Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Reviews by flagmantho:
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale golden color with a touch of haze and a fat finger of compact white foam. Just what I want to see in a tripel.

Smell: sweet, somewhat heady malt with a touch of pear. I'm also getting a little grain aroma and even a little hops -- definitely more than I expect in a tripel. The overall effect is not a bad one, though.

Taste: malt, grain and hops. This tastes more like a strong Pilsner than a tripel in my mind. There is very little yeast or fruity character here, which I would normally expect; it's got a long, dry finish which is okay. Overall, it's not bad, but it is not what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of sticky staying power despite its rather dry flavor. Creaminess abounds; the texture here is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

Drinkability: the flavor isn't bad, it's just not what I'm usually looking for in a tripel. That said, it's light and crisp and feels good and is quite quaffable indeed for a 7.5% brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden with just a touch of orange hue with a huge blooming whit head that takes its time settling leaving sheets of lace behind.Big yeasty phenolic aromas,spicey with a noticable smokiness over top of a lemony citrus.Full creamy mouthfeel no harshness it glides down with ease,more fruit flavor wise than in the nose citrusy,lemon pith and a overipe pineapple note finishing with a yeasty coriander-like spicey finish.A well made tripel here not over the top in phenolic elemants quite well balanced in its fruitiness to spice components.

Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a light and very hazy yellow in color, kind of straw-like, with a nice, moderate, retentive head. It has the promising look of delicateness.

Smell – This is a very even nose. The alcohol, yeast, malts, and spices are all on par with each other. The fruit does have some orange in it but it doesn’t dominate like many other examples of the style. There’s some nice peach and watermelon in this bouquet.

Taste – Wow, this is much bigger at the taste. It is very fruit-juicy but with some nice yeast and pleasant spicing. The alcohol is there but it is very subdued. I’m getting some grapefruit flavors as well, but more like a good high-quality drink than that harsh hoppy grapefruit that you find in IPAs.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit larger than medium-bodied and is incredibly refreshing. The flavors are well-blended and the alcohol is just right. The carbonation is light and fluffy in between the cheeks. This is the ale’s strongpoint, IMHO.

Drinkability – They don’t get much more drinkable than this. It is not a big, sledge-hammer Tripel (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but it’s plenty big and will almost certainly satisfy all but the most delusional of palates.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AROMA- Lush fruit, spice, floral hop, lemon rind, some honey sweetness, pretty textbook except for a low-level earthy-funky dimension

APP- opaque with haze, orange, low white head, bottle gushed

FLAVOR- Refined, citrusy, creamy, very perfumey alcohol hitting the sinuses with a clean spicy finish. Fruitiness that is so prominent in the nose lays quite low in the flavor. Light cloven phenols are very faint. Not much sweetness. Dry over-all.

MOUTHFEEL- Light-bodied, a little tart/ tangy and cidery, can almost say "gritty" from yeast.

OVERALL- A rustic intrepretation of the style. Never know what I'm gunna get from these guys, but always eager to find out.

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date. "Unfiltered / Bottle Conditioned" are on the label. In typical Belgian fashion, after 10 seconds they beer slowly started to foam out of the bottle.

A- Amazing head retention, rings of white lace stick to the glass after each sip. Good clarity showing a dull golden color.

S- Apricots and pear, faint ground white pepper, chalky yeast and shortbread biscuity aroma.

T&M- Very crisp with a smooth back, moderate body. Spicy phenols wrap around the dry maltiness ... a maltiness similar to dry crust bread. Spicy hops with a flare from the alcohol really has a bite. Earthy with a flash of pale honey like sweetness. Yeasty and fruity undertones layer middle to end. Finishes dry.

D- A tasty little tripel, the alcohol is not so high that one will do you in. Paired well with some aged Canadian cheddar.

Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, procured as "volunteer booty" from the "Ultimate Belgian Tasting" put on by ASN, in NYC, no freshness dating. Pours mildly cloudy, light golden amber, minimal yeast/sediment in the bottle. Near white minor head, leaving stingy lacing, with delicate and slow bubbles continuing to rise. Nose is of light tropical fruits, anise, pepper, yeast and alcohol. This is a delicate, fruity and complex tripel, notes of more fruit, juniper, gin, spice. Simply lovely stuff, soft, spicy, fruity and spicy. Fine and seldom seen Tripel, well worth seeking out.

