Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Average: 3.76 | pDev: 12.77%

Reviews: 211 | Ratings: 287

Ranked #122 Belgian Pale Ale and #28,462 overall.

ABV: 6.00% | Availability: Year-round

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Photo of RBorsato
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bright light golden color (cloudy hazy golden color with sediment)with a big white head and very active carbonation which leaves very nice lace. Yeasty fruity (bananas and berries) Belgian aroma. Tart fruity taste and a bit spicey with a lemony finish. Light bodied and airy with a crisp dry finish.

**Tasting update on a well aged version has a good bit of sour character in aroma and flavor that might have developed over time since it's strange I didn't mention it upon my initial review....

Label states "Unfiltered Bottle Conditioned"

Note: this beer was #38 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

(11.2 oz / 33cl)

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Photo of malty
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle. Imported by Vanberg & Dewulf, Cooperstown, NY.

I didn't need to decant my first pour into my 'Lion' stemmed tulip glass, so it poured a crystal clear pale gold color with just a tiny amount of 'tiny' suspended particles that create a 3D fog/haze when you look directly into it. A craggy 2" pure white head stays put with the playful small bubbles uprising. Delicate and thorough sheets of white lace all the way down the glass.

Pungent sourness whaffs-up the nostrils upon the initial inhalation. A couple more inhales and you get lemon rind, white pepper, green olives, faint clove, tropical fruits, yeasty goodness and fresh bright maltiness with some leafy (faint) hops.

Wow, a sour blanket envelopes my entire mouth while the flavors of yeasty esters and clean pale malts emerge, as the sourness falls away in the background. Each mouthful brings a tingly sour hit that dissipates evenly with the tart, yeasty and chalky, malty flavors taking center stage. I'm on my 6th mouthful and it 's the same as the first - very dynamic but not at all heavy handed. There's a nice lemon icing sweetness flavor the shows up upon pouring a little yeast from the bottle into my almost full glass. It also brings forth a little earthiness to round off the tingly sour edges.

Mouthfeel is superb. Medium bodied with ultra fine carbonation at a perfect level. The carbonation and the tartness really play perfectly together. A chalky, sour and juicy long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is awesome. I'd easily drink 3-4 in one sitting with nothing but a smile on my face. I can't imagine how delightful this beauty would be in the heat of summer - watch out!

Overall I'm smitten with this beer. I've dabbled and sipped this classic throughout the years, but never got serious to contemplate and formally review it. The delicate spice, ripe tartness, chalky dryness, subtle sweetness and kinetic ultra fine carbonation really do make this a sensational ale. I do believe I've found my perfect session Belgian ale

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Photo of cudmud
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer has a deep golden color with one finger of head. The head produces wonderful lacing. In addition, the brew is nicely carbonated with a steady stream of bubbles. Overall, this is beautiful beer to look at.

Smell: This beer has plenty of aromatics working for it. It smells of raisins, apples, grapes, and oranges. There is also a sugar component to to the smell. The odors are well balanced.

Taste: This beer starts with grass-like notes and finishes with bitter highlights. I also detect apple-like flavors. I'm really enjoying the flavors in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A good one to keep on hand.

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Photo of GreenCard
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle best-by date: 8/2006

Appearance: golden color, lots of bubbles, voluminous pure white head, great retention, some threads of lace here and there

Aroma: malty and grainy, a pleasant leafy hop scent, sweet fruitiness akin to ripe pears, fresh wort, iron, minerally, some honey

Flavor: light maltiness with a substantial hop flavor and bitterness, slightly fruity, dryish finish with a tangy hop-bitter aftertaste, some residual honey-like quality, quick flavor progression, very fresh taste... really gets your taste-buds going

Mouthfeel: light body, gentle carbonation, smooth

Overall Impression: A nice abbey single. Far superior to some of the ones I've tried from actual Trappist breweries and probably one of my favorites. Not watery tasting at all. Somehow it is similar to an Orval without the bacterial/wild-yeast element. Very tasty!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of the new beers that arrived at John's Grocery today. Very good. The first Abbey Singel I can think of that I've tried.

Pours to a nice clear blonde yellow color with a shimmering carbonation which supplies a thick, creamy head. Very effervescent. Entertaining to watch. Excellent lacing, and the head has some serious staying power.

