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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,498 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 178 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Reviews by Roguer:
Photo of Roguer
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Beautiful poor, with a one finger white head. Retention is good, and lacing is good. Brew is cloudy, and golden straw-colored. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Bright, yeasty and bready aroma at fridge temp. Banana, clove, citrus.

Classic tripel flavor. A little flat, and spicy, but strong notes of wheat, clove and spices, and light citrus and banana. Belgian yeast and mineral water.

Thick and Bready mouthfeel. Fairly lively, no sting or alcohol. Almost chewy like a stout, even cold.

This is an excellent Belgian tripel. Very traditional, relatively complex, extremely smooth. One of the better versions I have had, and another great beer from this brewery.

Roguer, Mar 11, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

Poured a hazy peach color with a huge blooming (almost to much) head that consumed the whole beer now a fluffy head on top of a Belgian tripel is nice but this went a bit overboard.I notice a little funk in the aroma like a saison in some ways with its mentioned funk and peppery spice with just a light note of citrus,quite spicey on the palate cloves coriander and black pepper really come thru with an underlying candi suger elemant.A nice creamy mouthfeel lended itself well to this brew.A nice tripel but I have had better the Witkap tripel I had just yesterday to me was more broad and enjoyable,all in all not bad but to me not worth the hype.

oberon, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

Appearance – The bottle blew up when I popped it but then poured with almost no head. I didn’t get that. The body was light orange in color.

Smell – Strong orange syrup aroma with a touch of yeast and some summer fruits.

Taste – This yeast is subdued at the taste. The fruits are light summer such as melons, with a tangy compliment that’s almost like a sprig of lemon. There’s also some traditional Belgian spicing to this one.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and medium in the body.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but certainly not worth picking up again.

RoyalT, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%

The drunk monk on this 33 cl bottle enthuses me for this brew.

Pours yellow-to-slightly orangish with a ¾ inch white head that dissipates after about two minutes to an ultra-thin film. Chalky yeast persists near the bottom of the glass as mild carbonation makes its way to the surface. The nose is slightly tropical and fruity but really quiet tame. Apricots and toffee make up the bulk of the taste while mild phenols roll over the tongue. Very, very drinkable. Smooth and mild.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beerhunter13, May 19, 2013
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -5.9%

DanGeo, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a bruised-apricot color with lots of dim, gold highlights - completely opaque and cloudy. Little, tiny buts of sediment hang suspended in the beer as if they were sitting in glycerin. Volatile as all hell, the head far outsizes the actual amount of beer in the glass as it towers over the top of the glass; off-white, foamy, and frothy as can be.

I bring this one to my nose and pick up much of what I expected from any decent tripel - lots of fruity, mildly earthy esters, faint banana, lemon and citrus zest, orange peel, spices, clove, and a raw Belgian yeast aroma, highly akin to bubblegum. As far as the aroma goes, this is definitely one of the more balanced tripels I've had. No smell is competing with another too much, and all of them collide at once to form a nice, meshed aroma. Alcohol provide a bit of a warmth, but nothing hot or troublesome.

The taste hits first with a nice collection of mellow fruits - some plums, mangoes, grape skins, light banana. The fruit comes with a nice sweetness that simply feels more mellow and laid back, rather than abrasive and in your face. A light dusting of sugar seems to cover everything. Some spices adhere well to the fruits, mainly clove and a bit of orange peel, followed by a nice mix of bread, butter, and gum - that Belgian yeast sure does wonders. Hop character is subdued but slightly leafy and herbal when it shows itself.

At first, I was getting a slightly undesirable aftertaste - something along the lines of cardboard, or wet, moldy wood. Left a bad taste in my mouth long after the beer was gone. As it started to warm, the fruit and malt sweetness got a bit stronger and this weird aftertaste vanished (or at least masked), so luckily I was able to enjoy the second half of my beer. Not sure what that was all about, but it least it only lasted for half the beer. Alcohol phenol flavors came out a little but upon warming, but didn't harm the beer in any way. Medium bodied with a light mouth feel thanks to aggressive carbonation.

Pretty good tripel, and it would be a great tripel if it wasn't for that strange moldy flavor I was getting at first. Good think it eventually recessed and went away. The second half was wonderful - if only the entire timeline went that way. Overall, still very good.

tectactoe, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%

APP- This beer was the classic glowing gold color that I expect tripel to be. Only a very slight haze, with a noisey, foamy white head that fell quickly and left a little lace.

AROMA- Fresh grain, spice, very floral, low malty sweetness, orange zest, white grape, pear... I could go on, very complex but delicate and in balace. Nothing more than moderate in intensity.

TASTE- Firmly malty but well attenuated base with light grahm cracker character. Low level detectable noble hop flavor and minimal bitterness combine with complex spicey character to balance. I could swear I caught a hint of banana but difficult to latch onto. Esters are very low in the mix.

MOUTHFEEL- Appropriately dryish but maintains medium-light body . High carbonation is appropriate but has more of a fizzy/ stingy character and not so much the mouth-filling creaminess I'd like.

OVERALL- One of the more complex tripels I've had and by far the best St. Bernanrdus beer I've had. Very dangerous in its drinkability.

