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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 409
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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 yelterdow

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at just over fridge temperature. Best by 01 06 07.

Appearance- Color is bright gold, very clear right now... I'll be adding the sediment later. The head is creamy white and begins at about two fingers, gradually diminishing to an uneven coating of all different sized bubbles. Sporadic, runny lacing that is quick to make a run back to the beer.

Smell- Very nice and complex, the nose is a blend of warm butter cookies, honey, vanilla, candy sugar, dark fruit, banana, and hops... wonderfully engaging. I love the depth of aroma here, and cellaring this for about 8 months was probably a good idea.

Taste- Robust and full, this beer carries the load extremely well... the notes of vanilla, spices, and big overall flavor are in excellent balance, more malty than hoppy to my surprise. The lingering fruitiness in the mouth concedes only at the very end to a mellow, friendly hop bitterness that dries and satisfies.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Remarkably smooth and foamy, the kind of mouthfeel that really makes you love sampling a good beer. Miniscule, soft carbonation that swells ever-so-easily and leads into a truly enjoyable finish.

P.S. Adding the yeast late in the sampling introduced a darker, sweeter character that even brought with it notes of chocolate. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 04:03:56 | More by yelterdow
Photo of SigEp


3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus I love. So this was a very attractive 4 pack of "Watou Tripel" that came with a free St. Bernardus chalice. Awesome.
Onto the contents:
The beer poured smooth into the chalice, a light off-straw color with a hint of honey color. Good size head, about one finger but in the wide mouthed chalice that is not bad at all!
Tastes like a above-standard tripel; very belgian-yeasty nose; refreshnig quaffs of yeasty and candi sugar with only the very hint of the bittering hops sticking around in the finish. Overall quite nice, well put together. One flavor I always find in these tripels which people have argued with me about is a light celery-like flavor. It's hard to describe unless you are actually drinking one. I swear it's in there.
Anyways quite a good brew, doesn't really match up to their bigger guys but why should it have to?

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 03:19:52 | More by SigEp
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St Bernardus beers are all awesome, so I was stoked to finally find this, the only one I hadn't tried yet, on sale in Michigan. I bought a 4-pack and tonight I tried one in a SB glass.

Maybe I should have expected it, but this beer is 100% the same as St. Bernardus Tripel. It turns out it wasn't necessary to seek it out because I can buy SBT at the closest grocery store to my house. A top notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2006 00:09:07 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - this Belgian pours a honey yellow hazyish color, very appealing, with a pure white head half a finger thick

S - the first sensation fromt he aroma that i can perceive is the a sweet honey component, a second whiff and it seems like a floral type honey, and there is a definite hoppy kick to the back of the bouquet

T - the flavor, while delicious, mirrors the aroma, a honey sweetness artfully balanced against a hoppy bitterness

M - moderate, slightly dry, but very comfortable on my palate

D - high , a good brew, easy to put away a whole bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 16:11:51 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel is clear and bright golden in color. The aroma displays the familiar "Belgian" fruity/yeasty elements. On the palate, I was surprised by the subdued nature of this beer. Malt is up front, with a bitterness that creeps into the medium finish. This Tripel drinks soft and easy, and I suppose I like it, but it's not too terribly interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 00:21:47 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of Crosling


4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orange color with a full Belgian head. Diverse fruit platter aroma, with hints of nectarine and peach, honey, Belgian yeast and lightly floral hops. Well orchestrated malt and yeast character, producing a range of absolutely sensational fruit flavors. Banana, peach, nectarine...you name it, all balanced by delicious caramel and toffee malt profile, somewhat funky, yet clean yeast and lightly floral hops. I just love Belgian beers. Its amazing that something like this can be produced using only water, malt, hops and yeast. Cheers to beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 17:44:09 | More by Crosling
Photo of BEERchitect


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, St. Bernardus offers one of the best beers per style on the market. A beer that concentrates more on flavor than power, but seems to make both bold and yet balanced anyway.

Beautifully fruity, malty, sugary, spicy, estery, and warming. Peaches, pears, apples, grapes, with a lightly cidery-honey sweetness. Reminescent of sweetheart candies.

