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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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 John_M
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a light hazy gold color with fair head retention, but very decent lacing in the glass. I don't get a lot in the nose, just a touch of honey and citrus. This beer is very nice on the palate. It had moderate sweetness, but is very smooth and easy to drink. Hard to describe the flavors, but seem to get some light orange citrus and honey. There's a touch of bitterness on the finsih, and the beer finishes a bit dry. Abv. is VERY well disguised, making this beer quite drinkable.

Very nice beer from Witkap.

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Photo of Chaz
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazey coppery-golden in color, topped with a dense off-white head and good lacing. Big, expressive, yeasty nose which is equal parts sour-yeasty and sweet-malty at first. As the head settles a bit there's vanilla, white pepper, and a light clove on the nose. Big citric hop bite on the first sip starts this off with a spicey surprise. Malty, but not a big, sweet maltiness, as there's wheat malt in this one too, and the hops and spicing keep this from being too big and juicy. The mouthfeel is rather sublime - it's not truly full-bodied, but 'it drinks what it weighs' in terms of ABV. Juicy and rather fruit-forward. Somewhat grainy in texture, but it's a complimentary graininess. Is it smooth and creamy? Yes and yes, but the spices are spicy, the hops are pointed and pronounced, in other words this is not a mellow, easy-drinking kind of 'smoooth' but an engaging and multifaceted one. Vinuous aromatics and gently warming alcohol bring this one up to speed, and although it does open up as it warms it is actually going full-tilt upon decanting, and just seems to gear up for the long haul.

I have long been a fan of their Single, and I am very thankful that I can now enjoy this Triple without having to twist too many arms - kudos to Vanberg and DeWulf for making it possible!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .33L chalice, this beer is a bright clear color with a substantial head of whispy foam. It has a pleasant aroma of flowery hops, a citrusy, orange-like fruitiness, and a gentle herbal character in the background. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a tart, medicinal yeast notes. Fruitiness not as apparent as in the nose, and the alcohol becomes apparent at the finish. Body is thin, watery, needs more carbonation.

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Photo of dnichols
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 330 ml into a tulip.

A: It poured into the tulip a bright creamy gold. This is a very pretty color and the pour generated an abundant, almost too abundant three finger white head. The head is dense and sticky almost like a fresh mirage. The head slowly receded leaving an uneven lacing as it dissipated.

S: Fruity esters, ripe green apple, phenols, and possibly a pinch of corriander.

T: A citric acid edge that with moderately heavy carbonation that initially overwhelms the other flavors. There is a barely notable bitter hop aftertaste that does not linger or spoil the next sip. .

M: Light to medium with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

D: A tripel worth having but not one I would scale barefoot a mountain of broken glass to have. However, if presented with the opportunity I would drink several tulips of this beer and be better for it at the end of the night.

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

This beer pours a bright golden beer with a thick creamy and stable head.

Smell of vanilla and malty. Some biscuit sweetness with some phenolic and spicy smell.

Taste is light malty with a Belgian yeast character of light solvent and a little lemon and melon. The yeast is making the beer to what it is, the malt just comes in second. In the past I noticed a tartness in the beer, which is now gone or I did not keep the beer long enough. I really liked that and I feel sorry it is gone. Body is quite thin and the beer is like a tripel should taste, maybe a little less sweet.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although the head wasn't too impressive the color looked very inviting. The head formed into just a thin layer of foam. The color is a golden blonde with a cloudy appearance. Thick layer of yeast sediment on the bottom of the bottle. Leaves a piney hop finish . Alcohol notes are not too well-hidden. Perfect balanced carbonation. Has a very creamy texture that leads to a very dry finish. Strong Phenolic notes of a chemical or medicinal value. Slight lingering finish, but the extremely dry finish makes me gasp for a glass of water. Bland citrus grapefruit bitterness that expresses itself the more you indulge. .The aroma wasn't impressive to say the least. Had a very faint typical Belgian aroma. Phenols and alcohol represent most of the aroma. Would like to see more hops and malt in the aroma. Generous amounts of thin lacing raises the appearance from a 3.5 to a 4. Bought this offering at the Spirit Haus In Amherst,Mass. for$4.70/bottle. Overall very good. Maybe a second for this I'm not sure.

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Photo of Neehan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, poured a pale gold with a thin head that grows as you drink it with good retention and a nice foamy appearance. Good effervesence from the bottom to the top of the chalice. The smell if of citrusy fruits from apples, to pears, to hints of pineapple and back. Hints of spices throughout-- very nice. These repeat in the taste with nice subleties as you drink, with a slightly sour finish. Very light and foamy in the mouth with a good crispness. The sourness limits the drinkability, but who cares? A nice tripel from top to bottom.

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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 farHillsBrewer
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks beautiful in a glass. A bright yellow, with a decent head and definite lacing of the glass.
The aroma is spicy lemon-clove and fresh bread.
The flavor was complex, with a flash of sweetness, quickly covered by the malty transition to a dry astringent finish which was long. The dryness is characteristic of the style, but not my thing. There was enough candy, lemon, clove and cakey bread there to enjoy.
It lasted in my glass as it took me a while to get past the astringency, and the mouthfeel was perfect throughout.
As for drinkability, I wouldn't go straight back for another, at least not right away.

