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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, off-white colored head that holds like a champ. Caronbation bubbles rising through the hazy golden colored liquid like upsidedown rain. Hints of tangy lemon, yeast, and spring flowers in the aroma. Sticky lace lingers as beer in the chalice disappears. Mellow lemon flavor, some light grains (wheat?) and light spices (coriander?). The finish is interesting, the flavor quickly fades leaving only the feeling of beer on the tongue, and a warm stomach. The beer is light and soft in texture, almost floating across the tongue. It's refreshing like a wheat beer, but with more body.

HappyHourHero, Mar 16, 2004
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good, delightfully distinct tripel. The times I've tried this on draft, it's stupid smooth - soft, ghostly. Pale blonde or maize color, hazy, with a fleetingly vibrant off-white, champagne-like, cottony head. Swirly blanket laid out after the fall, stays. Flowery, moderate boozy aroma. Cakey malts bubble underneath.

What I'm getting overall in the taste I can't describe any other way than this - white bread dough that has been rising for 3-4 hours and has just started to ferment. I make pizza dough often and this is exactly how I would translate that smell into flavor terms for this beer. Surely getting a mild phenol taste to that ferment and a candied vaguely bosc pear or golden raisin fruitiness as well. But, yes, that's the flavor. It's wonderful.

Alcohol tingles a little in the mouth and it's certainly present in the aroma but buried 'neath the fruity yeast. Expertly woven into the beery fabric of this brew. Different from the pack. Beer you could swill a lot of if endlessly available.

Bouleboubier, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of articode
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Distinctive pop and much smoke upon opening. Quite tall fine-bubbled head and cloudy orange/gold color.

The most distintive tastes up front are sweet banana, clove, and sour yeast.

Aftertaste is sour and sticky.

Overall very well-balanced -- outstanding tripel.

articode, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: very clean yeast

Taste: sweet tangerines, butter cream, rich herbs, hints of flower pedals, delicate hop-spice with glazed almonds and faint sesame seeds pervade throughout

This beer is one of the most complex beers I have ever tried. There is nothing brazen within each taste, just a rich myriad of complex flavors that attach to your palette and then to your mind. This beer goes great with aged cured dried meats with red grapes, fig jam, and aged Brie

Blindpigbiz, May 25, 2013
Photo of rowew
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle, green label. Best by date on the back. This one has been in my fridge a while, but still before the best by date.

Appearance: Pours a golden color, quite a bit of sediment in the bottle, I didn't manage to keep it all out of the glass so there is a bit of haze.

Smell: Wow, dominated by apples with a bit of alcohol. I have an apfelwein fermenting in the basement, and this smells very similar.

Taste: High carbonation level, taste has some of the same apple from the smell, along with nice belgian yeast notes. Many other things going on, but hard to pick them out.

Overall impression: Very complex beer with a lot of good flavors, surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV. Definitely a great example of the style (if not the definitive example).

rowew, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Giant airy pillowy beige head cap topping off a cloudy foggy orange sunset hue with a hither and yon carbonation bubble rising. Lattice lace spots the glass.

Aromatic scents of dough, yeastiness and a leafy nose with some coriander.

First swigs: The flavor mimics the nose with doughy yeastiness and a lingering dry aftertaste of sugary pecan walnut nutty characteristic.

Cushy soft carbonation with a medium chewy body.

Last swigs: Doughy vanilla pecan malt and yeasty. Enjoyed with a Westmalle tripel to do a side-by-side. St. Bernardus is more flour doughy.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

From notes on 9/5/2013

Love the smell. Very sweet smelling. Appearance is very cloudy. You can see chunks of yeast floating. Sweet tasting, almost like banana. Overall, a great beer.

kkleu357, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of DelMontiac
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into a 16 oz tulip. Was looking for a 750 mL, but the store was out. I purchased 2 bottles 4 months beyond it best by date of 07/05/10. I got 'em for $1.85 each, so I figured, what the hell.

A: Poured a hazy copper with a 2 finger white head that fizzled down slowly. Some tiny yeast chunks swimming around - it has probably been sitting for some time and compacted well. Really, not the best looking tripel.

S: This is where it's at. I love the smell of all the Sint Bernardus products. This tripel is heavenly in the nose with everything that's honey and spice. Slight bread dough as well.

T: Compliments the nose well - sweet sweet clover honey with simmering candied friuts (apricots, oranges, honeycrisp apples). The finish is more hoppy and dry than what I remembered from other times I've had this beer. Very good. Trying not to open the other bottle right away is going to be difficult.

M & D: Very smooth, medium bodied brew of which I could drink several in a sitting because it's just so damn enjoyable.

