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 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 John_M
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours an impressive, somewhat cloudy, orange brown color. This beer has excellent foam/head retention, and outstanding lacing. On the nose one gets spice, Belgium candy, and perhaps a bit of cinnamon. It smells as if it's going to be on the sweet side, which it is. On the palate one can immediately sense this a very big beer, with a very full mouth feel. Flavors of cherry and ameretto predominate, but there is also some underflying citrus flavor as well. This beer is very, very rich and smooth, and has a very long, lingering, satisfying finish. The abv. is somewhat noticeable, but is not overwhelming by any means.

All and all, a very good beer....

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Photo of clabaugh
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a uniquely handsome burnt orange, with some noticeable yeast sediment. A fizzy, bubbly head builds up to almost two fingers before receding into a creamy froth that lingers enticingly on top of the beer.

Smell: Phenols and herbs, along with raisins, plums, and a malty, sort of pastry-like sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Crusty bread, or some hearty cereals, accompanied by an unmistakable yeastiness. Tart flavors of grapefruit and unripened grapes reveal themselves, as does an elusive, almost fig-like sweetness. Very interesting.

Mouthfeel: Neither as creamy, nor as syrupy as other renditions of the style. Numbing in its tartness and with its alcohol presence. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. Conceals its 10% ABV well, and provides enough sensual stimulation to beckon another. Undecided on the merits of its taste, however. Not exactly craveable in certain regards, but good nonetheless.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden orange colour with fizzy head. Pleasant yeasty aroma. Smooth drinking middle mouthfeel. Seems like a discount on the 10% abv. Good Belgium with fruit, some bannana and peach and spice and pepper melange. Mild citrus.

Obtained through Belgian Shop.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark golden color with a crazy fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing that quickly slips down the sides of the chalice

Smell: Spicy white pepper, hazelnuts, apple, pear and banana but way too much fusel alcohol

Taste: Starts with a spicy apple/banana flavor that is joined by the bubblegum yeast flavors, mid-palate; after the swallow, the peppery spice pokes in, providing a unique level of bitterness in a tripel

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied and highly carbonated

Drinkability: The best of the Kapittel beers, by far

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Photo of oelergud
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange red body filled with small floaters. Low carbonation and a great off-white head of tiny tolarge bubbles. Amazing retention and decent lace.
Mild sweet grain with hay and grass, faint floral notes. Also a wet and slightly sour scent.
Strong sweet malt presence. Abit of walnut, honey and apple. Good hoppy aftertaste of moderate lenght. There is something in the taste I dont care for though. Cant nail it down but it's bad.
Medium body with abit of coating and abit slick.
Overall a good brew especially if that wierd unpleasant something in the taste could be removed. The score for this one is disregarding that thing that should not be there.


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Photo of sullysbeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Huge alcohol and bubble gum. Malty sweet.

Appearance: Hazy golden with a creamy head that lasts.

Flavor: Sweet up front. Huge esters- grapefruit. Lingering hop bitterness. Finishes a bit dry. The alcohol warms the chest a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full body and slick on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Overall Impression: This beer has a huge alcohol content. Sometimes it's hard for me to really get the full flavors of beer with huge alcohol contents. This is because alcohol can have a bitterness at times and can make the beer finish dry at times and throws off my palate. This is a great Belgian ale.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Hommelbier tulip.

A: Pours a clear, peachy, golden color. Massively thick, three finger head with excellent retention. Active carbonation upon initial pour. Sheets of sticky lace.

S: Aromas of honey, yeast, wheat, and malt.

T: Flavors of apples, pears, candi sugar, belgian yeast, dirt covered hops, tart raspberries, clove, cinnamon, caramel, and honey.

M: Rather prickly and sharp at first. As the carbonation dies down it becomes more rounded and creamy.

