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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Reviews by pmcadamis:
Photo of pmcadamis
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy honey-orange hued brew with a big fluffy three finger ice cream head. Some yeasty floaties are swimming around in the beer, and lots of really nice honey-comb lace is stuck to the glass.

S - Honey, butterscotch, corn syrup, sugar, waffles, and french toast. Some nutmeg and cinnamon are there, along with a tiny bit of pepper and clove. This is a heavenly aroma!

T - Way more citrus than I expected based on the sugary candy and honey nose. The honey and butterscotch sweetness is still there, but is overpowered by orange juice, a bit of sour lemon twang, and some big grassy hay-like hops at the end.

M - Tingly carbonation and a medium body give this a pretty nice feel in the mouth. The finish is off-dry and bitter.

D - Pretty good. This is one of the nicest smelling beers I've had in a while, so I would buy it again just for that. The flavors just don't quite live up to the aroma though, and I think that the citrus aspects just don't mesh well with the sweet honey-candy flavors.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep blond with a little orange tint with a nice sticky head that takes awhile to leave,get a nice big green apple note in the aroma along with a yeasty/spiceness wich was expected.Taste is fruity more citruisy than apple with a nice level of spiceness and pretty tart in the abrupt finish.A pretty nice beer very solid and will buy again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This attractive bottle has long help my fancy and yet for years I have passed this one up in favor of other, sometimes less superior Belgians. When I think back about why I put this bottle back on the shelf so many times I imagine that it must have been because the bottle is just too perfect. The little monk with his Shepard’s cane is too perfect. I guess I had figured that it was a marketing gimmick for a beer that would probably turn out to be mediocre like so many others. Boy was I wrong.

Witkap-Pater pours a magnificent pale yellow body with just a touch of orange from the yeast. Great white lacing. Aromas of honey, bread, cider, must, coriander like soap, and a cardamom sweetness give this one a palatable nose. Taste and mouthfeel are clean and crisp. Refreshing and slightly sour. Lavender like hops waltz with light diacetyl notes. Buttered bread adds to the body. This beer has character and liveliness to give but that doesn’t take away from an extreme sessionability.

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Photo of dcurrin
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Todd
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2oz euro brown bottle. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. A rather sad looking monk peers at you wishing he could be drinking a dobbel or trippel.

Appearance: Clear straw with a wispy white lace and spritzy carbonation.

Smell: Apple cider and grass aromas, with mild hints of sweetness -- almost honey-like.

Taste: Initially this brew tastes cidery, with a sour dough flavour in the background. A lingering tartness/grassy and dry grain follows. Pouring any of the settled yeast out of the bottle will produce a slightly nutty flavour.

Notes: Funky Belgian ale lovers, this one is for you.

10/14/01 Notes:

An interesting Abdijbieren (abbey beer). Golden/blonde in colour with a sticky white lace. Slightly malty and sour in the nose. Malt dryness, some sweetness then more dry and sour/bitterness. Overall, not too bad and worth a try for the exploring palate.

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Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pours a honey amber, not as cloudy as expected, for an unfiltered Belgian. Head is minimal, and fades away in a few seconds with minimal sheet lace.

Aroma is tart/sweet watermelon wrapped in a woolen cow jacket. Mango aromas merge into the wooly blanket midway through.

Mouthfeel is tart, with prickly carbonation. Light bodied for a Belgian ale.

Taste begins with tarty sweet watermelon, joined by a smooth, buttery, toffee note. Biscuit and wool blanket soon take over, and drape a cottonball yeastiness all over. Finishes with a dry, yeastiness, leaving a cottonball aftertaste.

This Belgian, seems to be crafted as a Saison, or session ale. If you can adapt to the wool blanket yeastiness, you can enjoy several of these at a sitting.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.02 oz bottle, no dating noted. Nice monk on label. Pours cloudy, dull orange in color with a nice white, very tiny bubble head which reduces to a thin film and leaves a lot of intricate lacing. First tastes I get are a delicate, powdered sugar nose, and then interestingly, sourness on the tongue. Sweat and sour. Tastes of doughy donuts and sour cherries. Spices coriander,pepper, lemon, alot going on here! Funky Belgian yeast thang going down. "only" 6% so this one would be fairly drinkable, if it wasnt so complex....I like this beer, a good one to try on a Belgian newbie, cuz its got the Belgian flavors/yeast and complexity, but its not super strong. This would be great also with hearty/flavorful salads, breads, nuts and cheese..

