St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,822 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,822
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 207
Gots: 311 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 rapidsequence
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle from Magnolia Foods in Lynchburg. $4 for a single.

Appearance: Opened at refrigerator temp and it was a minor gusher-- had my glass ready though, and didnt lose a drop. The gusher head was huge, but susided into normalcy leaving a smooth creamy white head for the remainder of the glass (excellent retention). Sheets of semi-sticky lace. The color is a just slightly hazy yellow-orange.

Smell: Very sweet, very fruity. Peaches, pears, and a few grapes thrown in. Banana too. Clove and yeast. Just a great smelling tripel.

Taste: I'm struck by how spicy and peppery this is. The bready yeast qualities are pretty dominant too. Much, much less fruity than the smell would suggest. Not at all bad, very good actually, but I wanted more from St B, particularly after smelling this thing. It finishes a little bitter, with some sharp ethanol flavor.

Mouthfeel: It feels like a trippel. Bubbly and sticky coating in the mouth. Could be bigger feeling.

Drinkability: Smellability is very high, but I really dont think I'll be going back for this again. Its a good beer, but not the best. Not cheap either. Maybe I was too harsh. I had high expectations I guess.

Photo of VoodooBear
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330mL brown bottle, served in an 5 Rabbit Cervecería tulip.

Appearance: Deep, cloudy, dark yellow color. It develops a thick, two finger white head and leaves lots of lacing that sticks to the whole glass and slowly slides away.

Smell: It has a burning fruity alcohol scent.

Taste: The malt sweetness is dominant. There are some herbal, spicy notes in the background and a good alcohol kick at the end that reminds you this is packing an 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: There's a fair amount of carbonation. It feels creamy and smooth on the palate, even a bit refreshing.

Overall: A very interesting beer all the way through. Despite the high ABV it remains mellow and balanced, which makes for a very good experience. No wonder this is one of the best rated Tripels out there.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one with capra12 and Wheatman106.

P: Served in a green label 750m bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: This one had a lot of carbonation. Poured a 3 finger head which dissipated rather quickly. Left a thin layer of large bubbles on the side of the glass. Color was a lite, almost transparent orange.

S: Belgian Yeast, citrus, and malts, with a faint hint of alcohol.

T: My first impression was that this was a lot hoppier than I expected for a Belgian tripel. A hint of citrus with a strong alcohol finish that sweetens the taste. The hop flavor lingers throughout though.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth.

D: Even though the alcohol taste is very apparent and there is medium carbonation, this one is highly drinkable.

Photo of Backer2004
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up as a single in the High Gravity only (thank you) cooler at the Wine Vault in Charlotte. Probably about $7 for a 12 oz. bottle that they spilled a nice portion while opening for me. Anyway, versus the two tripels I had this past week, including a great one from Pisgah brewing, this one was good but not fantastic. Nice coriander fruit smell and taste, with a little more alcohol noticeability early on. More flavors came out as it became closer to room temperature. Something just seemed to bit a off, or maybe my expectation was just higher.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Best before Sept 08.

Hazy golden with a thin head, Thin sheet of lace left on the glass.

Aroma has banana, caramel, dates, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast.

Flavor is fruit, honey, then a touch of sour and some yeastiness.

Alcohol is hidden well.

Photo of Hex92
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Triples aren't my favorite style but I picked this up as part of their gift pack with the goblet this winter.. .

As far as they go this is a nice beer and representative of the style. It has nice flavor and looks good in the glass.

It might be a bit dry and choppy for my taste, but if I was in' the mood for a triple I would definitely consider picking this up again.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a hearty beer, good flavor almost a coffee taste to it, I was pleasently supprised by the overall taste. The initial taste left me wonering if I would even like it, but by the end of the bottle I was very surprised. Great beer overall, I have 2 other bottles for the most part and am looking forward to drinking them.

Photo of OtisinAZ
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a minimal head and not much laching.

Small note of alcohol with some spice/clove type aromas.

Great drinking beer with good mouth feel and a small drying effect on the pallet.

An all around enjoyable almost session type beer even with an 8% ABV.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2007

750ml bottle. Pours a golden amber with a fizzy white 1-2 finger head that dissipates to a 1/8" head that retains to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma is yeast, fruit (banana), some spice/pepper.

