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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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world-class

2,629 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,629
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 220 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of Jesse13713
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Three full fingers of head with a soapy look to it. Very impressive lacing. Pours a cloudy orange-brown. A slight yellow tint as well.

Smell - A very wine-like smelling beer. Hints of coriander and grapes. A slight champagne smell as well. Citrusy with very light hops. Sweet and light fruits as well.

Taste - A bold and consistent Belgian ale. Strong grape and apple flavors. A very sweet fruit-type beer. Light citrus hops and a slight yeast flavor. Light spices linger in the background as well. The aftertaste is like a white merlot, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very carbonated and sweet in your mouth. The mouthfeel is that of sweetened apples and grapes. This would be perfect to pair with fruit. Quite refreshing. One of the best and most unique Belgian ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange/amber with a solid 1 finger white head that lasts for a few minutes and fades into a soapy white film and collar. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is of delicate pear, vanilla, and fruit coctail, making for the classic tripel aroma.
Taste is the same as the wonderful aromas with a classic taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a mild fruit and alcohol bite.
Drinkability is decent. Slight alcohol presence keeps it from being better than just good.

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

This was a clear yellow ale with a four finger, rather fast head. A little violent, and unexpected.

The aroma was sweet and yeasty, with some breadiness, and a hint of banana if you hunt for it.

Taste followed the aroma... sweetness and yeastiness, with a little spiciness and hints of citrus and banana thrown in.

A very good mouthfeel as well, good body and creaminess. Eminently drinkable, but a bit costly.

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

750mL bottle - printed as 8.0% ABV

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice fluffy white head. The head does not fade much with nice lacing all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a fantastic fruity / yeasty smell.

Taste is sweet and malty up front, followed by a wave of fruity Belgian yeastness. Has a nice malty aftertaste that lingers. This is a superb tasting tripel.

Body is good for the style. Plenty of carbonation to keep it hopping.

Insanely drinkable. This is a top shelf tripel in all respects.I will definitely pick up another bottle the next chance I get.

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

Pours a hazed golden orange color with huge plume of white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent leads with a lightly sweet blend of watery, fleshy fruit (pear and apple) accented with citrus rind, Belgian yeasts bring light breadlines along with hints of banana, moderate spicing, grainy sweet malt profile. Taste is fruit forward before the spice, yeast and malt blend perfectly as the beer finishes. Medium bodied, bubbly. A fantastic fruity triple where the yeasts and spices don't overpower.

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

Hazy dark golden pour into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Looks sort of like natural apple juice. Plenty of floaties in there too. White head subsides into a about a 1/8 inch collar on the top of the beer with some lacing.
Initial impressions of the aroma were focused on a not too pleasant blast of alcoholic solvents but after they subsided, I began to detect some more pleasant aromas of honey with only a bit of the alcoholic scents remaining.
Flavors are a mix of sweet malts with honeyed accents and a balancing but subtle bitterness from the hops. This is the sweetest, maltiest Tripel I've tried to date. The warmer it gets, the better and more complex it becomes.
Light mouthfeel with a nice amount of carbonation, a tiny bit of warmth from the alcohol on the back of the palate.
Impressively easy to drink, again the alcohol is barely perceptible.
My initial impression of this beer was that it is not as good as my two other benchmark tripels (La Fin du Monde and Westmalle). I still think that they are a bit better, but this gets better and better the farther I go down the glass. I will definitely be looking for this again.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a cloudy, lemonade gold that has a little "dirty dishwater" tinge to it. Three fingers of white, billowy, beautiful head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy spotted lacing.

Smell: Very spicy up front, though it is not off-putting. It is very sweet, as well. Orange citrus, bready yeast, banana, raisin, and a little bubblegum. It's like spicy orange bubblegum. The alcohol sting also comes through as well.

Taste: Smooth and surprisingly subtle. The spices from the smell are present, but they take a backseat to the heaping of malts. This is truly liquid bread as it tastes like a multigrain loaf with hints of lemon zest, orange citrus, and pepper for spice. The alcohol is noticeable on the tail end of each sip, but it is nothing offensive.

Drinkability: High quality stuff. Though not overly complex, it is loveable, very tasty, and drinkable.

