Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske
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3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-08-2006 20:36:31 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev -9%
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.
11-11-2013 06:41:49 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
05-06-2007 15:26:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.2/5 rDev +7.7%
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
06-19-2008 01:17:12 | More by brentk56
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
05-31-2010 22:05:24 | More by BEERchitect
4.22/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
06-10-2008 10:32:52 | More by mikesgroove
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
12-30-2007 12:22:28 | More by RblWthACoz
3.65/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
05-10-2011 02:23:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-04-2011 00:06:44 | More by Rifugium
2.75/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
01-20-2013 04:57:14 | More by mactrail
3.9/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-28-2009 03:57:54 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
01-03-2008 02:05:31 | More by Gueuzedude
4.13/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
02-15-2007 13:30:32 | More by Gavage
2.75/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
09-14-2010 05:10:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
United Kingdom (England)
3.83/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
02-15-2008 22:56:27 | More by wl0307
Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
87 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.