Brouwerij Slaapmutske "Triple Nightcap" Triple, Beligum 750ml

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Slaapmutske literally means ‘Sleeping Cap,’ (and, as an extension, 'nightcap') in Flemish. The name came about a few years ago when brewer Dany de Smet and his lovely wife, Marleen, were trying to soothe their crying baby, Jonas. When all else failed, Dany hit on the idea of giving the lad a short lick of a finger dipped into a glass of one of Dany's beers. And with that, young Jonas was out like a light. Marleen declared the beer to be a real 'slaapmutske,' and thus, a brewery was born. Intended to re-create the benchmark Belgian tripel, but with an extra flourish of finishing hops to give the beer an appealing fresh, flowery note, for this beer Dany uses whole hops, which give the beer an advantage over the prototype, which is made using only hop extract now. The result is a strong, pale beer with a considerable alcoholic kick and a nice bitter aftertaste of hops, overlaid with entrancing aromas that only come from fresh hops added at the very end of the boil. This is clearly an improvement on the classic, we think. 8.1% abv

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/21/2010  | Send Email
Where to begin with this beer. The owner, Dany De Smet, worked for Huyghe Brewery (think Delirium Tremens), and in 1999, to celebrate the birth of his son, he brewed the beer that sparked this brewery. The name Slaapmutske means "sleeping cap," meaning this is the beer before going to sleep, a "Night Cap" as an extension of this name. This beer is a Triple, but is much more than that. The color is a golden amber with a egg-white head. The color is very hazy, almost Hefeweizen in appearance. The rich (triple malt) is a bit hidden, and I had to find out why. It turns out that is because of the extra finishing hops. Using whole hops giving a flowery, bitter and spicy finish. Lots of tart fruit, caramel and a bit of clove on the palate. This isn't the typical Triple, which is why I like it. Think of it as an amp/hopped up Triple that stays very balanced.

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Alcohol Content (%): 8.1