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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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BA SCORE
87
very good

142 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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.

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Brabander

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in my beerfridge for quit a while now and today decided to crack it open. This bottle was filled completely and with the opening of the bottle a large hiss came along. Open it carefully!!!!

Poured in my Struise Glass the beer has an enormous white head and a nice yellow fluid with lots of carbonation going on.

Smell is OK, far away the yeast they used. Along with the yeast comes an other not superpleasant smell. Taste is good but a bit dry and not the best i ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 15:15:16 | More by Brabander
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castillo83

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I appologize for such a nontechnical review. I just wanted to say this would be an awesome strong beer for the summer. Due to the lemony flavours, I find it quite refreshing, but doesn't lack personality like a lot of summer brews. It is even somewhat vinous. It is not a complex triple, I have to say.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 08:44:29 | More by castillo83
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CaptainPiret

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed this beer many times so thought it was due time to review it.

The pour lacks a big head, but the smell -- of lemon, grass, cinnamon and a bit of sugar -- certainly makes up for it. One of the sweetest, most fulfilling aromas of any beer I've had.

The taste and complexity doesn't quite match the smell, unfortunately, but it's still quite good.

This beer could be downed all night. It's a relatively low ABV for a Belgian triple, so it's not like drinking a couple will knock you out. This is easily my favorite selection from this particular brewer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 18:17:11 | More by CaptainPiret
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One-finger of thin off-white head lingers before receding into a fine lace. Some yeasties frolic throughout the reddish-orange brew. Smells of sweet and sour fruits and Belgian yeast with a damp, earthy enveloping that is a bit off-putting. Caramel and some notes of burnt sugar exist. Tastes spicy and grainy with big notes of light fruits (pears, apples, grapes). Goes down a bit tangy and fairly dry at the edges with a slightly creamy middle and a medium mouth-feel. A distant alcohol heat is retained throughout. Another good Belgian Tripel we're lucky to get here in America.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:49:38 | More by stephens101
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 12:23:07 | More by RuudJH
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Tone

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maize color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. There is also suspended sediment. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of tart malt, alcohol, hint of citrus, hint of wheat, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Tripel. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes is sweet malt, yeast, slight grain, slight wheat, pale malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good taste, but lacking in other aspects.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 14:13:31 | More by Tone
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flagmantho

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 05:16:51 | More by flagmantho
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Fnord

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy gold, with a large, dense white head. There are a lot of brown floaties in this one.

Smell - Pear, sour apple, grapefruit, and alcohol.

Taste - Sweet and tart beginning, with a clean, crisp finish. Not a lot of alcohol taste, but it does leave the throat warm. A lot of tart pear, plus some yeast, and maybe even a little hazlenut in the back.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and high carbonation, as per the style.

Drinkability - Quite drinkable, actually. This is one of the few tripels I might drink before the end of the night.

Notes - A very good tripel. Compared to others of its style, it seems to have less alcohol warmth and more tartness. Good job from a lesser-known Belgian brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 15:44:06 | More by Fnord
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle...The beer is a dark honey gold with about three fingers of white head but is gone right away...The aroma is strong and super sweet honey, apple, coriander some banana and yeast...The taste is also very sweet, almost like drinking honey to me. Its good, but something you can't just crush nor is a tripel. No floral hops at all...The feel is ok, easy to take few drinks, then its just to much.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 01:41:10 | More by jrallen34
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digr

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottles poured into Chalice

A- Straw colored slightly hazy liquid with a 1 cm head of medium sized bubbles. Foam dissipates after about 2 minutes.

S - Smell is noticeable pilsner malt, some fruity tones, almost a honeylike aroma. Maybe some earthy notes. Little or no hop aorma.

