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

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 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 metter98
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured cloudy light yellow in color with a huge, white head that overflowed from the glass. A moderate level of carbonation is visible. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: The nose has faint aromas of yeast with some hints of bananas and spices.
T: Quite a bit of malty flavors are evident in the taste, along with some notes of spices
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a bit thin on the palate.
D: The beer is extremely drinkable and quite refreshing. It's a good beer for the summer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to return to quality Belgian brews, no matter what the style. After drinking Duvels and La Fin Du Monde's for a while, it's hard to put mere-mortal Belgian Pale Ales in its proper perspective. Despite its lesser complexity and character, this beer is a wonderful summertime refresher. Balanced heavily on the malts, the beer tastes and smells very peach-ey, pear-ey, with a moderate estery / clove-ey spiciness. Hopped for a desicate bitter balance, the beer takes on mild earthy / herbally qualities. All the while, remaining lightly tart and twang-ey. Very smooth and crisp in the finish with a mild / tart fruit lingering. Nice beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenstraw color with a frothy head that leaves clumps of lace behind; a bit of a gusher

Smell: Bready, with hints of plum, apple, and grain as well as underlying tones of lemon and clove

Taste: Opens bready, with the apple, lemon and clove flavors making an appearance by mid-palate: the spicy and chalky yeast phenols add complexity after the swallow but the finish is dry and abrupt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink; a great summer beer that is light but with enough complexity to be interesting

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Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange into an oversized tulip glass. Audible crackling carbonation fizzes up to the lip of the glass and quickly settles to one finger of foam. Once the cap came off, the foam slowly inched it's way out of the bottle before pouring.

In the aroma there is a slight fruity note, but mostly dry pale malt. A little grassy, but overall sort of average.

Pale malt again, with some bitterness that goes in and out quickly. Biscuity, with a dry aftertaste. Again, fairly average in it's range, but at least it's refreshing.

Prickly champagne carbonation tickles the tongue, fizzing in the mouth like pop rocks candy. Not sure if this is desirable to everyone, but it certainly makes it unique.

This is the second bottle i've tried, the first was a little dull and grainy, with that pesky metallic twinge, which I figured was an old bottle. The present bottle was easily drunk without any issues.

Witkap Pater Singel paired well with an aged white cheddar.

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Photo of zeff80
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, white, thick head of foam. It left patchy lacing down the side of the glass.

S - It smelled very fruity and of tons of clove. The was a spicy aroma as well.

T - It tasted of sweet fruits, sharp clove and caramel. There was a spicy yeast kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied ale.

D - This is another great Belgian ale. It was a treat to find it on tap at Cafe Hollander in Milwaukee.

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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 oberon
4/5  rDev +7%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Soft focus gold with lemony highlights and a copious amount of finely bubbled carbonation. Another fantastic Belgian beer head. This one is pure white and is loaded with huge pits, as if a lemon meringue pie was left out in the rain. Its inherent stickiness is resulting in thick patches of lace in an assortment of different shapes. A great look.

The nose can't quite keep pace, although it makes a valiant effort. There's a pale malt base with a generous load of lemony, grassy hops and a 'just right' yeasty spiciness. The beer smells like sugar cookie dough riddled with flecks of lemon zest and ground clove. It's unmistakably Belgian and unmistakably good.

Abbey Singel tastes roughly like it smells. Unfortunately, it doesn't have nearly enough mouth presence. The mouthfeel is too thin (borderline watery) and doesn't keep beer in contact with tongue long enough for the flavor to be adequately appreciated. With any sort of acceptable body, this would have a chance to be one of the better Belgian pale ales. As is? No.

There's a fair amount of hop flavor (with more citrusiness than nobles usually impart), but it isn't all that bitter. That's all the more surprising because the malt is effectively AWOL on the palate. The same lightly zippy clove spiciness that was present in the nose is present in the mouth. There isn't enough going on in the flavor department, however, for me to consider the beer to be much above average.

Witkap-Pater Abbey Singel looks fabulous, smells good, tastes pretty good and feels just okay. The long, slow slide is saved in the end by an upturn when it comes to drinkability. Despite my complaints, this is an impressively quaffable beer. They mow lawns in Belgium, don't they?

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Snifter

A – Poured a very hazy and cloudy, sediment filled bright golden yellow with a large three finger or more head of white frothy foam on top. Some retention of this left behind the side glass lace and a decent little bit of foam on top. Nice hazy and cloudy appearance though.

S – The aroma was light, and very full of light wheat and grain mixed in with a peach and pear like aroma. This then warmed up releasing some notes of banana and even a touch of grass towards the end. Pretty standard for the style.

T – The flavor was pretty decent overall. A classic Belgian Abbey it started out with a nice light grain like flavor that was the opening for the nice fruit like yeast flavors that lie just below the surface. Nice like tastes of pear, peach, and spices mixed with banana, light wheat and grass like flavors. The whole package was light in general but still very good. It had a nice light palate to it, nothing that was too harsh, more of an understated profile.

M – Very nice and smooth with the ample carbonation providing a very refreshing feeling and letting the sediment mix in very well and bring out the full range of flavors that were lying just below the surface. Excellent clean finish was the topper to it, very nicely crafter.

D – An excellent sessionable Belgian I found this to really be a nice little sipper to have with dinner. The understated flavors and clean light feel was a perfect match for each other and really showcased this very well.

