Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap
Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Style:
Tripel
Ranked #72
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,222
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
110
Ratings:
183
From:
Brouwerij Slaapmutske
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  8
Gots
  25
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cork date of 11/10/07, Sampled January 2008
Pours with a frothy, initially four-finger thick, pale tan colored head that has quite a nice textured appearance to it. The beer is a lightly orange'd, gold color and is lightly hazy in appearance. Sweet, pale malt aromatics contributes honey like aromatics, notes of sweet grain and there are aromas reminiscent of orange zest and / or candied orange creams. Other spice notes contribute to the finish and smell of ginger, a touch of sweet phenolics (like clove and something like vanilla) as well as a light, white pepper aromatic. Also becoming noticeable towards the end is a dry, crushed malt note and something that is quite like crushed soda crackers.

Appetizingly dry for a Tripel, but still has a soft, honey like / floral sweetness to it. Quite a bit spicier than the aroma might have suggested (due to the perceived dryness no doubt); I get flavors of old ginger, white-pepper, clove and maybe a hint of citrus zest. Sharp, spicy and a bit hot in the finish; it picks up a certain astringency and heat from higher alcohols in the finish. The beer is quite light feeling, which I definitely like, but it really doesn't seem to leave a lasting impression. Somehow the flavors here just fall flat. There is nothing really wrong with it, but it has not impact on the palate and taste buds.

This is a very aromatic brew, but it does not quite live up to it in the flavor. I do like how light this feels, though it makes it dangerously drinkable, but ultimately it is lacking an impact / lasting impression. The only thing that really lingers is the slightly hot / aggressive higher alcohols.

Jan 03, 2008
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clvand0 from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very clear, very light amber color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty and has a character that reminds me of a lagered beer. The flavor has a very solid malt character with some buttery sweetness. Very little hop character in there and this definately comes across as a lager beer as opposed to a tripel. Actually, I highly doubt this is a tripel. It's too dark, too full bodied, too sweet... Anyway. It's a nice beer. The body is medium and the drinkability is good.

Nov 16, 2006
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 750 mL bottle served at BrewExpo 2006. The ale is near room temperature.

Appearance: The ale is a nice firm yellow color, very hazy and not at all see-through. THere is a firm head here that lasts through the beer.

Smell: The ale has peppery aromas and a bit of the higher abv in the nose.

Taste: The pepper shines in this beer. The malts provide a pleasant sweetness and are relaxed enough to allow the spices to come through.

Mouthfeel: This is a good tasting tripel. The spices are firm and take control early.

Drinkability: The beer is quite drinkable with an abv that is well hidden.

Jul 23, 2006
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GCBrewingCo from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear medium golden with a white and frothy head which rose tall, but retreated quickly as it worked to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and earthy with a farmhouse character and a peppery spice. The aroma was nicely floral with a bit of woodsy character blended in.

The flavor was citrusy with a strong earthy flavor and a substantial bittering. The bittering was spicy, earthy and just a bit on the harsh side. The flavor contained a nice pepper spice and a lasting bit of bitterness that was like that of orange pith instead of peel. Sort of a citrusy, pithy harshness. The flavor began on the palate with just a hint of sweetness, but dried quickly with a strong earthy character and the light spice presence.

The finish was dry with lasting earthy character and strong bittering coupled with citrus into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was almost creamy due to the carbonation level. Alcohol was never really a factor and this one might improve if the bittering mellowed with a bit of aging.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Exp 11/10/07 on rubber cork.

Jul 03, 2006
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John_M from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today. Tis the season I suppose.

The beer pours a solid gold color with lovely, pillowy head and impressive sticky lacing all around. The nose is equally impressive, with fruit cocktail, apricot, warm honey, caramel, banana and clove. The flavor profile is very good, but doesn't match the nose. Also, there's something of a burnt sugar finish to this beer that is intriguing. Otherwise, the flavor profile generally replicates the nose, although it's not quite as intense. Mouthfeel is fairly light, although there's plenty of flavor. Drinkability is also very good, though again, you can tell this is not a small beer.

Just a very solid beer from this brewery, and it's a treat to see it on tap.

Dec 11, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant tangerine peel with smoky saffron edges. The lively, Belgianesque carbonation has created a spectacular looking crown that is the equal of some of the best that I've ever seen. The pastel orange-tinted ivory colored foam sitting atop the beer is thick and rich and rocky and creamy and sticky and leaves the glass positively painted with eye candy. A great start!