Has a very light malty sweetness. Smells like a light pils malt with some floral hops. Smells like a belgian ale version of a pilsner. Has all of the some characteristics, though the yeast throws off more of the fruity esters than a more vegetal lager strain would have.

The taste is very good. Has the same characteristics as the nose. Maybe a hint of candi sugar. Very crisp with a clean, slightly dry finish. A very light floral hops bitterness lingers on, along with a very slight metallic flavor, but otherwise washes away very clean. Seems to have a bit of a brett character, like an Orval, though not nearly as pronounced.

The carbonation is sharp and crisp, accentuating the beautiful floral hops. Very highly drinkable. I'm looking forward to the tripel, which I also purchased along with this. I think the real beauty behind this beer, however, is it's drinkability, which may be lost with a stronger style.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.54/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is catogarized as a Belgian Pale Ale, but in my opinion has everything to be a Saison, and a good one!

Appearance is murky, yellow, golden color like a witbier. A thin, creamy head and no visible carbonation.

Smell is hoppy, it fills the room. A slightly tart smell which together with the hop make a great combination. A yeasty, fruity smell from the hops add a great complexity. Only the smell makes the water run through my mouth.

Taste is hoppy and bitter, not as bitter as I expected from the smell. The tartness is not there, I must have mistaken the tart smell for the dryness and hoppiness of the beer. A thin body fits the style Saison and fits this beer. A beautiful, spicy, light fruity, slightly phenolic beer with a great balance. Aftertaste is bitter and dry. Great stuff!

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Photo of moulefrite
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is ridiculous how tasty this is! Golden orange with a big puffy wit head-1/2 inch of head stays through the whole trip. Thick and supple lace throughout. Aromas are citrus dominated, and quite sour-almost lambic-ish, and fade back and forth from lemon and tart orange. Delicious to taste with sourball, orange and lemon flavors, and some grapefruit zest. Hard to put down, as the flavors are so refreshing. Medium bodied with just right carbonation providing a rush of creamy foam moments after each sip. a citrus delight-damn near a lambic, and solid as a rock. I'll be going back to this one real soon.

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Photo of pio
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

big white head on an active golden liquid, very pretty with all this great lace, almost a five. very spicy scent with a cinnamon notable. flavor is also spicy and exciting with sage, corriander, clove, lemon zest slightly sweet grape and apple with wheat rounding it out on the bottom. an after glow of white grape, spicy, (cinnamon, sage, clove ect...see scents above) herbal vegetable balance and a nice bit of tart. mouthfeel is light and fresh feeling, filling and active. due to the balance of flavors and this beers' intreguing properties i have to say this beer is very drinkable, that drinkability score is just .5 higher because it's sessionable despite it's being complex.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

33cl bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Nice lacing. Smells quite floral and citric, backed by notes of soft grain and honey. Spicy. The taste is slightly more restrained, with lemony notes playing second fiddle to a nice grainy malt character. Spicy yeast notes. Definite hop presence that lends not only good grassy notes, but also slight bitterness. The light body and effervescence work well. A really pleasant beer overall that is incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of jreitman
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice gold/orange color. Thick, white head that seems to stay forever. Orange aromas that carry throught to the palette. Finishes quickly and cleanly. Very easy to drink... could easily see drinking this on a summer night or with a meal.

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Photo of mmcave
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into oversized wineglass, two centimeter thick white head, leaving lacing. The body is a hazy golden with orange peach-ish high lights. Smells of pale fruit esters, predominantly pear, with hints of apple and strawberry, a little upstaged by clove, pepper and as it warms slightly yeasty scents. Taste is fresh with a crisp juicy pear character, there is a slight tartness and a dry apple or pear finish. Medium light mouthfeel and I assume that since it is a "single" like the refectory beer the monks ate with this would be a really nice food beer, especially with cheese and bread or crackers. I dig this, definitely not an evening closer, more of a lunch or even starting dinner drink, but just the same this is a very subtle easy going Belgian pale, I’d buy again.

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Photo of Realale
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold. Huge very fine head settles slowly to a rocky, uneven and incomplete cap.

Nose is powerfully spicy and citric. Celery seed and grapefruit predominate over a solid base of bready malt. Simply magnificent to smell.

