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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,300 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2300
Reviews: 1166
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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mickeymac

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml with the happy monk on the label, it pours a pretty gold with an absolutely magnificent head that looks like a layer of vanilla pudding sitting on top of the glass. Although it doesn't really stick to the side of the glass it does leave a nice layer on top of the beer to the bottom. The smell is a nice mix of fruit, spice, and just a bit of hops. It starts out a bit strong for an 8% beer, but everything settles in nicely as the beer (as well as the stomach and face) warm a bit. Mouthfeel and drinkability are in line with the extraordinary smell and taste. This is another remarkable beer from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 06:30:10 | More by mickeymac
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WesWes

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy citrousy scent; very nice. I also has another smell that I can't put my finger on; probably yeast. The taste is decent. It is rich and full of pale malts, belgian yeast, and some mysterious flavor. I really don't know what it is. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. I think this is an excellent beer; a great Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 23:43:15 | More by WesWes
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guinness33

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a great looking cloudy yellow/gold colour with an absolutely massive head that, while dying down rather quickly, still remains rather foamy throughout and leaves a mildly impressive sticky trail behind. smells of bread, spice, grain, a bit of fruit, earth and clay. picked up something of a tart smell as well. nice. this brew is medium bodied and just full of flavour, starting sweet, going to a bit of a bitter/dry earth flavour followed by some spiciness and a dry fruity finish, along with a slight alcohol warmth. this is one drinkable brew. a great tripel that i can't wait to try again. nice and refreshing yet bold and complex.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2004 04:54:01 | More by guinness33
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I wish I had a smiling Monk T-shirt. He's about the coolest label I've seen in a while. Appearance was a very gold orange with tons of cloudy yeast and a giant white head. Smell was of yeast and alcohol with a bit of the fruity notes showing through. The taste was amazing. Upfront fruit, perhaps some apple as well as apricot. Followed by bready/yeast and sweet caramel flavors. Mouthfeel was creamy and satisfying. Drinkability was very good as well, better than their abt 12. All in all an amazing experience. I recommend this to anyone who can obtain some.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 02:51:30 | More by Ieatlambfries
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rdrummer

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2004 00:04:30 | More by rdrummer
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gold color with a white medium sized head that remains through the drink. Some sediment is also there. Little lacing develops just above the surface. The aroma is of yeast, citrus, and bread. The flavor is a great balance of malt, bitterness, yeast, citrus, and nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and some tingling develops in your throat during the swallow. The bread tones last long on the tongue. This is a meal in a glass. I'm going for another helping...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 02:05:53 | More by Gavage
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL.OZ bottle..The FL stands for flavour, according to the smiling Friar on the label who told me so. It's difficult to review and describe this ale in light of all the previous reviews. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet a hazy honey yellow colour, with a magnificent head that billows and laces like a cumulus cloud.
Aroma poses one of the mysteries that only a monastery Belgian ale can provide. Banana nut bread with a spike of clove, bathed in orange rum. Taste mirrors the nose, with the addition of fried apples with a dash of cinnamon. Tastes like a heavenly nectar, not like a beer. Delightful..!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 01:51:01 | More by merlin48
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yankeeheel

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of yeasties clouding up the program. Hugewhite head rises to the top of the tulip glass and then receds to leave a nice 1/4 inch layer of snow white foam. Smells so strongly of yeast I swear it's bread.

The taste is somewhat akin to perfection in a tripel. Lots of sweet malty spice with a really thick chewy mouthfeel and body. Bannana, clove, pepper and lemon. This one has it all. Slight warming of alcohol as it goes down easy.

Maybe it tastes that much better after watching UNC beat Uconn in hoops, but this is just an awesome beer. Trust the monk.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 01:08:23 | More by yankeeheel
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unfiltered golden sunshine like tone with a nice layer of frothy white head leaves spread out Belgian style lacing, it's purdy. Aroma: Awesome pineapple bubblegum notes rich sweetness I'm loving this brew complex spiciness there, wow. Flavor: Nice fruit esters swarm the tastebuds this is the shit my style of a tripel. Creamy tone to it with the bubblegum sweet tone this is a classic tripel down to the T, nice spiciness. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel spritzy carbonation good stuff I'm loving this shit good stuff in my opinion. Drinkability: Excellent smooth delicate and hella drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 03:11:50 | More by WVbeergeek
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle Consume by the end of 2004.

Wet yeasty dough nose with a touch of sweetness. Cloudy hazy murky straw yellow look in the goblet with lots of carbonation and a huge airy pale white head with a brown dregs mark in the center of the head due to the final reminants of the pour.

Soft marshmellow/Pineapple flavor upfront with soft burnt candi sugar and lovely maltyness. The finish has a slight sting of hops, dry abv, and a signature yeast presence.

The mouth is very lively upfront it then turns soft and coating on the palate. The finish dries the tongue and throat out to the point where it makes you sip again. That is a complex mouth!

