Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloWitkap Pater Singel / Stimulo

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Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of earthling
1.63/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Although my rating is low, it isn't for lack of craftsmanship. It's simply a matter of taste.

This beer tastes like sheep shit. It literally has an aroma of the farm -- a bit gamey one might say. This may appeal to some people, but it's definitely a very unusual Belgian ale.

I enjoyed drinking half of this beer for the experience. It's so pungent I laughed out loud. It's always fun to be exposed to a radically different flavor profile than you're used to. But this isn't a beer that's aligned with my personal tastes.

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Photo of ballewblake
2.05/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pour from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

No head on this one but the brew is highly carbonated. D in the bottom of the glass is producing a floating layer of foam but thats about it. Pale yellow in color, Belgian malts and hops on the nose. Fairly boring on the tongue. Not the best tasting I've had from Slaghmuylder. Tastes like carbonated water with just a little beer injected. Too carbonated if anything. I'd try this again, but only to make sure this wasn't a bad brew. After that, I'd surely pass on this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.47/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a murky pale yellow color with a huge 3 inch white head that fades to a small cap. Little spots of lacing here and there on the glass. Smells like this one might be infected, as there is a noticeable dirty socks smell coming off this beer. I am also getting some citrus. Taste is actually not half bad. There are some grain flavors, like water logged biscuits, with a lemony citrus finish. There is a citrus zest essence on the finish but without any bitterness. This beer is pretty flat and watery in the feel. Overall, I think there is something wrong with this one. Not too impressed.

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Photo of Cresant
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz. light brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. No date. Body remained clear and golden, with a careful pour. There was a crisp "white cap" of head that was fed by and active bead of carbonation.

Smell was vegetal. Grade school paste. Vague fruitiness and mild peppercorns.

Taste was steel-like. Creamy yet really mild/bland in flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and zesty in the beginning and finished rather thin and smooth.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first Belgian Singel I've ever had or seen. This pours out almost like a Wit beer, cloudy and pale yellow. Thin white head not much lacing. The smell is kind of citrusy but also a bit light also. The taste of the beer was kind of one dimentional to me. there was no transitions here. It tastes similar to a Weisse beer but doesn't really have much of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a bit too thin I thought. Overall, I'm glad I tried it but it's not something I'll be getting more of.

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Photo of maleman
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - very light golden,cloudy composition, one finger head, not too much lacing.

S - somewhat hoppy, but not much past that.

T - it tended toward acidic with a sour finish.

M - felt it in the very back of my mouth. it fills the mouth, but not impressively.

D - won't buy this one again.

Another Belgian I was disappointed in. Just not a beer I'd like to sit around and knock back with my buds.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is almost clear and golden. A skimming of a head is present. Frothy edging however. Aroma is fruity, musty and heavily cidery. Huge apple cider nose. Taste seems a little stale. Sour apple and vinegar come to mind. Not very drinkable. I wouldn't go with this one again.

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Photo of Naes
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a golden colored ale with a tall frothy white head that retains and laces well.
The aroma is very fruity with a subtle yeast presence.
The flavor is just as it smells. This is like apple juice turned into beer with some spices and yeast thrown into the mix.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and actively carbonated.

This one is a unique beer, just too sweet for me.

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Photo of germanbeer1
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay glass from a .33l bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors in Worcester. It has a sizable head with nice lacing down the side. The color is very similar to that of Hoegaarden or any Witbier obviously being a very hazy form of yellow. The taste is unfortunately rather metallic and only segways into an even worse aftertaste. When eaten with salty foods, this beer could hardly be distinguished from the juice in a pickle jar. I am looking forward to the duppel and tripel.

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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 mmmbeer
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz., unfiltered and conditioned. After foaming up in the bottle it pours a lightly hazed straw, topped with two fingers of bright white froth that leaves immense sheets of lacing. Smells a touch vinous, yeasty, with a bit of sourness and perhaps some spicy hops. Similar on the palate, with notes of pale malt, a mild bitterness and a distracting cardboard flavor on top of a light and dry, highly-carbonated body. Certainly a passable pale, but I wish it had more character.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a lasting small head.
Heavy grassy hops dominate the aroma at first, followed by doughy Belgian yeast and soft phenols.
No sign of those hops as a flavour, just bready, grainy malt and the doughy yeast. Finishes with a weak metallic bitterness.
Carbonation is too high by far.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cold bottle erupted when I popped the cap. Hazy sunshine colored beer was poured quickly into a goblet. Big, foamy, bright white colored head faded slowly to a dense film leaving a few strings of lace behind. Sour lemon and a pinch of floral hops in the aroma. Flavor is pretty one dimensional. Mostly sour lemon with a bit of candied fruit. This beer is full of of carbonation resulting in a froathy mouthfeel. It tastes like something between a Saison and a Lambic. It's interesting, but not what I thought I was getting and not something I would drink again.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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 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 becktone
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From notes 10-27-09

Eye: This one is yellow in color and is hazy. Nice head formation and retention at about one finger. Head is bone white dense and creamy.

Nose: Nice sweet light malty aroma and a nice belgian yeast aroma. Not really much more to it than that. Aroma is light and quite nice, I'd like it if it were a little more potent, but this will do. Very simple and straight forward.

Tongue: Overall this one is dry. Not too much sweetness here, yeasty and bready notes are the main thing I find in here. Bitterness from hops is evident, don't think that I've ever had a belgian where bitterness comes through quite like this....besides the belgian IPA, but then again those aren't really bitter, they just got hop flavor. Aftertaste is fleeting. Just not much here. Its a real simple beer.

