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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Witkap Pater TripelWitkap Pater Tripel

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003)
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Photo of woosterbill


3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Moeder Lambic Fontainas into its proper chalice.

A: Clear straw body with an inch of creamy white foam. Great retention and lacing. Beautiful Tripel.

S: Doughy bread, grass, and a distinctly marijuana-like herbal quality. Lightly spicy yeast. Ok, but a bit strange for the style.

T: Weed, bell pepper, bread, and booze. Bizarre.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Pretty standard.

O: I was really intrigued by the cannabis overtones of this beer, but have to say that they didn't really do it any favors - especially in the context of its style. There are too many better Tripels out there to spend time on this one.


Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2011 22:44:21 | More by woosterbill
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured on tap into a snifter

Appearance: Dark hazy gold beer with a big creamy dense white head with TONS of tiny (very pretty) carbonation

Smell: Light grain, a touch of funky Belgian yeast...not much else going on here

Taste: Surprisingly funky, earthy, just a bit odd...there's a touch of citrusy orange through the middle, and banana flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: A bit odd, a bit earthy/funky, but not a bad tripel all the same

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 17:25:15 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of birchstick


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy yellow with a 1/4 finger head

S - smelled of very sweet fruits (tart green apple), with a splash of malt and spice

T - As the nose suggested, this was pretty sweet. There are sweet fruits, some malt, and a touch of citrus.

M - decently full and smooth; goes down really well

D - this was a pretty good tripel. Nice and light, yet at the same time very flavorful and interesting. Nothing about it stuck out to me as amazing, however I wasn't hurrying to finish this either.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 15:48:50 | More by birchstick
Photo of Gehrig


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on-tap at the sublime Blind Pig in Champaign. A finger of white head tops a hazy golden body with orange highlights; dense lacing and nice durability. Lush fruity smell--pear, apple, peach, very enticing, and a fine prelude to a terrific taste. Very fruity, rich and malty as I prefer Tripels, crisp flavor--outstanding. The mouthfeel was good and smooth, but I would have preferred it a bit more effervescent. It wasn't flat, but could have had a bit more lift.

Still, this was tremendous, one of my favorite Tripels to be sure. That it was enjoyed on tap, and was so very fresh, was a huge bonus.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 22:11:37 | More by Gehrig
Photo of WishYouWereBeer

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a cloudy yellow with a really thick head on it. At first sniff I dectected no floral or fruit notes, I solely detected yeast and bread. After a sip I was blown away. This trippel was bone dry and I loved it for that reason. It'd pair excellently with a myriad of foods. The taste was quite different from most trippels, which is far from a bad thing. It packs a bit of a punch, but with its distinctive biscuity flavor I could see myself knocking back a few of these.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 23:35:45 | More by WishYouWereBeer
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast and citrus, with a good hops presence. There is a thin malt character that works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening. I could drink several of them and not have the urge to look for anything else.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2007 17:04:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the tap, and into a Piraat tulip glass.

Hazed orange colorbig white head that slims down to a thing ring.

Aroma is bright and uplifting, spicy, citric, an airy, yeasty wonder. Flowery hops meet heavenly yeast. Ah....

Taste: refreshing, with flavors of lemon, ginger, coriander, cookie dough...ends dryly and crisply. No lingering on the palate, it pleases while in the mouth and vanishes with the memory hanging in the head. Lightly chalky in the back, clean, dry, and spicy.
Nice traction on the mouthfeel, lots of play off of the tongue, medium bodied, full flavored.
This is a tripel to thake your time with, to draw you in and calm you down, cool you off, and set the mind at ease.
Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2007 05:06:01 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a light hazy gold color with fair head retention, but very decent lacing in the glass. I don't get a lot in the nose, just a touch of honey and citrus. This beer is very nice on the palate. It had moderate sweetness, but is very smooth and easy to drink. Hard to describe the flavors, but seem to get some light orange citrus and honey. There's a touch of bitterness on the finsih, and the beer finishes a bit dry. Abv. is VERY well disguised, making this beer quite drinkable.

Very nice beer from Witkap.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2007 13:21:56 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of farHillsBrewer


3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks beautiful in a glass. A bright yellow, with a decent head and definite lacing of the glass.
The aroma is spicy lemon-clove and fresh bread.
The flavor was complex, with a flash of sweetness, quickly covered by the malty transition to a dry astringent finish which was long. The dryness is characteristic of the style, but not my thing. There was enough candy, lemon, clove and cakey bread there to enjoy.
It lasted in my glass as it took me a while to get past the astringency, and the mouthfeel was perfect throughout.
As for drinkability, I wouldn't go straight back for another, at least not right away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2007 17:04:25 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of travelfrog

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this brew on tap at my favorite local pizzeria/watering hole. The beer was quite pale -- unusually so for a Belgian Tripel. It was also slightly cloudy, reminiscent of more conventional Belgian Witbier. The head was creamy and remained for quite awhile.

Smell was OK, but nothing special: a bit waxy with a hint of clove.

Taste was quite good, but surprisingly light in flavor for a Belgian Tripel. It tasted sort of like a benevolent combination of Duvel and Hoegaarden -- neither malty nor hoppy, with flavors of apricot and clove apparent. Finish was quite dry and refeshing.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and thirst-quenching, if nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability was outstanding -- almost too good for a brew of this potency. I could have easily drunk several before I felt the kick... 8)

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2007 01:22:02 | More by travelfrog
Photo of scruffwhor


3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the frirst time at The Hopleaf.

