Kapittel Dubbel
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3.75 | pDev: 8.8%
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Quite dark russet (red/brown). Poured with mild haze and strikingly quick to form 5Cm pale-tan head. The latter notable as the bottle had rested weeks and been chilled + poured gently. Much sludge left in bottle too.
S- It's light for me, just some mild woody notes. [perhaps it opens up more when more of the chill has lifted].
T- Quite unexpected for a dubbel, I still sense the woody aspect here, decent malts, and a moderate hoppy note into the finish but I was expecting several more identifiable notes it being a Belgian 7.5% dubbel. Now and again I wonder if I'm getting a fruit note, a fleeting mildy sour note like a mild sour cherry?
F- At 7.5% I'd expected something 'meatier'/richer, this is dryer than allows for that. I'll also say it hides it's ABV well.
O- There isn't enough going on with this beer for me to like it much. For some reason it seems very different from the 'Belgian Dubbel' style, and I've had a few dozen examples. Since I paid a premium for this as niche-beer import into the UK, I won't be paying that premium to buy it again.
ps. New lable. Now it's a group of 4 monks sat around a table toasting each other with fresh glasses of beer.
330ml bottle BB: 11/02/2021 Bought from: BeerOfEurope (UK).

Mar 25, 2020
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FLima from Brazil

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light brown color with a thick head with decent retention.
Aroma with notes of creamy chocolate, raisins, caramel and some cocoa.
Flavor with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, black fruits, nutmeg, sprinkles of cocoa, lots of brown sugar and red grapes. Dry aftertaste with a residual taste of the combination above.
Medium that feels close to full body with excessive carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% has a flavoring note.
Average sweet Dubbel with predominant chocolatey and fruity notes. Too sweet and didn’t like the carbonation explosion.

Oct 10, 2019
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


Pours a cloudy reddish brown, yellowish head dissipates slowly.

Smells of brett, cherries, apple and caramel.

Tart cherry and apple over caramel malt with some oak and bretty yeast.

Full body with light carbonation on the tongue.

Really nice bright dubbel, very enjoyable and worth trying.

Dec 23, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. Those monks just seem to still be carrying on and on, and are well appropriate for the current festive season.

This beer pours a murky dark red brick amber hue, with three fingers of fizzy, loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly ecru head, which leaves a bit of rare speckled lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of bready caramel malt, yeast, muddled dark fruits akin to plum, prune, and faint figs, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is more bready caramel malt, a touch of dry toffee, mixed black fruit, singed brown sugar, a bit of musty red wine, and earthy, dead leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit frizzante, but settles to a dull hum soon enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and a bit tacky in its smoothness, with a touch of nascent creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the malt, fruitiness, and booze all mixing and mingling amicably.

An agreeable enough dubbel, perhaps not as complex as their compadres around the region, but serviceable on this cold winter day. And were that I could have a round with those salubrious gents on the label.

Dec 21, 2013
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newton99 from Belgium

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not much head and darkbrown-redshining beer. Nose is worty and very sweetmalty, greenmalt like. Some good maltynes there as there is also some of that good smelling green stuff from poperinge. Getting better also after some sips and taste is sweet, full bodied, licorice and light to moderate bitterness. Joyfull brew that shows good carbonisation and smooth mouthfeel by nice caramellic taste. Still a bit greenmalty but more then just the average but you have to like it sweet and mellow.

Apr 04, 2013
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DrinkSlurm from New York

3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into its own Chalice at a cafe in a little town in Belgium...Pours a somewhat seethrough brown/molasses color. A bit of white head. Smells of sweet candi malts and drued fruits. Taste of very sweet candi, malts, dried fruit, maybe some chocolate...its nice but not amazing. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Overall, worth a try if the price is right, but ive had better dubbel's before.

Sep 13, 2012
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise tulip glass.

A - This beer pours a ruby amber colour, with a large frothy jead that is off white and retains quite well.

S - Has plenty of roasted aromas from the bottle. Once poured the roasted aromas still dominate.

T - This brew has vanilla up front that is followed by a sweet cough medicine type flavour before finishing with a sweet boozyness.

M - Has medium carbonation and a medium body.