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

Top of the cork cage reads "2008" but the rest of the writing has been rubbed away. A rich, mucilaginous head the color of whipped egg whites, half an inch deep, starts to evaporate the moment I stop pouring. Noooo! Come back! No use... dies to a spotty eighth of what it once was. Roaring, endless carbonation; hundreds of tiny bubbles tessellate at the surface of the liquid. The goblet in my hand glows schoolbus orange with cadmium yellow highlights. Aromas are uninhibitedly sweet, vaunting honey, angel food cake, white grape juice, and rosewater. Talcum-powder nosefeel just barely keeps the sweetness from careening over the edge, with a starchiness to pull it in the direction of lemon pudding and, deeper down, graham crackers. Occasional whiffs of alcohol float around. The taste is a delicious marbling of pale candied fruit: gala apples, white grapes, pineapple, green cherries. In the finish can be found duck sauce, hop cotton candy, and some form of incidental spice (cinnamon?). A welcome crabapple sourness emerges with warmth. Strongly carbonated mouthfeel fades to impossibly soft, albeit with a light residual sweetness. A small addition of yeast lends some body that may stand up to the sugar for the better. As it is I'm not blown away... it needs... something. Delicate bitterness or rough alcohol or... something to lend it a self-contained idiosyncracy. But it's good. Damn good.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- golden yellow with a bright white fluffy head that lasts like what seems for forever.

s- floral and sweet smelling. Almost a minty smell that quickly leaves your nose

t- a little boozy and pollen funkiness. banana like sweetness. so complex.

m- Full bodied. This beer has the perfect carbonation and is reletively thick. The booz is almost warming on the throat but not to hot.

d- this beer is pretty damn good. Overall I would really enjoy another one.

Photo of projectflam86
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden color with a thick white cap that leaves nice lacing down the sides of my glass. A bit of sediment in the bottom.

S- Warm Belgian yeast aromas with a hint of grass and citrus. Bready and malty with some sweetness present as well.

T- A bit hard to describe but this brew has that signature St. Bernardus flavor to it...it must be the yeast they use for their brews. Light fruits, biscuits, lemon, and spice flavors are all noticeable. Definitely some herbal flavor and phenols are there as well. A nice sweet finish with a touch of warmness from the alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Spritzy and smooth at the same time.

D- A very well done brew here. I will certainly buy this again.

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

330 mL bottle, best date of 19/11/13 on the label. poured into a Belgian-style goblet.

appears a hazy dark straw color, thick foamy bright white colored head. good head retention. aroma is a bit medicinal, and slightly fruity.

taste is slightly bready, wheaty. Belgian yeast, a bit herbal. mild, well balanced flavors. so smooth. mild carbonation, drinks so easy.

overall - I'm usually not a big fan of tripels, but this is hands down the best that I've had.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep yellow/gold color with a fairly decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. Sweet fruit and whiffs of alcohol in the nose. The taste is very crisp and very clean. VERY sweet, but not overly sweet. Very well balanced. A relatively light-bodied tripel that is quite drinkable. A fantastic beer.

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

Pours a nice, cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Tight, tiny bubbles fill my mini-chalice glass (that I scored at a second-hand store).

Strong whiffs of ripe fruit coupled with an alcohol tone. Phenolic and intoxicating. Hints of toffee and caramel in the finish. Layers of vanilla and the finish has a disarming, snap. Somewhat bright and perfumey in the finish...like a floral, french cologne.

The drinkablility is exceptional.

Beautiful, well-rounded sipper to have throughout a meal.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
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 GJ40
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle.

I got lots of foam on the pour but I knew it would be worth the wait. It has a straw color with good clarity. The aroma is typical of a tripel and the flavor is complex with elements of yeast, spice and a slightly sweet finish. The alcohol isn't as high as somne tripels (8%) but it certainly has a warming effect as you progress.

This is a very good beer that grew on me more and more with each sip.

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

11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

This tripel appears a slightly hazed golden yellow with a good amount of active carbonation. A fluffy, cloud white head rose to the top of the chalice perfectly. Excellent retention! A thin, fluffy, cloud white head hugged the top of the beer until the last sip, and left spattered lacing all the way down.

A very full aroma; deep not broad. Tart lemons, spicy hops, and delicate malt. The smell is real pungent, and leaps out at you.

The taste is of ripe, fresh lemons, clean biscuity yeast, a spicy, chewy hop profile and a cereal-like malt backbone. The finish is dry and tart.

Soft and supple, rich and creamy, and everywhere in between. This is a big, hearty tripel that really deceives you from its looks. Carbonation is perfect, full-bodied.

An absolute breeze to drink. This is a lush and complex tripel that really satisfies the soul.

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

A: Pours a orange gold body, with a small whhite foam head.

S: Was a little sweet, toasted malts, toffee, vanilla with some peppery spices, citrus and yeast.

