Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloWitkap Pater Singel / Stimulo

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden blonde colour with a white foamy head. Aromas of citrus, yeast & malt. Tastes of citrus, apple, cereal, herbs & wheat. Aftertaste is of a light fruity bitterness.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can't find my tasting notes, so I recommend words from the master.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" gave this an unusually detailed review calling Stimuli "a heavy yeast sediment; a talc-like aroma; a dens, pillowy, head; sherbet on the tongue; and a palate that develops from peachy fruitiness to lemony, salty, hoppy, dryness."

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Platinum with solid meringue head. 4
Field of summer flowers, pencil eraser, soft yellow apple, and mild wood spice - mouth-watering (though maybe a bit of fusels, too?). 4.25
Baguette, yellow pear, some rubbery phenols, lemon balm, and grassy finish. 4
Herbal end and numbing linger.
Light, fizzy, crisp. 4.25

Amazing nose for a humble pale ale. A balancing act between yeasty esters and phenols, not insignificant hopping, and a thread of malt. Carb places this squarely in summer. I wondered why a blonde would have a cult following but I get it now. How to do a top quality quencher. 4.25

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color light yellow, catching orange, clear. Head white, compact, perfectly leaves a mark on the glass. The aroma is a little poor, Belgian spices, orange, whit the basement. The taste is great, orange mixed with coriander, who feel alternately. The beer is very smooth and soft. Unimposing bitterness in the finish, which is associated with the peel of grapefruit and oranges. Saturation medium and alcohol undetectable. Very cool blond.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle at Café De Spuyt in Amsterdam (€4.00):
Very enjoyable from the start, really fresh and lively with a crisp and clean feel that helped it go down remarkably easy. The fruit flavours and touches of sweetness worked well together and the balance of the beer was excellent, this is definitely on that I wouldn't mind trying again.

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Photo of superspak
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense white head with solid retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, clove, band aid, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Ok aromas with solid balance and complexity; a bit too medicinal. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, floral, grass, light clove/pepper, musty funk, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, grape, bread, honey, candi sugar, herbal, grass, floral, light clove/pepper, must, and yeast earthiness. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good Belgian pale ale. Good balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired this oddity on sale at the local Binny's. My first encounter with this brewery, and my first encounter with what describes itself as a 'singel' abbey ale. Unfiltered & bottle conditioned. I have no idea what to expect!

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Gusherrrr! My second encounter with a gusher. Poured two fingers of fluffly bubbly white head on top of a burnt orange yellow colored body with some dark flecks of sediment. Not remarkable, but it looks pretty nice when it comes down to it.

S - Smell is of musty yeast, green apples, some vinegar acidity, some earthy woody caramel malt, a bit soapy. Smells pretty nice.

T - Taste is of spritzy yeast, earthiness, wheat, husky grains, corn, sour green apple, lemongrass. This definitely surprised me.

M - Feel is crisp and clean, with mild grain and tartness on the finish. Very nice.

Overall, I was very pleasantly surprised. I would definitely be interested in having more of this, and this surely has me interested to try more of the style. Recommended.

Witkap Pater Singel ---4/5.

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Photo of seand
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy pale straw color with a fair amount of bubbly white head. This retains pretty well, and leaves bubbly walls of lacing.

S: Lightly fruity and yeasty.

T: Light fruity grainy sweetness, with a touch of hops through the finish and the fruit and yeast notes lingering. It's dry and a touch astringent.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, it's nice, it's light, and it's refreshing, while still being tastier than most similarly light beers.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck Beverage, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, stocked Winter 2013
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

I've been impressed with Singel-style beers from Westmalle and local breweries, and was excited to try this one when I saw it locally available. While not unappealing, the beer is rather unremarkable, particularly in flavor, yielding very modest sweetness and fruitiness, with slightly more apparent phenolics and wood-like characters. Further, a 6% ABV singel is not really a singel at all, and should have stronger flavor than this. One I would not pick up again.

Pours a very tall (>4cm) head of white bubbles, small in size, creating a very dense, frothy appearance. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the drink. Lacing is also exceptional, thick washes and complex patterns intermixed with arrays of dots adorn the insides of the glass. The beer is a bright golden yellow color, with light bringing out very pale yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the semi-hazy beer (10-20% opaque), the bubbles numerous and quite vigorous in activity.

Aroma is simple, light, but appealing: pleasantly floral, with lightly sweet fruitiness and pale malts, as well as a touch of Belgian yeast phenolics and fresh juniper wood.

The flavor is less exciting than the scent, a pale, lightly sweet maltiness with a slightly sharp phenolic and juniper wood-like edge. Front of palate finds a pale malt sweetness with modest juniper wood accent. Mid-palate experiences stronger pale malt sweetness with a slight biscuit edge, moderate Belgian yeast phenolic and fresh juniper wood characters, and very modest Belgian yeast flavor and low European hop bitterness. Back of palate picks up stronger Belgian yeast phenolics, slightly mushroom-like yeast itself, moderate European hop bitterness, and a faint white bread-like sweetness. Aftertaste is of moderate European hop bitterness with very mild yeast and phenolic characters.

