St. Paul Triple - Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij Sterkens N.V. visit their website

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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Reviews by davidchollar:
Photo of davidchollar
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as everyone has mentioned, this comes in a cool ceramic, swing-top bottle. pours into my tulip glass a great, dark golden color, but almost no head. in fact, there is a really weak little, big-bubbled head that dies after a minute. almost no carbonation. the color is very nice but overall appearance is disappointing.

smell is also underwhelming. i definitely smell a belgian ale, but not a strong one, not a lot going on. this was straight out of the fridge... ok. now i have come back to it after about 20 minutes, it's warmed up a bit and is probably the recommended serving temperature. the smell has opened up noticeably. it's still not fantastic, can't compare with westmalle, or a good saison. but it has that delicious belgian sweet smell, combo of yeast and light fruits, alcohol and peach. kind of reminds me of chimay white.

the taste makes me feel a little better about this purchase. tasty. you see, it was a little expensive, more so than the other tripels available at my local store. basically, i'm not disappointed. as you would guess from the appearance, the mouthfeel is thin-average, nothing special. but the taste has a pleasant bite, full, fruity flavor. complex enough to give it some character, i will probably remember this. easily drinkable. overall, it's not bad, right on that line between worth a try and recommended.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a real foamer. It came right out of the bottle, so pop this one over the sink. The body was a gorgeous cloudy orange color and the head laced all of my glass when it finally went down.

Smell – Big malt flavors and fruits from the Dubbel were complimented by the alcohol notes and Belgian spices.

Taste – This is just as smooth and creamy as the Dubbel, but much more potent. The malt backbone was bigger here, and the light peppery spices more prevalent. The St. Paul fruit was out in force though, and this carried the show. Lots of peach and apricot flavors along with a tinge of banana, cherry juice, and apples.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and full bodied in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This was the James Brown of the bunch. The head came up and down quickly, yet the body was light, full, and excellent. Yes, after tasting two Dubbels, two Trippels, and a BSPA tonight, “I feel good.”

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed orange/gold color, lacy climbing head. Estery aroma, with some sweet grass. Medium bodied and tightly mannered dryness to the taste. Flavors are of nutmeg, just a slight bit of banana bread and peach. Hops break in to prevent too much fruitiness. Quite a nice beer, not as astringent and puckering as some and yet not a huge bowl of fruit either. Spicy dry and drinkable. Yet another beautiful Sterkens bottle...

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint was too much. Peachy fruit appearance with surprisingly small and dissipitating head on a triple. Too carbonated. Decent tangerine fruity yeast, but not too exciting. Medium mouthfeel, some malt. Drying finish and funky yeast noticed in second try two years later.

Photo of AaronRed
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this brew very nice, but not as appealing as other triples. The overall appearance was OK, not much of a head for a triple, but a nice soft pale look made it look inviting. Nice aromas, fruity and pleasant, with a tame yeasty smell as well. Taste was also refreshing, but not overwhelmingly wonderful- given how much this beer costs. It has that unique Belguim tang, that makes it easy to drink and smooth. Overall a good beer, but not worth the money given what else is out there.

Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 tatterdash
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on the pour is a hazy lemon yellow to orange with a prosperous head, the lace a lattice work that covers the glass completely. Nose is citrus with malted grain aromas, quite pleasant. Front is sweet, the top middling with a tartness that lingers to the end. The hops are pleasing in their spicy bite, the acidity biting with a quite dry aftertaste, a decent drinking beer, a middle of the road Belgian in my humble opinion.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice white ceramic half-liter bottle with an amateurish professional label featuring a monk contemplating a large stemware glass of beer. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 9/04, I opened it on 10/5/03.

Poured a pale cloudy orangish pink under a thin off-white head that lingered and lingered and lingered. Nice lace down the glass. The nose was fruity sweet - apricots, perhaps. The mouth was light, sweet and very carbonated. The initial taste is mild fruitiness and the sweetness so common in francophone brews. The alcohol is certainly present, but I was (pleasantly) surprised by the strength of the hops, providing a lovely bitter finish to balance the sweetness. The aftertaste combines the hops and the fruitiness into a very enjoyable bittersweet experience. Sure, I'll have another.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second time I've been disappointed by the carbonation level in this brewery's flip-top bottles.
Pours a flat-headed, golden colour. The body's beautiful, but no head whatsoever.
Fruity nose, and the same for the taste. A fusel alcohol fruityness, with the sweetnes of malt and barely any hops noticable; they blend into the background to provide bitterness. A quite tasty beer, but where's the bubbles?!?

Photo of mkultra
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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 Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 paterlodie
2.81/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 25-11-2005. Poors in ok with its white head and golden beercolor. Nose is quiet oxidated, litle estery and lots of sweet wortsmell. Taste is oxidated too, sweet and then going into a low bitter aftertaste. Guess this beer is over the edge however from the date it should ok for 3/4 of a year. Shows that bottle conditioning( witch I doubt it has from this one) does a good work in keeping the oxigene out and preserving brews.

Photo of JTuomi
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

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 zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 thesilverhand
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours - from the very cool half-litre ceramic bottle - a nice clear bright amber, with a decent white foam head. The head wasn't as impressive as I hoped for/expected, but it left excellent lace on my tulip.

Fruits - peaches and citrus - are prevalent in the aroma. Some sweetish grain aromas as well, and just a touch of spice. White pepper, perhaps. Fairly mild.

Decent balance. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma; there is a significant malt base here keeping everything steady, and just a touch of hops. There's still fruit, mostly citrus and banana, and a hint of spice. Pepper again, and maybe cloves. The alcohol is noticeable but reasonably well-integrated, although it grows more prevalent as the beer warms. Overall, a very nice triple.

Nice on the palate, medium-strong carbonation keeps it light. Very dry, with the high alcohol becoming apparent.

Definitely a good brew, well worth drinking. It didn't wow me, but I certainly enjoyed it (and probably will again).

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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 ATPete
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 vancurly
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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 belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 TripelJ
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: St. Paul Tripel

Presentation: 1 pt. .9 oz. "dipped" bottle that looks like a small squat champagne bottle. Coating is white with black specks. Nice foil top.

This tripel pours a clear golden with a medium white head of fine bubbles. Lacing is minimal. Light fruity aroma (bananas?) with some spices to back it up. Mouthfeel is light but slightly creamy, but amazingly clean and dry in the finish. This is actually a tripel that is refreshing to drink. Tastes are sweet fruits--citrus, apples, the bananas appear again in the background just before the dry finish. Everything comes together as the beer warms up, keeping the balance and definitely making this one of the most drinkable tripels there is.

Notes: The first time I had this it was a tasting of most of the sterkens line. I don't remember liking it as much then as I do now, but I'm glad I bought it to try again.

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

Deep golden color with a white head. Leaves excellent lacing when sipped down. Aroma is malty, herbal and somewhat medicinal. There is also a slight fruitiness in the aroma. The flavor is also malty and spicy, again with an herbal flavor. It is an easy drinking, light-medium bodied beer. Overall a decent Belgian.

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tall half-liter glass. Pours a bright gold with a stream of tiny bubbles and a colossal head, nearly 3 inches tall, firm and persistent. This is the best pouring Sterkens beer I've gotten; most of the others have seemed rather flat. Nose is full of esters, mostly reminiscent of ripe pears, with a slightly tart twang. Firm maltiness initially, sweet and smooth, with flavorful spicy hops and moderate bitterness. A touch of peppery alcohol and pear-like fruitiness round it out, with a somewhat dry finish. Lots of carbonation and a crisp body.

Easily the best Sterkens beer I've tried. Very nice.

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