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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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152 Ratings
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Ratings: 152
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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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 GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass. left thick sheeting and lace throughout and really coats the glass. the body was a bubbly brushed golden color.
s - floral and honey sweet with hints of dry bread.
t - sweet and fruity with a citrusy hop bite.
m - very clean and slick.
d - nicely done.

Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a cloudy gold color with a finger and a half head.
Honey, hops, and citrus were all present in the smell of this awesome Belgian. The taste was great! Grapefruit, lemon, orange, hops, and honey were all there. The mouthfeel was great as well. There was no bitter bite and it was very smooth going down. I could easily have this beer as a session beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, almost luminescent gold with a persistant creamy white head that leaves a nice lace. The smell is apricots, peaches, a hint of spruce and a little brown sugar. :) The taste is sharp up front, with lemon-like citrus. That mellows to a nice malt. Never really tastes like the delicate fruits it smells like, though. Good but not as complex as I hoped. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost sticky. Interesting, again not what I expected. Drinkability is great, with the citrus providing a refreshing quality that leaves me wanting more. A decent tripel, to be sure.

Photo of dfried
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, see through straw yellow color with lots of active carbonation, foamy 3 finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was quite pungent and jumped out of the glass at me, a lot of perfumy floral notes from both yeasty esters and herbal noble hops. Plenty of fruity esters as well, plums, white grapes, and pears, even some light bramble-y berry notes. Sweet malt and candy sugar.

The taste has more fruity esters, white grapes and pears, grape and plum skins. Plenty of sugary sweetness, honey-like but also a bit grainy. Realtively light body for a triple, sweetness is broken up well from the active carbonation. Spicy notes from the yeast as well, though the fruity notes take the leading role. Sppicy alcohol is the furthest thing from offensive.

Overall: it would be hard to come up with a better triple in my honest opinion. Definitley to style, but good enough to separate itself from the pack. Light and drinkable with plenty of subtle fruity and spicy notes with just enough sweetness.

Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison... first time I've ever heard of this beer... purchased for about $2.99.... definitely worth it... an excellent depiciton of the style... pours a foamy, hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance with a frothy head that soon receded... smell is very strong and noticeable with fresh, tropical fruit, strong candies, florals, and citrus... taste complements the aroma to the highest degree, with obvious lemon, floral, and honey flavors bursting through... probably an underrated sample in my opinion, as this is a top-notch brew... great representation of the style with all the classic Tripel flavors bursting through... really enjoyed this one... Definitely recommended...

Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small 11.2 bottle I grabbed at Whole foods for 3.99, not bad! Beautiful head, long retention,lots of lacing on the rim. MMm smells very good,yeasty bread,fuits,sweetness. Taste is very good, bread-like, creamy mouthfeel, yet a slight tart fruity finish. Great midday brew in between errands, will buy again.

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head; great persistance and lacing

Smell: Spice forward, with coriander dominant, and white pepper; yeasty and lemony, too

Taste: Opens with an apricot and lemon flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the coriander flavor; clove appears, after the swallow, along with some spicy, bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly one of the better tripels I have tried; well-balanced, spicey and dry

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with some white head. Nose is strong with yeast and sweetness. Flavor is almost like cake (that is the first thing that came to my head) and on the very end you get a sudden slap of yeast. I think the cake reference is due to a doughy and almost cake like character. As I drink on I find that there is a woody middle flavor. Feel is not highly carbonated, so there isn’t much bubble on the tongue. Drinkable. I would go back to this one again, but not before taking a stroll through several other tripels.

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 thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe blonde, léger trouble, belle mousse assez crémeuse, faible effervescence
Smell : Arôme fruité de la levure
Taste and mouthfeel : Forte et capiteuse, belle amertume équilibrée et prolongée
Drinkability : Mais cette bière manque quand même de personnalité pour une abbaye triple

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
2.14/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: .33cl brown bottle lists 7,5% abv. and gives a website www.witkap.be but nothing else. Picked this up at Grape Vine Market in Austin, Tx. for $4.49/bottle.

Aroma: Mild fruity esters couple with an earthy hop with a Belgian yeast twist.

Appearance: Careful pour leaving behind a thin sediment layer in the bottle produces a bright, painfully clear straw yellow cup with a spotty cover of pale white tiny bubbles that struggle to even collar the glass and never seriously think about lacing.

Flavor: Weaksauce. Watery might actually insult water, wow, there’s damn little here. A slight earthy, maybe peppery hop note, a Belgian yeast taste, a little light fruit, lemon peel, but I’m really reaching on all of this. The taste is as neutral as Switzerland.
As it warms, the flavors start to come out a bit more, but this just struck me as a real yawner.

