St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Although a newcomer to B.A., I've tasted my share of diverse beers over the years, in the US and overseas. I must confess that this is one of the most memorable beers, especially from a bottle, that I have had. I tried this beer in part because of the high rating it received on this site, and I was not disappointed. While the appearance and yeasty smell are good, it is the taste and mouthfeel that make this beer a true pleasure. As it should be! This bottle-conditioned brew has a moderately cloudy, straw-yellow color and a solid but unexceptional head. The color is deceiving, however. This beer has an extremely full and well-rounded taste, somewhat alcoholic but fully pleasurable. I found it challenging to pick out any distinct flavors because, for me, it was so full and balanced. There is a slight fruitiness, and a slight twinge of black pepper in the aftertaste. Beyond these, it is simply good, round, and with a real presence in the mouth.
The mouthfeel is reminiscent, to me, of much darker, heartier beers, like a good porter. It does not taste at all like a porter, mind you, but it fills the mouth with a creamy fullness that reminded me of porter. The taste evolves in the mouth, moving forward to the tip of the tongue. I opened my large bottle right out of the refrigerator (a sin, I know) and was greeted by a taste somewhat sharper than the fuller flavor of the warmer second half. Do yourself a favor - allow this beer to develop its full potential at a cool, not cold, temperature. I definitely prefer this to Bernardus' "8" but maybe it's a style thing. This is a beer that will definitely be part of my regular stash from now on...
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2007 00:10:41 | More by neobassman
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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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