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Kapittel Abt - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

176 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Paquette on 11-29-2002)
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Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This golden yellow beer makes a fine showing of big billowy bright white head that is retained the whole way down. The nose is bready, kinda musty, and of course alcoholic.

This is a good mellow lighter belgian with a nice tangy mix of clove, honey, and alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thin but pleasant. This would probably be great with a big ham sammich.

JudgeRoughneck, Mar 02, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is bright orange in color and very hazy, although you can still see some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. The head is huge and fluffy, forming little piles of down all over the ale. Simply gorgeous!

Smell – The bitter, hoppy orange rinds drive the big yeasty aroma. This is a very big and balanced Tripel with some strong, traditional spicing.

Taste – The huge orangy sweetness was a pleasant surprise since I didn’t pick it up at the nose. The malts are big as well and heavily toasted. The spices are sharp and powdery, making this one a classic.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel here is full and fluffy. This Abt has terrific carbonation and is very complex. The light alcohol sting keeps the drinker honest.

Drinkability – This is amazing. It is the real deal. The sharp, complex and mature orangish flavors, the heavy but pure spicing, and the incredible mouthfeel make this a winner.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

TimoP, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

petewheeler, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to find this bold brew on tap at Hop Devil in NYC, poured light cloudy golden amber, with a spicy peppery nose, notes of lemon/lime spicy, yeasty belgian goodness. Drying and more spicyness and hops late. Fine and heady brew, Belgian lovers rejoice, go out and get some of this Belgian stunner and enjoy.

Billolick, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz amber bottle. "Best before" date of 09/04.

Appearance: Poured a surprisingly fizzy dirty blond color. White head crackles and fizzles quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Whoa! What a truckload of scents. Orange zest, coriander, sweet caramel dance around in your nose.

Taste: Wonderful combination of delicate sweet sugary flavor mixed with a spicy backbone. 10% ABV remains well-hidden. For all of the sweetness that was noted early in the tasting, the finish was on the other end of the spectrum: crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: I really liked the transition from the initial smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the dry finish. A complex and inviting beer.

Drinkability: Oh to be a monk working in one of these breweries! Another fine example of a beer that tasted better as it warmed. The ABV made itself a little more known and the flavors seemed softer and well-blended. A pleasure to drink.

Note: Riase a mug in AKSmokedPorter's honor for supplying me with this one.

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a four beer sample pack. I poured this into a Duvel glass, and I was glad I did, a huge sparkling head of over two inches piled up in the glass. Dark bown-gold, primarily clearish in tone. Thick medium string laces, mostly horizontal. Cutting aroma, bitter grass and lemon, slightly bready and yeasty. Lighter mouthfeel, soft prickly carbonation. Quite bitter early, acid mixes with malt and a sense of dry and earthy hops. Continues along in this vein, almost medicinal and aspirin-like in the close. Dries overall from beginning to end. Appropriate for style in most elements, it could be slightly more carbonated to help balance the dominant characteristics, at least for me. The color seems a little dark overall as well.

ADR, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
best before 0612
A- This beer pours a deep aged copper body that is hazy with jetsum bits and a gentle carbonation. There is a big bubbly white head that last for a short bit.

S- The soft candy sugar aroma has a monastery yeast hint and a soft green noble hop note in the finish.

T- The soft candy pale malt flavor leads to a green pine bite in the finish with some yeast esters coming through as the beer warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice soft sweetness with a big hop character at least for this style and a nice alcohol heat support.

rhoadsrage, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. At first, I thought this was the St. Bernardus stuff, but apparently there are other brewers in that little part of Belgium, with similar design paradigms.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and finely bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few instances of lightning strike lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, pear compote, white wine must, bready yeast, coriander, clove, candi sugar, and a wee whiff of warming alcohol. The taste is more buffed up pale and caramel malt, an indistinct drupe fruitiness, muddled clove and pepper spice, banana chips, a heady earthen yeastiness, and simmering booze.

The bubbles are still well in play, keeping things tickin' along, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, but for the encroaching heat of the alcohol. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and booze providing an unsteady representation as such, while the spice and yeast continue their anarchic takeover plot.

An adequate Tripel, the booze just a bit too informing on the whole affair, which is usually what gets me about this whole style. It isn't all that pushy here, but enough, that despite the overall warming pleasantries, I would have to toss this on the remainder pile.

biboergosum, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of mattfancett
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

mattfancett, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden orange colour with fizzy head. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Smooth drinking middle mouthfeel. Seems like a discount on the 10% abv. Good Belgium with fruit, some bannana and peach and spice and pepper melange. Mild citrus.

Obtained through Belgian Shop.

Sammy, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of sullysbeer
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Huge alcohol and bubble gum. Malty sweet.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a creamy head that lasts.

Flavor: Sweet up front. Huge esters- grapefruit. Lingering hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry. The alcohol warms the chest a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full body and slick on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer has a huge alcohol content. Sometimes it's hard for me to really get the full flavors of beer with huge alcohol contents. This is because alcohol can have a bitterness at times and can make the beer finish dry at times and throws off my palate. This is a great Belgian ale.

sullysbeer, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abt pours a hazy orange-gold body beneath a two-fingered head of bright white foam that settles by one finger to a creamy cap. The head retention is excellent, holding a thin lid throughout the entire glass. The lacing, however, could be a bit better but it does leave some short walls of lace that slip readily back into the beer after each sip, and some wide splashes of lace that initially stick to the sides of the goblet.

The nose is somewhat perfumey, sweet, and peppery. It's bready and doughish with a touch of must, a bit of sugar candy, some spiciness, and a smear of background floral, spicy, and leafy hops.

