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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

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Reviews:
49
Ratings:
86
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
16.49%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 86
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped 33cL in Witkap goblet at Brugse Beertje. Reviewed 7/14/2009

Ar: Earthy with raisin, alcohol hints, very dry, dark fruit, lightly mossy, light funk

Ap: Mousselike very fine head, great retention, smooth creamy, lace, tan, mahogany, clear

F: Dark fruit, chocolate, toffee, very dry, clean end, dried earthy fruit (prunes, raisins) light syrupy quality initially (like a plum syrup), chocolate/toffee quality comes strong just after initial fruit, both fade as earthy/nutty, is revealed, ends dry and crisp with hints of tart fruit (wet plum, slightly grassy), hints of anise? very strong wet raisin

M: medium carbonation, thick and smooth mouthfeel, clean

O: slightly overwhelming syrupy sweet plum with earthy anise, would like crisper at first, good sipper

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Photo of Durge
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark root beer color with a modest off-white head and decent lacing served cold in a goblet at Novare Res in Portland, Maine. The aroma is swampy metal malt. Not my cup of tea but the flavor brings much more malt and alcohol grass hop. Thin and not very bubbly, OK drinkability. A good malt satisfier for sure and very worth a try. In fact everyone else at the table loved it but I was head over heels on the Hop Wallop on cask!

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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 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 kingcrowing
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle poured in a snifter.

HUGE light brown head on a dark brown body. Very Belgian-esque aroma, no hops quite malty. Very carbonated and sharp to the taste. A little bit sweet Overall, quite good. The head keeps sticking around all the way through.

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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 cvstrickland
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2-ounce bottle, courtesy of Cindirene. Thanks, Chuck!

Poured into my gold-rimmed Maredsous goblet, Witkap-Pater Abbey Dubbel is dark amber in color with quite a bit of haze and the brew is capped with a huge head of glossy, fine-bubbled pale beige foam. The bubble-lid initially stands at a tall three fingers, stretching beyond the rim of the vessel, relaxing slowly without depositing the foamy film that instead slides down the sides of the glass. As it collapses into a rocky, misshapen cloud-wallop that nears the consistency of Kool-Whip, the head continues to retain, surviving for the duration of the drink at a thick bubbly layer.

Juicy notes of plums, apples, cloves and crushed white pepper meld with a tangy vinous note to greet the nose. The aroma is spicy, musky, and quite fruity and is underlain by a mild whiff of light caramel candy laced with brown sugar and black grape skins.

The taste is pretty darned yeasty, but sweetly vinous with a splash of tangy orchardfruit that rests atop the nutty toasted underpinning. Unsweetened pear, dark sugar, and a splash of juicy red apple sweeten the brew even as a bit of husky grain and earthy hops employ a bit of balancing bitterness in mellow contrast. A perfumey clove note becomes more prominent as the drink progresses.

The drink is fullish-medium in body and features a Belgian-style sizzle of fine carbonation that complememnts the drink just about perfectly. Tasty and highly drinkable for style.

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Photo of germanbeer1
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Dubbel from Witkap is much better than the Single, but that's not saying much. I found the Single, Dubbel and Tripel all at Julio's in Westborough, MA. It pours a nice brown color with some reddish tints and a manageable sized head. The smell and taste of this beer are nearly identical to that of the single, but less metallic i.e. less offensive. The aftertaste has some very faint traces of chocolate, but other than that, the beer has very little character. It's a step up from the Single, but still nothing to rave about.

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Photo of Pamola
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this on tap at the Great Lost Bear and it ended up in my normal flight of obscure belgians like every time I find myself there.

A: Grayish Brown (poor bar lighting) with pretty darn good head retention, some lacing.

S: Mellow scent. A little bready.

T: Nondescript. Bittersweet with a slight roasty and yeasty flavor in the end.

M: Fairly watery but coats the palate well enough anyways,

D: Pretty poor example of a dubbel in my opinion and it was definitely the poorest beer that I tried in my flight. It was admittedly up against Allagash and De Proefbrouwerij, but it still didn't hold a candle.

