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Kapittel Pater - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 104
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Filosoof
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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....

Photo of PierceMyers
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JGuill
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of u2carew
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of litheum94
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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 sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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.

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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.

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.

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 BeerSingh
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.