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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of dasenebler
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by August 2013.

Pours a hazy straw orange with a frothy but lasting head. Good lacing and average retention for the style.

Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Yeasty and phenolic with notes of vanilla, orange and peach.

This is a spicy and sweet Tripel. Lots of orange peel, pepper and candi sugar. Bready and yeasty, with a slightly rubbery and chalky mouthfeel, yet excellent, fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry, but overall, I feel that this beer could be better attenuated: it's a bit too sweet to my liking. Nevertheless, it drinks smoothly with the slightly lower ABV, for a Tripel, that is.

A nice beer, but the standard St. Bernardus Tripel is better in my opinion.

dasenebler, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of cnally
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A radiant golden hazy, practically opaque body with plenty of visible carbonation and a frothy white head.

Aroma is a massive caramel malt bomb, with huge helpings of belgian yeasts. Flowery, honey and sweet.

The flavor is a big sweet caramel base malt. It retains a good amount of the yeast flavor, but really relies on the sugars from the malt. Little to no bitterness from hops, which is rather welcome in this slippery of a beer.

Slick, massive carbonation with a good body.

A delicious and even tripel. Sweet.

cnally, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick cap that lasts throughout coating the glass with chunky lacing.

Nice nose with hints of peppery spice, crisp light fruit notes and sweet alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, citrus peel, lemon zest and candy sugar.

Very carbonated up front, tingling the tongue. Hints o slight alcohol, peppery spice, lemon zest and citrus peel. Creamy full body with sweet alcohol, light fruit and alcohol warmth in the finish. The spicy notes are more prominent than the sweet fruit ones but this is still very decently balanced and becomes more drinkable as it warms.

corby112, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

GilGarp, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

biboergosum, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jlindros, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color a little cloudy. Bitter orange nose quite pronounced. A mouth spicy without being too much, we feel the bitterness, which undoubtedly comes from citrus character conveyed by yeasts. The finish is not great power and not so persistent if somewhat syrupy. A lack of body and flavor for a beer called "triple".

ThaCreep, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 07 01 13. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, tight spongy white head.

Dry yet sweet aromatics, with fruity esters and light peppery phenols.

Light malt and fruity esters at first in the flavour, the finish drops immediately to a mouth puckering dryness that lingers long into the aftertaste, musty with touches of spice.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, low carbonation.

A well put together Tripel, just too dry for my personal liking.

IronDjinn, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a mix of sweet fruity esters and a yeastiness. True to style

Pours a dark blonde in the glass with a fair head. Somewhat cloudy.

Taste is also sweet upfront, but not overally sweet. Fruity esters are there at the get-go, although it isn't as sweet as many tripels. This gives way to a good deal of yeastiness here as well, as is often the case with the Belgians. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. A small hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue finishes the beer off.

It's a good tripel all in all. Not too sweet, yeasty, and tasty. It isn't the best I've ever had, but it's definitely drinkable and one I could drink again.

NODAK, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of scott451
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Two finger bubbly off white head on a clear dark gold. The head soon diminishes to a ring. No lacing to speak of. Malty smells. Sweetish fruity notes. Very smooth taste. Nice round well melded flavours. Caramel in the back. No apparent carbonation yet it seems to be there. An excellent triple. Only the high ABV keeps it from session territory as there are no impediments elsewhere.

scott451, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of dgm6689
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in- bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance- dark golden color. Great head retention.

Smell- somewhat sour smell. The sweet scent of the malt is also very present

Taste- Sweeter than I expected. The taste of the sour hoppiness is present, but it is more in the background than the other tripels I have tried.

Mouthfeel- the beer is very thin. It snuck down my mouth without leaving a prominent trace. The good thing about it though, was that the carbonation was just right. Not too overly carbonated and not to flat.

Drinkability- This beer is very drinkable. However I would prefer a different Tripel if I had the choice.

dgm6689, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Snamnoum
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dull murky oat color with tons of yeasty sediment and a large cream white head. Massive amounts of sticky lace.

Smell - Extremely doughy yeast, lemony citrus, alcohol, phenols, and some cloves.

Taste - alcohol is present upfront, followed by citrus then yeast/pale malt, and rounded off by some pretty spicy notes. One of the more complex tripels I've had. The spicy finish was a nice touch. Also malt added some substantial sweetness for this style that I quite liked.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - light/medium bodied, and medium/high carbonation. Rather chewy for the style but not a negative. Although the alcohol isn't hidden its fairly tame for the abv making this beer very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Still don't quite understand the difference between St. Bernardus and Watou but have to say I prefer the later. Well worth another purchase

Snamnoum, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle, bottle was at least a year and a half old

Appearance: very cloudy, poured smoothly with a lot of sediment which stuck to the foam, billowing head which receded slowly

Smell: smelled very grainy, perhaps like oats, yeasty, decent alcohol aroma

Taste: tasted just like oat bread or a multi grain bread, definitely yeasty, slight sweetness, almost no alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, light to medium body, slight carbonation

Drinkability: decently drinkable, the after taste is full and nutty/grainy which is the only detractor, good flavor and pours well

It's worth a try

aasher, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet... the beer pours a golden color, a little haze in there and a decent amount of carbonation. Good look to it.

