Witkap Pater Dubbel | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Belgium | website

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-07-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
86
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
16.49%
 
 
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3
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Photo of brdc
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Small capped bottle poured into a goblet. Best before October 2009.

Very dark brown, almost black, but hold it against the light and multiple crimson highlights enhance the already nice beer's appearance. This is topped by a tan head, fluffy and thick initially, dropping down to a finger but then lasting all the way down, with nice Brussels lace along the sides of the glass.
Pleasant and reasonably strong aroma, enhanced as the beer warmed up in the glass, it shows caramel, a fruitiness mostly dominated by berries, plums and raisins, along with some spices and yeasty notes.
Medium bodied but creamy, its overall malty, caramelized and fruity sweetness is well balanced by a peppery spiciness, some warming alcohol and a mild bitterness evolving into a dry finish.
This is a very good dubbel, although it would be great with a bit more body.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap and in a lovely branded Witkap chalice.

Looks gorgeous, beautiful, opaque tawny brown color, glowing crimson at the edges, creamy beige head, long lasting, leaving lace.

Aroma: sweet and spicy hits the nose, ripe dark fruit, figs, plums, etc. Cherries. Sweet turns to tart, cinnamon and cloves, bits of pepper. Bright, deep, complex, and lovely.

Taste: smooth, clean, and fully flavorful. Tasty buzz on the palate, hops and spice. Same wonderful dark fruit flavors from the aroma are all over the taste. Delicious. Mmmm. (I admit, I do tend to say that a lot.)

My own quibble, the only major flaw, is the medium body is not quite what I want in a dubbel. I really look for something meatier, richer, chewier. That aside, there is no denying the deliciousness, and there's nothing else to call it. Deee-licious. Candied apple meets cinnamon and chocolate cherries, but without the sweetness. Wonderfully dry and spicy, right after the initial sweet.

Highly recommend this one. Go get it!

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Bier Temple in Brussels, the brown 33cl bottle with a tapered neck shows a white, brown and red label featuring a hooded man holding a mug. No ingredient information. Best before 11/07, I opened it on 12/11/06.

Pours a very cloudy burgundy-copper hue under an initial two finger white that fades quickly to 1/2 fingers, but then lasts forever, leaving a few strands of lace. Sweet fruit and caramel nose, quite strong and enticing. Very well-carbonated and slightly heavy in the mouth. Yeast, caramel malt and spice mix well here, with a powerful hops backing coming on strong a bit later. The hops are more floral than bitter, with a nice tangy tone that then yields to a drier, more traditional bitter. The aftertaste is a nice balance of this bitter and a return of the fruit. Very well done.

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Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a one-finger head into my fluted glass. Was a lot of head at first and possibly an infection or something?

Aroma is actually kind of hoppy with some spice and raisin in the nose. Decent.

Taste is full of spice, candi sugar, raisin and light citrus hops. Seems very nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit lacking as in it's not quite as thick as I expected. Otherwise, beer seems to hit the right notes in other areas.

Worth a shot. Not quite what I expected in a dubbel but still highly drinkable for what it is. Couldn't possibly be infected.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany with a very thick cream-colored head that takes a while to settle. The aroma is definitely Belgian, with candied fruits, caramel, and the distinctive yeast aroma. Flavors are a kaleidescope of banana, caramel, spice, and brown sugar. Lightly hopped, but it does have a nice dry finish. Medium bodied, this beer has a great mouthfeel. Almost chewy in a way. As far as drinkability, it is definitely a beer I could enjoy more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep brown color with a robust head, and a somewhat thickish creamy mouthfeel.

It's a little hard to describe the taste, because it's a mix of many different things, but it's somewhat sweetish, like brown sugar, raisins, somewhat spicy (cloves?), a tiny bit of fruit, a little bitter in a refreshing way, maybe a touch of vanilla? That might make it sound a bit cloying, but it's not at all, really it's quite refreshing and drinkable.

This is a comfortable fuzzy-brown teddy-bear of a beer. It's complex enough to be interesting, and sweet and rich enough to be quite satisfying, but artfully avoids being too sweet. As my last beer of the evening, this left me feeling happy, refreshed, and satisfied.

I'll definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at moeder lambic fontainas , Brussels

Very dark brown with a creamy, tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Great raisins and nut aroma. Nose is promising chocolate and rum as well.
Chocolate flavours move to the front, followed by slightly tart bleu berries.
The taste remains on the sweet side. Surprisingly light body for all the flavours, but still decent. Positively surprised by this beer.

Very creamy mouthfeel , plesant .

