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Kapittel Abt - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a bright cloudy golden with a decent off white head of large bubbles that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, fruity citrus and spice aromas, fruity pear, apple, lemon and spicy flavors. Full bodied with a nicely carbonated, yet soft mouthfeel, sweet finish with noticeable alcohol.

maxpower, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of kmcnair
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle, purchased on my recent trip to Brussels.

Pours a copper to orange hue and makes a huge fuffy white head into my Duvel glass. Head is long lasting and there's nice lacing on my glass. Aroma is sweet clove/coriander, fruity and floral, notes of banana. Flavor is rich of sweet complex malts, spices and a slight alcohol bite, bananas, clove, coriander, mild citrus. Full bodied, rich and creamy texture on the palate, goes down very smooth and finishes dry. This is very good, I would buy it again.

kmcnair, Aug 25, 2005
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 14, 2005
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 GClarkage
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04/21/05- On tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month

Presentation- From the tap into a standard tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange pour with a tight creamy white head and very sticky lace along the sides.

Smell- Had to sniff alot to bring out the fruity and sweet scents. Maybe a tad bit of clove to the nose.

Taste- Possibly the best tasting brew I have had. Very sweet and balanced with a mix of spices, pepper, and about a handful of fruits. Almost a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, thick mouthcoating elixer.

Drinkability- Wow, if I didn't have to try others that I wanted I would have just had three of these and called it a day. Absolutely incredible.

GClarkage, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of crookedhalo
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle. Pours a honeyed golden-orange color with a generous eggshell colored head. Some white pepper and clove spiciness amongst a solid pale malt backbone with laden fusel alcohols. Moderate hoppiness. An initial apple or pear-like sweetness is soon crushed by citrusy esters and phenolic spiciness that paves the way for a dry, hoppy, alcoholic finish. Deliciously drinkable, despite the high alcohol. A very dry tripel that is wholly enjoyable. Recommended, especially as a tasty gullet-warmer during these cold winter months.

crookedhalo, Feb 07, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah-ha. A palette cleanser after that Abomination of a beer called Barf-hoff. This came as part of a 4-pack Holiday promotion.

Hopped with Brewer's Gold, Hallertau, and Challenger.

OG=18 degrees Plato (1.072), 35 IBUs, 10% ABV.

Pours out to a clear light amber with lots of particulate sediment suspended in the beer but not really interfering with the clarity. Forms a large soapy white head with very good retention and nice sticky sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very nice, and I'll say it again..."Unibroue"...very spicy cloves, light yeast, fragrant apples, and cleanly fermented. Swirling produces some notable pleasant alcohol, pineapple and plums. Mouthfeel is spritzy at first but becomes tart in the finish with a deceivingly light body. Taste begins with phenolic clove sweetness followed by fresh green apples, but not sour. The malts in the middle are substantial with a nice vanilla and honey sweetness balancing out the mild floral and spicy hops. A little tart in the finish. There is a brief medicinal and metallic note in the aftertaste...also lingering notes of distant tobacco which is kinda odd for the style. Warms the pipes as it goes down. As it warms, the spritziness mellows and the malts become more pronounced, stealing some of the attention from the yeasty phenols.

A very nice Belgian Tripple, along the lines of a Unibroue 10, 11, or Allagash Tripel. Impressive, but perhaps not quite as amazing as the aforementioned. Recommended, and my favorite from the Kapittel line-up.

Mitchster, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear medium golden with a white frothy head which stood tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly earthy with a belgian yeast spiciness pronounced by higher alcohol presence. The aroma was also fruity.

The flavor was metallic with the earthy hop presence which was high enough to keep the malt in check. Some slight sweetness occured at first taste, but that quickly dries and leaves belgian yeast spiciness.

The finish was dry with belgian yeast spiciness long into the aftertaste and a lingering slight metallic flavor. The body was medium full. The alcohol was present in the aroma, the flavor and the aftertaste probably pronoucing to the presence of the metallic flavor.

11.2 ounce bottle. Part of four pack sampler box. Noticed the best before was 10 06. Perhaps another year would improve the beer.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yes. It produced an intimidating mass of cream-colored froth. A puddle of hazy burnt yellow liquid lies underneath. Aromas are white tropical fruits, baked pears and marzipan. Spiced bready aromas of squash and carrot are there too. On the palate: sweet. Very sweet. Candied squash, candied pepper and candied orange peel flavors reside in an extraordinarily thick, chewy mass of texture. Tiers of sticky foam residue accompany the depletions of beer down the inside of the glass bowl.
Complexity, bite, challenge?: too sweet.
Gorgeous and extremely fat beer.

putnam, Jan 19, 2005
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 Paddez
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice looking, cloudy, amber coloured brew with a nice, sturdy head.
The aroma is yeasty, spicy with some hints of alcohol and grass.
The taste is fruity and complex, with a touch of honey and malts.
The mouthfeel is excellent: this beer is well carbonated the alcohol has a pleasant, warming effect.

An excellent beer for sure. One of the better triples Belgium has to offer in my opinion. Definitely worth seeking out!

Paddez, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber color with lots of sediments in suspension. Shy head. Pretty neutral fruity aroma with hints of spices and alcohol. The taste is strong, alcohol noticeable. Sweet peaches, orange, honey. Malt and yeasts fest. Bitterness is first discovered in the short, but intense aftertaste.

