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 hubearth
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into an Orval glass. The label wasn't the same as on the picture. It seems to be the new one because the web site had the same color.

I'm not a fan of blond beers, but I appreciate one on a hot day. I don't have a lot of experience to compare it with other blonds.

A: I was expecting a clearer beer, it's a good surprise.

S: Hoppy

T: very soft. No taste comes out of the bunch except the hop. A good blond beer.

M: I was expecting a dryer mouthfeel. I like it. Nothing gives a kick, it comes soft.

D: It's not my favorite beer, but I don't think I can get tired of it. Their's no flavor that gets on you.

Overall, it's not the beer I would trade for, but if you can have one on a hot day, give it a try.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from the bottle into a tulip at Hopleaf...The beer pours a cloudy yeasty medium gold with an unreal white head. It foams up at least five fingers, requiring three different pours to finally finish it off. The head is not only big but lasts several minutes and is very puffy and nice to look at...The aroma and taste are both nice, what you would expect out of belgian pale ale, nothing more or less. Easy drinker, but not going to knock your socks off.

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

11.2 oz bottle.

First of the head on this is the single most active/large head I have ever sen on a beer. It is shiny, white, and soapy looking. It rises in a lumpy MOUNTIAN about 3 inches above the rim of the glass, there is a cm of beer at the bottom of the Duvel tulip. It takes forever to recede too, leaving a frosting of lacing. The beer is a mellow dark pineapple color, pretty clear, with tons of carbonation bubbles.

The smell is very spicy, but with nice bradiness, sweetness, and fruitiness. It is a well balances Belgian Pale Ale.

The taste is very good, it has some cloviness, some spice, a lot of yeast twang, some sweetness, and a big dose of bready grain. There is also a huge dose of fruitiness, it is pleasant. The carbonation is high, but it gives it a sparkling fruit juice feel. This stuff is extremely quaffable. This beer has a ton of character despite its relatively low abv.

This was a pleasant surprise, I bought it for the interesting label.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass. Maybe a little warm.
Huge, full quite white head. Very clear very pale yellow. Looks good and inviting. Dripping hanging lacing.
Aroma is quite malt based of pale malt that surrounds a yeasty spiciness. Nice. Reasonably simple but pleasant indeed.
Drinks light in body, like a pils, up front with an emphasis on the pale malt flavors. Then then the yeast, spice and alcohol show forth creating what seems like to distinct drinks (in one bottle - how cool). Adequate drying makes it easy to drink, yet still leaves a mild but pleasant aftertaste.
Drinks very simply and easily. Flavorful yet light. Well done. Wish I had another.
Received as gift. Thanks Todd.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light yellow that is quite hazy. It had a three-finger foamy head to it as well, with tons of lacing.

It had a yeasty/bready smell that gives it a sweetness without many other layers to it. Nothing terribly interesting, but good.

Taste-wise it is hard to get a good handle on because the mouthfeel is so strange. It is downright syrupy. After several sips, forcing myself to look past the syrupy texture, it is very sweet. I don't say that as a bad thing, because the no flavor lingers.

Overall, I am a bit disappointed in it. The texture was not good and the taste and smell brought nothing special to the table. I did enjoy it, just not as much as others in the style.

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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 ManforallSaisons
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A single-serve bottle bought a few months ago, poured fridge-cold into a tulip glass. The beer comes on straw-colored and a little cloudy, looking almost like a wit, with a thin layer of creamy head. The nose was of straw and grass, a bouquet garnis of other herbs, some peach fruit and maybe some blossom with it. In the mouth, the perception was of immediate effervesecence, making for short-lived flavor impressions of peachy sweetness, coriander, maybe some other herbs arranged on a thin backbone of hops. The cleansing feeling makes this quite quaffable.

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into the belgian leffe wine glass.

The Witkap Singel pours a cloudy straw color with a thick frothy whitest of white heads that laces the glass. Smell is sweet and earthy. Some yeasts are also noticeable in the nose. Quaff is sweet up front with a musky yeast finish. The taste is also quite dry and has some notes of hay/grains. Mouthfeel is mildly creamy on the tongue as well as dry. Quite the different mouthfeel compared to other belgian ales. Drinkability is pretty good for this. Packs a 6% abv punch with a pretty good taste makes it sessionable to a lover of this style. The 4$ price tag diminishes the drinkability somewhat. Overall good belgian single that I am glad I could sample.

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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 cudmud
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer has a deep golden color with one finger of head. The head produces wonderful lacing. In addition, the brew is nicely carbonated with a steady stream of bubbles. Overall, this is beautiful beer to look at.

Smell: This beer has plenty of aromatics working for it. It smells of raisins, apples, grapes, and oranges. There is also a sugar component to to the smell. The odors are well balanced.

Taste: This beer starts with grass-like notes and finishes with bitter highlights. I also detect apple-like flavors. I'm really enjoying the flavors in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: A good one to keep on hand.

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

A nice drinkable Belgian single
Pours a hazy straw color with a head that borders on ridiculous, retention sand lacing could be slightly improved upon.
Smell and taste both start with some lemony clove, going into a slightly peppered finish
Mouthfeel is light, and finishes dry with slightly less carbonation than expected.
Easy drinking, not bad at all.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation - Website says they changed the labels of all their beers in May 2009. That explains why my label is different from the BA picture. This beer comes in a plain brown bottle with a picture of a wino on it.

