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 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 wisrarebeer
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sint Annakamer (20 Biezenstraat) in Ninove. A truly memorable experience for my first beer in Belgium!
A: light golden, hazy
S: nice yeast, clean
T: very nice, clean, not incredibly flavorful but well-balanced and nice with yeasty fruitiness
M: nice clean, easy-drinking
O: 3.5

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Photo of brewhaha88
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 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 mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 BeerImmediately
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz, best by April of 2012; Poured into wine glass at cellar temp.

Pours with a short, bright-white (and tightly carbonated) head over a very clear, pale yellow body with tons of carbonation flowing up. Head retains forever as a film.

Fantasticly fruity & Belgian yeasty aromas - full of green apple, white pepper, sneakers, and pig farm.

Very clean across the palate, with flavors of peach fuzz, hay, tap water, and a kiss of apple juice. Mouthfeel is really, really smooth.

Terrific on the drinkability meter - clean, tasty, and smooth.

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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 impending
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5


33cl into a tulip. Pours nearly clear very light pale straw. Dense pure white head while not towering is very slow to recede.

Aroma is mild and pleasant. Lots of doughy white bread yeast atop light citrus and early summer fruits.

Taste is exceedingly mild, mostly diluted citrus with a hop backup. Aftertaste is fleeting. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

Served well chilled on hot summer day this would go down very nice after any labor! This would also pair well with any delicate food as to not complicate your palate. While not a brew to be chosen when intending to savor what you sip, it is perfect for specific moments - in those moments it is an assured A.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
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 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 bskrtz
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle poured into glass beer challis @ The Globe Pub, Chicago

A) Champaign color, hazy but clean with puffy white head.

S) Citrus zest, corriander & spice

T) Apple & pear juice, sweet malts & dates. IPA- like bitter hops. The 'bitter' is a bit dominent -- more than I would prefer.

M) Lively, bottle conditioned carbonation. Thin, crisp & refreshing

D) This beer will appeal to those who like their beer a bit spicey & hoppy

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Photo of Beejay
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very pale yellow, almost like grapefruit peel. Hazy with a very large and fluffy head.

S: Sweet and light. A very light fruitiness to it; apricots and berries.

T: Very light and fruity. An almost champaign like flavor to it. A little bit of a yeast character to it as well.

M: Light bodied, with an extremely high amount of carbonation.

D: Quite drinkable, but a little forgettable, but still good. An extremely light flavored beer, but still has some of the Belgian characteristics I love.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Witkap pater, bottle 33 cl.

Colour straw yellow, with a very big head, good carbonation, impressive lacing in my glass.
Smell of citric and floral hops. A little bread and yeast in the background.

Taste is well balanced of malts, hops and yeast. It's character compares to a tripel, but with less alcohol.
No real sweetness, apart from the very mild alcoholscent and taste.
Light to medium body.
Very drinkable due to the light alcohol. It's easy and refreshing. Good sessionbeer for sure.

An excellent example of the style. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of narrowback
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into 16fl. oz. glass.

A=Big head leaving some lacing. Golden in color.

S=Very citrus, grapefruit, some hops.

T=Very diffrent but very tasty, almost sour, I imagine this is what an ale from the ancient times would taste like. No hops or grain taste.

M=Highly carbonated and thin.

D=I like, could drink quite a few of these because it is so diffrent.

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Photo of mexikrainian
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: straw yellow with heavy white head and lacing.

Aroma: honey, citrus and grassy.

Taste: vanilla, cloves and spices with dry finish

Mouthfeel: light body with medium carbonation.

Overall impression: not my favorite belgian but tasty for the style.

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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 carpezytha
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a firm voluminous head over a somewhat murky light yellow body. Thick, bulbous lacing forms a ring with hefty legs.
S: Tart citrus and melon rind on the nose.
T: More tart citrus and melon rind with very little hoppiness and a
M: Somewhat thin but lively with carbonation.
D: Very refreshing and lively brew.

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

I was very surprised with this beer! Before this one i drank an Achel blond. The one who had that one knows that's a good beer.

Poured in my Westvleteren chalice the beer is very good looking. At the end a bit of orange/yellow/red comes out of the bottle.

Cloudy fluid with a very nice white head. Good smell with a bit of orange and citrus. You can smell the yeast and that's good.

Drink this one cold and it will surprise you.

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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 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 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 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 Fnord
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pale but cloudy yellow with a fairly substantial white head that lasts.

Smell - A little bit of lemon, and not much else. A bit of grassy hops.

Taste - Citrus start, with a medium hop bitterness. There's a sweet component to the finish I'm having trouble identifiying. Some pear appears as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thin body and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty refreshing and drinkable.

Notes - More bitter than I expected, but in a good way. This is almost like the Belgian equivalent to a kolsch. If it weren't so expensive I would buy it again because of its uniqueness, but it really isn't worth the price.

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