Kapittel Pater | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Kapittel PaterKapittel Pater

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 165
Photo of Hex92
4.57/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great looking beer. Nice foamy head with good lacing. Dark orange color. Maybe even a hint of orange smell. Great roasted flavor. A ery worthy representative of my favorite style of beer. The mouthfeel has just the right amount of bubbles. Almost perfect. All this adds up to a perfect score for drinkability.

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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 adamette
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Great Lakes Christmas Ale goblet. Best by "date" of 02 08. Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October for $4.65.

A Dark brown, non translucent body under a light brown one inch head which stayed around for a about 2 minutes and left nice lacing on my glass.

S Malt, barley. Kind of a burlap taste (A horse blanket?). I do not get much alcohol to the nose nor do I get hops to the nose.

T Wow, gone is the barley that I detected in the smell and in is a great malty sweetness. There is little to no bitterness. There is a biscuitty (is that a word?), almost dark fruit like taste not unlike essense of raisins. That taste stayed well into the aftertaste and it is very welcome. A great, interesting beer with layers of tastes that challenge the pallate. This, in my opinion, cannot be improved. Bravo!

M Full for sure. A big, moderately thick beer that demands one's attention.

D Really good for a style that is not necessarily that drinkable as a group. The interesting tastes would have me coming back for more.

Notes: In contrast to the Kapittel Abt which to me was an excellent beer but did not provide enough interest to warrant the cost and the bother of finding it again, this beer does.
This is my favorite of the Het Kapittel Beers that I rated this week.

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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 Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a sediment rich deep amber, forming a modest dark-beige head with good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Lots of sediment gives it an unprocessed honey-like appearance. Aroma is of phenolic esters with cloves and apples...very Unibroue-ish, like Maudite. I would be hard pressed to differentiate between these two by aroma, but they taste quite different. Mouthfeel is semi-spritzy with a light body. Taste begins with spicy phenols, then gives way to slightly toasty and nutty pale and amber malts with lots of sweet grain husk notes. The finish has some more spicy cloves, and is followed by a mild nutty bitterness which is gradually overcome in an odd fashion by saccharin-like sweetness in the aftertaste.

This is a decent brew, but the price can't be justified (I got a mixed 4 pack for $13), especially when you have something like New Belgium Double going for $6/sixer.

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Photo of clickpush
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour: 33cl bottle to tulip glass. 1.5 finger light tan head over rich ruby hued body. A little bit cloudy and a few bubbles trail up from the bottom. The head makes a slow descent. Nice cling to the glass as it goes down.

Nose: Huge malt aroma, very fruity and touches of chocolate. Cherries and oranges, a little sour tartness. I'm anticipating a bit of spiciness, some good depth, and a dry finish.

Mouth: Very small strong carbonation immediately, tickling the tip of my tongue. Good milk chocolate flavor all the way through, accented by some watermelon taste, and a finish of roast malt. The middle of the mouth seems under stimulated, but I really enjoy everything else. A bit of metalicity, but maybe because it's very cold.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

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Photo of Shaw
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tall, light brown head forms when you pour Het Kapittel Pater, releasing the sweet, complex (perhaps buttery?) aroma. Being a dark ale it is (duh) quite dark, but allows plenty of light to pass through.

This is an ale with a complex taste. There are so many flavors in there: bannana, coriander, butter, etc. There are also some funky flavors, too.

It has a slick mouthfeel, possibly from the 6 percent ABV?

While not the best dark ale out there, Het Kapittel Pater is certainly a good choice.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish hue, 'neath a big, rocky, puffy head, cocoa-tinted...

Yeasty, spicy aroma, very Belgian...apples and cherries...baking bread. the muffins are rising...and getting down with the fruit.

Taste: Baked apples, bright berries, raisin roundies, ...nice yeast and juicy malt...tidy hops...noiceness, indeed, with frankly fat malt, and yummy yeast.

Yummy, yummy...what more need be said...I like it. It works. I'd have another. Please?

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Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a Kapittel gift-pack that included four beers from a Morris County liquor store, this beer pours an attractive bronze-copper appearance with impressive foamy head... a sweet-smelling, caramel flavored beer with Belgian sugars replete with a malty, thick, rich flavor that is really satisfying... really liked this brew... hits home with a thick, rich, satisfying taste... good mouthfeel with easy drinkability for a relatively low alcohol percentage... goes down very smooth... tastes like buttered caramel and toffee... good stuff... Recommended...

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Photo of Beeryce
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Possesses a wonderful nose, complex and diverse, with sweet and slightly roasty/smokey maltiness as well as wafts of musty alcohol and a faint floral/piney hoppiness. Light tan head is very creamy with a fair amount of volume and good stability and retention producing nice lacing. The beer’s color was a light amber and clear for the first pour, but a turbid almost silty brown when the second pour added the sediment from the bottle conditioning which also darkened the head considerably to a light brown. The carbonation is moderately low.

The taste is likewise rather complex, starting out malty sweet of brown sugar and caramel. This transitions to more of a roasted smokey maltiness with alcohol really coming through. The finish is a balanced slight smokey bitterness with malt dominating but hops nicely accenting. Overall awesomely balanced but malt plays the lead role and the alcohol is not hid, instead complementing the taste wonderfully. A slight metallic taste was present but not so much as to be overpowering or too distracting.

The mouthfeel was slightly syrupy which matched well with overall taste making it a highly drinkable, sessionable beer. I also enjoyed the artwork on the label, 4 monks drinking. A certified Abby Ale and a great beer, a must try Belgian, highly recommended.

