Kapittel Pater
Leroy Breweries

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #89
Ranked #43,745
3.61 | pDev: 11.08%
Leroy Breweries
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe (£2.19):
A dark caramel body that's translucent & topped with quite a thick, creamy to golden white colour with excellent retention & lots of lacing on the glass. It's malty on the nose with caramel, faint alcohol & a slightly nutty aroma with a nice underlying sweetness, floral notes & some hop bitterness sneaking in at the end. It's again malty tasting but with more floral touches, apple & a little yeast showing. The beer is balanced & fruity with some nutty flavours, citrus & grapefruit making an appearance too. It's sharp & strongly carbonated with a slightly dry, effervescent finish that's a tiny bit warming too.

Dec 29, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.93/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L- Deep rich chestnut brown, pours with a slight haze - a pretty heavy layer of sediment was left in the bottle. Very good looking 5mm tan head of ultra-fine bubbles; really creamy looking.
S- Milder for me than it's deep colour suggested, just some toasty grains.
T- I'm immediately surprised, it's quite sharp, as in a notable dose of sour, almost sour apple: I was not expecting that! Again the deep colour suggested one thing but it turned out notably different. Not much else register s on my palate through the sourness.
F- Sour, hence refreshing if that's your thing otherwise mono-dimensional. Carbonation is really good, both in the mouth but the head is still holding well 10mins after the pour.
O- I thought this rather one-dimensional with the focus materially falling on it's sour note which at first seemed OTT, but after a while my palate adjusted though the beer still wasn't doing much for me, not least because beyond sour I struggled to notice any other flavours. I've added how the brewery describe the beer below. My view on it is I didn't register chocolate or caramel, but certainly got the citrus, which in a deep brown beer with a beauty of a creamy trad foam head was a swerve ball.
Very different, but not offering enough, by far, for me to wish to buy it again. Bought from BelgiumInABox in Antwerp/BE for home delivery to me in London/UK. 330ml bottle BB: 04/07/2021

Leroy Brewery: 'Kapittel Pater is a reddish brown “single” with a narrow creamy head. Like all the other Kapittel ales, this is a high fermentation beer, which matures in the bottle during secondary fermentation. We use dark malt varieties for this beer, to create an ale with notes of chocolate and caramel as well as hints of citrus.'

May 19, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Brown reddish color with a thick thin head.
Aroma with notes of caramel, chocolate, raisins, banana, red apples, mild local Poperinge hops and nuts.
Flavor with notes of caramels, some cocoa, grapefruit, cinnamon, faint brown sugar, red grapes and nuts. Dry aftertaste with a mild to medium bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation, not excessive.
I had low expectations given my recent encounter with their Blond and Dubbel. But this is quite pleasant with chocolate, nuts and citrusy notes. Not a sipper complexity.

Oct 10, 2019
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JaimeLondon from Brazil

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Belgian dark ale of a light brown color and a small foam.
Smell is sweet with highlights to the fruity notes. Some coke notes can also be found.
Taste is similar, dark fruits are the strongest notes. There's some yeasty character here which is nice.
Banana notes can be found after it warms a bit.
Feel is similar to soda, which I do not like very much. Somewhat light, sweet and with great effervescence. It could be more bitter.

Sep 20, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.65/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly clear mahogany colour with an inch of off white foam that does okay with the lacing.

Smells of caramel malt, hints of fruit like apple, candi sugar and what I sense. .Cardboard.

Yep, it starts off on the sweet side with the caramel and candi sugar, gets a bit fruity and then the cardboard moves in and spoils the session. Not good.

Pretty light bodied and the carbonation is fine. I couldn't find a date of any kind on the label or the bottle; thinking this is not all that fresh. Oh well.

Apr 15, 2016
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Zet from Netherlands

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber colour with a modest head that's gone within seconds, leaving the surface completely exposed. Smell of caramel, herby hops and brown sugar. These flavours return in the taste, although this is certainly not as sweet as one might expect. The hops seem to be more prominent here. I get 'herfstbok' associations due to its bittersweet profile. The mouth feel is a bit flat: there is almost no carbonation, but there is no real smoothness or body either. All in all a decent beer, but smell and taste lack complexity.

Mar 17, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark crimson-orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, fruit, and cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with Tootsie Roll, caramel, dark fruit, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an interesting Tootsie Roll flavor, but I am also getting a decent amount of oxidation that tells me this one must be fairly old at this point.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 15, 2015
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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a clear dark amber color forming a medium thin bubbled beige head. Great retention and lots of soapy and molasses lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of grapes, raisins, toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts and candy sugar. Light flowery hops. Belgian-style bready and earthy yeasts. A bit boozy and a bit bubblegum in the very end. Strong Belgian character, as expected

T: Sweet upfront. Very malty and fruity in the mouth too. Strong notes of grapes, raisins, toffee, caramel malts, roasted malts, candy sugar, oak. Some spices and some notes of bubblegum too. Light bitterness in the end. Hops are a bit citrus. Bready and biscuity yeasts profile. Again, quite Belgian

M: Heavy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Warming beer. Candy bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Belgian Strong Dark Ale. Recommended

Dec 26, 2013
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spoony from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle into a chalice. Reviewed from notes dated May 25, 2013.

