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 SLeffler27
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 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 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 beerthulhu
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a pale cloudy yellow with a frothy 2 finger white head that retained well leaving a broken sheet lacing.

S: The nose was yeasty with some citrus and wheat, cloves and ripe fruitiness (green apples).

T: strong citrus and bread notesd with ripe fruit, apples, pears and light banana notes. Overall the flavor was citric, dry with a light spiciness and finishes dry with some oranges and coriander.

M: light and creamy, with some alcohol detection and peppery hints.

D: Ok, but really nothing special. Good for a try but not one I would rush back out to enjoy, much better examples.

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Photo of WishYouWereBeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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 OWSLEY069
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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 phattysbox
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
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 philipquarles
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, this looks like a typical Tripel. Hazy gold with a lot of bubbling. Huge three finger head that has excellent staying power. Looks like meringue.

The smell is a nice mix of sweetness, fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is not what I was expecting, but in a good way. Most of the fruit hints and sweetness that are present in the nose are not there, at least at first. A hoppiness that you don't find in most tripels, followed by a spicy fruitiness. Lots of carbonation; very little alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel is okay. Somewhat watery, but very smooth and drinkable.

My expectations weren't terribly high to start out with, but i was very pleasantly surprised.


I had a bottle of 1981 Witkap Tripel at de Kulminator two days after this initial review. All I can say is wow. Though it's not harsh in any way to begin with, the flavors all seem to meld together even better. Slighty less hoppy, but with more yeast/bread coming through. Fantastic beer to cellar.

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Photo of GPHarris
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a two-fingers thick fluffy white head into a tulip glass. left thick sheeting and lace throughout and really coats the glass. the body was a bubbly brushed golden color.
s - floral and honey sweet with hints of dry bread.
t - sweet and fruity with a citrusy hop bite.
m - very clean and slick.
d - nicely done.

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Photo of ROMER79
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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 roblowther
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 dfried
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 dsa7783
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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 czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small 11.2 bottle I grabbed at Whole foods for 3.99, not bad! Beautiful head, long retention,lots of lacing on the rim. MMm smells very good,yeasty bread,fuits,sweetness. Taste is very good, bread-like, creamy mouthfeel, yet a slight tart fruity finish. Great midday brew in between errands, will buy again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 RblWthACoz
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 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 TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle with no dating info into my Chimay goblet. It was a hazy golden color. It had a huge head that took forever to whittle down and even then it was a thick foam. Great lacing and good carb. The aroma was weak but spicy and yeasty. The taste was also weak and tasted watered down. It really didn't have any dominant taste to it. Really disappointing. Overall, an OK beer that is not worth having again. (3.5, OIE, ML, N)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +6.2%
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 +4.9%
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 -4.1%
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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Witkap Pater Tripel from Brouwerij Slaghmuylder
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