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Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 jrjohnso
3.41/5  rDev -16%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Jessefive
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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.

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.

Photo of dnichols
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Hautacam
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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).

Photo of Gavage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of hawksfan82
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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.

Photo of kelticblood
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Onibubba
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 481 ratings.