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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

Slaapmutske Triple NightcapSlaapmutske Triple Nightcap

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BA SCORE
87
very good

134 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 134
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaapmutske visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-27-2003)
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the stubby 330 ml bottle. Sampled on February 2, 2014.

The pour is an extremely heady cloudy pale yellow-bronze. The tremendous, puffy white head is three fingers thick and never really settles back.

Loads of Belgian toasted biscuit malt aroma with some butter, yeast, and a touch of citrus.

The body is wonderfully full and creamy.

The taste also brings out those Belgian malts with a bit or pear, butterscotch, toffee, and a clean, slightly hopped finish. But the sweet malts really save the day. A bolder Tripel than some.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:08:58 | More by puboflyons
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 17:10:38 | More by mrfrancis
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thierrynantes

France

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange color with huge foamy head and nice lacing.
Smell : fruity and yeasty aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : caramel malty and spicy flavors, alcohol presence in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 12:10:34 | More by thierrynantes
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2/2014. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice rocky cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, golden raisin, lemon zest, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity, spicy, and malt notes. Taste of pear, apricot, apple, golden raisin, lemon zest, candi sugar, clove, pepper, bread, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, candi sugar, clove, bread, pepper, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with malt sweetness; and nearly zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, smooth, and lightly prickly that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent tripel style. Great balance and complexity of malt, fruity, and spicy flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:19:00 | More by superspak
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atr2605

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy copper color with a soapy white head with great retention that forms a very nice lace
S-slightly sweet aroma with an apple, banana, and spice aroma
T-More of the same in the flavor with the hops providing a nice balance the the beer while the fruit flavors still dominate and create a complex taste
M-medium light
O-excellent triple. First beer I have had from this brewery and am very pleased. Looking forward to having it again

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 04:27:13 | More by atr2605
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CopeTech

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very lovely triple, All you can ask for.
nice bright head, with a lovely amber body. No yeast sediment left at the bottle apparently not bottle fermented.
Purchased from Whip In in Austin.
All in all a very nice triple, good fruit tones.
Lovely accompaniment to indian food (G'Raj Mahal)

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 02:10:15 | More by CopeTech
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karait95

Mexico

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nice looking, a golden color very bright as expected including a very big an white creamy head, bubbles are small and compact and dissipates slowly, carbonation is abundant making a permanent layer on top of the beer. The body is medium and cloudy.

S: fruits can be sensed at the moment also malty smell is present with little hops and finally alcohol.

T: the flavors are intense, spicy in general not very fruity as the smell also alcohol is sensed.

M: a nice and easy beginning turning to a little harsh bitterness not to pleasant according to the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:44:46 | More by karait95
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 03:00:38 | More by AleWatcher
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy amber with a little it of thin white head that leaves just a bit of white head at the edge of the glass.

S-Sweet apricots and candied pineapple. Some Belgian yeast gives a nice underlying zing.

T-Sweet, perhaps a bit overly so but not cloying. Lots of sweet fruit, candi sugar and a good helping of malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied not terribly dry, undercarbonated for the style.

O-Not really close to style in many ways, color, carbonation, sweetness, but a tasty beverage nonetheless.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 00:13:08 | More by sholland119
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Hex92

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Corsendonk glass....good choice to show off the thick head and nice lacing. This is one of my favorite tripels, but I don't think it is characteristic of the style. Maltier and sweeter than the usual triple.

A good looking beer in the glass, smells OK but not amazing, nice sweet Carmel flavor. Mouth feel is not overly syrupy. Tasty beer. I would pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 03:27:35 | More by Hex92
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 03:31:30 | More by SkeeterHawk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 02:23:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:10:03 | More by emmasdad
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Radome

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a medium golden color and just a bit hazy. The head piles up thickly in fluffy mounds of bubbles. Nice.

S - The aroma is of soft and welcoming malt with some candi sugar and crisp grain in the background. No hops. Impression of a sweet bread.

T - Taste is more of the soft, bready malt. Some complexity from sugar and a little yeast character. Very sweet sugary taste.

M - Heavy body, sweet, slightly cloying finish. Fluffy carbonation is apparent in the mouth. Very little hops bitterness.

O - Overall, it gives an impression of soft fluffiness like a thick pillow. This is not one to chug, but it is enjoyable and well-made. Based on the label art, this seems to be meant as a nightcap and it achieves that purpose very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 05:04:50 | More by Radome
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful dark golden orange with moderate carbonation producing a 2+ inch creamy bubbly head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice.
S: Fruit esters immediately waft from the bottle upon opening. Fresh yeast, citrus, and Belgian spice produce a wonderful aroma. Tremendous.
T: Melon (typical for De Proef!), citrus, cinnamon, herbal mint, fresh yeast, pear, and mandarin orange. Hint of floral honey. Good complexity. Quite a bit of fruit here.
M: Creamy and soft feel. Light-medium body. Faint hop bitterness in the finish.
D: An excellent brew and extremely drinkable. Would go well with a sunny picnic lunch (chevre, baguette, fruit, chocolate, etc.). Seek it out and enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:23:52 | More by mwilbur
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colforbin73

California

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 11.2oz champagne-type bottle into a 12oz mason jar.

this thing erupted in foamy richness and created a whip-cream type foamy matterhorn in my little glass. quite a sight. THE BEER is alive, bubbles stream up to the surface, yeasty bits float around. you get the feeling you are consuming something that is alive, in an excited state of being.

the flavor is sumptuous malty with heavy yeast presence, the hop aromas and flavors are minimal, but the bitterness level is pleasing. you get all this complex texture and flavor and then a pleasant little warm alcohol sensation -- IT IS a Nightcap. Bailey's Irish Cream? or a Slaapmutske Tripel Nighcap? you can't go wrong. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 05:44:13 | More by colforbin73
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rdickey

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 00:44:59 | More by rdickey
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crossovert

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml synthetic corked and caged brown bottle. This one seems to be getting pushed pretty hard in the Chicago Area.

