Witkap Pater Tripel | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 166
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Strong white head with much fizz. A perfect semi-trasparent triple haze of pale orange tan.

Flowers sent the fragrance, and blended grassy fruits of wine.

An earthy punch with that flower presence. A very interesting blend of ingredients. Reminds me of Morning Glories.

Feels sweet and pleasant a very light for a Trip.

Mucho drinkable.


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Photo of baos
4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 fluid ounces into Falstaff goblet.

A: Beautiful straw yellow with the slightest bit of haze cause i poured a bit of sediment into it for flavor. 4 finger white head with almost perfect lace pattern all around my goblet.

S: Biscuity wheatiness. Clover and honey with a bit of spiciness.

T: The Belgians know hot to do it! Light lemon-pepper yeastiness. YUM! End with one of the most plesant aftertastes I have ever had with a beer.

M: Sweet medium to full body on this girl.

D: I wish i would've bought the 4 pack.. A good fucking beer that I could sip all night. Gains character as it warms as well.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This hazy, honey-orange beer occupies my Hoegaarden Snifter below a thick, creamy, white head which leaves a film of lace, eventually dropping to rocky puffs.

Sweet apples and a strong, funky presence leave no question that this is a Belgian Tripel. Cloves are pronounced among a complex medley of spices.

Well balanced in a teeter between acidic bitterness up front and fleshy fruits in the middle. Finishes with a lingering funk and touch of pepper. The flavor profile is simple in comparison to the aromas, yet far from dull.

A light body, similar to fruit salad versus potato salad, and the almost watery texture allow the sugars to dominate a slight presence of alcohol.

This offering more than holds one's interest. It is a delight to be shared on any occasion.

date consumed: 13 Nov 2008

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Photo of phattysbox
4.52/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a hazy light gold/orange color with bubbly one inch head that recedes slowly into a nice lace. Lacing sticks to glass on the way down - very nice looking brew.

Smell: Wow! Lemon first hits the nose followed by a yeast backbone reminiscent of a hefeweizen or La Fin Du Monde. Sweet and light candy malts are also detectable in the nose with a wift of alcohol. Taste is also great and compliments the smell - a lemon-like tartness followed by soft candies and malt. The yeast is very mellow and pulls in slowly in the back. Medium to full bodied, but on the dryish side.

Overall an impressive brew and the drinkability is fantastic given the ABV.

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Photo of dfried
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light, see through straw yellow color with lots of active carbonation, foamy 3 finger white head with excellent retention and lacing. The aroma was quite pungent and jumped out of the glass at me, a lot of perfumy floral notes from both yeasty esters and herbal noble hops. Plenty of fruity esters as well, plums, white grapes, and pears, even some light bramble-y berry notes. Sweet malt and candy sugar.

The taste has more fruity esters, white grapes and pears, grape and plum skins. Plenty of sugary sweetness, honey-like but also a bit grainy. Realtively light body for a triple, sweetness is broken up well from the active carbonation. Spicy notes from the yeast as well, though the fruity notes take the leading role. Sppicy alcohol is the furthest thing from offensive.

Overall: it would be hard to come up with a better triple in my honest opinion. Definitley to style, but good enough to separate itself from the pack. Light and drinkable with plenty of subtle fruity and spicy notes with just enough sweetness.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a fluffy head; great persistance and lacing

Smell: Spice forward, with coriander dominant, and white pepper; yeasty and lemony, too

Taste: Opens with an apricot and lemon flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by the coriander flavor; clove appears, after the swallow, along with some spicy, bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with high levels of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly one of the better tripels I have tried; well-balanced, spicey and dry

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Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The appearance of this beer is a cloudy yellow with a really thick head on it. At first sniff I dectected no floral or fruit notes, I solely detected yeast and bread. After a sip I was blown away. This trippel was bone dry and I loved it for that reason. It'd pair excellently with a myriad of foods. The taste was quite different from most trippels, which is far from a bad thing. It packs a bit of a punch, but with its distinctive biscuity flavor I could see myself knocking back a few of these.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on-tap at the sublime Blind Pig in Champaign. A finger of white head tops a hazy golden body with orange highlights; dense lacing and nice durability. Lush fruity smell--pear, apple, peach, very enticing, and a fine prelude to a terrific taste. Very fruity, rich and malty as I prefer Tripels, crisp flavor--outstanding. The mouthfeel was good and smooth, but I would have preferred it a bit more effervescent. It wasn't flat, but could have had a bit more lift.

Still, this was tremendous, one of my favorite Tripels to be sure. That it was enjoyed on tap, and was so very fresh, was a huge bonus.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

POurs a hazy yellow/ faint orange-ish color with a big white head. In the aroma, yeasty, corriander, and a candi sugar. In the taste, corriander, yeasty, and a small faint tartness. A small bitter and medium mouthfeel, with a dry yeasty aftertaste. Nice small tartness, nice yeast presence, and at 7.5% ABV, light for a triple, but nice.

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Photo of PsychoJedi
4.41/5  rDev +13.4%
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 ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Denali
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33 cl bottle. Best before July 2007.

Appearance. Ultra thick white foamy head. Insane lacing. Yellow-gold slightly opaque liquid.

Smell: Nice and yeasty. A little malt sweetness comes through, along with a little bit of apple. Some spices in there too.

Taste: Wow. Nice and light. Good yeasty and sweet malty flavor. Bitter and dry on the finish. Apple like fruity tartness also comes in on the end, along with some hops to balance it out. My response on my first sip was "wow".

Mouthfeel: Very mellow. Very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice and light. Beautiful. Boy can I drink this. I want another but I only have 7 bottles left and I want to save these.

