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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003)
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4.5/5  rDev +25%

JGuill, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

TimoP, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

danieelol, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +25%

educorgan, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of u2carew
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

u2carew, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

rekel, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

cswhitehorse, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of socon67
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

socon67, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of litheum94
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

litheum94, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

sweemzander, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

laituegonflable, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

crossovert, Dec 28, 2010
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.

CrazyDavros, Oct 04, 2010
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.

ThreeDimesDown, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

metter98, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of BeerSingh
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

BeerSingh, May 02, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

beertunes, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of SmasNadroj
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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

SmasNadroj, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of CHickman
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

CHickman, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of jdense
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Le Trappe SFO poured into Kapittel chalice 3.31.10.

1 1/2 finger tan head, medium dissipation with big lacing. Dark brown body with some red highlights when held up to the light. the nose is hard to break down, though the belgian yeast in noticeable, I picked up raisins, molasses and faint hops. The taste is quite complex, lots of dark fruit, raisins, dark cherries, plums, a bit of candi sugar, hops are not very noticeable, could have used a bit more assertive hops to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full with a medium dry finish, not sticky sweet. Drinkability is quite high, a relatively low ABV for the style. I was glad to have this quite rare tap version, though not something I'd have again.

jdense, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Pabs311
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy nut-brown with a slight amber hue to it. beige colored head, on the thinner side, stays for about 30 seconds then settles leaving some spotty lacing.

S- very light, some earthy qualities, with a slight hint of toffee and coffee, only lightly there. some yeastyness also there. not very strong at all, slightly dissapointing.

T- Same dissapointment as the aroma, weak, although not as weak. sweet caramel maltiness, some fruit in the middle with a yeasty bready finish.

M/D- medium bodied, low carbonation. drinkable but a little weak for my likeing, especially at 6% ABV. would like a little more of everything.

Pabs311, Mar 04, 2010
Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.