Watou Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 24
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Tripel pours out as yellow color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell had a floral and earthy mix of aromas. The taste has a bit of spice, hop bitterness and a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and has a bit of a stinging feeling. Overall the beer isn't a bad Tripel.

Photo of czfreeman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opening the simple yet elegantly labeled bottle, nice carbonated hiss.After several moments, a thick cap of foam pushes out of the bottle.
Poured into my glass, this is an extremely carbonated triple. Murky golden unfiltered apple juice color, head is really nice.
Smells upfront of pear, overripe, sweet sour musty fruit-like, orange, a bit of pepper, but like previous reviewers have said, lacks a bit of the spice power found in stronger examples.
Digging deeper-bread, clove,honey,apple, peach, very fruity in the intial smell.
Taste is in a word--Great. Immense on the fruit-pear, apple, a hint of peach, banana, finish adds much more pepper than found in the smell. On the palate-sweet and complex in fruit, in the throat, well carbonated and spicy.
A standout quality however, is the mouthfeel-buttery smooth, velvety creamy-mixed with just the right spice. What can I say, it's from St.Bernardus?
Excellent beer, I will use this for cooking and pairings. Really didn't expect such a pleasant surprise!

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

11.2 oz bottle, best by 20 08 13, poured into a Duvel tulip. This beer is hyper-carbonated. Huge 4-finger white head over a cloudy, light yellow body. The head eventually settles and leaves some ringlets of lacing along the glass.

The aroma reminds me somewhat of a witbier minus any substantial citrus. Sweet malt and yeasty spices. Light notes of peach and apricot.

The flavors mix pleasantly and feature sweet, light fruit and the traditional spiciness from the yeast. Sweet, bready malt in the background. The fruity flavors from the yeast pop out more as it warms.

Medium mouthfeel that has just a little of the alcohol present. Not the best tripel but a solid offering overall.

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

11.2 oz bottle. Best by date is 20 08 13.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden from the fridge into my tulip, but clears completely after 40 minutes or so. The puffy white head has decent retention, but doesn't last until the beer clears, just a few thin, wispy areas are left.

Smell: Good, but not the most impressive. Sweet, light fruits and clove. Doesn't have much of the characteristic St. B yeast aroma.

Taste: More pronounced clove flavor than smell. Mildly fruity. There's a surprising alcohol bitterness and a little herbal hops flavor. Finishes a bit dry with a little powdery yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation a little on the low side for a tripel. Medium feel with a slight stickiness and dry finish.

Overall: An OK tripel. Low points are too much alcohol flavor and too dry of a finish. A letdown because St B is such an awesome brewery.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloud, unfiltered farm honey body. White head atop.

S - Big nose of sweet, dark, raw honey. Some light and floral alcohol scents wafting around.

T - Alot of sweet honey notes up front. Floral hops and some sweet, warming alcohol. Some sweet dried grains and bread on the palate.

M - Smooth and warming in the mouth this is a tasty tripel. An aftertaste of crisp almost lagered charachter.

O - An excellent beer, great for any tripel or sweet honey blonde enthusiasts.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pour a hazy Golden colour with a large White head that retains well and laces.

S - Plenty of malt aromas and yeast quite strong.

T - Plenty of sweet malts up front and a good amount of yeast. Finishes with a little citrus spice and booze.

M - Lots of carbonation and a medium to full body.

D - I rate this higher than the St Bernardus version because it's much bigger and fuller.

Photo of Mitchster
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Part of a mixed 6'er from the brewery. Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange, forming a large white head with good retention and lacing. Big bubbles...not very creamy or soft. Well carbonated, opening with a loud Pssssht. Yeast sediment in the bottle. Best by 08/20/13. 7.5% ABV. The nose is particularly buttery, which is odd for a triple. Mixed in is green apples, candi sugar, pears and faint vanilla. Powdery mouthfeel with a light body, ruddy middle, and bone dry finish. The taste opens with green apples, phenol, clove, green bananas, followed by a wet newspaper, a medium-light chemical hop extract bitterness, and powdered sugar in the aftertaste. Almost oaky in it's dryness, like a chardonnay.

Not digging this one at all. Definitely not a very good triple, and something I wouldn't buy again.

Photo of JayQue
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Tripel!!! I love St Bernadus beers. Poured this one into my Chimay goblet. Nicely carbonated, medium sized delicate bubbly white head and a hazy orange color. Traces of head remain throughout. Not much lacing.

Smell is great. Caramel malt, Belgian yeast, candi sugar and fruit (pears and apples). Among the top Tripels I have tried.

Taste is not quite up to the expectations of the aroma but it is good anyway. Caramel malt and Belgian yeasts are pronounced. The sweetness, fruit and spices kick in to a slightly lesser degree. Definitely black pepper is part of the spiciness...coriander as well. A good tasting Tripel.

