St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
My pleasant, balding friend greets me with a smile, gaily offering a glass of the same tripel I have poured into an inappropriate piece of glassware, a Dick's Last Resort stein.
750ml from a local Indian Package store. $8.99.
Cork pops easily and smells a lot like champaigne. Yeasts are very evident with the first whiff from the neck of the bottle. Head is fiercely bubbly and dissipates in under a minute. Loads of lemon in the scent and in a sip of the head, which is very pleasant. Body is murky from yeast and pretty dense carbonation.
Taste is lemony tart to the point where my novice tongue has difficulty describing any of the undertones. It's a good, friendly, taste though. Tart, but not as dry/tart as a white like hoegaarden. Definitely just the right amount of sweetness. Also, definitely not as spicy as allagash's tripel, which was more towards the duvel side of things. It strikes far fewer points on my palate than similar brews, but I find this rather refreshing.
The final pour adds a lot of the yeast base to the glass, which churns with larger chunks of brewing flotsam than before. Texture is noticeably thicker and creamier. Slight warming has little effect. Still very refreshing.
I'll definitely come back to this brew at some point, but most likely in a 12oz bottle. You don't have to pay too much attention to what's going on. Definitely a good starter brew for the genre, if you want to introduce a friend to a rather neutral tripel/belgian without all sorts of fancy spices to describe.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2006 22:47:01 | More by Lupin
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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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