Brewed by Van Eecke
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Poperinge-Watou, Belgium


on tap

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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Bottle conditioned.
This dark beer has been brewed with careful attention in accordance with our age old brewing tradition. It is a flavourful beer, tasting slightly bitter-sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2007
Above-average Belgian and beer. Dark brown with good lace throughout, and head. Mollasses and yeast and anise? Taste of brown sugar and mollases and yeast. Warming alcohol. Good at cellar temperature, likely better with meat like steak. Full mouthfeel and satisfying afterglow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2007
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue< BB Apr 08). Mahogany colour. Fruity malt and chocolate with a littlle sourness in the finish. Initially I wasnt that impressed but after a few mouthfuls the dark bitter chocolate opens up with hints of roast complementing tart berries and dried fruit. There is even a rounded hop flavour in the finish which keeps the mild sweetness in check. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3632) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Sean (illinismitty) brought a bottle of "Het Kapittel Watou Prior" to share at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting in Knoxville, TN on 3/10/2007... The pour revealed a clear amber/dark honey color beer with a dense off-white head. The sweet aroma is heavy with malt and dried fruit. The initial flavor is a bit dry and metallic, but a depper maltiness and dark fruit flavors become more noticeable it subsequent tastes. There is some alcohol in the finish, but overall its fairly muted for 9% ABV. The carbonation level is moderate to generous causing this medium bodied beer to feel lighter and more dry on the palate. Kapittel Prior is a good Belgian beer with a disctinct flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - MAR 13, 2007
Thanks to illinismitty for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! Poured a dark amber with a creamy white head that left light lacing. Fruity aroma with hints of roasted malts. The flavor had an overwhelming iron presence with some malt in the background. Medium body with a dry texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2007
Bottle best before August 2008. I brought this to the Knoxville tasting. Pours hazy copper with a tan retentive head. Malty and yeasty belgian aroma. Belgian beers are earthy, but this one takes it a step further. Flavor is dry, with lots of chewy maltiness. There are also notes of faint roast and well water. Finish is mildly sweet and mineral like, with a lingering earthy dustiness. Odd at first, but more enjoyable as I drank it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6043) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Clear ornge, very sizey white head. faint aroma, perhaps a little nutty, which iechoed in the flavor. The Bride took a sip and pronounced it "very Belgian", which is pretty much true. Hides its alcohol very well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle. Poured hazy dark brown with a large fizzy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Solid bittersweet flavor with a medium balanced finish of long duration. This is a smooth complex beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1448) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2007
Faint, malty and green aroma. Dark caramel sweetness becomes nicely malty, slightly dry bitterness. Malts persevere throughout hoppy finish. Alcohol a touch obvious, but not burning.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Got some light malt and yeast in the aroma.Pours a hazy brown with a light tan head.Caramel malt and yeast stand out in the flavors.Mouthfeel is a little thin with some yeast and spice in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3076) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2007
luscious, rich, tasty beer. the best of this brewery so far. Brought thsi one back from Brussels with me

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