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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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481 Ratings
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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, cloudy, golden color with a fairly dense, thick white head.

Initial smell is of citrus and fruit with a pungent hop spiciness. Notes of caramel with pale malt grains.

Taste is sharp and biting. A slight sourness (grapefruit-like) presents itself that quickly gives wave to a strong overall bitterness.

Light to medium in body. A bit acidic.

A decent enough beer. It hides its alcohol strength fairly well with its flavor characteristics. A bit harsh with the bitterness, but fair enough for the style.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy dark orange amber with tons of floaties, dark brown and white. Small, off-white head and lacing. The beer is moderate bodied and the floating particles are suspended in the beer; very interesting looking. An aroma of sweet malt and light fruit, slightly sour. Flavor is sweet malt, light fruit, caramel, vanilla and Belgian spice, somewhat dry finish. Nice flavor progression. A nicely made tripel, somewhat sweeter than others, which is to my taste.

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

Pours a lighter, cloudy orange with a fine white head that lingers.

Smells of bready, rochefort yeast with some alcohol, fruit, floral and honey notes. It has a nice, big nose.

Tastes of honey and bready malt up front that goes into a more bitter, floral middle and ends on a warm alcohol and honey finish. The taste is honey through and through. Good and different.

Medium body with high carbonation is good, could be a bit dryer for my taste.

A good, interesting triple that is yeast driven with some floral, sweet honey notes.

Photo of brewbaker
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of martja
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a gobblet. Appearance was a murkey muted orange with limited bubbles visible rising when held up to the light. half-finger of head disappeared fairly quickly. The smell is sweet with light fruit and yeast notes coming through. The taste is sweet with yeast up front and a bit of hopps on the aftertaste. Slightly bitter on the finish. In the mouth, this explodes to inflate your mouth with bubbles. The yeast and sweetness linger after you swollow with the addition of some bitter hops.
Overall this beer is slightly thicker with the sweetness and yeast, but not overpowering like some in this class. Very nice.

Photo of TAXODRIVER
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of TimoP
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Immortale25
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Back label says best before end 03 03 14 or drink by March 3rd, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a full finger of head that doesn’t do much to retain before rendering itself to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of surface foam. Not much lacing.

S- Has a funk to it that’s backed by some booze fumes. It’s more of a rich funk than a sour one.

T- Initial onset of Belgian yeast that fades quickly into bites of alcohol. Not much depth here. Just that typical Tripel flavor with some heavy booze in the back. A little bit of wet cardboard.

M- Surprisingly low carbonation for a St. Bernardus.

O- Pretty lackluster compared to the other offerings I’ve had. I would say it could be just a bad bottle, but the other beers from the same variety pack were perfectly fine.

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

A: Hazy gold color with a 2 finger head of very tight bubbles that posses good retention. Nice lacing with mild alcohol legs.

S: Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Almost a quad.

T: The taste follows the nose. Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Very big beer flavor. Again, this beer is almost a quad.

M: Light / medium body, spot on pallet cleansing carbonation. Smooth overall, well balanced with mild alcohol warmth.

O: To me this beer is a slightly smaller version of the St. Bernardus Triple. It is a good beer and given the right food paring it has its place. This said, I do prefer the St. Bernardus Triple.

Glass: Tulip.

Serving Temp = 51F.

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of gafferjohn
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

Complements Sun Ra and his Arkestra musics! Download Live at Montreaux. Peace out.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Fitzgerald's in Eagle River. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Lost Abbey tulip. 13 05 13 code on back.

A: Pours a cloudy mustard yellow with an attractive white 2 finger flothy head. Last forever, leaving some real nice lacing, that leopard prints the glass.

N: Some nice Belgian yeast notes supported by some clove-like spice, and bananas. Perfume like hop aroma.

T: Very fruity, some nice orange notes with esthery banana, and clove. A good amount of spice or pepper is apparent.

M: Very effervescent. Lively mouth feel, while have a good creamy texture.

D and O: Fun and easy to drink. A nice bright flavor that has good depth.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.