Feel and Drinkability: Overall this is one simple and very drinkable beer. This goes down real easy and I could see myself being able to drink a couple of these, might be a good one to go with everyday meals. However, for what this retails at, around $17-18 a four pack, its not worth it. This one has a light-medium body and very low carbonation. It goes down real easy and is semi-dry. Glad I got to try this, but its definitely not worth the price. I doubt I ever buy this beer. Nothing special, nothing to brag about. Not really worth talking about anymore.

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Photo of byrd
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very hazy golden color and a small semi-sticky head. Aroma is of hops and spices (clove and maybe some coriander) with some citric notes. Very slight hint of malt is also noticeable. Yeast settles quickly to the bottom making it necessary to frequently swirl the glass. The mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit fluffy from carbonation. The start is somewhat smooth, but then a tart, almost sour, nature takes over. Very tart citric dry finish that lingers for a bit. Lemon notes are quite prevalent. The spiciness is mild with hints of clove as well as a small amount of yeast. The malt in this brew is very subdued with almost no sweetness, but there is a soft graininess. This is a fairly drinkable brew that is probably a good summer refresher. The tart and sour character of this beer doesn’t really do much for me though. This is the first Belgian Pale Ale (Single) that I’ve had. It seems to me to be more of a Witbier.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After trying some of the other Witkap Pater beers, I found this one to be extremely disappointing.

Pours typical belgian with a huge head, really good looking some champagne bubbles blah blah blah

smell was a lot of honey character, a good bit of skunk some yeasty stuff and a bit of sourish strangeness.

Taste was more of that honey dominant than anything, then some dried fruits and a little bit of basic malt character - again, not bad but fairly unexciting.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle. new arrival, but no date. tasted in late may/early june 2009.

BIG gusher! lost about 1/3 of the bottle! tried to pour what i could into my duvel tulip.

pale straw color. cloudy w gushed sediment. 2-finger white head is fizzy and foamy. recedes to thin and wispy but consistent layer, replenished by the duvel glass laser etching. great lacing.

aroma: sulfurous and musty, almost skunky upfront. then some hay-like hops, with faint malt and grains underneath, plus some mustiness again, with hint of spice in the back. trace whiff of phenols. honestly, it's like a musty, very mildly-skunked heineken...

taste: the flavor is also like a semi-skunked pale lager. a touch watery as well. but there is a touch of fruity ale esters, a hint of spice and phenols, plus a trace of underlying acidity. moderate, crisp bitterness.

light body, slightly watery, with lightly acidic and astringent textures. crisp carbonation is refreshing and is both tingly and fluffy.

eh, no thanks.

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

33cl Brown bottle, poured into a 'Corsendonk' stemmed tulip glass.

Very pale gold, light blonde almost. A huge snowy white foaming head sat on top of the highly carbonated body.

The smells were a little on the sweet side, with some cereals to calm it down a bit.

The initial taste was also fairly sweet for this style, but to be fair a drier aftertaste did appear as the mouth got used to the beer.

The alcohol was evident from the first sip, a trait I'm not too keen on, and the bodyfeel was let down somewhat because of this.

Overall an average Belgian Blonde.

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

Somewhere between a cider beer and a wine cooler. Straw colored. Fruity with an acidic aftertaste. Very different but not high on my list of things to try again.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When the bottle was opened, a thick foam rose to the top and wormed its way out a little. Poured into a goblet to reveal a ruddy, hazy gold color. There's actually not as much head when poured as I would have expected from the foam-over. Champagne bubbles are at work inside the body. Managed to leave most of the cloudy bits at the bottom of the pour. Smells a little wheaty and malty with ester and mild alcohol underneath. It doesn't smell strongly and it doesn't smell bad.

The first thing you taste when sipping is a sharp pang of carbonation that fades into bitterness and light maltiness. I don't get much of the esters translated and it doesn't taste too sweet. The remaining tastes I might have enjoyed more had my tongue not first been assaulted by the carbonation. Without it, the mouthfeel is fairly smooth and light-bodied. With it, the beer is less drinkable.

As far as singles go, this beer is of fair strength. I might lean towards others of its kind before picking this one up again.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

What’s up with the white hooded sweatshirt? Oh well. The pour is a golden yellow color with a big frothy head that remains throughout the tasting. No surprise the lace is also very good. The carbonation is pretty big, so that might have something to do with it. Also interesting to note there was barely any room for air at the top of the bottle when I originally opened it.

The smell is sudsy, as in a slight soap essence to it. The smell overall is light to medium aroma but some smells of pale Belgium malts are noticed. It doesn’t have the feel for Belgium that the yeast can emit. Some lighter fruity esters are a touch in there as well.

The taste has a smooth and mostly sweeter malt. There is a more present citrus quality then per in the smell that is light but a lemon quality to it. A hit of banana and maybe pears as well. Limited spice flavor as well as hops. But very smooth.

The carbonation is on high gear but the body is light to medium. The smoothness makes it very easy to drink but I would like to have more flavor. So but on your hoody and enjoy.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before dec-06. Pours in ok, but be aware of the ernomous amount of carbon dioxide otherwise impossible to get all of it it into the glass. Head not staying very well but had a nice white color. Smell is full malty, grassy and more a bottom fermented yeastsmell then a top fermenting nose. Litle hops to be smelled also but not overwelming.
Taste is very dull, watery, litle malty, dry and rather unintersting to me. Aftertaste is litle bitter and yeasty but also light. Mouthfeel is heavy cause of the ernormous amounts of carbon dioxide.

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Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
3.74 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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