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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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BA SCORE
87
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder visit their website
Belgium

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 EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale blonde, with a sudsy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving lace that coats the inside of the glass.

Smell: Bananas, pepper and a hint of cloves.

Taste: Lightly sweet fruitiness upfront. The finish is peppery and grainy with a bit of chalky yeast. There's also light bitterness, light residual sweetness and mild tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high-carbonation, lightly dry.

Drinkability: Fairly spicy and strong.

EPICAC, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a nice deep gold color, with good clarity, and a huge fluffy pure-white foamy head that sinks into some nice lacing. The nose offered bananas, cloves, sweet maltiness, a little bit of hops. The taste was malt sweetness, delicately balanced with a firm hop flavor and bitterness. A bit spicy, finish was semi-dry with the hop bitterness returning and lingering in the smooth aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation, and alcohol in the finish.

dherling, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of mmcave
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at "Grapes of Mirth" in my home town of columbus Ohio, poured vigorously into a big wine glass. The color of the liquid during the pour was extremely clear for a tripel. The head was mammoth, very hard to control. It rose to the top like a huge wad of mash potatoes and lingers at pinky thickness on the surface. The lacing is quite nice looking, sticky and thick all over the glass. The color of the body now is a hazy blonde yellow looks like a belgium strong pale to me. The smells is predominantly a battle between light hops and a banana, pear light fruit ester. Also hints of bread and very pale malt. The taste is crisp and a little dry, the same flavors come to fruition in taste as in the smell. Not terribly flavorful, but definitely enjoyable. The mouth feel is a little thin though, much more watery than most tripels I've had. If your looking for a real delicious full bodied tripel this is not it, but if you like tripels and want something you could drink all day, like something that has the body of a lager this is it. Although it would be expensive at 3.99 an 11.2 oz bottle. Worth a try, but not for me.

mmcave, Nov 23, 2006
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Jason, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left along the edges of the glass.
Smell is of creamy wheat, bubblegum, and a lemony, citrus with a touch of coriander stands out.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but perhaps a bit more bland than anticipated. There are hints that this could be good but it's just not giving me more than the nice little flashes that it teases me with.
Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly sugary, yet lacking substance with a watery, thinness that isn't very desirable for this style.

weeare138, Oct 09, 2006
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.
Cheers!

Phatz, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the great beers I got to pour all day as a volunteer at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Naturally I was very well aquainted with it by the end of my shift!

Nicely hazed golden amber with a fluffy white head that retains well, leaving moderate lace.

The aroma is great, sweet peach, apricot, and tropical fruits are touched by delicate spice and yeast notes with traces of wildflower honey.

The flavor is delicious. A definate peach and apricot note is swirled together with fresh lemon zest and melon. It has a unique yeast profile that is very spicey, almost like that of a Witte. Actually, this has a lot of Wittelike characteristics. The abv of 7.5% is a tad low for this style, but makes it supremely drinkable.

Body is rather light and very creamy and bubbly smooth. It goes down almost like a great Witte, which makes it pretty dangerous!

AlexJ, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a moderate head. The smell is a tad-bit sour, which I think is the yeast thats been left behind. Other than that spices are really all that are in the nose. The taste is much like any other tripel, with a hint of spices and a good amount of carbonation. The beer stays light on your tongue, but as its going down is when it really starts to develop into a difinitive tripel taste. A good beer, although nothing that one should go out of their way for.

Toddv29424, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Metalmonk, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy color of gold – white head , short lasting - nose of yeast , cobwebs , apricots , and blueberries –taste of yeast , dried apricots , mold , and citrus ( limon / lime ) – light bubbly body – sweet yeast aftertaste bitter apricots Hazy color of gold – white head , short - nose of yeast , cobwebs , apricots , and blueberries –taste of yeast, dried apricots , mold , and citrus – light bubbly body – sweet yeast aftertaste bitter apricots

stephendr, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light gold with 3 inches of head, which falls after a couple of minutes leaving patches of lacing.

S - Fruity esters, green apple, phenols, clove.

T - Initial citric acid edge turning to phenols in the middle. Fruity alcohol finish, with a sweet and dry aftertaste.

M - Light to medium with moderate carbonation.

D - A reasonable tripel, but nothing special.

haz77, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. A rather small, white foamy head forms on top of a dark straw colored beverage. Little yeasties floating about and having a good time. Little lacing left.

Aroma is pretty light. Not what I expected from a trippel. Apples and yeast and thats about it.

Light tasting as well. Yeasty and apples as well. Pears and other such green fruits abound in the flavor. Alcohol is very subdued although this is only a 7.5. I wasnt too fond of the taste. Kind of light and blah and not much expression from this one.

