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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,428 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark , slightly cloudy gold...frothy head..some lacing..settles to 1/4 in head. Flakes of yeast will not disperse even with a good swirl...should have left them alone?...they're dancing with the bubbles....I'll chew 'em. Freshness date 1/07.
Smells of fruit, malt, yeast ...some alcohol.
Tastes pretty complex..alcohol is prominent..some light banana flavor, especially as it warms...a little clove, some sugar,some slight cider ,and a nice dry , lightly bitter finish.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel..medium carbonation....just right.
Pretty drinkable even at 7.5%.
A really good Belgian Tripel. Savor this one slowly....then have another. This was a nice gift from my girlfriend....a 4 pack for Valentine's day ! ( ...the woman cares ).

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 23:34:19 | More by Hautacam
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botham

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a semi-hazy yellowish amber with a finger of white, dense head that dissipates rather quickly.

smells fruity, namely apricot, plum and raisen. rather yeasty, with a slight alcoholic presence (not bad for 8% APV). pale and munich malts are detectable underneath the fruity character.

tastes malty, with ale yeast right alongside. pale and caramel malts are present, as well as notes of apricot and plum. a decent amount of soft CO2 here, without much bite. alcohol is present upon the finish.

aftertaste is of light hops, with a touch of alcohol. distant fruits still linger.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy and smooth texture, a notable amount of CO2 without the bite, and a slight alcohol note upon finishing.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol will shy some drinkers away, and the fruity character will not be to everyone's taste, but this is a great example of the style. well balanced with good concentration. this is a good brew to savor and enjoy over a decent amount of time; let it warm and it will show itself. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 00:38:38 | More by botham
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Freshness date on the back label: 30 01 09
Served in a St. Feuillen goblet

Pours a hazy peach with a massive head on top that vanishes to a thin lace around the top of the glass. Little spots of sticky lace appear.

Intense nose with whiffs of fruit, spices and sweet goodness.

Syrupy sweet flavors up front with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and apples. An array of spices burst on the palate with a sugary sweetness in the background. Flavors of Tropicana orange juice and cloves mingle. Toasted malt supplies the foundation, but there are some many flavors at work. There is also an alcohol warmth that warms the throat, reminding me this beer rings in at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, a great Belgium Tripel and recommended. Another great offering from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 21:56:30 | More by Hibernator
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gonzo138

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice semi-cloudy golden color, does not have much head at all and but does however retain decently

S- a sweet, not really in a malty way however, a citrusy sweetness, almost candy like, belgian yeasty corriander aroma is strongly present as well

T- complements smell, same citric sweetness, spicey corriander taste is present at finish, with a very slight bitter taste there as well

M- high carboantion, light and dry in body, taste fades form palate quickly

D- tripels have always been very drinkable for me, they go down easy, taste great, and have a knack for concealing any alcohol taste in them whatsoever, a nice one, not my favorite tripel, but still a very nice

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 09:09:43 | More by gonzo138
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork'n'cage into a Duvel tulip.

A: A slightly overly vigorous pour resulted in two inches of rocky white foam on top of a bright golden, slightly clouded liquid. It took a while, but eventually things settled down into a persistent half-inch cap of foam that left thick lacing throughout the session. Each top-off from the bottle and each swirl of the tuilp reinvigorated the solid head. Gorgeous tripel.
S: Flowery yeast up front, followed by some light fruit notes and some bisquity malt. Both complex and appealing, but not mind-blowing.
T: Just delicious: lightly spicy, powerfully fruity, and roundly malty as well. This beer delivers the fully array of the standard tripel notes, and then some. Highly complex, and consistently so. Every sip ran a full course through the yeasty, fruity, and malty flavors to the rich, dry (but not at all bitter) finish.
M: Highly carbonated, but fairly smooth.
D: I finished the 750 by myself, and was OK with the fact that it was my only beer of the night; I wouldn't have been that upset, though, if another bottle had materialized in my fridge.
Notes: Hands-down the best tripel I've tried to date - IMO it kicked Westmalle's ass in every way imaginable. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:20:55 | More by woosterbill
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Halcyondays

California

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a full white head with solid retention, light Belgian lace.

S: Candied pear, pineapple, spice, banana, various fruit.

T: Fruit along with various spice elements - coriander, pepper, and yeast esters make up the main flavour. Lightly boozy, but it melds with the flavour well. Hops are minimal, good balance between the diverse tastes.

M: Not overcarbonated which I like right off the bat, very smooth and drinkable.

