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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 2,687
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 193
Gots: 258 | FT: 2
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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 sinstaineddemon
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a hazy pale straw color, with significant carbonation and sediment, it wells a smooth white head that is persistent

S - smells good, sweet and hoppy, the typical tripel hoppy aroma with a great honey type sweetness

T - tasty, a definite honey sweetness with a ginger spiciness added, of course the required hoppiness, a very smooth juicy finish, never dries out or gets bitter, smooth and sweet all the way down

M - very nice, and balanced, hop bite and great sweet smoothness, easy down, which leads to a....

D - ...high drinkability, the smoothness and sweetness could get one in trouble

Photo of JackStraw22
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Hazy, golden/orange, nice big white, fluffy head. Great retention and good lacing. Drinking out of a St. Bernardous glass, it looks great.

Aroma: light and sweet, almost like champagne. grapes, cloves, alcohol. seems a little one dimensional though.

Taste: Wonderful. Very malty, sweet, but not overly so. This hides the alcohol well, unlike other tripples I've had. It's warming on the way down, nice.

Great mouthfeel, not sticky for such a sweet, malty brew. Crisp and refreshing. I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Awsome brew!

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

A: Pours lovely deep golden with lots of haze. The really tall compact but still light white head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Light but complex. Fruit, yeast and spices. Green apples and oranges and slight lemon sezt.

T: Caramell-malt, dry and only light sweetness. Yeasty and spicey. Ripe fruits; pears, apples, oranges and some citric sezt. Complex and well balanced. Perhaps slightly sour.

M: Long bitter, dry and slightly sour aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation quite rich, but still smooth.

O: A very nice Tripel, well balanced and smooth.

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

33cl bottle I got out of St Bernardus mixed four pack from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served this puppy up in the St. Bernardus Goblet that came with said mix pack.

A: Pours a beautiful dark yellow/light orange color, like a nice light honey color. Hazy as all hell from the yeast. The carbonation is slow moving and creates a wonderful wave life display by pushing around the yeast. Got a good finger of clean, white head that has pretty good retention and even better soapy lacing. This beer is beautiful.

S: Nice heavy notes of Belgian yeast and spice. A sweet breadiness coming out, almost a sweet rye bread scent (wierd). Lots of nice clove and banana notes in the scent. A touch of bubble gum is actually coming through on the aroma. A touch of sweetness from the malt coming through in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: Taste is once again coming through wih beautiful presence of Belgian yeast, a sweet breadiness. Very nice citrus sweetness and a touch of sour coming through. This is challenged by banana and clove presence. There is a touch of honey sweetness coming through. Then again the bubble gum rounds it all out. There is also a really nice sweet nuttiness coming in throughout. Just not expected but very nice. So nice.

M: A nice full bodied brew. This is thicker than you imagine. Nice high carbonation is making this brew very crisp and pleasing. Easy as hell to drink. Aftertaste is mostly of yeast and bubblegum but the aftertaste is really muted. The palate is pretty tame, nothing too bruising.

D: This beer for being such a big, beautiful style goes down incredibly easy. No trace of ABV in my opinion. The flavors and scents are great and the appearance is just freaking amazing. Very good and easy to drink beer. Big fan of this beer and an even bigger fan of St. Bernardus. A great brewery that always comes through with a fine beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this shortly after a Corsendonk Abbey Pale and this was the clear winner in my mind. Both are very good. But this one is preferred.

Aggressive foamy head rises above the beer and shows excellent retention. After settling back into the beer the head leave behind a spider web of clinging lace in your glass. The color is a slightly hazy pale yellow/gold color. Some carbonation.

Aroma was wonderful. Lots of fruit, spice and yeast notes. I always get pear from this type of beer and just love the aroma.

I found the flavor to be more complex than the Corsendonk. More spices and fruit happening. Also a touch more bread notes. Not as much straight candied sugar. Although there is a small sense of this. Plenty of spice to go around and I kept finding new tastes through my glass.

Fresh, light, crisp, refreshing.

I wish we had another bottle to pop. I think this is right up there with my favorite Tripels... (Karmeliet)

Well done!.

Photo of whynot44
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium body, very cloudy translucent gold color, becoming almost milky opaque by the bottom of the bottle, with a tremendous white head like meringue that eventually shrinks but does not disappear.

The aroma is spicy, citrusy, bready.

