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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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 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 seanyfo
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle poured into my chimay chalice

A- Yeast cloud of a light amber body, with 2 finger head reducing to a thin creamy layer. Produces nice lacing. Yeast particles visible in bottom of glass.

S- Concentrated apple juice, light ginger and cinnamon, belgian yeast.

T- Floral perfumed citrus up front, reducing to a belgian yeasty minimal alcohol bite. Yeast lingers with a hint of apple juice

M- Lively carbonation, spritzy with full body

D- A tasty tripel. Alcohol well hidden with a nice complex nose and refreshing carbonation. Obviously a sipper, cant knock the tripels back!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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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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 baos
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
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 JordanEllwanger
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
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 benclimbs
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Seru1
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I used a tulip cause I can't find a goblet I like.

Appearance- Bright Yellow with a pure white head and not very much carbonation. Nice color fun to look at.

Smell- It has a very herbal quality with a tropical fruit scent almost reminiscent of guava. It's a hard odor to define.

Taste- Banana's and nuts come through with a deep slightly spicey anise like body. This beer has a mysterious quality to me, like the odor it's hard to put togather, though it opens up after spending abit of time sitting.

Mouthfeel- Rich and creamy, a pleasant very soft spice lingers.

Drinkability- It's good enough to have one or two in a sitting, but It's not something I search for.

A good beer, ver mysterious. One I would have again but not search for.

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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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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured on tap into a snifter

Appearance: Dark hazy gold beer with a big creamy dense white head with TONS of tiny (very pretty) carbonation

Smell: Light grain, a touch of funky Belgian yeast...not much else going on here

Taste: Surprisingly funky, earthy, just a bit odd...there's a touch of citrusy orange through the middle, and banana flavors on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: A bit odd, a bit earthy/funky, but not a bad tripel all the same

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Photo of birchstick
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a hazy yellow with a 1/4 finger head

S - smelled of very sweet fruits (tart green apple), with a splash of malt and spice

T - As the nose suggested, this was pretty sweet. There are sweet fruits, some malt, and a touch of citrus.

M - decently full and smooth; goes down really well

D - this was a pretty good tripel. Nice and light, yet at the same time very flavorful and interesting. Nothing about it stuck out to me as amazing, however I wasn't hurrying to finish this either.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 PsychoJedi
4.41/5  rDev +14.2%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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 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 lehkost
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In short:

Appearance: hazy straw, good head

Smell: little in the way of malt, spice or hops, but the distinct (yet faint) aroma of honey. Don't take this the wrong way. In some cases, like in Dupont's Biere de Miel, honey aroma and flavor is distinct but muddled with yeast and spice, giving it an other-than-honey quality to some extent. This is just honey, crystal clear, on the nose.

Taste: Very much like the smell...very mild "beery" characteristic, with some noticeable pilsner malt and hops, but the distinct, yet faint flavor of honey. Mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is nicely effervescent, with a good amount of sparkling on the tongue. Smooth, not thin.

Drinkability: Being as light-bodied as it is, I find this much more drinkable than a lot of tripels.

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Photo of anchordrinker
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden-hazy appearance, with a nice head that sticks around.

S- Aromas of fruit and spicy belgian yeast dominate the nose.

T- Initially citric/lemony, giving way to a mild bread-y taste, finally finishing with an intense, somewhat sour fruity note.

M- Light to medium bodied, with relatively little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable, has a nice crisp finish on it.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Fireworks Pizza in Leesburg, VA

A - Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice slightly cloudy gold body beneath a huge and sticky white head. Champaign-like bubble race to the top. Three-finger head retains for pretty much the whole beer.

S - Biscuity malts with a great Belgian yeast smell. Sweetness in the nose from the alcohol.

T&M - Nice and crisp with that carbonation. Pale malts up front with some spicy and sweet notes from the alcohol. Classic Belgian yeast in the mix. Definite raw honey in finish with a lasting sweet aftertaste. Becomes sweeter as it warms from the alcohol.

D - A really nice, tasty brew and easy to sip. It's crisp, spicy, and sweet all in one sitting as the beer evolves in the glass.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +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 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 Intelligentsia
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out an incredible head. The body is a rich yellow that's very opaque. The first thing that struck me about the smell of the beer was the alcohol, make no mistake about it. I also got a hint of apricot and peach. I noticed very nice lacing as the beer receded. The flavor is all Tripel, with that big malt backbone. Again, I tasted apricot, spice, yeast and a slight bitterness; less alcohol than the smell had indicated. An interesting, complex beer that I enjoyed.

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Photo of erz316
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of .33l bottle in Augustijn chalice

A - a good sized head starts to form as soon as I open the darn bottle, and pours well into the glass, thought the largeness soon dissipates into a thin layer. there is good lacing around the rim. the color when held up to the light is brazen up top, an more of a lighter gold down at bottom of the glass.

S - one can certainly smell the presence of alcohol along in with the other flavours. some slight fruit notes like apricot are noticeable

T - a very mild bodied beer, not much holding it up in my view. an almost clean taste. the definite apricot taste is most noticeable upon fist sips, it hits the middle roof of my mouth. there are some bitter greenery twangs from the hops, which undoubtedly help recreate some of the apricot twang, but remain distinct as they have that veggie taste to them. a solid beer, undeniably, but one that is very limited in its tasting experience.

MF&D - the mouth is good and full of belch-inducing carbonation., though not too much as to be a hinderance on the drink. the feel could also have some more substance, though I'm sure they brew it like this for a reason.

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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
3.86 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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