Light and powdery to the mouth. Following up on Witbier spices and textures. Warming sweet alcohols thin the beer nicely with no off flavors. Finishes extremely clean for such sugared and fermented beer.

The body nor the head retention ever give in. The golden color offers a light haze with light yeast present. The aftertaste remains musky and dusty. I don't see a tripel getting much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 17:49:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of allengarvin


4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear pale gold, surprisingly clear considering the bits of yeast swirling around in it, with an airy head. Nose is full of notes of citrus, fresh hops, and light, honeyish fruit. Peachy fruit flavor up front, followed by a substantial bitterness and spicy yeast notes of sage and lemongrass. Finishes with a lingering dryness. Lots of carbonation, with good body.

A very good extra-hoppy Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 03:11:01 | More by allengarvin
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with lots of yeast floaties. It has a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry and fruity scent that boasts of pale malts and Belgian yeast. It has an earthiness to it along with some hints of coriander and bitter orange peel. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a fruity/tart bite. It rings in at 7.5% abv., but it drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. It has a smooth malty flavor that is crisp and easy to drink. The yeast adds a nice fruity character which makes the beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 02:42:07 | More by WesWes
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel

Appearance- orangey yellow with a big billowy head. Laced the glass nicely.
Smell- sugary sweet with hints of clove lemon and alcohol
Taste- super sweet with alcohol and spice dominant
Mouthfeel- warm and bubbly. sweet sweet sweet.

Overall- a decent Tripel, not worth the $9. Go with Tripel Karmeliet instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 19:44:45 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of NiceGuyMike

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Pours a dark hazy orange gold with big pillowy head. Lots and lots of sediments and lacing.
*Smells of light lemon citrus. Sweet malts
*Tastes of very sweet warming malts. Bitter sweetness follows the rear. Almost chewy.
*Think bold full bodied mouthfeel. Sweetness seems to suck the moisture from my mouth.
I am not overwhelmed by this brew. It is easy drinking though.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2006 21:02:27 | More by NiceGuyMike
Photo of maxpower


3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle pours a deep golden-orange color, small off white head that leaves little lacing in my glass, spicy yeasty aromas. Sweet fruity flavors like banana bread and pears, full body with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, alcohol very well hidden, a decent tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 22:06:27 | More by maxpower
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml silkscreened bottle. Pours a hazy medium gold with a 2 finger head, decent longevity and very good lace. Aromas of caramel malt with a bit of yeast, spice, and orange. Rich sweet caramel malt mixed with a bit of wheat malt. Yeasty with earthy spicyness and orange. Creamy and thick. Not nearly as carbonated as other tripel's (Chimay White) which gives it higher drinkability. A good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2006 22:50:19 | More by sabrills70
Photo of kmcnair


4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle purchased over the summer while in Brussels, date on bottle reads 10/19/07

Pours a deep blonde color with a firm white head, leaves quite a bit of lace on my glass. Fruity aroma of sour lemon zest, corn, clove, banana & yeast. Flavor is slight bittering, very mild caramel, clove, spicy pepper, earthy hop character. Medium bodied, creamy and fluffy on the palate with mild carbonation and a soft dry finish. This is a nice tripel, I'd have another but sadly I have never seen it for sale around here and I only had the one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 06:40:20 | More by kmcnair
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey and slightly hazy color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of spices, malt and Belgian yeast. Taste does include a large dose of spices and honey with a dry finish and slightly funky yeast. Body is above average and carbonation is excellent. Still haven’t had a bad beer from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 17:42:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dirty, murky looking beer - positively sinister. Substantial head and a fair bit of lace.

Very Belgian nose. Lots of orange and some mild spice. Not a lot of alcohol for a triple.