Good brew , i like it

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Photo of bskrtz
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served 11.2 ounce bottle very cold, poured into St Bernardus challis

A) Mahogany brown swamp water with lots of floaties and yeast. A billion suspended tiny bubbles is evidence of bottle conditioning

S) Sour malt mash, sour dough, burnt stewed fruit, coco, spice

T) Traditional Belgian dubbel(bruin), lighter and suttler than it looks, sweet & sour, root beer, dates. Ethanol is strong at 7% but barely present

M) Perfect effervescent fizz. Just the right amount of carbonation. Smooth

D) An excellent Belgian dubbel

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Photo of boudreaux
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Dubbel is dark brown in color with purple hues and a thin light tan head. The sediment in the bottle pours out an extremely dark brown color, similar to coffee.

You can smell aromas of fruit, spices, and brown sugar. The taste is slightly sour (sour apples) and fruity (raisins and dark fruits) at first, but after a few sips, I also noticed caramel and brown sugar.

The combination of flavors along with a nice finish, make this well balanced Dubbel a very enjoyable drink. The Witkapa Pater Dubbel is good example of what a Belgian Dubbel can be.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 6/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a ruby amber, with a rich persistent off-head head leaving lots of lacing. Nice dark and light fruit and malt aroma. Medium creamy mouth feel. Flavor of dried and fresh light fruit and sweet malt. Fruit, malt middle and finishes with a light tartness. A great enjoyable dubbel.

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Photo of ManforallSaisons
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour -- a 33 cl bottle bought 3-4 months ago was maybe the leasst auspicious part of the serving, comint out the color of chestnut-flower honey, darker than expected for the style. There was a huge head of light-toffee-colored foam that stuck around throughout. The aroma was a surprising rush of fruit scents, apple and peach, with vanilla toffee, some grass and hop flower. On the tongue it came across as vanilla caramel, still apple and other light fruits, and lovely, clove-y herbacious hops. It's a big mouthful, but rapidly scrubbed by a strong effervescent sensation, that makes this almost session-able. Overall, a very unusual example of the style that nicely finds its own way.

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Photo of grub
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one a while back as an extra in a trade with Phyl21ca. thanks phil!

330ml bottle, best before december 2008. sampled feb 5/2010.

pours crystal clear brown with a dense light tan head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves plenty of lace behind.

aroma is good. loads of belgian yeasty spice. nice dark fruit - date, fig, plum. bit of raisin and red grape. whole wheat bread. cracker. touch of grain. light alcohol. earthy. touch of anise.

taste is good. belgian yeasty spice again, quickly overwhelmed by a touch of sugary sweetness and rich dark fruit - date, fig, raisin, plum, bit of red grape. light alcohol. touch of dark chocolate. white bread and cracker. lightly earthy. fairly low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. fine medium carbonation.

drinkability is great. excellent complexity. nice balance. a delicious dubbel.

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Photo of daledeee
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new offering to our area and surprisingly not reviewed much on here. We do seem to get the Belgians in Iowa!! :)

This beer poured a pretty much uncontrollable head. Slightly off white head with good lacing. The head went away but left a covering of bubbles on the top of the drink. The body of the beer was a cloudy medium brown.

The nose is yeasty and cherries.

Taste is cherry, apple and sweet, but yet tart in the finish. Not an over the top type of carbonation though. The flavors are well balanced and not in your face. I did not notice much malt but I think it is buried under the fruit flavors. The flavor did not have the depth of some others I have had; I could only pick up two or three flavors.

This beer is fresh tasting and very enjoyable to drink. I think this is on my keeper list.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.09/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witkap Pater Dubbel
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Pours a slightly hazed brown color, some tiny yeast particles, most was reserved in the bottle.
Aroma of fruit candy, fig, raisin, really inviting and more-some.
A bit less in the taste, more grape, light tang, dry yeast. Notes of aspirin. Bready and yeasty. Medicinal, yet fruity and very dry. Body lies on the light side of medium bodied with a substantial carbonation. Overall, a nice little Dubbel. Could be cellar-ed indefinitely.

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Photo of impending
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl into a tulip. Pours a deep ruddy reddish brown. Superior dense frothy head leads to clumpy lacing.

Scent is mild overly ripe dark grapes that have begun to wrinkle backed by cloves and spices, very nice.

Taste has vinous undertones. Sweetness is on the mild side. The caramel the brewer references is subtle. Strong dose of yeast but no phenolic characteristics. Finishes smooth - just a tiny smidgen dry, zero bitterness. Light tingly mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

