Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002

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Reviews by NiceGuyMike:
Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Pours a dark hazy orange gold with big pillowy head. Lots and lots of sediments and lacing.
*Smells of light lemon citrus. Sweet malts
*Tastes of very sweet warming malts. Bitter sweetness follows the rear. Almost chewy.
*Think bold full bodied mouthfeel. Sweetness seems to suck the moisture from my mouth.
I am not overwhelmed by this brew. It is easy drinking though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerStyx
3/5  rDev -26.1%

It's okay. Taste like what you would expect a "normal" beer to taste like (like it is the most quintessential beer that one could expect). Aftertaste is a bit strong. Ordinary, nothing special.

Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey-brown. Medium tan head. The nose is sweet with honey and hints of bread and yeast. A little fruity. Taste is medium-sweetness off the top with some yeasty notes. Some spice on the finish and again, yeast lingers. Some earthy notes off the back. Mouthfeel and lively and turns to a drier finish. Finish remins me of Orval, meaning somewhat of a woody hint. A nice triple but hardly the best example of the style. Looking for a little more liveliness. Sweetness was good and overall drinkability was decent.

Photo of RoyalT
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a murky, dull orange in color with a good, white head that showed some retention and left tons of Belgian lace on the inside of my glass.

Smell – This one has a soft aroma, even when warm. The light yeast and sturdy orange peel are well-mated. I can pick up a subtle sense of alcohol as well.

Taste – The smells from the nose made it rightly to the taste. The orange and yeast come together like two halves of a zipper. The spicing is light and made up mostly of coriander.

Mouthfeel – This one is a hair above medium-bodied, it’s actually on the lighter side for the style, with fluffy cheek-puffing carbonation and a light alcohol warming. I tell you though, drinking this at close to room temperature is like drinking air. It is one of the smoothest beers that I’ve ever had.

Drinkability – The flavors here are a bit subtle, so if you liked to be smacked around in the taste buds when drinking Abbey Tripels this may not be your cup of tea. But man oh man this beer defines a “velvety mouthfeel”.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Light orange in color with a medium head that retains well; beautifully carbonated. Very spicy nose, with a little tart apple. Pleasantly spicy taste, yeasty, a little fruit. Light, good in the mouth, a little tart. Could drink a few of these.

Photo of generallee
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a goblet. There is a best before date of 21-06-10 on the back label and it was sampled on 7-1-09.

Appearance: Its head is foamy white in color, thin (about one finger) and fades quickly to a very thin wispy covering with very little lacing. The body is golden tan in color and has a hazy appearance with lots of tan colored yeast sediment floating in it.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet fruity and estery nose with hints of dry earthy yeast and some very light hints of spicy/floral hops.

Taste/Mouth: It starts with fruity apple and apple wood notes, mixed with light bready malty notes that have a honey on soft white bread sweetness. The flavor starts to dry and I notice hints of dry white grape notes and dry funky yeast. This leads into the finish along with mellow spice and bitterness from the hops. Its texture is lively yet smooth with nice champagne like carbonation inside of a solid medium body.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable Tripel. I liked the mellow sweetness that slowly dried out towards the finish and the champagne like texture and grape flavor.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle served in a Chimay chalice dated 06/10. Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a very creamy white head constant streams of knit bubbles race to the surface good retention leaving some webs of lace with a steady creamy layer atop.Not much yeast at the bottom of the bottle

dry yeasty aromas with slighy phenolics complex light fruitiness pears/apples/white grapes. Pleasing aroma,very clean and delicate.

Very light and dry vinious with white wine like qualities with a hint of pear,very light mouthfeel and well carbinated,nice balance with crisp tart bitterness with a touch of citrus.A touch phenolic taste at the finish slight plastic,not offensive not much yeasty taste,very smooth and drinkable. A light version of their regular Tripel. Would be a good starter Belgian beer.

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

poured into oversized wine glass form 11.2 oz bottle. pours a cloudy peachy color full of sediment. nice size white bubbly head. great head retention lasting till the end of the glass with a lot of great sticky lacing.

the smell is tart, sweet with a lot of light fruits. lots of spice. yeasty with a little phenolics. not quite what i was expecting, but good nontheless.

the taste is unlike any tripel ive had, but very very good. starts out sour which gives way to a nice blend of spices. which in turn give way to apples, pears, grapes, a little bit of alcohol. not a lot of that usual tripel yeast flavor coming through.

medium to heavy mouthfeel, starts with a high prickly carbonation then settles to a rather low carb towards the end.

very drinkable for a tripel, i would imagine this would age very well too. if your looking for a different kind of authentic tripel, this is for you.

Photo of Underrower
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the St Bernardus Mixed Selection six pack served in a goblet.

Appearance is a little darker than most Belgian tripels I have had, and this has bubbles rising to the top and floaties suspended throughout. I like the look of this!

Smells like fruity yeast esters. Interesting.