It's effervescent, very-fine-bubbled, natural carbonation leaves it spritzy on the tongue with a medium body.

The flavor offers the same bready, dough-like (w/ a mild note of vanilla) malt that the nose suggests; with a sugary side that's balanced by a solid bitterness, some peppery spiciness and phenolics (clove), a spritz of citrus, a handful of spicy hops, and low-key alcohol. It's rich but not full, and quite vibrant if not perfectly rounded - but a tripel needs a little bit of bite to it to grab your attention.

This is an excellent tripel with an interesting hoppy and spicy side that's similar to their hommel bier. Very nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Ciocanelu, May 21, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +3.4%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange color with a thick fluffy head.

Smell is very big with yeast, some fresh wheat, and banana all being very prevelent.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a bit of alcohol flavor along with light fruit flavors, orange, peach, and banana all coming through. Has a slight sharp earthy bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly with lots and lots of carbonation and warming on the tongue.

Overall easy to drink and a nice complex treat.

bashiba, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of scottgoblue314
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

scottgoblue314, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of hdofu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pleasant tasting beer I have had in awhile (since I got that 90 minute ipa on the cruise I was on 2 weeks before actually). Sort of a cloudy orange with a tiny white head. Has a spicy/peppery wheat taste with a tart "taste of fork" finish. Smells like alcohol and hops. Feels thick and warm to the tongue. Warning, it bubbles up when tapped with a champagne like bubble. It goes down pretty easy but the taste of alcohol kind of makes it less drinkable then some other Belgians.

hdofu, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +3.4%

zonker17, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Mandrake
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently to avoid the yeast, which was copious and well settled. Yields a cloudy medium-orange beer with a thick, white head in my Chimay goblet, which has very evident lines of carbonation rising to the surface, where the head doesn't dissipate at all for ages, remaining creamy and substantial most of the way down. Smells sharp and spicy, with sweetness apparent and some breads and yeast in the mix as well. Taste is quite strong, and a bit hot, with some of the 10% ABV very noticible, though not in an unpleasant way. The pepper and other spices come through as well, along with plenty of yeast, breadiness, and an ever so slight metallic hint in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, but a bit sharp for the style, and drinkability was okay, but not great. Tripels aren't my favourite, but I respect this one for being a nice example of the style and a pretty good brew all around.

Mandrake, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a small creamy head.
Nose shows lots of light fruity esters and yeasty phenols. Green apples, pears, bananas and spicy cloves are easily identifiable. The alcohol is hardly noticeable. Doughy yeast and sweet malt also show through.
The doughy notes continues through as flaovurs along with loads of sweet caramel and toffee malt. Some spicy cloves still hang around. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish along with a mild by unpleasant bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high for my liking.

CrazyDavros, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle – Poured a hazy golden brew with a huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is excellent with bubble coming back on top minutes after the beer was poured. Aroma is very floral with some sweetness in the background; no alcohol aroma even though this is quite strong. The mix of spice is great with a nice mix between sweet (honey?) and something a bit stronger that I can’t quite distinguish. Again, the alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from stronger beer. Overall, this has to make you appreciate strong Belgian Ale.

Phyl21ca, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA on 10-11-03. Presented in a "Het Kapittel" goblet, this beer had a hazy orangish color with a decently large and foamy off-white head. Left some nice sheet lace.
Smell was of a lightly bready malt with a fruity tartness like that of citrus. Alcohol presence noted also.
Taste had a modest caramel malt flavor and a somewhat sharp fruit tang up front. A bit of yeastiness came up along with some pepper and clove spice and a sharply acidic note. Finished with a warming alcohol rush.
Feel was full-bodied, dry yet creamy and smooth.
A pretty easy drinking beer, despite the high %ABV. You know the alcohol's there but want to keep drinking faster than you know you should. A good choice from the large selection of Belgian style ales at Lucky Baldwin's.

Boilermaker88, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought this bottle back from my trip to Belgium in 9/04. Best before 11/04 (so soon?)

Pours a mursty, murky, cloudy golden color with a nice fluffy head into my Trappiste Rochefort goblet. Surprisingly, it looks more like a tripel than a quadrupel. I thought I was going to have a quadrupel, but i see the Bros. have identified it as a tripel- I agree with them.

Aromas of sugar, light but very friuty citrus, and pinapple waft in from a foot away (a good thing with my weak sniffer!). Flavor reminds me of tripel again, but with a stonger alcohol profile that hits the back of the throat strongly. Citrus and fruits and light spices- nutmeg? This is very good, but not quite up to some of the others I've tried.

Dukeofearl, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of theopholis
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a tranclucent, dark apricot color. HUGE off-white head with a lot of staying power. Good lacing.

Aroma- Aroma is quite subdued. Might be because the huge head is keeping the volitiles in. Anyway, what I do pick up is a nice, well-blended mix of malt sweetness, and dark-fruit esters. Picking up hints of plum, raisen, etc. Just the barest hint of peppery hops.

Note: as I get towards the bottom of the glass, and the head is finally gone, I get very strong aromas. It was the head. The aromas are pretty much the same, but instead of being subdued, they are almost over-whelming.

Taste- Strong, fruity taste up front with a decent amount of peppery hops. Very malty on the back of the toungue. Failry strong, syrupy malt sweetness in the aft-taste.

Mouthfeel- The body is quite thick and syrupy. To be expected with this style. the carbonation is fairly strong when you first pour the beer, but it goes flat failry quickly.

Drinkability- I'm not much into Belgians. This one is okay. A lot of them are so spicy and peppery, I can't drink them. this one is dominated by the malt profile, and is much more pleasant than most Belian tripples.

theopholis, Sep 13, 2007
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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.