Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fruity with a lot of malt sweetness in the nose. The sweetness is also very prevalent in the flavor along with some unpleasant metallic elements. Very little hops character along with a murky brown color and a somewhat flaccid body make this a dissapointingly average selection.
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 27, 2005
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft. Hmm. Very promising appearance and aroma. Color is dark caramel, and it smells like fruits and toffee. At first, flavor is very smooth and sweet, but then it hit me as nauseating, and in the end, all I could taste was metal. Very disappointing.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite of the Kapittel beers. I find it is at its best when room temperature--at colder temperatures, metallic and stale notes are present. The flavor is wonderful. Gentle caramel maltiness (less caramel than in the Prior, which gives this the edge) with wood notes and some cinammon. Lush body indicates that this is real Belgian. Not enormously complex, but still one of the finer light Abbey browns.
Pailhead (6015) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Malty aroma of fruit and yeast. A little grape. Pours a slightly hazy amber with some very fine sediment. Off-white soapy head lasts for about a minute. Decent lacing. Flavors are sweet, fruity and malty. Light raisin int he background. Light yeast and even lighter hops in the finish. Every few sips I seem to get a light metallic flavor lingering into the aftertaste. When it’s not there, this is rather good. When I pick it up, it really hurts my impression of the beer. Also, a little thin for a Belgian.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - APR 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium to deep amber colored. Nice off-white head provides nice lacing. Aroma is a little fruity and slight sugars. Initially sweet and then a bit sour/off. Perhaps metallic. Fair, nothing to search after.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Caramel malt is very prominent with a bit of candy sugar and dates evident and some black tea. Finishes nice but a bit to sweet.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy deep cooper with a fast fading medium sized light tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, sugar, cardboard, and yeasty. Flavor has light fruit, sweet, and doughy. Clean light finish. Light body.
lamas (1492) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
11.2 oz bottle. Pours a hazy red with super-thick fluffy tan head. Aroma is of sour fruit and yeast. Taste is surprisingly bland. Begins sweet but then finishes flat, sugary and malty. Very thin. Almost watery.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear copper brown with a frothy and well-lacing light tan head. Aroma is a dry malty mix of Belgian yeast, candi sugar, and licorice that for some reason just didn’t work very well. The body starts sugary sweet with some mild bready yeast showing up toward a watery finish. It has a dry sugary flavor, but not a dry body. A very mediocre Belgian brew.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber-brown body with a dense fine particulate haze and medium off-white head with thick lace. Funky aroma is strongly vegetal, nutty, phenolic, and plasticky, with more than a hint of mustard seed. Malty flavor is also plasticky with medicinal phenols and oxidative notes. Substantial bitterness. This borders on the nasty. The worst of the Kapittel bunch.