Witkap Pater Tripel | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Witkap Pater TripelWitkap Pater Tripel

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Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2003

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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 109
Reviews by ROMER79:
Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was a cloudy gold color with a finger and a half head.
Honey, hops, and citrus were all present in the smell of this awesome Belgian. The taste was great! Grapefruit, lemon, orange, hops, and honey were all there. The mouthfeel was great as well. There was no bitter bite and it was very smooth going down. I could easily have this beer as a session beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden with just a touch of orange hue with a huge blooming whit head that takes its time settling leaving sheets of lace behind.Big yeasty phenolic aromas,spicey with a noticable smokiness over top of a lemony citrus.Full creamy mouthfeel no harshness it glides down with ease,more fruit flavor wise than in the nose citrusy,lemon pith and a overipe pineapple note finishing with a yeasty coriander-like spicey finish.A well made tripel here not over the top in phenolic elemants quite well balanced in its fruitiness to spice components.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is a light and very hazy yellow in color, kind of straw-like, with a nice, moderate, retentive head. It has the promising look of delicateness.

Smell – This is a very even nose. The alcohol, yeast, malts, and spices are all on par with each other. The fruit does have some orange in it but it doesn’t dominate like many other examples of the style. There’s some nice peach and watermelon in this bouquet.

Taste – Wow, this is much bigger at the taste. It is very fruit-juicy but with some nice yeast and pleasant spicing. The alcohol is there but it is very subdued. I’m getting some grapefruit flavors as well, but more like a good high-quality drink than that harsh hoppy grapefruit that you find in IPAs.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit larger than medium-bodied and is incredibly refreshing. The flavors are well-blended and the alcohol is just right. The carbonation is light and fluffy in between the cheeks. This is the ale’s strongpoint, IMHO.

Drinkability – They don’t get much more drinkable than this. It is not a big, sledge-hammer Tripel (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but it’s plenty big and will almost certainly satisfy all but the most delusional of palates.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Jason
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz slender brown bottle with no freshness date. "Unfiltered / Bottle Conditioned" are on the label. In typical Belgian fashion, after 10 seconds they beer slowly started to foam out of the bottle.

A- Amazing head retention, rings of white lace stick to the glass after each sip. Good clarity showing a dull golden color.

S- Apricots and pear, faint ground white pepper, chalky yeast and shortbread biscuity aroma.

T&M- Very crisp with a smooth back, moderate body. Spicy phenols wrap around the dry maltiness ... a maltiness similar to dry crust bread. Spicy hops with a flare from the alcohol really has a bite. Earthy with a flash of pale honey like sweetness. Yeasty and fruity undertones layer middle to end. Finishes dry.

D- A tasty little tripel, the alcohol is not so high that one will do you in. Paired well with some aged Canadian cheddar.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, procured as "volunteer booty" from the "Ultimate Belgian Tasting" put on by ASN, in NYC, no freshness dating. Pours mildly cloudy, light golden amber, minimal yeast/sediment in the bottle. Near white minor head, leaving stingy lacing, with delicate and slow bubbles continuing to rise. Nose is of light tropical fruits, anise, pepper, yeast and alcohol. This is a delicate, fruity and complex tripel, notes of more fruit, juniper, gin, spice. Simply lovely stuff, soft, spicy, fruity and spicy. Fine and seldom seen Tripel, well worth seeking out.

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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there is a beer. Pours a nice head that makes the mouth water though I personally do not like objects in my beer. Smells like a beer should in a real classic beer smell that makes beer heritage proud. Taste great better than the average Triple. As for smoothness, it could go down a little better. Not for a chug-a-lug, but go buy a different gender of beer if that is your purpose. Does work well in your mouth though. Nice beer to eat a meal with.

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Photo of andrewdanks
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3/4/09

Poured from 33cl bottle into a 16 oz pint glass. Moderately firm pour evokes 1 finger of very fine pure white head. Head displays impressive staying power, signifigant lace. Color is a cloudy straw amber, with large chunks of sediment.

Nose- Candied lemon, lemon zest, little bit of bready malts. Some yeasty undertones.

Palate- Slight lemon zest. Moderately sweet. Very light on the palate, slightly tart and very active. Yeast imparts some woody notes in the finish along with some acrid notes. No hints of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Light active, some tart sour notes.

Drinkability- Dangerously drinkable.

