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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of Jeffo
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a chalice.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger medium-thick looking white head with decent retention. Medium carbonation evident for the style. Colour is an opaque tangerine or carrot orange. A decent film remains and leaves some nice lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A strong enticing nose of toasted malt and some wheat notes. Some nice fruity esters, apple, pear, and perhaps a slight touch of citrus orange. Everything is backed up nicely with some yeast and spicy alcohol. Nice.

TASTE: Toasted malt up front with the apple and pear fruit esters again. Sweet honey as well and a burst of spicy alcohol at the end. Long lasting and strong aftertaste is full of malt sweetness, honey, and spicy alcohol together. Not much bitterness to this one, but the sweet and spicy elements are well controlled and not overpowering.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation, maybe slightly on the higher end of medium. Goes down very smooth for 10%, no bite at all amazingly, and finishes a little too dry on the palate for a triple. Good feel, but the overly astringent end keeps it on earth.

OVERALL: Very good effort here. Surprisingly drinkable for 10%, though a bit too astringent at the end. Unfortunately this brewery doesn't do it for me in general, but this triple is definitely worth checking out. A much better brew than the rest of their line-up. Recommended.

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Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 10/2009, served lightly chilled in Tripel Karmaliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.

A: lightly murky dark amber in colour, coming with a slowly dissipating off-white frothy head and pretty restrained and moderate carbonation.
S: deeply fruity-estery, full of overripe exotic fruits (Chinese pears, melon and pineapple even) and dried fruits (white pale prune and fig jam), sitting comfortably on a thick bedrock of equally aromatic pale malts with a due reminder of candy-sugar at the back. Very rich and aromatic, but nothing steps out of the line here - some kind of a balance is reached as a result.
T: the foretaste seems to be dominated by the esters like overripe exotic-fruits (as described above) and white candy-sugar, not terribly complex but enjoyable enough; a touch of grassy hop bitterness stays side-by-side with the richly estery and malty theme as a balancer, while a mildly chewy spiciness like coriander (at least the aroma) plus Chinese dried pale olives stands guard at the back of the palate throughout the drink. The finish is soothing and not alcoholic at all, underlined by a faintly chewy palate as a result of hop-bitterness as much as the fruity-yeasty flavour.
M&D: the palate is really commendable, showing only necessary amount of semi-lively carbonation to enliven the otherwise sweet flavour profile. This medium-bodied, reasonably dry as well as fruity Triple is very easy to drink esp. given very little alc. feel at presence. Not bad at all, albeit not in the league of extraordinary Tripels in my book.

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

A - Pours a medium gold with some haze. The off white head is thick and plentiful, sticking around for a few minutes. Belgian lace remains behind in the glass. There is healthy amount of active carbonation in this beer.

S - Starts out sweet and malty. Some bread crust with honey and sugar. Alcohol is present but not in the way. Some Belgian yeast notes round out the middle. Could be some orange that floats in at the very, very tail end.

T - Hefty maltiness on the front end. Not as much bread as the aroma. More candied sugar and honey flavors. Alcohol is very present in the flavor. Keeps it spicy and very warm. Could be some hop bitterness that is perceptible over the malt towards the end but that is really hard to pick up on. Some metallic flavors midway to end.

M - Light side of full bodied with an active carbonation that works well. Finish is sweet from the malt and hot form the alcohol. This area could use some work.

D - Drinkibility is pretty good given the high alcohol. All in all it is a good beer with it's own type of appeal. I goes down quite easy for a beer this big. Only one note: I would take the alcohol back some because it is strong enough to get in the way of me enjoying this brew. Other than that, it is pretty solid. Recommended.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 sprucetip
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ebenezer's. Had never heard of it, let alone tried it.

Poured hazy golden, modest head recedes to ring and leaves plenty of lacing.

Estery heat, faintly sour, complex malty sweetness.

Way super smooth, balanced. Faint hop bitterness blending delightfully with the complex malty and yeasty flavors. Reluctantly backed off from scoring this a 5.

Perfectly carbonated, pleasant coating, medium full body.

Way too easy to drink. I would not get tired of drinking this stuff, though the size would inhibit sessions. Assuming it could be found. Great beer.

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Photo of adamette
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into my Brewery Ommegang goblet. Best by "date" of 10 08. Purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY last October for $5.15.

A Golden brown hazy body with visible carbonation with minimal white head with yeast grains floating near the bottom.

S Distant malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol. Certainly some graininess to it.

