Kapittel Abt | Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.

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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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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 138
Photo of chumba526
2.04/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appears hazy orange with a large off color white head.

It smells quite citrusy. There is also a strong candi sugar type of a smell. There is also a bit of an alcohol smell to the beer.

It tastes a bit metallic there is a strong clove like flavor. I get a bit of an alcohol burn from the beer. There is also an odd taste to the beer. There is a sweet overbearing candi sugar flavor to the beer. It almost tastes like something that died. There is also a funky fruit taste to the beer as well.

There is a high carbonation level and there is a bit of a crisp mouth feel to the beer.

The drinkability is limited and it is very alcohol like and rough around the edges. There is a weird meat like metallic flavor as well. The flavor kind of makes me kind of feel like throwing up.

Overall a rough, clumsy beer. Not a very good tripel. A pretty gross beer.

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Photo of Crosling
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Zotte in Amsterdam, Holland.

Light Peach.

The nose is big, sweet and has hints of orange, but beyond that, it is non-existant.

Big, sweet, slightly cloying with a strong hop spicyness throughout especially up front. Notes of orange, lemon, marmalade and vanilla. The cloying sweetness, poor depth and lack of body ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of crnipeter
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep golden with two fingers thick white creamy head that lasts.

Aroma is predominantly phenolic (spicy & clove-like) with citrus-peel esters, unexpected bready-doughish malt and noticeable spicy alcohol.

Flavor is peppery with intense, almost astringent phenolic bitterness that combined with carbonation lends dry finish with a bit excessive alcohol warming.

Nearly medium bodied with alcoholic smoothness.

In short, a spicy phenol-governed Tripel with a firm alcohol signet (330 ml, Best Before End 04-2014, into tulip).

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Photo of KingG
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as a sample from one of my distributors.

Served at room temp. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance is good. Nice firm, soapy head appears off the aggressive pour. Beer's color is dark murky orange/copper. Hug stream of carbonation swirls upward toward the head.

Smell is average. Simply not much here in terms of smell. Even after i swirled the glass a little bit, i only picked up faint smells of earthy malts, alcohol and sweet candy sugar.

Taste is below-average. Where do i start: metallic flavor (what's with Kapittel's beers and metallic flavor, btw?), candy sugar, pear, harsh alcohol bite and some more metallic flavor.

Mouthfeel is good. Good amount of carbonation which makes for a lively and spicy texture to the beer. Finishes a little harsh.

Drinkability is average. One was more than enough.

A below-average to average Tripel. Much better examples of the style out there.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed in 't Velootje, Gent, Belgium. Not a great bar for reviewing beers, but worth going to.

A: Fluffy orange-gold colour. Some haze. Decent retention and thickness of head.

Sm: Fruit ester hops.

T: Hoppy body. Alcohol. Barley on the finish. Clean (unlike 't Velootje itself). Crystal hops in the climax, which is unexpected but not unwelcome for the style. Built pretty standard all around. The balance is offset - especially by the alcohol.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet, the classic fallacy.

Dr: Average in quality and in price. Worth a try, but a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in Antwerp with several other Van Eecke beers, and tried them over the last few weeks at home. I saved this one for last because I prefer tripels.

I poured it into a Watou chalice and it looked pretty good. Light orange color, somewhat hazy, with huge pillows of foam on top. The foam stayed around the whole time I drank the beer too.

The taste was not near as good though. I thought it was way too bitter. It was complex as well, with lots of different spice flavors an what-not, but not in a good way for me.

Apparently I'm in the minority on BA for this beer, most people loved it. But I won't look for it again.

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Photo of angolmois
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained this bottle at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham just two days ago. It pours a very cloudy bright orange, and the head is white, foamy, and long-lived. The aroma is full of sweet malts, hints of Belgian spices and sugars, balanced nicely with dark fruits. The flavor is squarely in the style of Belgian Triples, with sweet fruits and malts vying for the attention of your taste buds. It has a pleasant balance of the two, and the finish is barely hoppy, with a spicy/peppery aspect noticable. The alcohol, at 10%, is hardly detectable.

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Photo of tom10101
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy orange color with a white head

S - Fruit and spice stand out

T - Well the taste is disappointing really its just spice and hops

M - lots of carbonation in here

D - I was a little disappointed with this brew it looked and smelled good but the taste just wasnt there maybe I got a bad bottle. The other Kapittel that I've had was good so I'd try this one again sometime.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.12/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow/orange with a faint honey aroma. Taste is dominated by alcohol and citrus, with a lingering finish. Drinkability is alright for 10 ABV. Overall, I'm very underwhelmed.

Aroma 6/12, Appearance 1/3, Flavor 12/20, Mouthfeel 3/5, OI 4/10 (26/50)

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Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow does this beer have a kick!! Very spicy flavor with a burning aftertaste,almost to the point of metallic but not that bad.I would recommend this to someone to give it a try,as I would drink this again .Make no mistake though this is not a beer to play quarters with!!!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy amber color with lots of sediments in suspension. Shy head. Pretty neutral fruity aroma with hints of spices and alcohol. The taste is strong, alcohol noticeable. Sweet peaches, orange, honey. Malt and yeasts fest. Bitterness is first discovered in the short, but intense aftertaste.

