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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
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411 Ratings
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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 21
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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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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
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

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
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Microbar in London. Recommended by the bartender.

Very pretty reddish-brown colouring, nice big fluffy Belgian head that subsided to a nice lace. Smells almost like wine, a bit yeasty. Very pretty, delicate nose. Taste is immediately very nutty with a slight spiciness, coriander. A very mellow, warm brew, a bit of zing on the tongue. I really enjoyed this one to the last drop. Even after drinking, the nuttiness sticks in the throat. I'd drink more but for the ABV. I left Microbar rather buzzed after trying my few!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 19:20:38 | More by trevorwideman
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice with a light haze and pale golden. The head was white and moussy and rose tall, falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity as the head was high and as the head fell created more of an earthiness. The aroma had a light Belgian yeast spice and a restrained yet present earthy character.

The flavor was light with an immediate dryness from a substantial bittering component. While this may say tripel to me it tasted more like a Belgian Pale Ale. The bittering was substantial and earhy with a very light spice from the yeast.

The finish was dry with a lasting earthy character and light Belgian yeast spice. The body was medium and the beer dry enough so the carbonation did not create a creamy mouthfeel. This beer was quite good and the only hints of alcohol were in the warming after consumption. Nice beer, but not my idea of a tripel, more of a Belgian Pale Ale and a nice one at that.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased in NC, heck yead, at Brawley's for $8. Dating was on bail, best before 121009. The bottle says it can be aged for up to 5 years so this one must be fairly "fresh".

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 22:10:29 | More by GCBrewingCo
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assurbanipaul

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with lots of carbonation and a massive white head that lasts and lasts. Aroma is bright, sweet and citrusy with traces of yeast.

Taste is dominated by sweet orange rind (not orange flesh) with a malty, yeasty base. Bready, musty, not as sweet as the nose would suggest, but with elements of honey and mild spices -- light pepper, maybe a little coriander, lemon zest. Finish is gently bitter, balances the sweeter elements nicely. No trace of alcohol.

Marvelously smooth, velvety mouthfeel with medium heft. One of the best examples of the style I've found, I didn't get a lot of the cloying sweetness that others speak of. After a string of domestic, too-sweet tripels, this is a welcome, sessionable work of art.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:13:03 | More by assurbanipaul
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kbub6f

New York

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

The head is mid-sized, fizzy, and an off-white cream. Beer is hazy, orange-gold. Cloudy on last pour. Sweet candy in the nose: citrus, bubblegum, some spice and a touch of wood. Nice! Fruity bubblegum pepper up front. It turns very buttery in the tingly, caramel middle. Leaves fruity, zesty, with loads of bubblegum. Some corn and alcohol in the aftertaste. It is good. Very tasty, fruity, buttery caramel middle. The only chink in the armor is a touch of rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste, but it goes away at a more appropriate drinking temperature. Man, I love a good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2005 20:46:59 | More by kbub6f
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medic25

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle; hazy yellow color, with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing. Odor is almost non-existent, other than a slight hint of Belgian yeast. Flavor is fairly sweet, with a little hint of lemon in the background. Quite malty, with the smallest trace of bitterness left on the tongue as an aftertaste. Not the best tripel I've tasted, but definitely very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2005 03:07:11 | More by medic25
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. brown bottle with picture of abbey on the front. Beer poured a cloudy dark orange color with foamy off-white head on top that goes down moderately producing some lacing. Deep fruity aroma with perhaps just a hint of dark chocolate and brown sugar. Very light banana creampie or chocolate banana ice cream feeling. This is probably the most enjoyable smelling beer I've ever tried. Tasted of roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and burnt sugar. Roasted/toasted aftertaste. Nice warm coating on edges of tongue. Very balanced mouthfeel--not as thick or overbearing as you might expect it to be. I could drink another...if I needed to. Definitely a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 16:08:11 | More by tomthumbsblues
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phishgator

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gourgeous pour into a bowl chalice with a large foamy head. The aroma is sweet like cotton candy. The taste and mouthfeel are thick and slick. Too much malt and candi sugars bring down the experience of this brew. The alcohol is well hidden but, you can feel it by the end. I would say that there are plenty of tripels out there to be drank.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 13:56:18 | More by phishgator
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First pour from a well settled bottle reveals a light golden hued pour into a tulip with a 60/40% split on the favor of the tripel. Loads of seemingly endless carbonation bubbles assault the 2 “ frothy ivory spumescent cap. Painted pillowy frothy sticky lattice lace left.
Second pour is obviously, more yeasty and cloudy.

