Kapittel Pater | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
Belgium
brouwerijvaneecke.be

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-01-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
166
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
11.39%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 166 |  Reviews: 107
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 newton99
2.89/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 zonker17
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz beer was poured into a St. Stefanus glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a dismal head that reduced to nothing. It is cloudy amber brown with little clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Fruity, spicy, some chocolate, caramel malts, honey, apple, pear, and some dark fruits.

Taste: Everything along the sane lines as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light, a bit watery, low carbonation, medium bodied, and super easy to drink.

Overall: A good BDA that I got from volunteering the BBF last year. Good to know it held up for over a year. A have two other styles from the brewery that I am looking forward to this week.

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Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of prisoner1572
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Filosoof
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like most Van Eecke beers, but this one is really nothing special.

All the standard elements that can be mentioned about brown beers, can be mentioned here: candy sugar, caramel etc. It gives a reasonable top. Necessary finishing bitterness is missing.

And then....do I enjoy? No, I'm sorry.

Some kind of sourness in the smell makes me deciding not to finish my glass. It is drinkable, but when you have better beers in your fridge....

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Photo of PierceMyers
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 Keegan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JGuill
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dirty brown colour. Good lacing.

Smell is yeasty chocolate and cherries. Slight metallic notes.

Taste is malt, cherries, chocolate, sweetness roast and hops. Also yeast underlying this. Flavours are very full-on, almost raw.

Mouthfeel is decent with some sour astringency.

Overall a very full-flavoured beer for the ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of educorgan
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of u2carew
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz longneck
A) Pours with a big tan head that settles quickly leaving a nice lacing at the edge of the glass. Clear ruby body.
S) Bread. Brown sugar. But not very aromatic.
T) Malty sweetness. Caramel. Toffee. Hints of plum and raisins.
M) Creamy. Smooth. Medium body.
O) A pretty decent brew. I think if I happen upon it again I would drink it again.

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Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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

The appearance is pretty normal for Belgian Dark Ale. Tight bubbles dissipate quickly and leave little in the way of a head. The smell is nice and gets better as it warms and it comes out. Smell of vanilla and spice and dark fruit. The taste is not too bad but left a little of an off taste on the palate. Overall not a bad dark some good qualities but pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of socon67
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a thin head of foam. Head dissaptes quickly.

S - Smells of licorice, candy, and caramel. Has a smell like opening that box of chocolate for the first time.

T - Flavors of coffee, licorice, and Coca-Cola. Very sweet, and the flavors come at you in waves. The finish has a bitterness of a morning cup of java.

M - Unfortuantely, this is a bit too thin and watery. So while it is easy to drink, would like a little more body on this one.

O - Worth trying, but not a regular beer to seek out. I acutally liked it as part of a belgian sampling with dinner. Treat it as such.

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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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