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Photo of blakesell
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Belgian style tulip. Bottle says best before 4-09.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy yellow golden with ample yeast swirling through the glass. Carbonation is large and in charge with a three and a half finger high head with lacing clinging to the sides. Splotchy bubbles linger across the top.

Smell- Yeasty and phenolic with spices and banana. Light bubblegum and clove lingering on the nose. Is this a witbier? Yeast is strong and hard to detect the malt, alcohol is detectible but not too strong.

Taste- Creamy and phenolic, yeast is powerful and maybe too powerful giving a whole lot of alcoholic perception. Belgian two row malt is present and a little more for body would be welcome. Phenols are way too powerful here.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium-light bodied, highly carbonated, astringent. Too warming and phenolic.

Drinkability- Good for a one time sample, but I won't be buying this one again.

Later I tried to pawn the rest of this off on my girlfriend telling her it was Belgian. She got pissed at me for trying to pawn my bad beer off on her, and she loves Belgians! So, definately won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before 12/2013.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, honey, spice, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but nothing really stands out in terms of aromas or flavors.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DogFood11
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a four pack gift type special of Kapittel brews. Since I'm on a tripel kick this was the first one I sampled. Decent appearance, continental lacing, minimal head. Off orange color, minimal carbonation.

A bit more of a malt profile than most. I had this when I lived in Germany and remeber being head over heels w/ the smooth easy drinking tripel. Now I still like it but it lost something, especially in the malted backer. Maybe it loses something in the journey across the pond. Still damn good and worth a gander.

zippy mouthfeel, a little tangy in the aftertaste. I'll drink it again but when I'm in belgium preferably.

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Photo of mynie
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 Ozes. Best before March of 06. Oops. 10% should be good a mere 9 months after the Best Before date, though...

Pours hazy honey gold with a very nice yellowwhite head. Not quite Duvel, but close.

Smells just fine. I've been drinking some smooth tripels lately, and it's nice to get something that smells so rough and alcoholic. Big fruity yeast and big zingy boozy alcohol. Nice combo.

Tastes very harsh up front. Giant fruitsnvegetables. Corn, apples, grapes, carrots. Followed up quickly by some honey, and that drops off into a dull metalic middle and an unimpressive sour grain finish.

A bit of a mess, this. What's good is real good, but there's still a good amound of badness there, weighing everything down. It might be because it's old, but I'm gonna have to give this one a marignal Thumbs Up. Worth a try, but really not a necessary, "must have" kind of beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.31/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, brown/copper color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, pine, slight citrus (grapefruit), sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of rice. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, rice, slight hops, and slight spice. Overall, decent appearance and blend, but weaker body and aroma than I'm accustomed too with Tripels.

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Photo of Squelch
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy. White billowy head. Large bubbles. Effervescent.

Smell: Nice and malty. Lots of esters here.

Taste: Lackluster. Missing that little something. Bland triple.

Mouthfeel: Dry in the finish. Puckering. Smooth.

Overall: Mediocre example. Alcohol well hidden but nothing exceptional about this at all.

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Photo of leitmotif
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oldhippie247
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice light gold. Active carbonation produces a big fluffy white head that sticks nicely to the glass. Clear.

Nose is definitely Belgian, and very much Tripel, although a little different funkiness sneaks in to accompany the fruity, sugary notes.

Palate starts off okay, but the quirky little funk from the nose makes an unappreciated cameo. Drinks a little drier than many tripels, which may have a greater influence on my score than it should.

Overall decent/good, better than the Kapittel Prior, but there are many tripels I would rather drink.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ever so slightly cloudy medium-amber pour with runaway head if it's warm. Off-white foamy head that left clumps of lace, not traces. Smells of dry, warm pepper and mint with either berries or unripe pineapple underneath. First taste is a bit bland and hoppy, but it warms up in your mouth to something with dry Thai spices and stale bread. Absolutely no trace of the massive 1/10th by volume alcohol content. For me personally, the high hoptaste for a Trippel makes it a little less drinkable, but it is very nearly creamy. I would rather have the Kapittel Pater, though, if given the choice.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange color. Produced a nice fluffy white cap. Decent retention. Tons of lace.

(S)- A nice dry clay-like biscuit. Bits of lemon and clove.

(T)- Very dry and spicy(clove). Tons of clay and yeast components.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Dry and spicy with lots of earthy components. Kinda bitter.

(D)- Not bad. Straightforward enough and heavy on spice and clay.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle returned from Belgium by a friend.

A golden color.. extremely fizzy and well carbonated. Smell is sweet candy sugar, apple juice, and pears. Initial taste is consumed by alcohol burn, very fiery and fairly overwhelming. Metallic aftertaste, slight pepper, pears and canned fruit. Sugary sweet. Alcohol mellows after a while and isn't as overwhelming as the beer wears on but I believe this is still a little too powerful.

Not bad, but not much above average for a tripel.

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