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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Slaapmutske visit their website

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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Photo of aquatonex

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

02-06-2008 03:14:00 | More by aquatonex
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%

On-tap to tulip glass at the back bar at Monk’s in Philly.

Hazy, golden straw color. Lots of head, 2+ fingers, lots of lace down the glass that stays for the whole drink. Smell is slightly difficult to make out, but definitely picked up the fruity scents, orange and zesty yeast. Sweet malt present as well, with a hint of hop pine. Taste is sweet like a good triple, with vanilla, orange, and candy, but also contains lots of pepper and spice from the hops. This wasn’t labeled as a Belgian IPA, but certainly seems to lean toward that style. Medium body, very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this one. I’ll need to find a bottle of it to take home and really examine it.

01-11-2008 15:27:41 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of Gueuzedude


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
Photo of RblWthACoz


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
Photo of Squaretooth


4.38/5  rDev +12.3%

Pours with a full foamy white head that settles unevenly leaving decent lacing throughout. Color is a murky golden amber. Nose yield hints of apple. Taste is an even light apple flavor with a gentle carbonation and an even aftertaste that leaves the palate thoroughly satisfied.

Very pleasing and definitely recommended. Drank from an Ayinger Celebrator Glass.

12-25-2007 16:34:06 | More by Squaretooth
Photo of callmemickey


4/5  rDev +2.6%

A: orange-straw color with a soft cream white head.. the head creeps down the glass sides the entire way through..

S: lots of candy like fruit scents (oranges, lemons, apples) and lovely belgian hops with traces of sweet spices in the nose

T: like the aroma, a bold display of candy-like sweet fruits.. again lots of orange and apples up front with some more citrus like tastes in the background ... hops accent the sweet malts that make up the majority of the base of the flavor and traces of spice round out this lovely trippel

M: lots of carbonation keeps the beer's texture in order from start to finish ... it tingles all parts of the mouth and is a pleasure to drink

O: absolutely lovely... i wanted more but alas it was last call and i was stuck with only one... having this on tap ensured its freshness and i am going back for more...

10-30-2007 19:30:54 | More by callmemickey
Photo of bjoyce12


3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Nice aroma, fruity with apple, maybe a little apricot, noticeable hops. Pours a cloudy golden, good foam. I've tried 2 from "De Proef", and I've been impressed with the crispness of both. With a name like Triple Nightcap, I would expect a stout with high ABV. Instead, this is a nice pale ale. 8%ABV is still up there, but no alcohol aftertaste. Crisp, clean, hoppiness overrides the undertones of fruit. Very drinkable, but too pricey to down too many.

10-28-2007 02:23:22 | More by bjoyce12
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.03/5  rDev +3.3%

I picked up this beer without any knowledge of it. I judged a book by its Belgian cover and hopefully the contents will prove to be enjoyable.

This triple nightcap pours a clear golden orange with a huge billowing off white head. There is plenty of carbonation that rises quickly to the top to support the massive head. Eventually the head settles into a more mangeable, but still large rocky obstacle.

Smells of Belgian and Champagne yeast. The yeast funk mixes well with the candy sugar and spices. There are notes of white pepper and orange peel. Very complex and inviting. Smells like a Saison, Chapagne, Tripel hybrid. Interesting.

Tastes are somewhat subdued compared to the nose. Yeast is gone, but the funk is still there. Candy sugar is slightly muted, but the spices are more up front and noticeable. Clove and pepper take over a bit and the orange peel is all, but missing. Tastes like a funked out Tripel.

Mouthfeel is surprising smooth and the carbonation I can only describe as "fun." Drinkable like a Saison. Do not expect a standard Tripel with this beer, but a very interesting expiremental hybrid that is uniquely Belgian.

10-24-2007 01:10:56 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of BuckSpin


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Presentation: 750ml cagetop in an oversized crystal snifter

BAside: How ironic to be having a Nightcap as a nightcap!

Poured very loose, gurgling, a slight hiss to it. The nose is subdued at first but with a little time to breathe & bloom really opens up, growing sharper, crisper, sweeter with edgy citrus rind, orange & faint pineapple, hard rock candy, clean mountain air full of dewy pine in the morning. The sweetness is peculiar & hard to pinpoint, somewhat ciderlike. Some spices like old ginger, dull coriander & white pepper are there in trace amounts. While initially unthrilling, the aroma has really started to evolve, eventually taking on some subtle Hefe-esque aspects like ripe banana & clove.

3 finger's of tight, thick, sculpted pale ivory foam, sticky with lace, reside atop a clouded, murky burnt orange body. The head is amazingly resilient and only settles to a pencil's worth after a long interlude, lacing is curtainesque. A soft & steady parade of bubbles rises slowly thru it.

Crisp, rather dry, spiced somewhat like a wit, it has a sharp feeling initially. Dull orange plays off coriander, white pepper, faint clove. Malts are flat, reserved, bitter, hiding in the background among with a soft caramel sweetness. An astringent aspect acts as a bittering tour guide around my mouth for all the tastes, keeping them in line.

It does shift into a much softer, wetter, more balanced & full mouthfeel on the palate. The malts become much more noticeable with caramel as the alcohol slowly cuts thru and begins to warm me with icy hotness, finally finishing with echoes of orange rind, spice & bitter hops, leaving a painted mouthfeel that coats with a chewy brushful of warm phenols and old hard candy.