The nose is more fruity than spicy. That's okay, I like almost all variations on the Belgian tripel blueprint. Maybe it's the power of suggestion stimulated by the color of the beer, but I smell oranges as well as apples and pears. A whiff of musky hops and a pinch of ground clove round things out nicely.

There's no question that this is great beer. I knew nothing about Slaapmutske prior to reading their website (recommended for the curious), but it's obvious that they know what it takes to create a delicious tripel. Before delving into specifics, my first impression is how approachable and how damned drinkable this big ale is.

The pale malt backbone is substantial enough to provide plenty of sugar cookie-like malt flavor that is the base on which the rest of the beer is constructed. Ripe orchard fruit is still a major part of the flavor profile and I still appreciate orange zest more than in most tripels. It gives the beer a bright, citric flavor that is both different and delicious.

Warm spices are much more prominent on the palate than they are in the nose. Clove and white pepper set up a minor sizzle on the tongue after each mouthful has gone to points south. Thankfully, there's almost no evidence of alcohol... other than the fuzziness that's beginning to blur the edges of my consciousness.

The mouthfeel easily keeps pace. All those bubbles keep things hopping and volumize the beer just enough for it to be called lightly creamy. I'm close to nudging the score one notch higher, but it falls short by the slimmest of margins.

Slaapmutske (literally: 'sleeping hat') Triple Nightcap has been in my cellar for at least a year. If I had known how good it is, I would have popped the cork long ago. Now the only question is, where can I get more? It would be an honor to have this beer be my prelude to dreamland.

May 06, 2007
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a very famous Belgian brewery, but a surprisingly good smooth drinking Belgian ale found at Summerville NJ. Orangey colour, nose-peppery yeast, medium mouthfeel, sweet spices. A tad astringent in finish but the veggie chips helped offset that. Very decent tripel though I have met few I did not love.

Dec 08, 2006
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jul 09, 2013
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Billolick from New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

large bottle, caged and corked with freshness dating, pours medium amber, orangy hues, cloudy with steady bubbles rising. light tan head, puffy and loose, leaving tons of scattered and thick lacing. Nose of honey, light smoke and melon. Wonderfully tasty and warming Belgian, notes of more honey, mustard, rye, dough, pepper, vanilla. Alcohol present but not overpowering. The bottle I had was just super (suprised by the low ratings here), complex, tasty, heady stuff. Went well with some goat cheese and bread, well worth a try.

Mar 22, 2006
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Dukeofearl from California

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$10.99 for a 750 ml bottle at LaBodega in Riverside, Ca. in December 2006; tasted and reviewed Christmas night 2006.

Pours a pretty golden, very proper and correct for a tripel, including a nice white head that sticks around through the entire session. Just about as good as it gets.

Aroma is a dry, herbal, almost medicinal yeastiness, light on fruits and light on sweetness. Not bad, but not exciting. Flavor is two different animals- when cold, it is all white pepper. Sharp, harsh and frankly, what I think was unpleasant. However, as it warms to near room temperature, it really opens up. The pepper and yeasty sharpness are still there, but greatly softened by warm fluffy soft white breads (maybe even potato bread). Not terribly complex, but very drinkable. Alcohol profile well hidden.

Overall, this is not a bad tripel. But it doesn't grab me.

Dec 26, 2006
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tgbljb from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with massive white chunky head that threatened to escape from the glass.
Smell is a pleasant combination of cloeves, pepper, and candy sugar.
Taste is sweet and malty, with essences of banana and vanilla in the foreground.
Finishes sweet and bubbly in the mouth.
Excellent drinkability. This is an excellent beer.
Tanks to fellow BA mtanji for sharing.

Nov 19, 2006
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twelvsies from Maine

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed a beer in quite a while, but here I go again. This one from De Proef pours a vibrant brassy orange, with that huge, rocky, classic head that typifies so many of Belgium's greatest beers. The nose isn't as huge as I might've expected on this one but there are nice grassy, dusty notes as well as some sweet buttery carmel character. Taste is less dusty and dry than the smell would hint at, but a really nice balance there between the spicy Belgian hoppiness and the nice sweet caramel boozy base. It's great. Very creamy indeed, as described by "that beer guy" at Bauer. Not overly complex or flashy. Though this brewery conjures up some seriously crazy shit, this is pretty much a perfect example of a standard, straigt forward, "workingman's tripel". Soft, warm, and supple. Smooth yet decently bubbly and active mouthfeel. And yeah, a hell of a name. A perfect beer to chill out with as a nightcap as the label suggests. Ahh, I love Belgium...

