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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 SmasNadroj
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with gusto- a great head that slowly diminishes and leaves "stained glass" lace behind.

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 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 CHickman
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque brown with some orange color around the edges and a small 1/4 inch tan head that faded pretty quickly; OK lacing that slid down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, nut, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, grains, raisins, molasses, some orange peel and whiffs of alcohol. Pretty nice nose that was sweet and complex.

Tastes of sweet malt, nut, caramel, yeast, grains, dark fruit like raisins and plums, molasses, brown sugar and faint alcohol like rum. Pretty complex flavor that is sweet overall, yet complicated enough to be enjoyable as it ends with a sweet fruity taste much like a port wine. It's mellow throughout, but then resembles the slight bitter feel of a merlot and the tannins as it slides down; it was a nice sipper.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy yet chewy at the same time, with a medium body and very light carbonation. Easy to drink as this brew hides the alcohol well. A good beer, but it just didn't blow me away.

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

On tap at Le Trappe SFO poured into Kapittel chalice 3.31.10.

1 1/2 finger tan head, medium dissipation with big lacing. Dark brown body with some red highlights when held up to the light. the nose is hard to break down, though the belgian yeast in noticeable, I picked up raisins, molasses and faint hops. The taste is quite complex, lots of dark fruit, raisins, dark cherries, plums, a bit of candi sugar, hops are not very noticeable, could have used a bit more assertive hops to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is full with a medium dry finish, not sticky sweet. Drinkability is quite high, a relatively low ABV for the style. I was glad to have this quite rare tap version, though not something I'd have again.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy nut-brown with a slight amber hue to it. beige colored head, on the thinner side, stays for about 30 seconds then settles leaving some spotty lacing.

S- very light, some earthy qualities, with a slight hint of toffee and coffee, only lightly there. some yeastyness also there. not very strong at all, slightly dissapointing.

T- Same dissapointment as the aroma, weak, although not as weak. sweet caramel maltiness, some fruit in the middle with a yeasty bready finish.

M/D- medium bodied, low carbonation. drinkable but a little weak for my likeing, especially at 6% ABV. would like a little more of everything.

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

Taken from notes. Poured into chalice. Reviewed on 30-11-2009.

Appearance: This beer is of a hazy brown color and rises a small tan fizzy head leaving no lacing or presenting any perceivable effervescence. No floaties. I like the color but I'm a bit disappointed about the head retention.

Aroma: Of medium strength. Notes of caramel, nuts, some hop freshness, chocolate and rum. Very enjoyable.

Taste: Medium strength. Strong notes of caramel, chocolate, raisins and rum. Assertive presence of black patent roastiness and a yeast bite on the back. Theres also a strong metallic off flavor. Lacks depth, but overall enjoyable.

Palate: Medium low bitterness, coating on the tongue, low carbonation, barely noticeable alcohol, medium full to full bodied. Leaves lasting sweet/black patent roasty aftertaste. Balanced, enjoyable and hides the alcohol very well.

Drinkability: Decent price, fits the style somewhat (may be missing some berry/dark fruits action). Doesn't stand out from others of the same style but most likely enjoyable to people who like other beers from the same brewery.

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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 benfons
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown colour with a thin head.

S: Hops with a slight sourness in it. Also a small hint of chocolate and cofee.

T: Coffee, hops and a bit of caramel. Rather onedimensional bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Lots of thin carbonation. Kind of sticky, alcohol is quite noticeable.

Not my favourite beer, not bad, but nothing more then that.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Deep ruby red in color, with a good inch and a half of tan head. About a quarter inch of the head remains after all is said and done, and the lace is pretty good too.

Aroma is a temperate butteryness, at best. Really not much going on here.

Taste is at least a step above the aroma. Still buttery, but we also get a strong presence of malts and maybe a touch of the dark fruits one expects to find in this style. Nothing extravegant, though.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, or medicinal. Not really much to count off for, but nothing to write home about, either. Drinkable enough, but I wouldn't recomend paying for more than one of these.

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Photo of nick76
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is sweet and grassy with dust, caramel, and lightly fruity. The appearance is amber brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a good hop bitterness to balance the caramel malt. The palate is thin but OK. The finish is a touch metallic. Overall I like it.

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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 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 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 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 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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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.6 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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