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St. Paul Triple - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Paul TripleSt. Paul Triple

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-23-2002

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of JTuomi
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

33 cl bottle (bb 13.11.16) poured into a tulip. Clear pale golden body, big white foamy head with good retention and chunky lacing.

Fruity, citrusy and malty smell with a hint of belgian yeast.

Taste begins with slightly tart bready malts, followed by fresh citrus and peppery spiciness, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of citrus and pepper. Balanced taste.

Medium body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol, I could easily drink another one. Overall a crisp, easy tripel. Not the best I've had in its style, but tastes very good nonetheless. Would have this one again.

Photo of FLima
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with an aired thin head with low retention, but keeping a constant plate and leaving some laces.
Faint aroma with some lemony sourness, Belgian yeast and sweet pineapples.
Sour taste with a predominant lemony sour and high quality white wine notes. Hints of Cointreau liquor, coriander, white pepper and tart green apples. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Alcohol of 7.6% abv is fairly well hidden.
Very refreshing and easy to drink Tripel, just acquired some complexity after it warmed up a lot, but I can’t denote anything unpleasant about this beer. I would be happy to have it again.

Photo of Petertauro
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL swing-top stone crockery bottle (awesome!) into a tulip. Date on the bottle says 4/9/12, which I assume is the bottling date.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a good haze and a huge effervescence. Head poured three fingers of pillowy white foam which has wonderful retention and leaves a good, chunky lace. Beautiful!

Smell: good malt aroma, though very much on the sweet side. There is a syrupy fruit aroma in here as well which is almost too sweet. Not bad but a little crazy.

Taste: good malty flavor, though not as thick and syrupy as some of the maltier tripels. Not over-sweet; really, a solid, middle-of-the-road tripel. I like its restraint.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a big creaminess. The cream is a little ephemeral to be wonderful, but it's darn good nonetheless.

Overall: I rather like this tripel. It tastes good, and is quite beautiful both in and out of the bottle.

Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, two-finger head of foam that left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of grains, lemon and yeastiness.

T - Good blend of sweet and spicy. Sweet caramel and grain flavors backed up by spiciness and lemon tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish a slight alcohol burn.

O - This is a really good tripel. I like the painted, swing-top bottle, too.

Photo of dansmcd
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy burnt orange colour, one finger of wispy white head and sloppy lacing, huge dark particles of sediment, the most I have ever seen in a beer honestly.

S - Yeast, grain, bread and booze. Usually love the aroma of tripels but this just doesnt have the full package somehow.

T - Very bready, yeast, spice, clove, pineapple.

M - Medium to high carbonation, medium spicy body.

O - A pretty straightforward and boring tripel, maybe a good one for beginners.

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. White head that drops fast. Not too effervescent. minimal lacing

Aroma: No dominate flavors. Smells slightly tripelish. No hops

Taste: Watered down tripel. You can taste the alcohol. Tart apple. Some candi sugar. Strong bready finish. Complex but underwhelming. Too malty

Mouthfeel: Slightly hot from the alcohol. Tart.

Overall: Doesn't taste like a tripel to me. More of a belgian pale.

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this because the bottle caught my eye, thought it looked cool. The beer pours out as a bright yellowish gold color with a big head that fades pretty quick. The aromas of some yeast, banana and some spices are on the nose right away. The taste is a little sweet like honey, the spices coming in a give the beer some complexity. The yeast gives this tripel the familiar taste that these beers are known for. The mouthfeel of this brew is soft and smooth. Not a lot of carbonation here at all. This isn't the best Tripel but it's decent.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2004 ( a pretty bottle)

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head.
Smell : malty and spices aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet and mild spiced, with a light bitterness in the finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Triple.

Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the triple was by all means the best one of the lot, which is not surprising provided my bias to tripels for their full taste and body.

Pour was almost indistinguishable from the blonde except for the fact that the head seemed to last a bit longer and seemed a bit more compact if anything.

smell was more complex but still fairly hidden. fruitier by all means...some mango and apricot definetly there. alcohol comes off a bit steadier and does bite the nose a bit when sniffed vigorously.

Taste is nice. definetly sweeter than sour but no less citrusy, aiming towards the apricot-prune range and with a decent bitter finish. alcohol remains well hidden but the body seemed a bit thin and was my off-mark there.

in all this is the better one of the lot and at a decent price can (and will) be consumed regularly.

Photo of allboutbierge
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Tripel very heavy in fruity notes and with an odd creme brulee aftertaste going on.

Voluminous Gobby head, tame aromas of spicy belgian yeasts, some fruity esters in there too. However, smell isn't as pungent as some of the top Tripels available. Taste is fruit heavy and yeasty notes are minimal. Mellow creme brulee like aftertaste. Could stand to be more yeast heavy and is lacking any notes of spice. Alcohol is undetectable and would allow a drinker to indulge in any extra one, in comparison to other tripels without tipping over.

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

Note: The now use a thin green bottle with a very long neck.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger thinner looking white head that fizzes and pops down to a thick foam cap. Colour is an orange peel or amber orange with lots of carbonation evident. A good film remains and leaves lots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Toasted malt and some sweet toffee. Fruity notes, like apple, apricot, and some peace notes. Definitely some spicy Belgian yeast with hints of clove and coriander in there.

