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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

05-23-2007 12:01:27 | More by Gavage
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hawksfan82

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured really pretty golden beige, with a big pouffy head that diminished to a nice small floating head, with a little sticky lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell is great, sweet with a mix of citrusy and banana and a wee bit of alcohol.

I had to let this warm up a little bit after it was a little thin at first. As it warmed the beer got a little creamier and you could pick up the sweeter parts of the beer. I'm not getting all that much of the citrusy stuff I got in the smell, but there are other spices (not good enough to pick those out yet) and the banana flavor is there with a good alcohol finish. The malt is also apparent the entire time it's in your mouth while the other flavors go in and out.

Feels pretty good in your mouth, not great. Like I said, it got a little creamier as it warmed up. Decent drinkability, not off the charts though. I was hoping for a little more complexity....perhaps I just haven't picked it up yet.

Good beer, but there are better tripels out there.

04-26-2007 03:26:23 | More by hawksfan82
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hunteraw

China

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Appearance: Amber/gold in color, good head, retention and lacing.

Smell: Banana, spice, Beligan yeast. More banana than I prefer in a triple.

Taste: Lots of spice, acidic, citrus. Something of a "bite" to it, a good bit of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, but not as good as the St. Bernardus triple.

04-19-2007 02:12:00 | More by hunteraw
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%

A: This is the standard for this style. Golden-orange with nice head that fades to just under 1/2 inch. Nice lace as well.

S: Almost a lemon scent, a spicy, almost peppery scent as well. Then come the yeast and malts that finish off the nose.

T: This beer seems simple at first. After a sip or two you then realize that there is more than it seems. This beer is simple, yet complex in its own way. It starts off with a nice dry taste that turns into a yeasty hoppy taste. The after taste is especially hoppy, about 20 seconds after you swallow the hoppy goodness really kicks in. There is a hidden spicyness to this as well, but so faint it is hard to describe. Overall a great taste!

M:Med-light, smooth and wonderful!

D: Very! Not too high on the alcohol, and not too heavy to drink a few.

04-14-2007 20:47:43 | More by jeffaz02t
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kelticblood

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Monster three finger foamy white head. The color is a cloudy golden yellow with bubbling carbonation. Exceptional true Tripel appearance. Head receded leaving tons of foamy lace along with a big creamy vanilla ice cream looking gob of foam. The aroma is faint and not over-powering in anyway. Exceptional mouthfeel in every respect. Perfect balance of malts, hops, and carboantion. Goes down so smooth and is extremely drinkable. Aroma has the typical Belgium Tripel smell, but lacks a truely unique aroma that would make it stand out. Strong Phenolic taste along with a moderately strong bitterness. Metallic iron aftertaste that fades quick. Citrus notes of bitter grapefruit. Alcohol is well-hidden making this go down dangerously smooth. A lighter ABV Tripel, but still well respected at almost 8%. Bottom of bottle has a thick film of yeast sediment.Overall excellent and worth a try. Leaves a long lingering dry bitter aftertaste, but that doesnt affect it drinkability.

04-07-2007 18:32:43 | More by kelticblood
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Onibubba

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%

Nice golden color with a thick gorgeous head. Up front smells of pears, auslese and alchol leads me to expect something very sweet, along the lines of a Triple K. Taste comes out of nowhere - mild. Decidedly mild. Alcohol is not there, the sweetness is not there - Well, maybe in the background, but not slapping you in the face. No real bitterness either. Great mouthfeel, light carbonation. I drained the glass before I could finish reviewing it. May be my favorite Tripel so far.

03-26-2007 12:55:00 | More by Onibubba
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beertastegood

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

Appearance: pale gold with a big fluffy head that falls back to a 1/8 inch coating. Lots of lace.

Aroma: faint fruity esters with some lemon/citrus notes, cotton candy, slight floral hop aroma, slightly grainy maltiness, spicy...

