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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,293 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2293
Reviews: 1166
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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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kwakwhore

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Looks sort of like natural apple juice. Plenty of floaties in there too. White head subsides into a about a 1/8 inch collar on the top of the beer with some lacing.
Initial impressions of the aroma were focused on a not too pleasant blast of alcoholic solvents but after they subsided, I began to detect some more pleasant aromas of honey with only a bit of the alcoholic scents remaining.
Flavors are a mix of sweet malts with honeyed accents and a balancing but subtle bitterness from the hops. This is the sweetest, maltiest Tripel I've tried to date. The warmer it gets, the better and more complex it becomes.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation, a tiny bit of warmth from the alcohol on the back of the palate.
Impressively easy to drink, again the alcohol is barely perceptible.
My initial impression of this beer was that it is not as good as my two other benchmark tripels (La Fin du Monde and Westmalle). I still think that they are a bit better, but this gets better and better the farther I go down the glass. I will definitely be looking for this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:45:16 | More by kwakwhore
More User Reviews:
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KrittyKratz

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +17.9%

04-20-2014 01:37:50 | More by KrittyKratz
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle obtained from a St. Bernardus mixed pack (I wish more Belgian breweries did this) into a goblet. A live pour, although dropping the bottle on the floor first probably didn't help matters, with a ton of white froth that settled out to a more reasonable level. The beer itself presents as a cloudy honey yellow, with an aroma of shortbread, medicinal honey, apples, pears, woody/spicy Belgian yeast a plenty. The taste was more assertive than the smell, with an unusual and interesting butterscotch chip backbone, vanilla brownie, some grape-like lager character, tobacco, candied citrus rind, rosewater, a sweetish nuttiness, and sour green fruit all revealing themselves in a bit of a hodgepodge. Resembles its stablemate Watou Tripel in being on the sweet side for the style, although this one does have more heft in terms of both aromatic alcohol presence and a richer malt character. A touch thicker than other tripels and less fizzy as well. Nevertheless finishes on the dry side despite the initial sweetness, producing a tannic puckering effect on the mouth and thrusting some woody and gooseberry-like hops out there near the end. I like to compare my tasting notes to those of Micheal Jackson whenever possible, both as a reality check and a form of hero worship. In Great Beers of Belgium, he's got this one down as "vanilla, cookies, and sesame seeds, with a tangerine-like finish". I guess I did alright.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 18:48:34 | More by CalgaryFMC
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-19-2014 16:48:45 | More by jim_carignan
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crob3888

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-19-2014 14:55:56 | More by crob3888
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Shaunbkgb

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-19-2014 05:36:33 | More by Shaunbkgb
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axxe

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-16-2014 21:39:16 | More by axxe
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ramrod666

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-16-2014 19:31:04 | More by ramrod666
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TrappistDev

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amazing dark golden color. Poured yeast into the bottle along with the beer. It has a dark, golden, almost amber hue which is clouded by yeast. Excellent lacing, and creamy head that lasted a good while.

S: Not the best smelling tripel, and not many characteristics here. Faint hints of esters from the Belgian yeast, and slight cherries. Sweet fruity aroma.

T: Up front very malty sweet, with a little boozy aftertaste. The ABV is very well hidden by the sweetness, and there are some sweet fruits on the back end. Some raisens, and possibly some brown sugar flavor as well.

M: VERY creamy. This is the thickest tripel I've had. It almost feels like sweet cream with the sweetness of the beer and the creamy head (no homo).

O: A very good tripel, although not the best. I prefer a Westmalle or Rochefort over this due to the mouth feel, but that's extremely subjective on my part. Overall a good example of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:05:41 | More by TrappistDev
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Beervana

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-15-2014 01:28:50 | More by Beervana
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JoeMcMahon

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-15-2014 00:10:52 | More by JoeMcMahon
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Jonbw

Mississippi

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-14-2014 15:44:13 | More by Jonbw
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xKALECx

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-14-2014 00:33:31 | More by xKALECx
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-13-2014 23:44:42 | More by DaveMiller
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errrnify

Utah

3/5  rDev -29.2%

04-13-2014 18:41:07 | More by errrnify
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dank203

New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very drinkable tripel. lot of flavor and a mellow 8 percent. good amt of citrus, grape, apple flavors. lot of carbonation and mellow spicy yeast notes. all melded together perfectly, very elegant drink. not a very harsh tripel at all, while still being complex and interesting

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:49:04 | More by dank203
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-11-2014 21:58:34 | More by BigTrubble
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lr300

Puerto Rico

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-10-2014 17:28:01 | More by lr300
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-09-2014 23:50:49 | More by AlMarzo
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

04-09-2014 21:03:09 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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Mikeybala

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-09-2014 18:47:14 | More by Mikeybala
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Gasc0igne

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-08-2014 07:16:20 | More by Gasc0igne
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Braz

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-08-2014 03:44:33 | More by Braz
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gatorlove

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

04-03-2014 02:13:31 | More by gatorlove
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Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-02-2014 03:24:30 | More by ParkbrauFan
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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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