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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.85%
Wants: 22
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Todd on 02-19-2002)
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Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light, bright, golden color with a large, in charge, fuzzy ivory lid. Good old golden orchard nose with some sweet and spicy citrus to compliment. Medium-full body with lush buzzingly fuzzy carbonation. Sweet and lightly bitter Belgian candi sugar leads with fruity apples and lemons following close behind. Lightly spicy and bitter in the finish. Another nice, tasty tripel from st. bernardus. Sure do love this brewery.

Slynger, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

has been cellared for 9 months.

Pours a clear yellow/light orange with good carbonation and nice fluffy head. Good yeasty nose with some appley smell. Taste is of nice appley/citrus with some light bread flavors and yeast on the finish. Some good spice throught the middle and breadiness increases a bit on the finish. apple flavors linger on the aftertaste. Nice and light. Mouthfeel is pretty nice, but a tiny bit too carbonated. Drinkability is quite good, as it should be though for a triple coming in at a mere 7.5%. Fine example of the style, and an enjoyable beer. beware on the pour, as there is quite a bit of sediment in the bottom. great beer.

AKBelgianBeast, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of rpohagan
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Served at cellar temperature and poured a nice thick two finger head. It was a very attractive deep straw to orange color. Decent lacing.

S: Bready/Yeasty, apple, pear, apricot, citrus.

T: Bread up front, bit of alcohol, citrus, apple, white grape. Nice bitter hop finish.

M: Highly carbonated (maybe a little too carbonated)...yet creamy with a dry finish.

D: It ended up on the hoppy side with a little too much carbonation, but it was still very drinkable. I enjoyed it, but would reach for the regular St. B Tripel instead.

rpohagan, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden color with orange hues, one-finger deep, fluffy, soft, sticky all-white head, dissipation is slow, which is good. As the levels go down it leavs large clumps of stickiness with a big clump of active foaminess in the middle.

A very sweet scented pale malt greets the nose first with spicey, herbal, zesty sour fruits but also dark berries like red grapes and blackberries. which gives off a nice aroma and good depth.

The spicey, herbal, sour fruits seems to impact my pallette first, then comes the sweet-pale malt flavor that is in perfect balance it seems. The 7.5 % alcohol heat is very subtle, you hardly realiz it's there, which makes for a nice hidden treat when you start to feel the buzz. Bannana, cloves, anda rather low hop profile gives off nice complexity. The malt really resonates and the sometimes leafy hops are much more mellow in this tripel.

This is a light to medium feel, soft but lively...rather luxurious, which is exactly what I've come to expect from high-quality Belgian ales.

I enjoyed every minute of this stuff.

GratefulBeerGuy, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ML bottle purchased caged and corked for $7.99 from Gary's in Madison... Really enjoyed all of the St. Bernardus samples I tried, so I had high hopes for their Watout Tripel... appearance didn't disappoint... pours a very attractive hazy, foamy, and cloudy, straw-colored hue with a frothy head... rising carbonation is also apparent... Smell is replete with fresh fruit, citrus, and florals... taste complements the aroma with lemon-essence, candied sugars, sweets, pears, grapefruit, and other floral notes... a very good, thick, and rich Tripel... true-to-the-style, and certainly pleasing... although not the best beer brewed by St. Bernardus, this one deserves recognition in its respective category... Good mouthfeel with a perilously easy level of drinkability... the alcohol is well-masked on this one and is hardly detectable... good stuff... Recommended...

dsa7783, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of kkipple
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my little Tripel Karmeliet goblet to the brim! a hazy, dirty yellow with an off-white soapy head. Alright, it's actually kind of ugly. On the plus side, there's some uneven lacing here. The head does not last long.

Immediately poured and cold, I'm getting musty apples and metallic yeastiness. Sweet esters, toffee, flowers, sugar. Damp. Not terribly appetizing. I'll let it warm.