Much more subdued in the mouth, but still substantial. The malt and yeastiness dominate, but the spice and citrus add complexity. Excellent mouthfeel from this bottle-conditioned brew. Great length from nice underlying acidity. Simply a top-notch beer.

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Photo of Skidz
4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out pale, fizzy yellow and sits cloudy light gold in the glass with a massive soapy white head. A near gusher out of the bottle, this has no problem maintaining a solid head and lacings to boot. Goblet no longer optional, it's required.

Smells thick and yeasty with apples, grapes and papaya. Full-on floral nose, everything is opened up wide. Light hints of caramel and vanilla.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with big notes of tropical fruit. Starfruit, mango, pineapple and kiwi skins come through a thick, doughy yeast slop. White pepper glows and alcohol warmth is noted on the mildly bitter finish, holding some grassy hops.

Spectacularly effervescent and light. Dreamy clouds float all around your mouth. Highly refreshing. Definately recommended.

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Photo of John
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold. Aroma is light and doughy accompanied by a light fruity quality. Flavors consist of a pleasant balance of pear, pineapple and tart lemon. Mouthfeel is light-medium, carbonation – effervescent. Alcohol is subtle and soft, enhancing a somewhat spicy undertone. A unique and drinkable brew. Paired well with a sharp, aged provolone. Excellent.

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Photo of aluskungs
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pop goes the cap and this beer waterfalls into my glass fizzing and popping along the way. A white big bubbled head stays in my glass floating like an iceberg above a cloudy churning golden sea.

There is a fresh smell to this beer. Grass, citrus, grapefruit are present. It is always a pleasure gambling $5 for a single beer and getting a good beer that is not skunked, old, or bad. I hate spending money on beer that has gone bad.

Very light beer, not heavy at all, yet full of flavor! It's hard to slow down and enjoy this beer. I keep wanting to sip more! It has a pleasant sour taste that cleanses the pallet after each sip but leaves enough of a memory on your taste buds to yearn for more. Very minimal hops which is replaced by a sour bitterness that keeps this beers sweetness in check. Tastes like it smells, citrus, grapefruit. Like a hefeweizen but more subtle and smooth.

A great beer! And I thought I was a hop head!

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light golden colored and overly lively with carbonation bubbles exploding form the bottom of the glass racing for it's home, a largh white 3 finger what looks like meringue head. Whispy and long lived.

Yeast, light fruits, flowery esters, lavender, peach, lemon rind, light corriander and bits of earth.

What a tasty refreshing treat we have here. Fruity, yeasty, earthy, light white pepper, star fruit, ugli fruit, lemon zest, citrus, orange rind, good acidity and backbone. Lively carbonation leaves the palate zippy clean. Seems much lighter than 6%

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Binny's and definitely felt a new Belgian brew needed to be experienced.

Appearance is a strong shade of yellow with a frothy head and nice lacing on the sides. Lots of carbonation and layers cover this beer. Also the unfiltering characteristic gives it a nice tough too.

Smell is high in citrus and wheat with a nice tinge of orange. This is a very carefully brewed ale and certainly a good amount of attention paid to the aromas.

Taste is much better than expected. Lots of citrus and wheat flavors, possible herbs and what not. Very flavorful the entire way and thick layers as well.

Mouthfeel was nice, thick and refreshing. Definitely worth it.

Drinkability is really great. This is more of a sipper though as opposed to a chugger. A beer of this magnitude deserves to be savored and enjoyed with friends. Definitely worth the price.

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Photo of brewhaha88
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer--takes a while to appreciate the subtleties that come through.

A-yeasty, cloudy and golden. thin head, no lacing

S-not much hop aroma, but a delicate honey aroma comes through.

M-spot on with the carbonation, medium body

T- first thing that I experience was a slight yeasty spice at the back of my tongue, followed by a rounded citrus (orange) and a note of coriander

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Saw this beer at Vidalia in Lansdale and fell in love with the label. I've only ever had one other 'abbey single' and that was Brooklyn's from the Brewmasters Collection. I enjoyed that so i thought i would give this a try. 11.2 oz bottle poured into wide tulip.

Color was a pale straw, pretty on target and clear on the initial pour. Sudsy white head receded to a thin covering and left a little lacing. I was expecting orval head here and was disappointed.

