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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 196
Gots: 284 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of jkhara12
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden with a white frothy head that lasted well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was light caramel and sweet candy with a slight spice of clove. The alcohol in the aroma enhaced the fruity esters and the candy aromas.

The flavor was very nice with a slight sweetness that quickly dires and a pleasant spiciness. The sweetness was well balanced with a nice hop bittering background.

The finish was dry with a lasting spice and bittering component that compel one to take another swallow. The body was medium and crisp. The alcohol present in the aroma was only present again long after the finish in a slight warming effect.

50 cl bottle. A very nice Tripel. Sweet at the start, drying quickly and spicy.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2 oz/330mL bottle with the stamped date '19 07 10' on the back; poured to a Chimay goblet. It's been a while since I've had this one; in fact the last taste may very well have been at 't Brugs Beertje, our last night in Brugge - almost two years ago.

A: Uncapped innocuously enough, but started to foam over almost immediately. Not quite a full-on 'gusher' but I did lose a small portion of this beer as heady white frothy overflowed the bottle neck. Into the glass this pours a bread crust-y honey-golden color. An opaque haziness can't hide the many streams of small carbonation rising to a half-finger head of creamy whiteness.

S: As it boiled over from the bottle, I could smell the funky Belgian yeast that seems so much like ripe, slightly tart apples. In the glass, it's more sweet and a spicy, a tickling of apple and pear with a slight alcohol that's got notes of brandy.

T: Rich maltiness - a sweetened, cereal multi-grain - with ripe fruit that includes, but isn't limited to: apples, pears, plums, peaches, ripe cherries and sweet red grapes. Cinnammon and yeasty spice with a flowery grassiness (mint?). Complex and oh, so good.

M: Quite luscious, filling the mouth yet seemingly light-bodied. Alcohol is virtually undetectable - any heat is covered by malt sweetness and a low-lying medicinal bittering. Finishes with a lip-smacking, somewhat gummy, maltiness - but NOT sticky.

D: A pleasure to drink; I'd forgotten how good this tripel is. Almost too easy to consume. Near the top of its class style-wise and certainly one to seek out. I know we'll be buying more sooner rather than later...

Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, in a St. Bernardus goblet. The color was a cloudy copper with an excellent, rich white head. The smell is very spicy with a hint of candi sugar sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet and very yeasty, and is well-spiced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, with slight alcohol hints, but seems in line with the style. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though the Abt 12 is (justly) St. Bernardus' flagship beer, this Tripel more than stands as a good example of a quality tripel. St.. Bernardus is one of the great breweries of Belgium, and I will certainly enjoy this beer again!

Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy light orange color. A very huge foamy white head that lasted forever. A ton of lacing covered my glass.

S- Fairly light here. Some hints of malts and floral notes. Could also pick up some citrus I think it was apple.

T- Wonderfully complex. Could pick up several flavours that hit about every part of palate. Could taste malts, hops and fruit well balanced.

M- Creamy feel to this one. Medium to full in body.

D- Very drinkable. The balance was amazing. No worries on this one at all a truly wonderful brew.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. From a 11.2oz bottle.

A - Pours a lovely strong gold color with copper hints a nice active white frothy head that almost overflows the goblet. Recedes at a medium pace leaving a nice thin mat.

S - Yeasty chalky and bready smells followed by some nice clove spice. There is also some peppery hints. Mild phenols can be appreciated as well.

T - Nice bready hints. Some notes of sourdough bread with sweet and spicy clove hints that coat the palette. Some mild grape notes almost like a white wine. Pear sweetness can be perceived as well. Overall very good tripel in fact one of my favorites. Very Attractive and refreshing.

M - Medium to full with good complex hints of spices and sweet malts. Nice CO2.

D - Very high, refreshing. Wouldn't have minded a 750ml bottle.

Photo of joe1510
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Bottle
Enjoy by 7/28/08

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a pale golden into it's very own chalice. When held to the light it glows a bright yellow. Fair amount of floaties with many still left in the last 1/2 inch of beer in the bottle. Poured with a 1 finger white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin cap with spotty thick patches. Leaves some patchy spotted lacing with each drink that falls excruciatingly slow back into the body. Looks good.

Smell is complex but falls a little short compared with other St. Bernies. Big bread dough aromas coming forward along with candied orange peel. The yeats character comes through with a little dusty spiciness. I even detect the occasional cherry cordials, very faintly though. Very nice.

Taste is where it's at with this tripel. The sip starts off with with the bread dough, lightly toasted bread and a handful of the candied fruits. This beer is an expierence for the tastebuds. A lot of very enjoyable flavors. Candy sugars and all the wonderful doughiness mix together to create an excellent beer. The perfect amount of residual sugars. I'm really having a hard time breaking this down, very familiar flavors but at the same time new to me, very strange. Very good.

The body is medium, maybe a little on the lighter side. Good carbonation keeps things moving and is prickly on the tongue. No alcohol in the flavor but when the glass starts getting low my cheeks start getting a little warmer.

