Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.85/5 rDev +19.5%
The beer poured a cloudy gold with lots of floating sediment and two fingers of white rocky head. The aroma was rich with yeast malt a little berry and some grass. The taste is full malty and sweet with little bursts of sugar. The feel is thick and dry with some alcohol warming on the end. I found this to be a very pleasant beer, and I'm sure I'll be getting more. I'm not sure of it as a session beer, but a triple I will want again and again.
09-12-2008 03:03:57 | More by claytri
4.78/5 rDev +17.7%
Poured into my Duvel Tulip this beer looks awesome. Filled half way through the "Duvel" print with chunky, retentive foam filling the rest of the glass to the brim. After a minute or so it still hasn't moved more than 1/4" down. The beer is a deep yellowish-orange color with big chunks of flaky sediment rising and falling in a convective manor. The smell is also great. Peppery, but sticky-sweet orange aroma. Awesome belgian yeast, very slight hop aroma at the end including coriander, wheat, orange peel, and full, rich esters rising deep into the nose. The flavor is so hard to explain in only a few sentences. Rich, full, explosive, ever changing, and so on. Begins with a sticky sweet orange effect fading into thick and chewy nutty malt characteristic that I never expected. The hop at the end is so ripe and clean that I've never tasted anything like it before. The nutty taste in the middle fades into a chocolate/coffee taste (also very unexpected) before finally fading back into the fresh hop taste that provides a grassy, wheaty aftertaste. I like this tripel especially since it isn't a sugar bomb. It actually has some malt balance while also maintaining that thick, citrusy, sweet flavor that is expected out of a belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is also perfect. It coats the mouth but has a certain dry Saison-like feel that really makes it a great experience. Drinkability, through the roof. One of the best beers I've ever had.
08-22-2007 00:39:41 | More by Rudgers73
4.72/5 rDev +16.3%
Into the St. Bernardus chalice, this looks nothing short of beautiful with a thick, fluffy head to go with the hazy light orange/golden body. The smell is of the richest spices with a faint hint of wheat and mild malts. Fantastic. The taste doesn't disappoint, and what sets this apart from other tripels is the strength of the spices that are presented in the nose and represented well in the taste. These spices add to a complex and strong-presenced mouthfeel and a fantastic beer.
08-25-2007 20:13:10 | More by Neehan
4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
11-01-2006 23:18:03 | More by Metalmonk
4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
I love me a good Tripel, and this was quite a damn good one. It pours to a cloudy golden color with a fat head typical of the style. The head is nice and fluffy white, but not too thick that you can't get a drink on the first sip, and it dies down to a quarter inch after a short while. The smell is malty and sweet with a touch of yeast. Very potent bouqet that makes the mouth water.
The taste is sweet, sweet candy malts. The alcohol is very well hidden, but lets its presence known in the finish. The mouthfeel is harsh at first, but as the beer warms, it seems very light despite all the sediment. The retro-olfactory experience from this beer is unlike any I've ever had. It's like you're exhaling candy.
This was an awesome Tripel. Very drinkable though I would have to recommend the St. Bernardus Tripel also from the Watou brewery in place of this unless you've already had the St. Bernardus Tripel and would like to give this a whirl given the opportunity. It is definately worth it.
01-27-2005 05:33:20 | More by neonbrown82
4.65/5 rDev +14.5%
Pours a cloudy gold with a off white head that starts falling fast. Decent lacing on the way down too. Nose is sweet and a bit yeasty. Typical stuff, but just right I think. Flavor is great. Slight sweetness with a spice that bites the tip of your tongue. The sweetness stays mild and is only joined by a yeasty influence, and never overshadowed. Really a smooth mix of brewing mastery I think. A lot of carbonation on the feel. It might border on being a bit much, but I think it still feels nice on the tongue. Masterfully created and continually drinkable. An amazing brew that is taking the position of one of my favorite tripels. More old school, with nothing schnazzy or wild about it, its a smooth and even production and another St. Bernardus piece of art.
12-30-2007 21:32:23 | More by RblWthACoz
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.