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 smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 33cl. bottle into a tulip glass. Best before May 2016 I think. C notched.

Opaque orange amber body color, with hollow occasional side streams of carbonation on the glass. Not much going on in the middle, and a thin soapy head that barely makes a finger. Light white in color, minimal retention and a very soapy bowled puck.

A pretty solid and basic nose for a tripel. Soft orange hinting fruit but a bit of bread sweetness mixing in a little bit as well. Not very hot either which is a nice touch, slightly a little hint of metal ferrousness a bit too but very small at least.

Very noticeable and sharp stinging palate. Hot carbonation on the tongue and a bit of mineral warmth. Mostly a boozy flavor but some small hints of sweetness and bread come through. Phenolic and boozy finish with a good amount of warming pit of the stomach feeling, and more of a bit of a metallic almost high malt liquor sting.

Pushes a bit too hard and sacrifices some good qualities in the process. Drinkable, but sticks out too boozy in the tripel realm amongst the classics.

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Photo of Zet
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light orange haze with a small head of foam that quickly turns into lacing. Fresh smell of malt, yeast and orange. Full taste of tropical fruits, spices, yeast and honey, with earthy notes and resin in the finish. Moderately sweet. The alcohol is definitely present, but manages to highlight the other flavours. Mouthfeel is smooth and warming. Nice complexity; recommended tripel.

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Photo of stevoj
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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 captaincoffee
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with an orange hue, big booming head that goes somewhat quickly. Not as much lacing as expected. Nose is very clean, some yeast and light sweet malt notes, but not a typical tripel. Flavor is initially sweet and malty, then alcohol. Not sure I'd go so far as to say the 10% is obvious, but it is certainly noticed. Flavor is light malts and a touch of sweeter heavier fruits, but it lacks depth. Strikes me more like a strong Belgian pale. Just okay.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong belgian tripel of a orange/copper color and a big head.
Smell is malty and yeasty, with grainy and earthly notes too.
Taste has more of a fruity character, specialy dark fruits as plum.
Body is high and carbonation appropriate.
Possible to smell/taste a bit of the alcohol, but it is well hidden for a 10% one.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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 bushbeer75
4/5  rDev +3.1%

11.2 oz brown bottle

Kapittel Abt Ale poured a cloudy dark gold color forming a 2-finger foamy and bubbly white head that held well. The head eventually reduced to a 1/2-finger foamy collar around my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by light fruit; i.e., apples, and pears followed by light peppery spice. The taste begins with a spicy fruit like apple and bananas followed by yeast, then light hops with a nice alcohol warming. Mouth feel is medium, creamy and has a generous amount of carbonation.

Kapittel Abt is not my favorite triple - however, a solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of janubio
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 eduardolinhalis
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Leffe chalice.

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow to orange color forming a medium white aired head that dissipates quickly leaving practically no lacings in the glass. However, a thin layer remains forever on the top

S: Traditional Belgian Triple in the nose: Sweet, malty and spicy. Notes of pale grains, caramel malts, crystal malts, candy sugar, coriander, cloves, vanilla and honey. A bit fruity too with some notes of pears and figs. Very bready and earthy yeasts. Some flowery hops and alcohol in the end

T: Complex: Sweet upfont with notes of pale malts, caramel malts, crystal malts, candy sugar, coriander, cloves, vanilla and honey. Pears, figs and white grapes. Notes of white wine. Wheat and biscuits. Citrus hops and a modest but pleasant hoppy bitterness in the end. Light notes of alcohol despite the considerable ABV

M: Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Malty bittersweet aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Standard Belgian Triple. Complex and pleasant

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle. At first, I thought this was the St. Bernardus stuff, but apparently there are other brewers in that little part of Belgium, with similar design paradigms.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden amber hue, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and finely bubbly off-white head, which leaves but a few instances of lightning strike lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of sweet, sugary pale malt, a touch of caramel/toffee, pear compote, white wine must, bready yeast, coriander, clove, candi sugar, and a wee whiff of warming alcohol. The taste is more buffed up pale and caramel malt, an indistinct drupe fruitiness, muddled clove and pepper spice, banana chips, a heady earthen yeastiness, and simmering booze.

The bubbles are still well in play, keeping things tickin' along, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, but for the encroaching heat of the alcohol. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramel and booze providing an unsteady representation as such, while the spice and yeast continue their anarchic takeover plot.

An adequate Tripel, the booze just a bit too informing on the whole affair, which is usually what gets me about this whole style. It isn't all that pushy here, but enough, that despite the overall warming pleasantries, I would have to toss this on the remainder pile.

