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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 morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy peach orange brown color with a stark white head that hangs around forever and resembles cauliflower leaving nice lacing.

Nose is light fruit, some spice character, a candy like sweetness is present. The nose comes off kind of thick actually. Very sweet. Candied fruits.

Wow. A very sweet triple. Not alot of lighter fruits in here, but actually some dark fruit flavor. Spices make their presence known mid way through the taste and a good sugary sweetness resides throughout. A dry finish comes with some slight hop notes and a touch of odd kind of soapiness.

Mouthfeel is a touch thicker than I would expect, and slightly undercarbonated despite the awesome head. Dryness is right on.

Drinkability is ok, but for the 8% abv this one feels a bit heavy. Some alcohol presence is bigger than expected and the slightly too sweet sugar notes dont help either.

Overall a decent tripel, but nothing special. Fairly indicative of the style, but a bit thick, and a bit too sweet. A good one to enjoy on a colder evening. Defenitely filling, but a good beer all the same.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 10/22/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small while head that diminishes quickly. Aroma of sweet fruits, brown sugar, and spices. Flavor is light fruits initially with a raisin and brown sugar finish. Slight vegetal taste. Overall, nice and tasty. A good sipper.
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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

On tap @ Novare Res, Portland, ME.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with a three-finger frothy off-white head that fades slowly to a sticky ring. Beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell is faint, but there's an earthy mustiness, some sweet caramel and candied sugar, and a hint of spice.

Taste starts off a tad sweet, with caramel and candied sugar. Burnt toast leads into some white pepper and coriander. Yeast flavors dominate the dry finish, with just a touch of more spice.

Medium-bodied and crisp. Not nearly as sweet as a lot of tripels I've head.

Very drinkable. I could easily have had a couple of these, especially since it isn't so cloying.

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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 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 tdrshayden
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this triple surisingly delicious. Hazy golden color, with a good foamy white head that laced the glass. Slightly Tart flavor with light citrus fruit, spiced. The aftertaste was very sweeet with hints of apple and caramel. The alcohol was a bit too prominent but did not ruin the experience.

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Photo of Wildman
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a fairly clear golden color and formed a huge foarmy white head that coated the glass with lace as it slowly subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cloves, coriander, yeast and other spices. The flavor was of caramel, candy, and some coriander with hints of pepper. The body is medium light and slightly silky. The finish is a bit sprite yet sweet. A nice beer from a brewer I am not to familar with.

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Photo of joeskirkie
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle with a synthetic cork stamped, "Exp. 11/10/07"

Oh well. As I pour into a chalice a sweet, sugary "circus peanut" sort of aroma wafts towards me, which is unique. The scent is strong, fruity, zesty, slightly floral with some apple, orange rind, and spice, I almost want to say ginger and nutmeg.

I'm so caught up in the scent I forgot to look at it. It's a thick hazy tan, not much light coming through. A fairly good stream of bubbles coming through, not too much head.

Nice candy-like sweetness on the tongue, a hint of vanilla, with some of that spice and possibly some cinnamon. These just the smallest hint of citrus in there. It's so very interesting.

It's so smooth and creamy, very unlike my usual tripel experience.

I will definitely return to this one. It's is a really unique tripel experience.

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

750 ml.

Well, it's a Begian triple all right, but it's a rather run-of-the-mill one. Alcohol taste is a bit too present, both in the taste and in the aroma, reducing the drinkability. Mouthfeel is nice, and a bit effervescent, while the taste, for the style, is nothing special.