A-The brew is slightly cloudy with a deep amber/tawny color. The head is quite thin and greyish tan in color. There is little retention or lacing. Mundane.

S-The smell is full of brown sugar, caramel, and syrup. There is just a bit of nut and baking spice. It is quite sweet, but strangely pleasing.

T-The taste follows the smell with sweet, syrupy flavors being pretty much the only show in town. Like the smell, it is one-dimensional, but strangely tasty.

M-The feel is very soft with ultra-fine carbonation that gives a creamy texture.

O-This is a one-hit wonder of a beer, but I found it strangely good. It is very sugary, and would make a nice dessert brew, but compared against the best dark ales, it is not as complex or intriguing as it could be.

Jun 08, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy, dark caramel amber with a fine, thin off-white head with decent retention and lacing. Classic Belgian dark aroma of caramel malt, dark fruit, Belgian yeast and hints of light apple juice. Flavor starts with somewhat subdued caramel malt, apple and dark stone fruit, and Belgian yeast, then the flavor quickly falls off leaving a slight metallic bitterness. A very odd flavor profile. Medium bodied. The initial flavor is light, but sweet and flavorful, but the finish is abrupt and off-putting. Puzzling.

Apr 07, 2013
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newton99 from Belgium

2.89/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a faint metallic sourness in the nose, behind sweet upfront molasses malts.

Tastes much sweeter than the aroma gave away, with an almost overwhelming, but welcome, brown sugar sweetness. Very malty with a hint of bubbly effervescence to the molasses backbone.

It feels quite malty on the tongue too, good but a little off putting for how sweet it is.

Overall a good, hearty and warming paters beer. Them monks got class

Apr 04, 2013
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a St. Stefanus glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head that reduced to nothing. It is cloudy amber brown with little clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, some chocolate, caramel malts, honey, apple, pear, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Everything along the sane lines as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery, low carbonation, medium bodied, and super easy to drink.

Overall: A good BDA that I got from volunteering the BBF last year. Good to know it held up for over a year. A have two other styles from the brewery that I am looking forward to this week.

Nov 18, 2012
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Filosoof from Netherlands

3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like most Van Eecke beers, but this one is really nothing special.

All the standard elements that can be mentioned about brown beers, can be mentioned here: candy sugar, caramel etc. It gives a reasonable top. Necessary finishing bitterness is missing.

And then....do I enjoy? No, I'm sorry.

Some kind of sourness in the smell makes me deciding not to finish my glass. It is drinkable, but when you have better beers in your fridge....

May 07, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 5/2013. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger billowing light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts forever. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass; with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of raisin, plum, cherry, caramel, molasses, herbal, candi sugar, biscuit, earth, and yeast spices. Some nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of plum, raisin, molasses, caramel, biscuit, herbal, candi sugar, yeast spices, and a bit of a metallic flavor; but it isn’t too bad. Lingering notes of dark fruit, herbal, molasses, biscuit, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Good flavor balance and complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is hidden well with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a very enjoyable Belgian dark ale. I would not mind having it again sometime.

Mar 25, 2012
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danieelol from Australia

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown colour. Good lacing.

Smell is yeasty chocolate and cherries. Slight metallic notes.

Taste is malt, cherries, chocolate, sweetness roast and hops. Also yeast underlying this. Flavours are very full-on, almost raw.

Mouthfeel is decent with some sour astringency.

Overall a very full-flavoured beer for the ABV. Recommended.

Jan 22, 2012
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u2carew from Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz longneck
A) Pours with a big tan head that settles quickly leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear ruby body.
S) Bread. Brown sugar. But not very aromatic.
T) Malty sweetness. Caramel. Toffee. Hints of plum and raisins.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body.
O) A pretty decent brew. I think if I happen upon it again I would drink it again.

Dec 22, 2011
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flagmantho from Washington

3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: rich medium-brown hue with plenty of haze and a thin finger of creamy ivory foam atop. Pretty decent looking.

Smell: light but smooth malty aroma with notes of raisin, plum and tobacco all resting on a base of smooth milk chocolate. Very good, but unfortunately all that beauty is muted -- the intensity of the aroma is very, very light. I would love to see the volume turned up on this combination of smells.

Taste: not as well put-together as the aroma. The flavor starts off with something more akin to a smoked lapsang souchong tea combined with a bit of an acidic tartness; I'd be interested in knowing how their maltster makes their dark malts. Some of the fruits remain intact, and bitterness is extremely low. Not bad, but it's a bit weird for my taste.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation. It's a bit watery, but it's a bit creamy, too. Not great, but decent enough.

