Witkap Pater Tripel
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #110
Ranked #15,797
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Very Good
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Photo of aleigator
3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours s slightly clouded golden color with a huge, white, pillowy head atop.

Smells of peppery spices, lemon zest and dried oranges, together with additional blood oranges.

Has a light, well carbonated mouthfeel, making this refreshing throughout.

Smells of kardamom coated lime peel and lighter, sweeter oranges. Turns quite peppery then with a soothing, calming and furtermore refreshing yeast pillow, slowly unfolding onto the palate. Finishes with bread dough, peppery and a note of juicier turning lime and dried elderflowers.

Quite nice, with a convincing balance and depth to it. Its mouthfeel is surprisingly light, while the beer manages to produce a convincing complexity.

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Photo of OlaB
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a huge white top of head that dissolves in a medium pace and leaves some thick lacings. Aroma is strong with notes of citrus,red apples,honey, sweet cereals, floral hops . The taste start of with fruity sweetness, and some spicy dryness. The finish has a decent amount of bitterness as well as floral notes in the taste. The flavour is like a classic triple, but it lacks something to make it stand out. Smooth and oily mouthfeel, but maybe a little flat. Medium carbonation with light body.
A good and enjoyable triple, but far from the best example of the style.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 75 cl. bottle into a tulip glass. Best before end of year 2016.

A pretty solid perfect looking brew. Glowing lemon gold, with excellent clarity but a touch of cloudy body color. Excellent rising fast volcano of carbonation in the middle of the glass. Head is frothy and rocky, bleach white, with an excellent eggshell and creamy top. Easily makes two fingers or more off the pour with more aggression and leaves a great bowled puck while it slowly settles. An absolute great looker of a brew, practically perfect.

Fantastic aroma coming off this. Candy and slight sweet qualities but far more perfume smelling of these nice garden like floral notes. Has a sensing hop angle that gets a bit soapy though in it's bitterness and is quite less on estery sensing flavors. Still pretty neat though on the nose.

Palate gets a bit unexpected and jaring slightly. Very light bodied brew and mixing senses of wet flat carbonation. A very odd mid palate that is really getting into a soapy character in flavor, with hints of lemon tangy soda quality. Finally some of the Belgian yeast like flavors make an appearance, with some slight malt sweetness but there's a very odd aftertaste that comes out almost menthol and citrus flavored.

Interesting tripel but stands out quite odd from the classics, and really stands out particularly weird amongst the other produced better Belgian classics.

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3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a thin white head with poor retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace. Minimal lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of apricot, pear, apple, white grape, clove, pepper, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, light pepper, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, apricot, white grape, clove, honey, bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this was a good tripel. Good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rather hazy medium brown body, crowned by a modest , thin white head, which soon collapses to a dusting of foam. The lacing is thin and scattered. Little carbonation is present, and there is a moderate amount of suspended sediment.

Aroma: Robust aroma of coriander and cloves, sweet vinous alcohol, bitter apple, moderate earthy yeast, and bread-like wheat notes..

Taste: The taste begins with a moderate wave of coriander and cloves, soon followed by a moderate wave of spicy alcohol. Slight bitter apple notes are present as well. Late in the taste, there are moderate grassy hop notes, which linger on well after the end of the taste..

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant..

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, somewhat understated example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard eleven point two ounce Euro-style brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry -off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Opaque light-copper colour, medium-sized head - excessive amount of lumpy sediment - off-putting.

S: Slightly winey, sour smell.

T: Follows the smell - metallic and bready with a dominant flavour of sour grapes.

M: Clingy and unpleasantly dry.

This definitely at the bottom of my tripel-radar - a thousand leagues away from titans like the St. Bernadus tripel.

I wasn't particularly impressed by the Witkap singel, but it was definitely a more interesting experience than the tripel.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 12 oz bottle that was a bit of a foamer after popping the cap off and poured into a snifter. The beer is a hazy yellow with a huge and dense white head with decent retention that slowly fades
S: smells of fruity esters, some spicy yeast, some alcohol and a slight lemony smell
T: sharp flavors of fruitiness up front, some base malt, some lemony citrus, spice, a bit of bready malt and some alcohol. slight tartness as well. swallow is slight pale malt flavor, wisps of those fruity flavors and a tinge of alcohol.
M: ample and prickly carbonation leaves this one feeling a bit thin
O: the carbonation is a little too high and I think the aftertaste is a little lacking. it's clean though and it has good flavors. let it warm up a bit to let the flavors shine better.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

AROMA- Lush fruit, spice, floral hop, lemon rind, some honey sweetness, pretty textbook except for a low-level earthy-funky dimension

APP- opaque with haze, orange, low white head, bottle gushed

FLAVOR- Refined, citrusy, creamy, very perfumey alcohol hitting the sinuses with a clean spicy finish. Fruitiness that is so prominent in the nose lays quite low in the flavor. Light cloven phenols are very faint. Not much sweetness. Dry over-all.

MOUTHFEEL- Light-bodied, a little tart/ tangy and cidery, can almost say "gritty" from yeast.

OVERALL- A rustic intrepretation of the style. Never know what I'm gunna get from these guys, but always eager to find out.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is hazy golden yellow with a creamy off white head and fairly thick lace. Nose is overly singular and sweet. Tons of juicy lemon with notes of honey and a touch of banana. Lots of lemonade characteristics with little else. Taste follows the nose, lemondate with a light yeast mid palate and a touch of bitter hop in the finish. Juicky feel, light body, softer carbonatino and lingering finish.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of lanbewardin
2.66/5  rDev -31.6%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
3.21/5  rDev -17.5%
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.


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of Zimbo
2.99/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Boto
2.48/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

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Photo of impending
2.7/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of Brabander
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of castillo83
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of CaptainPiret
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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