Smell was funky with lemon notes as well. Really enjoyable, i like where this is going with the funk. Sometimes you just don't know until you open the bottle if it is going to be funky and dry or sweet and fruity. This one was definately the former. Controlled funk taste with lemon and some other fruits. I couldn't really place them but other people have mentioned peach and pear which sound pretty accurate. Very dry, some spice and wheat malt.

Mouthfeel was light and lively, and suits this dry and mildly alcoholic beer very well. Drinkability is limited by the funk, but can't fault it too much since it adds so much to the flavor. My biggest complaint is in the appearance, and there are virtually no complaints elsewhere, so i would have to say that this one is highly recommended if you ever happen to see it.

EDIT: Almost forgot to mention that my bottle was actually filled all of the way to the top. There was just the tiniest bit of air right under the cap. Thought that was a bit unusual, don't know if that is the norm for them or if it was an oddball.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Make sure to decant the yeast with the bottle on this one or it'll seem a little bland. Murky pale golden with darker colored yeast in suspension. Effervescent foamy white head that'll dissipate promptly of you use the proper chalice leaving a nice lace. Peppery, citrusy, zesty and musty aromas are right in front. Even smells effervescent (?). Taste is a different story. Very tart lime citrusy tang mixed with some yeasty funkiness in the beginning going toward a musty drier finish. The only malt presence I could discern was a mild tea sweetness in the middle. I like this beer a lot. I've tried older bottles and liked those better, but, regardless, I guess I could say that I like this beer for the same reasons that I like Duvel or a saison-style or Orval. Very tasty.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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 joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep-yellow yeast hazy cast. Massive yeasty, fruity nose. Mildly malty beginning turns ultra-tart dry to finish encompassed by an insinuation of hop bitterness. All this flavor is mellowed with an alcohol afterglow that makes me glad (yet sorry) I don't have another one of these tasty beers handy.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (33cl) brown glass bottle sealed with red and white colored Witkap logo’d crown cap. Main label is the classic one with the white hooded Monk which has changed little over the years, and looks like the one in the BA Avatar. Listed as an “Abbey-Singel-Ale”, unfiltered and bottle conditioned with a stated strength of 6% Alc/Vol.

Appearance: Gorgeous looking pale golden body with some yellow hints. Serene white thick deep-pile carpet covering that remains throughout and adds some nice lacing as the beer drinks down. Lucid at first but the dregs of the bottle reveal the unfiltered bottle-conditioned nature and adds a healthy dollop of yeast floaties with the final top-up, but these soon settle if left for a short while.

Nose: Incredibly aromatic nose that positively leaps out of my Westy Goblet into the room around my desk. Hmmm, better than Glade Plug-In Air Fresheners I may just open a few of these bottles and leave in my Apartment. Dancing floral hops mix with a light diacetyl, but not at the high levels that worry me. Sweet honey, Anchor butter and some black peppers also fill the air. Hints of freshly baked bread and a soft sourness which lends sharpness. This has quite the nose for an Abbey-Single-Ale.

Taste: The nose really does act as a window into the world of this wonderful Abbey Singel. Clean profile with crisp hops and a distinctly refreshing fruit salad character that I find irresistible. Finish has a scintillating shy buttery feel that escapes the worst of this component, it lies low enough to add to the brew but never dominate it. Finish is precise, tangy with some grain and delicate tingling which exhibits a lightly spiced death. A great “go back to” brew.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very good, bold and dependable from start to finish. Slick and smooth, the palate has a quality feel, after the swallow I can still feel this beer in my mouth. Sexy oral tingles which are definitely not divine, but distinctly devilish.

Drinkability: Abbey Singels are like Man’s Best Friend. Dependable, easy going, servantile, they put up with your cyclic moods yet never complain and always deliver. An underrated style that is hard to find these days. The best examples are Session brews of the highest order, and this is no exception.

Overall: It’s a rarely known bit of Belgiumbeergeekdom that Slaghmuylder (who are still family owned) can lay claim to producing the first ever Abbey Beer because the Witkap brews were first produced by an ex-Westmalle brewer back in the 1920’s. Slaghmuylder first brewed the Witkaps in 1979 and now own the Witkap brand. There aren’t that many Abbey Singles, fewer worthy of special note, but this is one of them. Only cost me $3.49 for the privilege. Damned fine stuff!! Well worth seeking out.

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