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Kapittel Abt - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

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 kjkinsey


4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-24-2012 21:53:25 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy with a light brown body. Two fingers of thick white head. Lot's of yeast specs. Good carbonation coming up. A nice wall of lace on one side of the glass and a finger of retention.

S - Dark fruit, sugars. Quite nice. Rich dark fruit. Some yeast.

T - Dark fruit, sugar. Tripel elements are there with yeast and orange with dark fruit like plums. Yeast and a light alcohol note with a mild spicy hop as well.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium to full body, sweet then dry finish.

O/D - Like a Tripel and Quad blended together. Subtle yet really complex. Nice stuff.

05-01-2012 00:36:21 | More by tbeckett
Photo of OttomanSoxFan

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

04-09-2012 08:36:58 | More by OttomanSoxFan
Photo of DARIVA


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Light brown cloudy beer with a small head.

S: Raisins, caramel and biscuit.

T: Sweet, slightly bitter and the taste of nougat.

M: Good composition, nice carbonation and delicious slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: Nice balanced beer, but maybe to sweet.

03-31-2012 16:34:01 | More by DARIVA
Photo of iskeptici


4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-28-2012 13:44:06 | More by iskeptici
Photo of zeff80


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and yeasty with a touch of grain.

T - It tasted very spicy with a yeasty bite. Good blend of grain and caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice tripel. I'm glad I was able to find a single 11.2 oz bottle to sample in Topeka, KS.

03-04-2012 22:24:11 | More by zeff80
Photo of TimoP


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

02-19-2012 22:13:02 | More by TimoP
Photo of BrendanDouglas


4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-03-2011 00:48:20 | More by BrendanDouglas
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

11-26-2011 17:19:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smbslt


3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured carefully into a wine goblet. May have done a disservice* but figured the majority yeast was better left behind

A - Yellow orange, managed to keep fairly clear, some of the finer sentiment mixing in. Effervescence created a thin white head which quickly dissipated with no carbonation to replenish it.

S - Spiced orange and nutty hints with caramel maltiness no alcohol in the nose to speak of.

T - initially the alcohol overpowered and burned. After getting used to it or anesthetized, the spices came though as did the orange *but at the bottom the yeast added a floral nutty complexity that I missed by not upending the bottle.

M - Thin but left a coating without much taste.

O - Definitely grew on me but need to get past the alcohol to get to what this one is about.

11-11-2011 02:27:17 | More by smbslt
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy. White billowy head. Large bubbles. Effervescent.

Smell: Nice and malty. Lots of esters here.

Taste: Lackluster. Missing that little something. Bland triple.

Mouthfeel: Dry in the finish. Puckering. Smooth.

Overall: Mediocre example. Alcohol well hidden but nothing exceptional about this at all.

10-26-2011 19:06:13 | More by Squelch
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pours a hazy deep-gold hue with a few floaties, a goodly effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory head. Not bad.

Smell: an interesting aroma for a tripel. Sweet malt pairs up with a light, citrusy tartness and a little bit of green apple. Brighter than the average tripel, but a good aroma nonetheless.

Taste: hugely sweet malt flavor with some good orchard fruit flavors on top of the malt. Like all my favorite tripels, there are apple and pear in spades here. Alcohol is also plenty big, but that's to be expected.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. This has a creaminess as well as a prickly effervescence which work well with the brighter flavors in this tripel. It's a little bit different than your typical very-good tripel, and I like that.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. There are better tripels out there, but I am in no way disappointed with my purchase of this one.

08-30-2011 00:16:06 | More by flagmantho
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

(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.

06-24-2011 21:52:16 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of kojevergas


2.93/5  rDev -24.3%

Bottle enjoyed in 't Velootje, Gent, Belgium. Not a great bar for reviewing beers, but worth going to.

A: Fluffy orange-gold colour. Some haze. Decent retention and thickness of head.

Sm: Fruit ester hops.

T: Hoppy body. Alcohol. Barley on the finish. Clean (unlike 't Velootje itself). Crystal hops in the climax, which is unexpected but not unwelcome for the style. Built pretty standard all around. The balance is offset - especially by the alcohol.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet, the classic fallacy.

Dr: Average in quality and in price. Worth a try, but a bit of a disappointment.

06-09-2011 11:41:34 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sweemzander


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice fluffy white cap. Decent retention. Tons of lace.

(S)- A nice dry clay-like biscuit. Bits of lemon and clove.

(T)- Very dry and spicy(clove). Tons of clay and yeast components.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Dry and spicy with lots of earthy components. Kinda bitter.

(D)- Not bad. Straightforward enough and heavy on spice and clay.

06-04-2011 01:20:00 | More by sweemzander
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a orangish body in a tulip glass with decent head and a nice lace ring around glass. Light, airy hops with floral goodiness and has a good touch of yeast; typical triple smell. A light to medium body with sour notes and a hint of malty stickiness. Passes easy, finishes smooth, yeast gives off a spicy edge and makes it easier to drink and the sour and plush fruits mix with some sweet malts. Unfortunately, the tartness of the beer and its sour edge, as well as the prickly carbonation, seem to overshadow everything and the different fruit flavors and malts are subtly overshadowed and muted. I enjoyed this beer but it seems to be a little murky and not top notch.

03-31-2011 17:02:51 | More by clayrock81
Photo of flannelman808


3.6/5  rDev -7%

A: pours a hazy pond scummy looking orange yellow color with a fair amount of sediment. A rocky off white head which has excellent lacing and good retention.

S: Banana, clove and spice come to the forefront on the nose for me. Soft sort of mellow fruity notes linger throughout. I fear for lingering sweetness.