Bottom line: it's okay, not bad, really. But I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to get more.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML dark bottle copped caged and corked from Wine and Liquor Outlet in Boonton for $11.49... Been wanting to try this sample for a long time, and am finally glad I got the opportunity... Pours a golden, light-copper colored hue with a dense, foamy head that lingered on for a bit... Nice appearance with rising carbonation visible... Smell was attractive with esters, citrus, lemons, slight candied sugars and an apparent burst of orange peel...
Taste was good, but certainly not above and beyond that I was expecting after shelling out a hefty sum for this one... Clean, clear, refreshing taste of fresh florals, ripe fruit, banana, and citrus mellowed out by a nice combination of creamy vanilla...
Good, thick mouthfeel that was rich and satisfying, along with a very good level of drinkability due to the crisp and refreshing factor and simply put, the hefty 8.1% ABV is hardly detectable...
Certainly not the best Belgian Tripel I've ever sampled, but a good, solid depiction nonetheless... Worth a try...

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Photo of wl0307
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of IgnatiusReilly
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap to tulip glass at the back bar at Monk’s in Philly.

Hazy, golden straw color. Lots of head, 2+ fingers, lots of lace down the glass that stays for the whole drink. Smell is slightly difficult to make out, but definitely picked up the fruity scents, orange and zesty yeast. Sweet malt present as well, with a hint of hop pine. Taste is sweet like a good triple, with vanilla, orange, and candy, but also contains lots of pepper and spice from the hops. This wasn’t labeled as a Belgian IPA, but certainly seems to lean toward that style. Medium body, very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this one. I’ll need to find a bottle of it to take home and really examine it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold amber. Nose is strong, though not overdone with yeast. I was getting a strong whiff of the yeasts with it just sitting on my desk a foot from me. Flavor is smooth with a sweet touch. Has a bit of an orange taste to it, I think. Overall it is smooth and even and quite tasty with the flavor. Feel is good. Smooth with ingredients and a decent amount of bubble. Highly drinkable. If you can get it, get it. This is a great brew. My first from this brewery. I'd love to try their others now and see how good they are as well.

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Photo of Squaretooth
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a full foamy white head that settles unevenly leaving decent lacing throughout. Color is a murky golden amber. Nose yield hints of apple. Taste is an even light apple flavor with a gentle carbonation and an even aftertaste that leaves the palate thoroughly satisfied.

Very pleasing and definitely recommended. Drank from an Ayinger Celebrator Glass.

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

A: orange-straw color with a soft cream white head.. the head creeps down the glass sides the entire way through..

S: lots of candy like fruit scents (oranges, lemons, apples) and lovely belgian hops with traces of sweet spices in the nose

T: like the aroma, a bold display of candy-like sweet fruits.. again lots of orange and apples up front with some more citrus like tastes in the background ... hops accent the sweet malts that make up the majority of the base of the flavor and traces of spice round out this lovely trippel

M: lots of carbonation keeps the beer's texture in order from start to finish ... it tingles all parts of the mouth and is a pleasure to drink

O: absolutely lovely... i wanted more but alas it was last call and i was stuck with only one... having this on tap ensured its freshness and i am going back for more...

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up this beer without any knowledge of it. I judged a book by its Belgian cover and hopefully the contents will prove to be enjoyable.

This triple nightcap pours a clear golden orange with a huge billowing off white head. There is plenty of carbonation that rises quickly to the top to support the massive head. Eventually the head settles into a more mangeable, but still large rocky obstacle.

Smells of Belgian and Champagne yeast. The yeast funk mixes well with the candy sugar and spices. There are notes of white pepper and orange peel. Very complex and inviting. Smells like a Saison, Chapagne, Tripel hybrid. Interesting.

Tastes are somewhat subdued compared to the nose. Yeast is gone, but the funk is still there. Candy sugar is slightly muted, but the spices are more up front and noticeable. Clove and pepper take over a bit and the orange peel is all, but missing. Tastes like a funked out Tripel.

Mouthfeel is surprising smooth and the carbonation I can only describe as "fun." Drinkable like a Saison. Do not expect a standard Tripel with this beer, but a very interesting expiremental hybrid that is uniquely Belgian.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml cagetop in an oversized crystal snifter

BAside: How ironic to be having a Nightcap as a nightcap!

