Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Reviews: 99
Hads: 161
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 8.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-27-2003

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Photo of Crittervision
2.58/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On tap at La Cerveteca in Barcelona on 11 april 2011. 

Deep amber body, fluffy head, minute bubbles, lacing unexceptional but there. 

Aroma of candy sugar and caramelization in a Belgian blonde or a faded IPA. 

Flavors of perfumey booze, dusty fermented apricots, honey and faded hops. Again that blandness, or resemblance of an old IPA. No spicing to speak of — of which to speak — and remarkably unlike a "normal" tripel. 

Mouthfeel is toward thick and full. Carbonation is moderate.  (499 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

MJ's rare beer club selection a while back... Figured I'd try one.
Served in duvel tulip.

Really pretty dark-- an orangey amber color tgat shows lots of apricot hues when held up to the light. It's hazy... just barely translucent.
Smells peppery... Touch of clove... Belgian yeast... Yeah, it's a triple. The flavor follows suit of the nose, but I'll admit this is FAR from my favorite triple. The pronounced booziness is too much for one, and the body is too full. It could also use more carbonation.
The finish is a bit too dry and spicy for my liking.

Overall... Meh. This is not impressing me. (604 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful foamy cap on the hazy amber brew. Served in a tall tulip for $7.50 at Beachwood.

The two overwhelming tastes are oxidation and bitterness. Very full-bodied flavor, but it tastes just like apple sauce with chewed up aspirins. Quite sharp in the mouth. A woody hint, but more metallic. Some murky malt plus corn flakes, followed by a vast swampy bitterness. Tastes like the just added some dirt to the wort. Going on record as one of the worst Belgian beers I've tasted. (479 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a robust orange-yellow colour with a huge amount of floating sediment. Good bright colour though. Head is a very fine and filmy across the top of the beer, and it leaves some pretty nice lacing. Not bad all up.

Bit of a whiff of wet grain on the nose, with a slight hint of organic honey and a bit of turned earth. It's all a bit funky and weird. Not bad, but a bit too much of the funkier end of the spectrum.

Taste is flat and grainy. Some sweetness and a bit of harshness on the back. Bitterness burgeons at the back, leaving a flat and rather blaze finish. Sort of a plateau of that wet, slightly rotten grain. Can't say I'm a big fan.

Eh. Oxidised, perhaps? It goes downhill after a while. It's not a big beer, or a particularly interesting one, but it's drinkable enough in its way. Not something I'd choose on a regular basis, and it's certainly not one of my favourite Tripels. (894 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-golden colour with weird suspended yeast particles. Slow bead feeding a nice, dense, foamy head that sinks slowly, leaving some really pleasant lacing behind. Not sure about the suspension, but the head and lace are awesome.

Smell is weirdly yeasty, lots of honey and some slight spice notes, nutmeg and cinnamon, but yeah, oddly sweet. Don't like it a lot, a bit simple and too grainy-sweet.

Taste is lacking. A bit sour on the front and then gets a bit nutty and yeasty, with odd honey notes, kind of tastes like honey-cluster breakfast cereals, with that grain/honey combo. Maybe a hint of rice on it as well. Yeah, quite plain, and a bit insipid. With an odd phenolic flavour just at the back. Not great, definitely lacking.

Quite good texture, although the body is surprisingly thin for the alcohol content.

Not a bad drinking beer, but definitely weakened and tasting a bit plain. (906 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turbid yellow colour, with an average foam, no more to say about it.
The smell is tending to the sweet (malt and honey), with pratically no hopping.
The taste on the contrary is bitter and winding, with a good bitter aftertaste.
Medium body.
At the end, not so bad... (271 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - very blonde, tons of speedy carbonation racing to the top where a big rocky white head sits

S - definitely smells belgian, nice spiciness, ginger and coriander, with citrusy hints

T - both smooth and spicy, the bitterness is a little lonely, but the individual flavors are nice, spiciness, wheaty-yeastiness, and the slight citrus

M&D - lightly acidic and bitter, a little overly so, needs to be blended a bit better, and a highish ABV, both take away from the drinkability and mouthfeel (500 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Sampled at the Hotel Erasmus on an afternoon trip from our Ostende base to Brugge on Easter Friday 25th April, 2005 during my annual Easter trip to Belgium.

