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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | 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:
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Photo of kernalklink


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Dakota

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

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


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 23:56:17 | More by RedHaze
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!

Serving type: bottle

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


2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 02:24:24 | More by GClarkage
Photo of maxpower


3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy dark amber color with a huge creamy light brown head that leaves lots of lacing in my glass. Honey, nutty and fruity aromas, pears, brown sugar and honey flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2005 23:26:13 | More by maxpower
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown beer with deep ruby highlights. Has a very big light brown head and good lace. Hints of candy and apple along with some malt sweetness and a strong yeast note in the aroma. Some prickly carbonation and a light bitterness at the back of the throat. A hint of tabacco and some sweetness are washed away too quickly by the overall watery charater of this beer. Not bad tasting but not worth a second.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 00:28:06 | More by ybnorml
Photo of ADR


3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 00:55:28 | More by ADR
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 15:08:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.