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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 rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a chalice)
best before 0612
A- This beer pours a deep aged copper body that is hazy with jetsum bits and a gentle carbonation. There is a big bubbly white head that last for a short bit.

S- The soft candy sugar aroma has a monastery yeast hint and a soft green noble hop note in the finish.

T- The soft candy pale malt flavor leads to a green pine bite in the finish with some yeast esters coming through as the beer warms.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a slight alcohol heat in the finish.

O- This beer has a nice soft sweetness with a big hop character at least for this style and a nice alcohol heat support.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.97/5  rDev -23.3%
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 sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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 clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orangish body in a tulip glass with decent head and a nice lace ring around glass. Light, airy hops with floral goodiness and has a good touch of yeast; typical triple smell. A light to medium body with sour notes and a hint of malty stickiness. Passes easy, finishes smooth, yeast gives off a spicy edge and makes it easier to drink and the sour and plush fruits mix with some sweet malts. Unfortunately, the tartness of the beer and its sour edge, as well as the prickly carbonation, seem to overshadow everything and the different fruit flavors and malts are subtly overshadowed and muted. I enjoyed this beer but it seems to be a little murky and not top notch.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy pond scummy looking orange yellow color with a fair amount of sediment. A rocky off white head which has excellent lacing and good retention.

S: Banana, clove and spice come to the forefront on the nose for me. Soft sort of mellow fruity notes linger throughout. I fear for lingering sweetness.

T: Banana confection and earthy spice ... the palate would seem to follow right with the nose. There are some bitter notes which help keep the brew in check but overall its a bit sweet as I suspected. This would be a great follow up for those who lean toward Triple Karmeliet, Maredsous 10, or any of the Triple varieties which finish less conventionally. I will say as it warms some medicinal notes begin to show up rather uninvitedly.

M: Sticky and carbonic

O: Not a bad brew but not for me ...

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Photo of rinhaak
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet. The label on the bottle differs from the one shown on the BA site (same colors, it shows four monks sitting round a table toasting beer). Perhaps an updated design?

Pours a rich caramel color with a full, thick head. Lots of sediment is floating in the bottom of the glass. Strong brown sugar and warming spices fill the nose: a pleasant but still rather average smelling Belgian. The taste is lovely. Not too boozy, there is a maple syrup sweetness that balances a slight sour tang on the edge of the tongue. Baking spices (cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg) and a yeasty biscuitiness round out this beer. The beer is thick and a tad syrupy in the mouth.

Although a lovely tripel that is certainly worth having, it lacks any truly distinctive characteristics that would cause me to seek it out.

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Photo of chumba526
2.04/5  rDev -47.3%
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 lionchow
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid caramel color. Rocky off-white head.

Aroma is beautiful caramel and fresh bread.

Flavor is of candi sugar, caramel, fresh bread, and a nice amount of strong alcohol. A good yeasty flavor as well. A slight earthy, bitterness melds well with alcohol bite. Well balanced.

Smooth, easy drinking.

Overall a very nice beer, not exceptional but very enjoyable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light malty sweetness along with a mild yeast fruitiness. The taste is decent as well. It has a dry pale malt flavor along with a touch of sweetness and a mild estery character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with some prickly carbonation. This is an average Belgian ale. The yeast character is the only thing that makes this even remotely interesting.

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

11.2 ounce bottle at 42 degrees poured into glass beer challis

A) This beer projects beautiful bright copper hues and is very hazy with sediment settling at the bottom of the glass. Ample puffy white head disappears quickly.

S) Abundant sweet orange citrus, toffee, clove honey. Truly delightful and very smooth with no harsh esters and plenty of sparkly carbonation.

T) Sweet dates, dark red raisons & figs, citrus, baked bread. Very mild hops -- this beer is all about the malt. Wonderful.

M) Bottle conditioned secondary fermentation fizz. Smooth, dense and thick. Very refreshing.