Flavor is sweet, more banana, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes dry. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

I'm more of a fan of dark Belgian ales (LOVE their Abt 12), but I still enjoyed this Tripel from St. Bernardus.

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced, especially for 8% alcohol. Any alcoholic nose is absent with only a slight aftertaste of alcohol. medium bodied with a touch of spice. Nice mouthfeel and head retention. Balance is the keyword for this beer. No noticeable flaws or otherwise outstanding positive characteristics. Very drinkable.

Photo of Citadel82
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head that left scattered lace in a freshly cleaned glass. Lots of suspended sediment.

Aroma of citrus, dough, malt, yeast and hints of alcohol.

Tastes of bitter orange with some sweetness then bittering hops and a long very hoppy dry finish with hints of alcohol.

Medium bodied with little carbonation.

This is a good complex sipper. Appearance has room for improvment. Not the best tripel I've had but decent enough.

Photo of Paddez
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden brew. Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The smell is doughy, yeasty with a spicy and fruity undertone.
The taste isn't that of classic tripel. It's sour & sweet at the same time and fruity (lemon, apple, ...) with a strange underlaying flavour. Dry finish.
The yeast plays a big role in this brew.
Medium body, thinner than I expected. Lively carbonation. The acohol is pretty apparent for a brew that's only 7,5%

This was an unusual tripel, and one that I did not quite fully understand. A solid and enjoyable brew, but in my opinion not among the best in this style.

Imho, the St. Bernardus beers are a bit overhyped. Sure, they're all pretty solid beers, but maybe not as good as some others.

Photo of gloriousglo2
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one gets a fair amount of hype, and I like this style, so I wanted to try it. So this being PA, of course, I had to shell out about a gazillion $$s for a case. Frankly, a little disappointing for the money, but I think my expectations were a little high. A typical tripel with a big head, flavorful, fruity, hides the ETOH fairly well. If I had to do it again, I'd get a case of La Fin Du Monde for about 60% of the cost.

Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750-ml to a 20-oz open mouth mug.

A-Classic tripel. Heavy head and crisp golden body.

S-Sweet/sour citrus. Very floral.

T-Just good. Nothing spectacular. Not much to it.

M-Dry. No lasting flavor. Not what I expected.

D-One was enough. Probably won't try again.

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tight near-white head. Notable cloud of yeast suspended in the glass. The color orange-light amber. Lots of clumpy lace.

Pleasant background brown sugar and molasses. Warming aroma of raw alcohol.

Creamy and mildly sweet. The finish is more sour than sweet. The body is thinner than most Tripels and the carbonation is near the level of soda. The alcohol presence is not overwhelming, which I like. Overall, this is an easy Tripel to enjoy.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale yellow color. Huge, expansive, gushing, overflowing foam leaves a rocky white head with little to no lace.

S- Aromas of light fruits, yeast, golden raisins, cookie dough. Some clove, nutmeg, and a faint touch of rustic funk.

T- Yeasty & fruity up front, with a biscuity mid-palate. Finishes sweet/sour.

M, D- This tripel had pleasant flavors and was drinkable, but the CO2 level was over-exuberant and rough, which scoured the palate, negatively affecting the mouthfeel.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 19 07 10.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold body topped proudly with an inch of white foam.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum, booze, and more candy.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness with a tiny bit of breadiness to it. Large dose of toffee candy. Drop of lemon extract, a drop of vanilla extract. Spicy, flowery hops with a medium-low bitterness. Splash of bubblegum liqueur with its accompanying alcohol heat. Tiniest bit of sourness rides into the otherwise sweetish finish. After a few sips, a growing taste of black pepper develops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Another very good tripel from the St. Bernard Brewery-err, I mean Brouwerij. Though, for me, when pit side-by-side with the Watou Tripel, I do defer to the Watou.

Photo of dukeandduke
3.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/30/15 (Bottle) - Hazy golden pour, slight white head, some carbonation. Lemon, yeast and malt among the pleasant aromas. Very crisp clean feel, nice lemon, malt, citrus and banana flavors. Very smooth, and I'm glad I selected this Tripel. Cheers!

Photo of ghostwalker
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a huge white frothy head.

