Kapittel Abt | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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Kapittel AbtKapittel Abt

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Paquette on 11-29-2002

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle – Poured a hazy golden brew with a huge head with perfect retention. Carbonation is excellent with bubble coming back on top minutes after the beer was poured. Aroma is very floral with some sweetness in the background; no alcohol aroma even though this is quite strong. The mix of spice is great with a nice mix between sweet (honey?) and something a bit stronger that I can’t quite distinguish. Again, the alcohol is not detectable which I always appreciate from stronger beer. Overall, this has to make you appreciate strong Belgian Ale.

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Photo of Campodog
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle.

It pours a murky red/orange/brown with a huge white head. The head looks perfect, but the color could be a bit brighter. The head sticks and sticks and sticks with a nice fluffy mound on top and then it finally recedes with some nice lacing.

The smell is rather intriguing. It has a classic honey-like malt scent with some candied fruits. The x factor is coming from the yeast, there is an unusual but enticing aroma, slightly spicy, almost root-like.

The taste is pretty good as well. The yeast is just dominating here, tons of fruity esters, some spiciness, and it melds nicely with the sweet graham crackery malt.

It is a full-bodied, full-flavored tripel, a nice suprise.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.73/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

04/21/05- On tap at the Toronado during Belgian Beer Month

Presentation- From the tap into a standard tulip.

Appearance- Golden-orange pour with a tight creamy white head and very sticky lace along the sides.

Smell- Had to sniff alot to bring out the fruity and sweet scents. Maybe a tad bit of clove to the nose.

Taste- Possibly the best tasting brew I have had. Very sweet and balanced with a mix of spices, pepper, and about a handful of fruits. Almost a bit sugary.

Mouthfeel- Perfect carbonation, thick mouthcoating elixer.

Drinkability- Wow, if I didn't have to try others that I wanted I would have just had three of these and called it a day. Absolutely incredible.

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Photo of twinshen
4.69/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Erwin_Sakkers
4.56/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gehrig
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, cider-orange body with a thick finger of off-white foam leaving multiple rings around the Ommegang glass--excellent appearance. Lots of fruit and yeast on the nose--peach, pear, apricot, a nod to vanilla, and some pepper. I wouldn't mind more spice, but this is a very good smell.

Delicious, boozy taste, strong but smooth, very fruity, creamy, with a slightly tart finish--perhaps some latent berry emerging as it warms? The texture is just right--effervescent and silky smooth. The 10% ABV catches up soon enough, but this is more than a sipper, to be sure.

Strong, smooth, and mostly sweet, Abt is a gem not to be missed. Nothing short of outstanding, one of the best Tripels I've had in a long time.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is bright orange in color and very hazy, although you can still see some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass. The head is huge and fluffy, forming little piles of down all over the ale. Simply gorgeous!

Smell – The bitter, hoppy orange rinds drive the big yeasty aroma. This is a very big and balanced Tripel with some strong, traditional spicing.

Taste – The huge orangy sweetness was a pleasant surprise since I didn’t pick it up at the nose. The malts are big as well and heavily toasted. The spices are sharp and powdery, making this one a classic.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel here is full and fluffy. This Abt has terrific carbonation and is very complex. The light alcohol sting keeps the drinker honest.

Drinkability – This is amazing. It is the real deal. The sharp, complex and mature orangish flavors, the heavy but pure spicing, and the incredible mouthfeel make this a winner.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Abt pours a hazy orange-gold body beneath a two-fingered head of bright white foam that settles by one finger to a creamy cap. The head retention is excellent, holding a thin lid throughout the entire glass. The lacing, however, could be a bit better but it does leave some short walls of lace that slip readily back into the beer after each sip, and some wide splashes of lace that initially stick to the sides of the goblet.

The nose is somewhat perfumey, sweet, and peppery. It's bready and doughish with a touch of must, a bit of sugar candy, some spiciness, and a smear of background floral, spicy, and leafy hops.

It's effervescent, very-fine-bubbled, natural carbonation leaves it spritzy on the tongue with a medium body.