Photo of PsychoJedi
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there is a beer. Pours a nice head that makes the mouth water though I personally do not like objects in my beer. Smells like a beer should in a real classic beer smell that makes beer heritage proud. Taste great better than the average Triple. As for smoothness, it could go down a little better. Not for a chug-a-lug, but go buy a different gender of beer if that is your purpose. Does work well in your mouth though. Nice beer to eat a meal with.

Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/4/09

Poured from 33cl bottle into a 16 oz pint glass. Moderately firm pour evokes 1 finger of very fine pure white head. Head displays impressive staying power, signifigant lace. Color is a cloudy straw amber, with large chunks of sediment.

Nose- Candied lemon, lemon zest, little bit of bready malts. Some yeasty undertones.

Palate- Slight lemon zest. Moderately sweet. Very light on the palate, slightly tart and very active. Yeast imparts some woody notes in the finish along with some acrid notes. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Light active, some tart sour notes.

Drinkability- Dangerously drinkable.

Each sip keeps you interested. Smooth, slightly sweet, tart, light and active. Over all a very nice triple.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

[Bought, poured, drank and reviewed in Bostogne, Belgium, 9/13. Even though I had nearly 75 different beers on that journey, many of them new to me, this was the only one I actually took detailed notes on while in the Land of the Nectar of the Gods]

Poured into a Magic Chouffe glass, as it was the only one I had around at the time. A mild haze covers a golden/copper color. Ridiculous amount of lace already starting to form above the head without having had a single sip. The creamy head dissolved slowly and the lace took over.

Light flowery esters greet the nose, with airy hops following. Some white grape creeps in too.

Light fruits and flowers/herbs dominant the flavor, with subtle hops, lightly stinging spices and earthy graininess adding heft to the body and overall flavor profile. Bitter, woody finish. Yeast creeps in as it warms, tip-toeing slowly into the flavor in a most delicious way.

High carbonation masks the flavors a little bit, but it holds well: full, round, robust.

Utterly drinkable tripel...not best-in-show, but a lighter offering with a flowery/yeasty mingling that is interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: deep golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Bright white two-finger foamy head and a few globs of lacing. Very presentable in a glass along with the color.

Smell: smell of fruits, mostly banana and touch of spice. Smells of a traditional malty tripel. Has slight yeast and bread smell, very sutle.

Taste: sweet pear and banana flavor paired with strong caramel and malts. Malt and alcohol flavor grows as it warms and gives way to slight spiced flavor. Spiced flavor rolls over my tounge of hops that bite, maybe even pepper. Very good mouthfeel and carbonation. Some of these beers can be to sweet but this is rather well balanced.

I will have this tripel again and it is recommended!

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden translucent blonde with some yeast and lace. Funky cideryyeast smell. Creamy and bold yeasty fruity mouthfeel that tingles and numbs the tongue concomittant with aggressive carbonation. A Belgian to be tried for sure. Good yeasty funky aftertaste.

Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a cloudy school bus yellow topped by a modest off-white head. Carbonation creates large clear pearls that slowly dissipate as they rise to the surface. Moderate but not lasting lacing, no legs.

Fruity and slightly doughy yeast aroma, with citrus and a hop backbone. The slightest hint of banana.

Wheaty malt and lemon on the palate, maybe a bit of lactic acid as well. Tart finish with a touch of spice (hints of pepper and coriander).

Mouthfeel is uniquely crisp and refreshing. The alcohol seems cooling rather than warming, almost like peppermint (the effect, not the flavor).

An odd tripel - with some similarities to witbier, though not terribly distinctive otherwise. Nice Summer ale...

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

Had a bottle in Ghent. This was a good, but forgettable tripel. It's not bad by any measure, but in the vast sea of Belgian tripels, nothing about this beer stands out. It's drinkable for it's relative strength and there's a mix of bread crust malt and light caramel punctuated by fruity Belgian spice. If I came across this on a restaurant's drink menu, I'd certainly consider ordering it for lack of a better option, but there's nothing new here.

Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange/honey color with thick nice white head. Pleasant, although light, nose of sweet grapefruit and some lemon citrus. Thin to medium body with light pleasant grapefruit citrus flavors with some underlying very light malt and and even lighter hops. Very nice flavors, although somewhat simple and short. Pleasant and acceptable, although one might expect a great deal more from a triple. Not bad; just not remarkable.

Photo of philipquarles
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this looks like a typical Tripel. Hazy gold with a lot of bubbling. Huge three finger head that has excellent staying power. Looks like meringue.

The smell is a nice mix of sweetness, fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not what I was expecting, but in a good way. Most of the fruit hints and sweetness that are present in the nose are not there, at least at first. A hoppiness that you don't find in most tripels, followed by a spicy fruitiness. Lots of carbonation; very little alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is okay. Somewhat watery, but very smooth and drinkable.

My expectations weren't terribly high to start out with, but i was very pleasantly surprised.


I had a bottle of 1981 Witkap Tripel at de Kulminator two days after this initial review. All I can say is wow. Though it's not harsh in any way to begin with, the flavors all seem to meld together even better. Slighty less hoppy, but with more yeast/bread coming through. Fantastic beer to cellar.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale cloudy yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head that retained well leaving a broken sheet lacing.

S: The nose was yeasty with some citrus and wheat, cloves and ripe fruitiness (green apples).

T: strong citrus and bread notesd with ripe fruit, apples, pears and light banana notes. Overall the flavor was citric, dry with a light spiciness and finishes dry with some oranges and coriander.

M: light and creamy, with some alcohol detection and peppery hints.

D: Ok, but really nothing special. Good for a try but not one I would rush back out to enjoy, much better examples.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden tone into an oversized tulip. Tasted alongside the Singel.
This one is alot less carbonated than the other, still a small head of foam appears, then settles to a bare skim.

Smell is mildly phenolic, vague fruit, but it's barely there. Twinge of alcohol.

Taste is peppery, with a very mild brandy-soaked pineapple. Dry pilsner malt that is kind of bland, and a touch too reliant on that phenolic alcohol.

Carbonation is there, but it's not as lively as the Singel. ABV limits this one, although one bottle is easily consumed. Probably won't try these again at the price of $4+

Carried a bottle back from New Beer Dist. in NYC. At the time it wasn't distributed here, and I thought it was something rare. Now the shop in my neighborhood carries it, go figure...I wouldn't advise cellaring, drink fresh.

Photo of TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle with no dating info into my Chimay goblet. It was a hazy golden color. It had a huge head that took forever to whittle down and even then it was a thick foam. Great lacing and good carb. The aroma was weak but spicy and yeasty. The taste was also weak and tasted watered down. It really didn't have any dominant taste to it. Really disappointing. Overall, an OK beer that is not worth having again. (3.5, OIE, ML, N)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA in mid-March, 2006 for $5.99. A rather pricy bottle, but it did make a pretty long trip to get here.

Pours a medium honey golden with what starts as a very pretty fluffy head in my Westmalle goblet, but it quickly dies to a thin cover. However, an abundance of carbonation floating up from the bottom keeps the "beer cover" around. No noticeable lacing.

When I poured this baby, I was watching for the yeast sediment at the botttom (the label proclaims "Unfiltered- Bottle Conditioned"), but it poured without any hint of yeast. Maybe really fine grained and light colored yeast? But it's not hazy either.

The aroma jumps up and slaps me as I am pouring it- no need for bending over and getting your nose near this one! Honey and tropical fruits- bananas and pears and mangos. A slight peppery tint too.

Flavor is much stronger in the pepper and spice department, but it's not terribly complex spiciness. A moderate (not sweet, not dry) malt base sits below. Nice contrast to the sweeter aroma. Much less sweet than the tripel I tried last night.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, not as rich and complex as others, and the alcohol bite is stronger than it should be for 7.5%. The 9.5% tripel last night was much better at hiding the alcohol.

Overall, this is a pretty good tripel, and the point I make above are more quibbles than complaints. What can I say, I'm a sucker for a great aroma.

Photo of theopholis
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered bottled condition.