Jun 08, 2006
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a robust orange-yellow colour with a huge amount of floating sediment. Good bright colour though. Head is a very fine and filmy across the top of the beer, and it leaves some pretty nice lacing. Not bad all up.

Bit of a whiff of wet grain on the nose, with a slight hint of organic honey and a bit of turned earth. It's all a bit funky and weird. Not bad, but a bit too much of the funkier end of the spectrum.

Taste is flat and grainy. Some sweetness and a bit of harshness on the back. Bitterness burgeons at the back, leaving a flat and rather blaze finish. Sort of a plateau of that wet, slightly rotten grain. Can't say I'm a big fan.

Eh. Oxidised, perhaps? It goes downhill after a while. It's not a big beer, or a particularly interesting one, but it's drinkable enough in its way. Not something I'd choose on a regular basis, and it's certainly not one of my favourite Tripels.

Sep 14, 2010
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy bruised peach with a massive head that retains beautifully and deposits a Matisse cutout pattern of lace all over the chalice

Smell: Belgian candi sugar dominates, with yeasty phenols, and rotting fruit

Taste: Opens a bit hot, with alcohol apparent from the start, as honeyed candi sugar and rotting fruit dominate; mid-palate is rather yeasty, with plenty of phenols and a growing bitter herbal aspect that becomes a bit peppery, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and creamy; smooth but buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Not a bad tripel at all, and a little age would probably smooth out the rough edges

Note: Picked up a 2008 bottling in mid-2011 at Healthy Spirits in San Francisco and I was right about the aging factor - the booziness is gone and, while the carbonation is no longer what it was, the flavors have mellowed very nicely; the honey and spice flavors make for an unusual, but delicious, combination

Jun 19, 2008
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aquatonex from New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chose this one by the label...

Pours cloudy light orange with a rich foamy head of several fingers that dissipates only slightly. Good lacing. Nose is dominated by sweet fruits, some apple and a little citrus. Taste isn't that alcoholy but rather funkishly yeasty and partially sweet. Was expecting a heavier darker beer with a name like triple night cap but it was more of a decent saison.

Feb 06, 2008
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mynie from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, capped not corked, served lightly aged and lightly chilled. I like the sleepy moon fellow on the label.

Dark colored for a Tripel, especially one of its not particularly high ABV. Decent fizz and a little wispy head.

Smells yeasty and fruity with some pleasant spice. Pears and apples and cloves. Not particularly strong for the style, but lively enough and with no off nodes whatsoever.

Tastes very good--clean, fruity, spicy. Honey and pears up front, yeast and clove in the middle, and a clean finish with just a hint of white pepper, all propped up by an excellent body.

It's basically everything I look for in a trippel, even if it doesn't hit the very high notes of my favorite examples of the style. Well worth the price.

Sep 21, 2017
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malthead from California

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Big cratering white head, good carbonation, nice cloudy orange color. I love the nose on Belgian tripels... yeasty goodness - pears, apples, spices like clove and maybe nutmeg or something, a little funk... Reasonably crisp, peppery taste. Decent balance of sweet malt and warming alcohol with other flavors (someone else's description of orange peel is right on, very prominant.) The aftertaste is like the bite you get from raw, real honey. Nothing too outstanding, though. It's getting a little old after a while, particularly in something about the mouthfeel that I can't quite put my finger on. Nice beer, recommended, but not my favorite tripel.

Mar 22, 2007
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap this past weekend at Deep Ellum. Served in a proper Slaapmutske chalice (bonus). This is the first tripel that I can remember that had a cloudy look to it. Almost like a hefeweizen. Strange. Smell and taste were both very good, exactly what you'd expect from a Belgian brewer. Lots of spice and sugariness intertwined. Wasn't as crisp as other tripels though. The low alcohol (in comparison to other tripels) was noticed, as I drank it a bit faster than expected. A good (and kinda different) example of my favorite style.

Jan 14, 2009
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paterlodie from Belgium

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took this one to see if this one realy gives what it's promissing; to sleep. Goode appearance, white head and a golden colour.
Nose is mostly about hops but also some malt and yeast arome. Taste is good, full malty but quiet a hard bitterness. Mostly a problem with dry hopped beer. Makes the hoparome fine though so willing to look over that litle fault and say this is an decent beer that I would recomend anyone who loves a bitter blond. Not that bitter though.