D - Quite a robust Dubbel and considering it's not one of my favoured styles I enjoyed it very much.

Nov 19, 2010
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xylophonica from Australia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, pale brown colour. Mild yeast patterns forming on top of the beer.

S - Malty with an every so slight touch of caramel.

T - Bitter malt. Mildly sweet nutty flavour with some touches of caramel.

M - Smooth but not particularly interesting.

D - Really this beer is just way too sweet. Doesn't really rate as a good dubbel. Fairly disappointing.

Nov 05, 2010
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SleepyMonk from Australia

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle poured into a chalice.

The body is dark with a ruby red hue when held up to the light. Fluffy tan colored head that rises up to 2 fingers and falls down to a generous and lightly aerated coverage that tightens up towards the edge of the glass. Light patchy lace.

Aroma is slightly more complex than other dubbels. Nose is dominated by the usual dark Belgian standard of dry plumb and dark fruits with bread dough like malts.

Taste is a little lacking in complexity but once again the old standard of malts, caramelized sugar, roasted dark fruits and a weak tone of aged fortified wine dominate the taste profile.

Surprisingly light bodied and complemented by a picture perfect quantity of carbonation, this Dubbel is silky smooth and rich. In a category with many offering however, this one doesn't provide enough to stand out. The taste and aromatic profiles, whilst well structured, are not complex enough nor are they characterized by a defining feature.

Indeed, this is a good beer but its still more of the same.

Jul 24, 2010
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endovelico from Portugal

4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

33l bottle. Served cold. Best served before Jan-2011. Poured into cut glass Stein. Taken from notes. Reviewed on 30-09-2009. Reviewed under strong artificial light.

Appearance: Pours a muddy mahogany brew with a big foamy tan head. The head lasts throughout but there's no perceivable effervescence or lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Condition OK. The aroma is of medium low intensity with a very balanced profile of chocolate, raisins, yeast dough, dark Belgian candy sugar, rum, cinnamon and a faint touch of spices. The alcohol is very subdued which is great since it makes the drinking experience much more enjoyable as the beer warms.

Taste: Condition OK. High strength and balanced, this brew showcases a flavorful sweetness on the palate with notes of chocolate, caramel, molasses, Belgian candy sugar, raisins, some spiciness and a faint smokiness/earthiness on the back. Again, the alcohol is really shy on the tongue but you can still pick it up in the wide harmony of flavors.

Palate: Beautiful. The carbonation is low, the texture is creamy and coating. The brew itself is full bodied and finishes semi-dry but leaves a lasting aftertaste of caramel, molasses and a bit of smokiness. The balance is excellent with some notes dominating others, but rarely overshadowing.

Drinkability: Great drinkability, one can barely notice the alcohol. Its not cloying, at all, but showcases a sugary treat sweetness so it takes alot to get tired of Het Kapitel Dubel. The price quality ratio is excellent and the beer itself is true to style, probably the best Dubbel i've had so far. The only reason im not giving it 5 on drinkability is because it lacks a certain "it" that transcends the style.

Sep 30, 2009
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a small 1 finger thinner looking off-white head that quickly dissipates to a decent film cap and leaves some immediate lacing down the sides. Colour is dark brown, auburn or burnt umber. Some film stays until the very end and leaves some nice lacing.

SMELL: A mild nose of caramel malt with dark fruits, such as raisins and prunes mostly. Slight touch of toffee with and underlying faint roastiness in the background, which was definitely a nice touch. Pleasant, but needs to be a little bolder.

TASTE: Lots of sweet caramel malt up front with some toffee and dark fruits again. Not much bitterness and the roastiness doesn't show up, unfortunately. A sweet malt aftertaste lingers and is just barely on the right side of too sweet. Alcohol is well hidden as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium to low carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite and finishes on the dry side of the spectrum. Quite smooth for a 7.5% dubbel.

OVERALL: A good and enjoyable brew, but nothing spectacular. Very average in fact. I'd have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way to bring one home.

Mar 31, 2009
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AlexLMS from Portugal

4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: medium to deep amber colour. Clear. The head is tan, medium sized and moussy. Fair retention and good lacing.
Aroma: caramel, fruits, spices and sweet malts.
Taste: toasted malts, caramel, spices and red port wine.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and silky, medium to low carbonation, high but very well disguised alcoholic strength and a full body.
Finish: lingering bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall: very good beer. The alcohol is definitely there but it settles quite well in the palate, producing a very balanced ale.