After we had tried the simply excellent Liefmans Unsweetened & Unfiltered Kriek on tap, and the Erasmus “house beer” the De Dolle “21” I opted to finish with a 33cl bottle of Slaapmutske Tripel. The recipe is from Brouwerij Slaapmutske but it is brewed using the Plant at De Proefbrouwerij. The label lists the Tripel at 8.1% and states that it is brewed from all natural ingredients with “no adjuncts” added.

Appearance: Dark golden body with a light orange-amber milky haze. Massive white head forms a rocky floating center pool once it settles down. A few streamers punctuate the beer. The final top up from the stubby brown glass bottle deposited a few yeasty flakes too.

Nose: Weak feel to the aromas, hints of sweet malt, toasted grain, lemon zest and some hops.

Taste: Straight forward, slivers of grain link the sweetish malts and high bitterness from the hops. The bitterness is quite harsh though, almost aggressive in its level. This aspect reminds me more of a sharp Blonde, rather than a good Abbey Tripel which usually has a more refined bitterness. A little rough around the edges.

Mouthfeel: Harsh bitterness is not balanced. The Alcohol backs up the feel on the tongue and the body in the swallow.

Drinkability: After the unfiltered Liefmans Kriek and De Dolle “21” the Slaapmutske Tripel was the perfect finish. Clean and rather simple in character but a pleasant brew nonetheless.

Overall: Almost like a super Blonde, rather than a Tripel for my thinking. Slaapmutske translates as “Sleeping Hat”, but I have had better night-cap beers to be honest. A little confused but not that bad in reality. (1,819 characters)

Photo of kkipple
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The back of the bottle proudly proclaims: "With a name like Slaapmutske, it has to be good!" I have to give the brewers their due for the name, it's surely memorable. That said, this tripel is sadly pretty average.

The head on this hazy-yellow brew is the best thing about the beer. Big and foamy, with lots of lacing and long lasting, it surely promises great things...

The nose on Slaapmutske (heh) is peppery; I pick up tart green apples, sweet malt, and some floral esters. Pepper is a little stronger than I'd like. Otherwise clean and basic, nothing unexpected, but neither is it too complex.

The taste is likewise... well, basic. Well balanced malt with the fruity tart esters, sharp pepper-spice and a yeasty dryness come through. Sweet finish.

I really would love to rate this beer higher, but I've had some excellent tripels in my day and this sadly isn't one of them. It's not BAD, just forgettable. Add in the fact that it's priced around the same as Tripel Karmeliet or Westmalle, and you have some seriously strong competition to go up against.

Worth a try, and I'd certainly not turn one down, but neither would I seek it out. I still dig the name, though. (1,186 characters)

Photo of crwills
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at a tasting with biegaman, northyorksammy, and grub. Thanks guys!

Cloudy-reddish-gold colour with a big head. Lots of carbonation, lots of lacing. Strongish floral aroma. Flavour is fruity -- nectarine, strawberry, cherry pits, plus some horseblanket and stale cracker. Spicy aftertaste and oily mouthfeel, with little bit of coriander. (348 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chose this one by the label...

Pours cloudy light orange with a rich foamy head of several fingers that dissipates only slightly. Good lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet fruits, some apple and a little citrus. Taste isn't that alcoholy but rather funkishly yeasty and partially sweet. Was expecting a heavier darker beer with a name like triple night cap but it was more of a decent saison. (391 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ken for bringing this one over last Saturday night. Poured a hazy medium amber color with a big rocky white head. Aromas of orange zest, wheat, hay and light malt. Light bodied and very drinkable, with flavors of yeast, oranges and light malt. (253 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small while head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet fruits, brown sugar, and spices. Flavor is light fruits initially with a raisin and brown sugar finish. Slight vegetal taste. Overall, nice and tasty. A good sipper.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5) (300 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden to orange with a HUGE, creamy white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles that patiently dissolve to just a frothy lacing.

