Kapittel Pater | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Kapittel PaterKapittel Pater
166 Ratings
Kapittel PaterKapittel Pater

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Photo of rspauldi
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of litheum94
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice monkish label and clearly marked freshness date...sad to say I'm a few months late on this one.

Appearance: Pretty, slightly hazy red-amber beer with a tight light tan cap that shows good retention...fairly high levels of CO2 as well

Smell: Quite nice...fairly fresh aromas, even if past the best by date...Light pilsener-like graininess, darker toasted caramel/Munich malts, a light earthiness is present as well.

Taste: Lots of light, toasty caramel malts...almost a dry pretzel quality, yet it ends somewhat sweet...the malt is definitely up front (there's not much in the way of hops here, just a touch of a herbally bitterness on the finish for balance)...a touch of odd, sharp mineral/metal on the finish as well...this actually grows as the beer warms and is a bit off-putting, actually...the flavors are fairly good (if slightly 1-dimensional) until the finish which is just sharp, tinny, and...meh, not so good

Mouthfeel: Medium

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: This showed promise at first, but the odd, sharp flavors on the finish kinda ratchet this one down...I honestly RARELY do this (a couple times a year), but I made it through about 2/3 of this...the rest is (quite sadly) going down the drain...

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Photo of paterlodie
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No freshnessdate carved. Some yellowish head soon falling to just some loating leftovers at the side of the glas. Dark brown clear beer with red hint in it. Nose is very sweet and greenmalty and having a wortnose. Oxidation certainly did it's part in this one and wonder if botlefermentation was even started. Taste is very sweet and somehow also thin bodied. Is there sacharine in this product, dunno but certainly sweet. Some caramellic and slightly burnt maltyness also there but bitterness in my opinion low dosed even with the bitter yeasttaste that it also shows. Drinkable beer but not really my type of beer and IMO misses something.

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Photo of newton99
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
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

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.91/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've never seen this in any shops in the U.S. yet, and wanted to try it. So while I was in Antwerp I bought a bottle at Bierwinkel Den Dorstvlegel and brought it back with me.

I'd hoped it would be better than it turned out to be. It looked all right I guess, murky brown color with some decent foam which didn't last very long. The smell was more sour than I expected. I kind of expected more of a bready yeast aroma like St. Bernardus Pater. The taste was slightly sour too, which didn't meld well with the sugars and other flavors in the beer. I won't be getting this again.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger thin looking off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film. Colour is a raw umber brown with lots of ruby hints when held up to the light. It's fairly clear as well. Zero carbonation evident. Minimal film remains and not much lacing left down the glass.

SMELL: A mild nose of sweet caramel malt. A bit of plumb and perhaps some yeasty hints come through. Nothing off, but underwhelming and uninspiring unfortunately.

TASTE: Caramel malt up front with some toffee and a touch of prune, which leads to a sweet fruity aftertaste that is strong and long lasting. The initial taste lacks somewhat, but the aftertaste certainly makes a point. Not much bitterness to balance it out, but the malt sweetness is certainly not off-putting.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth on the palate, goes down creamy easy and finishes on the right side of sticky. This is the best aspect of the beer.

OVERALL: A sweet malt heavy beer that's decent, but nothing special. Not something I'd turn down, but also not something I'd go looking for. Average.

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Photo of BierManVA
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Off brown color that has a nice large bubbled head. Good lace.

Flavor: Hmmm, tough call. A bit nutty with a little wild flavor. Also a slight rubbing alcohol flavor. The flavor seems to change the longer you drink this. Well carbonated. (buuurp) This is not a beer I would drink and say "Ahhh!" after swallowing.

Huge after taste on this one. I'll pass on this in the future.

The bottle is very colorful however and belongs in any collection.