Given to me with a small 1/3 finger head and very hazy banana peel yellow/amber. The ber was so hazy, I couldn't see the bubbles. Decent lacing, but maybe only par for a tripel. Good sweet malt mixed with effervescant malts and Belgian hops. Good sweet vhracater typical of any Belgian tripel and went well with the first half of my Belgian appetizer of mussels and diver scallops. Mild sweetness with some even lighter bitterness. But this was a very easy to drink beer, especially du to the grat carbonation felt on the tongue.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 06:02:03 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Phatz


4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most fascinating thing about this beer was the huge cotton head and the biggest puffy cotton like lacing I have ever seen. Served in a tulip the walls of cotton lasted the duration of the beer. The beer almost needed to squeeze through and push by all the white head. The beer underneath is a light hazy yellow. Aromas of fruit and yeast and hints of hops are very pleasant and carry into the flavor as well. This is an approachable triple with a balance malt sweet fruits and spicy pepper yeast and coriander characteristics. The mouthfeel is light to medium and as a slightly smaller Tripel is quite easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2006 02:25:04 | More by Phatz
Photo of superspak


3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a thin white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, light pepper, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this was a good tripel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 00:39:48 | More by superspak
Photo of Pegasus


3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rather hazy medium brown body, crowned by a modest , thin white head, which soon collapses to a dusting of foam. The lacing is thin and scattered. Little carbonation is present, and there is a moderate amount of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Robust aroma of coriander and cloves, sweet vinous alcohol, bitter apple, moderate earthy yeast, and bread-like wheat notes..

Taste: The taste begins with a moderate wave of coriander and cloves, soon followed by a moderate wave of spicy alcohol. Slight bitter apple notes are present as well. Late in the taste, there are moderate grassy hop notes, which linger on well after the end of the taste..

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant..

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, somewhat understated example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry -off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 00:36:58 | More by Pegasus
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Opaque light-copper colour, medium-sized head - excessive amount of lumpy sediment - off-putting.

S: Slightly winey, sour smell.

T: Follows the smell - metallic and bready with a dominant flavour of sour grapes.

M: Clingy and unpleasantly dry.

This definitely at the bottom of my tripel-radar - a thousand leagues away from titans like the St. Bernadus tripel.

I wasn't particularly impressed by the Witkap singel, but it was definitely a more interesting experience than the tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 20:55:46 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
Photo of SHODriver


3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 03:47:50 | More by SHODriver
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 04:55:14 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of cpetrone84


3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a creamy off white head and fairly thick lace. Nose is overly singular and sweet. Tons of juicy lemon with notes of honey and a touch of banana. Lots of lemonade characteristics with little else. Taste follows the nose, lemondate with a light yeast mid palate and a touch of bitter hop in the finish. Juicky feel, light body, softer carbonatino and lingering finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 14:59:21 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of eric5bellies


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 16:19:00 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of lanbewardin


2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the palest triplet I've ever seen, looks like a wit beer. Good amount of white head on it as well.

Yeasty smell.. taste is yeast and some hops, quite bubbly. Some lemon, again almost like a wit.

The mouthfeel is just not there on this, I mean its clean and well made for sure, but the taste disapates rapidly.

Better than your usual cafe beer, but not something to seek out

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 17:52:06 | More by lanbewardin
Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Small random spots of lacing appear here and there on the glass on the drink down. Smells very weak with some lemony/citrus notes and slight Belgian yeast. Not impressed. Taste is slightly better with some lemon juice, citric acid, and Belgian yeast tastes coming through. Pretty tame flavors but nothing is off. Aftertaste is of lemon-lime Gatorade. Weird. Effective carbonation makes for a pretty smooth and crisp mouthfeel but the beers seems a tad bit flat. Overall, a pretty average tripel from this brewery but better than the singel of theirs I had recently.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:53:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before July 2012 and served on the cold to coolish side this was a gusher when it was gently opened. Light yellow in colour with a mixture of sparkle and cloud to the eye. Very very thin head which struggles to stay afloat.

Slightly fizzy to start with a faing touch of lemon but in the end this went down fairly thin and watery. Pretty simple really.

Come back Golden Monkey. All is forgiven.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 19:45:10 | More by Zimbo
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Bright straw and looks beautiful. Almost neon. Careful pouring yields a nice clear straw beer with soapy white head and lacing.

Smell. Smell of fruity belgian yeast, faint lemon, euro hop grass smell. Bready.

Taste. A unique and refreshing tripel, lemon juice, really juicy. Lightly tart but very nice at that. Light earthy hops.Some vinious qualities. Alittle acidic. More lively flavors than found within the style ordinarily. 7.5% ABV barely noticed. Small yeast presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, drying, lingering sour lemon note.

Overall: Not what I was expecting in an Abbey Tripel. Unique tart character worth revisiting. Almost crosses over into the lambic/flemish range. This stuff drinks like lemonade.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 07:04:45 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Boto


2.42/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33cl bottle: This one poured a fairly clear straw yellow color. There was a surprising lack of head on it, which of course led to almost no lacing. The aroma is lighter, with mainly yeasty notes. Slightly astringent. Taste is a bit harsh. Slight bitterness, grainy, sour, some astringency. I would never call this a tripel. I'm not quite sure what I's call it. I would never call for this again, however.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:51:36 | More by Boto
Photo of megahurts4


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Witkap-Pater Abbey Triple Ale

Appearance: orange, large head, and some lacing.

Smell: lovely fruits, malts, and yeast.

Taste: fruit, yeast, hops, and a faint sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light and smooth.

This has a wonderful smell and is very nicely balanced. The bottle was very carbonated and showed on opening. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 05:03:18 | More by megahurts4
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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.