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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
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of Rudgers73
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip this beer looks awesome. Filled half way through the "Duvel" print with chunky, retentive foam filling the rest of the glass to the brim. After a minute or so it still hasn't moved more than 1/4" down. The beer is a deep yellowish-orange color with big chunks of flaky sediment rising and falling in a convective manor. The smell is also great. Peppery, but sticky-sweet orange aroma. Awesome belgian yeast, very slight hop aroma at the end including coriander, wheat, orange peel, and full, rich esters rising deep into the nose. The flavor is so hard to explain in only a few sentences. Rich, full, explosive, ever changing, and so on. Begins with a sticky sweet orange effect fading into thick and chewy nutty malt characteristic that I never expected. The hop at the end is so ripe and clean that I've never tasted anything like it before. The nutty taste in the middle fades into a chocolate/coffee taste (also very unexpected) before finally fading back into the fresh hop taste that provides a grassy, wheaty aftertaste. I like this tripel especially since it isn't a sugar bomb. It actually has some malt balance while also maintaining that thick, citrusy, sweet flavor that is expected out of a belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is also perfect. It coats the mouth but has a certain dry Saison-like feel that really makes it a great experience. Drinkability, through the roof. One of the best beers I've ever had.

Rudgers73, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy, orange, amber color with a velvet, creamy head which stays on the entire brew.

Smell is strong phenolic, like a Weizen, giving the beer a very spicy smell with strong cloves, a little solvent and an additional yeastiness. The smell goes back and forth between a sweet maltiness and a slight husky grain smell. Really authentic, I guess. Alcohol comes in last, but emphasizes the caliber of the beer, this beer is not kidding.

Taste is medium sweet malty and grainy. This is the base and on top of that are the insane big flavors of the yeast. A taste I normally only get in a Weizen is now in my tripel. An intense phenolic taste, strong cloves and yeastiness make the beer very complex. Add to that the faint alcohol taste and somewhat sharp bitterness. This beer is layered and all of the important components of a tripel are in here, malt, yeast, hop, and all very balanced. Also some light oxidation, but not something to report. Not the prototype tripel, but a great beer!

Absumaster, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really nice thick white head on a darker cloudy golden body.
S- Really big banana, alcohol, cloves, a balance of grass hops, a spicey kind of yeast, and some caramel malts to top it all off.
T- A nice big blend of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. There is just the right amount of sweetness to help balance it out and it is all topped off by a light dry grass hop bitterness on the tip and mid tongue. A nice spicey yeast flavor comes through nicely also.
M- Medium/full body with medium champagne like carbonation.
D- I think this is a really nice tripel. So far St. Berny's has never let me down.

BlindPig, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out marmalade in color with a one finger, pock-marked head that maintains well. Smell is honey on bananas and perhaps some peach. Grain presence is mild. Some spiciness is in the nose too, as a combination of the hops and the yeast. Flavor seems slightly overwhelmed by a toasted, and almost roasted-flavored, malt presence. The honeyed and fruited malts just seem overloaded by it. Tastes good all around, but the toasted malt is a bit much here. Has some spiciness in the finish from the hops. Mouthfeel sits really light on the tongue, as a good tripel should, which belies its relatively high abv (although not in the territory of some other tripels). Carbonation is lively and helps to bring out the fruitiness. This is rather drinkable, and a well-constructed tripel, but the toastiness kind of does it in.

goochpunch, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger deep white foamy head that has decent retention, and leaves good lacing. Body is a hazy, almost cloudy, orange tinted gold.

Smell - horseblanket, with apricots and figs.

Taste - as the smell indicates. Horseblanket with apricots and figs. Horseblanket lingers on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, very fizzy, slightly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is good ale, and at 7.5% abv it is possibly sessionable.

ultralarry2006, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden brew with a fluffed up white head that laces and sheets down the SA Boston Lager glass ( why not ? )
Smells yeasty , wheaty and a bit earthy.
Tastes really good...sweet banana, doughy malt, some citrus..a slight sour apple and pear...grass...bubblegum and alcohol...hint of butterscotch...even a bit of funk. The finish is a nice bitter hop bite....not intense...just right....a little dry.
Mouthfeel is medium...carbonation low.
Pretty easy going down...a nice Belgian Tripel.

Hautacam, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle from florian's. Somewhat murky yellow-amber body with an inch of off-white head that persists and leaves a fair bit of lacing as i drink the beer. Smells fruity, like raisin and citrus. Tastes pithy with raisin notes and a hint at apple and spice toward the finish. On the lighter side of medium-bodied. Tasty and almost flawless, but not as good as its cousin (St. Bernardus Tripel).

MrHurmateeowish, May 28, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Gavage, May 23, 2007
Photo of hawksfan82
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hawksfan82, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

hunteraw, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of jeffaz02t
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jeffaz02t, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kelticblood, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Onibubba, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of beertastegood
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

beertastegood, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

BretSikkink, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MmmIPA, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of meadhead
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(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
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
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.

meadhead, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

MaltyGoodness, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

SilentSabre, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of EPICAC
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

EPICAC, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of supercolter
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

supercolter, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jettjon, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rarevos, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Metalmonk, Nov 01, 2006
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.