Unadulterated yeasty broad scents. Musty notes of ripe apple. Bread dough follows up the nose.

First swigs: Biscuit dry flour pancake malts with a sprinkling of cloves and pears. Dry clean aftertaste with a spritz of apple cider or rummy apple cake. Becomes a bit peppery. The 7.5% ABV becomes palatable.

Chewy full body. A bit “full” for the style. Tacky on the lips and tongue and dry in the long run. There is no lack of carbonation here. This is a foamy frother.

Last swigs: Muted cloves meets pancakes and cider. Biere de garde. Started with a perfect pour and subsided from there. $8.30 bottle. Caged & corked with a smudged off top cap freshness date. Painted label back states that St. Bernardus makes this. A fine tripel,but lacks the bright Allagash of the Westmalle fruit.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 05:24:47 | More by blitheringidiot
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Sigmund

Norway

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

750 ml silk-print corked (champagne style) brown bottle, bought in Denmark. Golden colour, slightly hazy, pours with an enormous, fluffy and lingering white head. Very nice aroma of yeast, oak, brown candy sugar, horse stable and cigars. Slightly spicy and peppery flavour with tolerable maltiness and hops, and a slight alcoholic bite. Aftertaste is okay, but does not last "forever". Not a particularly complex flavour, but a good beer all the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 22:44:36 | More by Sigmund
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Watou tripel with a BB of: 02/04/07. The 330ml bottle with what I am assuming is the St Bernard abbey on the label poured a dull tangerine or flat honey colour, and large pieces of yeast freely floating despite the bottle being stored upright for 9 months in my cellar. Head is bright white and fine, with beautiful screen-lacing like fresh washed pillows or white blankets. The layer of foam stays consistent and creamy throughout, and actually becomes better after a few sips and some swirls. A very good look, though I do not fancy the free-floating yeast chunks. Strong green-apple peel immediately on the nose. Some light but buttery maltiness above the rim, followed by that tang, almost chemical-like, of the apple peel; candy apple, definite pear, some metallic notes, and roasted, nutty bread. Pear and green apple are the predominant aromas. The aroma is also quite bitter to the nose, like orange peel. An appetising, fruit-filled aroma. The taste is all malt at first, medium-roasted and doughy. In the middle comes a slight tartness from the fruit flavours, again all apples, with apricot and a hint of estery warmth. Iron, red malt, cider, white sugar, lime, and lactose. Some typical yeast tastes, adding a milkiness to the palate. The finish is quite terse, leaving little besides a subdued fruit and some hoppy dryness. No taste really lingers. A fine tasting beer, but not overly complex or original in taste. The lees were murky and offered a stronger, and better fruit taste. The aroma led me to believe the taste would be just as tart and fruity, but it was not; until I tasted the sediment separately. The mouthfeel is just how I like a beer: this is unctuous and mouth-coating, full bodied, syrupy and low in carbonation. Velvet in the mouth. Of course that aids drinkability, as does the relatively low bite of alcohol in the flavour. A very respectable tripel, and one I would love to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 06:02:44 | More by Cwrw
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger off-white head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is lemony. Some yeast is visible, taste is sweet that mellows to a tart finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. 750ml bottle for $8.90 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 22:43:13 | More by jdhilt
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ypsifly

Michigan

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

Poured from an undated 750 into a chalice.

Bright gold with a large white head that leaves lots of lace and is supported by lots of carbonation.

Smells of lemons and flowers. Subtle spice and some belgian yeast. There's some sugar in there too.

Tastes of spiced green apples, dry hops, and some sugars mingle with the dry finish. Not bad, but it seems to lack depth.