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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 CrazyDavros
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it sets in my triple glass a transpicuous deep amber to mahogany color, the head skeletal and what was there evaporated quite quickly, color a light tan, the lace is marginal at best. Nose heavy malt sweetness, hints of plums, crisp and clean with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top is middling. Finish has a pleasant acidity, the hops pertinent to the style, dry lingering aftertaste, not sure I care much for this beer, and maybe another sample in a couple of weeks might change my mind, average at best.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Luiscorreia
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Ommegang chalice. Looks like a decent dubbel. Head swells to 1/2 in and falls quickly to reveal a few lines of sticky lacing. Looks like a breakfast roast coffee with slight translucency. Mild carbonation. It smells like big chocolate malt, biscuit, and candi sugar. No hop smell, just sweetness. The taste is pleasant, yet out of balance. The sweetness tastes good, but there is very very little hop, dryness, or complex alcohol to round it out. This would be great with just a little kick of saaz at the end and maybe a slightly lower final gravity. This would be a wonderful base for something that could be amazing. I would like to get ahold of the recipe and give it just a little tweak.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minutely flecked coppery dark orange with brilliant orange accents. The head is a thing of beauty. It has assumed control of half the glass, is orange-ecru in color and is megasticky with a fabulous looking upper surface of bumps and craters. Tacky splats of pocked lace appear on the glass, although they aren't as long lived as they could be.

Is beauty only skin-deep? There isn't much olfactory information to go on, so these will only be impressions; faint ones at that. Lightly toasted, lightly buttery pale malt with the barest whiff of orange. HKP doesn't smell anything like a BDA. There's no Belgian-like spiciness, no 'dark'ness, nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. Strictly average.

Het Kapittel Pater is my least favorite Belgian ale to date. The muddled, muddied flavor profile goes absolutely nowhere in a hurry. It's malt-dominant with impressions of toasted, buttery bread; it's ale fruity and slightly orangey; and it's hop-deficient with a little bitterness creeping in on the back end.

Mildly stickysweet at first, it dries out a little within each mouthful, yet retains to ability to leave a sweetish residue after the swallow. The body/mouthfeel is a shade more full than medium with a slippery feel that is accentuated by a lack of carbonation; especially considering its country of origin.

Het Kapittel Pater certainly looks the part of a quality Belgian ale. Unfortunately, it tastes like the poor stepchild of Belgian brewing. Not to denigrate American brewers (since they brew my favorite beers/styles), but what it really tastes like is an attempt by a less than talented American craft brewer to duplicate the Belgian dark ale style. While it probably isn't quite as bad as I've made it out to be, it's certainly disappointing.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt this was very average. Poured a reddish brown colour with a huge sandy blonde head that dissolved into a thin blanket of frost in about 40 seconds. Smell was both malty and candy sweet, and a bit sour, as well. Taste was a bit bland, but not bad. Short stint of bitterness shows up in the middle for a split second. Not a terrible brew, just very average for the style.

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Photo of JBogan
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a bottle with a best by date of March '06, so take that for what it's worth...

Poured a slightly murky dark amber color with lots of floaties present. Almost no head to speak of, and almost no lacing as well.

Smelled nice, with some breadiness and a bit of roasted nuts as well.

Tasted as it smelled, mostly with the nut flavor coming to the fore. Perhaps even a bit of coffee, but only ever so slightly.

Mouthfeel was a bit on the thick and slick side, with almost no carbonation. This could be the way this beer is meant to be, or perhaps due to the long past "best by" date.

I'd like to try a newer bottle of this to compare. Overall this was an ok beer, although not something I would want more than a couple of at one time.

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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 crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Thin layer of light tan head sticks around for a while. Dark reddish brown, slightly hazy. Buttery and caramel sweetness. Smells better than it tastes. Little yeasty, something off-putting about the aftertaste.

Kind of average in my opinion.

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Photo of putnam
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown and clear with a nicely retained dollop of cream on top. Aromas of spiced raisins, pecan bark and canned pears are inflected with notes of black pepper. On the palate it slides quickly into thin, sugary flavors that are weakly influenced by cliche flavors of spices, nuts and fruits. It's dry and short. One might argue that these are good "crossover" beers -- their merit being their blandness. I think that excellence is usually the surest conversion point, and this is not excellent.

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Photo of zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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