Each sip keeps you interested. Smooth, slightly sweet, tart, light and active. Over all a very nice triple.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MaevaS
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mando603
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

[Bought, poured, drank and reviewed in Bostogne, Belgium, 9/13. Even though I had nearly 75 different beers on that journey, many of them new to me, this was the only one I actually took detailed notes on while in the Land of the Nectar of the Gods]

Poured into a Magic Chouffe glass, as it was the only one I had around at the time. A mild haze covers a golden/copper color. Ridiculous amount of lace already starting to form above the head without having had a single sip. The creamy head dissolved slowly and the lace took over.

Light flowery esters greet the nose, with airy hops following. Some white grape creeps in too.

Light fruits and flowers/herbs dominant the flavor, with subtle hops, lightly stinging spices and earthy graininess adding heft to the body and overall flavor profile. Bitter, woody finish. Yeast creeps in as it warms, tip-toeing slowly into the flavor in a most delicious way.

High carbonation masks the flavors a little bit, but it holds well: full, round, robust.

Utterly drinkable tripel...not best-in-show, but a lighter offering with a flowery/yeasty mingling that is interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of nikigava
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Magpie14
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: deep golden yellow and slightly cloudy. Bright white two-finger foamy head and a few globs of lacing. Very presentable in a glass along with the color.

Smell: smell of fruits, mostly banana and touch of spice. Smells of a traditional malty tripel. Has slight yeast and bread smell, very sutle.

Taste: sweet pear and banana flavor paired with strong caramel and malts. Malt and alcohol flavor grows as it warms and gives way to slight spiced flavor. Spiced flavor rolls over my tounge of hops that bite, maybe even pepper. Very good mouthfeel and carbonation. Some of these beers can be to sweet but this is rather well balanced.

I will have this tripel again and it is recommended!

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Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden translucent blonde with some yeast and lace. Funky cideryyeast smell. Creamy and bold yeasty fruity mouthfeel that tingles and numbs the tongue concomittant with aggressive carbonation. A Belgian to be tried for sure. Good yeasty funky aftertaste.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass.

Liquid is a cloudy school bus yellow topped by a modest off-white head. Carbonation creates large clear pearls that slowly dissipate as they rise to the surface. Moderate but not lasting lacing, no legs.

Fruity and slightly doughy yeast aroma, with citrus and a hop backbone. The slightest hint of banana.

Wheaty malt and lemon on the palate, maybe a bit of lactic acid as well. Tart finish with a touch of spice (hints of pepper and coriander).

Mouthfeel is uniquely crisp and refreshing. The alcohol seems cooling rather than warming, almost like peppermint (the effect, not the flavor).

An odd tripel - with some similarities to witbier, though not terribly distinctive otherwise. Nice Summer ale...

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in Ghent. This was a good, but forgettable tripel. It's not bad by any measure, but in the vast sea of Belgian tripels, nothing about this beer stands out. It's drinkable for it's relative strength and there's a mix of bread crust malt and light caramel punctuated by fruity Belgian spice. If I came across this on a restaurant's drink menu, I'd certainly consider ordering it for lack of a better option, but there's nothing new here.

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Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light orange/honey color with thick nice white head. Pleasant, although light, nose of sweet grapefruit and some lemon citrus. Thin to medium body with light pleasant grapefruit citrus flavors with some underlying very light malt and and even lighter hops. Very nice flavors, although somewhat simple and short. Pleasant and acceptable, although one might expect a great deal more from a triple. Not bad; just not remarkable.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this looks like a typical Tripel. Hazy gold with a lot of bubbling. Huge three finger head that has excellent staying power. Looks like meringue.

The smell is a nice mix of sweetness, fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not what I was expecting, but in a good way. Most of the fruit hints and sweetness that are present in the nose are not there, at least at first. A hoppiness that you don't find in most tripels, followed by a spicy fruitiness. Lots of carbonation; very little alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is okay. Somewhat watery, but very smooth and drinkable.

My expectations weren't terribly high to start out with, but i was very pleasantly surprised.


I had a bottle of 1981 Witkap Tripel at de Kulminator two days after this initial review. All I can say is wow. Though it's not harsh in any way to begin with, the flavors all seem to meld together even better. Slighty less hoppy, but with more yeast/bread coming through. Fantastic beer to cellar.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale cloudy yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head that retained well leaving a broken sheet lacing.

S: The nose was yeasty with some citrus and wheat, cloves and ripe fruitiness (green apples).

T: strong citrus and bread notesd with ripe fruit, apples, pears and light banana notes. Overall the flavor was citric, dry with a light spiciness and finishes dry with some oranges and coriander.

M: light and creamy, with some alcohol detection and peppery hints.

D: Ok, but really nothing special. Good for a try but not one I would rush back out to enjoy, much better examples.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 164 ratings