Seems not to hide the abv at all in the finish. This is quite a nice beer. Rich yet rounded... well worth seeking out!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 01:31:39 | More by frank4sail
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genaro

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers but a guy at work raved about this one and I felt compelled to try it. The color was a nice cloudy gold with a big frothy everlasting head. It had a big yeasty and citrusy aroma with elements of clove, white grapefruit, and orange peels. The taste was bitter and citrusy with bananas, orange peels, cloves and some sweet malt. The finish was citrusy and a bit astringent. This appeared to be a pretty complex beer and I fear my palate and nose were not discerning enough to really appreciate it. So, although I wasn't awed by this beer at the time I will no doubt try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 19:18:57 | More by genaro
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Boilermaker88

California

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 33cl brown bottle as pictured and poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A pretty gentle pour resulted in a brew with a murky golden color with a lot of loose floating sediment and a ½" white head that left minor lace.
The smell was citrusy, with lemon and tropical fruits at the fore, over a bready malt aroma akin to banana bread. Some peppery spice and floral hops notes also were present. A couple of exploratory sips revealed a complex flavor profile: a fruity sweetness derived from green apple, mango, and banana over a cookie dough malt flavor started the taste parade. An effervescent citrus taste played over the palate mid-range before a clove, coriander, pepper spiciness asserted itself. Each sip finished with a modest bitterness and astringent alcohol bite. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp, and dry.
Overall, a complex, wide-ranging beer. I could have done without the floaties but the taste and aroma more than made up for it. A fine tripel.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2003 17:47:35 | More by Boilermaker88
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shirfan

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle; a cloudy, dusky yellow with fine lacing.
A painted label includes the happy monk on a coat of arms and a small white cross.

Aroma is of sour lemon, gummi fruit, and something resembling sawdust.

Taste is fairly complex and tough to describe because of the fluffy, airy carbonation. It's not the bubbly effervescence of pop, more like mousse. A candy, pineapple flavor predominates and is quickly removed by more of a yeasty, sour estery note. This isn't especially sweet, but melts in the mouth, if beer can do such a thing. Again, I can only think of mousse to describe something similar. Finishes with a note of dry wood; I get a hint of oak for some reason.

I'll stick to the abt 12 in the future, but this is still a very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 02:52:04 | More by shirfan
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey, deep orange color. Incredible effervesence and mazing lace up the side of the glass. Aroma is citrus and oranges with heavy (and I mean heavy) yeast notes. Smells like banana bread in a glass. Taste is sweet malt, yet crisp with heavy yeasty, bready flavors and finished with a hop bitterness.

To me its very heavy for the style but a really enjoyable beer. I've had this before but wanted a fresh one to sample for ther review and truly a quaffable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2003 15:34:15 | More by CRJMellor
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Sixpack595

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow orange with plenty of sediment suspended. Plenty of fluffy white head that dissipated fairly quickly to leave a blotchy film. Malty, bannana aroma with fruits and pepper. Cotton candy and fruit, with a dry finish that finishes very nicely. A bit lighter than I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 09:11:23 | More by Sixpack595
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marburg

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Memories of this beer's greatness sucked me in while I was shopping for Thanksgiving brews at Putnam's shop. I ... just ... couldn't ... stop ... myself.

Ripening banana colors -- shifts from yellowish to off-brown. A little hazy. Big poofy styrafoam head spouts off a laundry list of aromatic delights: banana, dried orange peel, tropical fruit, yeast, pepper, sweet bread...

Sugary malt sweetness is heavily interwoven with a potent alcohol kick and all sorts of subtlties -- pineapple, cookies, banana, oak. Disturbingly light feeling as it goes down -- very easy to drink -- despite its almost creamy presence rolling around on the tongue. Shazam!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 17:46:30 | More by marburg
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must have been crazy when I first reviewed this. 4.9? What was I thinking. This is straight 5's. Hey when a beer is this good, that 0.1 means a lot. This is the beer I think of when someone mentions the word tripel. Deep golden color with a long-lasting white head that leaves a nice lace along the glass. Aroma is spicy and of tropical fruit. Taste is of apricots and pineapple and a little clove. Outstanding tripel. The abt 12 seems to get a lot of attention, but I feel that this is the St. Bernardus beer that everyone must try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2003 23:05:44 | More by dmarch
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putnam

Michigan

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Drinking this beer is like opening a container filled with ripe bananas, pineapples and gingerbead. It is soft and creamy. With repetition, it begins to clamp down. Austere elements reminiscent of black pepper, pine cones and metal shavings begin to offset the sweetness, until, finally, you think there is no sweetness in the beer at all....It's there all right, and the viscous, molten texture indicates that fact the best. No matter whether at the beginning or end...


