Witkap Pater Tripel | Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

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Witkap Pater TripelWitkap Pater Tripel

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Slaghmuylder

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 163
Photo of HardTarget
2.14/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Bottle Inspection: .33cl brown bottle lists 7,5% abv. and gives a website www.witkap.be but nothing else. Picked this up at Grape Vine Market in Austin, Tx. for $4.49/bottle.

Aroma: Mild fruity esters couple with an earthy hop with a Belgian yeast twist.

Appearance: Careful pour leaving behind a thin sediment layer in the bottle produces a bright, painfully clear straw yellow cup with a spotty cover of pale white tiny bubbles that struggle to even collar the glass and never seriously think about lacing.

Flavor: Weaksauce. Watery might actually insult water, wow, there’s damn little here. A slight earthy, maybe peppery hop note, a Belgian yeast taste, a little light fruit, lemon peel, but I’m really reaching on all of this. The taste is as neutral as Switzerland.
As it warms, the flavors start to come out a bit more, but this just struck me as a real yawner.

Mouthfeel: Way overcarbonated, fizzy in the extreme, light body, almost airy.

Overall Impression: This is a head scratcher for me. I expected the Tripel to be more intense than the Singel, but this is lighter and less flavorful to me. I can feel the alcohol, which I guess is testament to the brewers skill as it (like the rest of this beer) isn’t tasted. Once it really warmed up, close to room temp, the flavors intensified, but the hop note became overly bitter and there wasn't enough going on to really keep me interested.


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Photo of Boto
2.48/5  rDev -35.8%
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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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
2.51/5  rDev -35%
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 lanbewardin
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
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 impending
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -26.4%
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 -22.5%
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 weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Monk's Cafe...
Appears a hazy, light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades out. Spotty lacing is left along the edges of the glass.
Smell is of creamy wheat, bubblegum, and a lemony, citrus with a touch of coriander stands out.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas but perhaps a bit more bland than anticipated. There are hints that this could be good but it's just not giving me more than the nice little flashes that it teases me with.
Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly sugary, yet lacking substance with a watery, thinness that isn't very desirable for this style.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
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 woosterbill
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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 becktone
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 8-25-09

Eye: Cloudy oaken yellow in color. Head is poor, but then again its been bout a half hour since its been poured and I've taken many sips...Lacing it leaves is pretty good....

Nose: Lots of fermentation character here, lots of apple fruitiness. Nothing really malt based here. If you ask me its pretty weak as a Belgian Triple....good, good enough to drink but not enough to buy and be happy with. In the actual flavor, there is quite a bit that resembles a margarita, some sweetness, and then a balance like the tequilla gives a balance...weird, feels just like tequilla balanced my two drinks.... pretty good, if you like that sort of thing. The alcohol is definitely recognizable, very much like drinking a margarita...you know the alcohol is there but ignore it...it adds a certain flavor but is in the background...this beer is pretty much the same.

Tongue: Pretty much said it all in nose...

Feel and Drinkability: Not a bad feel, light and free, something I'd drink again. However, this beer, for what it is isn't what I'd want to drink again. Once was enough....It's an okay beer, but just nothing to make me want to come back to it.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Toddv29424
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a moderate head. The smell is a tad-bit sour, which I think is the yeast thats been left behind. Other than that spices are really all that are in the nose. The taste is much like any other tripel, with a hint of spices and a good amount of carbonation. The beer stays light on your tongue, but as its going down is when it really starts to develop into a difinitive tripel taste. A good beer, although nothing that one should go out of their way for.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. A rather small, white foamy head forms on top of a dark straw colored beverage. Little yeasties floating about and having a good time. Little lacing left.

Aroma is pretty light. Not what I expected from a trippel. Apples and yeast and thats about it.

Light tasting as well. Yeasty and apples as well. Pears and other such green fruits abound in the flavor. Alcohol is very subdued although this is only a 7.5. I wasnt too fond of the taste. Kind of light and blah and not much expression from this one.

Kind of a middle of the road Tripel if you ask me. Light bodied (maybe light med) but sticky on the teeth. Kind of weird. Finishes pretty dry. Not bad but I will stick with others. Nice drinkability I must say.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden tone into an oversized tulip. Tasted alongside the Singel.
This one is alot less carbonated than the other, still a small head of foam appears, then settles to a bare skim.

Smell is mildly phenolic, vague fruit, but it's barely there. Twinge of alcohol.

