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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 163
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a very famous Belgian brewery, but a surprisingly good smooth drinking Belgian ale found at Summerville NJ. Orangey colour, nose-peppery yeast, medium mouthfeel, sweet spices. A tad astringent in finish but the veggie chips helped offset that. Very decent tripel though I have met few I did not love.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bruised peach with a massive head that retains beautifully and deposits a Matisse cutout pattern of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Belgian candi sugar dominates, with yeasty phenols, and rotting fruit

Taste: Opens a bit hot, with alcohol apparent from the start, as honeyed candi sugar and rotting fruit dominate; mid-palate is rather yeasty, with plenty of phenols and a growing bitter herbal aspect that becomes a bit peppery, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy; smooth but buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad tripel at all, and a little age would probably smooth out the rough edges

Note: Picked up a 2008 bottling in mid-2011 at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco and I was right about the aging factor - the booziness is gone and, while the carbonation is no longer what it was, the flavors have mellowed very nicely; the honey and spice flavors make for an unusual, but delicious, combination

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant tangerine peel with smoky saffron edges. The lively, Belgianesque carbonation has created a spectacular looking crown that is the equal of some of the best that I've ever seen. The pastel orange-tinted ivory colored foam sitting atop the beer is thick and rich and rocky and creamy and sticky and leaves the glass positively painted with eye candy. A great start!

The nose is more fruity than spicy. That's okay, I like almost all variations on the Belgian tripel blueprint. Maybe it's the power of suggestion stimulated by the color of the beer, but I smell oranges as well as apples and pears. A whiff of musky hops and a pinch of ground clove round things out nicely.

There's no question that this is great beer. I knew nothing about Slaapmutske prior to reading their website (recommended for the curious), but it's obvious that they know what it takes to create a delicious tripel. Before delving into specifics, my first impression is how approachable and how damned drinkable this big ale is.

The pale malt backbone is substantial enough to provide plenty of sugar cookie-like malt flavor that is the base on which the rest of the beer is constructed. Ripe orchard fruit is still a major part of the flavor profile and I still appreciate orange zest more than in most tripels. It gives the beer a bright, citric flavor that is both different and delicious.

Warm spices are much more prominent on the palate than they are in the nose. Clove and white pepper set up a minor sizzle on the tongue after each mouthful has gone to points south. Thankfully, there's almost no evidence of alcohol... other than the fuzziness that's beginning to blur the edges of my consciousness.

The mouthfeel easily keeps pace. All those bubbles keep things hopping and volumize the beer just enough for it to be called lightly creamy. I'm close to nudging the score one notch higher, but it falls short by the slimmest of margins.

Slaapmutske (literally: 'sleeping hat') Triple Nightcap has been in my cellar for at least a year. If I had known how good it is, I would have popped the cork long ago. Now the only question is, where can I get more? It would be an honor to have this beer be my prelude to dreamland.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle one of the many times I traveled up to Asheville this past winter. I never got around to trying it, however it has been sitting nicely on, my shelf ever since. So last night I decided to split this one with my sister in law on her way out. Nice 750ml bottle with one of the coolest design labels you could hope to see. Poured into the Mock Turtle and served at cellar temperature.

Appearance - Poured out a nice hazy, golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it. Decent retention let this hang around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin layer of lace across the top with lots of side glass contribution. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

Smell - The aroma was very light, airy with a good dose of spices added in. Typical Saison smell, it had the nice light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had.

Taste - The flavor was just drop down beautiful. A rich, light, airy mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. I was in love with this from the first sip. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back,

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way,

Drinkability - Very highly drinkable triple/Saison whatever you want to call it. Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor. Highly carbonated and with no taste of the alcohol at all. Definitely something I could have all night long.

Overall I thought this one came out of left field and really scored some very high marks with me. Not your classic heavy triple by any means this was quite the nice treat. I would love to have this one again any day. Hands down this was a winner.

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Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a signature stem glass, this beer poured a hazy golden-peach color with a finger's width of delicate white bubbles for a head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet, ripe fruit, candi sugar, and light yeast. Flowery! Light taste, but very dynamic nonetheless, with juicy, fruity sweetness, peaches and pears, light sugar and honey, with more of the yeasty banana-like phenols manifesting mid- to end-palate, and just a hint of spice. Alcohol is noticeable, but with everything else that's going on, it really has very little bite at all. Very impressive and tasty. Light-medium mouthfeel, perfectly balanced, and very drinkable.