The taste starts with slightly sweet malt, honey, yeast and biscuit flavor and then a peppery spiciness kicks in with a tropical fruit overtone of orange, banana, pineapple and grapefruit. The finish is dry, creamy, peppery with a tingle of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

Complex, interesting and refreshing. Something special and well worth a try.

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

Enjoyed out of a 330 mL bottle marked with a 'best by' date on the label of 01/08/2016. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - They sure know how to make a beautiful-looking beer at St. Bernardus. This one pours a hazy amber with a gradient of glowing starfruit yellow at the bottom of the glass that grows to a muted graham cracker brown just underneath the head. Above the shadowy golden sits a one finger head of stark white foam that covers the liquid like a blanket of wet snow. Retention is excellent, lingering for quite some time before fading to a moderate film with nice, silky lacing intermittently around the glass.

Smell - Pretty traditional tripel notes, with baking spice, some fruity phenols reminiscent of anjou pear and nectarine, but nothing aggressive. Gentle and delicate, so that spice notes of clove and yeast aren't overpowered. Some hints at the underlying estery heat as well, but nothing terribly boozy or unbalanced.

Taste - The excellent smell outpaces the taste a bit, but not by much. Here, the phenols are more overt with juicy notes of pear, nectarine and now white plum and even hints of plantain--the much less sweet cousin of banana. The clove is still lingering now with complementary notes of cardamom. Finish is slightly sweet and boozy, but just barely.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and just a tad on the thick/full side. Moderate carbonation that provides enough contrapuntal bite to the more viscous body. Finish is sweet, but not lingering.

Overall, a classic tripel that is right near the top of my favorites in the style. In fact it's close enough that I'd probably have to do a side-by-side with the others that standout in my mind to really have a good idea on which was my favorite. Sometimes, it's refreshing to know that such an well-done beer can be picked up on the shelf of about any liquor store you could walk into at any point in time.

Photo of Mavigo
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Discount Drinks in Farmington Hills. Served it in a snifter.

A: Pours a rich golden honey color, which is cloudy and bubbly, has a half inch off white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates to a thin white layer with some moderate ring lace.

S: Smells of grapes, apples, bananas, yeast, malts, wheat. A very pleasant aroma.

T: Quite sweet with a slight dryness to it. Tastes of grapes, yeast, malts, honey, spices, has a little twinge to it, a bit of hops and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with medium amounts of carbonation. Well balanced.

O: Overall, this was dog gone good. An excellent example of a tripel but it was quite pricey.

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

small bottle, states in 2 languages, neither of which is English
" consume before the end of 2004" or something like that. Pours orangy/golden with chunks of sediment, raises a 1 inch head and leaves tons o' lace. Nose is powdery sugar and faintly flowery. Taste like golden honey, flowers, melons, wonderfully complex and silky smooth on the tongue. Wildy yeasty. Alot of excitement in a glass! seak this stuff out and enjoy.

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

Saved the best for last this weekend. Dark gold with a swiss-cheese looking white head. Expected spice and yeast, but more apple and fruits. Effervescent mouthfeel. Musty yeast and dry, fruity tartness blend well with the nutmeg-like sweetness. A very good beer.

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

Good good Stuff. Very good stuff.

Plenty of smoke out of the fooking bottle. Dark golden color. Rather pretty. Nice mellow aroma.

Oh the taste. Oh does that beer taste right. Nice warm mellow sweet full o malty yeasty goodness. I like Tremens by Delirium a little better, but boy this is good.

Fairly mellow carbonation for a good smoothness.

Finally, I love this beer. It's very comparable to Delirium Tremens as I said. Tremens is the standard that I measure paler Belgian beers. I definitely like it better than the much more hop filled brew Watou by St. Bernardus.

I listen to Joe McPhee Port of Saints or Remembrance... to go with this wonderful beer....a couple of tremendous cds that feature studs like guitarist Raymond Boni and Dominic Duval on bass.

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

Picked up a bottle of this when I was up in Massachusetts. Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy light yellow/golden color with a two finger white head on top. Very slow dissipation to a thin layer on top that left behind some sticky lacing.

S: A nice and complex nose, with some lemon, orange, and a bit of banana (but not as much as other Tripels I have had). There is some doughy malt as well as the typical Belgian yeast aroma and some light pepper and coriander.

T: Light citrus fruits hit immediately, lemon peel and orange peel and to a lesser extent lemon and orange fruit. Banana plays a bigger role than it did in the aroma. There is a bit if bubblegum and a doughy flavor as very present along with some light spice.