Sweet up front, a little spritzy. Malt taste, slightly bitter finish. Flavour domintaed by orange peel character, a hint of spice, yeastiness. Passably good, but not remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 01:50:56 | More by TerryW
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown/orange with a huge, fluffy head that takes forever to settle down. Smell is simple but strong. Lots of sweet malts, shortbread, orange and spice. Taste is very sweet and complex, with alot of fruits. Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and other tart fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Delicious, well made brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2005 18:10:04 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey-brown. Medium tan head. The nose is sweet with honey and hints of bread and yeast. A little fruity. Taste is medium-sweetness off the top with some yeasty notes. Some spice on the finish and again, yeast lingers. Some earthy notes off the back. Mouthfeel and lively and turns to a drier finish. Finish remins me of Orval, meaning somewhat of a woody hint. A nice triple but hardly the best example of the style. Looking for a little more liveliness. Sweetness was good and overall drinkability was decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2005 22:00:05 | More by Popsinc
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/orange, huge white head forms and laces pretty well on the glass. Smell is honey sweet, orange, spice, citrus, and floral notes. Taste is vanilla/chocolate, honey sweetness and a spicy orange finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and highly carbonated. Pretty good tripel although not as good as the St. B tripel.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 22:11:47 | More by Viggo
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow-brown, quite clear. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a little lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma. Mainly sweet, bready malt.

T: Quite earthy, probably from the yeast, as well as the hops. Only a hint of fruity esters, nice bittersweet balance, with a bready malt flavour. Triples often taste too much of alcohol for me, I like this one. Well rounded, smooth flavour.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 23:06:26 | More by Derek
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The two bottles of this beer I tried (a week apart) both exploded when I opened them, leaking one third of their contents all over the floor, myself and my couch. Very annoying. None of the other St Bernardus beers I tried blew up like this, perhaps too much priming sugar.

It pours a burnished gold bronze with a generous creamy head and excellent lacing. The aroma is lemony and malty, with some sour notes and also earth notes. The taste is very citrusy and spicey. It reminds me of lemon drops with a spice rack full of spices stuck to them. Theres also some herbal earthy hops and candy sugar sweetness, but the tart fruit flavors are first. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly puckering (very nice), carbonation is plentiful.
The finish lasts for days with lots of citrus, hops and malt.

This is a great Tripel. Im not sure which one I like better, this or the other fine St, Bernardus Tripel. This one seems lighter and fruitier.

Its interesting that this tripel is 7.5% and the breweries prior 8 dubbel is 8%. Just a style nerd observation.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 01:22:15 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of tatterdash

Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a bubbly white head that laces very well. I can smell it from almost a foot away, pears, butterscotch, a bit o' cloves... It's drawing me in. Taste was lighter than anticipated, be very welcome. Sweet light fruit up front, with a light slightly crisp finish. Didn't notice the alcohol except for the warming effect in the finish. Nice and smooth and perfect for this warm Indian Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 23:33:00 | More by tatterdash
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy peach colour with a boisterous, 1 inch head of small, white bubbles. Thick sheets of foam stick to the glass and turn to a delicate lace as it dries. Sharp fruit aroma, some citrus, quite sweet and a bit bready, yeasty. A bit spicy too. Mild flavour of malt and oranges, candi sugar sweetness, and a spicy finish. Some alcohol flavour and warmth kicks in towards the end and comes in a bit strong. Medium/light body, a bit sticky, with plenty of carbonation. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 01:49:24 | More by DrJay
Photo of chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the St. Bernardus gift pack from the LCBO. It's this first one I've tried from the set today, so this review should be good and accurate. :)

This pours a lovely orangey-yellow with a big, sticky head. Smell is floral, fruity, and a bit bready. Nice, but not very strong. Nice, thick mouthfeel and tastes of caramel and hops.

Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 00:28:15 | More by chunkylover53
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a half-inch of thick creamy foam at first pour that was maintained by numerous bubbles rising. The head lasted the entire session, and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and bready malts in the nose through the foam. There is some definitive sweetness noticeable as it warms, along with some subtle peppery spiciness.

Taste: Assertive citrus, bready yeast, and toasty notes dominate the flavor profile. Fruity/citrusy esters are the first thing you notice, and then the malts kick in to give a subtle sweet edge to the profile. Finally the finish is dry and fizzy with a noticeable alcoholic burn to linger long into the finish...even after the burp. As it warms, there is more of a creamy finish becoming apparent, but the beer doesn’t really gain much tartness...perhaps this is because it is pretty young.

Opinion: This is a spectacularly clean beer. I don’t know how much different this version is to their regular Tripel, but it seems that this one is more reserved than their “standard” offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 02:43:22 | More by SkeeterHawk
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.