A slightly unusual example of the style with its spiciness, dry quality and bitter, backmouth hops and malts. In that regard it keeps you on your toes, and is overall rather good. It shares characteristics with some of the better known wheat beers genres, but also toes the line as a Tripel. If you were enjoying some fish, seafood or poultry that was spiced (Thai?) this would be a great choice, or with a really dry cheese and some hard crust artisan bread. An atypical Tripel, and one that could be revisited without getting boring. I'd definitely drink it again, and would recommend it as a great example of the diversity & even eccentricity of some of the next generation of Belgian brewers. Give it a shot...you won't be disappointed.

09-10-2007 01:38:35 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.93/5  rDev +0.8%

Appearance: Cloudy apricot body. Nice Retention and retention. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Apricots, orange, apples, honey, biscuits, yeast.

Taste: Nice and bready the apples, honey, and apricots come through strong. Some orange and maybe pulms are present too. Lots of sugar. There seems to be a little of oak in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite tasty. This one is a good example of the style.

07-07-2007 18:12:07 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

04-12-2007 21:34:16 | More by kkipple
Photo of khiasmus

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

A- Slightly cloudy orange/amber ale with light tan head that lingers forever and leaves a decent lacing.

S- Banana, citrus, yeast, sugar, coriander, alcohol, white bread, pepper, golden raisins. Seems like more, but I can't pick them out.

T- Every one of the aromas I just laid out, I get in the taste. Tastes almost just like it smells, and that's not a bad thing. It's very good.

M- Medium carbonation with smooth feel all the way down, and a very slight dryness in the finish.

D- So good, but also so rich. you should share a bottle. With three people.

03-26-2007 01:50:50 | More by khiasmus
Photo of malthead


3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

11.2 oz bottle. Big cratering white head, good carbonation, nice cloudy orange color. I love the nose on Belgian tripels... yeasty goodness - pears, apples, spices like clove and maybe nutmeg or something, a little funk... Reasonably crisp, peppery taste. Decent balance of sweet malt and warming alcohol with other flavors (someone else's description of orange peel is right on, very prominant.) The aftertaste is like the bite you get from raw, real honey. Nothing too outstanding, though. It's getting a little old after a while, particularly in something about the mouthfeel that I can't quite put my finger on. Nice beer, recommended, but not my favorite tripel.

03-22-2007 03:40:37 | More by malthead
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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
Photo of crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

01-24-2007 22:01:22 | More by crwills
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%

Quite the oddly-named bier, with a happy-faced crescent moon, bedecked in his nightcap, on the label of the 750ml bottle. No visible freshness dating found.

From the bottle comes forth a clear, rich, deep-golden hued libation. A fine, steady stream of carbo rises within, making its way towards the healthy, billowy, white, mousse-like head. The topping checks-in at about 2", and only very slowly ebbs back into the liquid. Lacing is top-shelf! Nose suggests a chalky dryness, if that's possible, and is ripe with suggestions of tropical fruit and yeastyness. Body is medium; no more, no less, and the bier has a slight, carbo-induced prickliness on the palate.

Slaap is lightly bready, with a light, soothing sweetness present. An essence of pear, mango and green apple is strongly evident, and in a very nice manner. Yeasty traits are present, with a spicy, peppery kick also coming into play. Quite dry overall, with the fruity quality lasting more than other flavor traits. Though it has an 8.1% abv, the alcohol doesn't get in the way at all. Tasty, yes! Slaap me again!


overall: 4.2
appearance: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


01-07-2007 21:16:23 | More by Bierman9
Photo of beerphilosopher


4/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a medium golden color with a thick white head that has lasting power. A few yeast flecks settle to the bottom as the goblet is left to sit for a few minutes. Heavy lacing in the glassware. The nose is classic tripel, I think. Yeasty and fruity, with hints of spice and floral. Some white pepper notes here too. The palate offers a sweet, but bitter, taste up front with the yeasty and floral qualities following more subtly behind. This tripel is pretty aggressive - starting sweet and finishing with a spicy, hoppy (floral and citrus) bitterness. This beer is a medium mouthfeel and is quite aggressively carbonated. No distinct alcohol presence, though it's above 8%, I believe. Over all, a pretty good tripel. Kind of a Belgian strong blonde ale, really. Worth a shot.

12-28-2006 17:51:22 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.55/5  rDev -9%

$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.

12-26-2006 05:45:28 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.03/5  rDev -22.3%

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

12-17-2006 17:00:21 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%

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!

12-07-2006 21:31:44 | More by biegaman
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%

tasting party dec 6/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer. northyorksammy contributed this one, so thanks sammy!

pours a slightly cloudy yellow with a huge fluffy white head. head drops slowly and leaves tons of clumpy lace behind.

aroma is nice. peppery spice. orange peel. some yeast character. a bit of other spice, nutmeg maybe?

taste is good. slight bitterness. orange peel. black pepper. very light clove, almost more in the mouthfeel than the taste. bit of warmth on the way down.

mouthfeel is good. dry with fairly high carbonation. slightly astringent.

drinkability is pretty good. fairly well balanced.

12-07-2006 14:51:25 | More by grub
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New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured out a hazy light orange a white foamy head. The nose
was very sweet, with honey, and lemon rind. The taste is sweet, with malt, hops. a crisp bitterness, a pretty strong lemony flavor, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with effervescent carbonation and a dry finish.

11-28-2006 05:19:49 | More by dherling
Photo of Absumaster


3.6/5  rDev -7.7%

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.

11-25-2006 10:19:22 | More by Absumaster
Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
87 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.