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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 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 newton99
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Quackershnoc
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2-ounce bottle, served in a goblet (01/08/2013)
Appearance: a beautiful, hazy, burnt orange color; sediment floating around in it; thin white head the leaves a collar
Aroma: this smells like a malt and fruit explosion; caramel; I think I get some banana, cherry, grape, pear and maybe some other fruits; yeast/bread; a hint of spice in there too; man, this smells really awesome, best smelling beer of recent memory
Taste: starts kind of tart, lemony and appley; moves into some nice sweetness, caramel, malt, bread; the sweetness carries through the finish which is more fruit, some spiciness, a little alcohol, and I think a little hop; dry, bitter aftertaste with some lingering fruit flavors which is quite enjoyable
Mouthfeel: full-bodied and viscous; great carbonation
Overall Impression: thanks to Fr. Jonathan Perrotta for the Christmas present!; I still have yet to meet a Belgian that I didn’t like, and this is no different; man it smells fantastic; it’s kind of strange in that it is so sweet for most of the taste but the aftertaste is fairly bitter; well balanced, smooth, and very drinkable

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one ginger frothy head that has reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale orange yellow hue with some clarity and plenty of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Apples, pears, vanilla, spices, Belgian candy, bready malts, and a little booze on the nose too.

Taste: Same as above. Vanilla and spices are a good feature. Mellowing bready notes and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium carbonation, medium bodied, warming alcohol, and quite enjoyable.

Overall: Another solid tripel to add to the list. 2nd of the 3rd kapittel beers I got from volunteering last years BBF. Solid score.

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Photo of JimTeal
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very unusual beer, almost a toffee finish with the dose of caramel. And I agree with a few other reviewers, almost too sweet, so I'd call this a sippin' special occasion beverage. The color is beautifully clear amber, and the reasonably light head lingers. My judgement of this fine beer may be blunted by the many Belgian blonds, which this is definitely not. It is much heavier, thus the quad/tripel comparison, but still quite drinkable for special occasions. I paired it with some fine aged Gouda and it really complimented the taste, so I recommend trying some food pairings to offset the sweetness.

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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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, best by 10/2013. Pours cloudy golden orange color with a very nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, pepper, clove, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big pear, apple, pepper, clove, bread, plum, earth, herbal, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, herbal, bread, earth, candi sugar, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of malt sweetness with peppery spiciness; and nice flavor complexity. Medium-high carbonation and medium full bodied; with a slightly slick and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden at 10%, with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel. Good flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy golden pour yields golden orange beer with a beige fomay head; lid of foam remained throughout; motes of lace

S: very faint smelling of sweet malt and delicate fruits and spice

T: pale fruits, subtle citrus and spice

M: very creamy, refreshing and clean-tasting

O: a bright, soft, thoroughly enjoyable beer - and I had it at the perfect temp, too - probably around 55 F

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Photo of bylerteck
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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 DARIVA
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown cloudy beer with a small head.

S: Raisins, caramel and biscuit.

T: Sweet, slightly bitter and the taste of nougat.

M: Good composition, nice carbonation and delicious slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: Nice balanced beer, but maybe to sweet.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled spicy and yeasty with a touch of grain.

T - It tasted very spicy with a yeasty bite. Good blend of grain and caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice tripel. I'm glad I was able to find a single 11.2 oz bottle to sample in Topeka, KS.

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Photo of smbslt
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured carefully into a wine goblet. May have done a disservice* but figured the majority yeast was better left behind

A - Yellow orange, managed to keep fairly clear, some of the finer sentiment mixing in. Effervescence created a thin white head which quickly dissipated with no carbonation to replenish it.

S - Spiced orange and nutty hints with caramel maltiness no alcohol in the nose to speak of.

T - initially the alcohol overpowered and burned. After getting used to it or anesthetized, the spices came though as did the orange *but at the bottom the yeast added a floral nutty complexity that I missed by not upending the bottle.

M - Thin but left a coating without much taste.

O - Definitely grew on me but need to get past the alcohol to get to what this one is about.

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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 flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pours a hazy deep-gold hue with a few floaties, a goodly effervescence and two fingers of frothy ivory head. Not bad.

Smell: an interesting aroma for a tripel. Sweet malt pairs up with a light, citrusy tartness and a little bit of green apple. Brighter than the average tripel, but a good aroma nonetheless.

Taste: hugely sweet malt flavor with some good orchard fruit flavors on top of the malt. Like all my favorite tripels, there are apple and pear in spades here. Alcohol is also plenty big, but that's to be expected.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. This has a creaminess as well as a prickly effervescence which work well with the brighter flavors in this tripel. It's a little bit different than your typical very-good tripel, and I like that.

Overall: I like this beer quite a lot. There are better tripels out there, but I am in no way disappointed with my purchase of this one.

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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.88 out of 5 based on 206 ratings.
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