D) Het Kapittel is an excellent example of the classic Belgian Triple. I have to limit myself to one as this beer is very strong at 10% ABV

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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 eric5bellies
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A -Pours a hazey orange colour with a head that is white but reduces to a film quickly.

S - Bits of bread and spice

T - Up front some very nive slender tones of vanilla and hop, a niceamount of spicey citrus before it finishes with a real boozeyness

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

D - A very well built Tripel and is smooth despite its alcohol

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date of D.11.11; Sampled July 2010
A steady, classic pour into my chalice yields a one finger thick, off white colored head. The beer is a hazed, honey amber color. The aroma smells fruity and malty like a Tripel usually would. Aromas of bananas, big concentrated pear and some apple notes round out the fruit aromatics, while a hay like grain and honey like malt are also noticeable. The finish has some touches of warming, higher alcohols to it that adds a spiciness to the finish (notes of pepper, ginger are noticeable in addition to the heat).

The beer tastes quite sweet with a honey like malt character and lots of fruit flavors; pear, apple and even a hint of orange are noticeable. When paired with my food, the beer dries out quite a bit and a spiciness is accentuated; pepper, hot alcohol, ginger and an earthy, sort of coriander like note are each noticeable. Other noticeable flavors include a pale candi sugar sweetness, a touch of dried grassiness and some cracker like grain in the finish round out the flavors. This is a bit thick and chewy; it is definitely a Tripel that lives up to the Quad designation.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy orange colour, very opaque-ish with a few chunks I forgot to decant. Head is generous and Belgian, nice off-white, sinks pretty quickly but leaves some delicious webs of lacing around. Pretty nice.

Smell is quite sweet and fruity, with some caramel notes and vanilla underlying. Hints of peach/apricot and some brandy alcohol on there as well. Subtle Belgian spice as well. All the right characters, nicely blended.

Taste is quite spicy on the front, a quite robust alcohol pungency through most of it. Nice fruity edges on there with apricot, fig and raisin flavours. Quite malty on the back with some alcohol warmth as well, quite smooth and not very dry but with a nice booziness and sweetness. Could use a touch more spice ester. Nice, but could be better.

A bit of sizzle on the texture but warm and smooth as it goes down, good feel.

Yeah, a lot of oomph to this beer, but the flavours are soft and sweet and nicely blended. Pleasant Belgian tripel.

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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 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 BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful Belgian Tripel Ale with a bold hop presence that proves as floral and fruity as bitter and balanced.

A solid golden colored beer shows a medium haze while releasing a sturdy eggshell white head and shows good staying power. Similar in appearance to Chimay White.

Fruity and spicy to the nose. Apples, lemons, appricots, and pears lead the way while white pepper, curacco, and corriander add soft and zesty spice to the beer. A mildly sweet confectionate backdrop offers an insight to the malts and sugars that Tripels enjoy.

Flavors of the candied fruits give the initial impressions while the hop flavor gives even more rise to the herbal, floral, and citrusy hops. Spicy flavors and bitterness rise later and provide a clean and crisp finish for a Tripel.

Creamy and medium-full early. But when the bitterness, spiciness, and alcohol becomes prevailant, the beer cleans up for a crisp and refreshing finish for a 10% beer.

A solid Tripel that has all the ingredients, balance, and proportions of the great ones and with a hoppy character that makes hop-heads proud.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light amber with a small creamy head.
Nose shows lots of light fruity esters and yeasty phenols. Green apples, pears, bananas and spicy cloves are easily identifiable. The alcohol is hardly noticeable. Doughy yeast and sweet malt also show through.
The doughy notes continues through as flaovurs along with loads of sweet caramel and toffee malt. Some spicy cloves still hang around. The alcohol is quite noticeable in the finish along with a mild by unpleasant bitterness.
Carbonation is a little high for my liking.