Overall this was a good bit above decent for a nice Belgian. Now it was nothing explosive or out of this world, but the again understated palate really showcased what a finely crafter beer can be like. I am not going to say this was the best thing I have ever had, but it was certainly no where near the worst. A very well crafted and nice little Belgian. I would order this again if I saw it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw/gold with a sizeable head that falls quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing on the way down. Nose is almost sour; possibly like a sweet sourdough. What an interesting flavor edge to it. There are many different things coming together here in an odd way, but not in a particularly light one. It is somewhat smooth, but definitely unfiltered. I get a bit of hearty yeast and a thick malt edge. Definitely a unique combination of flavors, but not something I would ever go back to. Feel is typical for the style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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 jwc215
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:

Pours light golden with a large white head that thins and stays. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is herbal, grassy, slightly metallic.

The taste is herbal/grassy, slight metallic. It has a restrained maltiness and tart fruitiness. Finishes dryish.

Light-bodied with a rather watery character despite the carbonation that continually rises to the top.

Alcohol well-covered, and a hit of the spiciness lingers for a bit. But overall, not much is going on here that would really make this shine. Plenty of better pale ales from Belgium out there, IMO.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber color and a stocky white head. Nose is alive with citrus, spice, and sugar, with notes of other fruits, peach, apricot, coming in from behind. Largely lemony, though. Smooth, clean palate, with a citric hop bite afterwards. Light body, some graininess in texture, and very, very yeasty. Liquid bread, almost, but that is the point, isn't it? To give the abbots their daily bread in a mug, during fasting times?
Some sourness appears in the end, but doesn't destroy the enjoyment of this tasty brew. Thanks to Marc77 for bringing us together!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle, undated, poured into my Stone Levitation tulip.

Appearance- One of the best looking Belgian Pale's I have seen. A bit clouded golden pour with little whisps of yeast flying everywhere. A large 2 inch big bubbled head which 1/4 inch remains until the last drop is consumed. Excellent lacing stuck to the entire rounded wall of my glass.

Smell- At first scent it kind struck me as a bit sour, maybe with a touch of barnyard to remind me of a saison. But then the scent turned to a bit sweet. Confused. Towards the end it smelled like a weak tripel. WTF!

Taste- A bit sweet at first with some citrus flavors as well as maybe some unripe bananas and maybe even a taste of pear. A tad medicinal as well. Looses it's flavor when it warms which is odd.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, a bit creamy.

Drinkability- Fairly easy drinking brew. Drink this one on the cooler side. Towards the end it starts to take on the taste of a watery green banana beer if that makes any sense at all.

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

Served at a local beer bar. Beer poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a slight haze to it. There is no head and no lacing. Carbonation is low.

There is a funky aroma to this beer, a little basement, a little wood, a little sour, slight spice...I'm not sure what to expect now.

Well, at least the beer starts out finishing good. There is a strong funk and woodsey taste to this beer. It is medium bodied and as you drink the finishing well dissipates. I don't know if there's an odd bitterness that is just growing, or my tolerance for the funk is going down. I did not enjoy, nor will I order this beer again.

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Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle in Ghent. Appeared a hazy amber in the chalice with a white head. This was a nice chage of pace for the seemingly hoppy aroma or soft citrus fruit and mellon. This continued into the flavor along with a bit of Belgian spice and malt, making for an all together excellent Belgian pale ale. Very drinkable and tasty, give this a try.

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

Witkap Pater Single

Pours a somewhat muddled straw color, big soapy head with excellent retention. Aroma is very Belgian, with the typical yeasty aroma, straw, wheat, damp hay, etc. In the flavor, much of the same. Mild bready maltyness accompanied by a prevailing soft fruit yeast presence. Apricot comes to mind, but not as pronounced. Ghost like hop does just enough to balance. Simple, pleasant, and highlights the great abbey yeast strain of Slaghmuylder.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: slivery-straw body with a light haze, quite like a witbier in hue and cloudiness. Head is three fingers of fluffy white foam which leaves a nice lace as it dissipates. What I like to see!

Smell: light, refreshing aroma; a little pear, a little apple, even a little wheat -- there's a tiny sourish touch to this beer. I like the composition, but I feel the strength is a bit too subtle.

Taste: the first thing that jumps out at me is that this is slightly citrusy. Orange and lemon are prominent flavors in the mix, backed by the light malt flavor. In the aftertaste the orchard flavors return. I like how this beer defied my expectations in a good way.

Mouthfeel: I love me a good bottle-conditioned light-colored Belgian beer. Just love 'em. Witkap Pater Single is no exception: creamy, smooth, delicious.

Drinkability: this is a damn drinkable beer. Its interesting flavor keeps me going back to the well, and its refreshing character make me want to quaff a few more of these.

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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 puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on April 30, 2011. It has a hazy, golden-yellow pour with lots of head and carbonation. It never really goes away. There are aromas of overripe fruit with a mor lemon-citrus note than anything. There are malts and yeast in the aroma as well but it really smelled like it came out of a dank, dark attic. The body is thin to medium. The taste is very sour with malts and yeast loitering around the citrus zone.

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Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Oz bottle No bottling date, well-settled bottle.

Foam burst from this very carefully rested and handled bottle immediately upon opening. Pours a clear beautiful golden beer with a good white head.

The smell is lots of honey and flowers in the malt scent along with a good scent of apples and coriander. Black pepper scent and cinnamon and rum ride the alcohol vapors.

Taste is mildly sweet and lots of honey and flowers in the first taste. Mild bitterness puts the sweetness in check and lets the spices come out, mostly coriander and some vanilla and oak flavors. Very mildly flavored.

Mouthfeel is good.

A good mildly flavored Belgian beer here. This would go good with other mild flavors like raw vegetables without strong sauces or dressings. The low alcohol rating also makes this a super choice for lunch when you have to go back to work.

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