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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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260 Reviews
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Reviews: 260
Hads: 507
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 28
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of the same with a fruity finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and tasty tripel. I am glad I was able to try this one as I have never seen it around in stores.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast that contribute notes of bananas with notes of candi sugar and hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some malty sweetness followed by hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well, but the high amount of candi sugar is what causes you to need to sip it. It’s a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Tripel pours out as yellow color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell had a floral and earthy mix of aromas. The taste has a bit of spice, hop bitterness and a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and has a bit of a stinging feeling. Overall the beer isn't a bad Tripel.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a magnificent head that only the Belgians seem to be able to produce, by and large; clumps of foam stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Peppery butterscotch, if you can believe it, with a pear tone underlying it all; hints of honey and vanilla come through as well

Taste: Sweet, bready opening with a developing yeasty aspect that imparts the pear, vanilla and honey elements noticed in the aroma; after the swallow, the sweeter and peppery flavors meld together very nicely for a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: If find many of the so-called great tripels a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking; this beer provides a nice compromise and therefore is readily drinkable

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, St. Bernardus offers one of the best beers per style on the market. A beer that concentrates more on flavor than power, but seems to make both bold and yet balanced anyway.

Beautifully fruity, malty, sugary, spicy, estery, and warming. Peaches, pears, apples, grapes, with a lightly cidery-honey sweetness. Reminescent of sweetheart candies.

Light and powdery to the mouth. Following up on Witbier spices and textures. Warming sweet alcohols thin the beer nicely with no off flavors. Finishes extremely clean for such sugared and fermented beer.

The body nor the head retention ever give in. The golden color offers a light haze with light yeast present. The aftertaste remains musky and dusty. I don't see a tripel getting much better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey and slightly hazy color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of spices, malt and Belgian yeast. Taste does include a large dose of spices and honey with a dry finish and slightly funky yeast. Body is above average and carbonation is excellent. Still haven’t had a bad beer from this brewery.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy bronze color with golden highlights. It had a foamy, tan head that left streaks of intricate lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with notes of grains, banana and clove. There was even a slight funkiness.

T - It tasted fruity and spiced. Good caramel and grain flavors with a yeasty kick. There was some clove present.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - St. Bernardus never fails to deliver a great brew. This tripel is is no exception.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich amber with a hint of orange... like a ripe, juicy peach. The beer is lucent at the moment, but the bottom portion of the bottle is chock full of yeast that are just waiting for their chance to escape. Like almost all quality Belgian ales, the head on this one is a masterpiece made of foam. This is an outstanding looking tripel.

The nose is more golden fruity than most (pears greater than apples), is less spicy and is less alcoholic. At only 7.5%, the last of those is hardly surprising. I hate to insult this fine ale by comparing it to something other than beer, but the nose reminds me of a high quality, especially pear-like Chardonnay.

Watou Tripel may not be the deepest, most complex tripel on the block. However, it's one of the friendliest, most refined, most straightforwardly delicious versions that I've had in quite some time. I wonder how much the slightly lower alcohol content is contributing to both of those impressions. This would be a great choice to introduce newbies to Belgian beer in general and to the tripel style in particular.

Sun-ripened fruit is the centerpiece of this wonderous ale. Buttery pears, ripe bananas and zesty oranges swirl this way and that, the whole sprinkled with a perfect complement of ground clove. I can't emphasize enough how perfectly melded the various members of the flavor profile are. The beer is pale malty sweet, herbal hoppy (Target, Syrian Goldings) and warmly spiced from the Belgian yeast. I'm more and more impressed with each passing ounce.

This Brouwerij St. Bernadus offering may not be as multi-faceted as some, but it's still a perfectly polished gemstone of a beer. Nowhere is that more evident than the mouthfeel. I'm in amazement at how the feel matches the flavor: smooth, supple, soft and angelically light. A more Belgianesque amount of carbonation might have made it perfect, but who's to say? It's pretty damn good just the way it is.

I'm hardly alone in feeling this way, but I love St. Bernardus beer. This is my fourth one to date and they've all been incredible. I love bold, powerful, spicy tripels; and I love the more refined, polished ones as well. Watou Tripel is a proud member of the latter group and is a beer that I won't soon forget. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 21 06 10.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, golden body with a huge, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of spicy hops, lightly bready malts, orange blossom honey, and cracked black pepper.

Taste: Lightly bready malts sweetened with honey and light caramel sauce. Spicy hops with a medium bitterness. Touch of peach fruitiness. Dash of hop spices. There's a little 'pop' of acidity. Odd hint of licorice comes and goes. This is followed by a bit of sourness. And this is followed by some alcohol warmth as you're led into the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: I rather enjoyed it. A very nice tripel, a style, I'll admit, I can be a bit fussy towards. It's got the usual tripel traits, but it's like someone blended in a sweeter, bready Vienna lager into it. There, I had to get that off my chest. And you know what? It felt good. It's good to be honest.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very fizzy and bubbly 1 finger head that pops its way downwards somewhat quickly. The beer is yeast chunk filled and hazy toasty orange with hints of maroon.

The nose is not what I would expect for a typical tripel, but def has that St Bernardus aroma. Some Belgian malts, laced with lots of fruits, plenty of fig, raisin, apricot, little apple, etc. A hint of candi sugar.