5 minutes later this has improved and opened up, as they usually do. More yeast, more light fruit, more spice, even if it is all fairly restrained. Very little alcohol here, at 7.5% this is about as light as Tripels get.

I'm happy to report Watou tastes much better than it smells. This is a good tripel that hits all the right notes: we have the spice (clove, light pepper, mint?) the sweetness (candi sugar, light sweet malt, pear & tart apple esters) and the rest (bready, metallic, herbal, bubblegummy) all wrapped up in a FANTASTIC full, fluffy body. Balance is the word here. Nothing is out of place, and while the beer could be a little more alcoholic and spicy for my liking, the superlative blending tips this towards greatness. The finish is dry and sweet, all green apples and yeast.

Let me expound on the mouthfeel a bit. As you take this into your mouth you're thinking "oh, another light-bodied medium-fizzy tripel" - but then the beer expands, and expands further, and fills your mouth with a gentle, cracking carbonation that rushes the flavor to every cranny of your maw. As you swallow the beer it deflates and simply glides down into your astonished belly. Somewhere, a monk giggles.

Watou Tripel is a fine Belgian Tripel from the celibate geniuses at St. Bernardus. The ugly appearance and subdued smell keep it from the top of my list, but it's one you should try and one I'll be glad to buy again.

kkipple, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a off white head that starts falling fast. Decent lacing on the way down too. Nose is sweet and a bit yeasty. Typical stuff, but just right I think. Flavor is great. Slight sweetness with a spice that bites the tip of your tongue. The sweetness stays mild and is only joined by a yeasty influence, and never overshadowed. Really a smooth mix of brewing mastery I think. A lot of carbonation on the feel. It might border on being a bit much, but I think it still feels nice on the tongue. Masterfully created and continually drinkable. An amazing brew that is taking the position of one of my favorite tripels. More old school, with nothing schnazzy or wild about it, it’s a smooth and even production and another St. Bernardus piece of art.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours murky light apricot-brown. Head is a thick pillowy mass.

Aroma has a spicy yeasty quality. Dry malt and light citrus.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, pleasant citrus character (peaches, pear, and apple). Finish is bitter with lingering spices, notably coriander. Only a hint of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy.

A pleasant balanced brew. Sweet and tasty with no off flavors.

Blakaeris, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of bashiba
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dirty yellow with a thin white head.

Smell is light and fruity with a touch of apple.

Flavor is light and musty with hints of banana and mango, light grassy hops try to keep up with the fruity sweetness, but overall the sugar overpowers the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and finishes dry.

A decent tripel, but I don't care for it near as well as the regular St Bernarudus Tripel.

bashiba, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Watou Triple pours a slightly cloudy light orange/gold with a bubbly white head. The aroma is slightly vinous, with light, fruity malt and yeasty esters. The flavor is sweet pilsner malt, nice and fruity with a rounded yeast flavor. There is a lot of carbonation that expands into a creamy mouthfeel. There is some alcohol in the finish, but just a bit and not overpowering.

ericj551, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of beermanbrian
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice light bronze color with tons of carbonation bubbles streaming to the top. Initial 2 finger white head falls to a 1/4 inch cap that susstains and leaves sheats of lace that falls quickly. Smell initially is fruity (apples) followed by some malt and a little bit of yeasty spice. Taste is peppery with a solid bready malt backbone. The fruityness has somehow dissapeared. Mouthfeel is crisp and tight due to the active carb. Overall a nice tripel but not as good as st. bermardus standard tripel.

beermanbrian, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is weak but pleasantly malty with hints of fruit - apple or pear. Color is orangy amber with a fairly thick but not persistent head. Flavor is rich, malty and fruity, with some nutty undertones and just a hint of hop bitterness. Texture is smooth and tingly, and the aftertaste is fairly fruity with just a hint of bitter and a touch of nuttiness. Very pleasing.

Cyberkedi, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. Has a hazy light brownish orange color, with lots of little floaties dancing around.

