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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 108
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.

Photo of travelfrog
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good little tripel. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours to a very clear straw yellow color, topped off with a huge fluffy white head. Almost too clear. Has a very nice carbonation, but it doesn't support the head retention as well as I would have thought. Leaves curtains of lace, however.

The smell is quite interesting. Lots of pilsner malt and subsequently a hint of DMS. A light candi sugar aroma covers it up, however, as well as a nice lemon zest and some peppery spice. A light hint of banana and clove esters as well.

The carries over from the nose very well, and it has a bold enough flavor to cover up any of the DMS detected in the nose. Sweet, zesty, fruity, and spicy with a nice dry and hoppy finish. Very nice.

The body is fairly light for the style. Quite crisp and clean. Gives excellent burps. The alcohol is not detectable, though it has a warming finish. Very good drinkability. I will most definitely purchase this beer again in the future.

Photo of orsulacp
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass with a hazy yellow body and a thin white head. The smell was mostly orange peel, a little bready, a little pepper, and a little solvent. The taste was bready with some citrus and a biting alcohol. It had a light body with a very dry finish. Overall pretty good, not great.

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 EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of dherling
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of mmcave
3.6/5  rDev -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.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of AlexJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of Toddv29424
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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 stephendr
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Photo of haz77
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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 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 GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Denali
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.