Good mouthfeel. Light for the style, but full enough to let me know I'm drinking a real beer. I would have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 04:11:13 | More by ypsifly
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silenius

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a tripel, this beer should have a nice big foamy head. However, despite my best efforts, I could only coax out a finger thick froth that quickly died down to a skim on the top.

It does pour a nice orange-tinged gold and is fairly clear.

This beer has a lemon and honey scent with some flower-like notes. A little simpler than I hoped.

Taste is quite nice with a candied orange dipped in honey flavor. Not cloying, but the sweetness is a main component. On the back end I get a nice peppery bite that offsets the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but with a tingle mixed in with it from the carbonation.

I'd get a little bored with this one after one or two and want to move on to something else.

I brought this sample back from Brugge, Belgium. It has a drink by date of 17-03-08. My bottle says it is 7.5% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 03:00:00 | More by silenius
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a tremendous head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks more like a witbier, actually. The aroma is mostly comprised of spices and citrus. Not much else ... or those drown out everything else. The flavor has a lot of the spice and citrus as well as a grainy character with fruits and a slight alcohol. The flavor could be stronger, but isn't. The body is pretty full and creamy with lots of carbonation. The drinkability was good on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2005 15:26:32 | More by clvand0
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EPseja

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from an 11.2 oz. bottle at recommended temperature in a chalice.

A - Orange-gold honey copper color with bits of translucent sediment in suspension. Marshmallowy head with bubbles of medium to small size and no particular order. Head settles to a thin, self-replenishing mat atop the surface. Looking good.

S - Mild, sour apple notes mixed with fruity esthers of apricot and banana. Trace spices and citrus. Standard, but nice Tripel fare.

T - What starts out as a nice, sweet fruity beginning is almost immediately shoved out of the way by a huge alcohol middle. There is some semblance of a pleasant tartness and honey-sweetness lingering in the aftertaste, but only in the shadow of the warm alcohol in your belly. Unfortunately, the lack of balance caused by the unchecked alcohol destroys all subtelty and finesse.

M - Unfortunately, the carbonation blows up in the mouth a bit and adds unnecessary sharpness. Aside from those detriments, it miraculously remains creamy, soft and pillowy.

D - If it weren't for the overcarbonation and the alcohol pulling a Jackie Chan on your palette, this beer would be much more drinkable. Granted, it gets easier to imbibe once your tongue becomes desensitized, but that doesn't change the fact that this is not a smooth drinking Tripel.

A disappointing offering from St. Bernardus. Thank goodness they've got their other Tripel (as well as their Abt 12) to make people look the other way.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 03:03:56 | More by EPseja
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HardTarget

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750 ml bottle lists 7.5% abv, serving temp and glass recommendations and a date on the crown, but I can’t read it, too lightly printed. My bottle is silk screened but looks pretty close to the bottle pictured here.
Aroma: Strong St. Bernardus yeast aroma with a spicy peppery edge. Very fruity, ripe peaches and lemons with some grape
Appearance: Deep yellow glass, very clear, with a frothy 4 finger white head at pour that settles to a good finger of clumpy cover that leave a solid sheet of lace. Many carbonation streams noted.
Flavor: The fruits take the stage at first sip; banana, lime, grape, all blended, all ripe. A strong spicy clove like edge as well which I think is a combination of yeast, hop and alcohol with the alcohol taking the lead. The taste isn’t hot, but you can’t say it hides the 7.5% very well.
Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy mouthfeel that suggests a chew. Very viscous and firmly carbonation, as per style. The alcohol gives a fairly dry, almost bitter finish.
Overall Impression: I was thirsty for a tripel and this is scratching the itch. That said, I don’t think this measures up to the St. Bernardus Tripel. The beers are close, but the St. B version just seems to have a little more quality to it. I want to try a blind side by side just as a study. The overall taste is fairly subdued and subtle. Still, not a bad tripel and a happy karma point earned.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 23:41:04 | More by HardTarget
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

Thanks to clvand0 for sharing this with me. It pours a nice hazy oranged yellow color with a billowing 3 finger head that falls to 2 fingers. The nose is spicey and lemoney/orangey sweet. Smells nice. The flavor is nice as well, but not quite strong enough for me. It is slightly creamy like a hefe, but with a peppery spiceyness. The feel is nice and thick and creamy. Overall, this is a really nice brew. No hint of any alcohol. Just good beer here.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 23:09:59 | More by kmpitz2
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dougnboston

