Kapittel Pater | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark copper color with a light beige head hat declines rather quickly and leaves some splashes of lace around the glass

Smell: Caramel malt with some earthy hop aromas

Taste: Starts with a sweet toffee flavor that, after the swallow, is joined by some earthy hop bitterness; overall, the sweet flavors predominate with a touch of spiciness on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Remembering that this is not a Strong Dark, it has plenty of flavor for the style; overall, however, it is just a touch under-attenuated for my tastebuds

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - Poured a deep murky amber brew with a nice huge foamy white head that's long lasting. ABV is bit too omnipresent but excellent carbonation. Taste is sweet with some quite complex mix of spice. I notice that some of the other review mentioned a metallic taste, which I have heard of before. If I recall well, the metallic taste is from the hops and usually goes away after the bottle is aged a bit.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 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 GClarkage
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

10/30/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by label strip on the front label. Poured into my Reineart tulip.

Appearance- Carmel in color. Huge tight bubbled white head. Incredibly chunky lacing.

Smell- Dates, plums, anise and clove. Maybe some raisin as well.

Taste- Strange aluminum taste that ruins anything that htis beer has going for it. Can taste some dark fruits with a bitter maybe sour tartness. Beer going bad?

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, bit of a bitter mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Wondering if this is the natural taste, or did I get one that was starting to turn. Only grabbed one, so I don't have one to compare against. Awkward and strange taste. I'll pass if this is the true taste. Not horrid, but not really pleasing.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Pours with a lightly hazy, reddish amber color and is topped by a frothy, tightly bubbled, amber tinged tan colored head that starts out three-fingers in height. The aroma smells of dark fruit notes with a touch of oxidation character, which seems to accentuate a concentrated fruitiness. Notes of prunes, figs and raisins are prominent, but there is also a caramelized character and a rich, sweetish bread-like note. Clove-like fermentation notes are also in the aroma as is a general spicy Belgian yeast type note.

The beer is fairly sweet (when taken in the context of this beers alcohol content). Again a fruity malt character is most prominent in the flavor as well. Notes of fig and raisin join a rich, spice cake like character that does not overly accentuate the spice notes. Touches of ginger, join the typical clove-like notes and perhaps a hint of pepper. There is also an earthy spice character here that is a bit harder to describe. This has some light oxidation character to it, but it again seems to accentuate the fruit and malt character. All in all a pretty tasty tipple.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquors, Lancaster CA

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, green label, like the change of pace, as the merry monks on the cover are now drinking brown beer, instead of blond beer, as in the cover of the Blond Ale I just had, cool look,

A: Pours a dark brown, slightly hazy, but not much so, has a big, fluffy, tan head, which is kind of fizzy, but is long-lasting, and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S: Very light smell, but I could detect hints of rum and prune.

T: Beautiful dark malt flavour, very tasty, with fig, prune, and raisin. Also picked up on some rum and root beer, with a bit of cola, very interesting, a quality, complex taste.

M: Smooth, light and crisp, for a dark beer, but this makes it refreshing, very nice.

D: A very tasty, good quality Belgian Dark Beer. The Pater is definitely the favourite of the 3 beers I have had from the Het Kapittel brand. Definitely a repeat buy when I go back up to Walnut.

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

Pours a three finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Medium-strong carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy brown color. Yeast left in bottom of bottle. Nose is dark fruit. Flavor is dark fruit and caramel but finish has metallic hints. $19.95 for a 4-pak of 330ml bottles from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

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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 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 wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BB 01/2010, served just cool, not chilled, in Orval's broad-rimmed chalice.

A: bright copper hue, topped with a thin beige fluffy layer of froth with good retention, while the carbonation is moderate and constant.
S: sour-sweet amber malts, brown-sugary and red-date notes abound, laced with a unique, mixed yeasty edge (rustic, sulphurous, savoury, with a touch of funk that reminds me of the seaside actually...), faint fruit esters and fruity hops (mildly citric plus a stinky edge of squeezed "wendang" grapefruit-peels). Not quite complex but attractive in its own way, thanks to the amazing yeasty work I guess.
T: a rather aromatic-estery as well as salty-sweet malty foretaste comes with an assertive edge of red-date tea, mildly sweet fruitiness like dried hawthorn-fruits plus prunes; a milder herbal flavour develops along with a faintly dry and chewy mouthfeel in the aftertaste, where the sweet black tea and red-bean soup's undertones provide a rather soothingly sweet edge to go with the lingering yeastiness.
M&D: slightly sour-sweet and thin-ish in the finishing touch due to the residual sugary touch, while the carbonation goes light and suitable for such a light-flavoured Dubbel. This is a simple (not simplistic) ale that is easy-drinking and reasonably delicious with a certain depth.

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Photo of beertunes
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into 16oz balloon. Poured a cloudy brown color with less than an inch of medium tan head that dissipated in less than a minute and left moderate lacing.

The aroma was rich and bready, with a slight sweet fruitiness. The taste as very similar, with the fruitiness coming out a little more on the tongue.

The body was quite thin, not as tongue coating as I expected. Drinkability suffered due to the body being a bit thin, but was otherwise very enjoyable.

Overall, a decent example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

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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 RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown color with a full tan-beige head, decent carbonation, and almost no lace. Sweet light raisiny fruity aroma (figs?). Sweet light raisiny malt flavor that reminds me of a watered down dubbel. Light bodied with a spicy but tart fruit finish. A bit harsh...

Nothing like Witkap Pater...

Best Before: 05/05
Tasted: 09/17/03

(11.2 oz. / 330ml)

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Photo of Jwale73
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Maudite snifter with an amazingly luscious head (2/3 foam; 1/3 beer). Head dissipated quickly and left ample residue as it subsided. Scent of malt and dark fruit (figs, prunes and raisins) as well as a mild hint of alcohol. Color was ruby-brown/red; not quite opaque, but very dark with little light penetration. Mouthfeel was watery, flat and lacked any liveliness, which was quite surprising considering the head. Flavor was lackluster and the nose poorly translated into flavor. In terms of drinkability, you can certainly drink quite a few in a sitting, but not really worth the effort as there are better representations of the style out there.

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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 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 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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