The flavor offers the same bready, dough-like (w/ a mild note of vanilla) malt that the nose suggests; with a sugary side that's balanced by a solid bitterness, some peppery spiciness and phenolics (clove), a spritz of citrus, a handful of spicy hops, and low-key alcohol. It's rich but not full, and quite vibrant if not perfectly rounded - but a tripel needs a little bit of bite to it to grab your attention.

This is an excellent tripel with an interesting hoppy and spicy side that's similar to their hommel bier. Very nicely done!

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Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Pours an amber orange colour, with a big head that takes its time do fade, leaving a good lace. Smell of tropical fruits, spices (coriander, cloves), caramel... somedy said ripened cheese, I agree. Very sticky palate, full body. Taste of tropical fruits, caramel, sugar, honey, vanilla, spices. Great.

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Photo of Franck
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah-ha. A palette cleanser after that Abomination of a beer called Barf-hoff. This came as part of a 4-pack Holiday promotion.

Hopped with Brewer's Gold, Hallertau, and Challenger.

OG=18 degrees Plato (1.072), 35 IBUs, 10% ABV.

Pours out to a clear light amber with lots of particulate sediment suspended in the beer but not really interfering with the clarity. Forms a large soapy white head with very good retention and nice sticky sheets of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is very nice, and I'll say it again..."Unibroue"...very spicy cloves, light yeast, fragrant apples, and cleanly fermented. Swirling produces some notable pleasant alcohol, pineapple and plums. Mouthfeel is spritzy at first but becomes tart in the finish with a deceivingly light body. Taste begins with phenolic clove sweetness followed by fresh green apples, but not sour. The malts in the middle are substantial with a nice vanilla and honey sweetness balancing out the mild floral and spicy hops. A little tart in the finish. There is a brief medicinal and metallic note in the aftertaste...also lingering notes of distant tobacco which is kinda odd for the style. Warms the pipes as it goes down. As it warms, the spritziness mellows and the malts become more pronounced, stealing some of the attention from the yeasty phenols.

A very nice Belgian Tripple, along the lines of a Unibroue 10, 11, or Allagash Tripel. Impressive, but perhaps not quite as amazing as the aforementioned. Recommended, and my favorite from the Kapittel line-up.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle pored into a wine glass. pores a slightly hazy deep golden color with lots of yeast sediment. nice white puffy head that lasts the whole session.

smell is yeasty, spicey, earthly hops, fruity, wheat and peaches.

i like this taste. it's very spicey and malty. very fruity. some apricots and peaches. leaves some nice hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

light bodied with plenty of carbonation.

dangerously drinkable. alcohol is hidden blasphemously well. i'll be going off to bed soon from this one.

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Photo of ajs4bd
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of iskeptici
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label says HET KAPITTEL ABT... slightly different spelling.

Orange-ish with a big pillowy white head and lots of carbonation. Perfumey, yeasty, spicy, earthy hop aroma. Spicy candi sugar sweetness with a tripel like flavor and a spicy dry finish. Light mouthfeel considering strength due to high degree of carbonation. Alcohol strength is subdued and deceptive but comes out a bit as it warms.

(11.2 oz / 330ml bottle)

MJ states: 18 degrees Plato / 1072 Orig Grav. 35 IBUs (Brewer's Gold, Hallertau, and Challenger hops)

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Photo of sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezer's. Had never heard of it, let alone tried it.

Poured hazy golden, modest head recedes to ring and leaves plenty of lacing.

Estery heat, faintly sour, complex malty sweetness.

Way super smooth, balanced. Faint hop bitterness blending delightfully with the complex malty and yeasty flavors. Reluctantly backed off from scoring this a 5.

Perfectly carbonated, pleasant coating, medium full body.

Way too easy to drink. I would not get tired of drinking this stuff, though the size would inhibit sessions. Assuming it could be found. Great beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour very slowly, thick pillowy white head that stays and leaves a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet, smooth, no alcohol, finish is very mellow. It would be better to have a 500ml bottle of this. Pricey, $4.89 for a 330ml bottle from Tulley's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the best tripels i ever had!! What a surprise to drink this one. Actually my wife drank it and i had a few sips.

Poured in my Westvleteren chalice the beer looks very good. As you can expect from a tripel the white head is big and fluffy and the beer itself is nice yellow with good carbonation.

Good smell, like a tripel should be. Very soft and balanced taste. Banana and something sweet.