D: Drinkability is good because the 10% abv is well hidden behind the complexities of the flavors. The creamy mouthfeel factors in with the good rating in this category. Where do they hide the alcohol smells and flavors? I only noticed the alcohol as my cheeks began to warm while drinking this.

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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 SilentSabre
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seemed to be a fairly better than average tripel. It poured the usual cloudy orange colour with a huge rocky white head that stuck around for a while. Smell was very nice, and while it stuck with the style, in addition to the usual "cooked fruit and alcohol" that comes with most tripels, this had a very slight malty "maple" like sweetness to it, as well. Quite nice, indeed. Taste was stewed fruit and alcohol up front. This is every bit a 10%'er. Then, towards the finish, a quick and subtle malty sweetness makes a brief appearance. Nice.
Mouthfeel was pretty average for the style. Overall impression was a touch abouve average for the style. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of EPICAC
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle with a friend at Brugs Beertje in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a thick, white head that remains as a persistent half-inch layer leaving heavy lace.

Smell: Fruity, mostly sour apples with a leafy hop aroma

Taste: Some fruity sweetness, some tartness, moderate peppery spice with a light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

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

Pours hazy opaque light orange in color with generous carbonation and a thick head with excellent lacing.

Smell is dominated by bready, yeasty spices. Hints of lemon and bananna.

Taste is sweet with toasted malt and fruit up front, then a barrage of bitter yeaty spiciness and warming alcohol takes over. Nice orange citrus character here. Spices are quite sharp. Finish has a definite minerally feel that lingers.

Mouthfeel is full and round with generous carbonation.

A pretty good triple. Nice alcohol-spice aggressiveness mixed with complex fruity sweetness. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pleasure to find this bold brew on tap at Hop Devil in NYC, poured light cloudy golden amber, with a spicy peppery nose, notes of lemon/lime spicy, yeasty belgian goodness. Drying and more spicyness and hops late. Fine and heady brew, Belgian lovers rejoice, go out and get some of this Belgian stunner and enjoy.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dirty orange color with a thick fluffy head.

Smell is very big with yeast, some fresh wheat, and banana all being very prevelent.

Taste is sweet and spicy with a bit of alcohol flavor along with light fruit flavors, orange, peach, and banana all coming through. Has a slight sharp earthy bit of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and bubbly with lots and lots of carbonation and warming on the tongue.

Overall easy to drink and a nice complex treat.

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Photo of deuschbag
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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 feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy/amber peachy appearance...I wouldn't have thought an "abt" would resemble a tripel, that seems like what I'm in for...big, buoyant head, slowly settling...

Aroma: yeast, spice, fruit, ...very alert and lively, a boucy, flavorful affair, this...

Taste it, now...big spritz of taste, here,...large carbonation, quite a buzz on the tongue...peach and apricot on the palate, nicely hopped, ...oversized effervescence, spritzy and spicy...likeable, though, if I need to mention it.

Medium bodied, long, spicy, citric finish...nice ale, but not dazzling. I'll have one again, but it doesn't belong among the pantheon of Belgian greats, that we can attest to...despite that, lean back and enjoy the yeasty, fruity, spicy goodness!

I may also mention that the over-large alcoholic content is highly hidden until the end...10% what?, who?...oh...you...

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy copper with a two-finger fluffy ivory head. Sheets of lace. Smells fruity. Some lightly spicy belgian yeast. Hints of green apple and red berry.

Much spicier taste thatn the nose. More alcohol present too, Some carmelized cnady sugar, hints of molasses. Peppery and spicy. Coriander and orange rind. Very bitter finish. Full bodies and sticky mouth. A decent drinker but certainly a sipper. Better than expected.

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Photo of scottoale
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml. brown glass bottle pours a cloudy apricot-orange with a hefty two-finger white head, looks like another Belgian masterpiece. Vivacious carbonation upwelling and heaps of initial lacing.

Smells sweet of malt and yeast upfront, then fades into a fruity alcoholic elixer...even more so as it warms a bit, nice!