Overall: If I don't find "some strange" in the way of tripels when I shop, this is likely the one I'll take home when the tripel mood strikes...which is frequent.

DelMontiac, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

Look: Nice golden yellow, nice frothy white head. Smell: Spices, lemon citrus, hay, little honey, mild oats, sour notes (green apples maybe), little banana. Taste: Follows the aroma, spices, lemon tart, apples, wheat dough, fruity notes, Feel: medium-light body, lively carbonation.

Overall: This is a text book example of a tripel. No alcohol burn. Not as sour as the aroma tells. This is a very good brew. Recommended.

Shroud0fdoom, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden-orange color with tiny sediment floating around. Very carbonated with large head that slowly minimizes. Smells of alcohol and citrusy/tropical fruits. Nothing really dark or berry-like. Hints of banana. Tastes very sweet with banana and other fruity flavors. Fizzy mouthful...maybe a little too carbonated (but still VERY delicious)! Very high drinkability. Very crisp and refreshing for hot summer days.

DovaliHops, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of bobhits
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dense deep orange/golden wheat body, a good bit of yeast floating in there and a nice white head though the bubbles are a bit large given it less of a cream look than I like, but exactly what is expected of the style.

Farm house hops all over this one. Lemon grass, funk, pears, apples, just a great nose here. As it warms the farm house is turning more towards just Belgian spices and citrus fruits, but still just great.

I really expected a dry biting beer here, instead a wonderful fruit cock tale accented by a nice alcohol note and some hops. Pears, apples, spices....I'm even getting a buttery finish here. This is one complex beer.

There's a good bit of alcohol here, but that seems almost part of what makes this style and without it, I'd be disappointed. Easily the best Triple that doesn't change the traditional formula I've had.

bobhits, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of srroos
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy golden in color with a very short lived, small head, but that could have been due to the motorcycle ride the bottle just took from the store back home.

Smells quite good with lots of citrus in the nose. Tastes wonderful, powerful but easy to drink, like a super strong hefewizen. The bottle was gone before I knew it.

Top notch like the other St Bernardus brews! Try it!

srroos, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just so easy to drink. smooth, hardly a hint of alchohol. Hint of flowers, citrus. Medium mouth. Superb, easy drinker that stands up to just about anything in this style. It may not be quite as great as the Quad, but it's still a beer I could happily drink if I could only have one choice for the rest of my life. Love it.

Beer-A-Lot, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml served in a St. Bernardus goblet

A - Burnt orange color with a thick bright white head forming a thick collar. No lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty, apricots, peaches, mango, sweet aroma

T - Sweet pale malts upfront, peaches, apricots galore, lemon, spicy Belgian yeast comes in along with a line of sweet candy and grain. Some nutmeg and coriander pop up as it warms. Finishes semi-dry with peppery/grassy hops.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation, turns creamy and lush, full body medium weight.

Excellent tripel. Rich pale malts with a tasty yeast strain. Stone fruit with some spice on the back end. Very drinkable I found myself drinking this faster than most tripels.

StaveHooks, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard beer glass. Cork exited bottle with a resounding pop. Warning serve at appropriate temp or you will end up with a gusher. Modest to light pour called up a massive five finger head with excellent retention and beautiful copious lace. Color is cloudy golden amber.

Nose- Light grassy notes, some finishing hops, intense clove.

Palate- Sweet honey-suckle, plenty of clove. Very active carbonation, mild bittering hops. Very smooth. Notes of tangerine and lemon zest. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, lightly sweet, and dry.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. A fine example of the style. If you are a fan of the style, this is a must.

Kraken, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of kpantz
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: This one rates as my favorite Belgian Tripel to date. Wonderful flavors and a great overall experience for all the senses. I'll definitely need to keep this on hand to satisfy my Tripel cravings.

12 oz. bottle - best by 15-Sep-08.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, slightly cloudy amber/straw color into my chalice. Fluffy white head seems to find equilibrium at about a finger thick.

Smell: Bananas, Belgian yeast and even a slight berry aroma.

Taste: Bright, fruity to start, nice grassy hop flavor follows right behind - those Styrian Golding hops come through nicely. Barely noticeable hint of alcohol warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation complements the flavors perfectly. Not too thick or syrupy - right on the mark.

Drinkability: This is an easygoing tripel. Scarcely a sign of the ABV and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate, crying "have one more of me - surely you ponied up the dough to grab more than one!"

kpantz, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to BeerLovinGrl for another great beer experience.