Taste and smell really open up as it warms. Smells sweeter as it warms. When colder, dark roasted malts and then Belgin hops- no floral or citrus but oakish wood like hops and a drying type finish that never completely dries and is far from puckering. As it warms, the transition to hops seems faster and they get more pronounced. A little sourness stays on the back of your tongue after you have swallowed. Boozy, yeasty, hoppy, aged tasting, superbly crafted like a Belgian triple should be.

Mouth feel is slick and viscous and then the sizzle of carbonation then back to a smooth feeling. Nice mouth feel.

Overall this is an outstanding tripel. If I was going to drink a tripel, I would probably want this one or Allagash Curieux but I still have the St Bernardus Tripel on deck to try next. This Watou Tripel has an old antique/old world type taste to it that I do not get in Tripel Karmeliet or La Fin Du Monde. I like that taste of have been sitting in a cellar aging for a century so that is a bonus. Tripels are not my favorite style as generally the stronger hop presence is not my bag. For context, I like sweet beers in the style of Belgian Strong Dark Ales, Bruins, Dubbels etc.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 29/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with good hints of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and funk. Lots of fruit esters with hints of banana, apple, pear, and white grape along with citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian taste with big notes of zesty fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, funk, and pepper. Classic Belgian fruit flavors of banana, pear, white grapes, and green apple. Zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Backing pale malt and wheat with notes of straw, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle earthy backing notes of grassy hops. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a carbonation level on the heavier side of medium. Juicy, spicy, and drying on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable but things are still fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good Belgian Tripel. Nice mix of zesty fruit esters and spicy yeast.

Photo of kingjames1
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour a beautiful murky champaigne, with a huge, white, rocky head. Great looking beer. Smells equally great. Yeasty goodness - bread and fruitiness/sugars. Sweet and sour. Taste is rich, spicy with vanilla. Hops bring a nice dryness to the finish. Good carbonation for the style. Quite drinkable. This is lovely with some age on it.

Photo of frankiepop
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle & into St. B's goblet that says "Watou." So cool to drink Watou from a Watou glass! The perfect glass???? Fair smoke on opening that produced a dark to light golden brownish beer. Quite cloudy. Nice white head with some good lacing.

Aroma is dominated by the yeast, cloves, and banana notes. I don't know I stole that but a sweetness arises up from the beer nice. Oops I spilled some.

This is kinda surprising dry and tasty beer. Really not bitter. Not sweet. Creamy with little alcohol flavor. Kind of light and spiced nicely. Balanced.

A wonderful tripel that is comparable and different from Chimay, but definitely in that league. I would agree that St. Bs Tripel or Delerium Tremens are better tripels, but in the league. But like a good Belgian brew, Watou passes the test as a beautiful, complex, enigmatic, and spell binding.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium straw color, with two fingers of rising-flood-like, thin foamy, puffy white head, which leaves some nice stalagmite-esque lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of wheat grain, banana ester, clove, a bit of laboratory alcohol, and mild earthy yeast. The taste is fruity, sugary malt, a bit of peppery, savoury spice, and a subtle, almost totally hidden, boozy warmth. Any bubbles initially prevalent disappear quickly, rendering only a very mild overall carbonation. The body is medium weight, in the manner of fruit juice, and it finishes fairly dry, the alcohol and herbal hops, in a still very subverted manner, dampening the potential Belgian sugar bomb.

An easy enough triple to put back - the sweetness, whether sugar or alcohol oriented, kept very much in check.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel

Appearance- orangey yellow with a big billowy head. Laced the glass nicely.
Smell- sugary sweet with hints of clove lemon and alcohol
Taste- super sweet with alcohol and spice dominant
Mouthfeel- warm and bubbly. sweet sweet sweet.

Overall- a decent Tripel, not worth the $9. Go with Tripel Karmeliet instead.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden color with orange hues, one-finger deep, fluffy, soft, sticky all-white head, dissipation is slow, which is good. As the levels go down it leavs large clumps of stickiness with a big clump of active foaminess in the middle.

A very sweet scented pale malt greets the nose first with spicey, herbal, zesty sour fruits but also dark berries like red grapes and blackberries. which gives off a nice aroma and good depth.

The spicey, herbal, sour fruits seems to impact my pallette first, then comes the sweet-pale malt flavor that is in perfect balance it seems. The 7.5 % alcohol heat is very subtle, you hardly realiz it's there, which makes for a nice hidden treat when you start to feel the buzz. Bannana, cloves, anda rather low hop profile gives off nice complexity. The malt really resonates and the sometimes leafy hops are much more mellow in this tripel.

This is a light to medium feel, soft but lively...rather luxurious, which is exactly what I've come to expect from high-quality Belgian ales.

I enjoyed every minute of this stuff.

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

The Watou tripel is a pale golden yellow with creamy white head. It settles somewhat slowly but leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is full of character with lots of orchard fruit like pears and apples, some mild spices, and floral notes.

Flavor is excellent as well. The fruit comes through strong here but there is an addition of lemon and vanilla. A little bit of cake sweetness but still well-balanced. The spice from the St. Bernardus yeast is familiar and, as always, adds a really enjoyable depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate to high in carbonation. Balance is great and alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a great beer but that's no surprise - that's all these monks know how to do.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Bier Temple in Brugges, Belgium. Best by Oct. 17, 2007, but I already let this sit 6 weeks, I just couldn't wait any longer!