M: Medium bodied and rather smooth with a good level of carbonation, maybe a touch high.

O: A solid tripel, deserving of its status as one of the "classics" in the style. Been on a tripel kick in the last few months it seems and this one is up there, but not at the top.

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

Appearance: It's a nice golden color and relative clear. There's an abudance of yeast particles swimming about and clouding the scene. Its head is nothing short of magnificent. Easily three fingers deep and the damn thing will not go away. Sheets of heavy lace coat the glass.

Smell: It's sugary sweet smelling and very spicy. There's a heavy dose of clove, corriander, and pepper. It's citrusy sweet due to grapefruit and orange aromas. There's also a hint of apple present. It has a nice malty presence and alcohol is concealed very well. Belgian yeast scents finally emerge.

Taste: A blast of spicy flavors strike first and linger into the aftertaste. Clove and pepper are well represented while corriander and orange peel are more subdued. It's fruity and sweet. There's grapefruit, orange, and mango citrus flavors as well as a bit of banana and apple. It features an excellent malty base contributing yet another sweet flavor. It finishes yeasty, spicy, and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied leaning medium. Carbonation is high and gives it a crisp bite. It goes down easy, but lacks a silky smooth feel. Drinkability is very good due to the smooth mouthfeel and respectable 8% abv. It's not so strong that it deters further consumption.

This is a very nice Tripel. I had high expectations and I feel that they've been met. It's not quite as superb as the Abt 12, but it's no slacker. A slightly smoother mouthfeel would probably make it just as good. Keep in mind, I'm nitpicking. This is a very fine beer. Recommended.

Photo of kenito799
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian Room, St Mark's Place, served in Chimay goblet

Lovely golden color, lighter than I expected. Fairly small head dissipates but leaves copious lacing.

Sweet and fruity aromas up front, fairly typical and pleasant Belgian scents.
Mouthfeel nicely creamy, lively carbonation.

Flavors of light peachy fruits and malts with sweetness at first, but followed by bold hoppy bitterness. This bitter finish lingers and remains in the mouth until the next sip when the decently complex fruity sweetness cuts in. The bitter finish was excellent, but I found myself wishing the complex aromatic flavors lasted a bit longer before the bitterness came forward. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable until you stand up.

Excellent sipping beer after a hard day's work.

Photo of MisterGone
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 25.08.16, 11.2 oz into tulip. Deep gold as noted by most reviewers. I did get the spicy, mildly estery nose (some noted no or limited esters). Head white, fairly quick dispersal. Taste was, for me, true-to-form tripel with citrus-spice up front and yeasty in finish with very mild aclohol. Mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied with a more aggressive carbonation than it looked like it would give. Citrus lingers on tongue for awhile. Keeper, will buy more.

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

Dark cloudy clearish colour with a massive frothy head, looks good to me!

Aroma is a terrific fruit array, everything under the sun, from pears to apples and also has a nice waft of malt.

Taste is lovely, and well-rounded. A load of fruits are again present like in the nose, and it has a very smooth, creamy edge which offsets the hint of bitterness that lurks in the background on the very end.

All of this is complimented by a medium thick mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Would be happy to have this one again!

Photo of aepb1
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Christmas gift from my parents!

A- Hazy golden body with a foamy white head that stays for a while

S- Sweet fruity malts, inviting

T- Hoppy up front, moves into a nice citrusy taste. More malty sweetness under it all (caramel and toffee)

M- Full-bodied, creamy, smooth, can't really imagine it any better

D- Very solid beer, easy to drink and very happy to receive this gift

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

I am reviewing this beer after a lot of tries. This one I poured from a 330 ml bottle, well chilled into a red wine glass. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, the beer predictably raised its head instantaneously - the bubbles were at the brink of the bottle and then a gush followed. Of course I had the glass ready and did not waste even a drop.

I made a careful pour down the sides of the glass, and the beer settled with an inch of latte coloured froth on top. The body is a dark rust amber, densely hued. Little yeast sediments are scattered like dust particles randomly. The nose is a beautiful bouquet of grapes (something like a white wine, musky) and caramel toffee. You can smell the yeast clearly. I let the beer warm up in my hands to allow some bready notes to get introduced. All the while, the head has settled to a fine collar.