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Photo of travelfrog
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this brew on tap at my favorite local pizzeria/watering hole. The beer was quite pale -- unusually so for a Belgian Tripel. It was also slightly cloudy, reminiscent of more conventional Belgian Witbier. The head was creamy and remained for quite awhile.

Smell was OK, but nothing special: a bit waxy with a hint of clove.

Taste was quite good, but surprisingly light in flavor for a Belgian Tripel. It tasted sort of like a benevolent combination of Duvel and Hoegaarden -- neither malty nor hoppy, with flavors of apricot and clove apparent. Finish was quite dry and refeshing.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and thirst-quenching, if nothing extraordinary.

Drinkability was outstanding -- almost too good for a brew of this potency. I could have easily drunk several before I felt the kick... 8)

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good little tripel. I was pleasantly surprised. Pours to a very clear straw yellow color, topped off with a huge fluffy white head. Almost too clear. Has a very nice carbonation, but it doesn't support the head retention as well as I would have thought. Leaves curtains of lace, however.

The smell is quite interesting. Lots of pilsner malt and subsequently a hint of DMS. A light candi sugar aroma covers it up, however, as well as a nice lemon zest and some peppery spice. A light hint of banana and clove esters as well.

The carries over from the nose very well, and it has a bold enough flavor to cover up any of the DMS detected in the nose. Sweet, zesty, fruity, and spicy with a nice dry and hoppy finish. Very nice.

The body is fairly light for the style. Quite crisp and clean. Gives excellent burps. The alcohol is not detectable, though it has a warming finish. Very good drinkability. I will most definitely purchase this beer again in the future.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 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 EPICAC
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale blonde, with a sudsy, white head that fades to a quarter-inch layer leaving lace that coats the inside of the glass.

Smell: Bananas, pepper and a hint of cloves.

Taste: Lightly sweet fruitiness upfront. The finish is peppery and grainy with a bit of chalky yeast. There's also light bitterness, light residual sweetness and mild tartness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, high-carbonation, lightly dry.

Drinkability: Fairly spicy and strong.

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Photo of dherling
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a nice deep gold color, with good clarity, and a huge fluffy pure-white foamy head that sinks into some nice lacing. The nose offered bananas, cloves, sweet maltiness, a little bit of hops. The taste was malt sweetness, delicately balanced with a firm hop flavor and bitterness. A bit spicy, finish was semi-dry with the hop bitterness returning and lingering in the smooth aftertaste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation, and alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of mmcave
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at "Grapes of Mirth" in my home town of columbus Ohio, poured vigorously into a big wine glass. The color of the liquid during the pour was extremely clear for a tripel. The head was mammoth, very hard to control. It rose to the top like a huge wad of mash potatoes and lingers at pinky thickness on the surface. The lacing is quite nice looking, sticky and thick all over the glass. The color of the body now is a hazy blonde yellow looks like a belgium strong pale to me. The smells is predominantly a battle between light hops and a banana, pear light fruit ester. Also hints of bread and very pale malt. The taste is crisp and a little dry, the same flavors come to fruition in taste as in the smell. Not terribly flavorful, but definitely enjoyable. The mouth feel is a little thin though, much more watery than most tripels I've had. If your looking for a real delicious full bodied tripel this is not it, but if you like tripels and want something you could drink all day, like something that has the body of a lager this is it. Although it would be expensive at 3.99 an 11.2 oz bottle. Worth a try, but not for me.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried for the frirst time at The Hopleaf.

Given to me with a small 1/3 finger head and very hazy banana peel yellow/amber. The ber was so hazy, I couldn't see the bubbles. Decent lacing, but maybe only par for a tripel. Good sweet malt mixed with effervescant malts and Belgian hops. Good sweet vhracater typical of any Belgian tripel and went well with the first half of my Belgian appetizer of mussels and diver scallops. Mild sweetness with some even lighter bitterness. But this was a very easy to drink beer, especially du to the grat carbonation felt on the tongue.

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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 weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Phatz
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most fascinating thing about this beer was the huge cotton head and the biggest puffy cotton like lacing I have ever seen. Served in a tulip the walls of cotton lasted the duration of the beer. The beer almost needed to squeeze through and push by all the white head. The beer underneath is a light hazy yellow. Aromas of fruit and yeast and hints of hops are very pleasant and carry into the flavor as well. This is an approachable triple with a balance malt sweet fruits and spicy pepper yeast and coriander characteristics. The mouthfeel is light to medium and as a slightly smaller Tripel is quite easy drinking.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was one of the great beers I got to pour all day as a volunteer at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. Naturally I was very well aquainted with it by the end of my shift!

Nicely hazed golden amber with a fluffy white head that retains well, leaving moderate lace.

The aroma is great, sweet peach, apricot, and tropical fruits are touched by delicate spice and yeast notes with traces of wildflower honey.

The flavor is delicious. A definate peach and apricot note is swirled together with fresh lemon zest and melon. It has a unique yeast profile that is very spicey, almost like that of a Witte. Actually, this has a lot of Wittelike characteristics. The abv of 7.5% is a tad low for this style, but makes it supremely drinkable.

Body is rather light and very creamy and bubbly smooth. It goes down almost like a great Witte, which makes it pretty dangerous!

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 163 ratings
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