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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,724 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 194
Gots: 275 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of olmatty
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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 +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BennyL1
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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 +2.1%
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.

Photo of garbercury
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a "tasting night" with a couple of my buddies. It was very fun night with quite a number of great beers for the tasting...

Drank from a Chimay goblet..
A--a deep cloudy orange, nice color and light head

S--Can really smell the orange, banana, and lemon in the beer

T--Real citrus bite to this beer. You can also taste the alcohol at the end of it.

M--Smooth to the palate.

D--If you are a fan of Tripels or St. Bernardus (who isnt?) this is a must try. Great flavor and drinkability. Not quite as good as the Tremens but pretty close.

Photo of djbow
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy medium gold color with a 2 finger head of very tight bubbles that are well retained. Nice lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

S: Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Almost a quad.

T: The taste follows the nose. Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol (well hidden). Very big beer flavor. Again, this beer is almost a quad.

M: Medium body, spot on St. Bernardus pallet cleansing carbonation. Smooth overall, well balanced with mild alcohol warmth.

O: To me St. Bernardus Triple is a very good representation of the style. I do prefer the St. Bernardus Triple over their Watou Triple. The St Bernardus is a more complete classic tripe and is an over all better finished product.

Glass: Tulip.

Serving Temp = 51F.

Photo of jizdepski
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

served in a maredsous goblet, not too cold. has a lovely apricot color, and is opaque. nice white collar that fades quick but stubbornly retains the whole way down. minimal lacing. nose is sweet and very fruity. little alcohol and mild clove notes. first taste is a little tart up front with some biting alcohol, but nothing extreme. mellows out nicely, pears are prevalent as are apples. sweet. got some coriander in there. finishes fairly clean with a lingering alcohol "mintyness". not overly complex, actually pretty straight forward for a tripel. mouthfeel is exceptional. very smooth, great carbonation, but not enough to distract from the flavors going on. an easy drinking trip for sure.

Photo of Ellbert
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A pale orange color that is slightly clouded because of the yeast. There is a large pillowy white head on top that leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, and spicy. There is a bread like quality to the aroma and I would say that is probably also, because of the yeast.

Taste: Upfront is a big malt taste, malt is all over this beer. Subtle spices are noticeable shortly after that first taste. The spices then kick it into high gear and come upfront. The hops seem to bring up the back end. A very nice finish. A little alcohol is evident but not much.

Mouthfeel: At first it is a little too carbonated but that settles after a while. The body is medium/heavy. There is quite a weight to this beer.

A very good brew. A definite buy again.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel had an outstanding pure white head, atop a medium-golden amber-colored body. The lacing was very delicate. The first thing that jumped out to me about the bouquet of the beer was a faint hint of banana balanced with yeasts. The taste first revealed what I had already smelled, but then began to come alive as it warmed, giving hints of candy sugar, hops and more complex fruit flavors. There was just enough carbonation to balance the creamy taste and mouthfeel. I was extremely impressed with the complexity of taste and feel on the palate. Most certainly one of the best Tripels I’ve had in recent memory.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured murky gold, hints of the darker colors almost in there, a huge tiny bubbled white head that took it's time dissipating.

Smells of the Belgian yeast, lightly of some spice and lemongrass.

Taste is light at first, but gains some momentum. Some spice and yeast, mirroring the smell, with a nice yeasty lemony tangy aftertaste at the end.(Too many Y's, but what can Ya do?)

Feels like a light to medium body, but the big carbonation makes it feel a little lighter.

I enjoyed this beer, hints of it's bigger brother are here, just a lighter, more Summer like feel to it. Easy to drink and tasty, I will definitely drink this one again.

DOA

Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering at Max and Joe's Omaha.

Dark orange color, head retention is good, reduces to a ring around the top.

Ester alcohol aroma, some murky fruit flavors.

Complex and nicely carbonated tripel, this is a great beer on tap. Good malt sturdiness that's slightly sweet, herbal hops and alcohol spike. Smooth, full mouthfeel. It's light on the tongue for being so nice and thick. Bread finish.

This is a refreshing and fruity ale, sweet toffee malt combined with some fruity hop punch. Alcohol well hidden. Finely crafted and highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

Photo of mltobin
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for this sample!

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, thick head. Lots of lacing. A very nice looking beer...can't wait to taste it.

Aroma is of sweet fruits, spice and alcohol. Very nice.

First sip is of sweet ripe fruits with a hint of spice and grainy....almost like dough.

The alcohol is there but its not overpowering. The carbonation is slight but is noticeable. I could drink many of these but I would be in trouble afterwards. I'll be on the lookout for these.

Photo of Jablonski
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly opaque gold color with a one inch head and lacing.

S: smells of bananas and pineapple

T: Taste is quite complex. First I notice the taste of bananas, pears, and pineapple followed by a spices and hops at the end

M: Perfect carbonation, very full beer

D: Tastes best as it warms and goes down relatively easy

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for a revisit!
Consumed in honor of a recently deceased relative... who kinda looked like the fellow on the bottle. Bon Voyage, Sam.
The 750 mL model which I presume to be much fresher than the 330cL versions I had quite some time ago.
This guy was much clearer looking; golden with a pretty white head.
The odor is not quite as gorgeous as it was last time around, but still appealing. Much drier... much more like champagne.
The flavor is much more like champagne as well. A sharp bite with a dry finish; some lingering fruit flavors after the bite has gone. Pear is dominant, hints of coriander here and there... cameos of golden raisins.
A bit of a coarse bitterness pops up here and there but it's nothing to be concerned about.
An excellent tripel.... an excellent brew. This is what a dry tripel should be like. A hard choice between this and Westmalle's tripel.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brew in my Chimay goblet. This beer is a perfect gold with a grand head that leaves rings around the glass. Smell is predominately citrus, oranges, but a little sweeter, like tangerines with a nice malt backbone. Taste is a tad spicy, a little acidity that's OK, mostly citrus fruits and a little hint of honeydew. Very drinkable and hardly a notice of the alcohol. A high-class brew to cap the evening.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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 everetends
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,724 ratings.