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold/orange. Fruity, sweet, a bit of banana, crisp smell. Tastes crisp, refreshing, a faint bit of yeast, but not much else.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl bottle poured in a snifter.

Nice decent head that sticks around. Light golden color. Very spicy with a strong lemon flavor. You can smell the Belgian style yeast on it, with very little hops to it. Oh there's also some lime. It's very interesting and quite good!

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Photo of masikon
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pee yellow with white foam riding atop. Nose is very citrus heavy and refreshing. Goes down in giant gulps, with no alcohol burn you can really get into the flavors provided by the belgian yeast. I like it as a good summer beer or a good subtle intro into belgian beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy gold with a vibrant white two fingered head. Relatively no lace with a decent retention going on in my goblet. The aroma consists of a musty sour mash tone complemented with hints of bready yest. The tastes is definitely also a sour yeasty forefront to the flavor, along with a bit of an acidic ester with some sweetness trickling along the taste buds. The mouthfeel is a carbonated fizzy feeling with a high drinkability due to the pleasant but unique overall presentation of this Belgium classic.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy gold-yellow color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of ripe pears with good amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and sweet malt flavors quickly give way to sweet pear flavors backed by earthy, herbal hops that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more of these.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done Belgian Pale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of rastaman
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice little brew, nice spicy yeast aroma. Quite light on the palate, and very smooth, lacks a bitter bite at the finish, and isn't assertive enough, however it is quite nice, and easy to drink, nothing offensive about it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ggaughan
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle at the Foodery in Philly about a year ago. Shared it with some friends on New Year's eve in my cellar. Holding this bottle up to the light we could see a tremendous amout of crud in the bottle and floating around when unsettled. Very interesting.

The beer poured a nice brilliant gold color with the crud breaking up and disbursing into our glasses. A nice white head follows.

The smell is very earthy and crisp / fruity. The fact that this beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned is definitely evident in the look and smell of the beer.

The taste is a good balance between sweet fruit and some tart notes throughout. A very nice beer.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty golden tangerine color with large bursts of carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Head is bright white with tight white bubbles. Nice fuzzy retention. Aroma is light crisp, clean and refreshing. Lemon citrus, zesty spice and soft bready aromas tickle the nasal passages. Taste is similar but perhaps overly carbonated. Its very prickly at first. Nice grape-like hop dryness though. Very easy to drink especially as the pointy carbonation mellows ever so slightly.

Yummy and easy.

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Photo of mattfancett
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%

Photo of cokes
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazed, translucent golden body. Fluffy white head retains well.
Interesting aroma of tart apples (as in VERY tart), hay and coriander.
Taste starts off on the sour note, literally. Cider-like off the bat, then turns into full-blown, puckering lime-juice. Some vanilla notes are layered upon this, making for an unique juxtaposition. I like it, alot. Turns somewhat doughy midway through, but always stays sour, with a slightly acidic burn that lingers.
Moderate body. Just right, never too spritzy, but not cloying in the least.
Intense in the mouth. I probably couldn't drink this all day, though it does go down fast.

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Photo of Riverared
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and yet transclucent golden with abundant and drinkable white mushroom cap of a head. Mild yeasty aroma. Medium mouthfeel, very easy drinking and a bit on fruity yeasty side. A bit drying finish. Bitterness and sweetness in aftertaste from malts. I could have this again. A good example of a Belgian pale.

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Photo of ojclark
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grapefruity/lemony citric aroma with some apple notes. Cloudy, golden appearance with frothy, short white head. Ample, very fine carbonation coming up through glass. Some lacing. Slightly acidic and peppery. A bit astrigent and dry. Light bitterness. Spicy, complex mixture of flavors. Citric fruity notes, reminiscent of mellow grapefruit juice. Medium-light body. Dry finish. Lingering bitter/sour aftertaste.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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