Rastacouere, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another bier from my Amsterdam Tripel play....
Orangey-golden colored, with a slight touch of haze within. Loads of bubbles rising topside and contributing to a healthy, off-tan head which checks-in at about 1/4". Belgian lace is an attractive sight sticking to the sides. The nose is not as pronounced as others, but some tropical fruit sweetness and spice are evident. A bubbly/foamy carbonation-induced feel on the tongue partners with a medium body for a nice mouthfeel. In the flavor we get a combo of tropical fruit with a light, peppery spice quality, though at the finish a dry, bitter aspect comes into play, to the slight detriment of the quaffing experience. The yeasties swirled in at the end lend a bit more spice, and seem to slightly cut the bitter aspect. Good bier, overall!!


overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of daledeee
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new Belgian to try!!! Poured very clear for a Belgian. Very little yeast in the bottom of the bottle either. One has to be careful. The head is large on this. The carbonation just keeps on coming after the beer rests.

The nose is very fruity and unique. Several fruits show up here.

The taste is very complex. Fruits, vanilla and some malt. A hoppy finish. Never tasted a beer like this. The aftertaste is quite strong. The mouthfeel is velvetty yet tangy.

I would like to try this one after it aged.

daledeee, Sep 04, 2004
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 Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew has a hazy orange body, with a sizable cream, foam head. Good lacing going on. Light citrus scent, maybe some other fruits. This is a fairly full bodied brew, citrus and dark fruit tones, with some slight alcohol spice, pretty well blended though. Some tangyness with the carbonation. A pretty nice tasting tripel.

Tballz420, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an orange gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast and grass elements. A flavor of malt, hops and yeast. The finish is sweet, yet breadlike and features the aftereffects of the alcohol present. Of the four that tried from this brewer's set, this has to be the best of them.

Wildman, Jul 19, 2004
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Spied this little monster on sale during my recent inaugural trip to the Brewers Rendezvous in Downey. On sale for $4.99 for a 330ml / 11,2 fl.oz. bottle it’s not one to fill the fridge with. Yet at 10% ABV it is good to have one or two stashed away somewhere for those days when you need something “big” to unwind after those really hard days. Today was one such day.

Appearance: Pours with lovely hazy golden body that some orange luminous qualities when backlit, which also highlights a gazillion streamers all furiously rising to the underside of the thick white head that is comprised of tiny bubbles with a pillow like but fluffy uneven surface. The head does not lace much but it does leave the odd speck and partial ring that slides back down into the glass after a short period, either my glass is very clean or the head hates to be parted from the beer.

Nose: A pungently fruity, spicy and ethanolic nose. Powerful yet refined, it is both a warning and an All-Day/All-Rides entrance ticket. Some hints of spicy yeasts mixed with a fresh bread feel in the back end.

Taste: Starts with a marvelous stunning punch of serene warming alcohol mixed with some spicy hops, the type of punch you don’t mind getting. Light grain malts with a dough-like middle that has a strong fruity “Tripel” feel. Spicy hops that have an organic feel almost at times, really add a citric zest to this Tripel. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Powerful but not heavy, this is a gentle giant of a Tripel that you can easily handle. Warming when swallowed, I swear it also warms the mouth when swirled around the tongue. Huge mouthfeel that demands respect. The gullet warming lasts a long time.

Drinkability: It’s the second and last beer of night for me, but the 330ml still disappeared a lot quicker than I expected. The alcohol is well absorbed in the Tripel body – but be warned that it is still there. I better get to bed before this one sneaks up on me.

Overall: From the makers of Poperinges Hommelbier, it is often a surprise to some that they also produce a great range of Abbey beers. The Het Kapittel (The Chapter) range has been brewed since 1946, and along with the Pater & Prior, the Abt is one of the best of the range IMO. Well worth the money!

TheLongBeachBum, Jan 09, 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 BeerAngel
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed brilliant burnt orange with lots of bubbles racing towards the massive cream-colored head. The smell of light citrus fruit, spices and yeast blend together to make your mouth water. The first taste is a thin crisp bubbly bite that tapers into an all too faint fruitiness including raisons with light hops and yeast as well. This is a light bodied brew and finishes slightly dry. The looks and the smell along with a carb crispness have plenty of character, but fall short in other areas. It is a very solid brew, but lacking in the taste and drinkability departments. Still pretty nice! Op uw gezonheid!

BeerAngel, Sep 03, 2003
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 mzwolinski
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is yeasty with overtones of orange rind and herbal/floral hops. The beer pours a hazy orange, with a moderately sized white head. Flavor is *very* spicy, lots of orange, coriander and hops throughout. Late-middle is a bit sweet, with a honeyish flavor and strong candi sugar flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly throughout -- maybe just a little too effervescent and fizzy at first, but it settles soon enough. Alcohol comes through as beer sits, but is not too distracting.

mzwolinski, May 08, 2003
Photo of marburg
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I *heart* belgians.


This is another prime example of a quality Belgian beer. A sweet, sugary, tulip aroma greets you before you take a sip of this delightful brew. Beautiful yellow-orange color, like a crayon. Light tastes of lemon and orange on the tongue. Lively mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable but is managed well. I gotta think that this thing would age really well.

Nice tripel.

marburg, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says HET KAPITTEL ABT... slightly different spelling.

Orange-ish with a big pillowy white head and lots of carbonation. Perfumey, yeasty, spicy, earthy hop aroma. Spicy candi sugar sweetness with a tripel like flavor and a spicy dry finish. Light mouthfeel considering strength due to high degree of carbonation. Alcohol strength is subdued and deceptive but comes out a bit as it warms.

(11.2 oz / 330ml bottle)

MJ states: 18 degrees Plato / 1072 Orig Grav. 35 IBUs (Brewer's Gold, Hallertau, and Challenger hops)

RBorsato, Jan 06, 2003
Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.