Pours a very creamy, dense head that sat there forever on top of a gorgeous gold that went from a sunny yellow to burnt-orange. Beautiful. Back to that head: this is easily one of the creamiest heads I've ever seen. The fast bubble action keeps the bubbles regenerating, and the head bubbles are tiny, making for that slick, smooth surface. Light dots and splotches of lace seal the deal: this is a spectacular-looking beer.

The aroma just screams greatness. Such well-mingled spice, herb and fruit aromas it's hard to pick anything out in particular. The smell is bold, and its one that you just sit there smelling, almost forgetting you're here primarily to drink it. (Almost!) There's a good bit of alcohol coming into the nose too. Wonderful.

A good heat comes from the alcohol, that's the first sensation picked up in the flavor. And while it's not a wildly boozy beer, the 7.5% is strong enough to figure into the flavor pretty high. But it's neither overpowering nor cloying. Just helps give some intensity to the flavors. And the flavors remind of the aroma, in that there are myriad spices, herbs and fruits swirling around, but it's hard to isolate any one or several. Things like white grape, clove, honey, cinnamon, pepper, mango, and caramel flash by, but it's kind of different every sip. A woody, almost cork-like smack hits in the finish, but it's luckily downplayed and overtaken by the wonderful hot alcohol zing that keeps this beer going and going.

While drinking through the crazily creamy head is one of the best experiences this beer offers, the scattered, airy mouthfeel is the price you pay for that great head. Things just dissipate and dissolve too quickly in the mouth, breaking up the solid finish you want. Lacks some heft, it does. It's certainly not a bad mouthfeel, just...weird.

At 7.5%, you could have two or three and be in tripel heaven. Utterly enjoyable, a superb experience.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has been cellared for 9 months.

Pours a clear yellow/light orange with good carbonation and nice fluffy head. Good yeasty nose with some appley smell. Taste is of nice appley/citrus with some light bread flavors and yeast on the finish. Some good spice throught the middle and breadiness increases a bit on the finish. apple flavors linger on the aftertaste. Nice and light. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, but a tiny bit too carbonated. Drinkability is quite good, as it should be though for a triple coming in at a mere 7.5%. Fine example of the style, and an enjoyable beer. beware on the pour, as there is quite a bit of sediment in the bottom. great beer.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity orange yeast with tropical notes. Orange colour and lace. Easy drink. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is present reminding you its booze, eh? So, it's a winter drink. Not the top, but a fine example of the style.
Another bottle a year later and observe yeasty malty. Two years later and observe head, malty, drinkability.

Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with 1/2" of foamy, bubbly head that has good retention. The nose has notes of clove, wheat, and yeast. The taste is wheat, bubblegum, apples, grapes, clove, and yeast. The alcohol is slightly noticeable, but only adds warmth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth.

Overall, this is a solid tripel. It's well balanced, complex, and delicious.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, poured into a long tulip glass.

Cloudy, peach colored body with lots of sediment floating around. Large head that leaves good lacing.
Aroma is yeasty with grassy, floral notes.
Taste is in balance between malt and hops. Although it's not that strong, it has an alcoholic taste.
Body feels medium, crisp and carbonation is medium to high.

Overall it is a decent Tripel. Not the best I had but neither the worst.

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with white head. Smell is a little funky, not necessarily in a good way.Tastes like a basic, but good tripel. Not the best I've had, but there is a pleasant mix of belgian candi sugar with spice. I'd also say it's a touch hoppier than most belgians. Either way, its still a pretty good beer and affordable for an import. I think I paid about $8 for a 750mL. Cheers.

Photo of dougnboston
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer, albeit a bit on the lighter side, missing some strength I expect in a triple. Color is appropriate, but the head died quickly. I like this beer, but it's not nearly the best belgium triple I've tasted. Creamy and smooth. Well constructed. Slight bitter finish. Nose is sweet and easy.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer gave a head for a short while. There’s no lacing on the glass. Just a very thin layer on top.
The colour is a misty ruby orange. I can’t see a lot of carbonation, but there is a reasonable amount of yeast floating around.
To my surprise, the odour is light and fresh. A lot of spices and fruit: garden spices and tropical fruit. Yeast is strong as is the malt.
It starts off with overpowering yeast, followed by reasonable carbonation. A lemon and tempered passion fruit sensation takes over. Milk chocolate malt and slight metallic alcohol. The yeast finishes off again.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Full bodied beer. It warms as it lingers in the mouth. A bit syrupy.
A mellow bitterness keeps swirling around the tongue, while yeast floats on the tongue. The orange has mixed with the saliva. My stomach glows of alcohol.

One word: Great!

Photo of bashiba
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is light and fruity with a touch of apple.

Flavor is light and musty with hints of banana and mango, light grassy hops try to keep up with the fruity sweetness, but overall the sugar overpowers the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and finishes dry.

A decent tripel, but I don't care for it near as well as the regular St Bernarudus Tripel.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.