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Photo of opwog
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now listening to: Calexico - House of Valparaiso

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- Cloudy purple brown body with small white head.
S- kind of grapey malt, rather interesting
T- Definitely fruity, sour malt and a rather unpleasent metalic finish
M- Nothing special or worth going into detail
D-Tough to say, as this was recomended by somebody who's tastes I generally trust, but I had a harder time with this one.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light brown color ale with a good size foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma of candi sugar with some light malt notes is definitely unique. Taste is a mix between some candi sugar with some notes nice floral Belgian malt with a unique yeasty finish. Body is quite full with limited filtration and some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A very interesting and somewhat unique take on this style.

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Photo of dnichols
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 330 ml capped bottle into a chalice. The bottle was labeled "Lot A" with a best consumed by 2009.

A: It poured a ruddy opaque brown, with a tint of ruby when back lit. It had a rich, sticky one finger tan head that lingered and supported a rich full curtain of lace.

S: It emitted a rich chocolate and roasted malty aroma with grains and yeasts as wells as cloves and earthy hops.

F: It hit me with a creamy chocolatey malt malt flavor with a tang from the hops and a heap of carbonation. It had plenty of sweet malts and roasted nuts as well as well-balanced hops. However, there was a bit of a bite and lingering sour aftertaste.

M: It was medium to full bodied with aggressive carbonation and well hidden alcohol that left a relatively clean and warm palate.

D: This is a nice solid dubbel but it is a tad over carbonated and it is not terribly complex. Easy brew to put down but not challenging enough to run with the big dogs or long into the night.

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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 BlackHaddock
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank at the 2007 Zythos fest.

Ruby, port red colour with a biege foaming head.

Sweet caramel, burnt malts, some yeast esters as well.

The taste was a let down, a weak blend of yeast and off fruits and sweetness throughout.

The watery aftertaste ruined the beer for me, some hop flavours tried to come out, but almost failed.

A big let down for me.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent dubbel. Thanks to dogfooddog for the rare sample, which completes my Witkap-Pater hat trick.

The appearance is one of the better aspects of the beer. Pours to a clear brownish amber color, capped off by a decent off-white head. Retention and lacing could definitely be better. Carbonation is decent.

The smell is good. Only a hint of sweet candi sugar, and the rest of the sweetness seems to be malt based. Some dark belgian malts, such as special b. Even a hint of funky hay, which is a bit weird for a dubbel. Very nice ester profile of cherry, fig, grapes and currant, though a bit muted.

The taste follows along from the nose quite well, though the musty hay-like flavor is more pronounced. Also has a hint of copper. Aside from that, it is very nice. It is not too sweet and candied, and the esters work very well with the overall flavor. Nutty with a hint of peppery spice and smoke in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a nice crispness. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, though warming in the finish. The finish could be a little cleaner without the metallic off-flavors, but other than that it has a very pleasant aftertaste. Could stand to be a little more drinkable without the musty funk and the copper.

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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 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 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 bhb
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark mahogany/ruby colour, almost opaque, and gave a 1cm light brown/tan head. Settled down to a few mm on the surface. Lacing on the glass was good. I like the look of this one.

Aroma is slightly nutty, with some roasted grains and molasses in it, plus some yeastiness.

Tastes of light stone fruits such as peach, as well as lighter berries with a nuttiness to it. A nice balance of sweet bitter and acidity that lasts reasonably well.

Has quite a thin body, and goes down smoothly. Quite drinkable, and is nice for introducing someone to the style without being too heavy.

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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 stcules
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark mahogany-ruby reflexes colour. Creamy and compact beige head. Good persistence.
Smell of rhubarb, candy sugar, caramel.
At the taste: fruity (orange), vanilla. Maybe lightly sour, just a little. Malt. Roots.
The body is a little thin.
Bitter aftertaste, with some sourness again.
It is a beer with various flavour and tastes, but not well amalgamated. Nothing very interesting.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a ruddy chocolate brown, quite opaque, a bit hazy, huge plume of tannish foam with great resilience and lacing, head slowly compacts to a creamy layer

Aroma: malty, chocolatey, a touch of grain and yeast, an even smaller touch of clovey phenols, some earthy hops and a tickle of fruit, a hint of iron

Flavor: terse malt flavor with a slight tang, balanced, a touch of bitterness rides into the aftertaste where I also detect roast and chocolate, slightly nutty and yeasty, quick flavor progression, dry flavor profile

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, abv is well hidden

Overall Impression: A good dubbel, but I expected a bit more from it after having tried this brewery's tripel and singel. Not very complex, though still a reputable dubbel.

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Witkap Pater Dubbel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
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