Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap | Brouwerij Slaapmutske

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Slaapmutske Triple NightcapSlaapmutske Triple Nightcap

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Brouwerij Slaapmutske

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 09-27-2003

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Photo of Hex92
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Corsendonk glass....good choice to show off the thick head and nice lacing. This is one of my favorite tripels, but I don't think it is characteristic of the style. Maltier and sweeter than the usual triple.

A good looking beer in the glass, smells OK but not amazing, nice sweet Carmel flavor. Mouth feel is not overly syrupy. Tasty beer. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am always looking for a new/good Tripel, so this one caught my eye the other day at the downtown Spec's. I don't remember ever seeing this one before, but it was on more of a bottom shelf, so I could have missed it before. Regardless, let's see what this lower ABV Tripel has to offer:

Appearance: Pours a pretty cloudy light burnt orange color with a solid 1/2" cap of antique white foam that doesn't do much, but doesn't look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. Looking closely at the edge of the glass, you can tell that there are a bunch of bubbles rising. Lots of lacing left on the glass after drinking and the head never completely goes away.

Aroma: I initially got a bit of oxidation mixed with alcohol and some toasty malts. The hops are definitely here, but seem like they are fading a bit. After the beer sits for a few minutes, the aroma is losing the oxidation and there is a sweet citrusy malty thing coming out. There is still a dry edge to the aroma of this beer that I assume is wheat, but it has a raw edge to it that I am guessing is something like un-malted wheat? I dunno, but it is a little unusual.

Taste: The flavor is probably one of the most earthy that I have tried recently. Typically this style is really dry and crisp with hops on top of hops for the most part. This beer still has some solid hops, but they are a bit muted. As the beer sits, it is getting a sweet caramel note that is also a bit unusual in a Tripel, but still pretty nice. The beer is a solid medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style, which is high for most. The balance in the finish is tipped slightly toward the hops, but there is plenty of sweetness and alcohol there to keep your palate confused.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I think that this particular example is past its prime, so perhaps I have missed this beer sitting on that shelf longer than I thought? This beer seems like a Tripel brewed without sugar, which I am not sure is a good thing for this the body comes out heavier than most in this style. Either way, it is a drinkable brew and I will certainly finish my bottle. I may go back to it if I could find that this was an older example as I thought. Either way, a decent one to try.

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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 emmasdad
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ken for bringing this one over last Saturday night. Poured a hazy medium amber color with a big rocky white head. Aromas of orange zest, wheat, hay and light malt. Light bodied and very drinkable, with flavors of yeast, oranges and light malt.

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Photo of Radome
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

A - Beer is a medium golden color and just a bit hazy. The head piles up thickly in fluffy mounds of bubbles. Nice.

S - The aroma is of soft and welcoming malt with some candi sugar and crisp grain in the background. No hops. Impression of a sweet bread.

T - Taste is more of the soft, bready malt. Some complexity from sugar and a little yeast character. Very sweet sugary taste.

M - Heavy body, sweet, slightly cloying finish. Fluffy carbonation is apparent in the mouth. Very little hops bitterness.

O - Overall, it gives an impression of soft fluffiness like a thick pillow. This is not one to chug, but it is enjoyable and well-made. Based on the label art, this seems to be meant as a nightcap and it achieves that purpose very well.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into NBB snifter.
A: Pours a beautiful dark golden orange with moderate carbonation producing a 2+ inch creamy bubbly head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very nice.
S: Fruit esters immediately waft from the bottle upon opening. Fresh yeast, citrus, and Belgian spice produce a wonderful aroma. Tremendous.
T: Melon (typical for De Proef!), citrus, cinnamon, herbal mint, fresh yeast, pear, and mandarin orange. Hint of floral honey. Good complexity. Quite a bit of fruit here.
M: Creamy and soft feel. Light-medium body. Faint hop bitterness in the finish.
D: An excellent brew and extremely drinkable. Would go well with a sunny picnic lunch (chevre, baguette, fruit, chocolate, etc.). Seek it out and enjoy!

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Photo of colforbin73
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured out of a 11.2oz champagne-type bottle into a 12oz mason jar.

this thing erupted in foamy richness and created a whip-cream type foamy matterhorn in my little glass. quite a sight. THE BEER is alive, bubbles stream up to the surface, yeasty bits float around. you get the feeling you are consuming something that is alive, in an excited state of being.

the flavor is sumptuous malty with heavy yeast presence, the hop aromas and flavors are minimal, but the bitterness level is pleasing. you get all this complex texture and flavor and then a pleasant little warm alcohol sensation -- IT IS a Nightcap. Bailey's Irish Cream? or a Slaapmutske Tripel Nighcap? you can't go wrong. Recommended.