The beer smells of sweet honey flavors up front. A little floral notes mixed in but honey dominates.

The floral notes come out more in the taste than the smell... and the honey notes fade some. Very typical belgian floral notes to this one... it's good but not the best I've ever had. I like the bitter floral notes at the end of the sip a lot.

The dominant floral flavors prevent this one from being super drinkable. I'd love to have another, but I wouldn't want it right away, I want something else to give my taste buds a change of pace first.

theboozecruise, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

TMoney2591, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of gyllstromk
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You gotta love a brewery that makes two tripels (and great ones at that)! This one pours hazy copper with a big layer of bubbles. Nose is huge banana, with clove, juniper, pineapple, and a hint of caramelized sweetness. Flavor is quite smooth, with a well-balanced sweetness, banana, and a finish of anise and clove. A great example of the style and one of my favorites tripels.

gyllstromk, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a tulip. "Best before" date is 12/22/2011 so I think I'm good to go.

Appearance: light, slightly hazy golden color with some almost stationary floaties. Head is three fingers in size and bright white. Can't wait to dig into this one!

Smell: aroma is light but with very nice pear and tart apple characteristics. Quite enjoyable.

Taste: nice sticky malt with a bit of residual sweetness. Fruitiness trends more toward the apple in the flavor, but it's more of a basic maltiness that abounds. There is actually some bitter hop flavor toward the end of this, which, while a little uncharacteristic of the style, is pretty good here. Quite good, though it doesn't have me jumping out of my seat.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation. Not as creamy as a lot of other tripels, but still quite creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: a nice, solid, tasty, drinkable if not exceptional tripel. I'd absolutely have this again.

flagmantho, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

zeff80, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of saintwarrick
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking orangey color on it with a billowy white head, cloudy body with a lot of carbonated bubbles. Great thick aroma, citrusy and Belgian sugary with a touch of champagne and passion fruits. Taste is solid if unspectacular, but still superior to many tripels I've had. Very light taste with some spices present. Just an all-around good beer here.

saintwarrick, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my St. Bernardus Watou chalice. Pours a very crisp looking golden color with huge frothy and creamy white head. Leaves excelent sticky white lacing on glass walls.

Aroma is ever so sweet and inviting. Reminds me of champagne. Lot's of fruit...light crisp fruit, grapefruit maybe. Aroma is musty like most good Belgian Tripels.

Wonderful flavor. Creamy mouthfeel. Crisp and light. On the other hand, booze is a little stronger in the mouth than I anticipated. Overall though, sweet...tasty, light and fruity...musty. Excelent Tripel!

ShadesOfGray, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange with a frothy, well-carb'd head that dies slowly. Great citric/orange smell along with Belgian funk/yeast and hints of spices and sweet malt like caramel. A great fruit taste of a citric/orange variety that is blended with sweet malts like caramel, minor spices and clove. A medium body that is chewey and also has a well-carb'd feeling but not bubbly like champagne for a crisp dry finish. Not an overpowering or somewhat sour tripel; more balanced and easy to drink. A quality beer all the way.

clayrock81, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden and has a fizzy head that leaves good lacing.
Smells of banana esters and alcohol.
Tastes like the banana a little but has a more peppery taste to it, even though I find that a little strange.
It has a strong carbonation that coats the entire mouth.
A strange beer that has had enough aging to make it taste nice,

I like this beer.

Spineypanda, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a triple on the side of a fantastic blonde. nose is very intensely taffy, bit of honey, pollen. with a body and feel that is voluminously bready sweet like challah bread. honey suckle floral sweet. wonderful esters... that dessert of all blondes. wonderful carbonation. quite sweet which i could see would deter people but very concealed abv.

rtepiak, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich lightly hazed lemon gold color with a 1 ¼" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. The beer is filled with dozens and dozens of tiny bubble streams. Sipping leaves sheets, patches and occasional speckled patterns of lacing. Even midway through the beer there are sheets and patches of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. At the end of the beer sipping still leaves bits of speckled lacing, there is a patch of foam on the beer, and some foam clinging to one side of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a faint sweet malt character that blends well with such things as pears, lemon zest, honey and even white pepper. There seems to be no alcohol present and there is only a faint herbal background from the hops.

Taste: The flavor is subtle and complex. There is some fruity character (mostly pear) and some honey, along with some peppery spiciness. The herbal hops are mixed in and bounce around the mouth chasing away the sweetness and preparing the tongue for the next sip.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light-bodied and silky smooth with ample fine carbonation that is continuous. The finish begins in sweetness that then tapers off to a lightly astringent spicy dryness.

Drinkability: I think this is a really drinkable tripel. The balance of flavors is quite good and their interplay makes sipping this one an interesting experience with each sip. I most certainly will have more of this one and expect that buying more will be a regular event.

drtth, Dec 11, 2009
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.