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Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-19-2002

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 11.2 OZ bottle into a tulip glass. The appearance is a golden cloudy color with heavy unfiltered sediment. The aroma is big on citrus. The taste is citrus and acidic.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml bottle with an expiration date of 16-07-17. Serving at about 50 degrees on March 14, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking pale yellow with a lingering, soft and delicate white puffy head.

What an array of aromas including toasted breaded malts, orange, apple, coriander, clove, Belgian candied sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Medium and very soft, smooth texture.

Like the aroma the taste brings out a pleasant toasted sweetness in the Belgian malts, orange, lemon, and other fruity notes, spice, and a sweet low hop bitterness to finish. Extremely well balanced and easy to drink. I am stunned that I have never reviewed this one until now because I know I have had it before.

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Photo of Vixie
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I should have let this one settle longer, it foamed right out of the bottle when I opened it. It is a nice copper color with a large off white head. Lot of carbonation, make sure it has rested a day or two before opening.

One of the stronger smelling examples of the style I have come across. Very fruity, apple, pear, and citrus notes. Quite a bit of yeast in there, giving the smell a bread like character.

Like the smell, a lot of fruit in the taste. There's apple and pear, also some sweetness like honey. Has a nice spiciness on the back.

Fairly thick and smooth going down, one of the thicker examples of the style.

I think my biggest complaint with this one is not buying more of it. It is a little different than the usual triple in that it has fewer citrus notes than I expect, but that makes it somewhat unique. It goes down easy, very drinkable for the strength, and has plenty of flavor. Worth a try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-pours a hazy golden-amber with a big,quickly dissipating,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-lots of big yeast chunks floating
-earthy,white bread,banana,pineapple,clove,honey,floral,oranges,mandarines
-high carbonation
-light to medium body
-alcohol noticeable
Quite different from the St.Bernardus Tripel.Can't quite match it.

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Photo of babaracas
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear medium orange, one finger thick soapy white head, trails lace partway down the glass. Smell: baked apple, pear, biscuit, coriander note. Taste: cooked pear and a bit of apricot jam, note of steely caramel, a bit bready, mildly grassy and peppery. Medium-plus bodied, chill carbonation, warming alcohol note. At this abv this is a great tripel.

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Photo of constantine_272
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bug fluffy whit head that retained a few kilometers for quite a while. Beer is golden brown with a large amount of sediment (that I mostly kept in the bottle with a slow pour). Nevertheless some cloudiness still got into the glass. Steel mineral on the nose with sweet oats and yeast wheat bread. The sweetness continues into the taste with wheat bread and biscuit again but with a rich brown sugar, agave and molasses. A tangy earthy dried leaf continues through the midsection with a rich cedar bark note and a touch of sand. A prickly epervesent tingly bite finishes with a fruity pear and prune note. The finish is excellent. The prickly tangy finish wonderfully balances the sweetness and earthyness. The beer leaves a mildly dry and medium salty finish. Overall, quite delicious. As a whole it delivers a lot of flavor in a balanced package.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Watou Tripel pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is big dark spicy aroma. The taste is yeasty with a smokey spicy flavor that leaves a weird bitterns. Flat body. Overall, strange spice notes, not for me.

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Photo of stevoj
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another spectacular tripel from Belgium. Pours with mile high pillowy head, spicy aroma and spicy/bitter taste. One of my favorite styles, and a another winner from Belgium.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden brown and slightly hazy. Smells yeasty like an old pub, which I suppose is how a Belgian should smell :-) the taste is well balanced and complex, sweet with the distinct alcohol flavor of a 7.5 ABV. Belgians aren't really my thing, but I find this one pretty agreeable. Would drink again.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy apricot colour topped by a fizzy 2 1/2 finger white head. Lots of lacing.

S- Faint aromas of pear, apple, spicy cloves, and yeast. If one didn't know it was a Belgian before sniffing this brew, chances are they know afterward.