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Photo of rdickey
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark, almost cloudy amber into my Duvel tulip. A fluffy white head lingers and leaves beautiful lacing.

Smell: Looks like honey, smells like honey. There's also a pretty serious fruitiness to it, particularly as it warms.

Taste: The sweetness continues when the beer reaches the mouth. At first it almost seems too much, but some surprisingly aggressive hops (that I did not detect in the nose) quickly balance it out. Peppery notes from the yeast play around the edges, and it finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty high, which you wouldn't necessary expect given the big honey sweetness in the nose. The hops should allow it to stand up to more spicy foods that you wouldn't necessary think of pairing a tripel with.

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Photo of crossovert
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml synthetic corked and caged brown bottle. This one seems to be getting pushed pretty hard in the Chicago Area.

It pours the way a tripel should, a nice amber/orange color with a billowing white head that sticks, and sticks. It has some very nice lacing as well.

The smell is a bit weak but what it is is some honey-like malts and a bit of alcohol character. Perhaps the slightest hint of hops.

It is an incredibly fruity Tripel with golden raisins, apple, and even some pineapple. It has an assertive hop character, not something you usually find in tripels. It is reminiscent of American takes on the style actually. But in its soul it is really Belgian. It has some traditional aspects of a Belgian tripel, but the fruitiness and hoppiness are both amped up in this one making it unique and delicious. It is absolutely ridiculously quaffable.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750mL bottle into my Unibroue tulip.

Appearance: hazy body with a light, tawny hue. Head is a mere finger of frothy ivory foam. This beer doesn't appear at this point to have the huge carbonation I love in a tripel.

Smell: very rich, very malty aroma without a lot of tripel-like complexity. Still, there is a hint of fruitiness to the aroma and I really like the strong, rich maltiness; it reminds me of a Scotch ale, even.

Taste: flavor is a bit fruitier than the aroma; I actually get a bit of an astringent citrus up front followed by some vague orchardy flavors and finally some of that malt. Sadly, however, the malt is not nearly as good on the palate as it was in the aroma. This beer is relatively tasty, but its components seem muddled and not well suited to one another.

Mouthfeel: rich body with some very solid carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy, silky and awesome.

Drinkability: I like tripels, so I'm inclined to rate this guy highly, but I really can't get into the flavor. It's not bad; it's just ... not exactly for me.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz into Newport Storm pint glass. From notes. No bottling info to be found. Great label here, with a tired moon in a nightcap. Poured as a nightcap. $3.99 from Nikki's in Providence.

A- A hazy deli mustard yellow with a huge billowy white head. Looks like soap lather. Not going anywhere... good lacing.

S- Slightly pappery, mostly fruity, and a bit yeasty. Orange peels and actually a bit of banana as well as dried apricots.

T- Sweet fruits are dominant with a nice spiced yeasty finish. Very fruity. Yeast is heavy in the flavor profile- perhaps a bit too much.

M- Good carbonation, although prob. could use a bit more. No sign of the ABV except about 1/2 way through I'm feelin' it.

D- Fairly high. For $4, it's a reasonably priced authentic tripel. I have a few bottles of this and reccomend you use as directed- as a nightcap it's a perfect beer!

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.79/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-golden colour with weird suspended yeast particles. Slow bead feeding a nice, dense, foamy head that sinks slowly, leaving some really pleasant lacing behind. Not sure about the suspension, but the head and lace are awesome.

Smell is weirdly yeasty, lots of honey and some slight spice notes, nutmeg and cinnamon, but yeah, oddly sweet. Don't like it a lot, a bit simple and too grainy-sweet.

Taste is lacking. A bit sour on the front and then gets a bit nutty and yeasty, with odd honey notes, kind of tastes like honey-cluster breakfast cereals, with that grain/honey combo. Maybe a hint of rice on it as well. Yeah, quite plain, and a bit insipid. With an odd phenolic flavour just at the back. Not great, definitely lacking.

Quite good texture, although the body is surprisingly thin for the alcohol content.

