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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap - Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 5
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 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.

Photo of kkipple
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of khiasmus
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of malthead
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

Photo of crwills
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Bierman9
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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


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

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.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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

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.

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!

Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dherling
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive white chunky head that threatened to escape from the glass.
Smell is a pleasant combination of cloeves, pepper, and candy sugar.
Taste is sweet and malty, with essences of banana and vanilla in the foreground.
Finishes sweet and bubbly in the mouth.
Excellent drinkability. This is an excellent beer.
Tanks to fellow BA mtanji for sharing.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear, very light amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and has a character that reminds me of a lagered beer. The flavor has a very solid malt character with some buttery sweetness. Very little hop character in there and this definately comes across as a lager beer as opposed to a tripel. Actually, I highly doubt this is a tripel. It's too dark, too full bodied, too sweet... Anyway. It's a nice beer. The body is medium and the drinkability is good.

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

One of the highlights of the night - Definately the biggest surprise! Thanks Chuck for picking this one out! Damn good call. Still working my way through so many styles of Begian beers, but so far I have been impressed enough that my love for stouts and barleywines has taken a back seat.

This poured a very nice light orangey brown with a substantial creamy head. The smell was sweet and spicey with hints of pepper, clove and honey. The taste was more of carmel candies, but still some spice, and a slight bitterness. Not overly sweet at all though - very mild.

Carbonation was fairly high, and normally this would adversely affect the mouthfeel to me. Not this time. It really was heavenly, especially as the beer warmed in the glass. The higher carbonation allowed me to take my time drinking it, and enjoy the warming effect. Alcohol was not even noticeable. We had this one along with a St Bernardus Tripel, and finished with an ABT 12 (Actually, that was the Nightcap). Would buy it again - If I ever see it again. Never heard of it, never seen it anywhere else.

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

Small, 330mL bottle, plain gold bottle cap with a stamped expiration date of 01/09/09.

Vigorous pour into my Leffe goblet with a thick, airy, two-finger creamy foam head. Light, mostly transparent bottom with a lot of visible carbonation. Ruby red/pale amber with hints of yellow-orange. Sustainable crown makes this one a treat visually.

Funky Belgian yeast aroma. Definitely peppery on the nose. Sweet and malty, sugary. Deep clove/nutmeg with some other spices. Banana bread aroma slowly develops. A touch nutty, walnuts. Wavering phenols.

Creamy foam head hits my lips first. Wow, this one packs a punch! Funky fruitiness, sour, followed up by a wave of sweet candied/banana flavors. Lots of honey on the tongue. Malt presence is on par with this tripel; thick and delicious. Mouthfeel is so creamy and thick, giving this brew great body and character. Finish is grassy/earthy, semi-dry, with lingering spices and a suitable warming alcohol presence.

I initially wasn't sure what to expect from this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. Recommended.

Photo of Phatz
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh good Lord is this ever a fantastic nightcap of a beer. I like 'em sweet and big this certainly is both!

Appearance: Cloudy orange [apricot color] body with lot of carbonation.

Smell: Citrusy orange, yeast and honey. [apricot cream-cycle, malted milkballs, biscuity malt and yeast aromas]

Taste: Apples and plums and beady and honey and so much sharp sugar character. [Yeasty biscuity malt and orange cream-cycle malt; and vanilla flavored bourbon, rum and oak all load up in the palate.] ... I NEED more of this beer!!! ARRG! I will get this beer again ... but I have to tell you, this one is terrific, with its nice dry pucker inducing finish. mmm.

Mouthfeel: effervescent and creamy but dry in the end. [incredibly smooth and well carbonated]

Drinkability: This is certainly a nightcap not a session beer. That said it is mighty tasty and goes down very easily.

---[EDIT] ---
I did find the beer again at The Drafting Room in Exton PA. It is even better than I remembered. I added my edit in []

Hope this is helpful.

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.

Photo of ADR
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finely hazed light apricot color. Very solid head, whipped cream in look and leaving very thick lacing on the glass. Slight clove and cotton candy in the aroma, with a background sharpness. Light mouthfeel with airy and almost fluffy carbonation. Good but not overwhelming bitterness lasts throughout the profile. Malt is tight but slightly fruity with some estery notes and a touch of honey. Finishes with a good bitter punctuation, almost like green olives, making for a good close. Seems to get a good deal sweeter on warming. A good beer, nice in many Tripel aspects, a bit simpler than I was expecting.

Photo of dogfooddog
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served a little on the cold side. pours with large fluffy head...

nose is yeasty, somewhat floral, and typical belgian triple. faint hints of citrus are present.

taste is mildly bitter and floral. faint hints of spiciness which are hard to pin down. fades to a mildly bitter aftertaste.

pleasant and perfectly fine belgian triple, though in this case I suspect the label is going to sell more beer than the style/beer itself.

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

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium golden with a white and frothy head which rose tall, but retreated quickly as it worked to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and earthy with a farmhouse character and a peppery spice. The aroma was nicely floral with a bit of woodsy character blended in.

The flavor was citrusy with a strong earthy flavor and a substantial bittering. The bittering was spicy, earthy and just a bit on the harsh side. The flavor contained a nice pepper spice and a lasting bit of bitterness that was like that of orange pith instead of peel. Sort of a citrusy, pithy harshness. The flavor began on the palate with just a hint of sweetness, but dried quickly with a strong earthy character and the light spice presence.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy character and strong bittering coupled with citrus into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was almost creamy due to the carbonation level. Alcohol was never really a factor and this one might improve if the bittering mellowed with a bit of aging.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Exp 11/10/07 on rubber cork.

Photo of twelvsies
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a beer in quite a while, but here I go again. This one from De Proef pours a vibrant brassy orange, with that huge, rocky, classic head that typifies so many of Belgium's greatest beers. The nose isn't as huge as I might've expected on this one but there are nice grassy, dusty notes as well as some sweet buttery carmel character. Taste is less dusty and dry than the smell would hint at, but a really nice balance there between the spicy Belgian hoppiness and the nice sweet caramel boozy base. It's great. Very creamy indeed, as described by "that beer guy" at Bauer. Not overly complex or flashy. Though this brewery conjures up some seriously crazy shit, this is pretty much a perfect example of a standard, straigt forward, "workingman's tripel". Soft, warm, and supple. Smooth yet decently bubbly and active mouthfeel. And yeah, a hell of a name. A perfect beer to chill out with as a nightcap as the label suggests. Ahh, I love Belgium...

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
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