The taste is very fruity and caramel sweet upfront to be blunted by a dry bitterness, like that of an apricot kernel. The beer is quite boozy, that providing a comfortable warmth as it goes down like honey. As the beer swirls in the glass, I see the lacing last only for a second as the alcohol sweps it clean off the surface, except for faint peaks remaining from where the head settled initially. There is a lingering spiciness in the taste, like cloves and mace.

The beer is sharp on the tip, giving a feel of tartness. The warmth from the alocohol is worth savouring and accentuates the spicy notes in the aftertaste. This is not a very complex tasting beer, but has great depth. Before you know it, it will be gone. I have thoroughly enjoyed this Tripel, and I'm very keenly looking out for the Abt 12.

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

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body with lots of bubbles around the glass and lots grainy sediment in the bottom. Up top, a finger and a half of very bubbly off-white head with average retention and lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and golden fruit over a sweet pale malt body. A bare whiff of booze once it warms.

Flavor: Again, a mix of citrusy hops, golden fruit, white pepper, sweet cereal-grain malt, and thoroughly Belgian yeast. Everything is balanced well, with each element complimenting the others. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor, even after it warms. Pepper, yeast, and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with medium carbonation and a neutral finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Full of character, balanced well, enjoyable throughout, and easily quaffable, St. Bernardus' Tripel is a great little brew. It's perhaps my favorite Tripel so far, as well as a stellar introduction to the brand.

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

The beer pours a dark very hazy yellow to gold with a huge head that is long lasting and nice lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is one primarily of barley with some tangs of coriander, almond, and orange in it. The taste is explosive in the mouth the way a good tripel should be but the taste is somewhat different. There is the definite barley malt and hops flavors. This one is a little hoppier than a lot of tripels, but there is an unusual undertone of spice that seems to be cardamom or something else exotic. The beer is heavier in the mouth than the Chimay tripel, for instance; a little richer, but not quite as smooth. I really liked this, and could sip a some more by a nice fire.

Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very murky copper colour, foamy head that retained decently, was somewhat rich, but a touch thin. Good pour, nonetheless.

S: Floral, almost a fresh fruit... like crisp apples, but not quite - closer to the aroma found among the fresh fruits in a grocery store. Crisp, appealing, and good.

T: Sweet and cider-like in some ways. Hops are somewhat noticable, but very well balanced and almost rest into the malts while drinking. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, without needing to be a particularly 'big' brew. Well crafted in this sense, and quite a nice flavour.

M: Good, refreshing, wet... not really viscous at all. Light, like a soda-water, with a flavour that is all but.

D: It might be easy to think of another when starting, but the ABV is a little higher - not a friendly, innocent lager... so it needs to be taken slow. Sit back, relax, let the experience last.

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

A: Pours an opaque, golden color with a half-inch head, probably the result of a timid pour into the chalice. Head hangs around for a while, and then reduces to some foamy islands and an outer ring which hangs a nice lace. Little yeast particles are suspended as far as I can see into the hazy, honey amber.

S: Very fragrant, very nice. Spice and citrus fruit are the melody, alcohol the harmony.

T: What you would expect from the smell: fruity, malty, yeast and spice. A bit of sugar. Well played, overall.

M: Carbonation is very soft. Medium bodied beer, overall.

D: Easy going, despite 8% ABV. I'm reviewing a 330ml, which is enough to leave me content, though I've had the 750ml before and it went down just as easy. Overall, a good pick.

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

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold to light amber color. Persistent thin white head, some lacing, but most of it slid back down the glass to join the original foam across the top.

Smell: Herbal, floral, belgian candi sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Up front herbal, middle taste was sweetness with the candi sugar again and a biscuity malt, then a leafy light finish. Belgian fruity esters and some of the yeast notes throughout front, middle, and end of the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation but very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Well crafted and dangerously drinkable. A solid Belgian ale and a bit sweeter for a Tripel than I was expecting, but quite nice. I could easily have had another. Went well with medium-rare duck and salad.

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

33cl bottle at The Only, best before of 2013. Pours a grainy golden, hints of apricot - lots of suspended particles. Finger of fine foam which disappears to a few wisps.

Nose is quite fruity, banana and pear, hint of grains a light spiciness. Touch of alcohol on the swirl.

Really balanced, fine drinker. Pear and apples, light banana and tropical fruits, light grains and ethanol, spiciness (cloves), light sweetness with a pleasant dry finish, just a touch of alcohol but hides it well. One of the smoothest, balanced, easy drinking tripels I've had to date. Recommended.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,687 ratings.