Taste: Spicy yeast-derived flavors hit first, followed by faint citrus overtones and a slightly sweet malt flavor, then a brief burst of hop flavor (slightly grassy) that finishes sweet and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: medium body, high carbonation. Drying in the aftertaste. Thirst-quenching.

Drinkability: High. Very easy-drinking Belgian.

Another great beer from the St. Bernardus collection.

03-12-2007 01:26:28 | More by beertastegood
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.28/5  rDev +5.4%

Hazy gold orange. Looks suspiciously like the Edel Weisse I had yesterday. Not outrageous head retention, but intricate lacing thick on the glass. The aroma comes up not overpowering, fruity and maybe a touch spicy.

Very flavorful taste, not an estery tripel, more like a wit with more complexity. Really tasty, perhaps a slightly strange classification, but it's very enjoyable. The bottle was gone far too quickly.

02-28-2007 06:16:19 | More by BretSikkink
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

02-19-2007 22:34:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -20.4%

I had this beern in my St. Bernardus goblet.The cap had this on it 11:41 052008.

Orange murky body with a off white head.tons of lacing and the head was in patches.tons of streaming bubbles.

belgian yeast and fruit

Very creamy and I taste orange.some lemon notes as it hits the back of my tongue or maybe hops.

Very creamy,goes down smooth.and the taste is pretty good.

this stuff was quite complex for me to distinguish all what it had to offer.I would have it again but not any time soon.Im glad I tried the almighty "St Bernardus" name and it was worth it with a nice goblet for 14 bucks.

02-18-2007 09:17:51 | More by MmmIPA
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meadhead

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

(the four pack I purchased was aged)

The rich and mellow
non-abrasive tripel
lingers on the back of the palatte
with caramel malt
and mild yeast esters of banana and bread
plus
a good dry finish


It pours a cloudy yellow-brown
with floating purple brown bits of yeast sediment
and a slight
quickly disappearing head

This is a mildly carbonated ale
without
the high-strung bubbly tartness
of other "beligan" brews
so it has a smooth oily texture
and deep "mellowness"
(to copy a phrase)

Taste is good
and simple
with subtle comlpexities

Has a very easy mouthfeel
for a tripel
exceptionally smooth

dinkability is good
with a nice balance of
quality and simplicity

Feels like an old-fashioned abbey
good stuff.

02-17-2007 05:58:10 | More by meadhead
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

11.2oz bottle

Pours a hazy light brown with a creamy white head that remains. Thick lacing on the glass. Fair amount of yeast in the bottle.

Bready and yeasty malt aroma with a nice spiciness. Noticable hop aroma also present.

Taste is bready and yeasty upfront with a nice spiciness and medium bitterness. Hop flavor towards the finish, it finishes very crisp with a lingering spiciness.

Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Nice, drinkable tripel. Not as good as the other tripel from this brewery, the St. Bernardus tripel. But, definitely worth a try.

02-06-2007 02:58:53 | More by MaltyGoodness
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

With 4.5's across the board, this was without question the best Tripel I have had in a long time. Perhaps ever! Everything seemed big except the alcohol. Poured a cloudy yellow orange colour with loads of sediment suspended in the liquid. The particles themselves even were quite large. Some of them were perhaps 2 or 3mm in diametre. I find this very, very appealing in a most Belgian styles. Head was an enormous white froth that left behind a thick, sticky webbing of lace all about the sides of the glass. This looked positively delicious. Smell was caramel, sweet malt, cooked fruit, and very subtle alcohol. The caramelised sugar note was a bit surprising to me, as I do not recall having ever noted that aroma in a Belgian Tripel before. The taste was full of caramel, as well, along with a bit of cooked fruit, some very mild alcohol on the finish, and a very brief and gentle bitterness that vanishes as quickly as it became noticeable. An absolutely smashing Tripel!!

01-02-2007 01:53:13 | More by SilentSabre
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%

I had a bottle at Brugs Beertje in Brugge.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a thick white head that retains well leaving patchy lace as the glass is emptied.

