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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Photo of Gehrig
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruby-mahogany body topped by a thick finger of slightly tan froth; lots of lacing and good duration combine with the rich color to provide an excellent presentation. Modest nose, providing whiffs of citrus and caramel. For a Belgian, the smell is underwhelming and disappointing.

The taste is better and helps atone for the average smell, very fruity, primarily sweet but with a hint of orange rind. It could be more effervescent, but is creamy enough to shore up the mouthfeel. On the whole, Pater is pretty decent. I'd like to see Van Eecke ramp up the malt and spice.

Worth a try.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

(This one had a green label)
Het Kapittel Watou Pater is a cloudy, tawny ale with a sudsy beige head. It has a faint aroma of dark sugar, alcohol and funk. It has a smooth medium body with a light, clean finish. It tastes leathery and funky, with a touch of sweetness at the finish. There is a light, herbal bitterness and a touch of sour. Not bad.
(rated Nov 28, 2008)

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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 ckaufman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a flute glass...

A: Copperish amber in color with a cream colored bubbly head that falls away quickly. Medium lacing and a decent amount of retention.

S: A bread-like yeastiness with a hint of cola, licorice, and cherries.

T: A sweet malty beer with notes of dark fruit, raisins, and cherries. A tart dry finish.

M: Thin to slightly medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink... low ABV. Nothing really exciting about this beer to speak of. Solid Belgian Dark Ale.

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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 rodenbach99
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

brown 330ml bottle, serve in a reel Het Kapittel glass.

Bought in a restaurant.

A: Nice brown colour, some head but no real retention.
S: Some malt, lots of sugar,
T: very malty, some residual sugar,
M: Nice body, good mouthfeel
D: Nice double style

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Photo of bbothen
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 Ml bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks Ed Ledger.

Pours a murky deep red/murky brown. 1 finger head dissipates into slight skim & tiny bubbles around glass. Lots of sticky lacing left on glass with each drink.

Smells sweet, & aroma of dark fruit. Fig. Smells of slight belgian yeast.

Tastes fruity sweet, slight hop bitterness, big malt, raisin, plum.

Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation.

Flavorful beer. I'd have again. Probably better examples of the style. Priced right.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 thierrynantes
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 1999.

Appearance: brown-burgundy color, tan foam head little tight and fairly stable.
Smell : assertive hop malt caramel aroma, light wooded and yeast.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet, generous and balanced, bitter taste with notes of toasted caramel.
Drinkability : ga ood beer in the style dubbel dark

Review translated from french 5-26-2008.

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

A - Poured an amber color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Caramel sweet malt and a little bit of spice

T - Malt at first then some fruit comes out

M - Theres lots of carbonation in this one

D - I think its worth a try its good for a couple of drinks

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

Appearance- Trancluscent, amber/ruby with a good, loose off white head. The head has good retention, and leaves a very impressive lace.

Aroma: Aroma is kind of under-stated. I get just the barest hint of horse blanket/barnyard smell. Some malt sweetness, and just a tad sulfer at the very edge of perceptability.

Flavor- Fairly complex mixture of malt sweetness, barnyard, and oddly enough, has what can only be described as a meaty aftertaste. Some hints of dark fruits (raisin, plum, red grapes). Just enough hops to let you know this is beer, which is fine for the style. The malt sweetness, tannins and hops mix on the back of the tounge very nicely. I'm not much into Belgian beers, but this stuff ain't half bad.

Mouthfeel- The body is a slightly syrumpy, but only medium body. Well-carboanted. A pronounced puckering quality, probably due to the tannins.

Drinkability- I'm not a good judge of Belgian beers, but I like this stuff. Which probably means real waffle-heads don't like it, but the rest of us would find it a good introduction to Belgian styles.

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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 Absumaster
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A brown, red beer with a creamy head, which collapses after several minutes.

Smell is malty with caramel, a light diacetylic smell which isn't bad and earthy. The yeast gives the beer a spicy smell.

Taste is caramellic and sweet malty, with no room for any bitterness, only a very low bitterness to support the malt. Liquorice and a light roast. A very smooth mouthfeel and a medium body. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry with some sweet malty caramel. which lingers.

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Photo of deeplennon
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Newer bottle design then one shown in the picture, featuring four monks at a table quaffing brew.

Great caramel color, aroma and flavor, lack of overall depth in the latter two though keeps the beer from being outstanding. Balance between the low alcohol and sweetness is just about perfect. The depth they did achieve is probably about as much as you can get in a 6% Belgian. Very very very easy to drink, an evening of these would be nothing to complain about.

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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 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 oelergud
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark opaque brownish red body with good carbonation. Light tan head of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent lace and low retention.
Dark bread and slightly sweet scent. Fairly mild.
Taste is also sweet dark bread. Aftertaste is pretty much the same.
A simple and very pleasant taste.
Medium fullness of body, abit of coating and slick.
Good drinkability, simple mild and sweet, very pleasant.


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Photo of kernalklink
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent belgian dark- nice frothy pour, sticky lace. Strong aromas of dried fruits- currants, raisin and a great spicy balance. Not too sweet, but definately a presence of caramel sugars. Nice finish with an oily hop profile which allows the spicy sweetness to continue to the end. Not as dynamic as others of the style, but a refreshing intro to the dark belgians.

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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 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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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.6 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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