Mouthfeel is rich. The spiciness and carbonation tickle the tongue. Goes down smooth except for a slight alcohol bite. Drinkability for a Tripel is good. I would seek this one out again.

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

A -
A radiant golden hazy, practically opaque body with plenty of visible carbonation and a frothy white head that retains well and laces out strong

S -
Aroma is a massive caramel malt bomb, with huge helpings of belgian yeasts. Flowery, honey and sweet.

T -
The flavor is a big sweet caramel base malt. It retains a good amount of the yeast flavor. Little to no bitterness from hops,
M -
Slick, massive carbonation with a good body.

D -
A delicious and even tripel.

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden orange color with an off white head. Lots of sediment is suspended throughout with a good amount of visible carbonation too.

Smell: Pretty underwhelming for a St Bernardus beer. Caramel and pear with a little bit of spice and some of the Belgian malts.

Taste: Not as sweet as I was expecting but definitely not bad. Apricot apple white grapes and some light malts. Nice yeasty finish with a little bit of a must and bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Light body and light carbonation. Easy to drink with a 7.5% abv.

Photo of dasenebler
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

33cl bottle, best by August 2013.

Pours a hazy straw orange with a frothy but lasting head. Good lacing and average retention for the style.

Aroma is the best feature of this beer. Yeasty and phenolic with notes of vanilla, orange and peach.

This is a spicy and sweet Tripel. Lots of orange peel, pepper and candi sugar. Bready and yeasty, with a slightly rubbery and chalky mouthfeel, yet excellent, fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry, but overall, I feel that this beer could be better attenuated: it's a bit too sweet to my liking. Nevertheless, it drinks smoothly with the slightly lower ABV, for a Tripel, that is.

A nice beer, but the standard St. Bernardus Tripel is better in my opinion.

Photo of cnally
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A radiant golden hazy, practically opaque body with plenty of visible carbonation and a frothy white head.

Aroma is a massive caramel malt bomb, with huge helpings of belgian yeasts. Flowery, honey and sweet.

The flavor is a big sweet caramel base malt. It retains a good amount of the yeast flavor, but really relies on the sugars from the malt. Little to no bitterness from hops, which is rather welcome in this slippery of a beer.

Slick, massive carbonation with a good body.

A delicious and even tripel. Sweet.

Photo of corby112
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a frothy 2 finger off white head that has excellent retention, only slowly settling into a thick cap that lasts throughout coating the glass with chunky lacing.

Nice nose with hints of peppery spice, crisp light fruit notes and sweet alcohol. Hints of apple, pear, citrus peel, lemon zest and candy sugar.

Very carbonated up front, tingling the tongue. Hints o slight alcohol, peppery spice, lemon zest and citrus peel. Creamy full body with sweet alcohol, light fruit and alcohol warmth in the finish. The spicy notes are more prominent than the sweet fruit ones but this is still very decently balanced and becomes more drinkable as it warms.

Photo of GilGarp
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle served cool into my Watou glass.

The Watou tripel is a pale golden yellow with creamy white head. It settles somewhat slowly but leaves some nice lace.

Aroma is full of character with lots of orchard fruit like pears and apples, some mild spices, and floral notes.

Flavor is excellent as well. The fruit comes through strong here but there is an addition of lemon and vanilla. A little bit of cake sweetness but still well-balanced. The spice from the St. Bernardus yeast is familiar and, as always, adds a really enjoyable depth of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and moderate to high in carbonation. Balance is great and alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall a great beer but that's no surprise - that's all these monks know how to do.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium straw color, with two fingers of rising-flood-like, thin foamy, puffy white head, which leaves some nice stalagmite-esque lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of wheat grain, banana ester, clove, a bit of laboratory alcohol, and mild earthy yeast. The taste is fruity, sugary malt, a bit of peppery, savoury spice, and a subtle, almost totally hidden, boozy warmth. Any bubbles initially prevalent disappear quickly, rendering only a very mild overall carbonation. The body is medium weight, in the manner of fruit juice, and it finishes fairly dry, the alcohol and herbal hops, in a still very subverted manner, dampening the potential Belgian sugar bomb.

An easy enough triple to put back - the sweetness, whether sugar or alcohol oriented, kept very much in check.

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very fizzy and bubbly 1 finger head that pops its way downwards somewhat quickly. The beer is yeast chunk filled and hazy toasty orange with hints of maroon.

The nose is not what I would expect for a typical tripel, but def has that St Bernardus aroma. Some Belgian malts, laced with lots of fruits, plenty of fig, raisin, apricot, little apple, etc. A hint of candi sugar.

