Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Witkap Pater Singel / StimuloWitkap Pater Singel / Stimulo
284 Ratings
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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Photo of mdagnew
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a very pale yellow colour with some golden tinges... Head pours big and fluffy then fades slowly to light foamy layer... sporadic carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Lots of spicy tart fruitiness (grapefruits, grapes, lemons, pineapples), strong Belgian yeastiness, very pale malts, cloves, some medicinal notes, grassy / wet hay notes, floral / peppery hops, light sugary sweetness...

Taste – Light fruits (lemons, apples, grapefruits, pears), peppery hops, light malts, spicy / floral notes, definite yeastiness, bready notes, some very light honey sweetness...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry. Light body... Pretty refreshing but maybe slightly harsh to drink too many in one sitting...

Overall - A very good pale ale... there are better examples out there but it's certainly worth a try...

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.55/5  rDev +22%
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 aluskungs
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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 TrickKnee
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

THis was a decent belgium, even though i dont like them this one was quite good. INcredible lacing if i must say. WIth some aged cheese, the tastes of this beer trully come out. Nice malts and overall aroma made it tasty. Never heard of a single from belgium so this is fairly interesting, definetly worth a shot.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer arrived clear pale golden straw with a white, frothy, and long lasting head which lasted very well to lace the glass.

The aroma contained a lightly earthy hop presence and a very lightly tart character. Also present was a light bit of spice.

The flavor was not so stellar with a sizeable diacetyl presence which really detracted, and some light pepper spice. A bit of earthiness was notable and a light amount of citrus flavor.

The finish was dry wtih a light lasting diacetyl and spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and though the mouthfeel was creamy the beer was watery. Pretty good with food, otherwise skip it.

Draft in proper glass at Bierhuis De Brouwzale in Gent on 9/15/06.

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Photo of stephendr
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold – frothy white head- nose of yeast, bananas, bubble gum, vanilla (very delicate nose) –taste of orange blossom, yeast, hints of citrus and clove – light sparkly body – sweet banana laced aftertaste Hazy gold – frothy white head- nose of yeast, bananas, bubble gum, vanilla (very delicate nose) –taste of orange blossom, yeast, hints of citrus and clove – light sparkly body – sweet banana laced aftertaste

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Photo of lpayette
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. No bottled on or freshness date.

Appearance- Pours an off-gold color with a big, white, rocky head. It tries to stick around for a while, but dissipates leaving a respectable amount of lacing.

Smell- Flowery hop essence. Musty notes. Orange peels. Don't care for the smell much to be honest. too musty, and a weird combination.

Taste- Orange/other citrus peels. Flowery hops in the taste as well. Must notes which are more bareable in the taste than the smell. Delicate spices.

Mouthfeel- A little tingling going on. Light-medium body, and fully flavored. Ends a bit dry.

Drinkability- Goes down pretty easy, but the smell and the taste are about average, which makes it hard to give this a higher score than a 4 here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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 surfmanjim
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium Globe Glass. This beer poured a hazy golden color with a big head and lots of lacing. The aroma was spicy, with hints of caramel and bread dough. The taste was of caramel and apples, with a tart and pleasant finish. The mouthfeel was good, although the body was a tad thin.A very enjoyable Belgian pale, indeed.

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Photo of Crosling
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold. Dull, slightly tart aroma of cereals, whole wheat, banana peel, sugars, peach and apricot. Strong, slightly sour and nutty yeast taste. Quite bizarre. Notes of clove, coriander yet I doubt it is spiced. So this is what is drunk during fasting times? I could get used to that.

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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 HappyHourHero
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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 Naes
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Small creamy head forms. Turns into a very nice white film on top of the beer leaving generous lacing. Dark gold in color with crystal clarity.

Aroma is very fruity. Fresh pears, and apples.

Taste reflects aroma. Fruity and crisp. Very refreshing. Good hop flavor as well. Pears and apples.

Body is a little thin but good nevertheless. I prefer other examples of the style. This would be a good crossover for someon I believe. Someone looking to get into Belgians. This would ease someone into the style.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a very attractive, hazy orangish-amber with a huge, frothy white head that lasts forever.

Smell: The smell is very fruity and yeasty, with a nice amount of floral hoppiness in the background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and quick. The flavors are a bit light, and so is the mouthfeel, but its very balanced, unoffensive, and interesting. A little bit spicy as well. Almost a wit, but not quite.

Drinkability and Overall: A very good single, with enough drinkability to be sipped on all day. Definitly recommended if you want a quality Belgian session ale.

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Photo of mclanem
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was first drawn to this beer by the fact it is an abbey ale from Belgium one of my favorite types of beer. I had to double check on the correct way to pour this beer since it is bottle conditioned and I think they have the instructions on this web site. bottom line leave the bottom of the bottle in the bottle it is yeast.
Back to the beer this is a unique smelling beer it took a few smells to pinpoint kinda reminds me of a barn, but the flavor which is smooth and green.

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

Incredible pour with a pillowy ivory thick dense cap over a clear golden hay hue with a few tiny bubbles rising up. The lace is glued to the sides of the glass. Of course, the last yeast pour contained a bit of a cloudy aspect.

Dry aromatic light farmhouse and outdoorsy scents. A slight "pilsner" aroma.

First swigs: Dry crisp slightly peppery flavors with a mineraly tad diluted esence. A touch of a chardonnay dryness. A delicate apple fruit.

Feel is a crisp medium bodied soft carbonation. Lingering dryness. Just a bit thin on body.

Last swigs: A dry pale without the funk. With funk, this would be great. 83/3.85 Glad to have tried it, but it didn't rock my world.

Beer is good. Happy Belg pale beering.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one gets points for being delightfully different from most Belgian Pale Ales I've tried. It's got a cidery, winey twist that makes it worth seeking out for a try, if not for regular drinking. (It won't be replacing the Duvels of the world, for example.)

Pours with a huge, frothy, aromatic head. Color is typical Belgian gold with a yeasty haze and a slight, slight touch of red/pink. Nose is high-noted and clear, with a touch of apple. The apple flavor carries over to the taste, which is redolent of cider and even has a slightly watery, i.e., ciderish, mouthfeel, but one that tingles with much carbonation. The finish is short-lived, with some pinpricks on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, a decent Belgian, with some bonus marks for a unique flavor.

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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 Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of Derek
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dusty straw/blonde, pours with a little head, not much retention, but a little sticky lace.

S: A little farmhouse like, slightly earthy, a little straw, slightly sour smell (like from wild yeast).

T: Bready, a little grainy and cidery, slight tang to the aftertaste.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, but gassy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 Oxymoron
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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 NEhophead
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fizzy white head that fades almost on impact. No sheet and just a few patches of dimpled lacing, with not much strength. A rather thin golden in color; noticable spirals of carbonation.

The aromatics are tart pear, green apple with hints of spices; pepper, clove, and even a touch of corriander. Whaffs of alcohol that seem too strong for the delicate sour quality.

A sharp tartness of apple, pear, orange, and lemon that turn watery rather quickly. The alcohol and yeast presence gives a touch of breadiness, but turns artificial when met with the light fruit. The peppered spice seems almost out of place. An aftertaste of light tartness.

Light bodied; vaporous and watery on the palate.

A Pale with interesting flavors; just not as balanced as I would've liked. Nice to try, but one to avoid in the future.

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Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 284 ratings
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