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very deep amber colour with ruby highlights. Reasonably clear. Head: deep tan colour, moderate in size, creamy and moussy. May not persist for very long. Lots of beautiful lacings.
Aroma: fruits, spices, sweet malts and herbal hops.
Taste: confirms the smell. More malty than hoppy.
Mouthfeel: smooth, moderate carbonation, nice alcoholic strength (6% ABV) and a medium body.
Finish: lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: very nice beer. Well balanced and highly recommended.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottle dated best before 7/07. Pours a light orangy copper color with a bubbly light beige head. Head retention is excellent. Some honeyish and grainy light malt aromas mixed with some lighter tropical fruit aromas. Slightly musty and faintly hoppy. Delicately balanced, this beer is quite delicious. Faint fruity sweetness mixed with roasted malts and candi sugars and a moderate hoppy finish. Very faint pluminess. Wickedly drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Very faint metallic taste is slightly off, but not distracting.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a clear, ruby-brown. Very creamy two finger head that receeds to a faint glaze. Sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Faintly musty malt aromas mixed with caramel, oak, sweet plums, and tart cherries.

T: Sweet malt that's tempered by a lightly bitter and drying hop quality. Also tasted hints of black pepper, candi sugar, and spices. Sweetness is rather subtle.

M: Oily and smooth. Not thick or syrupy. My lips were coated with a tropical fruit sweetness. My tongue held on to the dry, hoppy, spiciness.

D: I found this to be enjoyable. The low abv and subdued sweetness make this an easy drinker.

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Photo of marburg
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something of a pastry mixed with a christmas ale and some wild belgian brew. I wasn't sure what to make of it. But "he likes it; he really likes it!" Dark in color, thin head. Heavily spiced nose -- plums, exotic plant roots, ginger, perhaps? Sweet, initial malt flavors are balanced by something of a hop presence but also by a masked acidic quality. Subtle and simple, I find this very drinkable. I feel as though I drank this too quickly to catch all its subtlties, but perhaps not. I'll have another in a month or so to see.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl Bottle with green & tan label with a monk enjoying a fine ale. Appearance: Nice light brown/reddish color- somewhat cloudy with a few small chunks of yeast floating in the mix. A moderate head that thins very quickly. A moderate amount of carbonation in the beer that feeds the head to keep it from disappearing completely. Aroma: Not a lot to say. I don't have the best nose around, but there is a weak aroma of malty sweetness and little else. Taste: A nice mix of sweetness with a slight bite. The sweetness is stronger. Alcohol shows up towards the end of the swallow. Some spice flavors, very subtle. Quite tasty and drinkability is high, if not overly complex like some other Belgian offerings.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with an absolutely massive head that hangs around for quite awhile before settling into a rootbeer float-like creamy mass with excellent lacing.

Smell is malty with nice dark fruit character, dates and cherries mostly. There is also a doughy yeastiness with very subdued hints of spices.

Taste is not what I had expected of a dark ale. The caramel malt is still a major player up front, but then a strage fruity mustiness that would be more at home in an Old Ale takes over. Finish is quite dry and has understated leafy hop bitterness and yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be unusual and tasty. Sort of a belgian old ale. Interesting fruit complexity and malt profile. Mustyness is what keeps me coming back, but then again I like the olde ale style almost as much as a belgian dark.

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Photo of StevieW
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz brown Euro bottle. Deep mahogany color. Foamy beige head, bubbly and full.
Lots of earthy, musty farmhouse belgian yeast smells, mixed in with loads of cinnamon, carmel apples etc.
Taste is sweet at first, carmel, cinnamon, plums, figs and earthy mustyness to finish. Overall impression is carmel sweetness, and cinnamon. Very much like a belgian Christmas ale. Gets a bit thin toward the bottom, with a touch more alcohol heat showing up. Slick finish lingers a bit. Very good and worth a try.
Cheers to the BelgianBum up the road for this one.

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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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured dark copper in color into a snifter glass with a thin white head that quickly dies down into a thin layer of bubbles. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of malty sweetness and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is both sweet with lots of flavors of dark fruits including plums and raisins. No bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and very smooth.
D: The beer is extremely easy to drink. I definitely want to try this again because I like the combination of sweetness and flavors of dark fruits.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 330 mL bottle. The color is a dark amber, with a foamy, bubbly white head. The smell is slight malt sweetness. The taste is a nice malt sweetness with a bit of bitterness later in the taste. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Drinkability-wise, could probably get a bit too sweet after a while, but could have a few.

Mmm...a nice little beer for my 250th review. Thanks to my friend that provided this one...most appreciated. This is the first time I've had an actual monk's beer (depending on whether you count Leffe or not), and it's a unique experience...not enough to make me put on the robes and take the vows, but I'd have it again!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a lively beer at the pour. Light Mahogany in color with a frothy cream-colored head, which lasts for the majority of the beer leaving dense carbonation bubbles and a friendly lacing in its wake.

Malt and yeast notes dominate with dark fruit. Deeper aromas include straw and perhaps oats.

Deep, sweet fruit is more relevant in the flavor, perhaps fig or raisin. Dark malt and yeast are in the background as well as something lightly woody. This flavor is sweetly robust and full of character.

Medium to light carbonation on the palate with a medium to heavy body. The dryness and diverse flavor characteristics are a great combination.

This beer is darn good and improves as it warms to allow flavors to be released.

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Photo of gpogo
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark red amber with brown/tan head. Leaves tiny lines of lacing.

A- Typical Belgian yeasty aroma. A nutty bready sweet aroma.

T- Delicious dark malty sweetness. Slight hints of fruits. Left a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not in bad way.

M- Medium to full bodied with moderate-high carbonation. A very smooth drink. Sortof coats the mouth.

D- Quite drinkable for a belgian at only 6% abv. A very enjoyable brew, not to expensive.

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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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