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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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153 Ratings
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Ratings: 153
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, fruit, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with Tootsie Roll, caramel, dark fruit, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an interesting Tootsie Roll flavor, but I am also getting a decent amount of oxidation that tells me this one must be fairly old at this point.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Texasfan549
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark copper color with a light beige head hat declines rather quickly and leaves some splashes of lace around the glass

Smell: Caramel malt with some earthy hop aromas

Taste: Starts with a sweet toffee flavor that, after the swallow, is joined by some earthy hop bitterness; overall, the sweet flavors predominate with a touch of spiciness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Remembering that this is not a Strong Dark, it has plenty of flavor for the style; overall, however, it is just a touch under-attenuated for my tastebuds

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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minutely flecked coppery dark orange with brilliant orange accents. The head is a thing of beauty. It has assumed control of half the glass, is orange-ecru in color and is megasticky with a fabulous looking upper surface of bumps and craters. Tacky splats of pocked lace appear on the glass, although they aren't as long lived as they could be.

Is beauty only skin-deep? There isn't much olfactory information to go on, so these will only be impressions; faint ones at that. Lightly toasted, lightly buttery pale malt with the barest whiff of orange. HKP doesn't smell anything like a BDA. There's no Belgian-like spiciness, no 'dark'ness, nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. Strictly average.

Het Kapittel Pater is my least favorite Belgian ale to date. The muddled, muddied flavor profile goes absolutely nowhere in a hurry. It's malt-dominant with impressions of toasted, buttery bread; it's ale fruity and slightly orangey; and it's hop-deficient with a little bitterness creeping in on the back end.

Mildly stickysweet at first, it dries out a little within each mouthful, yet retains to ability to leave a sweetish residue after the swallow. The body/mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium with a slippery feel that is accentuated by a lack of carbonation; especially considering its country of origin.

Het Kapittel Pater certainly looks the part of a quality Belgian ale. Unfortunately, it tastes like the poor stepchild of Belgian brewing. Not to denigrate American brewers (since they brew my favorite beers/styles), but what it really tastes like is an attempt by a less than talented American craft brewer to duplicate the Belgian dark ale style. While it probably isn't quite as bad as I've made it out to be, it's certainly disappointing.

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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish hue, 'neath a big, rocky, puffy head, cocoa-tinted...

Yeasty, spicy aroma, very Belgian...apples and cherries...baking bread. the muffins are rising...and getting down with the fruit.

Taste: Baked apples, bright berries, raisin roundies, ...nice yeast and juicy malt...tidy hops...noiceness, indeed, with frankly fat malt, and yummy yeast.

Yummy, yummy...what more need be said...I like it. It works. I'd have another. Please?

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, reddish amber color and is topped by a frothy, tightly bubbled, amber tinged tan colored head that starts out three-fingers in height. The aroma smells of dark fruit notes with a touch of oxidation character, which seems to accentuate a concentrated fruitiness. Notes of prunes, figs and raisins are prominent, but there is also a caramelized character and a rich, sweetish bread-like note. Clove-like fermentation notes are also in the aroma as is a general spicy Belgian yeast type note.

The beer is fairly sweet (when taken in the context of this beers alcohol content). Again a fruity malt character is most prominent in the flavor as well. Notes of fig and raisin join a rich, spice cake like character that does not overly accentuate the spice notes. Touches of ginger, join the typical clove-like notes and perhaps a hint of pepper. There is also an earthy spice character here that is a bit harder to describe. This has some light oxidation character to it, but it again seems to accentuate the fruit and malt character. All in all a pretty tasty tipple.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

Photo of GClarkage
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/30/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by label strip on the front label. Poured into my Reineart tulip.

Appearance- Carmel in color. Huge tight bubbled white head. Incredibly chunky lacing.

Smell- Dates, plums, anise and clove. Maybe some raisin as well.

Taste- Strange aluminum taste that ruins anything that htis beer has going for it. Can taste some dark fruits with a bitter maybe sour tartness. Beer going bad?

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, bit of a bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Wondering if this is the natural taste, or did I get one that was starting to turn. Only grabbed one, so I don't have one to compare against. Awkward and strange taste. I'll pass if this is the true taste. Not horrid, but not really pleasing.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, green label, like the change of pace, as the merry monks on the cover are now drinking brown beer, instead of blond beer, as in the cover of the Blond Ale I just had, cool look,

A: Pours a dark brown, slightly hazy, but not much so, has a big, fluffy, tan head, which is kind of fizzy, but is long-lasting, and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Very light smell, but I could detect hints of rum and prune.

T: Beautiful dark malt flavour, very tasty, with fig, prune, and raisin. Also picked up on some rum and root beer, with a bit of cola, very interesting, a quality, complex taste.

M: Smooth, light and crisp, for a dark beer, but this makes it refreshing, very nice.

D: A very tasty, good quality Belgian Dark Beer. The Pater is definitely the favourite of the 3 beers I have had from the Het Kapittel brand. Definitely a repeat buy when I go back up to Walnut.

Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 01/2010, served just cool, not chilled, in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: bright copper hue, topped with a thin beige fluffy layer of froth with good retention, while the carbonation is moderate and constant.
S: sour-sweet amber malts, brown-sugary and red-date notes abound, laced with a unique, mixed yeasty edge (rustic, sulphurous, savoury, with a touch of funk that reminds me of the seaside actually...), faint fruit esters and fruity hops (mildly citric plus a stinky edge of squeezed "wendang" grapefruit-peels). Not quite complex but attractive in its own way, thanks to the amazing yeasty work I guess.
T: a rather aromatic-estery as well as salty-sweet malty foretaste comes with an assertive edge of red-date tea, mildly sweet fruitiness like dried hawthorn-fruits plus prunes; a milder herbal flavour develops along with a faintly dry and chewy mouthfeel in the aftertaste, where the sweet black tea and red-bean soup's undertones provide a rather soothingly sweet edge to go with the lingering yeastiness.
M&D: slightly sour-sweet and thin-ish in the finishing touch due to the residual sugary touch, while the carbonation goes light and suitable for such a light-flavoured Dubbel. This is a simple (not simplistic) ale that is easy-drinking and reasonably delicious with a certain depth.

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 jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.