Beer is medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that has light fizziness, quickly settling to a smooth and pleasant foaminess Closes quite dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate and lips.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl Bottle
West Lakeview

Witkap-Pater Singel pours a slightly hazed straw golden. A big craggy fluffy three fingers of brilliantly white head formed on the pour and left big sticky lacing as it settled. Very lively carbonation rushes to the head with certain areas exploding toward the surface.

Great aromas come from this brew. Very fruity. Starts off with a pale somewhat biscuity maltiness but ripe fruit jumps around all over the place. Slightly dusty yeastiness up front followed by a fruit salad of peaches, pears, apples and strawberries. Yes, strawberries. I can't recall running into other beers with a strawberry aroma. Very nice.

Wow! This beer really surprises me. I didn't expect such huge flavors of ripe dripping fruitiness. The flavor goes hand in hand with the aroma, which is without a doubt a good thing.

Great mouthfeel. Highly carbonated with a less than medium body. Very champagne like presence in the mouth. Finishes super crisp and somewhat dry. The large amount of carbonation tickles the tongue and gives the body that enjoyable frothiness on the backend.

I don't come across beers this drinkable very often. It's juicy, thirst quenching, and utterly enjoyable.

This beer is a shock to me. I can't believe how good it actually is. I was expecting more along the lines of a ho-hum Belgian pale ale. This has the flavors of a great tripel although toned down a little without as much alcohol spiciness. Great beer and one I will seek out again and again.

Reviewed: 9/8/07

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Photo of Pegasus
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite hazy golden yellow with a modest, somewhat coarse white head, which soon fades to a thin layer of foam. The lacing is patchy and scattered.

Aroma: Complex aroma of light fruit, particularly apples and pears, as well as grassy hops and cloves.

Taste: The opening is slightly tart, with wheat malt, followed by light fruits, pears, apples, and also citrus flavors. AS the taste progresses, some clove spiciness appears. Grassy hop notes are present late in the taste, and there is some later medicinal bitterness as well. A mild sourness lingers on at the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, a touch thin, but pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable with more character than the average Belgian Pale Ale.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style brown glass bottle sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a bowtie glass)
A- This beer pours a pale yellow body with a slow sea of bubbles supporting a snow white lumpy head.

S- The soft esters of yeast mix with dandelion flowers, chamomile flowers and a soft green hop hint in the finish.

T- The soft dry fruity esters and dried flowers finish with a lemony hop note and a slight mineral water taste in the finish. There is a dry pungent note that lingers with a faint field corn hint.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz that finishes softly.

O- This beer is bright and slightly dry with some nice subtle depth but it takes on a bit of a soapy quality as it opens which is a bit off putting.

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Photo of FLima
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rare color for a beer, light gold milky. Lots of thick snow white head with good retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with predominant Belgian yeast.
Slightly different flavor from what I have tasted so far in beers, though not awkward. Very pleasant and refreshing. Quite citric but not aggressive, hints of lactose, cloves, lemon, bananas, oranges and green apples. All that but very subtle, yeast predominates here as well. Dry aftertaste and a bit acid finishing.
Light body with good carbonation, almost effervescent in touch with your tongue.
Although it is a mild beer (relatively to the Dubbels and Tripels) it has its own personality. Drinkability at its best, I could drink this all day. Complex but not bold. Higly recomendable.

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Photo of mick303
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 33cl bottle w freshness date into wine glass. Showed a high effervescence, retention was pretty good though not amazing, left a really nice lace. Colour is a light straw gold.

Nose has some clay-ey yeast up front. Prominent maltiness and hops. Quite crisp with a solid mineral edge to it.

Taste has a quite mineral start, then crisp green apples, with a bit of tastness, plenty of yeast which dominates. Malt provides a good balance, and all together this shows quite a good bit of flavour Toward the end some drying bitterness and it finishes crisp and again mineral esters.

Mouthfeel has a high carbonation, moderate bite and body. Quite good, bit of sharpness, but refreshing, leaves a tingling sensation.

Enjoyable ale, it has a couple rough spots, but it has a really good complexity and flavour. Carbonation could be toned down, but flavour of the beer was quite impressive, try it out.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a straw like yellow with a slight haze and tight white head. Nose is assertive lemon, light yeast, touch of banana and sweet phenol. A little watery compared to the nose, sweet lemon, zesty spice but faint. The finish lingers with lemon banana and a hint of a lacto aspect. Light body and creamy on the palate with low carbonation. More balanced and deep than the triple.

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Photo of GJ40
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 33cl bottle. Date had notched out "A" then "O" then "11". Not sure what the "A" is (week within the month?) and not sure if it was bottled or best by October 2011.

A - Yellow and hazy with a moderate white head of large bubbles. Big chunks of yeast sediment scattered as I started to pour. A constant flow of bubbles upward as the yeast chunks tried to settle downward.

S - Lemon and wheat. Very inviting.

