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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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 109
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
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 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 emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 superspak
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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 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 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 mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle poured into a Snifter

A – Poured a very bright and hazy yellow colored amber with a very big white frothy head of foamy lace across the top. Very nice retention left behind copious amounts of side glass lace and a very nice little film across the top. There was a nice amount of fine particle sedimentation that eventually settled down into the bottom of the glass.

S – The aroma was very light and full of yeast. A nice light wheat aroma could be detected as well and this blended in nicely with the yeast. It was a light aroma overall though not really making any kind of striking impression on me.

T – Now for a triple, the taste was actually quite light. There was a nice yeasty presence that had some light hints of peaches or pears, but nothing that was too terribly strong to be honest. No hint of the alcohol in here what so ever and it really had quite a light profile. Some light grassy flavors in and around the finish with a decent little bit of drying at the end.

M – Light bodied Belgian ale with a good amount of carbonation kept this one from ever becoming stale or flat. There was a nice smooth consistency and the little bubbles really made it have that touch of silky like feel to it.

D – Almost effortless for the style this went down quite well. It had a very light profile, and a light body, and great carbonation making this one a very easy sipper. I could have easily had a couple more without hesitation, though the flavor was not as pronounced as I would have liked.

Overall I would have to say this one was ok, but it was really nothing special. It seemed it just needed a little more spice, or a little bit more of a punch to really make it stand out. This was as close to sessionable as I have ever seen the style, and was light enough to actually be sort of refreshing. Not a bad choice and I would have to say it was a good call, but I don’t think I would seek it out again, not pay a lot for it, just not that special.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 imbibehour
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of Tone
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy gold with some white head. Nose is strong with yeast and sweetness. Flavor is almost like cake (that is the first thing that came to my head) and on the very end you get a sudden slap of yeast. I think the cake reference is due to a doughy and almost cake like character. As I drink on I find that there is a woody middle flavor. Feel is not highly carbonated, so there isn’t much bubble on the tongue. Drinkable. I would go back to this one again, but not before taking a stroll through several other tripels.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/28/06- Sampled at my tasting, brought by Denali as part of his Belgian beer order.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date notched on the label. Pretty sure it was something '07.

Appearance- Pretty deep golden in color, crisp white larger foamy head and light chunks of lace left behind...nice!

Smell- Tropical fruit scent hits first. Denali is right on with the apple scent as well. Maybe a light touch of corriander, with a pretty hefty spicy dose and a splash of white pepper.

Taste- Pretty much mirror image of the scent. Maybe a touch less flavor than scent though. Didn't have the really hard hit of fruit I was expecting. The peppery spices and yeasty flavor was a nice touch though.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to a heavier carbonation level. A tad sugary.

Drinkability- Paired this with apples at our tasting. The green ones worked better than the red ones. Overall a really nice tripel worth seeking out.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the tap, and into a Piraat tulip glass.

Hazed orange colorbig white head that slims down to a thing ring.

Aroma is bright and uplifting, spicy, citric, an airy, yeasty wonder. Flowery hops meet heavenly yeast. Ah....

Taste: refreshing, with flavors of lemon, ginger, coriander, cookie dough...ends dryly and crisply. No lingering on the palate, it pleases while in the mouth and vanishes with the memory hanging in the head. Lightly chalky in the back, clean, dry, and spicy.
Nice traction on the mouthfeel, lots of play off of the tongue, medium bodied, full flavored.
This is a tripel to thake your time with, to draw you in and calm you down, cool you off, and set the mind at ease.
Love it.

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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: pale golden color with a touch of haze and a fat finger of compact white foam. Just what I want to see in a tripel.

Smell: sweet, somewhat heady malt with a touch of pear. I'm also getting a little grain aroma and even a little hops -- definitely more than I expect in a tripel. The overall effect is not a bad one, though.

Taste: malt, grain and hops. This tastes more like a strong Pilsner than a tripel in my mind. There is very little yeast or fruity character here, which I would normally expect; it's got a long, dry finish which is okay. Overall, it's not bad, but it is not what I'm looking for.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of carbonation and a fair bit of sticky staying power despite its rather dry flavor. Creaminess abounds; the texture here is much better than the flavor in my opinion.

Drinkability: the flavor isn't bad, it's just not what I'm usually looking for in a tripel. That said, it's light and crisp and feels good and is quite quaffable indeed for a 7.5% brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange body with a voluminous head as this one is a little bit of a gusher. Tart fruits like orange and pear take over the aroma, w/ some yeast and sweet malts pushed in the back.
Light-to-medium bodied and very crisp with sharp sour and cirtic fruit flavors like sour apple, pear, apricot and orange taking hold. Balance is great as this beer is smooth, even slightly creamy, with a sharp citric hop bite on the end. There are some sweet malts in this beer as well, and the mouthfeel's smoothness and, as I call it, fluff, is aided by strong carbonation. This was akin to drinking a white dessert wine, not to do this beer injustice. A solid tripel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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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