This is a beer I could honestly enjoy all day long. The carbonation and mild body help push this over the top. The more I drink the more I want.

This is an excellent tripel from St. Bernardus and will definately see my fridge many more times in the future. Wish I had more on hand right now. I'm kind of anxious to pick up some other tripels to review and compare. This one will be hard to beat. The most enjoyable I've had to date.


Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy apple cider like color with a smaller white head, smell is very good. has a wonderful strong yeast aroma, lots of sweet malt and fruits and spices. taste is very good, has a sharp alcohol presence to it, but still smooth and easy to drink. mouthfeel is good, could be a bit better, but who am i to judge. another great belgian.

Photo of Overlord
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not the biggest fan of the St. Bernie 12 (found it overly boozy, gave it a 3.55), so if not for this beer's appearance on the top 100 I might have skipped it's high price tag for a while. Glad I didn't. This was a significantly better beer (IMHO).

Pours an attractive hazy gold with a nice dense orange cylinder in the center. Inch and a half white head, while it died down, there was a pleasant white crust throughout. Mouthfeel was nicely thick and syrupy.

Smells of fruit, floral notes, and some lemony zest. Taste is rich and complex. Pears, apples, bananas... several malt and yeast strains, but it isn't overly sweet. There's a nice bitter lemony tang to it. Looks, and tastes, like it has hefe-weizenish spirit to it.

Delicious, and one of my favorite tripels, if not my favorite, ever.

Photo of Carmack
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of WesM63
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus Snifter/Chalice/Goblet...

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with a 1finger wheat head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Belgian Yeast! Maybe some lighter fruits (banana) but the Yeast just smacks you in the face. I do smell a hint of clove as well.

T: Banana, Clove maybe some wheat and tons of yeasty goodness.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation to go around.

O: Delicious Tripel, perfect example of the style and pretty easy to come buy.

Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours pale to medium gold in color and shows some haze. Head big, white, and fluffy. Retention and lacing were both just beyond words. This does end up as a very attractive beer.

S - Spices come through on the nose first. Think sharp peppery spice. Mixed in with the spices is some definite fruitiness. Mostly mild fruit like banana. In the middle there is some bread crust aromas. The tail end has some warm alcohol and a hint of hops.

T - Taste starts out sweet with caramel and candied sugar. This is quickly followed by some of the bread and yeast flavors. As the primary flavors fade, they give way to some fruitiness that hints of banana and lemon. Rounding out the flavor is the peppery spice that really packs a punch for being on the tail end of the flavor profile. Alcohol flavor is throughout and starts to become slightly hot.

M - Meduim bodied with excellent carbonation. Ends up being smooth yet complex on the palate.

D - Drinkability is good. The warm alcohol brings this one in to the realm of sipping beer. The complexity of the brew is what makes you keep coming back for more. I would have no problem recommending this beer to anyone looking for something in the style of a tripel.

Photo of Converge
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Bubbly head, just under one finger off the pour. Off-white, slightly tan color. The beer is a hazy, burnt orange, with a lot of yeasty sediment. The head quickly dissipates, forming a thin ring around the glass. Slight spots of lacing appear, but soon slide back down the glass.

S - Lots of earthy, bready notes. Wheat, Belgian spices, and a slightly reserved yeastiness. A touch of dark fruitiness, with some light floral hops as well. A hint of Belgian candi sugar adds a dimension of dark sweetness to the already complex aroma. Slight scent of alcohol.

T - Light barley malt, wheat, fresh hay, and a strong kick of spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is minimal. The yeast feels vibrant and lively. Notes of fruit begin to pop up here and there. Golden apples, fresh apricot, and ripe banana all make an appearance. A touch of plum flavor also presents itself. Tasty Belgian spices linger in the finish. The hops do make an appearance in the finish, providing a grassy zest to the beers already full-bodied flavor profile. Slight bitterness.

M - Smooth, buttery and bubbly. Strong carbonation, but not overbearing in the slightest. Medium-bodied feel, with a slightly oily after-feel on the palate. Chalky film does build up after a while. Very smooth and drinkable.

D - A complex and enjoyable brew for sure. The focus is really on the finish, with lots of spices, hops, and earthy notes lingering nicely. A little less yeasty and bready than other representations of the style. An all around classic brew from a great brewery.

Photo of RicoBrew
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a very pale straw color. The head is a nice fluffy white that lingers after the pour. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden color.

S- A bit of belgian spice hits the nose first, but caramel malt takes over.

T- A slight peppery, spicy note is noticed first, but then it fades to a nice belgian malty profile. A little bit of the spice hits the back of the tongue and hits your nose for a nice after affect. It's very pleasant

M- Not heavy on the tongue at all, not oily either. A slight carbonation sting hits, but it fades quickly away.

D- This is a very nice beer. It makes a good intro beer to belgian beer virgins :)

Photo of olmatty
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a towering high, sudsy white head with huge retention, beer is a cloudy pale golden yellow.

