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

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RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3630) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6007) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13239) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1440) - 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.

3.4
   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.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3001) - 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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2007
75cl corked bottle. Muddy chesnut tulip soupy with sediment, however you pour it. Wonderfully soft, soapy caramel snout. Deep, firm, creamy off-white head you could float a Euro on. Delectably smooth and delicately spicy, with a full-bodied, sharpish yeastiness and licorice-bitter finish. Metallically yeasty a little like Ename. Slick and milkshake-creamy. As subtle and sweetly malty as a top-drawer Doppelbock (Andescher?). Drinks as smoothly as a beer half its strength. Not a hint of alcohol or burn. Exquisitely crafted, effortlessly drinkable, dizzying Belgian nectar.


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