Comments: What a nice mellow triple with a really nice touch. Never heard of this before but based on previous reviews I included this in my order.. Way to go BA. Beautiful triple.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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 paterlodie
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow as soon as you start pouring in the witkap you know that you have a good beer in hand. Great whit foam that lasts forever. Nice color, not a 100% clear but who cares if the rest is ok.
Smell is hoppy green, yeastspice and malty. All beautifully mixed together what makes you thirsty. And what a taste it has; malty, spicy and bitter. Bitterness maybe a litle yeasty but mostly good hops. Aftertaste is just bitter and dry( as it should be for a triple). Great beer that's always worth a try!

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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 TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 11/18/07 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of Belgian yeast and citrus, with a good hops presence. There is a thin malt character that works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to stick with for a whole evening. I could drink several of them and not have the urge to look for anything else.

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Photo of Andreji
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Gollem in Amsterdam. during the day, because the place is a bit poorly lit.

Poured into the bottle you can instantly se a frothy head emerge, the type of head that seems is going to overflow but turns out rather an unusual tripel because 1)the head is rather small albeit thick, and 2) the head is completely white, and the beer is clearly orange, bright with a slightly cloudy body and some yeast deep inside against the glass.

The smell is a nice full bouquet of peaches, apricots and pears, perhaps some cloves as to give off a bit of a weizen sensation. not too citrusy rather focusing a bit more on the sweet side of tripels (as if they weren't all SAH-WEET).

The taste is also very elaborate. at first prevails the fruity sweet sensation of the range of fruits that also includes kiwi, but imposing within is your good old tripel strong yeast/alcohol feel that goes through the back of the mouth up to the nose. this minders the transition to a bitter finish that as it passes down your throat gives you a slight grassy taste (in a good way, this one).
the carbonation is well abundant but consistent to the style, as is its full body that makes it worth having it over and over- for those with a tougher palate and a resisting stomach.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge white head on a sligthly opaque orange-gold body. Massive lacing and micro bubbles.

Lovely apple and kiwi fruit aroma with slightly yeasty overtones.

Vibrant hoppy bitterness. Surprisingly dry finish. Not very exciting for its complexity, but very refreshing.

Body is on the light side of medium.

This is a nice little triple, kinda wheaty and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
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 benclimbs
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yellow gold, almost looks like a sour ale, good light lacing

Smell is yeasty earthiness with honey and bananas

Taste is nice and dry for a triple almost between a triple and saison...spice and a nice light malty clean sweetness, but not too much, just slightly sour on the finish

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Photo of GreenCard
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beauteous deep gold color, good clarity, huge fluffy pure-white foam, nice lacing (left a nice crown on the glass at the "high-water mark")

Aroma: banana, clove, sweet maltiness, a tickle of minty/piney hops, a bit soapy

Flavor: a nice even malt sweetness is delicately balanced with a firm hop flavor and bitterness, a bit spicy, nice phenolics, finish is semi-dry with the hop bitterness returning and lingering in the smooth aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, silky texture, a not-overwhelming alcohol warmth, gentle carbonation

Overall Impression: The friendly brewmaster at Slaghmuylder gave me a three-pack sampler of his beer when I visited. I think he felt bad that he couldn't hire me!

Anyway, the brewers there wear lab coats. Quite fitting because this is a precision beer. Superbly crafted, well-balanced, highly artisanal. My only qualm is that thier labels are a bit on the cheesy side, look sort of amateurish. Also, the abv is on the low end of the tripel range, but that is a welcome change.

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Photo of roblowther
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, almost luminescent gold with a persistant creamy white head that leaves a nice lace. The smell is apricots, peaches, a hint of spruce and a little brown sugar. :) The taste is sharp up front, with lemon-like citrus. That mellows to a nice malt. Never really tastes like the delicate fruits it smells like, though. Good but not as complex as I hoped. The mouthfeel is creamy, almost sticky. Interesting, again not what I expected. Drinkability is great, with the citrus providing a refreshing quality that leaves me wanting more. A decent tripel, to be sure.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle copped singly from Gary's in Madison... first time I've ever heard of this beer... purchased for about $2.99.... definitely worth it... an excellent depiciton of the style... pours a foamy, hazy, cloudy, straw-colored appearance with a frothy head that soon receded... smell is very strong and noticeable with fresh, tropical fruit, strong candies, florals, and citrus... taste complements the aroma to the highest degree, with obvious lemon, floral, and honey flavors bursting through... probably an underrated sample in my opinion, as this is a top-notch brew... great representation of the style with all the classic Tripel flavors bursting through... really enjoyed this one... Definitely recommended...

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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 garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gift from my brother-in-law, Todd. Thank you very much.
Enjoyed after Vikings defeat of Dallas. This will taste sweet no matter the condition. :)
Sour fruit aroma, slight phenols of spice (like cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, but yet not so Christmas like at all) with some pepper thrown in, slightly doughy and yeast. Really quite complex. I like it quite a bit.
Pours with full head, in fact an 11.2 oz bottle couldn't fit into my Chimay goblet in one pour. Thick lacing and interesting structures forming on the head. Cloudy with lots of yeast action while the bubbles rise vigorously in my glass. Really rather appealing.
Taste and flavor is less vibrant and vigorous than the first two senses. More traditional and standard flavors for style, not that there is anything wrong with that, just less to get excited about via novelty. Mild and generally brief yeast, phenol spice that follows a mild pale malt introduction. Without significant dryness the flavor vanishes in short order.
Feel is back to above standard. Carbonation is almost unnoticeable it blends so well. Smooth with a creaminess from the head. Nicely done.
I've never scored a beer quite like this one before. Flavor is least interesting, but having no flaws or negative intrusions, it does not take away from the other very interesting aspects of this beer. Loving the sour (slightly sweet) fruit aromas (like fresh lemons). In all it drinks just fine.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
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