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Photo of SleepyMonk
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 330ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A lively pour generates a fluffy white cream 3-fingers of head that stays alive and dies away to a very thick layer with strong presence of lace. Bright golden amber body with a honey transparency.

Very smooth understated aromas of dirty wild yeasts starins and natural grains. Mild fruit peel notes but overall a very Belgian aromatic schedule.

Taste is dominated up front with roasted chewy malts. Raw honey and maple syrup ties in very nicely with sweet citrus and fruit esters. Once again this in line with that classic Belgian Tripel.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodies with an equal level of carbonation. Malts sit very comfortably with the sweeter fruit notes in an almost textbook example of the Belgian Tripel.

Not a big name on the Australian Euro beer scene (first time i'd ever heard of it) but this is definitely a brilliant offering. Highly recommended.

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

I picked up a bottle of this at Mo`s in Fairfield, CT.

Appearance is a dense honey color with a thin head to it. Its` smell is sweet with a scent of alcohol on the back end. Sipping this tripel, I can taste some of the hops and a bite overall to it. The mouthfeel is sugary with some light carbonation. Drinkability is good for a tripel, another pleasant sipper. The Kapittel Abt is worth trying, if you have not yet had it.

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Photo of beertunes
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into wine glass. Poured a honey gold color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was yeasty, spicy and had a slight fruit component. The taste had all those elements and an additional wheat taste.The body managed to be both light and full. Drinkabilty was good, the beer went down easily for a brew of this strength. I could easily have a couple of these. Overall, a nice beer, one worthtrying if you see it.

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Photo of flexabull
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A new arrival at the local liquor store, I always love a new Belgian beer...

Pours a dark cloudy gold color, with a nice off white head.

Dusty cereal grainy notes on the nose. Smells a little bready and spicy, but a little bit off... not bad though.

Very tart and spicy tripel. Full bodied feel, creamy malts, light sweetness, and heavy spicy and bready notes. Finish has a definite alcohol warmth, and some light mineral hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is good. Full feeling with a nice prickly carbonated finish.

Drinkabilty is decent. While I enjoyed this Tripel, it seems to be really unrefined, and misses on a few levels. Good beer, but I have had quite a few that I thought were better. I wouldn't turn one down, but I probably won't buy this one again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kapittel Abt (tripel) found on tap at a local pub specializing in belgian beer.

Pours a gold, semi hazy, with a solid bubbly froth and chalky lace residue leaving a ring after every sip. A fine looking beer.

Aroma of euro hops and some belgian yeast kicking in at the end.

Taste is kind of minerally, bready, with a late fruit sherbert like notion. Distant citrus and light fruits apparant but not at all sweet. Yeasty with a subtle twang. Bitter hops keep everything in check, concluded by a very dry appetizing finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chalky dry finish.

Drinkability normally suffers from high ABV but the alcohol content found here is well masked and this is a pleasant sipper that would be a great aperitif'.

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Photo of drpimento
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excellent beer. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, textured off-white head and lots of lace. Color is a nice medium amber. Had an odd clearness with the yeastoids poured at the end in suspension; so, hazy on top, clear on the bottom. Aroma was caramel and toffee. Flavor was the same, but much more intense. Body is really interesting, full and sweet but sharp with carbonation that is spot on and ultimately just right. Finish is bittersweet and intriguing. An odd cross between a digestive and just a tasty, satisfying brew. Kudos; I bow down before you.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - light brown, like golden raisins, with a finger of white head, no visible carbonation but lots of settling sediment, allowed time to warm a bit and for the sediment to settle

S - fruity esthers resembling apples sits atop a yeasty base, some alcohol notes and a faint spiciness

T - a great flavor, starts off bready/doughy with mellows into a soft sweetness, resembling candy syrup with some darker fruits, like dates/prunes/raisins and finishes with a distinct yeastiness

M&D - smooth with a quick sharpness, holds up Belgian Tripels reputation of quality, high ABV, smoothness, and trouble. The ABV can sneak up on you.

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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.87 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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