Wow, talk about a complex and balanced brew, this stuff should be used as a standard of measure. Having never tried this one before and not really expecting anything special about it...I am quite impressed, this stuff is truly delicious ! Sweet and malty initially, the alcohol gets it up and running as it fills the mouth with fruit flavors and yeast while the hops come up from behind and slaps the sweet into perfection, making you want to have more.

Good round mouthfilling body that's smooth and warming, making this Triple an absolute "must try" if you want to taste an authentic Belgian Abbey Ale of very high quality...absolutely recommend.


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

Riotously carbonated, abundantly yeasty, radiant orange. The beer is amazingly active, with yeast particles swirling about, being jostled by frentic, uprushing bubbles. In fact, it looks like a carbonated, just shaken snow globe. The bone white cap is airy to start, then compresses into a rocky, bubbly disk while depositing mere dribs and drabs of lace on the glass. It's an interesting look for a tripel, but not that far removed from the usual.

The nose is classic for the style. There's lots of boozy golden fruit, in the form of apricots, peaches and pears swimming in a light candi sugar syrup that has been spiked with fruit brandy. Musky hops are appreciated, as is a clove spiciness that is on the low end for the country of origin.

Het Kapittel Abt is definitely good beer. First of all, even though this bottle has some age on it (I'm drinking it during its 'best by' month), I can appreciate every bit of the 10% ABV. Alcohol will often mellow over time, but if this one has mellowed, it must have been a ripsnorter in its younger days. I like my tripels strong and powerful, as long as alcohol is a well-integrated part of the otherwise full-flavored whole. As it is here.

As far as specifics, apricots (or is it peaches?) continue to lead the parade. There's a more upfront peppery, clovey spiciness on the palate as well. In fact, the flavor profile is the nose squared; everything is noticeably more vivid. Although the beer is more a collection of parts than a seamless whole, those parts come together well enough. If you like your tripels to be perfectly civilized and smooth around the edges, look elsewhere.

The mouthfeel is appropriately full and leans towards lightly syrupy on the longish finish. In spite of the visual fireworks after the initial pour, it isn't all that buzzy. Its energetic nature is perfectly in keeping with everything else about this no-holds-barred beer and is, therefore, welcome.

Brouwerij Van Eecke, in my estimation at least, brews 'hit or miss' beer. Het Kapittel Abt is a very nice version of the tripel style and is a definite hit. Aged over fresh seems the way to go.

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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 Mandrake
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured gently to avoid the yeast, which was copious and well settled. Yields a cloudy medium-orange beer with a thick, white head in my Chimay goblet, which has very evident lines of carbonation rising to the surface, where the head doesn't dissipate at all for ages, remaining creamy and substantial most of the way down. Smells sharp and spicy, with sweetness apparent and some breads and yeast in the mix as well. Taste is quite strong, and a bit hot, with some of the 10% ABV very noticible, though not in an unpleasant way. The pepper and other spices come through as well, along with plenty of yeast, breadiness, and an ever so slight metallic hint in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and substantial, but a bit sharp for the style, and drinkability was okay, but not great. Tripels aren't my favourite, but I respect this one for being a nice example of the style and a pretty good brew all around.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright haze of orange/gold with a pillowy white head that refuses to fade. Lots of sticky lacing around the entire glass.
Smell is of a Belgian yeast, lots of candy sugar, tropical fruits, yeasty dough, and a mild spiceyness to it that is like cloves and pepper.
Taste is of the same aromas with a touch of honey, and maybe orange peel somewhere in there.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with just the right amount of spiceyness and sweetness in this medium bodied brew.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This golden yellow beer makes a fine showing of big billowy bright white head that is retained the whole way down. The nose is bready, kinda musty, and of course alcoholic.

This is a good mellow lighter belgian with a nice tangy mix of clove, honey, and alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is thin but pleasant. This would probably be great with a big ham sammich.

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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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