T - Mild pilsner malt flavor, again a slight honey like tone. Dry, but a slight tinge of sweetness. Not as much complexity as expected. Very slight hop bitterness in the middle and end, but bitter only. No aroma hops. A bit thin tasting. But at least not sweet like many tripel attempts. The after-finish is dry, maybe slightly astringent. There might even be a mild sour note, but very subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is OK... It is dry enough to match the style in the Westmalle tradition, but a bit thin to make the beer shine and show the malt flavors IMHO.

D - This is definitively not a over-the-top tripel, so drinkability is high. Light enough and dry enough to put a few back. The 7.5 ABV makes it lower than most triples. If the flavor was better I'd want to drink more.

Over all its OK. A bit lean in the middle taste department. I'd like to see a bit more complexity in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 03:48:29 | More by digr
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

33cl bottle poured into my chimay chalice

A- Yeast cloud of a light amber body, with 2 finger head reducing to a thin creamy layer. Produces nice lacing. Yeast particles visible in bottom of glass.

S- Concentrated apple juice, light ginger and cinnamon, belgian yeast.

T- Floral perfumed citrus up front, reducing to a belgian yeasty minimal alcohol bite. Yeast lingers with a hint of apple juice

M- Lively carbonation, spritzy with full body

D- A tasty tripel. Alcohol well hidden with a nice complex nose and refreshing carbonation. Obviously a sipper, cant knock the tripels back!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 22:19:15 | More by seanyfo
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garymuchow

Minnesota

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

Gift from my brother-in-law, Todd. Thank you very much.
Enjoyed after Vikings defeat of Dallas. This will taste sweet no matter the condition. :)
Sour fruit aroma, slight phenols of spice (like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, but yet not so Christmas like at all) with some pepper thrown in, slightly doughy and yeast. Really quite complex. I like it quite a bit.
Pours with full head, in fact an 11.2 oz bottle couldn't fit into my Chimay goblet in one pour. Thick lacing and interesting structures forming on the head. Cloudy with lots of yeast action while the bubbles rise vigorously in my glass. Really rather appealing.
Taste and flavor is less vibrant and vigorous than the first two senses. More traditional and standard flavors for style, not that there is anything wrong with that, just less to get excited about via novelty. Mild and generally brief yeast, phenol spice that follows a mild pale malt introduction. Without significant dryness the flavor vanishes in short order.
Feel is back to above standard. Carbonation is almost unnoticeable it blends so well. Smooth with a creaminess from the head. Nicely done.
I've never scored a beer quite like this one before. Flavor is least interesting, but having no flaws or negative intrusions, it does not take away from the other very interesting aspects of this beer. Loving the sour (slightly sweet) fruit aromas (like fresh lemons). In all it drinks just fine.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 02:08:30 | More by garymuchow
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becktone

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 8-25-09

Eye: Cloudy oaken yellow in color. Head is poor, but then again its been bout a half hour since its been poured and I've taken many sips...Lacing it leaves is pretty good....

Nose: Lots of fermentation character here, lots of apple fruitiness. Nothing really malt based here. If you ask me its pretty weak as a Belgian Triple....good, good enough to drink but not enough to buy and be happy with. In the actual flavor, there is quite a bit that resembles a margarita, some sweetness, and then a balance like the tequilla gives a balance...weird, feels just like tequilla balanced my two drinks.... pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. The alcohol is definitely recognizable, very much like drinking a margarita...you know the alcohol is there but ignore it...it adds a certain flavor but is in the background...this beer is pretty much the same.

Tongue: Pretty much said it all in nose...

Feel and Drinkability: Not a bad feel, light and free, something I'd drink again. However, this beer, for what it is isn't what I'd want to drink again. Once was enough....It's an okay beer, but just nothing to make me want to come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 23:42:03 | More by becktone
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baos

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fluid ounces into Falstaff goblet.

A: Beautiful straw yellow with the slightest bit of haze cause i poured a bit of sediment into it for flavor. 4 finger white head with almost perfect lace pattern all around my goblet.

S: Biscuity wheatiness. Clover and honey with a bit of spiciness.