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Photo of garymuchow
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Todd.
Pours extremely and excessively foamy. In fact, very little beer created several inches of head. Lots of phenols in the aroma. Spicy and a bit of lemon. The flat muted yeast of Belgians. Brownish copper that's reasonably clear.
Flavors seem a bit muted. Tangy initial sip. Brown sugar sweetness. Slight hop bitterness. Yeast. Touch of dryness. Long finish that's soft, but present. With a little time the malt flavors show and they blend quite nicely with the yeast. Substantially complex. Each sip and adventure, just how I like my Belgians. Hmmmm, there is a little vanilla.
Fully carbonated, as noted in the excessive head. Requires a slow down of drinking with all the fullness in the mouth.
This is a pretty fine dubbel. Flavors are right and enjoyable. Alcohol is a bit boosted, but it's not evident in the flavors.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ebenezer's. In a tulip glass the beer was a dark brown color with an immense tan head. While it thinned out some, the head retained quite well, and was very sticky. The aroma was mainly that of dark fruit, with some notes of caramel. Fruit dominated the taste, plum and raisin, and I tasted some brown sugar also. This was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into a Chimay chalice
Best before Aug 2009

A- Dark mahogany, near black body, with an off white head reducing to a thin whispiness quickly. Very good lacing.

S- Lots of brazil/macadamia nuts. Alchohol very noticeable, with a hint of raisin. A hint of whisky, christmas cake spice. A little digestive biscuit

T- Lots of raisin,dates and a little sour citrus like a granny smith apple. Nuttiness lingers in the finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation.

D- Lots of nice characteristics to this dubbel. An interesting combination of nutty/sour/rich flavours. Well balanced creating a refreshing effect. Tasty!

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Photo of tjd25
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says it is a "living beer", since "living yeast" is used in the process of brewing.
A dense head, and a dark red-brown color. Smells like cassis.

The first impression in the taste is very pleasing, lots of red fruits, cassis, strawberries, blueberries, etc. The mild carbonation is really enjoyable. The beer was a good surprise for me, as I didn’t expect much from it. The only negative point (maybe) is the aftertaste that is somehow pasty, and slightly lowers the beer’s drinkability. Still, a (very) good beer in my opinion.

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Photo of EPICAC
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at bottle at De Hopduvel in Ghent.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruby-brown with a thick beige head with good retention and lace.

Smell: The aromas are light overall, with notes of tropical fruit and cherries. Light, but interesting

Taste: Light and fruity with notes of cherry and dark fruit. The finish is a delicate interplay of spice and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation, velvety texture.

Drinkability: Very mild and drinkable.

Overall: Nothing is over the top, but still manages to be a nice brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blind Tiger, NYC:

Pours dark brown with a thin head that doesn't hold up as well as it should, leavinga a pretty clean glass.

The smell is of rock candy, brown sugar and darkish fruits.

The taste is sweet and fruity, with vinuous notes. A touch of sour balances the sweetness. Darkish fruitiness and brown sugar/rock candy/caramelish sweetness intermingle well. Sweet, but balanced.

A tasty, traditional dubbel. Other than the lackluster appearance, it's a nice one. Quite drinkable, esp. for abv.

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Photo of bruachan
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

fairly luxurious head over a deep mahogany

very grainy pilsner malt aroma. lovely floral hops. dry, roasted smells

very subtle palette of flavors: excellent hop presence, toffee malt, narrow range of yeasty fruitiness. some tartness and a distinct nutty flavor (partly hop flavor, partly roasting). mouthfeel is weak

i would say the hop contributions are beyond what is called for in a dubbel. but who, in the end, really gives a damn...as long as the beer is good, right? (i will admit that i judge more harshly against off-style beers that are average or less)

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

Fresh, blasting carbonation and head out of the bottle like Miracle Whip. White with brown body. Aroma cross between Coca-cola, some spices and yeast, and regular brew. Alcohol detected. Aggressive carbonation taste but tasty drinkable, like a Rochefort mix of Cinammon and citrus, drop of pepper, bold but a lot of yeast more than the first rate taste of the Rochefort.
From the Belgian Shop.

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Photo of bryroger
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap at Trappist Bar in Oakland, California.

A: Dark, Opaque, Cloudy, Slightly brownish tint through the light, There was a thin white head, it had some nice lacing on the sides and the head had dwindle by the time I found my seat. Somewhat inviting.

S: After bringing to the nose, noticed some mild caremel and dark fruits tones and maybe some brown sugar. Hops were very light and mellow with some hints of grape and dark floral.

T: Taking a big gulp, it was well balanced and medium bodied. It had light fruitiness and malty characteristics. The Caramel and brown sugar tastes were reinforced from the smell. Again, the hops were light and slightly bitter with nothing lingering. At the end it was lightly tangy, sour with a non-intrusive yeasty/alcoholic finish.

M: The next gulp, I noticed the thin, watery, smooth feel to the beer. It felt carbonated but coated the mouth nicely.

D: This was very drinkable and enjoyable. It seems like a good intro the the style. I would enjoy another one.

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

Poured into a Westmalle goblet. Dark mahogany with thick off-white head. Nice ripe fruit and malt smell. Taste is very sweet with ripe fruit (raisins, banana) and bread. Very mild bitterness. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Overall this was good but a little too sweet for me.

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