D: Really nice tripel, it goes down almost too easy. Definite repurchase in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 02:15:38 | More by Halcyondays
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searsclone

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky caramel color with floating yeast

S: it smells a bit like leather and nuts, a little alcohol smell as well

T: tastes like unsalted cashews covered in toasted caramel. maybe a little brown sugar.

M: crisp and foamy very little aftertaste

D: a great beer that I will enjoy again

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 00:44:29 | More by searsclone
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stephenjmoore

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Cloudy peach colored body with a huge foamy white head. Leaves a lot of lacing around the edges of the glass with some sediment at the bottom of the glass.

S- Belgian yeast, lemongrass, pear, apricots, raisins, slight aroma of sweetbread too.

T- Fruity and yeasty. Fruit flavors include white grapes, pear and sweet dried fruits. The bready flavors come through almost in the way of a fruit tart. Sugary bread and sweet fruit.

M- High carbonation, foamy, slight carbonation tingle, slightly dry finish.

O- Really good tripel with a very sweet flavor. The feel is excellent and the beer is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:57:02 | More by stephenjmoore
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joedon

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked 22oz. bottle. Pretty, billowy white head over a dark-gold beer. Just a slight bit of haziness and with lots of lace.

Aroma of sherry-alcohol, some estery notes, and lots of malt.

The flavor is very much on-type. Big malt and residual sugar. Nice citrusy tang with apricot and raisin. Aftertaste tends to the hoppy bitterness and some yeast, grass and sugar.

Mouthfeel is very full but not thick. Drinkable to a point; a sipping Belgian but not for big gulps.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 19:18:52 | More by joedon
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light mellow yellow, no lacing, not much of a head, unfilted floaters are visable

Smell - Floral yeast, bananas, spices, malts, pear, oranges, some hops and alcohol

Taste - Nice bitey fruity tripel. Plenty of yeast and wheat flavors. Lots of flavor with the fruits, espically banana and pear. Nice fizzy drink each time.

Mouthfeel - Warms mouth up with the alcohol. Sours tounge pretty good, but sweetens it up with the yeast and sugars. Aftertaste is bitter but doesnt last long, you could enjoy a IPA or such right after a glass of water

Drinkabilty - If it wasnt for the alcohol % this would be higher. A fantastic triple, lots of flavor, smooth, not overly bitter. One of the best, will drink again

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 08:53:31 | More by wvsabbath
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gcamparone

Rhode Island

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy, honey colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Citrus, cloves, bananas, belgian spice, molasses.

T- Sweet unripe banana, candi sugar, molasses, caramel, sweet, roasty on the finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation

Very nice. Abt 12 was better but this was enjoyable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 01:31:57 | More by gcamparone
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intensify

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my favorite Orval glass. 1 and half finger head with good retention which left behind fluffy cloud like head lingering on top for the whole session. Yeast filled body with a orange like appearance.Smell was of orange peel,strong spices, fresh honey and green grapes. The taste is a bit complex with this beer starting out sour but soon a sweet finish takes over. The honey and spices add the right balance to the sourness of the dried grapes. A very drinkable Tripel. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. I want more!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 05:59:22 | More by intensify
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briang01

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-17-2014 03:20:38 | More by briang01
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-04-2012 23:46:02 | More by TimoP
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

02-24-2014 02:20:15 | More by Fcip78
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VernonKell

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-15-2012 22:29:13 | More by VernonKell
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev 0%

08-01-2014 14:00:47 | More by Doomcifer
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev 0%

12-01-2013 06:08:28 | More by mctizzz
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ant1

France

4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-15-2014 17:21:04 | More by ant1
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Marius

Romania

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-05-2013 18:49:24 | More by Marius
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innominat

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-07-2013 14:11:00 | More by innominat
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer just erupted as soon a the cap was pried off streams and streams of tiny bubbles swiftly racing to the surface. A slightly cloudy nice golden color with a creamy white head leaving a never die froathy coating across the top of the ale, particles of yeast seep out the final pour.

Nice yeasty aromas with fresh baked bread,subtle spicyness with light bannana notes and a slight mustyness and light fruitiness as it warms.

Very creamy and fluffy,delicate tastes well balanced flavors with yeasty, light fruityness hint of bannana/peach and pear with subtle spicyness no alcohol tastes,yet i can sense some heat,finishes with some green apple bitterness. Very light delicate mouthfeel,i just can't imagine drinking this all night,definatly a creeper.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 03:21:48 | More by jcdiflorio
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fionn13

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-08-2012 17:31:12 | More by fionn13
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-08-2013 23:57:17 | More by Mantooth
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-21-2011 04:15:29 | More by chickenm
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.