Officially one of my favorite tripels.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold amber. Nose is strong, though not overdone with yeast. I was getting a strong whiff of the yeasts with it just sitting on my desk a foot from me. Flavor is smooth with a sweet touch. Has a bit of an orange taste to it, I think. Overall it is smooth and even and quite tasty with the flavor. Feel is good. Smooth with ingredients and a decent amount of bubble. Highly drinkable. If you can get it, get it. This is a great brew. My first from this brewery. I'd love to try their others now and see how good they are as well.

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml aged bottle into a Belgian snifter.
Pours hazy dark brown; most of the sediment added in the pour.

Nice fruity and lightly spicy aroma with figs and other dark fruits.

Flavor: Black bread, dark fruit notes including dried plum, as well as hints of cherries and dark chocolate. Slightly earthy.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: dark and malty for a "Abbey Tripel".

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

large bottle, caged and corked with freshness dating, pours medium amber, orangy hues, cloudy with steady bubbles rising. light tan head, puffy and loose, leaving tons of scattered and thick lacing. Nose of honey, light smoke and melon. Wonderfully tasty and warming Belgian, notes of more honey, mustard, rye, dough, pepper, vanilla. Alcohol present but not overpowering. The bottle I had was just super (suprised by the low ratings here), complex, tasty, heady stuff. Went well with some goat cheese and bread, well worth a try.

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Photo of Gavage
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool partial moon labelled bottle.

Appearance: a cloudy orange color with a one finger head that lasts. No significant lacing develops during the session.

Smell: enjoyable combination of pears, honey, green grapes, and yeast.

Taste: sweet malt profile balanced with some nice bitterness, hint of alcohol, and yeast. Pears and green grapes provide the fruity textures.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, mildly dry and lightly crisp at the finish. The aftertaste glues the flavor profile to your tongue for a while after swallowing. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very drinkable tripel as the alcohol is not overbearing and the flavor profile is just right. Good beer to quaff before going to sleep as the label suggests.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle. Cute little moon, ready for bed, equipped with nightcap on the front. The back label reads "with a name like Slaapmutske is has to be good!" Well let's hope so...
Pours with good head, a hazy, muddy orange in colour. Substancial lacing. Well pieced together with some light straw-grainy notes, medium bodied, only light alcohol noticeable. Flavour overwhelms me with an odd choice of malt, I claimed to taste a great deal of pilsner malt, which seemed oddly out of place. Neat though. Overly verdict says this was a little dull, nowhere in the top of my favourite tripels, but still worthwhile. Thanks Sammy!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Tis the season I suppose.

The beer pours a solid gold color with lovely, pillowy head and impressive sticky lacing all around. The nose is equally impressive, with fruit cocktail, apricot, warm honey, caramel, banana and clove. The flavor profile is very good, but doesn't match the nose. Also, there's something of a burnt sugar finish to this beer that is intriguing. Otherwise, the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, although it's not quite as intense. Mouthfeel is fairly light, although there's plenty of flavor. Drinkability is also very good, though again, you can tell this is not a small beer.

Just a very solid beer from this brewery, and it's a treat to see it on tap.

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Photo of wl0307
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle, BB 28/03/10, served chilled in a pint glass.

A: pours a murky dark orangey amber, coming with a very thick and tight light beige froth with supreme retention; carbonation is constant and semi-lively. Looking very decent.
S: pretty intense in its sour fruits and semi-fermented sugary sweetness, denoting exotic fruit-esters, lactose drinks (e.g. Yakult), candyish malts, and a touch of citric hops. Very thick and sharp due to the yeastiness, slightly off-balance.
T: effervescent in texture upfront, showing sour-sweet mangos, oxidised oranges, and some other fruit esters, with a rather weaker malt background; slowly, the taste turns green-tea-ish bitter and chewy-dry, with a subtle flow of alc. lurking in the very end.
M&D: despite the effervescence upfront, the palate is never overly fizzy; rather it shows a restrained carbonation to tame the high alc. content. Not a particularly tasty or complex example of Tripel, yet a pretty bitter and, thus, drinkable one.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger, thick white head that slowly fades leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color, with chunky bits. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Alcohol/herbal nose. Starts semi-sweet, nice balance of hops/malts, finish is alcohol with some yeast in the background. $10.05 for a 750ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 750 mL bottle served at BrewExpo 2006. The ale is near room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a nice firm yellow color, very hazy and not at all see-through. THere is a firm head here that lasts through the beer.

Smell: The ale has peppery aromas and a bit of the higher abv in the nose.

Taste: The pepper shines in this beer. The malts provide a pleasant sweetness and are relaxed enough to allow the spices to come through.

Mouthfeel: This is a good tasting tripel. The spices are firm and take control early.

Drinkability: The beer is quite drinkable with an abv that is well hidden.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.19/5  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.

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Photo of stcules
2.93/5  rDev -24.7%
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...

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
87 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.