Taste is peppery, with a very mild brandy-soaked pineapple. Dry pilsner malt that is kind of bland, and a touch too reliant on that phenolic alcohol.

Carbonation is there, but it's not as lively as the Singel. ABV limits this one, although one bottle is easily consumed. Probably won't try these again at the price of $4+

Carried a bottle back from New Beer Dist. in NYC. At the time it wasn't distributed here, and I thought it was something rare. Now the shop in my neighborhood carries it, go figure...I wouldn't advise cellaring, drink fresh.

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Photo of stumac
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this brew pours up a nice pale golden color with a nice big bubbly white head. the nose is composed of sweet pale malts, subtle yeast, a little bit of grain. the taste is basically the same as the nose. its a lot dryer than other Tripels too. medium to full bodied, medium carbo. a pretty solid Tripel.

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Photo of theopholis
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered bottled condition.

Appearance: Poured a slightly murky golden/apricot with a creamy, fluffy white head. the head had okay retention, but left little lacing. Very little effervescence.

Smell- Very little nose. Some interesting breadiness and yeastiness. Pleasant, faint fruitiness. Not much else.

Taste- Nice, vague, yet pleasant earthiness and floralness up front. Hints of some lemons zing and grapefruit notes and some of the lighter fruits (yellow apple?). A mild malt sweetness which soon yields to a peppery finish with some bread.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, with some fruity, dry, warm esters. Reminiscent of bread with a lively carbonation. Finishes just a tad dry.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, but nowhere near the 18 buck a 4-pack this stuff costs.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Waterzooi in Garden City, NY...

Pours rather translucent amber-gold colored with a light foamy head, some lacing. Good carbonation. Nose is sweet citrus, slighty apples, and sour yeasts. Taste follows well with heavy yeastiness, light citrusy sweet, and light bready malts. Slightly spicy as well. A pretty light Tripel overall, easy drinker.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière à la robe blonde, léger trouble, belle mousse assez crémeuse, faible effervescence
Smell : Arôme fruité de la levure
Taste and mouthfeel : Forte et capiteuse, belle amertume équilibrée et prolongée
Drinkability : Mais cette bière manque quand même de personnalité pour une abbaye triple

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Photo of orsulacp
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass with a hazy yellow body and a thin white head. The smell was mostly orange peel, a little bready, a little pepper, and a little solvent. The taste was bready with some citrus and a biting alcohol. It had a light body with a very dry finish. Overall pretty good, not great.

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Photo of Brabander
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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 digr
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottles poured into Chalice

A- Straw colored slightly hazy liquid with a 1 cm head of medium sized bubbles. Foam dissipates after about 2 minutes.

S - Smell is noticeable pilsner malt, some fruity tones, almost a honeylike aroma. Maybe some earthy notes. Little or no hop aorma.

T - Mild pilsner malt flavor, again a slight honey like tone. Dry, but a slight tinge of sweetness. Not as much complexity as expected. Very slight hop bitterness in the middle and end, but bitter only. No aroma hops. A bit thin tasting. But at least not sweet like many tripel attempts. The after-finish is dry, maybe slightly astringent. There might even be a mild sour note, but very subtle.

M - Mouthfeel is OK... It is dry enough to match the style in the Westmalle tradition, but a bit thin to make the beer shine and show the malt flavors IMHO.

D - This is definitively not a over-the-top tripel, so drinkability is high. Light enough and dry enough to put a few back. The 7.5 ABV makes it lower than most triples. If the flavor was better I'd want to drink more.

Over all its OK. A bit lean in the middle taste department. I'd like to see a bit more complexity in the flavor.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from a 11.2 oz bottle...The beer is a dark honey gold with about three fingers of white head but is gone right away...The aroma is strong and super sweet honey, apple, coriander some banana and yeast...The taste is also very sweet, almost like drinking honey to me. Its good, but something you can't just crush nor is a tripel. No floral hops at all...The feel is ok, easy to take few drinks, then its just to much.

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Photo of cudmud
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours from the bottle with a medium gold color. The beer developed a thick layer of head when poured; however, the head quickly settled to just a few millimeters thick. Despite the limited head, the brew does produce some nice lacing.

This beer has an interesting aroma. I dectect malt, citrus (lime?), grass-like smells, and hops.

The flavor is balanced very well. The hops do a good job of masking the alcohol.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are the weakest facets of this beer. Lots of carbonation. In fact, the carbonation is almost to the point where it burns the mouth.

Overall, an interesting beer to drink any time.

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