Smell: Mixed fruit aromas, bananas and sour apples. There's also some honey sweetness.

Taste: Banana, berry and sour apple fruitiness. The finish is peppery with a moderat hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

12-14-2006 04:55:45 | More by EPICAC
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

This was another fine offering from St. Bernardus. I dont think that there is a bad one.
Appearance is something to behold, orange-yellow, with a billowing head and so much lacing.
Smell is very good as well, a touch of citrus, lots of malt and spice.
Taste is similar to the smell, but the spice is a bit much I think.
Mouthfeel is best I have had in a while, creamy but not too thick.
Drinkability, well this is a big beer, but the spice slowed me down.

11-29-2006 06:44:18 | More by supercolter
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jettjon

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%

Yellowish gold with a huge amount of bubbles coruscating up. Heavy, solid one-finger head of fine white foam that sticks around until the bottom of the glass. Heavy lacing like a solid film along the glass. A damn fine looking tripel. Nose of grapefruit citrus, coriander, yeast, spice, and perhaps a trace of alcohol. Mouth is pleasantly mild and full-bodied, counterposed by a sharp flavor of pepper and hops and a bit of alcohol burn. Moderately bitter finish. Solid, full body, liquid and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall: Very good; one of the best tripels I’ve tried. Highly recommended.

11-19-2006 23:32:30 | More by jettjon
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rarevos

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured from bomber into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours a hazy orange-yellow with lively carbonation and fluffy head that stays for a long time. Once it does recede, there's a very dense-looking foam blanket left behind. Pretty nice-looking beer, actually.

S: Yep, that's a tripel. Crisp apple and dry grain, a hint of pear, and some indeterminate Belgian fruity esters.

T/M: Bit of a grain flavor, but this is mostly a sweet, fruity, hoppy tripel. Some apple and pear, some lemon zest and pepper, some mango and apricot. There's a bit of an alcohol presence to the finish, but it's otherwise very crisp, very lightly bittered, and very long. Slightly warming.

D: This is really pleasant. It's not too sweet, it's not too dry, but nicely fruity, has a good bitterness (especially for a Belgian) and is highly drinkable. I'd get this again.

11-07-2006 03:35:27 | More by rarevos
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%

Bought at the Bier Temple in Brugges, Belgium. Best by Oct. 17, 2007, but I already let this sit 6 weeks, I just couldn't wait any longer!

Pours a very creamy, dense head that sat there forever on top of a gorgeous gold that went from a sunny yellow to burnt-orange. Beautiful. Back to that head: this is easily one of the creamiest heads I've ever seen. The fast bubble action keeps the bubbles regenerating, and the head bubbles are tiny, making for that slick, smooth surface. Light dots and splotches of lace seal the deal: this is a spectacular-looking beer.

The aroma just screams greatness. Such well-mingled spice, herb and fruit aromas it's hard to pick anything out in particular. The smell is bold, and its one that you just sit there smelling, almost forgetting you're here primarily to drink it. (Almost!) There's a good bit of alcohol coming into the nose too. Wonderful.

A good heat comes from the alcohol, that's the first sensation picked up in the flavor. And while it's not a wildly boozy beer, the 7.5% is strong enough to figure into the flavor pretty high. But it's neither overpowering nor cloying. Just helps give some intensity to the flavors. And the flavors remind of the aroma, in that there are myriad spices, herbs and fruits swirling around, but it's hard to isolate any one or several. Things like white grape, clove, honey, cinnamon, pepper, mango, and caramel flash by, but it's kind of different every sip. A woody, almost cork-like smack hits in the finish, but it's luckily downplayed and overtaken by the wonderful hot alcohol zing that keeps this beer going and going.

While drinking through the crazily creamy head is one of the best experiences this beer offers, the scattered, airy mouthfeel is the price you pay for that great head. Things just dissipate and dissolve too quickly in the mouth, breaking up the solid finish you want. Lacks some heft, it does. It's certainly not a bad mouthfeel, just...weird.