T-Apple, Pear, a little bit of cloves, and a lot of yeast. Refreshing Tripel.

M- Medium body and high carbonation. Great feel.

O- One of the best Tripels I've had to date. It's no Fin du Monde but it doesn't lag far behind! At 7.5% ABV, it's one of the lower alcohol Tripels I've seen so if you're looking for that Tripel flavour without the 8%+ ABV, give this one a try.

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Photo of SebD
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it with a fair amount of sediment. It has a nice thick white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, apples, pears, some breadiness, pepper and faint cloves.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has Belgian yeast upfront, apples, pears, pepper, cloves and some bready undertones.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheHammer
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a solid thumb of head that laced well and managed to stick around for some time. The body is a cloudy yellow with slight amber notes. Dark black specks of sediment stick to the sides of the glass, even despite a reserved pour. They are very noticeable from the ample carbonation in the body.

Smell: Even with ample warming, there just isn't enough of a presence here as white wine with notes of biscuit malt and touches of orange zest come forward. It's nice, but far too mild.

Taste: There is a very strong bready presence to this beer and it has almost a chewy consistency to it somehow. Starting out with ample soft biscuity malt that then turns to a fruitier candied orange peel and grape taste that honestly reminds me of the Italian cake Panettone, as it then ends with a bit of a white wine splash.

Mouthfeel: As I said it has an almost chewy consistency as the ample carbonation really kicks it into overdrive. The aftertaste is a mild wine taste, which takes on a bit of an acidic tone I'm not a fan of, but the calm excellent transitioning helps it's case too. Sadly though that wine aspect is partially because it doesn't hide it's alcohol content very well.

Drinkability: Surprisingly light bodied for something which such a high ABV and easy to drink. Refreshing but very flavourful, but still a bit winey for my tastes. Easy on the system though, but it lacks a crispness to it that I think it would benefit from.

Final Thoughts: I looked at this beer and knew that this was going to be the weaker beer between it and St. Bernardus Tripel. That said, the two beers seem to have far different focuses and interpretations on the style. This one focuses more on the breadiness and reigning in the flavour of the yeast, which makes for an interesting experience. A solid offering, regardless though.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a St Bernardus mix selection (boxed sampler)
Appearance: pured cloudy amber with copious effervescence, foamy egg shell head which took some time to resolve, leaving a sticky lacing,

Smell: yeast, sweet fruity scent of apple, pear and a hint of clove/pepper

Taste: sweet malt forward, bready with a hint of candied fruits, citrus and a little pungent at the end note with a bit of astringency from the alcohol/carbonation. .

Mouthfeel: Sufficient carbonation and astringency to offset malt and associated sweetness, not excessive.

Overall: Rather good for the style, IMHO it’s a sweeter version of Fin du monde with a slightly less complex bouquet, but still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of thehyperduck
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Photo of DaveBar
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of kevinlater
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | 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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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from chilled 330 ml bottle into a tulip snifter. Produced a lovely white pillowy head, with stellar lacing and film. A cloudy golden yellow hue to this beer, quite attractive.

S - quite crisp , light floral and yeasty aromas, pleasant fermentation esters, some raw sugary notes, some hay and meadow character, gradually it opens with more gentle spiciness, honey, lavender almost. Quite a delicate, creamy aroma, with growing yeast presence as well as more banana notes.

T - strong body of creamy sweet notes at the start, candi sugars, yeasty spice and florals, adding a slight hay rustic malt character. Indeed there is a nice clean malt base with some ginger/allspice notes, some citrus notes with lemoncake, and gradually complex rich fruity characters emerge as well, pears, orange and quite an earthy note in the middle as there is some growing spice and earthy character to it with some nice (subtle) hop character. Very delightful, some of the initial sugar character gets a subtle tart citrus edge along with some complex bitterness and spice that transitions to a drawn out satisfying finish.