Respect for this one!!!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Local Provisions. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy with a light brown body. Two fingers of thick white head. Lot's of yeast specs. Good carbonation coming up. A nice wall of lace on one side of the glass and a finger of retention.

S - Dark fruit, sugars. Quite nice. Rich dark fruit. Some yeast.

T - Dark fruit, sugar. Tripel elements are there with yeast and orange with dark fruit like plums. Yeast and a light alcohol note with a mild spicy hop as well.

M - Light tingly carbonation, medium to full body, sweet then dry finish.

O/D - Like a Tripel and Quad blended together. Subtle yet really complex. Nice stuff.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange rustic brown with a haze, some visible carbonation and almost no head of a yellowish colour.

S: Caramel, toffee, light fruitiness like orange zest, glue.

T: Caramel, honey, lightly sweet, toasted barley, glue.

M: Very fresh, zesty, clean and crisp light fine bubbles, smooth finish.

O: Got in Kunming, drank here April 25. Was overjoyed to find this in China, especially after enjoying others from the same brewer while in Watou, Belgium. Very smooth feel for the style, lacking the same harshness many other triples have.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This one will leave your tastebuds tingling! High ABV manifests in the taste. Aroma is light and appearance is good, orange gold with oily head. But the taste is where this beer shines. Sharp and spicy and heavy bodied, this a great beer for a cold day.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2006. Poured into a Belgian chalice.

A-Opens with a hiss of intense carbonation.Amber with 2 inches of off-white head that leaves soapy lacing.

S-Dark stewed fruit, candi sugar.

T-This one has aged very well. Fruity esters right up front fade into a pleasantly sweet, well-balanced melange of brown sugar and alcohol. The finish is muted, with a slight warming quality on the back of the throat. Well done.

M-Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D-High. I've got a couple vintage bottles of this that I will be enjoying over the next few weeks!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Spied this little monster on sale during my recent inaugural trip to the Brewers Rendezvous in Downey. On sale for $4.99 for a 330ml / 11,2 fl.oz. bottle it’s not one to fill the fridge with. Yet at 10% ABV it is good to have one or two stashed away somewhere for those days when you need something “big” to unwind after those really hard days. Today was one such day.

Appearance: Pours with lovely hazy golden body that some orange luminous qualities when backlit, which also highlights a gazillion streamers all furiously rising to the underside of the thick white head that is comprised of tiny bubbles with a pillow like but fluffy uneven surface. The head does not lace much but it does leave the odd speck and partial ring that slides back down into the glass after a short period, either my glass is very clean or the head hates to be parted from the beer.

Nose: A pungently fruity, spicy and ethanolic nose. Powerful yet refined, it is both a warning and an All-Day/All-Rides entrance ticket. Some hints of spicy yeasts mixed with a fresh bread feel in the back end.

Taste: Starts with a marvelous stunning punch of serene warming alcohol mixed with some spicy hops, the type of punch you don’t mind getting. Light grain malts with a dough-like middle that has a strong fruity “Tripel” feel. Spicy hops that have an organic feel almost at times, really add a citric zest to this Tripel. Very impressive.

Mouthfeel: Powerful but not heavy, this is a gentle giant of a Tripel that you can easily handle. Warming when swallowed, I swear it also warms the mouth when swirled around the tongue. Huge mouthfeel that demands respect. The gullet warming lasts a long time.

Drinkability: It’s the second and last beer of night for me, but the 330ml still disappeared a lot quicker than I expected. The alcohol is well absorbed in the Tripel body – but be warned that it is still there. I better get to bed before this one sneaks up on me.

Overall: From the makers of Poperinges Hommelbier, it is often a surprise to some that they also produce a great range of Abbey beers. The Het Kapittel (The Chapter) range has been brewed since 1946, and along with the Pater & Prior, the Abt is one of the best of the range IMO. Well worth the money!

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Photo of marburg
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I *heart* belgians.


This is another prime example of a quality Belgian beer. A sweet, sugary, tulip aroma greets you before you take a sip of this delightful brew. Beautiful yellow-orange color, like a crayon. Light tastes of lemon and orange on the tongue. Lively mouthfeel. The alcohol is noticeable but is managed well. I gotta think that this thing would age really well.

Nice tripel.

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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
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