At 7.5%, you could have two or three and be in tripel heaven. Utterly enjoyable, a superb experience.

11-01-2006 23:18:03 | More by Metalmonk
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sinistermadman

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%

Pours a cloudy pale-orange with a finely bubbled head. Smell is of ripened fruit, spice, and clove. This one has a very spicy aroma. The brew kind of stumbles with the initial alcohol singeing, but melds into a spicy, fruit tinged finish. The body is mid-to-light with a high carbonation level. This beer’s tendency to be assertive with the obvious alcohol presence detracts from the drinkability. I have had brews with much higher alcohol contents that are much smoother than this. It’s kind of rough around the edges. The beer has some interesting flavor characteristics that warrant an initial visit, but nothing more than that.

10-26-2006 02:04:45 | More by sinistermadman
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

10-20-2006 15:50:27 | More by tempest
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.2%

A vivacsious cloudy, honey amber hue with lots of bubbles, great lacing, and a strong, thick, bready head with great retention. The aroma was a very sugary caramel and spice aroma. The taste is a light toasty malt mixed with candi sugar. This gives the air of peaches, wheat, chammomile, anise, and tart strawberries. Very sweet palate with great carbonation and a very warm finish.

10-10-2006 03:27:35 | More by scruffwhor
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev -24.9%

Poured this 11.2 oz heavy brown bottle, dated 7/09/06 into a Chimay goblet.

One finger of creamy head sat atop a cloudy dull bronze/pale orange body. Head faded to a cap but sustained itself throughout the drink. Mottled lace lined the glass.

Smelled faintly of Concord grapes which faded to a generic fruit odor. Mild alcohol presence.

Tasted spicy. Plums, pepper, and vanilla. creamy yeast. Saline dominated the beer as it warmed. Not especially compelling.

Mouthfeel was full bodied with a noticable but mild "burn" from the alcohol.

Not one I will revisit.

09-30-2006 23:17:07 | More by Cresant
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -18%

A: The ale is an orange color with a small head. There is a significant quantity of particles suspended in the beer.

S: The ale has a caramel aroma.

T: The caramel flavors continue into the taste. Those flavors are accentuated by a candied sugar sweetness. There are no peppery coriander notes though.

M: This is a strange ale. The tripel characteristics never really take hold but the taste is not too bad.

D: A drinkable ale, it just seems to defy conventions.

09-24-2006 14:29:01 | More by akorsak
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +1%

1 pt 9 fl oz caged & corked brown bottle.
Best before: 01.31.09; served in a tulip.

White-cloud, straw with flecs of gold. Inch-high, foamy white head that wraps around the tulip's sides. A few trails of thin and spotted lace.

Candied sweetness over bright, fresh citrus fruit: lemon, pear, green apple. A touch of corriander that allows the fruity bouquet to remain in the forefront.

A dull, creamy dose of Belgian candied sugar cut by a corriander and pepper-filled spice. Hints of chardonnay grapes with a bit of oak; sharply acidic alcohol presence. Light fruit flavors surface and stand alone at mid-sip: green apple, pear. Nearly no bitterness with an aftertaste of oak, grapes, and musty corriander.

A light medium in body; active on the palate in regards to spice and carbonation, but unobtrusive.

A very light and flavorful Tripel that could easily be enjoyed without splitting the 750ml bottle, at only 7.5% abv. Oddly enough, at times I felt as though I were drinking a Savignon Blanc, so this might serve as a good introduction to craft beer for those who ordinarily prefer white wine.

09-23-2006 00:28:12 | More by NEhophead
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Drew966

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%

Watou Tripel pours a light copper color with a persistent white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. This beer has a nice aroma, sweet, sugary fruit. Almost tastes like that too, except it's not really sweet, actually, it's kind of dry. Definitely some hints of alcohol too. Pretty good, perhaps not the best tripel I've had, but quite solid.

09-05-2006 23:43:10 | More by Drew966
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 416 ratings.