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Kapittel Prior - Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-20-2003)
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Reviews by flagmantho:
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich, tawny-brown hue with plenty of haze and a fine one finger cap of frothy tan foam. Nice looking.

Smell: deep, rich aroma. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and dates are the primary characteristics, and it's got an overall "smooth" quality. Quite sweet, but very, very nice.

Taste: much like the aroma, with chocolate, dried fruits and a bit of a molassesey sweetness. Alcohol is mostly well-masked. Complexity seems lower than the aroma here, though, and the outcome is sort of flat. Not bad, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of well-integrated carbonation, but something about the texture is so amazingly silky smooth. This is maybe one step below perfect.

Overall: this is a really enjoyable beer. It's not quite as huge-flavored as some other BSDAs, but I like it quite a lot indeed.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 19:06:00 | More by flagmantho
More User Reviews:
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New York

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Candy apple-amber with lots of floaties and loose tan foam that's gone pretty quick.
Bread, rum, prune, wood and cherries on the nose - sweet.
Fruitcake, glace cherries, some cinnamon, plum and herbal end.
Birch beer finish and tingly linger.
Fizzy, hot, thin, slight cling.

Candy sweet fruit notes without the body or darker malts to hold them. I don't get the bitterness that others mention, so this is way out of balance for me. Aggressively carbonated, too, making the whole thing like at best a mediocre dubbel more than a BSDA and at worst an alcoholic soda pop.

There are far better beers than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 22:50:20 | More by StJamesGate
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-23-2014 00:16:02 | More by dmorgan310
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

12-30-2013 15:15:03 | More by Anatole
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Those are some happy-looking monks there on the label.

This beer pours a surprisingly clear red-brick amber colour, with a teeming climbing tower of fizzy, frothy, and loosely creamy beige head, which leaves a few wayward instances of wavecrest lace around the glass as it ever so slowly dissolves.

It smells of brittle caramel and toffee candy, earthy yeast, dried Christmas cake fruit, a sharp dry walnut nuttiness, and weedy, slightly perfumed hops. The taste is bready caramel malt, edgy dry yeast, musty dark fruit - raisins, prunes, and dried cantaloupe - almond and pecan nuttiness, the usual suspects of holiday cookie spice, and more earthy, wet leafy hops.

The carbonation is more than a tad frothy on the high, low, and everywhere in between palate, the body a sturdy medium weight, and adequately smooth, a faint hint of creaminess worming its way into my consciousness. It finishes off-dry, the weirdly subdued caramel and toffee sweetness almost consumed by a cellar dustiness, and some lingering earthy, musty hops.

I like me my BSDAs, and despite the frivolity surrounding this one, it's not quite up to the world beaters of the style. That shouldn't be a knock here, as it's a relative thing, and well, at this time of year, there's tons of good stuff from its Belgian brothers (laic and otherwise) available in Christmas and standard formats kickin' around. Still, try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 07:31:26 | More by biboergosum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-14-2013 03:15:09 | More by Kmat10
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-05-2013 18:41:14 | More by Bendulum
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-01-2013 05:09:59 | More by schnarr84
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-28-2013 04:07:23 | More by mattsander
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-17-2013 01:55:31 | More by jroberts8811
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-09-2013 02:40:03 | More by mmilyko
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-05-2013 16:43:35 | More by dcmchew
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

11-03-2013 15:26:19 | More by jaydoc
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

10-30-2013 19:11:21 | More by mbonugli
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-20-2013 21:50:36 | More by groleau
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

09-19-2013 08:05:38 | More by Raziel313
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

09-14-2013 06:18:31 | More by Luiz0930
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

09-14-2013 00:04:29 | More by ejimhof
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2/5  rDev -46.1%

09-10-2013 14:40:36 | More by Pumilio
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

09-07-2013 00:43:01 | More by georgiaboy8686
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-28-2013 14:11:50 | More by sonorb7
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-08-2013 22:40:36 | More by HisBoyElroy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Kapittel Prior has a deep tone but still plenty of colour; almost as orange as amber-brown, highlights aren't many to come by but they do exist and they do reveal some clarity. It is topped with the perfect mold for Belgian head; it is the Michelangelo's David of beer foam.

I think when Christmas cake was invented they got the idea from Kapittel Prior (or any number of other spicy, dark Belgian ales). With the spotlight on the yeast, there's lots of fruit cake and plum pudding flavours as well as sweet baking as well as more savory spices.

The beer (indeed the style) can be distinguished by a marzipan and dried fruit profile that encompasses notes of prune, raisin, candied cherry as well as cinnamon, anise and nutmeg. You might also taste black licorice and caramel squares. Whatever you taste, it's nice.

The mouthfeel has a surprising degree of creaminess amongst all this spicy and savory yeastiness. There's also loads of brown sugar-like sweetness and a toasty breadiness that resembles near-burnt whole grain crusts and/or heavily toasted nuts (almonds especially). I would have guessed the alcohol at little more than half what it actually is.

Kapittel Prior is a classic Belgian strong dark ale with the mellow and manifold embarrassment of riches that characterizes the style. Beers like this are so tremendously detailed they are worthy of the same attention sommeliers pay to wine, but, unlike the latter, they are low-key and accessible enough for anyone to enjoy readily and at a more reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 00:50:51 | More by biegaman
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

07-08-2013 22:42:22 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-08-2013 20:52:40 | More by mrfrancis
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Kapittel Prior from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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