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


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RATINGS: 520   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
impressive appearance. pleasent aroma. its very nice on the palate but the initial carbonated feel you get upon sipping it kind of usurps whatever flavors were hiding beneath it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dolty (15) - SWEDEN - APR 20, 2007
Most outstanding. Oddly named, in that Pater tend to be tripels... In any event, a very fine Brune and Karmaliet. A favourite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo (5897) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2007
Thanks to illinismitty for sharing this bottle with us at the Tennessee Spring(ish) Tasting! A brown pour with a hint of red slightl thin tan head wiht a spotty odd lacing. Aroma of yeast brown sugar and alcohol. The flavor was like smoke from a chemical fire. It reminded me of sulfur in a way. The palate was very good on this beer. Carbonation and mouthfeel were good. A decent beer but that initial flavor is a real buzz killer. Would I drink it again? yep! thanks sean

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5583) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2007
330ml bottle from BeersOf Europe. A malty beer with a bready sweetness obscured by a well soaked English hop bitterness. Flavours are blurred and, while not being unpleasant in any way, are not distinguished or highly attractive. A beer that is just there in a vague, bitter, sweet, yeasty, muddled way that is typical of Belgian brown ales. Ive had this sort of thing before so many times, and usually done much better. Quite gentle for the strength. Stale, cardboardy aroma, even though one year within best before date.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8757) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 2, 2007
Bottle. Mahognony beer with a nice light tan head. Malty, caramel aroma. Malty, toffee flavor with slight roast that leads into a bit of berry fruit that lingers. Molasses and a bit of spice. Medium body. Alcohol slightly present. Good complexity while keeping it very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
henrikb (1262) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 2, 2007
Brown body, big beige head; Quite sugary, malty big nose, with a very little rotten apple behind; Huge carbonation in a little thin soft textured body; Medium length in a bit thin finish, malty sugary aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11387) - 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 (2470) - 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 (3637) - 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.

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