T Nice warm tripel taste with grainy yeast but the biggest taste is nice sweet nectar of malt.

M Moderate to full with malty sweetness, yeast tastes and alcohol. Alcohol is warming to the feel.

D Good for a Tripel but I don't think that tripels are supposed to be that drinkable. This is a dessert beer in my opinion...a nightcap if you like.

Notes: This is a nice Belgian tripel but it is more expensive and harder to find than other very good Belgian tripels. I do not think, therefore, that I will likely seek this out again but I am glad that I tried it.

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Photo of hdofu
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pleasant tasting beer I have had in awhile (since I got that 90 minute ipa on the cruise I was on 2 weeks before actually). Sort of a cloudy orange with a tiny white head. Has a spicy/peppery wheat taste with a tart "taste of fork" finish. Smells like alcohol and hops. Feels thick and warm to the tongue. Warning, it bubbles up when tapped with a champagne like bubble. It goes down pretty easy but the taste of alcohol kind of makes it less drinkable then some other Belgians.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, cider-orange body with a thick finger of off-white foam leaving multiple rings around the Ommegang glass--excellent appearance. Lots of fruit and yeast on the nose--peach, pear, apricot, a nod to vanilla, and some pepper. I wouldn't mind more spice, but this is a very good smell.

Delicious, boozy taste, strong but smooth, very fruity, creamy, with a slightly tart finish--perhaps some latent berry emerging as it warms? The texture is just right--effervescent and silky smooth. The 10% ABV catches up soon enough, but this is more than a sipper, to be sure.

Strong, smooth, and mostly sweet, Abt is a gem not to be missed. Nothing short of outstanding, one of the best Tripels I've had in a long time.

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

On tap at the Great Lost Bear. Got this with a few others.

A: Clear yellow. Small head from the tap. Nothing astounding.

S: Very subdued. Maybe a hint of banana but it was pretty bland.

T: Tart up front. Almost has a hint of lime in addition to the nice spice notes. not much for flavor on the back end.

M: Full up front. Empties out dramatically in the back with a little too much effervescence.

D: I suppose I'd be willing to try this one again, maybe out of the bottle to give it another shake. Awkward flavors and balance made the scores go down on this one.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I would recommend this beer...but compared to some of the other Abts I've had (Westvleteren, Rochefort, St. Bernardus, Achel); this one is just not in the same league. Still not bad.

Pours a hazy brown-yellow with a scummy head. It had a sweet slightly grainy smell, with some champagne aroma. Flavor is very malty with a touch of metallic-ness and some sweetness. Quite a bit of bitterness from in the back of the mouth - pretty good. Firm mouthfeel with a bitterness that lingers. Feel was clingy but not sticky.

I had this at the Poechenellekelder across from the Mannekin Pis in Brussels.

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Photo of dnichols
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was served a pint at Ebenezer's in Lovell, Maine.

A: It poured a dark brownish gold colored body with a fluffy off-white head that receded slowly and left abundant lacing.

S: It had a fruity and spicy odor profile with touches of white peppers, pears and bananas.

T: It had a fruity front with flavors of apples, pears and bananas, sweet roasted malts, and a finish that had a bit of a bite.

M: It was medium bodied, had substantial carbonation, and finished warm and clean with no noticeable aftertaste.

D: It was a fine brew that packed a punch but lacked a dominant characteristic that made it a beer that demands to be among the all-stars in a craft beer fans stash.

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a tulip glass.

A: pours light straw/orange color, good creamy head with small bubbles and lacing.

S: Spices and yeast dominate the aroma in this tripel; mostly phenolic/clove-like spice with less hop character.

T: Again, mostly spice in the flavor, with a clove flavor dominating the profile. A little caramel and grainy sweetness in the middle, with a spicy finish contributing to a bitter character.

M: Not quite as light as many tripels, doesn't finish dry, although still quite carbonated. Slightly viscous.

D: Still quite drinkable; would rate this below the Trappist tripels but a nice contrast and something a bit different.