Smell- Slight aroma of white sour grape and yeast

Taste- Citrusy backbone of faintly honey-sweet pale malts, powerful alcohol that tastes like a fine white wine. Yeast plays a role in the late going. Long and complex experience with each sip. Feels like a liquor in the gut.

Mouthfeel- Manages bubbly feeling on palate and throat without having huge carbonation. Perhaps large bubbles as if champagne were mixed into a silky beer. Mouthcoating but not syrupy.

Drinkability- Surprisingly light for a big ABV beer. More than a couple would take their toll, a price I'd be willing to pay if I had that many around.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice cloudy medium gold and produces a rapidly building white head, which collapses rather quick.
Smelling the beer a citrusy fruit bouquet as well as some grains are dominant.
The taste up front is certainly citrus , peach, some banana with spice. In the middle the selection of flowery hops balances the fruity beginning. At the end we enjoy Belgian yeast and a delicate grainy aftertaste. Very well composed and extremely drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden. I would drink this beer at any time. Great job!

Photo of mick303
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into tulip glass, clear bright golden colour with excellent lacing and film retention of soapy white head.

S - floral lavender notes, grainy sweet toasty malt, orchard fruit, peachy with some yeasty esters, some coriander spice, and a bit leafy/herbal. Aromas of baking bread.

T - pleasant start with robust yeasty notes, rich orchard fruit, apple, plum, a touch of cinnamon, slightly tangy to the fruit and tropical notes as well, some malty treacly sweetness, butterscotch, a bit toasty as well with nice malt undertones, also some robust earthy notes towards the finish, which then tapers off quite abruptly with a dry lingering yeast aftertaste.

M - big and super smooth, some underpinning sweetness along with a moderate carbonation and a warming finish. Lovely balance and drinkability with a complex profile to match.

A tantalizing aroma and taste profile on this, upfront fruitiness and rustic notes yield a great depth of yeasty esters and malt notes. The aroma I found to a bit overwhelming in terms of overripe fruit initially but overall I have to say this was a superb tripel with nice balance and didn't flaunt its strength but remains a keenly drinkable and satisfying trappist ale. Well deserved reputation.

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with a thin, bubbly, white head. Great retention throughout the entire beer but not much lacing to speak of. Loads of fruit in the aroma mixed with earthy yeast. Flavor carries over the citrus fruit and banana from the aroma and finishes with a touch of spice from the hops. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this beer. I love tripels and this is a classic for the style. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyL1
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another offering from St. Bernardus, can't wait. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Bernardus chalice.

A - Beer is a very nice golden amber color with a good two fingers worth of white pillowy head from a fairly aggressive pour. Very nice lacing along the glass as well.

S - Rich aromas of cloves, yeast, and banana. A touch of alcohol in the nose as well.

T - Fruity up front beautifully balanced throughout the drink, slight bitterness at the end. Banana, apricot, clove, and yeast characteristics are all present. A bit of alcohol warmth at the end to finish it off very nicely.

M - Medium body with spot on carbonation. Finish on the dryer side.

D - Wonderful drinkability. Its beers like this that make me want to be a monk and brew beer all day. Try this beer, you will not be disappointed.

Photo of Troyone
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pale color with an apple juice hue and a sticky white head. Some action and the sediment suspension is thick.

A beerish chewy pale malt smell.

Smooth and sweet slightly caramel malt taste with a little chewy sourness and some grapefruit in the background.

Medium/moderate bodied, resinous, slight astringency, and a crisp fizzy carbonation with a dry finish.

Very drinkable, a bit different recipe than other Trappist and very good. Depends on what one likes from this style.

Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a chalice. Pours a bright golden yellow with just a bit if haze, large foamy white head has good retention and eventually reduces, leaving a thin layer skimming the top

S- textbook tripel aromas coming from the glass. Spicy Belgian yeast provides a peppery clove aroma with notes of ripe banana and fruity ester, just a bit of sweet alcohol at the end. Aromas are bold and pleasant

T- dry and spicy yeast leads to sweet fruit with a bit of clove and alcohol, the finish leaves a dry-yet-fruity sweetness in the palate with peppery spice and coriander.

M- medium body with lively medium carbonation leads into a foamy mouthfeel mid-palate, continuing through to the finish, leaving just a bit if warming alcohol.

O- a classic example of the style and great balance of spicy, yeasty sweet goodness.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a cloudy orange amber; thick white head and lots of lacing. Mild aroma of yeast, faint citrus, a bit sour. Light fruit, sweet malt, slight citrus and spicing. No sign of the sourness in the aroma. Finish is very nice light fruit and sweet malt. This is the best tripel I've ever had. This is the beer that got me interested in tripels. Excellent.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden color with a thick fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of sweet fruit, notes of toasted malt.

The taste is of sweet fruit, citrus, sweet sugar, toasted malt, slight hint of alcohol.

Light body, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a very good tripel. All around very nice flavor and the alcohol was almost undetectable.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,744 ratings.