Kapittel AbtNovember 1, 2004 Watou, Belgium
Brouwerij van Eecke
Imported by: Global Beer Network
Santa Barbara, CA
Available: All over the U.S.A. where legal
The “Kapittel” is the managing board of an abbey, consisting of the abbot and his lieutenants and others.
Alcohol (wt.): 8
Alcohol (vol.): 10
Color: 18 EBC
With color depth of pure gold, a huge head leaves a fine Belgian lace long after the lasting foam has dissipated. An appealing nose of acacia honey and quinine is captivating. Beautifully balanced flavor starts dry—slightly medicinal—and finishes with a wonderful fruity complexity reminiscent of stone fruits, honey and tobacco. Recommended with double cream cheese, like Belgian Herve; fresh local organic plums; or even strawberry shortcake with whipped cream.
- Charles Finkel
Fruity aroma with a candy-like sugar tone. Unfortunately, this beer seems to have suffered on the journey from Belgium to America. A bit like wet paper in aroma and flavor. Fresh as the brewer intended, this would be more enjoyable. The alcohol is warming. Hop flavor is mild, yet assertively balanced with malt and alcohol. The overall flavor has lost its complexity due to the journey to my glass. I’d give it a second chance, perhaps in Belgium. You win some, you lose some.
- Charlie Papazian
Abt is a Dutch word for abbot and this Belgian abbey beer at 10% volume would be defined as a Trippel in that amazing beer country. Bronze-colored, it has a good head of foam rising to peaks, and an aroma that is warming even before the beer passes the lips. Tart orange and lemon fruit greet the nose with a good underpinning of floral hops. Rich malt and fruit flood the mouth but there is always a good, solid and persistent bitterness to avoid cloying sweetness. The finish is huge and becomes increasingly bitter, but with a luscious malt and fruit background.
- Roger Protz
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
Roger Protz is the author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. He is a respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
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