T: Lots of malty sweetness up front, toffee, vanilla and buttered biscuit. The spiceds come through in the middle and on the back end along with a slight citrus undertone.

M: A nice medium bodied bitter that leaves a thick slick and creamy taste on the palate.

D: A really well put together Tripel. Booze is well hidden. This is a must try Tripel!

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

This is quite a beer!

Appearance: Looks a bit like pineapple juice in the glass, not very clear and a kind of off-yellow color Good head, some lace.

Smell: Belgian smelling, good bit of phenols going on. Some alcohol present in the nose.

Taste: Very nice! Apricot, spice, and Belgian yeastiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, melts in your mouth.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, if I could afford it.

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

Appearance: Deep cloudy eggyoke gold with brown undertones; Dijon, maybe? Suspended particles. Frothy, peaked, creamy white head with good, although not great, retention and size. Lace.

Smell: Surprisingly malty. Rich yet bright with a sweet honey base and citrus, almost lime, notes. Clovey yeast notes. Pretty mild overall, though.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not so mild. The mouthfeel is fantastic, a smooth, airy, coating; just perfect. The flavor is an explosion of Meyer lemon, lime, pineapple, apricot, with a bit of spiced bread resting on the bottom. The finish is surprisingly light and crisp, even a touch hoppy, with lemon rind on the tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability: Great -- fantastic flavor and somewhat reasonably priced to boot. Still prefer Westmalle, but certainly one of the best.

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

Beautiful gold, cloudy with yeast that I couldn't avoid, despite a delicate pour from a bomber (with laughing drunkmonk on label) into my Duvel tulip. Thick, cream, persistent head.

Nose is full of yeast, alcohol, pungent fruit, slight yet sharp herbosity on the edge of it. Wonderfully pungent.

Taste is a bullet of flavor shot at the tongue, strong peppery peach, soft biscuit, warm alcohol, which stretches into a looong finish of sweet fruit-dominated herbosity and understated caramel.

Mouthfeel is thick and clinging, magnificently so, yet light with carbonation and a dryness which is just right. Excellently enjoyable

Drinkability is better than any of the others of this style I've enjoyed. I think this bottle will be gone much too quickly for my sobriety's own good.

Photo of fingolfin72
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy bronze with bits of yeast floating throughout. The head was fine and off-white in color, but it didn't stick around for long.
Nose- sugar, bananas and croissants
Palate- the sugar and bananas are balanced by a bracing kumquat-ish tartness with just a hint of bitterness. It is a clean beer, and a subtle malty tone is present in the finish. Nicely balanced - this is somewhat champagne-like in character.

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

I poured from A 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. This was a bit of a gusher, it poured a turibd gold and had a fizzy, white head. The aroma is spicy, sweet and fruity. The spiciness of this is more balanced than other triples, lots of sweet fruit, some clove, some grass. It has a drying finish. The beer is an easy drinker, medium body, high carbonation. A very enjoyable triple, may have to try a 750 of this one.

Photo of tpd975
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice light yellow color with a two finger egg white head. The head dies to a nice strong lilly pad, but leaves no lacing.

S: The aromas are sweet and fruity right from the start. Banana, green apple, peach, pear with yeast in the finish.

T: Nice sweet fruits with hints of banana and peach. Rock candy can be noted along with a mild array of spices. The yeast can be tasted in the finish which is very nice. The alcohol hides beneath it all in a mild way. It's mild but present which is rather nice.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very, one of the better Triple's out there.

Overall: Man do I love the monks. I often miss church, but when drinking these beers I am as close to god as one can be. This is one of if not the best Triples known to man. Sweet fruits mingled with yeast. Thanks to the monks at St. Bernardus for doing what they do!

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

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a yellow to orange bit hazy color with a huge foamy aired white to yellow head. Good retention. Many lacings left

S: Sweet, grainy and bready. A lot of Belgian yeasts in the nose. Fruity esters (cherry and pears, mainly). Hints of spice and orange zest. A bit citrus

T: Follows the nose. Grainy, bready and fruity. Hints of spice, orange zest and nuts. Sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry taste. Belgian yeasts and a citrus bitter end

M: Creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Peppery sensation in the end. Citrus bitterness is a must

O: High drinkability. Great beer. Excellent St. Bernardus specimen

Photo of wd40
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a Chimay chalice

Soft and creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Tons of lace. Has the typical yeasty fruity aroma of a tripel, but with some balance and subtlety. The taste is very sweet and fruity with peach and perhaps mandarins undertones. There is also a creamy hint of vanilla in the finish.

An exceptional tripel.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,629 ratings.