There has never been brewed a beer better than this one.
It is the DRC Le Montrachet of beer.
I feel as if I've been ushered into another, much more advanced aesthetic paradigm. Why are there candied pineapple and honeydew melon aromas next to savory capsicum (esp. habanero) notes? Why do they work so well together? Vanilla. Why is there cocoa flavor in a blonde-colored ale?
It's as if this brewer, not satisfied with brewing the best brown beers available to humanity, decided one day to eliminate the obscuring color and thereby reveal the inner workings of the yeast politics inside the liquid. Like the giant clock in Prague, which would be impressive enough with a face, with the face removed, it's mind-boggling.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 21:13:58 | More by putnam
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HardTarget

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Heady smells of clove with some orange peel, lemon and banana tones. Perfume like esters as well. Is there such a thing as nosefeel? I swear I get a powdery sensation in the smell. Somewhat irritating.
Appearance: Hazy deep golden peach, with a whipped white head that lasts and has laced my goblet before my first sip. The head maintained though the beer and left a lace worthy of grandma.
Flavor: Malty, fruity with a dry clean aftertaste. The banana character comes through in the taste a bit more than in the smell, and at the very end is a light dash of spice; all spice? clove? coriander? My palate isn’t good enough to tease out the spices. All in all, textbook example of the Tripel Abbey style.
Mouthfeel: Full body, thick on the edge of a mild chew. Nice dry finish makes you smack sticky lips.
Overall Impression: That monk on the bottle has reason to be happy. This is a very nice beer. Solid craftsmanship, no doubt. This isn’t a beer you would guzzle on a regular basis, in fact I’m wishing I could somehow recork this big bomber bad boy to savor later. So, drinkability is going to take a hit, but that shouldn’t discourage you from giving this a try. If you’re a fan of the Tripel’s, got to check this monk out.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2003 02:39:38 | More by HardTarget
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byrd

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge white head that piles above the rim and almost overflows the glass. The head is very long lasting, and the thick lace sticks to the sides of the glass for the entire bottle. Golden amber in color and is fairly hazy. The aroma is quite spicy with light malt and some citric notes. Very smooth, medium-full mouthfeel. The alcohol is invisible. Initial malt sweetness of honey, candied sugar, and cookies. Spices come in more towards the middle. There is a slight citric tartness in the finish that nicely balances the sweetness. The aftertaste is not very long, but the honey sweetness stands out a bit. This one is a bit tough for me to put my finger on all the flavors. There’s a lot here, but everything melds together so well that it simply becomes one great Tripel that’s gone before I know it!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2003 22:17:07 | More by byrd
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – The bottle blew up when I popped it but then poured with almost no head. I didn’t get that. The body was light orange in color.

Smell – Strong orange syrup aroma with a touch of yeast and some summer fruits.

Taste – This yeast is subdued at the taste. The fruits are light summer such as melons, with a tangy compliment that’s almost like a sprig of lemon. There’s also some traditional Belgian spicing to this one.

Mouthfeel – Big carbonation and medium in the body.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad, but certainly not worth picking up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 03:13:02 | More by RoyalT
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick looking, murky honey color and sports a hefty, yet quickly vanishing head. Moderately decent lace, yet patchy and scattered. Awesome aromatics! A veritable (malted) tropical fruit smoothie! Lots of pineapple and banana, a spoon of honey and a big dose of malted milk! Again, as with other St Bernardus brews, the alcohol is so very well integrated that it never comes off hot or overbearing. Medium to full bodied with nice viscocity. Tastes much like it smells. A malt monster accented with tropical fruits, especially banana and pineapple. The finish is long and very warming. Another "nectar" straight from the heavens-with the help of a lot of smiling, nicely buzzed monks! Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 02:18:52 | More by moulefrite
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mydeadguy

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy medium amber (some yeast in suspension), with a decent active head that fails to last, dies too quick, leaving a thin sheen of foam.

The nose is faint alcohol, yeast, sweet fruits (pineapple),

Very active carbonation on the palate, a loose foamy head reappears with gentle swirling in the glass. Full and malty with yeast overtones, doesn't betray the 7.5% abv, but warms the belly and quick. Herbal and earthy yeast notes permeate the mouth. A bit on the sweeter side, holding onto the tastebuds after the sip is done.

I enjoy this beer, but not being a Belgian beer expert, I feel I may be missing some of the complexity of this brew, or, conversely I may be looking for complexity that isn't there. Either way, I'll be having this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2003 01:32:31 | More by mydeadguy
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saltydog

New York

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap at De Zolder in Brugge. Appearance: Orange, clear, decent head. Aroma: Spicy hops, malt, some earthiness in background. Flavor: Spicy, fruity, with some maltiness and yeast in background. Some soapiness from hops. Finish: Mostly hops, with malt in background.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2003 02:39:17 | More by saltydog
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a dense meringue like three inch head. A cloudy deep gold color. Lightly sweet but dry at the same time. A bit of orange crosses my tongue. Smells Belgian in its complexity (imagine that), a fruitiness and a mustiness is here in the nose. A sharpness in the taste is present from the carbonation (this beer is well carbonated). There is some spiciness in the nose too. Very well put together triple, there is a certain softness/ roundness from the malt that ties this beer together very well. Definite alcohol notes if you look for it, but definitely not in your face. Displays the classic Belgian lacing as you work your way through your glass. One of the best, if not the best, examples of the Tripel style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 17:09:53 | More by Gueuzedude
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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