Poured very loose, gurgling, a slight hiss to it. The nose is subdued at first but with a little time to breathe & bloom really opens up, growing sharper, crisper, sweeter with edgy citrus rind, orange & faint pineapple, hard rock candy, clean mountain air full of dewy pine in the morning. The sweetness is peculiar & hard to pinpoint, somewhat ciderlike. Some spices like old ginger, dull coriander & white pepper are there in trace amounts. While initially unthrilling, the aroma has really started to evolve, eventually taking on some subtle Hefe-esque aspects like ripe banana & clove.

3 finger's of tight, thick, sculpted pale ivory foam, sticky with lace, reside atop a clouded, murky burnt orange body. The head is amazingly resilient and only settles to a pencil's worth after a long interlude, lacing is curtainesque. A soft & steady parade of bubbles rises slowly thru it.

Crisp, rather dry, spiced somewhat like a wit, it has a sharp feeling initially. Dull orange plays off coriander, white pepper, faint clove. Malts are flat, reserved, bitter, hiding in the background among with a soft caramel sweetness. An astringent aspect acts as a bittering tour guide around my mouth for all the tastes, keeping them in line.

It does shift into a much softer, wetter, more balanced & full mouthfeel on the palate. The malts become much more noticeable with caramel as the alcohol slowly cuts thru and begins to warm me with icy hotness, finally finishing with echoes of orange rind, spice & bitter hops, leaving a painted mouthfeel that coats with a chewy brushful of warm phenols and old hard candy.

A slightly unusual example of the style with its spiciness, dry quality and bitter, backmouth hops and malts. In that regard it keeps you on your toes, and is overall rather good. It shares characteristics with some of the better known wheat beers genres, but also toes the line as a Tripel. If you were enjoying some fish, seafood or poultry that was spiced (Thai?) this would be a great choice, or with a really dry cheese and some hard crust artisan bread. An atypical Tripel, and one that could be revisited without getting boring. I'd definitely drink it again, and would recommend it as a great example of the diversity & even eccentricity of some of the next generation of Belgian brewers. Give it a won't be disappointed.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy apricot body. Nice Retention and retention. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Apricots, orange, apples, honey, biscuits, yeast.

Taste: Nice and bready the apples, honey, and apricots come through strong. Some orange and maybe pulms are present too. Lots of sugar. There seems to be a little of oak in there too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy with ample carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite tasty. This one is a good example of the style.

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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 kkipple
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The back of the bottle proudly proclaims: "With a name like Slaapmutske, it has to be good!" I have to give the brewers their due for the name, it's surely memorable. That said, this tripel is sadly pretty average.

The head on this hazy-yellow brew is the best thing about the beer. Big and foamy, with lots of lacing and long lasting, it surely promises great things...

The nose on Slaapmutske (heh) is peppery; I pick up tart green apples, sweet malt, and some floral esters. Pepper is a little stronger than I'd like. Otherwise clean and basic, nothing unexpected, but neither is it too complex.

The taste is likewise... well, basic. Well balanced malt with the fruity tart esters, sharp pepper-spice and a yeasty dryness come through. Sweet finish.

I really would love to rate this beer higher, but I've had some excellent tripels in my day and this sadly isn't one of them. It's not BAD, just forgettable. Add in the fact that it's priced around the same as Tripel Karmeliet or Westmalle, and you have some seriously strong competition to go up against.

Worth a try, and I'd certainly not turn one down, but neither would I seek it out. I still dig the name, though.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly cloudy orange/amber ale with light tan head that lingers forever and leaves a decent lacing.

S- Banana, citrus, yeast, sugar, coriander, alcohol, white bread, pepper, golden raisins. Seems like more, but I can't pick them out.

T- Every one of the aromas I just laid out, I get in the taste. Tastes almost just like it smells, and that's not a bad thing. It's very good.

M- Medium carbonation with smooth feel all the way down, and a very slight dryness in the finish.

D- So good, but also so rich. you should share a bottle. With three people.

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