TASTE: Toasted malt, sweet toffee, and lots of apple, peace and lemon notes. Clove and some spicy Belgian yeast in there, as well as a touch of alcohol at the end. Mild and short aftertaste is spicy with some alcohol presence at the end as well.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end, and finishes with the appropriate amount of dryness on the palate.

OVERALL: A good slid triple. Weaker than average at 7.6%, but in no way does that detract from this top-notch brew. In fact, the lower ABV makes it all the more drinkable as far as triples are concerned. If you're a fan of the style, this is one worth seeking out. I'll certainly pick this one up again. Recommended.

Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slimmer-and-taller-than-normal 330ml green bottle, looking trendy~~ BB 01/02/11, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed tulip-shaped goblet. Note: the label states that the recipe conforms to the German Brewing Purity Law of 1516.

A: pours a cloudy, dark golden hue with an abundant input of light fizz, in support of a fast building-up white fluffy head with surprisingly good retention.
S: enjoyable and focused notes of zesty citrusness, aromatic Pils-malts, and light hints of ripened exotic fruits come with sweetened Chinese green-bean soup as evidence of fruit esters. The sweetness runs pretty smooth in parallel with the fruitiness. All in all, pleasant and not overly complex/complicated.
T: a softly-effervescent swallow of lightly sour-sweet and also grainy lager malts is closely ensued by the zesty-citric flavour, which gradually develops into a lingering powdery-dry yeastiness and bitterness of hops, with an intriguing chewy palate as of some unidentifiable dried bitter root-herbs and, well, "damp printing papers"(!!!). The overall flavour is like an integrated whole, while consistently showing an evolving structure from fruity-malts through yeastiness to the bitter conclusion.
M&D: the carbonation comes light and nearly soft, the body is just about right (medium level), the texture is rather dry due to the good level of hops and yeastiness, the alc. is well-hidden throughout the drink... overall, the flavour profile is satisfying for a medium-bodied Triple. Although this is the first Triple I've had in nearly two weeks, I'm quite sure my palates are not prejudiced as a result in favour of it. Pleasantly drinkable!

Photo of ATPete
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33ml bottle purchased from The Beer Koning in Amsterdam, NL.

A- i couldnt find the cool ceramic 500 ml bottles so i settled for the super slim 33...Pours a hazy yellow, good white head, definitely some sediment floating around.

S- Grassy, some hop character, spice, overall good balance.

T- not too much going on, very balanced, great clarity, its just lacking something...

M- Light, it hits the tongue and then disappears, good aftertaste holds it together.

D- its so light i could drink many

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a minimal crème head. Nose is apple, slight yeast, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor is mild. A bit of yeast influence. Feel is good with carbonation and thicker on the tongue with ingredients. Drinkable, sure. But is this worth the $8.19 I paid for it? No. Way better tripels out there.

Photo of mkultra
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: light caramel colour, slightly cloudy, good head retention - nice earthenware flip top bottle looks good too.

smell: sweet light malt and caramel aroma with a some of alcohol in the aroma.

taste: slight malt with caramel and alcohol notes, nice balance of spices with nothing standing out or being over powering.

mouthfeel: slightly creamy and full, good carbonation - just the right size bubbles on the back of the tongue on the way down :)

drinkabilty: i like this beer, nice balance of flavours, carbonation spot on for my taste, hint of alcohol is nice.

overall good tasting beer - would drink again.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy gold color with lots of carbonation to start, medium head that dissipates to thin veil
s: sweet coriander with malts, spices and notes of alcohol
t: good carbonation upfront & all the way through, sweet malts and spices, with some fruity, citrus notes and strong malty finish
m: highly carbonated, medium to full body, very smooth
d: very good, sweet & smooth malty enjoyment. of the other st paul beers i've had, this is by far the most impressive. great beer

Photo of tatterdash
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful earthenware flip-top bottle, bonus points for that.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big rocky off white head with amazing lacing. Aroma of sourdough, and plenty of corriander. Taste was very pleasant tartness up front with some cookie-like sweetness. Buttery thick mouthfeel. This beer was very very nice and good.

Photo of vancurly
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy white frothy head. Golden colour with a touch of a blush.
Floral nose, almost oaky. Caramel & spice, with a late herbal hop aroma.
Flavour sweet & spicy.... musk candy, white pepper, some brandy-like notes. Honeycomb, with a fruity/pear-like aftertaste. Alcohol heat evident.
Big frothy mouth upon sipping, with an initial malt body. But it fades a bit, with not much mid-back body.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy amber. Makes me think of ver lightly carbonated amber. The stuff mosquitos get encapsilized in from thousands of years ago. Even though the liquid is hazey, you can tell there isn't enough carbonation for a tripel, or head for that matter. Light fruits with a hint of caramel and ream sort of set this tripel apart from most others. Other than that, very bland and very hard to pick out flavors or smells. The taste is more fruity, a little lite creamy and some warming alcohol. Good palate. You can feel the carbonation more than you can see it.

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St. Paul Triple from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
86 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.