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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2289
Reviews: 1165
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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tectactoe

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 13:05:17 | More by tectactoe
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axxe

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,289 ratings.