Massachusetts

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

A good beer, albeit a bit on the lighter side, missing some strength I expect in a triple. Color is appropriate, but the head died quickly. I like this beer, but it's not nearly the best belgium triple I've tasted. Creamy and smooth. Well constructed. Slight bitter finish. Nose is sweet and easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 02:27:48 | More by dougnboston
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gentlebubbles

Massachusetts

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

Luscious, lemony orange under softly piling meringue that soon falls.

Strong banana scent.

Sweet fruity malt with a bit of black pepper. The orangieness is emphasized by eating sweet food (e.g. barbeque.) Some earthy herbal funk in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel. Could use a bit more sparkle to cleanse the palate (that barbeque sauce again.)

Very pleasing and straightforward.

Thanks to francisweizen for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 03:58:42 | More by gentlebubbles
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one came out a murky, dull orange in color with a good, white head that showed some retention and left tons of Belgian lace on the inside of my glass.

Smell – This one has a soft aroma, even when warm. The light yeast and sturdy orange peel are well-mated. I can pick up a subtle sense of alcohol as well.

Taste – The smells from the nose made it rightly to the taste. The orange and yeast come together like two halves of a zipper. The spicing is light and made up mostly of coriander.

Mouthfeel – This one is a hair above medium-bodied, it’s actually on the lighter side for the style, with fluffy cheek-puffing carbonation and a light alcohol warming. I tell you though, drinking this at close to room temperature is like drinking air. It is one of the smoothest beers that I’ve ever had.

Drinkability – The flavors here are a bit subtle, so if you liked to be smacked around in the taste buds when drinking Abbey Tripels this may not be your cup of tea. But man oh man this beer defines a “velvety mouthfeel”.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 02:29:31 | More by RoyalT
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me a good Tripel, and this was quite a damn good one. It pours to a cloudy golden color with a fat head typical of the style. The head is nice and fluffy white, but not too thick that you can't get a drink on the first sip, and it dies down to a quarter inch after a short while. The smell is malty and sweet with a touch of yeast. Very potent bouqet that makes the mouth water.

The taste is sweet, sweet candy malts. The alcohol is very well hidden, but lets its presence known in the finish. The mouthfeel is harsh at first, but as the beer warms, it seems very light despite all the sediment. The retro-olfactory experience from this beer is unlike any I've ever had. It's like you're exhaling candy.

This was an awesome Tripel. Very drinkable though I would have to recommend the St. Bernardus Tripel also from the Watou brewery in place of this unless you've already had the St. Bernardus Tripel and would like to give this a whirl given the opportunity. It is definately worth it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 05:33:20 | More by neonbrown82
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Guinness4me

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Two words: Beer Candy.

I don't often repeat beers in my quest to try them all, but this is one my hubby buys for me when I've been a very good girl and tried all the odd, smoked and funky beers. This beer simply rocks.

While it pours like most tripels, the real treat is soon to follow it's honey-yellow glow. It has minimal head that foams to millions of tiny bubbles when swirled.

Fresh baked banana bread is the first thing that comes to mind when I swirl this beauty in my snifter. It's nutty and warm smell fills my nose with anticipation!

Like I said in the beginning, it's Beer Candy...sweet, gooey and yummy! Who knew beer could taste like this? Again the bananas come through with a nutty finish and not a hint of bitterness. I don't even notice the high ABV.

Dancing and swirling in my mouth, this beer is a gem. A quick burst of carbonation takes you from the edge of "too sweet" to right on.

I find this nectar highly drinkable, but I must temper that with the fear of the high alcohol content. This could be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 02:18:52 | More by Guinness4me
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Fruity orange yeast with tropical notes. Orange colour and lace. Easy drink. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is present reminding you its booze, eh? So, it's a winter drink. Not the top, but a fine example of the style.
Another bottle a year later and observe yeasty malty. Two years later and observe head, malty, drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 04:35:01 | More by Sammy
Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.