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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 164
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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Photo of EPICAC
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this at Delerium Cafe in Brussels.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber-brown with an off-white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving patchy lace.

Smell: Caramel maltiness, with an intriguing smoky character.

Taste: Caramel sweetness, light pepper, toasty malts with a neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Too sweet.

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Photo of Beeryce
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Possesses a wonderful nose, complex and diverse, with sweet and slightly roasty/smokey maltiness as well as wafts of musty alcohol and a faint floral/piney hoppiness. Light tan head is very creamy with a fair amount of volume and good stability and retention producing nice lacing. The beer’s color was a light amber and clear for the first pour, but a turbid almost silty brown when the second pour added the sediment from the bottle conditioning which also darkened the head considerably to a light brown. The carbonation is moderately low.

The taste is likewise rather complex, starting out malty sweet of brown sugar and caramel. This transitions to more of a roasted smokey maltiness with alcohol really coming through. The finish is a balanced slight smokey bitterness with malt dominating but hops nicely accenting. Overall awesomely balanced but malt plays the lead role and the alcohol is not hid, instead complementing the taste wonderfully. A slight metallic taste was present but not so much as to be overpowering or too distracting.

The mouthfeel was slightly syrupy which matched well with overall taste making it a highly drinkable, sessionable beer. I also enjoyed the artwork on the label, 4 monks drinking. A certified Abby Ale and a great beer, a must try Belgian, highly recommended.

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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 CH3CH2OH
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faint malt aroma, no hops to speak of. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a fine, tan head, almost a mousse. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light back bone of malt with a finish of noble hop bitterness. Esters a subdued for this variety. Nice drinkability; an excellent session beer. Aroma - 7; Appearance - 2; Flavor - 11; Mouthfeel - 3; OI - 7 (30/50).

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Photo of Sigmund
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark, as "Kapittel Watou Pater" (no "Het" on the label anymore). ABV is 6.0%. Clear and beautiful reddish brown colour, large and lasting light tan head. Nice malty aroma with notes of caramel and bakery, hints of wood, Christmas spices and dark fruits. Flavour is malty sweet but also fruity and zesty, quite nice. Some spices in the background. Definitely not a bad beer, but a tad too sweet to make me ecstatic.

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

Poured a creamy brown with a thick head, some retention and lacing with a ton of carbonation.

Smell was yeasty, musty, and spicy with some banana and date notes.

Taste is full of spicy yeast with hints of apples and cherries, a touch of alcohol and mustyness. Has a mild bit of earthy hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is creamy and light.

A light and easy to drink belgian brown.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with an absolutely massive head that hangs around for quite awhile before settling into a rootbeer float-like creamy mass with excellent lacing.

Smell is malty with nice dark fruit character, dates and cherries mostly. There is also a doughy yeastiness with very subdued hints of spices.

Taste is not what I had expected of a dark ale. The caramel malt is still a major player up front, but then a strage fruity mustiness that would be more at home in an Old Ale takes over. Finish is quite dry and has understated leafy hop bitterness and yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

I found this beer to be unusual and tasty. Sort of a belgian old ale. Interesting fruit complexity and malt profile. Mustyness is what keeps me coming back, but then again I like the olde ale style almost as much as a belgian dark.

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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 Fugazme
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy/auburn color... not much head to speak of... a decent appearing beer.

Aroma is pretty good... slightly yeasty/bready with fig/raisin... some medicinal qualities and alcohol.

Taste is malty upfront with good dried fruit qualities through the middle... again, bready/yeasty.

I'd say this beer is "ok"... pretty average and non-complex.

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Kapittel Pater from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.6 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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