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Photo of ericj551
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Het Kapittel Abt pours a pale golden color with a foamy head that sticks to the glass. The aroma is fruity pale malt with tons of fruity, spicy esters and some chalky yeast. The flavor is sharp, dominated by alcohol. The esters are muted in the flavor, but there is a nice phenolic quality. The alcohol detracts from the drinkability, but it's a solid brew for sure.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at Spencer's grocery on MG Road in Bangalore. Surprise! I bought their new line of Belgiums....drank 'em all too.
Anyway, this poured a nice brown amber with sticky head. A bit of chunking as well. Looks really nice.
Sweet malt, caramel aroma. Yeast as well, of course, not as rich as say, a Chimay red. Taste follows aroma...sweet, malty, caramel. Hints of coriander as well. Nice.
Good sharp ending, not too harsh, but enough to say it's semi-dry. A good beer. Sweet to me, but overall a nice brew.

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

75cl bottle shared with my father!

A: Copper-orange with a minimal head. Lots of yeast flowing around in this one :)

S: Belgian yeast, Caramel, Fruit, Spices.

T: Caramel, Sugar, Tropical fruit, Honey.

M: Liquid is a bit thin but very smooth. Low carbonation.

Another fine belgian ale that does its country justice. 10% ABV and i couldn't even detect a wee hint of alcohol. Very smooth indeed! I'll be drinking this one again!

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Photo of blakesell
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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 soupyman10
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange color with a solid two fingers of head that eventually dissolves down to a nice fine haze. Nose is nice and strong, lots of spicy malt, wheat, and citrus. Definitely a spicy hop bit in there as well. Interesting. Sort of a strange dryness underlies this one and knocks off a few marks for me. Not sure if that's the hops or what, but mixed with the wheat it creates a sort of metallic aftertaste that doesn't do anything for me. Feel is solid with good carbonation. Overall, it just wasn't quite there for me. Certainly not a bad beer, but the unique hoppiness wasn't quite up my alley.

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

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

Poured it into a snifter glass; a very light amber color with decent lacing. The head clung to the side of the glass.

There is a slight smell of hops, lightly sweet and spiced.

The hoppyness continues in the taste. This is hoppy for a triple (but that is certainly not a bad thing). The hops give it a nice citrus taste. The aftertaste is just a dimming of the original taste. The 10% alcohol is hardly noticeable.

I am quite a fan of Belgian triples. This one is good, but certainly doesn't hold up to the Tripel Karmeliet or Westmalle Triple.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How delighted I was to be invited by my daughter to a Belgian beer night, although I was in fact expecting to find bland beers and lagers.

What a surprise then to be offered a corked and caged .75 litre green bottle of this fine beer. Best before 10/2009. I opened and poured all the beers during the evening, that way I can't complain if it is done wrongly.

Deep yellow in colour, the last glass poured had the sediment in, so that doesn't count in the looks stakes.

Yeast fills your nose, along with a sweetish sourish beery aroma only obtainable from Belgian breweries.

The taste was all about the yeast, but with a fizzy feel and again that strange Belgian sweet and sourness.

I very interesting beer, the 10% alcohol isn't overpowering in any way and the whole experience was enjoyable, a well crafted beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As part of a four-beer gift pack from Kapittel... this must be the hefty one in the package, as the flavor is ultra-dominating with a incredibly thick, rich, and ultra-creamy taste that sticks to the pallate relentlessly... amazing appearance, cloudy and hazy with unbelievably huge frothy head... aroma is right up there with the best... wholesome, satisfying, rich, creamy, with malts, honey, fruits, and esters... hefty 10% ABV is certainly noticeable in the dominating flavor that is definitely above and beyond... a huge, dominating beer that is completely strong and powerful... a beer to be reckoned with... super-strong and rich... the heavy-hitter in the gift-pack and top-notch... Certainly worth a try if you are a fan of the style... a dominant brew...

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang 10th Anniversary glass. Incredibly luscious and foamy white head with generous lacing (left a nice ring around the lip of the glass). Coppery-gold in appearance with a great deal of yeast floating in the solution and settling in the bottom of the glass. Scent of belgian yeast, malt and fruit (raisins?). Taste similar to nose with a pleasant sugary sensation. Somewhat lively mouthfeel from the carbonation; however, somewhat of a strange aftertaste at the finish. All and all, a very solid tripel.

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

Beer bottle (33, 75cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : apricot, abundant stable white foam (cloudy), highly saturated.
Smell : very rich yeast and alcohol, deep smell hiding hops.
Taste and mouthfeel: Sweet, depth and mellow spicy, good bitterness.
Drinkability: a good beer in the style Belgian tripel (but too strong)

Review translated from french 5-26-2008.

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Photo of CWiggins
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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 armock
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
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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Kapittel Abt from Brouwerij Van Eecke N.V.
3.87 out of 5 based on 204 ratings.
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