Apr 07, 2008
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BlindPig from Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- About a 1inch tan head on a brown/ruby body. Head retention is ok but there is a nice thick lacing that stays on for a long time.
S- The first things to hit the nose are cherries and light alcohol. Breads a some toffee malts are also found in there, also a light different aroma is there too. I can't put my finger on what it is.
T- A blend of cherries, other dark fruits. Blend of malts and a light yeast and bread flavors. A light burnt and roasted flavor comes out as it warms up too.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- I think it is pretty good. Few odd flavors or aroma but other than that a very decent beer.

Jul 10, 2007
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with a big, creamy head and some yeast flakes swirling around.

Smell is light malty with some doughy smells and a light caramel smell. This beer smells actually more like caramel coloring agent has been used.

Taste is malty and doughy with very little caramel or 'brown' taste. It actually tastes like a dyed blond beer. There are some differences of course, but I miss the dark malts. There is the light spicy taste of the yeast. After some sips I get a light alcohol warming sensation in the back of my mouth and some maltbitterness. Aftertaste is dry, but sweet and sticky.

Jul 08, 2007
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date of 2006, Sampled March 2007
Pours with an almost brilliantly clear, amber-copper color. It is topped by a frothy, initially three-finger thick light tan colored head. The aroma smells of caramel, cider, musty leather, tobacco and some sherry-like oxidized malt notes. Aromatic touches of plum, raisin and a spicy woody character are all noticeable at times as well.

The taste is fairly sweet, with a medium fullness to it that seems quite a bit lighter than one would expect from a 10% brew. Touches of apple cider, tart plums, raisins and perhaps a touch of figs add to the fruitiness found in this beer. Caramelize malt notes are definitely noticeable as is a light biscuit-like character in the finish. Also in the finish is just a touch of sherry (the light oxidation shows up more in the nose than it does in the flavor). There is a touch of woody, or maybe leaf-like character here as well as a rich malty note that does not contribute near as much as I would like. This really just seems a bit flabby in the flavor department, there is not a whole lot going on, especially for a beer of this strength.

Apr 14, 2007
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EPICAC from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ruby-brown with a brown head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving little lace.

Smell: Light, but notes of caramel malts and dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet upfront with raisins and brown sugar. The finish is lightly peppery with hints of roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation, and light warming alcohol.

Drinkability: A little too sweet.

Dec 20, 2006
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Sigmund from Norway

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, as "Kapittel Watou Dubbel" (no "Het" anymore), bought in Frederikshavn, Denmark. ABV is 7.5%. Chestnut colour, large light tan head. Lovely caramel aroma, also hops and dark fruits, hints of sherry, spices and oak. Flavour has also caramel sweetness with lightly roasted malts and moderate oaky and spicy elements, nice. Moderate hops in the finish. A pleasant beer to drink, will appeal to people with a "sweet tooth".

Jul 27, 2006
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 09-07. Not much head and darkbrown-redshining beer. Nose is worty and very sweetmalty, greenmalt like. Some good maltynes there as there is also some of that good smelling green stuff from poperinge. Getting better also after some sips and taste is sweet, full bodied, licorice and light to moderate bitterness. Joyfull brew that shows good carbonisation and smooth mouthfeel by nice caramellic taste. Still a bit greenmalty but more then just the average but you have to like it sweet and mellow.

Nov 21, 2005
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tjd25 from France

4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Some big bubbles create a thin foamy head. The body is of a beautiful mahogany purple color. The smell reveals a strong but enjoyable winy aroma, combined with yeast and citrus. An impression of wood too.
The taste develops the wine characteristics present in the smell: grapes and wood with a very thin veil of citrus. Hops are very floral and create a nice thick mouthfeel, that is also smooth, creamy and unctuous. A surprising element was the sweet and almost soda-like character of the Leroy Stout, made by the same brewery. It is very subtle in this brew, and combines harmoniously with the other elements to create an interesting and very drinkable beer.

May 08, 2004
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