Taste brings a nice blend of the same that the nose brought. Starts slightly dry actually, with some Belgian soft malts. Then the fruits come, pretty much the same boat with fig, raisin, apricot, apple, dates, etc. I get some nice light Belgian candi sugar, toffee, and slightest hint of a smoked taste later on teh palate. As it finishes it dries off even more, leaving a nice lingering soft malt and fruit flavors, with hints of dried candi sugar.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It has a nice dry complexion, not bad flavors and nothing negative lingering around the mouth. Despite being 7.5% it drinks very well too, not boozy at all.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.

It's clear with a pale amber hue. The white foamy head doesn't stand too long on its hind legs, but, once back on all fours, it lingers on, seemingly unendingly. Kinda reassuring, actually. Some variable-length deposits of webbed lacing is formed, evidence of the fortitude contained in this glass. This just wouldn't be a tripel without some clove and banana, and our boy doesn't disappoint. In fact, it downright appoints. *Insert rim shot here* But seriously, folks, the banana and clove are there in abundance, joined in their nasal migration by some coriander, orange peel, and pineapple, not a rare combination but not wholly ordinary either. It should come as no surprise, then, that the taste takes these elements and introduces them to a new habitat. Yes, there is a risk that they won't get along so well in their newfound captivity, but, so far, they seem to be adapting just fine. In fact, they are even joined by a warm breadiness and a rounded tartness. Not only are they interacting with no problems, they're downright getting along. It's what you always hope for when you get involved in flavor relocation and confinement. The modd is light, but not too light: some necessary seriousness is bound to find its way in. But that's life. Regardless, things go down quite smoothly, allowing for happiness to continuously pervade for some time. Well, back to observation...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts with a flavorful burst of spice and fruit, followed by the breadiness of Belgian yeast. A little sweeter than most that I've had in the style but it works. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this one is a little bit more sessionable than most Tripels, which makes it a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening, especially if you want a decently powerful Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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, it’s a smooth and even production and another St. Bernardus piece of art.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 10/25/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apricot, banana, clove, biscuit, bubblegum, candi sugar, herbal spice, and some yeast funk. Decent aromas that are a bit muted. Taste of lemon, banana, bubblegum, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of clove, banana, citrus, candi sugar, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Much more fruity than it is spicy. A touch on the dry side for a Tripel. Good flavor balance and decent complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is almost invisible with almost no warming noticeable on the finish. Overall this is definitely a very nice, well balanced, and drinkable Tripel. I have to admit that I expected a lot more from St. Bernard on this one though.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge near white head. It starts tight but dissipates to large bubbles s-l-o-w-l-y; leaves a rocky center. Hazy yellow color. Some interesting strands of darker yeast sediment are suspended in the broth.

Mild aroma of spent grains and freshly malted barley.

First impression is that this is highly carbonated, almost like a soda pop. There is a light lemony presence to an otherwise lightly sweet molasses touch. The aftertaste is toward the tart side.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fierce sound, clearly heralding something good, or at least, we hope...
Hazy golden hue, fervent carbonation, with a huge, creamy white head atop, very attractive.
Citrus and spice in the nose, very bold and bright and uplifting with flavor...pepper and clove, coriander, lemon zest...like a witbier with a bit more cojones...
taste is fully flavored, juicy, zesty, spicy, brisk, bristling, brilliant...with a certain sugary kick...a little candy-ish, treacly, sticky-sweet...but I can't help but like it..medium-bodied, a trifle thin, actually,..but still good....a very nice tripel, if un-trancesdental.
Awully tasty, zesty, sweet...and a little bit strong, ...this lands in the good category, and that's very fine.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this with me. Review from notes.

A: Hazy yellow appearance with a steady flow of bubbles rising from the depths of the Watou goblet. As expected, there is a very nice, thick head atop the beer that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, orange peel.

T: A very tasty beer, though not quite as complex as I had hoped. It's slightly sweet, with a pretty enjoyable flavor.

M: Alcohol could be hidden a little better, though the beer still has a good feel. Warming alcohol note in the finish.

D: A solid tripel, though not in the upper echelon. I'd be happy to drink this again.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast floaties. It has a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and fruity scent that boasts of pale malts and Belgian yeast. It has an earthiness to it along with some hints of coriander and bitter orange peel. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a fruity/tart bite. It rings in at 7.5% abv., but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has a smooth malty flavor that is crisp and easy to drink. The yeast adds a nice fruity character which makes the beer for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy orange in color with some yellow highlights. One finger head hangs around a while and some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness and yeast are all easily detectable.

Taste: nice malt sweetness that is nicely balanced with lemon zest, orange slices, pears, yeast, pepper, and a hint of alcohol. Nice bitterness wraps itself around the sweetness too.

Mouthfeel: crisp thoughout. Very short aftertaste is dominated by sweetness, citrus, and yeast. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: very easy to drink and went down pretty quick. I found this to be nicely refreshing for sitting on the deck on a nice spring afternoon.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown bottle, best before 23 Jul 2012, poured into the correct glass. The beer came from the famous fridges in the Brouwerhuys, (the brewers house) the beautifully appointed B&B next door to the brewery. Highly recommended as a place to stay if you ever get the chance to visit that area of Belgium.

This review was done while sitting at the huge round table in the guest lounge, no better place on earth to drink St Bernardus beers!

The glass held a hazy, golden orange beer, a large foaming, creamy white head sat on top.

The aroma given off were complexed and diverse, pepper, lemon zest, corriander, cloves and bread dough. All those but with a beery undertone as the alcohol esters mingled around them.

Sweet, yet acidic taste, a master blend of all thing good about Belgian beers and St Bernardus in perticular.

Very drinkable in every sense of the word.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
90 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.