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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-09-1999

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Photo of MrBen
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Witkap Pater is both very tasty and a cheapskate's delight!

This fine brew pours a pale orange/golden color. I expected more of a head, and what I did manage to produce in my pour quickly flew away. The carbonation was pleasant, and I enjoyed watching the tiniest of bubbles swim to the top of the glass.

A serious layer of yeast had managed to embed itself to the bottom of the bottle. Very nice. There's just something wonderful about bottle-conditioned beer. Not sure whether this is the yeast used in primary fermentation, but if it is, it's worth snagging some for homebrew experiments.

A sweet, fruity, almost cider-like flavor and aroma dominates, but the malt and hops are balanced nicely with everything in the foreground. The mouthfeel was pretty robust. Given the great depth of flavor here, plus the $2.49/bottle price tag, I could easily see myself returning to this beer many times again.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmmm.... mixed feelings about this one.

The appearance was rather disappointing, for even with a somewhat agitating pour, this beer had little to no head on it. Strange, especially given the non-filtered condition and the style.

Aroma? The beer gets high scores in this realm, as it is complex with yeast, spice, and hops. Very nice.

The taste was dry and slightly acidic in the aftertaste... not too much malty complexity given the 6.0ABV.

The mouthfeel was moderately carbonated and thin to medium-bodied.

Overall, a decent beer, but not that great and nothing I would seek out.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Skidz
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
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 mzwolinski
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold in color, with a moderate white head and lots of tiny bubbles. Aroma is spicy, with some orange citric notes. Spiciness dominates the flavor as well. Heavy on the cloves, but with noticeable coriander and orange peel flavors as well. Bubbles dance on the tongue, giving the beer a light, tingly mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle was mishandled and generally poorly treated on my part for several months - moving from car to shed to cellar to fridge - and it poured a beautiful pale lemon yellow with a tall white head. Streaming carbonation was evident through the murky haze- yeasites having been swirled and poured in. The head slumped to a film leaving smears and spatters everywhere.
Aroma is light - faint even, but there. Soft, tart hints of lemon and a definate wiff of fresh glazed donuts and some musty yeasty notes.
Flavors are light as well, nicely tart and citrusy with a wimpy malt backbone. Wimpy works here, and would make you question the 6% alc/vol as does the light body and mouth feel. Wheat notes blend well with the pale malt sweetness ( Im assuming there is wheat in here - if not , nice trick!). Dry, mildly hoppy finish with a tasty lingering bitterness. Now this is a session beer!

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Photo of deejaydan
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Average Belgian Pale. Not very interesting to me. Pours and it looks clear and yellow, like an adjunct lager, but with a good head. Smell is slightly spicy, but not much there. Taste is a touch tart, some spice, but bland. Mouthfeel is good for style, very carbonated but not overcarbonated. Okay, but not great.

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

Witkap Pater Singel is a beer I had never even heard of before today, from a brewery I had never even heard of before today. This is a rare occurance for me, so I had to try it. It pours a cloudy golden color with a huge head that quickly settles to an island of foam in the middle of my snifter. Aroma is slightly hoppy and spicy. Taste is wheaty, with some spices (coriander? orange peel?) and a small amount of hops. Light mouthfeel, sparkling carbonation with a very dry finish.

This beer is kind of a poor man's Duvel - less hoppy, less alcoholic, less head, but more expensive. So I guess it isn't really a poor man's Duvel. A good beer nonetheless, and worth a try.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried this in an incredible beer-restaurant (Der Heeren van Liederkercke) with BelgianBeers and HopShop last September as part of a 3-hour multi-course lunch- now that's a vacation (thanks to both of you). I had never heard of Witkap before this, and I am glad I learned. I since found it in the states, and this review is based on a bottle at home.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden with a medium white head that quickly drops to a thin white cover of tiny bubbles. Aroma is nice but not particularly exciting, light bright malts and clean sugars and flowers. Flavor: vanilla creme with slightly more bitter hops at the end. Very nice.

This is not a top level classic beer, but it is very tasty, and I really enjoy it.

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Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 11.2 oz. bottle, poured clear until half way then became hazy with a slight carbonation, a 4 inch head, and the color seems to be a golden straw.
Not real significant but sweet smell of wheat with a slightly nutty, maybe, st. pauli girl background.
Taste has a sweet sort of wheat ale flavor with a nutty (from yeast) background. The carbonation gives this some crispness and the aftertaste is equal but disappears within a minute.
The mouthfeel is comfortable not syrupy with an evenness of crisp carbonation throughout.
The drinkability is great could be a session beer since the aftertaste does not linger however the 6.0 a/v may limit the session.

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

11.2 oz slender brown bottle purchased at Cellars in Roseville for $3.99 - Light and pale gold in color with steady flowing bubbles within, a sturdy and thickly set white cap of good sized girth sits atop. Fluffy and persistent fringe stays present the whole glass through; lacing is spotty.

Aroma is lightly spicy and dry with a lemony twist and a small hint of phenols drifting about.

