St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.18/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
11.2 ozer from the boxed set, cellared for a little over a year, dated "FL 09 07 07" so it should be good to go.
Pours with a rich white head that at some points is so fine I can't tell there are individual bubbles, although it faded away pretty fast. A dirty peach color, orange with lots of bubbling. I tried to avoid pouring sediment in but I got a bunch, as dark chunks are suspended. When you tip the goblet to drink, the side of the goblet coats perfectly -- that's priceless.
The smell is exactly that of an apple needled with cloves that has aged for a while. Hard to believe there aren't actually ground up cloves in here. Also smells of bread, vanilla, peach, cinnamon, potpourri, hoppy spices, and a faint touch of earthy smoke, but the clove-apple is the definite match. Simply heavenly -- smells kind of like champagne in a way.
Clove and vanilla on the taste, along with a great yeastiness. Bananas and some orange with tons of candi sugar. The alcohol is somewhat evident. Pastry and dairylike as well, a nice blend of complexities. Malty, bready, and slightly sour aftertaste. Hops are barely present.
Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel with subtle, gentle carbonation. Very rich.
This is exceptional stuff. It's too sweet for me to drink it frequently; I'll have it now and then for a treat, and savor it when I do. With more balance against the sugar and some smoothing of the few rough edges, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Serving type: bottle
02-23-2006 23:04:21 | More by semihobo
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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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