T - Tangy and tart with a hint of lemon that lingers throughout. Spicy and dry with some fruit.

M - Light and airy.

O - A nice, refreshing beer if you ignore the chunks of yeast.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to me brew/brewery picked up tonight at Bier Thirty in Bown... Paid about $7 for the 750... seems like a nice deal. Poured into my slim tulip with an easy 3 finger eggshell white head... nice retention and lacing... the brew is pretty clear straw blonde.

Grassy and slight lemon with something that I associate with "oxidation" but hard to describe, maybe light "bandaid" phenols?

Flavor is better with a nice balanced clove element that bounces off the slight residual maltiness .. some minor banana esters follow with a bit of lemon on the finish that is accentuated by the good carbonation.

Spritzy carbonation... with a medium light body make for a pretty damn drinkable beer.. This definitely an interesting lawnmower beer or a late night watering the plants beer (tonight).

Will I buy it again? Damn.. a 750 is tough late at night... but SURE... No real flaws other than what I perceive as oxidation in the nose.... and more likely my nose is the problem.


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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #59 (December 2011):

LOOK: Hazed pale straw

SMELL: Ripe plums, chalky yeast, dried grass, faint Band-Aid, honeydew melon

TASTE: Smooth, lighter body, hay, fresh-baked crackers, orange pith, light white peppercorn, vegetal, green plantains, dusty clove, medicinal herb, browned apple, dry finish

There’s Belgian Dubbel and Tripel ales, and then there’s Stimulo, better known as an Abbey Single. Typically, that means a smaller beer; lower in alcohol and pale in color. And that’s what we have here. A very drinkable and flavorful beer that’s a nod to what the monks might drink on a regular basis. Drink like a monk? Sure, why not.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at de heeren, served in chalice. Light white head, medium retention. Clear blonde body. Aroma leans toward hoppy bitterness and a pilsner type malt. Taste is actually almost pilsner like with a nice yeast flavor.  Light taste, refreshing. Easy to drink. 

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Photo of Hellrob
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nothing so special. a normal belgian ale and not so drinkable in my opinion.
nothing so special. a normal belgian ale and not so drinkable in my opinion.
nothing so special. a normal belgian ale and not so drinkable in my opinion.
nothing so special. a normal belgian ale and not so drinkable in my opinion.

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Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Merry Christmas 2011!!
Pouring this one as my dad bought me this beer a month ago, and been saving it for Christmas.
Pours a light straw yellow tone. High carbonation. The appearance is really set off by the beautiful head. "witkap"is white cap in dutch, and this really fits the description. Foamy, frothy, yeast bubbles, beautiful.
Smells of soured yeast lemon sweet sugar bicuit notes. I make the bread at the restaurant where I work and the smell is of the slightly sweet/sour starter strain we use. A hint of floral freshness is there as well, grassy even. Asian pear, lemon zest, Belgium funkiness in the water(if you've ever been there)
Taste is Belgium.Sweet/lemon, yeast, clove, pepper, medium carbonation mixed with a light yeast creaminess.
Lemon zest biscuit, pepper, yeast in a huge way, adding its unique mix of almost milky creaminess with acid and sweetness.
Grains and fruit flavors mingle to create a beautiful balance of sweet meets tangy meets sour alll in a sip.
Medium bodied, very light and goes down easy.
A bit pricy here in the States, should have brought a few back from Belgium.
Merry Christmas.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a cloudy light orange/yellow hue with a very prominent, very foamy white head.

S: The aroma is immediately spicy up front with clove, cinnamon and cardamom and gives way to fruity esters and banana. A pretty overt aroma from something so light.

T/M: It's highly carbonated and, unlike the plentiful fragrance, it tastes very dull. The lingering flavors are definitely nice: light apricot, orange, peach, some spicy yeast, but it's all very weak. This isn't necessarily bad; if you're going for a light Belgian, well, this is about as light as you'll find. It's definitely the lightest I've ever had.

Everything works well in tandem and even though I'd prefer something a bit heftier, it's still a good beer and I'm sure it would be perfect in the right mood.


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Photo of ncketchum
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a Duvel Tulip

A - pours a hazy straw-yellow with pure white head, two fingers, dissipating to a half finger head with good retention

S - malty, yeasty, some orange

T - bitter hops, sweet malt, with some sour at the end

M - light, high amount of carbonation, not much alcohol

D - good drinkability, quite light, i could have a few of these.

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Photo of elginirishpunk
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured light hazy pour with decent amount of head off the pour. Very sweet and almost more wheat or saison aroma. Very light and smooth with a clean finish. Very little bitterness at all in all a decent pale ale but not like many others. There is not many characteristics that make it compairable to other pale ales, at least in the states.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a white all head in the glass and took a while to settle down. Slightly hazy straw yellow body color. Really not a whole lot of smell but it does have some malt and dried fruit. Taste has a little less dried fruit, some citrus hints, and frankly it's rather sour. And there's not much of a finish. Kind of an imbetween beer, a little like a wit, a little like an Abbey, a little sour.

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3.74 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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