M - Quite nice, a bit sweet at the beginning and this leaves some stickiness, but a moderate carb and a good balanced body through the process make this a quite enjoyable Tripel. A fairly big body, and some of the alcohol adds a prickle to it, but a very compete package.

A very true tripel with a really impactful and competent flavour wrapped in a very succinct and balanced profile. Very satisfying and interesting from start to finish with little surprises, it makes for quite an enjoyable sipper, and is certainly got the balance very in tune with where it is aiming. Personally, maybe it was a touch sweet with the candi sugars to begin but I enjoyed it a lot in any case. Very lovely. This brewery is on point with their beers.

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Photo of BeerStyx
3/5  rDev -25.6%

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%

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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 25 04 16 at 45 degrees into
Aroma fruity
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty, few small irregular islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor light and somewhat fruity with no distinct fruit flavors. No alcohol, no hops, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends quickly.
Palate light, watery, very lively carbonation

Very champagne-like, nice aroma, average appearance, not much flavor, nice palate. This was part of a St. Bernard mixed pack.

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Photo of Chris_Burton
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian ale is still a style I'm fairly inexperienced in, and I've never knowingly tried a Tripel before. I definitely intend to try more Belgian beer in the future, because this stuff is really good!

It poured a pale to golden body with a finger of white head. The aroma was zesty and fruity, with hints of orange and lemon

It tasted mostly as I would expect a Belgian beer to taste based on my limited experience, low on hops but very malty and full bodied with moderate carbonation. As with other Belgian beers it is deceptive: you wouldn't guess it had a higher ABV.

All in all a great beer. I must explore more Belgian beer in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

Very large and thick frothy white head forms on the pour. Three to four fingers deep and lots of retention. Thick creamy clumps of ring lacing sit on top of a bright lemon body with a fast layer of middle carbonation rising. A real impressive looking tripel.

Bouquet is quite classic Belgian standard only more subtle and toned down. Hints of mellow candi sugar, light honey too. Slight wine like aromas but otherwise pretty straightforward.

Palate comes with subtlety and simple enjoyable flavors. A little bit of wine crispness, but malt and sugar honey sweetness lightly coat. Slightly crisp and bubbly not particularly dry. Fruit character or boozy qualities not really noticeable either. Good coating in the palate without being too sweet or thick.

Overall a pretty solid straightforward tripel but one that doesn't knock my socks off.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle obtained from a St. Bernardus mixed 6-pack poured into a goblet. A rich burnished golden color with an imposing fluffy white head, classic Belgian look. Massive banana and clove aromas, along with another note consistent with spicy, slightly woody Belgian yeast. I found this one to be sweet and malty for a tripel, with notably less overt alcohol on the palate than one often gets with such brews. Malt backbone recalls brown sugar, a little butterscotch, and lightly burnt pancakes. Fruity and spicy, featuring clove and cinnamon phenols coupled with assertive banana and baked pear. The yeast recalls a hefeweizen. Impressively hoppy for the style as well, with some noble hop and gooseberry notes showing up in the fairly sweet but not cloying finish. Highly carbonated but quite smooth and on the thick side of the Belgian ale body continuum. It was interesting to sample a tripel that was largely true to style but nevertheless sweeter and less boozy than the iconic examples.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Orval chalice. The beer is dark gold in color and fairly clear with just a slight bit of haze. It sports a rather thin head that dies down to a thin lacing in less than a minute. The nose has lots of sweet, fruity aromas of apples, pears, and grapes. It also has some nice rich bready notes from the malt.

Medium-full body, smooth creamy feel, and a sweet, fruity flavor sum up this beer. Apples and fresh toast greet you up front. Next, come some spicy clove-like notes and just a hint of hoppy goodness. There's no real alcohol heat or booziness, just soft sweet flavors with a complementary spice. The finish is like apple juice and champagne.

Overall, a good Tripel, though it lacks a bit of the flavor complexity of their St. Bernardus Tripel. This one is a bit sweet and lacks some of the spice. Still, if you try one you've got to try the other!

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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