty complex flavor that is sweet overall, yet complicated enough to be enjoyable as it ends with a sweet fruity taste much like a port wine. It's mellow throughout, but then resembles the slight bitter feel of a merlot and the tannins as it slides down; it was a nice sipper.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy yet chewy at the same time, with a medium body and very light carbonation. Easy to drink as this brew hides the alcohol well. A good beer, but it just didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 02:11:58 | More by CHickman
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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.