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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003)
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Photo of deeplennon


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Newer bottle design then one shown in the picture, featuring four monks at a table quaffing brew.

Great caramel color, aroma and flavor, lack of overall depth in the latter two though keeps the beer from being outstanding. Balance between the low alcohol and sweetness is just about perfect. The depth they did achieve is probably about as much as you can get in a 6% Belgian. Very very very easy to drink, an evening of these would be nothing to complain about.

06-19-2007 02:14:10 | More by deeplennon
Photo of clickpush


4.15/5  rDev +15.3%

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip glass. 1.5 finger light tan head over rich ruby hued body. A little bit cloudy and a few bubbles trail up from the bottom. The head makes a slow descent. Nice cling to the glass as it goes down.

Nose: Huge malt aroma, very fruity and touches of chocolate. Cherries and oranges, a little sour tartness. I'm anticipating a bit of spiciness, some good depth, and a dry finish.

Mouth: Very small strong carbonation immediately, tickling the tip of my tongue. Good milk chocolate flavor all the way through, accented by some watermelon taste, and a finish of roast malt. The middle of the mouth seems under stimulated, but I really enjoy everything else. A bit of metalicity, but maybe because it's very cold.

04-24-2007 07:04:40 | More by clickpush
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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

03-22-2007 04:30:48 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of oelergud


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Dark opaque brownish red body with good carbonation. Light tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent lace and low retention.
Dark bread and slightly sweet scent. Fairly mild.
Taste is also sweet dark bread. Aftertaste is pretty much the same.
A simple and very pleasant taste.
Medium fullness of body, abit of coating and slick.
Good drinkability, simple mild and sweet, very pleasant.


03-10-2007 01:26:49 | More by oelergud
Photo of kernalklink


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Decent belgian dark- nice frothy pour, sticky lace. Strong aromas of dried fruits- currants, raisin and a great spicy balance. Not too sweet, but definately a presence of caramel sugars. Nice finish with an oily hop profile which allows the spicy sweetness to continue to the end. Not as dynamic as others of the style, but a refreshing intro to the dark belgians.

02-05-2007 16:12:48 | More by kernalklink
Photo of GbVDave


4/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a clear, ruby-brown. Very creamy two finger head that receeds to a faint glaze. Sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Faintly musty malt aromas mixed with caramel, oak, sweet plums, and tart cherries.

T: Sweet malt that's tempered by a lightly bitter and drying hop quality. Also tasted hints of black pepper, candi sugar, and spices. Sweetness is rather subtle.

M: Oily and smooth. Not thick or syrupy. My lips were coated with a tropical fruit sweetness. My tongue held on to the dry, hoppy, spiciness.

D: I found this to be enjoyable. The low abv and subdued sweetness make this an easy drinker.

01-09-2007 21:33:47 | More by GbVDave
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

I felt this was very average. Poured a reddish brown colour with a huge sandy blonde head that dissolved into a thin blanket of frost in about 40 seconds. Smell was both malty and candy sweet, and a bit sour, as well. Taste was a bit bland, but not bad. Short stint of bitterness shows up in the middle for a split second. Not a terrible brew, just very average for the style.

01-02-2007 23:55:15 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of EPICAC


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

I had a bottle of this at Delerium Cafe in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown with an off-white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Caramel maltiness, with an intriguing smoky character.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, light pepper, toasty malts with a neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Too sweet.

12-20-2006 01:25:20 | More by EPICAC
Photo of Beeryce


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

Possesses a wonderful nose, complex and diverse, with sweet and slightly roasty/smokey maltiness as well as wafts of musty alcohol and a faint floral/piney hoppiness. Light tan head is very creamy with a fair amount of volume and good stability and retention producing nice lacing. The beer’s color was a light amber and clear for the first pour, but a turbid almost silty brown when the second pour added the sediment from the bottle conditioning which also darkened the head considerably to a light brown. The carbonation is moderately low.

The taste is likewise rather complex, starting out malty sweet of brown sugar and caramel. This transitions to more of a roasted smokey maltiness with alcohol really coming through. The finish is a balanced slight smokey bitterness with malt dominating but hops nicely accenting. Overall awesomely balanced but malt plays the lead role and the alcohol is not hid, instead complementing the taste wonderfully. A slight metallic taste was present but not so much as to be overpowering or too distracting.

The mouthfeel was slightly syrupy which matched well with overall taste making it a highly drinkable, sessionable beer. I also enjoyed the artwork on the label, 4 monks drinking. A certified Abby Ale and a great beer, a must try Belgian, highly recommended.

11-24-2006 14:41:49 | More by Beeryce
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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

10-24-2006 21:48:48 | More by brentk56
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Faint malt aroma, no hops to speak of. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a fine, tan head, almost a mousse. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light back bone of malt with a finish of noble hop bitterness. Esters a subdued for this variety. Nice drinkability; an excellent session beer. Aroma - 7; Appearance - 2; Flavor - 11; Mouthfeel - 3; OI - 7 (30/50).