T: The Belgians know hot to do it! Light lemon-pepper yeastiness. YUM! End with one of the most plesant aftertastes I have ever had with a beer.

M: Sweet medium to full body on this girl.

D: I wish i would've bought the 4 pack.. A good fucking beer that I could sip all night. Gains character as it warms as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 23:23:41 | More by baos
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JordanEllwanger

Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong white head with much fizz. A perfect semi-trasparent triple haze of pale orange tan.

Flowers sent the fragrance, and blended grassy fruits of wine.

An earthy punch with that flower presence. A very interesting blend of ingredients. Reminds me of Morning Glories.

Feels sweet and pleasant a very light for a Trip.

Mucho drinkable.

Cheers,
Jordan

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 06:18:06 | More by JordanEllwanger
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benclimbs

California

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yellow gold, almost looks like a sour ale, good light lacing

Smell is yeasty earthiness with honey and bananas

Taste is nice and dry for a triple almost between a triple and saison...spice and a nice light malty clean sweetness, but not too much, just slightly sour on the finish

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:02:54 | More by benclimbs
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Seru1

Alabama

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I used a tulip cause I can't find a goblet I like.

Appearance- Bright Yellow with a pure white head and not very much carbonation. Nice color fun to look at.

Smell- It has a very herbal quality with a tropical fruit scent almost reminiscent of guava. It's a hard odor to define.

Taste- Banana's and nuts come through with a deep slightly spicey anise like body. This beer has a mysterious quality to me, like the odor it's hard to put togather, though it opens up after spending abit of time sitting.

Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy, a pleasant very soft spice lingers.

Drinkability- It's good enough to have one or two in a sitting, but It's not something I search for.

A good beer, ver mysterious. One I would have again but not search for.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:03:46 | More by Seru1
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cudmud

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a medium gold color. The beer developed a thick layer of head when poured; however, the head quickly settled to just a few millimeters thick. Despite the limited head, the brew does produce some nice lacing.

This beer has an interesting aroma. I dectect malt, citrus (lime?), grass-like smells, and hops.

The flavor is balanced very well. The hops do a good job of masking the alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are the weakest facets of this beer. Lots of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation is almost to the point where it burns the mouth.

Overall, an interesting beer to drink any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:36:44 | More by cudmud
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

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
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birchstick

Colorado

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
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augustgarage

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 02:44:25 | More by augustgarage
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PsychoJedi

Alabama

4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 14:06:54 | More by PsychoJedi
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

A cloudy orange body with a voluminous head as this one is a little bit of a gusher. Tart fruits like orange and pear take over the aroma, w/ some yeast and sweet malts pushed in the back.
Light-to-medium bodied and very crisp with sharp sour and cirtic fruit flavors like sour apple, pear, apricot and orange taking hold. Balance is great as this beer is smooth, even slightly creamy, with a sharp citric hop bite on the end. There are some sweet malts in this beer as well, and the mouthfeel's smoothness and, as I call it, fluff, is aided by strong carbonation. This was akin to drinking a white dessert wine, not to do this beer injustice. A solid tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:06:20 | More by clayrock81
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GRG1313

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 05:56:46 | More by GRG1313
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lehkost

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In short:

Appearance: hazy straw, good head

Smell: little in the way of malt, spice or hops, but the distinct (yet faint) aroma of honey. Don't take this the wrong way. In some cases, like in Dupont's Biere de Miel, honey aroma and flavor is distinct but muddled with yeast and spice, giving it an other-than-honey quality to some extent. This is just honey, crystal clear, on the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell...very mild "beery" characteristic, with some noticeable pilsner malt and hops, but the distinct, yet faint flavor of honey. Mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is nicely effervescent, with a good amount of sparkling on the tongue. Smooth, not thin.

Drinkability: Being as light-bodied as it is, I find this much more drinkable than a lot of tripels.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 16:32:41 | More by lehkost
Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.