JudgeRoughneck, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

St. Bernardus Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale, 8% alcohol. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A- Pours a beautiful ripe orange colored fluid with an evenly hazed glow in sunlight. Tight bubbles make of a nice frothy head that leaves a mildly rounded lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh citrus fruits come to mind oranges, tangerines, and lemon. Sweet candied sugar and alcohol esters fume in the back of the nose.

T-M- Like the smell the taste does nothing but prove the excellence of this Tripel. Flavors include overripe fruits of citrus nature, musty malts, alcohol esters and tangy Begian yeast. Mouthfeel is chewy with a lingering yeasty thickness that allows the flavors to dance and roll over the tounge. Creamy finish with nothing but excellence from beginning to end.

D- I love this beer! I could drink this one every day if my cash flow allowed. Great complexities, smoooth and an alcohol content that would keep you grounded. Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

tbryan5, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev -5.9%

TimBeaulieu, Feb 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

SkiBum22, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of JacobMutberg
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JacobMutberg, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%

I sampled this with a friend, Aaron. At the pour, I noticed a nice floral aroma reminiscent of flowery hops and a spice of some type, perhaps coriander. The first sip opened up with a good balance of malts and hops. A heavy mouthfeel and alcohol warmth immediately followed. There was a fairly long finish with lingering hops and more alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a pretty good abbey style tripel. As much as I enjoyed it, I kept coming back to that alcohol taste. Although it wasn't overbearing, it was still present. Of course, the more of this stuff you drink the less you are going to notice something like that but as far as my own personal enjoyability, there are others that I would choose first. Either way this one deserves a solid score on my scale. It's one of those that is so close...

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of drumline
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

750ml bomber poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold, with a thick creamy white head, and incredible lacing.

Smell - Very fruity nose. Hints of apples, pears, and a slight bubblegummy sweetness and peppery spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Fruity malt tastes up front that mirror the nose, with a spicey and dry hoppy finish. Yeasty/bready flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink; the ABV is hidden really well. At the end of every sip, you're left wanting more and more. Dangerously drinkable.

Definitely one of the best Belgian tripels I've ever had.

drumline, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of steelerguy
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Amazing head that last and laces the goblet. Hazy golden color with heavy carbonation.

S - Fruity and floral with some spice. There is some malt sweetness in the nose.

T - Fruity, but not overly done with that Tripel sweet pear taste. Some phenols from the yeast nicely balance the the sweet crystal malt falvors. Smooth, nothing jumps out but lots to taste, ends crisp and is quite refreshing. Wait, this is 8.5% ABV...nicely hidden but you get a nice warmth.

M - Smooth feel especially considering the carbonation. This is how a Tripel should feel, with a nice dry finish and some alcohol warmth.

D - Very drinkable, lots to taste, you really enjoy each and every sip. Nicely attenuated and does not feel heavy, very refreshing.

This is a great beer, I really enjoyed it and it is going on my list as a must have on hand. So refreshing it could almost be a lawnmower beer, but not at 8%. But when you are done, relaxing on your deck, this is a great beer to relax with.

steelerguy, May 02, 2009
Photo of skybluewater
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours into a goblet a stunning gold color. The smell is wonderful, almost like freshly baked banana bread. I'm loving the taste as well, with a little banana and clove, perhaps a bit of green apple. Mouthfeel's quite nice as well. Only the barest hint of alcohol mars the flavor someone.

Very good tripel here, and one of the best beers I've ever had. (It's even good after sitting for a few hours while I took an unplanned nap!)

skybluewater, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%

The St. Bernardus Tripel pours into my tulip glass with a deep golden effervescence and an arid bubbly white head on top. Some little yeasties make their way into the pour accidentally. Aromas of sweet pale malts with nice fruity tones. Somewhat spicy with a dash of vanilla in the mix and floral undertones.

First sip brings a nice, somewhat sweet pale maltiness with a light fruity flavor. I get quite a bit of vanilla as well as some spicy yeastiness on the way down. A touch of hops rounds out this tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a tight bubbly carbonation. Goes down nicely and is quite a tasty tripel overall. This is one I'd definetly pick up again sometime and another feather in the cap for St. Bernardus. Worth checking out if you're a fan of the brewery or the style.

orbitalr0x, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Light golden yellow body with floaties. Voluptuous pure white head, slowly reduced to a lumpy pillow.

Light aroma filled with some cotton candy sweetness. Some yeasty, breadlike body as well to the nose. Taste has quite a kick to it. Very crisp carbonation and a good kick of spices. Finishes with some bread and yeast which was picked up in the aroma. Overall a good tasting brew. Tripels aren't usually my first choice, but I can appreciate this for what it is.

Medium mouthfeel at best. Only coats the mouth slightly. A pretty refreshing brew. Cutting down on the sharpness would help.

blitz134, Nov 27, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

briang01, Jun 17, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -41.2%

bulldogg915, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

11.2 fl oz poured into a brandy snifter.
Cloudy golden appearance. Nice head retention. Very effervescent. More than I'm used to as an admitted hophead.
Very complex tastes that do a good job of representing the style.
A good change of pace for someone who doesn't drink Belgian ales very often.

NWer, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of freshflesh
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Todd
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.

Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy. 7.5%abv.

Todd, Jan 07, 2001
Photo of dieBlume
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

dieBlume, Sep 11, 2013
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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.