09-02-2006 02:11:55 | More by CH3CH2OH
Photo of Sigmund


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

330 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark, as "Kapittel Watou Pater" (no "Het" on the label anymore). ABV is 6.0%. Clear and beautiful reddish brown colour, large and lasting light tan head. Nice malty aroma with notes of caramel and bakery, hints of wood, Christmas spices and dark fruits. Flavour is malty sweet but also fruity and zesty, quite nice. Some spices in the background. Definitely not a bad beer, but a tad too sweet to make me ecstatic.

07-25-2006 20:30:59 | More by Sigmund
Photo of bashiba


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

07-20-2006 18:11:16 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours murky chestnut brown with an absolutely massive head that hangs around for quite awhile before settling into a rootbeer float-like creamy mass with excellent lacing.

Smell is malty with nice dark fruit character, dates and cherries mostly. There is also a doughy yeastiness with very subdued hints of spices.

Taste is not what I had expected of a dark ale. The caramel malt is still a major player up front, but then a strage fruity mustiness that would be more at home in an Old Ale takes over. Finish is quite dry and has understated leafy hop bitterness and yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be unusual and tasty. Sort of a belgian old ale. Interesting fruit complexity and malt profile. Mustyness is what keeps me coming back, but then again I like the olde ale style almost as much as a belgian dark.

07-13-2006 01:56:59 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

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?

06-29-2006 06:30:56 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Fugazme


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

A hazy/auburn color... not much head to speak of... a decent appearing beer.

Aroma is pretty good... slightly yeasty/bready with fig/raisin... some medicinal qualities and alcohol.

Taste is malty upfront with good dried fruit qualities through the middle... again, bready/yeasty.

I'd say this beer is "ok"... pretty average and non-complex.

06-20-2006 14:45:43 | More by Fugazme
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

05-15-2006 02:52:40 | More by Mandrake
Photo of RedHaze


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a mury brown with a one inch off-white head that fades slowly to a thick cap, and leaves behind a nice webbing of lace.

Smell; bread dough and caramel malts, with hints of plums and earthy yeasts.

Taste; a bit sweet with lots of caramel and bread dough flavors going on here. As this warms the Belgian spices and fruits make an appearance, along with a bit of a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and just a little on the dry side.

04-27-2006 23:56:17 | More by RedHaze
Photo of Bierschenker


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

03-27-2006 16:50:54 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of TurdFurgison


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

I've never seen this in any shops in the U.S. yet, and wanted to try it. So while I was in Antwerp I bought a bottle at Bierwinkel Den Dorstvlegel and brought it back with me.

I'd hoped it would be better than it turned out to be. It looked all right I guess, murky brown color with some decent foam which didn't last very long. The smell was more sour than I expected. I kind of expected more of a bready yeast aroma like St. Bernardus Pater. The taste was slightly sour too, which didn't meld well with the sugars and other flavors in the beer. I won't be getting this again.

03-18-2006 15:05:54 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

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

03-02-2006 18:17:30 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

A - A dark orangish brown with one finger of light tan head that dissipates in about one minute leaving only a few odd specks of lacing behind.

S - Figs, dates, raisins and alcohol. The odor isn't unpleasant, but it is nothing worth while.

T - Chocolate and coffee malt with a sweet fig and candied sugar backing. A bit of tin is detectable. There is a short-lived mild bitter aftertaste, balanced between a hop and coffee.

M - Smooth, creamy, slick and very, very refreshing. Top notch mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. It is a bit strong, but would session well. It goes well with food, and I wouldn't mind having it again.

03-01-2006 03:18:51 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of ojiikun


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours nice dark amber that's murky and very pater-ish. Head was a little cola-like, but laced pretty well for me. Smells of honey and grass, with those tastes leading the first sip. Middle bits are lemoned sweet tea, finishing off with stronger, more bitter black tea. Maybe some wheat bread down below all the rest. Very syrupy texture that is as bereft of carbonation as possible without being entirely flat. Despite, or in light of that, though - very drinkable.

01-31-2006 01:55:49 | More by ojiikun
Photo of paterlodie


2.73/5  rDev -24.2%

No freshnessdate carved. Some yellowish head soon falling to just some loating leftovers at the side of the glas. Dark brown clear beer with red hint in it. Nose is very sweet and greenmalty and having a wortnose. Oxidation certainly did it's part in this one and wonder if botlefermentation was even started. Taste is very sweet and somehow also thin bodied. Is there sacharine in this product, dunno but certainly sweet. Some caramellic and slightly burnt maltyness also there but bitterness in my opinion low dosed even with the bitter yeasttaste that it also shows. Drinkable beer but not really my type of beer and IMO misses something.

11-23-2005 18:55:56 | More by paterlodie
Photo of GClarkage


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

10-31-2005 02:24:24 | More by GClarkage
Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.