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Witkap Pater Tripel - Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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155 Ratings
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Ratings: 155
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 155 | Reviews: 108
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of lanbewardin
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Photo of woosterbill
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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.


Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

Photo of Zimbo
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of Boto
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Photo of megahurts4
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of Spiekerbox
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow-gold, cloudy. almost appears to have greenish tint when looked at into light.

S- Yeasty sweet, little malt in there.

T- Sweet, a little malty. The yeast is there and is almost tart in the way it hits. Get a little sourness in this one too, somewhat fruity in nature.

M- Medium body, moderate to low carbonation. Somewhat sticky but dry. Not much of an alcohol presence but the finish is a little warming.

D- Not too bad really. Has more of a tartness than I typically expect of a tripel and less of the powerful Belgian yeast flavors. Could have another of these if i was in the right mood...and had another one

Photo of impending
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl into a tulip. Pours a clear light golden straw. Very little head subsided quickly. Decent lacing.

Aroma is strong of hops, the dominant scent. The hops sit atop light skinned fruits, citrus and yeast.

Hops carry through to the taste. Not much here in flavor beyond the hops, slightly tart, bitter and dry. Aftertaste evaporates quickly. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Better as a belgian ipa than a tripel.

Photo of Brabander
3.51/5  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.

Photo of castillo83
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of CaptainPiret
4.09/5  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.

Photo of stephens101
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Fnord
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of digr
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.