This one's a slightly hazy, pale golden-copper. The head is thick and pretty tight and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass.
The nose is interesting: a mix of some fruits, not necessarily citrus though there's a bit of that, along with a light alcohol and something sweet like candied apricots or plums and toffee.
There's a bit of lemon citrus, but most of the fruit flavors are almost like candied apricot. There's definitely something toffee-like in here that is unusual and pleasant. A very gentle bitterness adds some balance and there's a gentle zest that furthers it. Caramelized sugars seem evident and toasty malt grains provide a strong backbone. A high ABV is well-masked and most evident in the feel, coming out just slightly in the finish as well, which is lively and lingering.
Herbal notes and yeast round it out and the complexity seems big.
This one has a moderate to full body and optimal carbonation. This brew is silky smooth and extremely creamy following an initial crispness.
This is one of the most unusual, complex and tasty brews I've enjoyed to date, though a high ABV keeps the drinker in check.

Brenden, May 27, 2009
Photo of nickthegun12
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

straw golden to slight orange color...a small head that sits gently on top of the beer....

smell is banana to slight clove with fruity overtones....great belgium yeast smell!

taste is much like the smell except it taste less fruity

the mouthfeel is PUCKERING!!! very very very DRY!!

overall this is exactly like a belgium trippel should taste and smell

nickthegun12, May 26, 2012
Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Voluminous four fingers of uber fluffy and airy pure white head comprised of tons of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention that never really fades leaving one plus fingers worth of fluffy pillow head... A cyclone of rapid paced carbonation swirls in the middle of the glass with some random stray bubble surrounding it... The color is a golden honey with an ever so faint haze...

S - A nice mix of orange and lemon zest... Candied sugars... Belgian yeast... Some grassy and hay notes... A slight bit of clove... Some pear and golden delicious apple notes... Very appealing and spot on for the style...

T - Lemon zest... Orange zest... Belgian yeast... Candied sugars... Pear... Apples... Bananas... Light cloves... Golden raisins... A touch of bubble gum... The candied sugar sweetness lingers for quite a while... Everything in wonderful balance... Great complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light yet brisk carbonation... Sleek... Smooth... Even a bit sticky... A bit heavier than expected for the style...

D - Defiantly deserves its lofty place in the pecking order of world class Tripels... A must try for any self respecting BA... Something that I will gladly drink with regularity...

philbe311, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of eric5bellies
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a hazy Golden straw colour with a nice tight white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of passionfruit and pineapple with spice.

T - Nice spice up front and develops into a nice spicy citrus fruit flavour with a hint of honey. A top Tripel.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

D - The overall balance of this beer ranks it amongst the cream of Tripels. Well worth a try.

eric5bellies, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total wine for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, floral notes, and a peppery bite.

Overall - Great zesty/peppery flavour and a nice mix of fruity notes. This is world class stuff for sure. One of the better tripels I've had so far.

spinrsx, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of rarbring
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep straw colored, a high fluffy white head leaving good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling fruity Belgian yeast, bananas, apricot.

Starting very sweet, brown sugar on wheat bread, then some spiciness, clove, cardamom, ripe pears and banana peel.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and slightly sticky, a good body and smooth dry finish.

A good solid triple, very well suited with hard cheese.

rarbring, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Arinthos
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml with best buy on side label and notes on the back "can be aged up to 5 years "

A- hazy light amber with alot of depth as the upper part of the glass is darker and the botton lighter. not much head or lacing.

S- slightly phenolic banana minimal esters yeasty and malty.

T- banana, vanilla, smooth dry malt and a little alchohol.

M- maybe mine is a fluke but I felt the mouthfeel was a little too carbonated I stored at 50 degrees in my beer ref. which may have contributed. and med-full body.

d- very drinkable i enjoyed very much.

Arinthos, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of srrn
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy amber into goblet. Smells of hay and the earthy smells I associate with all Belgian ales now. Bit of banana and spice in the background. Taste of spice upfront and malt with a bit of bitterness at the end. A very nice brew and a change from my prefered Belgian brown or quads. My favorite triple thus far.

srrn, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy honey color with a 2 finger head, bubbling and foamy with solid retention and little lace.

S: Aromatic yeast and citrus come to mind, with very sweet fruit overtones to this and an alcoholic smell to it.

T: Very yeasty with a slightly malty tinge. Orange-like notes are present, perhaps the citrus with a more relaxed fruit flavor. A crisp and dry finish round this one out quite well.

M: For the complexity and abv, quite smooth over the palate with an aftertaste that lingers ever so slightly. Great carbonation and an almost mealy texture make it great going down.

D: Tie one on, but be wary of the 8%. This one is deceptively subtle and tasty as all hell, so monitor that and you'll have no problem savoring this well-flavored brew.

CharlieMopps, Nov 05, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,503 ratings.