Taste is crisp and dry with a slight tart edge of lemon grass, kinda keeps a citrusy draw from across the top half. As it finishes off it gets a bit more on the sweet end of the citrusy fruits and perhaps some malts and some yeasty things dancing gracefully upon notes of the fruits with phenols and dry earthy stuff. Overall dry and clean with a crisp and fruity/citric acuteness.

Feel is well carbonated with a fluffy medium body that plays off the dry crispness which seems to really keep a good hold without getting to strong like some wines or overly yeasty ales. A good little drinker thats smooth, dry, crisp, and fruity with just enough play of yeast and phenol things to keep you intrigued to continue 'til the glass sits empty.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A strange thing happened when I popped this 33cl bottle. The carbonation starting mixing up the yeast and I barely moved the bottle.

Extremely effervesant as a steady stream of bubbles makes it way to the top. Golden yellow in color with a small white head that stays. The smell is very sour and sharp. Not what I expected at all.

The taste has the sour notes as well, but much more balanced then the smell. Carbonation is perfect which concerned me with all the bubbles. A great mix of tons of flavors, has more dimensions than I expected. Floral hoppy notes come through in the middle. A nice dry "bite" at the end.

Personally I really like this beer. Not sure if I am getting the intended flavors but I still like it.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: An orange/blonde bodied beer w/ a thin ring of head. There is a light peppery sediment floats near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Carries a mild apricot and alcohol odor.

Taste: Ooh...its very fresh. The flavor reminds me of aged apple cider...its so sharp. The alcohol hangs on the tongue for a bit...very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, naturally eppervescent, and medium bodied.

Drinkability: very easy going!

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Photo of kbub6f
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dirty, straw-colored beer, hazy. Cloudy on last pour with big dark chunks. Foamy, white head leaves arcs of lacing. Some tangy citrus and pepper in the nose. Taste is pleasant: yeasty, mildly spicy, some nice fruit. Finish is quite bitter, with buttery grains. It's very wit-like. A nice, pleasant, mild, fruity, bready Belgian.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a cloudy yellow ale with a good-sized head, and it lasted a good time, as a good Belgian should.

The aroma was of malted wheat... rather strongly, too.

The taste was of strong, smooth wheat, slightly nutty. Quite well balanced, I must say. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but it delivered a memorable experience that I enjoyed.

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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 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 Mitchster
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a cloudy light-amber with honey accents, forming a solid head of fine white bubbles with average retention and mild lacing. Flits of bits bouncing and stuck to the side of the glass. Despite the short-lived nature of the head, it always remains at least 1/4" thick and meringue-like. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is extremely fruity with strong splashes of apple cider, belgian candi sugar, white raisins, plums, and orange blossom honey. No bananas or cloves. Mouthfeel is crisp and airy with a light body. Taste begins with some mild belgian funk sourness, phenols, rotting apple skins, and honey. The finish is watery and oddly semi-dry from a lemony tartness and a hint of husk. Hops are minimal and alcohol is not present in aroma or taste. Contrary to some reviews, this is not even close to being a Belgian Wit, but is, as it says on the bottle, an "Abbey Singel Ale".

A nice brew with some interesting elements going on. It's Belgian alright, but it's not over-the-top and it's light body makes it a good crossover beer for those getting into the Belgian Lambics. Think of this as a cross between a Lambic and Abbey single.

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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 SeanChouffe
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw color, chill haze, a fine white rocky head and light effervescence. It has a sticky lacy and retains a fine layer after the head diminishes. The aroma is primarily of hops and some malt, but is also tart with a, bready background. The flavor has a slight sweet start with a tart yet spicy middle and a crisp finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with an astringent finish.

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

Pours a hazed fizzy golden straw color with a bif white head. Mellow, yet spicey. Sweet, yet dry. Balance is quite right. Hops and malts are in check with each other. Yeast flavor is there too. Complex, but not overly so. A solid Belgian which I am glad is now available in VT.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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 IrishRedRock
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleased with the $2 price tag on this bottle. 11.2 oz'er. Poured first without the yeast, a golden color with a well retaining head. Looks like champagne with a head, as there are thousands of huge bubbles quickly cascading to the top. I've never seen a beer with so many bubbles. I guess that's what is keeping the head intact. Nose is spicy and quite yeasty, even without pouring the yeast in. Quite a strong citrus aroma as well, as it nearly makes my eyes tear up. As I expected, the mouthfeel is a tad on the spritzy side from the heavy carbonation. Not overwhelming at all though. Flavor is not as citrusy or spicy as the nose is. Has elements of both, but has more wheat flavor than anything else.

In goes the yeast -- The brew goes from the bubbly gold to a very light orange color, very cloudy, and the bubbles are harder to see. Nose remains the same, but the yeast gives this one a more complex flavor, no surprise there. Stronger citrus flavors and a creamier mouthfeel result from the yeast. Mmm...yeast. Pour the yeast in on this one. A tasty Belgian white indeed.

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Photo of pio
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
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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Witkap Pater Singel / Stimulo from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 284 ratings
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