Smells of fruits ( yellow apples, oranges), alcohol and butterscotch pudding ( from the malts maybe).

Tastes just a clean as the nose. Notes of fruits ( apples come through nicely), hints of sweet pale malt, some spices and a slightly bitter finish.

irishkyle21, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of jrjohnso
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healty white head with cloudy pale orange body.

Belgium candy sugar smell. Tastes sweet with alcohol backbone. The aftertaste is the best part of this tripel, nice lingering tongue-coating anise/yeasty taste.

Above average for the style, though not something I'd go out of my way to drink another.

jrjohnso, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: orange-amber body with a huge white head which creeps down the sides of the glass

S: lemon-yeast-spicy up front.. malty subtle sweetness towards the end

T: Sweet pale malt taste with accents of spice, lemon and a lovely yeasty taste.. hints of alcohol but otherwise well concealed... it's a solidly balanced beer that is in the next tier in my book down from its evil-brother the St Bernardus Tripel

M: Nice carbonation and smooth, velvety feel makes this a nice beer.

O: Solid, but there are other better tripels out there... this is certainly no slouch though.

callmemickey, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on sale today for $3.18 but I didn’t notice it was dated best by 01/06/07! Oh, well its Belgian and will probably still be interesting. I poured this extremely slow because there was a shitload of sediment. This beer looks really nice with a two inch white head and a murky dark orange body. The smell is sweet honey, The taste is a slight tinge of licorice twizzlers and fresh bread. Mouthfeel is smooth but dry at the end and the aftertaste really coats my mouth. This beer is decent but unlike the tripels I have had so far but that may be due to the age.

ArrogantB, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Jessefive
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bubbly and golden, with a short lived, but lingering head. The nose is strong and fruity, quite enticing. The first thing I noticed was a strong creamy body. It accentuates the fruity, sweet, almost dubbel-ish flavor. The flavor however dies off pretty quickly, ending with a flat, unmemorable finish. A good, drinkable beer, however, while first impressions are said to be the most important, it's the finish that sticks with you.

Jessefive, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of hops1337
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Scored two 4 packs recently in slidell.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white solid head.

Has strong apple peel extract flavor with a malty finish. A strange slick mouthfeel also acompanies this good tripel from St. Bernardus.

A good one timer but not the best out of Watou.

hops1337, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330 ml bottle into the challis.

A: It poured a copper tinted gold with an unusually large number of floaties and a nearly white modest head. The head was only half a finger and dissipated quickly leaving a slight layer of bubbles across the top of the glass that lingers deep into the drink.

S: Is aroma was not very pronounced there were slight hints of fruity esthers and traces if spices.

T: It started as a sweet, malty flavor was quickly overtaken by a hoppy bite and the tartness of alcohol. There is a struggle going on between the malts, hops and alcohol…this is not a terribly well-balanced brew.

M – Very creamy but tart. It is comfortable on my palate but after leaves a modest bitterness and dryness that diminishes the experience.

D – This is a passable Tripel but not anywhere near the front of the pack. It is creamy and smooth but the sour aftertaste makes this a one and out beer.

Comment: Given that a world-class Tripel is made in the same brewery it is hard to get the stark contrast out of my mind.

dnichols, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Light orange in color with a medium head that retains well; beautifully carbonated. Very spicy nose, with a little tart apple. Pleasantly spicy taste, yeasty, a little fruit. Light, good in the mouth, a little tart. Could drink a few of these.

lordofthewiens, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Neehan
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into the St. Bernardus chalice, this looks nothing short of beautiful with a thick, fluffy head to go with the hazy light orange/golden body. The smell is of the richest spices with a faint hint of wheat and mild malts. Fantastic. The taste doesn't disappoint, and what sets this apart from other tripels is the strength of the spices that are presented in the nose and represented well in the taste. These spices add to a complex and strong-presenced mouthfeel and a fantastic beer.

Neehan, Aug 25, 2007
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
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.