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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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