The fruity esters and yeasts bound from the glass while a closer inspection reveals some citrus aromas such as lemon and just faint floral hops.

The floral hops and fruit character resembling some mix of sour apples and zesty lemon are most prominent and last throughout, yet not as aggressive as the aroma suggested. More yeast in the flavor, but likely also some sweet malt with candy/sugar like qualities to counter, and as the beer warms the flavors begin to faintly resemble honey at the finish.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a dry finish, with enough flavors to really bury the alcohol leaving almost no burn in its wake.

This is a good brew, and a good example of the style, but missing some of the traditional spice flavor in my opinion. (920 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 750 ml bottle at LaBodega in Riverside, Ca. in December 2006; tasted and reviewed Christmas night 2006.

Pours a pretty golden, very proper and correct for a tripel, including a nice white head that sticks around through the entire session. Just about as good as it gets.

Aroma is a dry, herbal, almost medicinal yeastiness, light on fruits and light on sweetness. Not bad, but not exciting. Flavor is two different animals- when cold, it is all white pepper. Sharp, harsh and frankly, what I think was unpleasant. However, as it warms to near room temperature, it really opens up. The pepper and yeasty sharpness are still there, but greatly softened by warm fluffy soft white breads (maybe even potato bread). Not terribly complex, but very drinkable. Alcohol profile well hidden.

Overall, this is not a bad tripel. But it doesn't grab me. (862 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, spice, fruit, and apple cider aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruity smell but the taste is more spice and yeast forward. (615 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at George and Dragon in Barcelona.

Pours a dark muddy yellow with a big fluffy off white khaki head. Darkest tripel I have seen. Head falls apart awkwardly and leaves little lace.

Smell is a little coriander type spice and big caramel and candi sugar sweetness with some banana.

Soft carbonation and full bodied for a tripel. Lots of caramel/candi sugar flavor on this. The alcohol is detectable but I feel it works in between the sweetness and fruity spice flavors well.

Enjoyable tripel but too heavy on the sugar in the nose and taste. (551 characters)

Photo of rdickey
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, almost cloudy amber into my Duvel tulip. A fluffy white head lingers and leaves beautiful lacing.

Smell: Looks like honey, smells like honey. There's also a pretty serious fruitiness to it, particularly as it warms.

Taste: The sweetness continues when the beer reaches the mouth. At first it almost seems too much, but some surprisingly aggressive hops (that I did not detect in the nose) quickly balance it out. Peppery notes from the yeast play around the edges, and it finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty high, which you wouldn't necessary expect given the big honey sweetness in the nose. The hops should allow it to stand up to more spicy foods that you wouldn't necessary think of pairing a tripel with. (794 characters)

Photo of watchnerd
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml.

Well, it's a Begian triple all right, but it's a rather run-of-the-mill one. Alcohol taste is a bit too present, both in the taste and in the aroma, reducing the drinkability. Mouthfeel is nice, and a bit effervescent, while the taste, for the style, is nothing special.

Bottom line: it's okay, not bad, really. But I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to get more. (378 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the label a all malt beer with dry hopping.

This beer pours an orange murky color with a small head which sticks to the glass.

Smell is yeasty with some solvent alcohol whiffs and a green apple smell.

Taste is yeasty and alcohol warming, a bit of solvent and a nice bitter. The green apples are present, but in the back. Some toffee or light caramalt taste. The dry-hopping is not very apparent, maybe this was an older bottle.
Drinkability was excellent for such a heavy beer. (501 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork date of 11/10/07, Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has quite a nice textured appearance to it. The beer is a lightly orange'd, gold color and is lightly hazy in appearance. Sweet, pale malt aromatics contributes honey like aromatics, notes of sweet grain and there are aromas reminiscent of orange zest and / or candied orange creams. Other spice notes contribute to the finish and smell of ginger, a touch of sweet phenolics (like clove and something like vanilla) as well as a light, white pepper aromatic. Also becoming noticeable towards the end is a dry, crushed malt note and something that is quite like crushed soda crackers.

