Kapittel Watou Tripel Abt – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Kapittel Watou Tripel Abt – Brouwerij Van Eecke, 10% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)


  • Style: Abbey Tripel
  • Taste: Weighty honey-chamomile barley malt astringent nutty date/cocoa
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 10% off), December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah.

Visual: Pours dull copper brown-orange with a small 1cm foamy head, super clusters upon clusters of active streams, suspended sediment – glorious.

Nose: yeasty funked out lagered barley malt, with honey notes (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: crisp-thicker, micro-tingly

Mid-palate: smooth-rounded, alcoholic weighty, almost salty, (lvl-6)-sweetness, honey-chamomile barley malts, off-putting date note,

Finish: clove-banana exhale, nutty cocoa malt, soft bittersweet residual malts

Summary: Visually – great, 10% ABV – wow. The mouthfeel and texture are delightful but I just didn’t appreciate the almost salty note in the mid as well as the dark nutty date flav in the mid to finish; Somehow the honey/floral didn’t match up correctly for my palate.

Poperings Hommelbier – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Poperings Hommelbier – Browerij Van Eecke, 7.5% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)


info from ratebeer.com:

“Hommel is the local abbreviation of humulus, from the botanical name for the hop plant. Confusingly, it also means bumble bee in Flemish. Poperings Hommelbier is a hoppy, golden-bronze, ale. It is made from a blend of winter, summer and aromatic pale malts.”


  • Style: Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Unbelievable undetectable alcohol sweet liquid lager barley malt honey light hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.70 CAD (after 10% off) – 33cl., December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: unlikely
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Pours almost clear pale deep orange with suspended bits of yeast, super clustered activity like a snow globe, 0.5cm lasting frothy head.

Nose: light sweet floral liquid barley malt, light apple notes. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: super fine-smooth CO2, crisp bite

Mid-palate: metallic-lager liquid barley malt, (lvl-4-sweetness), light short tangy

Finish: grainy barley malt exhale, honey, subtle light bitter hops

Summary: Unbelievable that this is 7.5% – too smooth to be true. Not a ton of pronounced flavour but a superbly executed balance of ultra-creamy mouthfeel, barley-grain, plus a little extra citrus-floral notes from the hops that compliment the whole experience. 3/4 through and still amazed at how smooth it is.

Kapittel Watou Prior – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

Kapittel Watou Prior – Brouwerij Van Eecke, 9% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)


  • Style: Belgian Strong Ale (9%)
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4.60 CAD (after 10% off), December 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Pours dirty reddish brown with a 1cm head, 2mm super foamy retention, clusters upon clusters of fast active micro streams. Delectable.

Nose: brown sugar+candi sugar, date barley malt, prune. (lvl-9)-pungency

Attack: thick-crisp, creamy

Mid-palate: alcoholic heavy, (lvl-8-sweetness), dates, molasses-bready barley malt

Finish: nutmeg exhale, off dry woody hops, residual toasted barley malt

Summary: The barley malt-date flavour is decently interesting with some spice notes to that travel alongside it. The alcoholic heaviness detracts from the experience, but in the end you get a creeper buzz. The quality and richness are there although I’d rather try something else next session.

Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2014 – Brouwerij Van Eecke (Belgium)

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Hommelbier Nieuwe Oogst Fresh Harvest 2014 – Browerij Van Eecke, 7.5% ABV, 75cl., (Poperinge-Watou, Belgium)

printed on the back of the bottle:

“1624 Watou, Flanders fields, even before Belgium was born, we already brewed in our traditional family brewery. 1981 hommelbier became the ambassador of the Poperinge Hops (which is called hommel in our local dialect). 2014 The heat in June and heavy rain in August, have marked this exceptional ale with unique malt and aromatic hop taste.”


  • Style: (fresh hopped) Belgian Ale
  • Taste: Cream-fizzy grassy lemon sweet barley soft bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $12.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 75cl., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes definitely

Visual: Hefty bottle, twisty wire cap and composite cork. Limited edition 2014. Pours golden yellow with  a large lasting super creamy head, 2cm retention, a ton-load of densely clustered fast activity. Impeccable.

Nose: elderflower, honey lemon citrus malt, very clean. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro bubbly-fizzy, subdued hops

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, tangy (MAIN) grassy fresh hops, lemon, sweet barley malt

Finish: burpy, soft bitter hops, grassy hop cone exhale.

Summary: Drinks incredibly smooth and creamy bubbly textured with enough body to make it interesting. A very nice meal beer, though you get somewhat bloated if you keep sipping. Great balance and liveliness inside the bottle.