Jan 08, 2005
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ypsifly from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 that is synth corked and caged purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a tulip. The cork has an experation date of 11/10/07 jetted on the side.

Slightly hazed orange under a huge head of ivory. Strong retention and it leaves bubbly rings of lace as it goes down.

Lots of fruity melon, spices and sugars in the nose. A tart background with some suggestions of wood. Slight trace of alcohol registers as a few grains of pepper and a nice powdery aroma from the yeast.

Fruits upfront and then it turns spicy and tart with more hop flavors than I'm used to for the style. They seem to break up the flow and leave some grassy flavor. Tart finish that retains trace oils from the hops. Started out great then went to just good about halfway through.

The mouth is a little puckery but overall finishes clean. Good, but there are many better Triples out there for less $$. I paid ten bucks and didn't get my mony's worth.

Mar 31, 2006
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bjoyce12 from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma, fruity with apple, maybe a little apricot, noticeable hops. Pours a cloudy golden, good foam. I've tried 2 from "De Proef", and I've been impressed with the crispness of both. With a name like Triple Nightcap, I would expect a stout with high ABV. Instead, this is a nice pale ale. 8%ABV is still up there, but no alcohol aftertaste. Crisp, clean, hoppiness overrides the undertones of fruit. Very drinkable, but too pricey to down too many.

Oct 28, 2007
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A surprisingly good Tripel despite the non-descript and cartoonish lable. Also not the typical Tripel profile in it's fruit forward balance.

The beer begins with a copper/orange/rust color and carrying a moderate haze. Very creamy in its foamstance, the head has a fluid and long standing stature, while leaving modest lacing behind. This amazing froath goes above and beyond anything I've seen before.

Candied fruits, light spice, and confectioner's sugar start off with a sweeter impression. Glazed pears, appricots, and apples balance with a cookie dough/doughy and white pepper, orange peel, and clove balance.

Surprisingly, the sweet nose gives way to a better balanced flavor. The sugary malts attenuate well for a fruity semi-sweet start, but soon fades into a spicy dry-malt finish. Again, the fruits of apples, pears, and appricots translate well from the nose as well do the spicy, peppery, corriander, curraco and clove notes.

As the carbonation and foam suggests, the beer starts out wonderfully creamy, but the seemingly evaporates into a cool dryness, similar to great Witbiers and cotton candy.

Absolutely a joy to drink as the textures are the icing on a well done beer.

May 31, 2010
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janubio from Spain

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange, with a big head that leaves a ring a nd a great lace. Smell of spices, pepper, herbs, fruits, peach, banana, sweetness. Medium to full body, creamy palate, taste is similar to the smell, Spices, fruits, peaches, citrus, sweetnees. Great.

Aug 31, 2015
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CHADMC3 from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden to orange with a HUGE, creamy white head packed with dense carbonation bubbles that patiently dissolve to just a frothy lacing.

The fruity esters and yeasts bound from the glass while a closer inspection reveals some citrus aromas such as lemon and just faint floral hops.

The floral hops and fruit character resembling some mix of sour apples and zesty lemon are most prominent and last throughout, yet not as aggressive as the aroma suggested. More yeast in the flavor, but likely also some sweet malt with candy/sugar like qualities to counter, and as the beer warms the flavors begin to faintly resemble honey at the finish.

Medium to light in body with medium carbonation and a dry finish, with enough flavors to really bury the alcohol leaving almost no burn in its wake.

This is a good brew, and a good example of the style, but missing some of the traditional spice flavor in my opinion.

May 31, 2009
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wl0307 from England

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml brown bottle, BB 28/03/10, served chilled in a pint glass.

A: pours a murky dark orangey amber, coming with a very thick and tight light beige froth with supreme retention; carbonation is constant and semi-lively. Looking very decent.
S: pretty intense in its sour fruits and semi-fermented sugary sweetness, denoting exotic fruit-esters, lactose drinks (e.g. Yakult), candyish malts, and a touch of citric hops. Very thick and sharp due to the yeastiness, slightly off-balance.
T: effervescent in texture upfront, showing sour-sweet mangos, oxidised oranges, and some other fruit esters, with a rather weaker malt background; slowly, the taste turns green-tea-ish bitter and chewy-dry, with a subtle flow of alc. lurking in the very end.
M&D: despite the effervescence upfront, the palate is never overly fizzy; rather it shows a restrained carbonation to tame the high alc. content. Not a particularly tasty or complex example of Tripel, yet a pretty bitter and, thus, drinkable one.

Feb 15, 2008
Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 183 ratings