Kind of a middle of the road Tripel if you ask me. Light bodied (maybe light med) but sticky on the teeth. Kind of weird. Finishes pretty dry. Not bad but I will stick with others. Nice drinkability I must say.

SaCkErZ9, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Dukeofearl, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Billolick, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/28/06- Sampled at my tasting, brought by Denali as part of his Belgian beer order.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date notched on the label. Pretty sure it was something '07.

Appearance- Pretty deep golden in color, crisp white larger foamy head and light chunks of lace left behind...nice!

Smell- Tropical fruit scent hits first. Denali is right on with the apple scent as well. Maybe a light touch of corriander, with a pretty hefty spicy dose and a splash of white pepper.

Taste- Pretty much mirror image of the scent. Maybe a touch less flavor than scent though. Didn't have the really hard hit of fruit I was expecting. The peppery spices and yeasty flavor was a nice touch though.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to a heavier carbonation level. A tad sugary.

Drinkability- Paired this with apples at our tasting. The green ones worked better than the red ones. Overall a really nice tripel worth seeking out.

GClarkage, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of Denali
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl bottle. Best before July 2007.

Appearance. Ultra thick white foamy head. Insane lacing. Yellow-gold slightly opaque liquid.

Smell: Nice and yeasty. A little malt sweetness comes through, along with a little bit of apple. Some spices in there too.

Taste: Wow. Nice and light. Good yeasty and sweet malty flavor. Bitter and dry on the finish. Apple like fruity tartness also comes in on the end, along with some hops to balance it out. My response on my first sip was "wow".

Mouthfeel: Very mellow. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and light. Beautiful. Boy can I drink this. I want another but I only have 7 bottles left and I want to save these.

Comments: What a nice mellow triple with a really nice touch. Never heard of this before but based on previous reviews I included this in my order.. Way to go BA. Beautiful triple.

Denali, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

oberon, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of Andreji
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Gollem in Amsterdam. during the day, because the place is a bit poorly lit.

Poured into the bottle you can instantly se a frothy head emerge, the type of head that seems is going to overflow but turns out rather an unusual tripel because 1)the head is rather small albeit thick, and 2) the head is completely white, and the beer is clearly orange, bright with a slightly cloudy body and some yeast deep inside against the glass.

The smell is a nice full bouquet of peaches, apricots and pears, perhaps some cloves as to give off a bit of a weizen sensation. not too citrusy rather focusing a bit more on the sweet side of tripels (as if they weren't all SAH-WEET).

The taste is also very elaborate. at first prevails the fruity sweet sensation of the range of fruits that also includes kiwi, but imposing within is your good old tripel strong yeast/alcohol feel that goes through the back of the mouth up to the nose. this minders the transition to a bitter finish that as it passes down your throat gives you a slight grassy taste (in a good way, this one).
the carbonation is well abundant but consistent to the style, as is its full body that makes it worth having it over and over- for those with a tougher palate and a resisting stomach.

Andreji, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow as soon as you start pouring in the witkap you know that you have a good beer in hand. Great whit foam that lasts forever. Nice color, not a 100% clear but who cares if the rest is ok.
Smell is hoppy green, yeastspice and malty. All beautifully mixed together what makes you thirsty. And what a taste it has; malty, spicy and bitter. Bitterness maybe a litle yeasty but mostly good hops. Aftertaste is just bitter and dry( as it should be for a triple). Great beer that's always worth a try!

paterlodie, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of Naerhu
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white head on a sligthly opaque orange-gold body. Massive lacing and micro bubbles.

Lovely apple and kiwi fruit aroma with slightly yeasty overtones.

Vibrant hoppy bitterness. Surprisingly dry finish. Not very exciting for its complexity, but very refreshing.

Body is on the light side of medium.

This is a nice little triple, kinda wheaty and very enjoyable.

Naerhu, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beauteous deep gold color, good clarity, huge fluffy pure-white foam, nice lacing (left a nice crown on the glass at the "high-water mark")

Aroma: banana, clove, sweet maltiness, a tickle of minty/piney hops, a bit soapy

Flavor: a nice even malt sweetness is delicately balanced with a firm hop flavor and bitterness, a bit spicy, nice phenolics, finish is semi-dry with the hop bitterness returning and lingering in the smooth aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, silky texture, a not-overwhelming alcohol warmth, gentle carbonation

Overall Impression: The friendly brewmaster at Slaghmuylder gave me a three-pack sampler of his beer when I visited. I think he felt bad that he couldn't hire me!

Anyway, the brewers there wear lab coats. Quite fitting because this is a precision beer. Superbly crafted, well-balanced, highly artisanal. My only qualm is that thier labels are a bit on the cheesy side, look sort of amateurish. Also, the abv is on the low end of the tripel range, but that is a welcome change.

GreenCard, Oct 03, 2003
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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.