T: Banana confection and earthy spice ... the palate would seem to follow right with the nose. There are some bitter notes which help keep the brew in check but overall its a bit sweet as I suspected. This would be a great follow up for those who lean toward Triple Karmeliet, Maredsous 10, or any of the Triple varieties which finish less conventionally. I will say as it warms some medicinal notes begin to show up rather uninvitedly.

M: Sticky and carbonic

O: Not a bad brew but not for me ...

03-29-2011 06:23:53 | More by flannelman808
Photo of rinhaak


3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. The label on the bottle differs from the one shown on the BA site (same colors, it shows four monks sitting round a table toasting beer). Perhaps an updated design?

Pours a rich caramel color with a full, thick head. Lots of sediment is floating in the bottom of the glass. Strong brown sugar and warming spices fill the nose: a pleasant but still rather average smelling Belgian. The taste is lovely. Not too boozy, there is a maple syrup sweetness that balances a slight sour tang on the edge of the tongue. Baking spices (cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg) and a yeasty biscuitiness round out this beer. The beer is thick and a tad syrupy in the mouth.

Although a lovely tripel that is certainly worth having, it lacks any truly distinctive characteristics that would cause me to seek it out.

03-16-2011 15:21:41 | More by rinhaak
Photo of chumba526


1.98/5  rDev -48.8%

Appears hazy orange with a large off color white head.

It smells quite citrusy. There is also a strong candi sugar type of a smell. There is also a bit of an alcohol smell to the beer.

It tastes a bit metallic there is a strong clove like flavor. I get a bit of an alcohol burn from the beer. There is also an odd taste to the beer. There is a sweet overbearing candi sugar flavor to the beer. It almost tastes like something that died. There is also a funky fruit taste to the beer as well.

There is a high carbonation level and there is a bit of a crisp mouth feel to the beer.

The drinkability is limited and it is very alcohol like and rough around the edges. There is a weird meat like metallic flavor as well. The flavor kind of makes me kind of feel like throwing up.

Overall a rough, clumsy beer. Not a very good tripel. A pretty gross beer.

02-26-2011 01:54:44 | More by chumba526
Photo of lionchow


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Turbid caramel color. Rocky off-white head.

Aroma is beautiful caramel and fresh bread.

Flavor is of candi sugar, caramel, fresh bread, and a nice amount of strong alcohol. A good yeasty flavor as well. A slight earthy, bitterness melds well with alcohol bite. Well balanced.

Smooth, easy drinking.

Overall a very nice beer, not exceptional but very enjoyable.

02-19-2011 19:11:37 | More by lionchow
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malty sweetness along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry pale malt flavor along with a touch of sweetness and a mild estery character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with some prickly carbonation. This is an average Belgian ale. The yeast character is the only thing that makes this even remotely interesting.

01-26-2011 22:20:18 | More by WesWes
Photo of bskrtz


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

11.2 ounce bottle at 42 degrees poured into glass beer challis

A) This beer projects beautiful bright copper hues and is very hazy with sediment settling at the bottom of the glass. Ample puffy white head disappears quickly.

S) Abundant sweet orange citrus, toffee, clove honey. Truly delightful and very smooth with no harsh esters and plenty of sparkly carbonation.

T) Sweet dates, dark red raisons & figs, citrus, baked bread. Very mild hops -- this beer is all about the malt. Wonderful.

M) Bottle conditioned secondary fermentation fizz. Smooth, dense and thick. Very refreshing.

D) Het Kapittel is an excellent example of the classic Belgian Triple. I have to limit myself to one as this beer is very strong at 10% ABV

01-11-2011 01:43:24 | More by bskrtz
Photo of crossovert


4.72/5  rDev +22%

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a murky red/orange/brown with a huge white head. The head looks perfect, but the color could be a bit brighter. The head sticks and sticks and sticks with a nice fluffy mound on top and then it finally recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is rather intriguing. It has a classic honey-like malt scent with some candied fruits. The x factor is coming from the yeast, there is an unusual but enticing aroma, slightly spicy, almost root-like.

The taste is pretty good as well. The yeast is just dominating here, tons of fruity esters, some spiciness, and it melds nicely with the sweet graham crackery malt.

It is a full-bodied, full-flavored tripel, a nice suprise.

12-04-2010 07:30:05 | More by crossovert
Photo of eric5bellies


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A -Pours a hazey orange colour with a head that is white but reduces to a film quickly.

S - Bits of bread and spice

T - Up front some very nive slender tones of vanilla and hop, a niceamount of spicey citrus before it finishes with a real boozeyness

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D - A very well built Tripel and is smooth despite its alcohol

11-20-2010 15:20:02 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Bottle date of D.11.11; Sampled July 2010
A steady, classic pour into my chalice yields a one finger thick, off white colored head. The beer is a hazed, honey amber color. The aroma smells fruity and malty like a Tripel usually would. Aromas of bananas, big concentrated pear and some apple notes round out the fruit aromatics, while a hay like grain and honey like malt are also noticeable. The finish has some touches of warming, higher alcohols to it that adds a spiciness to the finish (notes of pepper, ginger are noticeable in addition to the heat).

The beer tastes quite sweet with a honey like malt character and lots of fruit flavors; pear, apple and even a hint of orange are noticeable. When paired with my food, the beer dries out quite a bit and a spiciness is accentuated; pepper, hot alcohol, ginger and an earthy, sort of coriander like note are each noticeable. Other noticeable flavors include a pale candi sugar sweetness, a touch of dried grassiness and some cracker like grain in the finish round out the flavors. This is a bit thick and chewy; it is definitely a Tripel that lives up to the Quad designation.

10-15-2010 16:30:05 | More by Gueuzedude
Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
87 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.