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated, fizzy in the extreme, light body, almost airy.

Overall Impression: This is a head scratcher for me. I expected the Tripel to be more intense than the Singel, but this is lighter and less flavorful to me. I can feel the alcohol, which I guess is testament to the brewers skill as it (like the rest of this beer) isn’t tasted. Once it really warmed up, close to room temp, the flavors intensified, but the hop note became overly bitter and there wasn't enough going on to really keep me interested.


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 feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Chaz
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey coppery-golden in color, topped with a dense off-white head and good lacing. Big, expressive, yeasty nose which is equal parts sour-yeasty and sweet-malty at first. As the head settles a bit there's vanilla, white pepper, and a light clove on the nose. Big citric hop bite on the first sip starts this off with a spicey surprise. Malty, but not a big, sweet maltiness, as there's wheat malt in this one too, and the hops and spicing keep this from being too big and juicy. The mouthfeel is rather sublime - it's not truly full-bodied, but 'it drinks what it weighs' in terms of ABV. Juicy and rather fruit-forward. Somewhat grainy in texture, but it's a complimentary graininess. Is it smooth and creamy? Yes and yes, but the spices are spicy, the hops are pointed and pronounced, in other words this is not a mellow, easy-drinking kind of 'smoooth' but an engaging and multifaceted one. Vinuous aromatics and gently warming alcohol bring this one up to speed, and although it does open up as it warms it is actually going full-tilt upon decanting, and just seems to gear up for the long haul.

I have long been a fan of their Single, and I am very thankful that I can now enjoy this Triple without having to twist too many arms - kudos to Vanberg and DeWulf for making it possible!

Photo of allengarvin
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .33L chalice, this beer is a bright clear color with a substantial head of whispy foam. It has a pleasant aroma of flowery hops, a citrusy, orange-like fruitiness, and a gentle herbal character in the background. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a tart, medicinal yeast notes. Fruitiness not as apparent as in the nose, and the alcohol becomes apparent at the finish. Body is thin, watery, needs more carbonation.

Photo of dnichols
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 ml into a tulip.

A: It poured into the tulip a bright creamy gold. This is a very pretty color and the pour generated an abundant, almost too abundant three finger white head. The head is dense and sticky almost like a fresh mirage. The head slowly receded leaving an uneven lacing as it dissipated.

S: Fruity esters, ripe green apple, phenols, and possibly a pinch of corriander.

T: A citric acid edge that with moderately heavy carbonation that initially overwhelms the other flavors. There is a barely notable bitter hop aftertaste that does not linger or spoil the next sip. .

M: Light to medium with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: A tripel worth having but not one I would scale barefoot a mountain of broken glass to have. However, if presented with the opportunity I would drink several tulips of this beer and be better for it at the end of the night.

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

This beer pours a bright golden beer with a thick creamy and stable head.

Smell of vanilla and malty. Some biscuit sweetness with some phenolic and spicy smell.

Taste is light malty with a Belgian yeast character of light solvent and a little lemon and melon. The yeast is making the beer to what it is, the malt just comes in second. In the past I noticed a tartness in the beer, which is now gone or I did not keep the beer long enough. I really liked that and I feel sorry it is gone. Body is quite thin and the beer is like a tripel should taste, maybe a little less sweet.

Photo of kelticblood
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the head wasn't too impressive the color looked very inviting. The head formed into just a thin layer of foam. The color is a golden blonde with a cloudy appearance. Thick layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Leaves a piney hop finish . Alcohol notes are not too well-hidden. Perfect balanced carbonation. Has a very creamy texture that leads to a very dry finish. Strong Phenolic notes of a chemical or medicinal value. Slight lingering finish, but the extremely dry finish makes me gasp for a glass of water. Bland citrus grapefruit bitterness that expresses itself the more you indulge. .The aroma wasn't impressive to say the least. Had a very faint typical Belgian aroma. Phenols and alcohol represent most of the aroma. Would like to see more hops and malt in the aroma. Generous amounts of thin lacing raises the appearance from a 3.5 to a 4. Bought this offering at the Spirit Haus In Amherst,Mass. for$4.70/bottle. Overall very good. Maybe a second for this I'm not sure.

Photo of Neehan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, poured a pale gold with a thin head that grows as you drink it with good retention and a nice foamy appearance. Good effervesence from the bottom to the top of the chalice. The smell if of citrusy fruits from apples, to pears, to hints of pineapple and back. Hints of spices throughout-- very nice. These repeat in the taste with nice subleties as you drink, with a slightly sour finish. Very light and foamy in the mouth with a good crispness. The sourness limits the drinkability, but who cares? A nice tripel from top to bottom.

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 farHillsBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.