Appetizingly dry for a Tripel, but still has a soft, honey like / floral sweetness to it. Quite a bit spicier than the aroma might have suggested (due to the perceived dryness no doubt); I get flavors of old ginger, white-pepper, clove and maybe a hint of citrus zest. Sharp, spicy and a bit hot in the finish; it picks up a certain astringency and heat from higher alcohols in the finish. The beer is quite light feeling, which I definitely like, but it really doesn't seem to leave a lasting impression. Somehow the flavors here just fall flat. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it has not impact on the palate and taste buds.

This is a very aromatic brew, but it does not quite live up to it in the flavor. I do like how light this feels, though it makes it dangerously drinkable, but ultimately it is lacking an impact / lasting impression. The only thing that really lingers is the slightly hot / aggressive higher alcohols. (1,644 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am always looking for a new/good Tripel, so this one caught my eye the other day at the downtown Spec's. I don't remember ever seeing this one before, but it was on more of a bottom shelf, so I could have missed it before. Regardless, let's see what this lower ABV Tripel has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy light burnt orange color with a solid 1/2" cap of antique white foam that doesn't do much, but doesn't look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. Looking closely at the edge of the glass, you can tell that there are a bunch of bubbles rising. Lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking and the head never completely goes away.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of oxidation mixed with alcohol and some toasty malts. The hops are definitely here, but seem like they are fading a bit. After the beer sits for a few minutes, the aroma is losing the oxidation and there is a sweet citrusy malty thing coming out. There is still a dry edge to the aroma of this beer that I assume is wheat, but it has a raw edge to it that I am guessing is something like un-malted wheat? I dunno, but it is a little unusual.

Taste: The flavor is probably one of the most earthy that I have tried recently. Typically this style is really dry and crisp with hops on top of hops for the most part. This beer still has some solid hops, but they are a bit muted. As the beer sits, it is getting a sweet caramel note that is also a bit unusual in a Tripel, but still pretty nice. The beer is a solid medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style, which is high for most. The balance in the finish is tipped slightly toward the hops, but there is plenty of sweetness and alcohol there to keep your palate confused.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I think that this particular example is past its prime, so perhaps I have missed this beer sitting on that shelf longer than I thought? This beer seems like a Tripel brewed without sugar, which I am not sure is a good thing for this style...so the body comes out heavier than most in this style. Either way, it is a drinkable brew and I will certainly finish my bottle. I may go back to it if I could find that this was an older example as I thought. Either way, a decent one to try. (2,240 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with an imposing white head that leaves a tremendous amount of lace as it slowly recedes.

S: Aromas of caramel, biscuit, cream, peach, apricot, oranges in syrup, lemon candy, herbs, and bread are present on the nose.

T: Notes of bread, yeast, biscuit, cream, caramel, toffee, herbs, oranges in syrup, grass, peach, apricot, lemon candy, and perhaps a touch of candy sugar wash across the palate. The finish is sweet and warming, with notes of orange, caramel, herbs, bread, and yeast are detectable before a long, smooth fade.

M: Thin in body and slick. Carbonation is airy and delicate. Alcohol is very subdued. Incredibly easy to drink, but in my opinion, this beer would be a better representation of the style if it had a bit more malt heft.

O: Not a bad tripel by any means, but also far from a classic example of the style. This one is worth seeking out at least once, but I have difficulty seeing it becoming a favorite or a regular for most fans of the style. (1,001 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, fruit, some spices, caramelized malts and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus, bananas and spices. Then a strong breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style. (774 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is softly sour and funky with thick malt base. Soft vinegar. Smells pretty good.

Pours hazy honey with moderate fluffy head. Looks good.

Flavor follows, with moderate bitterness and soft honey. Floral perfume overtones. Very ripe musky melon fruit and fresh strawberry, fresh black pepper, and a very tame brie. Soft grainy malt. Finishes slightly oily, slightly dry. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability. (425 characters)

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
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