Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap | Brouwerij Slaapmutske

Slaapmutske Triple NightcapSlaapmutske Triple Nightcap
BA SCORE
75%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 180 ratings
Slaapmutske Triple NightcapSlaapmutske Triple Nightcap
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaapmutske
Belgium
slaapmutske.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-27-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,734
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
180
Liked:
135
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
9.72%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
24
Trade:
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Ratings: 180 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, spice, fruit, and apple cider aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, yeast, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fruity smell but the taste is more spice and yeast forward.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 3/2/2014. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice rocky cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a nice amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, golden raisin, lemon zest, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, and earthy yeast esters. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity, spicy, and malt notes. Taste of pear, apricot, apple, golden raisin, lemon zest, candi sugar, clove, pepper, bread, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, candi sugar, clove, bread, pepper, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of fruity and spicy esters with malt sweetness; and nearly zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, smooth, and lightly prickly that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent tripel style. Great balance and complexity of malt, fruity, and spicy flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml aged bottle into a Belgian snifter.
Pours hazy dark brown; most of the sediment added in the pour.

Nice fruity and lightly spicy aroma with figs and other dark fruits.

Flavor: Black bread, dark fruit notes including dried plum, as well as hints of cherries and dark chocolate. Slightly earthy.

Feel: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: dark and malty for a "Abbey Tripel".

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky golden brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, fruit, some spices, caramelized malts and a bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, citrus, bananas and spices. Then a strong breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mactrail
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Beautiful foamy cap on the hazy amber brew. Served in a tall tulip for $7.50 at Beachwood.

The two overwhelming tastes are oxidation and bitterness. Very full-bodied flavor, but it tastes just like apple sauce with chewed up aspirins. Quite sharp in the mouth. A woody hint, but more metallic. Some murky malt plus corn flakes, followed by a vast swampy bitterness. Tastes like the just added some dirt to the wort. Going on record as one of the worst Belgian beers I've tasted.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Teresa's, Wayne, PA

Poured into a signature stem glass, this beer poured a hazy golden-peach color with a finger's width of delicate white bubbles for a head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet, ripe fruit, candi sugar, and light yeast. Flowery! Light taste, but very dynamic nonetheless, with juicy, fruity sweetness, peaches and pears, light sugar and honey, with more of the yeasty banana-like phenols manifesting mid- to end-palate, and just a hint of spice. Alcohol is noticeable, but with everything else that's going on, it really has very little bite at all. Very impressive and tasty. Light-medium mouthfeel, perfectly balanced, and very drinkable.

Officially one of my favorite tripels.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle one of the many times I traveled up to Asheville this past winter. I never got around to trying it, however it has been sitting nicely on, my shelf ever since. So last night I decided to split this one with my sister in law on her way out. Nice 750ml bottle with one of the coolest design labels you could hope to see. Poured into the Mock Turtle and served at cellar temperature.

Appearance - Poured out a nice hazy, golden yellow with a good two inches of foam on the top of it. Decent retention let this hang around for a good long while before finally settling down to a thin layer of lace across the top with lots of side glass contribution. Nice carbonation could be seen bubbling up toward the surface.

Smell - The aroma was very light, airy with a good dose of spices added in. Typical Saison smell, it had the nice light banana, and peach aroma, some light lemongrass and hey, an almost funky sour note sitting way in the back as well and a small touch of alcohol. Really surprised me with a the depth it had.

Taste - The flavor was just drop down beautiful. A rich, light, airy mixture of wheat, yeast and hops. I was in love with this from the first sip. Nice pepper like tones on the tongue, mixed with lemongrass and a wonderful light apple like yeast flavor. Loads of wheat and hey and fresh cut grass flavors. The finish was super dry with an all too familiar lightly sour note tucked in way at the back,

Mouthfeel - Very nicely carbonated with a good amount of smoothness to it. This was a medium bodied ale; slightly lighter then that without any thinness though. Definitely not too light or bad really in any way,

Drinkability - Very highly drinkable triple/Saison whatever you want to call it. Nice and light with a good profile and a great flavor. Highly carbonated and with no taste of the alcohol at all. Definitely something I could have all night long.

Overall I thought this one came out of left field and really scored some very high marks with me. Not your classic heavy triple by any means this was quite the nice treat. I would love to have this one again any day. Hands down this was a winner.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of imbibehour
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Muted orange, slightly hinting at haze but with a nice classic middle column of carbonation. Rocking head, off white, a bit tinged yellow with creamy top and a solid three fingers off the pour. Nice settling down to a good finger, with big retention.

Classic tripel aroma. Slightly bready and honey sweet malts, with a good fruity and somewhat spicy phenolic kick. Hints a little warm, some good earthy hop tones slightly as well. Very inviting with low sensing sucrose sweetness.

First sip is a silky and rich mouthfeel with a touch of spicy carbonation. Creamy flavors of honey and sugar roll of the tongue in the mid palate. Slight caramel sweetness is added with some fruity tones and a bit of pine like bitterness that adds a nice contrast, and cuts on the aftertaste. Dense. Almost rich tasting, but manages to dial it down a bit.

A very solid tripel and memorable, with a bit of an iteresting malt presence as well.

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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
Beer rating: 75% out of 100 with 180 ratings
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