Overall: I'm simply not in love with this beer. It's not that bad, but it sort of rubs me the wrong way.

Oct 26, 2011
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cswhitehorse from California

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is pretty normal for Belgian Dark Ale. Tight bubbles dissipate quickly and leave little in the way of a head. The smell is nice and gets better as it warms and it comes out. Smell of vanilla and spice and dark fruit. The taste is not too bad but left a little of an off taste on the palate. Overall not a bad dark some good qualities but pretty middle of the road.

Sep 24, 2011
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socon67 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a thin head of foam. Head dissaptes quickly.

S - Smells of licorice, candy, and caramel. Has a smell like opening that box of chocolate for the first time.

T - Flavors of coffee, licorice, and Coca-Cola. Very sweet, and the flavors come at you in waves. The finish has a bitterness of a morning cup of java.

M - Unfortuantely, this is a bit too thin and watery. So while it is easy to drink, would like a little more body on this one.

O - Worth trying, but not a regular beer to seek out. I acutally liked it as part of a belgian sampling with dinner. Treat it as such.

Sep 11, 2011
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litheum94 from California

2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 7/16/2010.

P: Deep brown body that is completely opaque. Dull red tones when held to the light. Rocky, foamy, light brown head. Good stickiness.

A: Candied Belgian sugar. Caramel malts. A touch of alcohol sting. Sour berry funkiness.

T: Candied sugar dominates, going dangerously close to being sickly sweet. Some malts, but this is an extremely thin, simple beer. Just too sweet.

This beer needs some body desperately. It drinks like overly sweet, vaguely malty water. I'm not too impressed.

Aug 08, 2011
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a chalice)
best before A0313
A- This beer pours a dense slightly hazy walnut brown with a bubbly white head that fades to a ring of big bubbles and the body is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The slightly tart note leads to brown malt and a cider/cherry quality to it. There is a sweet woody brown sugar aroma that has a candy quality to it in the finish.

T-The slight vinous quality to the brown malt flavor has some dry brown sugar notes to follow and a watery taste as the beer opens. The soft sweetness in the finish lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz that cleans up the finish and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer has some nice flavor and depth but it is pretty soft and turns watery and thin. The fizz really covers a lot of the character as the beer opens.

Jun 24, 2011
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sweemzander from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a dark burgundy color. Produced a nice creamy tan colored frothy head. Good retention. Some lace.

(S)- A nice rich plum and earthy dry yeast profile. Some biscuit as well.

(T)- Very ripe dark fruits with a yeasty biscuit and subtle clay. Just oozes dark fruits of plum and currant.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Rich and sweet, yet dry and mellow; almost crisp too.

(D)- A great Belgian Dark Ale. Smooth and rich yet clean and refreshing. I enjoyed this one very much!

Jun 09, 2011
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark Hellish red-brown, lots of swampy haze and a decent dark beige head that sinks steadily but retains a nice thin crown of small bubbles. Lace is understandably sticky. Looks good for the style, and in general.

Smells quite fruity, in a dark sense. Lots of raisins, prunes and glacé cherry with a good musty spice at the back giving green peppercorns and some rye notes. Sweetness is perhaps a bit too pervasive but it's otherwise got all the right elements.

Taste is fairly malty on the front with a toffee/Belgian candi sugar kind of flavour upfront. Develops more interesting, complex sweet notes midway with maraschino cherries, plums and a marzipan flavour adding some bitterness to proceedings. Late-mid there's a touch of cola that coincides with a real dry fizz on the mouthfeel, then finish is dark, phenolic and earthy with residual sweetness taking on an overripe, syrupy complexity at the back.

I want to like this, but there's no real skillful blend of the flavours and they just seem like they're just going through the motions with an unbalanced palate being the end result. Sweet on front, phenolic on back, standard without any wow factor.

A bit thin on the body overall and could have used more.

A decent, but not outstanding drop, overall. Lack of excitement does not equal lack of appreciation.

Apr 12, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle.

It ours a nice brown with a foamy off-white head that sticks nicely then recedes with a lot of lacing.

The nose is perfumey and fruity. It has the thick scent of flowers, dates, and raisins. There is a hint of spice and caramel as well.

The flavor brings to mind apples, raisins, and prunes. It has a metallic character that is kind of off-putting and herbally/medicinal hops.

It is an okay dark ale, perhaps a bit sweet.

Dec 28, 2010
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy brown with a small lasting head.
Nose shows caramel and golden syrup with very little else.
Flavours are even sweeter, with truckloads of candi sugar. Apart from that there isn't much else. Finishes with a sharp but unsupported bitterness - the sweetness has already faded by then!
Too watery by far.
Really, this is ridiculously sweet. Relies too much on candi sugar.

Oct 04, 2010
Kapittel Pater from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 176 ratings