Not a bad drinking beer, but definitely weakened and tasting a bit plain.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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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 ToasterChef
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes based upon a 6oz pour in a small wine glass. It appears an opaque, golden orange with a thin, soapy white head. It has a strong yeast aroma with some very good citrus characteristics. The taste is malty and sweet, but also subtle. I can taste the yeast that I picked up on in the nose. There is some fruity sweetness in the aftertaste. It has a medium body and a good coat. I can taste the sugars if I move my tongue across the roof of my mouth. There is also plenty of carbonation. These bubbles, along with the chill of the beer's serving temperature, provide a good bite. It's fairly drinkable. It goes down pretty well, but I don't think I'd have more than one glass.

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Photo of stevegreer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Where to begin with this beer. The owner, Dany De Smet, worked for Huyghe Brewery (think Delirium Tremens) and in 1999 to celebrate the birth of his son he brewed the beer that sparked the brewery. The name Slaapmutske means "sleeping cap" meaning this is the beer before going to sleep and Night Cap is an extension of this name. This beer is a Triple but is much more than that. The color is a golden amber with a egg-white head. The color is very hazy almost Hefeweizen in appearance. The rich (triple malt) is a bit hidden and I had to find out why. It turns out that is because of the extra finishing hops using whole hops giving a flowery, bitter and spicy finish. Lots of tart fruit, caramel and a bit of clove on the palate. This isn't the typical Triple which is why I like it. Think of it as an amp/hopped up triple while still staying balanced.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangish-brown with a white head. The aroma is alcohol, yeast, malty sweetness and some fruit. The taste is similar to the small with the fruit (pears and apple) standing out. Lots of bready malt in the flavor as well. The flavor improves as the beer warms. The beer is nicely carbonated.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is softly sour and funky with thick malt base. Soft vinegar. Smells pretty good.

Pours hazy honey with moderate fluffy head. Looks good.

Flavor follows, with moderate bitterness and soft honey. Floral perfume overtones. Very ripe musky melon fruit and fresh strawberry, fresh black pepper, and a very tame brie. Soft grainy malt. Finishes slightly oily, slightly dry. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jgasparine
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from the tap with a thin white head which slowly receded to edge lacing. The body was a slightly hazy straw-yellow color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Peppery pale malts, stale hops, Belgian yeast and strawlike aromas comprise the nose along with some *very* faint notes of horseblanket/funkiness.

T- Tart and peppery flavors meld with some substantial pale malts on the palate. Hints of funk and stale hops come into play a bit later, and evolve into a long, lingering finish. Just lovely.

M- Big, firm body... rich with unattenuated sugars and a super-soft carbonation. Just wonderful.

D- Goes-down too easy. The alcohol is very well-hidden... and this beer just flat-out delivers in all ways.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

75cl bottle from 2008. Pours cloudy golden-amber with a medium off-white head. Nice lacing. Smells of sweet, honey-like malt. Bready. Lots of yeastiness in the taste, along with some sweet, lightly toasty malt. Dryer than one would think. Full body. A pleasant night cap.

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Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chalice.

A: Hazy pale amber, with lots of very fine particulates. A thick and rocky eggshell head has good retention and leaves a decent amount of lace.

S: Slightly musty. Oranges, pears and grapes dominate. A mild coriander bite and an alcohol tingle round out the experience.

T: Tastes a bit thin initially, but grows the further you get into the glass. The flavor is predominantly made up of a sweet fruitiness of pear and green apple. A moderate coriander spiciness provides nice balance. An alcohol warmth comes on late to add an extra kick. A mild sourdough presence adds yet more complexity. Finishes with lingering coriander and pear flavors.

M: The medium-light body makes the beer seem less robust than it is. The carbonation could stand to be a touch lower.

D: Out of the gate, this beer didn't do much for me. But it really started growing on me about 1/4 of the way into the bottle. A solid Tripel overall.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - hazy orange/dark golden color w/ a huge foamy 3 finger head that has excellent retention and wonderful lacing. a looker for sure.

S - big nose on this one. belgian yeasty funk s/ a lot of fruity esters and candied fruits. not much in the way of hops or spices.

T - very seet upfront, tart apples, molasses and a touch of honey before a very dry ending. solid flavor, but it could benefit from a bit more spice and complexity.

MF - medium to light bodied and smooth carbonation. very easy on the tongue and throat, it sort of rolls down w/ soft bubbles(a chance from more aggresively carbonated tripels i've had)

D - abv. is well hidden, not a bad flavor, but perhaps too simple and a touch too sweet in my book. again, an easy sipper though. for the money however, i can find better.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

Poured clear golden color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate yeasty and tart fruit aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Medium yeast bittersweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration with a small alcohol bite.

This is a good drinkable beer.

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Slaapmutske Triple Nightcap from Brouwerij Slaapmutske
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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