Appearance - Foamy! This beer was sitting in the back of my fridge for 1 month and still after just beginning to loosen the cap I experienced hissing and foaming and turbulent clouds and clumps of yeast in the bottom of the bottle. The brewer's website recommends pouring slowly in 3 or 4 phases into a large snifter-like glass, but if I tried something like that there would have been more beer on the table than in the glass.

This beer is a cloudy. The color of the lemon butter crap they sell at girly soap stores. There were 2 fingers of strong head, and even some lacing, but the carbonation faded a bit too soon.

Smell - Powdered sugar, estery smells of lavender, vanilla bean, cake frosting, sourdough bread, and even a tiny bit of nail polish remover.

Taste - Yeast, movie popcorn, lemon sweet tea with an extra shot of lemon. The hop was a bit hard to find behind the sour lemon taste. The malts were a bit sweet but not overly so. The dominate aftertaste was once again predictably, lemon.

Mouthfeel - Rolls around the mouth like an old tire. Get ready to pucker up those lips with this beer. Some alcohol warmth.

Drink-ability - This style has so many different brother sisters and half-cousins. It's hard to say how true to the style this beer is. It's good, but needs to be pared with an equaly strong flavor to offset the sourness. Don't recommend by itself.

Note: Bottle says the ingredients are, malt, corn, hop, yeast

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Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into snifter.

A - Poured golden yellow, slightly cloudy with big white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving a lot of lacing around the glass.

S - Yeasty with slight hops and citrus.

T - Slightly tart at first turning into bready yeast with a slight bitter finish.

M - Light bodied with very high carbonation.

D - Smooth drink and very drinkable.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a beuty in the glass... a pale gold with thick creamy finely bubbled head that stick as around until the end.
the aroma is of tropical fruits and a bit of vanilla. maybe just a little grainy, a little grassy.
the taste is also very fruity, with some ctirusy aspects that may or may not be hop related. it's also got some a somewhat surprising chalky caramel flavor, and maybe a little honey. just a touch of bitterness at the back.
the mouthfeel is a little thin, the carbonation is active and finely bubbled.
the drinkability is good, and sure to please fans of the style.

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Photo of Travlr
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance was cloudy straw colored with a big white head and slight lacing.
Smell involved lemon and grapefruit, with a bit of grass and black pepper.
Taste had decent malt, and was nicely bitter through to the finish.
Decent enough, easy to drink and inoffensive.

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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 sisuspeed
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Popped the cap and this guy is starting to foam out of the bottle, but luckily not too much. I think part of the problem is that they filled it up almost to the top before capping. Poured most of the bottle into a wide wine glass. Left most of the sediment in the bottle.

The appearance is a hazy golden orange color with a decent white head. Smells of belgian yeast, malts, orange zest and a bit nutty. Maybe a little spice as well.

The flavor is somewhat malty, orange fruits, white grape juice, and a little tart on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly from the carbonation and a little on the watery side, but this only a single, so I guess I shouldn't expect too much body. The drinkability is pretty good, nothing too offensive, except maybe the over carbonation.

All in all, this is a decent beer, but with so many other great Belgians out there I'm inclined to pass on this one.

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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 danielharper
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very aggressive out of the bottle, a little too aggressive. Slightly hazy whitish-yellow body with a very thick foamy white head that leaves significant lacing. Head is way too thick due to the aggression of the beer.

Smell: Sweet, with a clear Belgian "funk." Hints of banana.

Taste: Very yeasty, very tart, hints of citrus and a touch of cloves. Tasted a bit like a witbier, a very slight bit of oranges and coriander here. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Moderate thickness, slightly chewy. Low carbonation, very low hops.

Drinkability: Not a bad Belgian Pale. I could see putting these away quite handily if I ever get to Belgium and this sort of thing is widely available.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow gold with a huge white meringue head.

Slightly musty yeast aroma along with citrus, grass, and herbal notes.

The taste was a medley of Belgian yeast, lemon, grainy malts, and a metallic tinge in the finish.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

The metallic finish was a big turn-off for me. Sadly, it over-shadowed all other character.

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Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a cloudy gold-yellow color with a 1.5-finger bright white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of ripe pears with good amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Light and sweet malt flavors quickly give way to sweet pear flavors backed by earthy, herbal hops that carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more of these.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done Belgian Pale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big, white, sea-foam head prevents the bottle from emptying completely into a Hoegaarden snifter. As it turns rocky, the head drops a sticky film over a clear, pale gold with columns of carbonation. The final pour carries fine particles of yeast, turning the beer cloudy.

The dominant aroma is that of rising bread dough with lemongrass. Aromas are rather subtle and not too complex.

Acidity is the primary player from entry to finish, however, some bitterness, spice and light, white wine flavors are discernable.

The light body and astringency are accompanied by fizzy carbonation and metallic tones. There is no alcohol perceived in this dry beer.

While thirst quenching, the flavor and aromas of this beer simply fail to impress me.

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