It pours the way a tripel should, a nice amber/orange color with a billowing white head that sticks, and sticks. It has some very nice lacing as well.

The smell is a bit weak but what it is is some honey-like malts and a bit of alcohol character. Perhaps the slightest hint of hops.

It is an incredibly fruity Tripel with golden raisins, apple, and even some pineapple. It has an assertive hop character, not something you usually find in tripels. It is reminiscent of American takes on the style actually. But in its soul it is really Belgian. It has some traditional aspects of a Belgian tripel, but the fruitiness and hoppiness are both amped up in this one making it unique and delicious. It is absolutely ridiculously quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 05:59:28 | More by crossovert
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flagmantho

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: hazy body with a light, tawny hue. Head is a mere finger of frothy ivory foam. This beer doesn't appear at this point to have the huge carbonation I love in a tripel.

Smell: very rich, very malty aroma without a lot of tripel-like complexity. Still, there is a hint of fruitiness to the aroma and I really like the strong, rich maltiness; it reminds me of a Scotch ale, even.

Taste: flavor is a bit fruitier than the aroma; I actually get a bit of an astringent citrus up front followed by some vague orchardy flavors and finally some of that malt. Sadly, however, the malt is not nearly as good on the palate as it was in the aroma. This beer is relatively tasty, but its components seem muddled and not well suited to one another.

Mouthfeel: rich body with some very solid carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, silky and awesome.

Drinkability: I like tripels, so I'm inclined to rate this guy highly, but I really can't get into the flavor. It's not bad; it's just ... not exactly for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 02:55:43 | More by flagmantho
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz into Newport Storm pint glass. From notes. No bottling info to be found. Great label here, with a tired moon in a nightcap. Poured as a nightcap. $3.99 from Nikki's in Providence.

A- A hazy deli mustard yellow with a huge billowy white head. Looks like soap lather. Not going anywhere... good lacing.

S- Slightly pappery, mostly fruity, and a bit yeasty. Orange peels and actually a bit of banana as well as dried apricots.

T- Sweet fruits are dominant with a nice spiced yeasty finish. Very fruity. Yeast is heavy in the flavor profile- perhaps a bit too much.

M- Good carbonation, although prob. could use a bit more. No sign of the ABV except about 1/2 way through I'm feelin' it.

D- Fairly high. For $4, it's a reasonably priced authentic tripel. I have a few bottles of this and reccomend you use as directed- as a nightcap it's a perfect beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 14:03:21 | More by ShogoKawada
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laituegonflable

Australia

2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 04:10:57 | More by laituegonflable
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 05:10:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good Tripel despite the non-descript and cartoonish lable. Also not the typical Tripel profile in it's fruit forward balance.

The beer begins with a copper/orange/rust color and carrying a moderate haze. Very creamy in its foamstance, the head has a fluid and long standing stature, while leaving modest lacing behind. This amazing froath goes above and beyond anything I've seen before.

Candied fruits, light spice, and confectioner's sugar start off with a sweeter impression. Glazed pears, appricots, and apples balance with a cookie dough/doughy and white pepper, orange peel, and clove balance.

Surprisingly, the sweet nose gives way to a better balanced flavor. The sugary malts attenuate well for a fruity semi-sweet start, but soon fades into a spicy dry-malt finish. Again, the fruits of apples, pears, and appricots translate well from the nose as well do the spicy, peppery, corriander, curraco and clove notes.

As the carbonation and foam suggests, the beer starts out wonderfully creamy, but the seemingly evaporates into a cool dryness, similar to great Witbiers and cotton candy.

Absolutely a joy to drink as the textures are the icing on a well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 22:05:24 | More by BEERchitect
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stevegreer

California

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where to begin with this beer. The owner, Dany De Smet, worked for Huyghe Brewery (think Delirium Tremens) and in 1999 to celebrate the birth of his son he brewed the beer that sparked the brewery. The name Slaapmutske means "sleeping cap" meaning this is the beer before going to sleep and Night Cap is an extension of this name. This beer is a Triple but is much more than that. The color is a golden amber with a egg-white head. The color is very hazy almost Hefeweizen in appearance. The rich (triple malt) is a bit hidden and I had to find out why. It turns out that is because of the extra finishing hops using whole hops giving a flowery, bitter and spicy finish. Lots of tart fruit, caramel and a bit of clove on the palate. This isn't the typical Triple which is why I like it. Think of it as an amp/hopped up triple while still staying balanced.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 05:43:30 | More by stevegreer
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, yeast, malty sweetness and some fruit. The taste is similar to the small with the fruit (pears and apple) standing out. Lots of bready malt in the flavor as well. The flavor improves as the beer warms. The beer is nicely carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 03:57:54 | More by Mora2000
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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
87 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.