Taste brings a nice blend of the same that the nose brought. Starts slightly dry actually, with some Belgian soft malts. Then the fruits come, pretty much the same boat with fig, raisin, apricot, apple, dates, etc. I get some nice light Belgian candi sugar, toffee, and slightest hint of a smoked taste later on teh palate. As it finishes it dries off even more, leaving a nice lingering soft malt and fruit flavors, with hints of dried candi sugar.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It has a nice dry complexion, not bad flavors and nothing negative lingering around the mouth. Despite being 7.5% it drinks very well too, not boozy at all.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color a little cloudy. Bitter orange nose quite pronounced. A mouth spicy without being too much, we feel the bitterness, which undoubtedly comes from citrus character conveyed by yeasts. The finish is not great power and not so persistent if somewhat syrupy. A lack of body and flavor for a beer called "triple".

Photo of IronDjinn
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml brown bottle, best before date listed as 07 01 13. Pours out a cloudy apricot hue, tight spongy white head.

Dry yet sweet aromatics, with fruity esters and light peppery phenols.

Light malt and fruity esters at first in the flavour, the finish drops immediately to a mouth puckering dryness that lingers long into the aftertaste, musty with touches of spice.

Medium-full mouthfeel, creamy smooth texture, low carbonation.

A well put together Tripel, just too dry for my personal liking.

Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is a mix of sweet fruity esters and a yeastiness. True to style

Pours a dark blonde in the glass with a fair head. Somewhat cloudy.

Taste is also sweet upfront, but not overally sweet. Fruity esters are there at the get-go, although it isn't as sweet as many tripels. This gives way to a good deal of yeastiness here as well, as is often the case with the Belgians. Alcohol is almost completely hidden. A small hop bitterness on the sides of the tongue finishes the beer off.

It's a good tripel all in all. Not too sweet, yeasty, and tasty. It isn't the best I've ever had, but it's definitely drinkable and one I could drink again.

Photo of scott451
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Two finger bubbly off white head on a clear dark gold. The head soon diminishes to a ring. No lacing to speak of. Malty smells. Sweetish fruity notes. Very smooth taste. Nice round well melded flavours. Caramel in the back. No apparent carbonation yet it seems to be there. An excellent triple. Only the high ABV keeps it from session territory as there are no impediments elsewhere.

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

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this with me. Review from notes.

A: Hazy yellow appearance with a steady flow of bubbles rising from the depths of the Watou goblet. As expected, there is a very nice, thick head atop the beer that leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Belgian yeast, orange peel.

T: A very tasty beer, though not quite as complex as I had hoped. It's slightly sweet, with a pretty enjoyable flavor.

M: Alcohol could be hidden a little better, though the beer still has a good feel. Warming alcohol note in the finish.

D: A solid tripel, though not in the upper echelon. I'd be happy to drink this again.

Photo of dgm6689
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in- bottle poured into a snifter

Appearance- dark golden color. Great head retention.

Smell- somewhat sour smell. The sweet scent of the malt is also very present

Taste- Sweeter than I expected. The taste of the sour hoppiness is present, but it is more in the background than the other tripels I have tried.

Mouthfeel- the beer is very thin. It snuck down my mouth without leaving a prominent trace. The good thing about it though, was that the carbonation was just right. Not too overly carbonated and not to flat.

Drinkability- This beer is very drinkable. However I would prefer a different Tripel if I had the choice.

Photo of Snamnoum
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dull murky oat color with tons of yeasty sediment and a large cream white head. Massive amounts of sticky lace.

Smell - Extremely doughy yeast, lemony citrus, alcohol, phenols, and some cloves.

Taste - alcohol is present upfront, followed by citrus then yeast/pale malt, and rounded off by some pretty spicy notes. One of the more complex tripels I've had. The spicy finish was a nice touch. Also malt added some substantial sweetness for this style that I quite liked.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability - light/medium bodied, and medium/high carbonation. Rather chewy for the style but not a negative. Although the alcohol isn't hidden its fairly tame for the abv making this beer very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. Still don't quite understand the difference between St. Bernardus and Watou but have to say I prefer the later. Well worth another purchase

Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle, bottle was at least a year and a half old

Appearance: very cloudy, poured smoothly with a lot of sediment which stuck to the foam, billowing head which receded slowly

Smell: smelled very grainy, perhaps like oats, yeasty, decent alcohol aroma

Taste: tasted just like oat bread or a multi grain bread, definitely yeasty, slight sweetness, almost no alcohol

Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, light to medium body, slight carbonation

Drinkability: decently drinkable, the after taste is full and nutty/grainy which is the only detractor, good flavor and pours well

It's worth a try

Photo of theboozecruise
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a goblet... the beer pours a golden color, a little haze in there and a decent amount of carbonation. Good look to it.

The beer smells of sweet honey flavors up front. A little floral notes mixed in but honey dominates.

The floral notes come out more in the taste than the smell... and the honey notes fade some. Very typical belgian floral notes to this one... it's good but not the best I've ever had. I like the bitter floral notes at the end of the sip a lot.

The dominant floral flavors prevent this one from being super drinkable. I'd love to have another, but I wouldn't want it right away, I want something else to give my taste buds a change of pace first.

Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
91 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.