Nose is sweet and malty. Some characteristically Belgian spice notes as well.

Flavor is sweet, sweet malt. Candi sugar is a big part of the flavor. Plenty of spices are there, coriander and clove. Yeasty malt forms the backbone. Slight warming from the alcohol. Overall, it's a mighty, mighty tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is frothy and creamy, bordering on syrupy.

Drinkability is a little above average. I enjoy the style, but am unlikely to want more than 1-2 per sitting. Usually the sweetness gets to me and I want to move on to an IPA or a Pils.

Photo of hackmann
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy golden orange body with a nice two finger head. A little sediment on the bottom of the bottle so, make sure to swirl the bottle with the last inch of ale.

Aroma: light overall, light fruity, good Belgian sugar and yeast; as the ale warms up the tropical notes start to come into focus, it is reminding me of pineapple/banana cotton candy.

Flavors: sweet malts and a touch of floral hops; there is a tart lemon/apple bite; the pineapple/banana cotton candy on the nose transfer to the taste;

Mouthfeel: a fine fizzy carbonation feel, medium-full body weight, the tart note controls the sweetness,

To the Point: a very nice Tripel, I’ll take Piraat over this all day.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy pale orange with a thick white long-retaining head that leaves lace. Aroma is classic spicy Belgian yeast, with clove, banana, and some orange standing out. It’s not quite as aromatic as some other examples, however. Taste is sweet and meaty with no bitterness. A grainy flavor makes itself apparent after it warms a bit. Body is full, mouthfeel creamy. A really nice tripel.

Photo of avalon07
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had a tripel before this one, so I don't have much context for comparison. From what I've read, I think I got a beer that wasn't so fresh. The color was more brownish than anything else, with what looked like sediment floating around. The smell was decent and subtle. The taste was very odd. While it was dry enough, it lacked the pop that's particular to St. Bernardus' beers. It wasn't totally undrinkable, but I do think I got a beer that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (courtesy of Total Wine). I might give this one another shot.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had already been very impressed with this beer in the bottle a day or two before this and was now anxious to try it on tap. This was in De Zolder, Bruges. Appearence was good but not as impressive as from the bottle. Smell was as good as the bottle, but unfortunately the taste fell a little short of the extremely high standard experienced in the bottled version. Still a quality Belgian Tripel, but preferred it in the bottle.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle obtained from a St. Bernardus mixed pack (I wish more Belgian breweries did this) into a goblet. A live pour, although dropping the bottle on the floor first probably didn't help matters, with a ton of white froth that settled out to a more reasonable level. The beer itself presents as a cloudy honey yellow, with an aroma of shortbread, medicinal honey, apples, pears, woody/spicy Belgian yeast a plenty. The taste was more assertive than the smell, with an unusual and interesting butterscotch chip backbone, vanilla brownie, some grape-like lager character, tobacco, candied citrus rind, rosewater, a sweetish nuttiness, and sour green fruit all revealing themselves in a bit of a hodgepodge. Resembles its stablemate Watou Tripel in being on the sweet side for the style, although this one does have more heft in terms of both aromatic alcohol presence and a richer malt character. A touch thicker than other tripels and less fizzy as well. Nevertheless finishes on the dry side despite the initial sweetness, producing a tannic puckering effect on the mouth and thrusting some woody and gooseberry-like hops out there near the end. I like to compare my tasting notes to those of Micheal Jackson whenever possible, both as a reality check and a form of hero worship. In Great Beers of Belgium, he's got this one down as "vanilla, cookies, and sesame seeds, with a tangerine-like finish". I guess I did alright.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this with a friend, Aaron. At the pour, I noticed a nice floral aroma reminiscent of flowery hops and a spice of some type, perhaps coriander. The first sip opened up with a good balance of malts and hops. A heavy mouthfeel and alcohol warmth immediately followed. There was a fairly long finish with lingering hops and more alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a pretty good abbey style tripel. As much as I enjoyed it, I kept coming back to that alcohol taste. Although it wasn't overbearing, it was still present. Of course, the more of this stuff you drink the less you are going to notice something like that but as far as my own personal enjoyability, there are others that I would choose first. Either way this one deserves a solid score on my scale. It's one of those that is so close...

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,822 ratings.