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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Paquette on 11-29-2002

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Photo of Tballz420
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew has a hazy orange body, with a sizable cream, foam head. Good lacing going on. Light citrus scent, maybe some other fruits. This is a fairly full bodied brew, citrus and dark fruit tones, with some slight alcohol spice, pretty well blended though. Some tangyness with the carbonation. A pretty nice tasting tripel.

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Photo of Wildman
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured an orange gold color and formed a nice foamy white head that left circular lace as it subsided. Some carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, yeast and grass elements. A flavor of malt, hops and yeast. The finish is sweet, yet breadlike and features the aftereffects of the alcohol present. Of the four that tried from this brewer's set, this has to be the best of them.

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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 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 Boilermaker88
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA on 10-11-03. Presented in a "Het Kapittel" goblet, this beer had a hazy orangish color with a decently large and foamy off-white head. Left some nice sheet lace.
Smell was of a lightly bready malt with a fruity tartness like that of citrus. Alcohol presence noted also.
Taste had a modest caramel malt flavor and a somewhat sharp fruit tang up front. A bit of yeastiness came up along with some pepper and clove spice and a sharply acidic note. Finished with a warming alcohol rush.
Feel was full-bodied, dry yet creamy and smooth.
A pretty easy drinking beer, despite the high %ABV. You know the alcohol's there but want to keep drinking faster than you know you should. A good choice from the large selection of Belgian style ales at Lucky Baldwin's.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed brilliant burnt orange with lots of bubbles racing towards the massive cream-colored head. The smell of light citrus fruit, spices and yeast blend together to make your mouth water. The first taste is a thin crisp bubbly bite that tapers into an all too faint fruitiness including raisons with light hops and yeast as well. This is a light bodied brew and finishes slightly dry. The looks and the smell along with a carb crispness have plenty of character, but fall short in other areas. It is a very solid brew, but lacking in the taste and drinkability departments. Still pretty nice! Op uw gezonheid!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz amber bottle. "Best before" date of 09/04.

Appearance: Poured a surprisingly fizzy dirty blond color. White head crackles and fizzles quickly to a thin ring around the glass. Sparse lacing.

Smell: Whoa! What a truckload of scents. Orange zest, coriander, sweet caramel dance around in your nose.

Taste: Wonderful combination of delicate sweet sugary flavor mixed with a spicy backbone. 10% ABV remains well-hidden. For all of the sweetness that was noted early in the tasting, the finish was on the other end of the spectrum: crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: I really liked the transition from the initial smooth and creamy mouthfeel to the dry finish. A complex and inviting beer.

Drinkability: Oh to be a monk working in one of these breweries! Another fine example of a beer that tasted better as it warmed. The ABV made itself a little more known and the flavors seemed softer and well-blended. A pleasure to drink.

Note: Riase a mug in AKSmokedPorter's honor for supplying me with this one.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is yeasty with overtones of orange rind and herbal/floral hops. The beer pours a hazy orange, with a moderately sized white head. Flavor is *very* spicy, lots of orange, coriander and hops throughout. Late-middle is a bit sweet, with a honeyish flavor and strong candi sugar flavor. Mouthfeel is crisp, tingly throughout -- maybe just a little too effervescent and fizzy at first, but it settles soon enough. Alcohol comes through as beer sits, but is not too distracting.

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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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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 Gusler
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour is a vaporous orange color, the head preposterous in size, the consistency foamy as they get, and light tan color and the lace large clumpy sheets. Sweet is the nose nice aromas of malt, yeast, bubble gum, fresh cut grass also come to mind; quite a mix of aroma’s to overwhelm the senses. Honey sweet at the start, the top middling in feel, sweet and sour hits your palate immediately along with the penetrating acidity. The Hallertau, Brewers Gold and Challenger hops up front and persistent in their spicy bite. Droughty sour aftertaste lingers on and also the 10% ABV gives you a nice “Warm and Fuzzy” feeling, quite good I’d say, but then I’m overly partial to the “Belgian Strong Ales”, the worst I’ve ever had was “Wonderful”.

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