Appearance: Poured a slightly murky golden/apricot with a creamy, fluffy white head. the head had okay retention, but left little lacing. Very little effervescence.

Smell- Very little nose. Some interesting breadiness and yeastiness. Pleasant, faint fruitiness. Not much else.

Taste- Nice, vague, yet pleasant earthiness and floralness up front. Hints of some lemons zing and grapefruit notes and some of the lighter fruits (yellow apple?). A mild malt sweetness which soon yields to a peppery finish with some bread.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, with some fruity, dry, warm esters. Reminiscent of bread with a lively carbonation. Finishes just a tad dry.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, but nowhere near the 18 buck a 4-pack this stuff costs.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Snifter

A – Poured a very bright and hazy yellow colored amber with a very big white frothy head of foamy lace across the top. Very nice retention left behind copious amounts of side glass lace and a very nice little film across the top. There was a nice amount of fine particle sedimentation that eventually settled down into the bottom of the glass.

S – The aroma was very light and full of yeast. A nice light wheat aroma could be detected as well and this blended in nicely with the yeast. It was a light aroma overall though not really making any kind of striking impression on me.

T – Now for a triple, the taste was actually quite light. There was a nice yeasty presence that had some light hints of peaches or pears, but nothing that was too terribly strong to be honest. No hint of the alcohol in here what so ever and it really had quite a light profile. Some light grassy flavors in and around the finish with a decent little bit of drying at the end.

M – Light bodied Belgian ale with a good amount of carbonation kept this one from ever becoming stale or flat. There was a nice smooth consistency and the little bubbles really made it have that touch of silky like feel to it.

D – Almost effortless for the style this went down quite well. It had a very light profile, and a light body, and great carbonation making this one a very easy sipper. I could have easily had a couple more without hesitation, though the flavor was not as pronounced as I would have liked.

Overall I would have to say this one was ok, but it was really nothing special. It seemed it just needed a little more spice, or a little bit more of a punch to really make it stand out. This was as close to sessionable as I have ever seen the style, and was light enough to actually be sort of refreshing. Not a bad choice and I would have to say it was a good call, but I don’t think I would seek it out again, not pay a lot for it, just not that special.

Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Witkap pater tripel, 33 cl. bottle.

Most Belgian tripels are pleasant drinking to me, and this one was no exception. Simple and balanced.

Fully poured from the bottle, it's hazy light amber colour, with a nice head.
Smell and taste are classically belgian tripel: malt and yeast, hops (in this case rather modestly citric).
Bittersweet aftertaste.
Very high carbonation in the mouth, covering allmost all of the alcohol. It's refreshing, but not as complex and flavourfull as I had hoped, after tasting the 'Stimulo' from the same brewery.

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

A- Golden-hazy appearance, with a nice head that sticks around.

S- Aromas of fruit and spicy belgian yeast dominate the nose.

T- Initially citric/lemony, giving way to a mild bread-y taste, finally finishing with an intense, somewhat sour fruity note.

M- Light to medium bodied, with relatively little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, has a nice crisp finish on it.

Photo of SHODriver
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle that was a bit of a foamer after popping the cap off and poured into a snifter. The beer is a hazy yellow with a huge and dense white head with decent retention that slowly fades
S: smells of fruity esters, some spicy yeast, some alcohol and a slight lemony smell
T: sharp flavors of fruitiness up front, some base malt, some lemony citrus, spice, a bit of bready malt and some alcohol. slight tartness as well. swallow is slight pale malt flavor, wisps of those fruity flavors and a tinge of alcohol.
M: ample and prickly carbonation leaves this one feeling a bit thin
O: the carbonation is a little too high and I think the aftertaste is a little lacking. it's clean though and it has good flavors. let it warm up a bit to let the flavors shine better.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a very pale yellow straw colour, with a large two fingered White head that retains very well till the end.

S - Lots of yeast and bread not much else.

T - Up front some nice bitter notes, followed by some grainy lemon citrus notes, the finish is grainy with some residual sweetness that evens out the spice nicely.

M - The body is light to medium and the carbonation is the same.

O - Easy to write of this as a mediocor tripel. But I actually love its subtleness and well hidden boozyness. Let down by its smell.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
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