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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | 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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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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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.

Enjoy

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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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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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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.