Kapittel Pater | Leroy Breweries

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Kapittel PaterKapittel Pater

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Leroy Breweries

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by benfons:
Photo of benfons
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown colour with a thin head.

S: Hops with a slight sourness in it. Also a small hint of chocolate and cofee.

T: Coffee, hops and a bit of caramel. Rather onedimensional bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Lots of thin carbonation. Kind of sticky, alcohol is quite noticeable.

Not my favourite beer, not bad, but nothing more then that.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one poured a beautiful brown with nice orangish highlights. It was thick and hazy and had one of the best heads that I’ve seen in ages.

Smell – The sharp, darkish dough was complimented by some deep, dark fruits. The black cherries, strong dates, and clove were exceptional. I also caught a wonderful wisp or two of fresh prunes.

Taste – For my tastes, this was a perfect blend of dark yeast, toasted malts, and complex fruits (from the nose).

Mouthfeel – The carbonation here is terrific. It is almost full in the body and exceptionally blended.

Drinkability – What a find! I stumbled onto this at Bottleworks and couldn’t be happier. It was truly a pleasure to consume.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Brown in color, roughly 14 LU. Minimal white head that does not hang out long.

S- caramel, malt, faint whiffs of old hops

T- Sweet, sugary, caramel malt base. A sweet brew with bigger clove taste than the sublte one found in the Prior, nice herbal hop contribution.

M- Lively and fizzy

D- good sipper, might get old fast

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, muddy water brown with a nice, full head that dissipates to a skin, leaving decent lacing around the glass.

Aromas of caramel malts, brown sugar, dates and raisins with a slight metallic tinge.

Taste follows suit with the sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and molasses, dates and raisins. No big flavors here at all, in fact, the flavors are all underwhelming.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and full, with low carbonation. The ABV% is hidden well.

Decent Belgian Dark, but there are many more beers that I would pass this brew over for.

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Photo of ADR
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 4 beer sample pack. A clear stained and varnished medium cherrywood color with a big-bubbled head that rises over an inch to begin with but doesn't last that long. Laces are attractive, delicate small patches with lots of pattern and detail. Bright aroma, slight yeast with a sweetened cherry back tone. Mouthfeel registers as light-medium, most of the carbonation seems spent on the foam. The flavor is not as layered as the smell, diminished, overtly sweet (as in unfermentables) with a sense of peach that fades into the background mid mouth. Doesn't generate much of a sense of change or deeper flavors, by the end of it there's a bit of an impression of the sugar water you put out for hummingbirds. OK quaffability, not a lot going on here, in my opinion.

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Photo of Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sullysbeer
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Slight horse blanket/barnyard, malty sweet, hints of chocolate, burnt marshmallow, slight sourness.

Appearance: Clear ruby red with a slight off white head that lasts with some brussels lace.

Flavor: Malt up front, barnyard/horse blanket, slightly meaty, hints of raisin and grape skin and slightly tart. Decent hop flavor and a bitterness that lingers just a bit. Huge fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, astringency on the teeth and a bit high on the CO2 just like the Belgian Style.

Overall Impression: Very complex beer. Crazy complexity with a different flavor than I have ever tried. Not one of my favorites but you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Pater pours a slightly hazy mahogany body with reddish accents and orange highlights. The creamy tan head holds well before dropping , and continually maintains a thin surface covering. Lacing, however, is limited.

The nose is lightly sweet and tea-like.

In the mouth it's smooth and creamy with a medium-to-medium/full body and very fine bubbled, delicate carbonation.

The flavor is malty sweet with a caramel accent and some cola-like notes. Some soft fruit with a touch of citrus rind, and some leafy hops emerge in the finish. The bitterness is kept well-heeled, yet it never becomes overly sweet. In fact, it's very nicely balanced, finishing dry with just a touch of residual spice, some dull, leafy and tea like hops, and a very gentle but lingering bitterness.

At first sip it may not impress you (and it certainly won't overwhelm you!), but this is an easy drinking charmer that has just enough character to keep you coming back for more!

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ugh, I had a bottle in Watou and found the same disappointing metallic flavor that I assumed was a one-off flaw in the blonde. Alas. Otherwise it's a cool-looking ruddy brown with a thin tan head in the chalice. The aroma and malt flavor are a sweet and very smooth complex of caramel and toffee with a bit of raisin. The metal was less prevalent in this beer, but no less shameful.

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Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Filosoof
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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....

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Photo of Bierschenker
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB: 09-07
Colour is dark amber. I poured it in and I got a nice head, but it soon started to form big bubbles that popped and made it collapse in a few seconds.
No scent noticeable, some malt in the distance maybe.
Overpowering iron oxidation with the first taste. Dry. Chocolate, malt, grains, slight alcohol and yeast.
Nice mouthfeel, bitter chocolate and malt softly lingering on, if you stir up the yeast, it also takes part in the tasting game.

Correct, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Ut Vivat, Crescat, Floreat!

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Photo of bashiba
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a creamy brown with a thick head, some retention and lacing with a ton of carbonation.

Smell was yeasty, musty, and spicy with some banana and date notes.

Taste is full of spicy yeast with hints of apples and cherries, a touch of alcohol and mustyness. Has a mild bit of earthy hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light.

A light and easy to drink belgian brown.

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Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Mandrake
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep ruby red with a nice and tall head building to two fingers in my goblet. It is a light cream, and is retained well, leaving some good lacing. Smell is rich and fruity, but a bit muted, with notes of dark fruits and raisin, spices, and a yeasty backdrop. Taste falls flat. Bitter spices and a tealike note, but where did the fruits and yeast go? Mouthfeel is watery and flat, despite the visible carbonation rising. Drinkability is good, but it's just not much of a beer.

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Photo of JGuill
4.5/5  rDev +25%

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Kapittel Pater from Leroy Breweries
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 167 ratings