Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of AlexFields
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle served fairly cold into a wine glass. Purchased as part of the St. Bernardus taster's six pack. Works out to about $3.20 / bottle.

Appearance - Hazy, pale golden color. Impressive retention on a one finger head, lots of lively bubbles throughout. Good looking tripel overall.

Smell - Sweet and inviting, some peaches and / or nectarines and a hint of pear. Some light spices and coriander. Sweet candied sugar in a yeasty way that's reminiscent of La Fin Du Monde. The nose only gets bigger as the beer warms.

Taste - Sweet and inviting again, some fruits, caramel and a suggestion of baked goods. Lots of yeast and many delicate fruit flavors such as pear, grape, nectarine seamlessly roll into one. Slightly boozy on the back end, but contained pretty well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, with prickly carbonation and a dry finish although not abnormally so for a tripel.

Overall - Very delicate tripel with a lot of fruit subtleties. Inviting and delicious and a great start to the taster's pack overall.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.51/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from a St. Bernardus sampler pack; best before May 20 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy, highly effervescent golden-yellow colour, topped with over two fingers of extremely resilient, fluffy white head. It wilts gradually over the next twenty minutes, eventually settling into a dense, creamy cap and wide collar, with plenty of sticky lace. The aroma is dominated by fruity esters of red apple and pear, with lesser notes of apricot and banana. Somewhat yeasty, with clove and candi sugar; enticing and appropriate for the style, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Possibly the smoothest-drinking tripel I've ever had. The flavour profile follows the nose quite closely, with red apples, pear, apricot and other orchard fruits coming through initially. Somewhat citrusy for the style, with hints of lemon and orange mixing it up alongside a very prominent banana note mid-sip. Some phenolic spice is present at the finish, but it's fairly mild, offering up only a light hint of clove within a yeasty finish, with some residual sweetness. Medium-bodied, with (initially) assertive carbonation that softens quite quickly, resulting in a creamy, smooth, satisfying beverage for the remainder of the glass.

Final Grade: 4.00, an A-. Watou Tripel is a well-made Belgian-style brew that is easy to like, but is not likely to amaze. The flavour profile is highly enjoyable, but not very complex for this style - lacking many of the inviting aromatic notes and the spicy kick I tend to expect from this sort of strong ale. It's still a very solid effort that I'd happily drink again, but in the end it's a victim of strong competition - it's just not one of the better tripels I've had over the years. Worth a look, if nothing else.

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4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DaveBar
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a mixed 6pk for $18.00. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Very good. Nice dark gold. Unfiltered. Nice high white head that lasts and lasts

S- Excellent yeast. White all the way you can't miss it.

T- Nice blend between a white and tripel. Enjoyably light. This one is like a heavy Hoegaarden

F- Creamy good. Enjoyable. Dry

O- Nice but expensive. Wanted to try the mixed six so I had a few beers that I have never had from this company. It's worth the $18.00.

Food Pairing

This wonderful little blend went well with...... Grilled cheese sandwiches. The white/tripel just cut right through cheese and onion.


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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kevinlater
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into large wine glass. best before may 20, 2016. consumed on november 28, 2014

a: a hazy and dull orange-yellow, almost looks like mango nectar or something. two fingers of fluffy belgian head

s: spicy and bready with undertones of banana, orange, apple, pear, and maybe even peaches

t: big flavours of everything in the nose. sugary sweet spicy banana bread with flashes of citrus fruits, apples and pears. the beer is quite sweet overall, but there's a great low-to-moderate bitterness at the end to keep things in check

m: the carbonation is really harsh at first, but mellows as the temperature increases. the liquid is quite thick, nearly full-bodied

o: such a solid tripel. tastes great and has a killer mouthfeel

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3.52/5  rDev -13.3%

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4.44/5  rDev +9.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.