St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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2.6/5 rDev -38.8%
A - Pours a cloudy copper with a one finger white head that dissipates in a minute. No lacing. Visible chunks of brown sediment float about in the beer. Very dark for a tripel, and chunks are not something I like in my beer. I hope this isn't spoiled. The flecks of sediment are a really, really big turnoff.
S - Dates, barley, molasses, apples and a bit of citrus. Smell is alright, the citrus clashes with the molasses and dates, but individually they are all pleasant odors.
T - Tastes very strongly of barley and sweet molasses. Nothing else except when the sweetness turns into a ascerbic aftertaste. It isn't that bad. But it really isn't that good.
M - Ugh. It is thin, carbonation is biting on the tounge (even though it doesn't foam or bubble like it is intensely carbonated) and leaves a film in my mouth. Sure, it quenches my thirst, but at what cost?
D - Either this is a bad bottle and this tripel spoils amazingly well, which I doubt (bottled 2004), or this is simply not a beer I enjoy. I have yet to taste a tripel that I would not choose over St Bernardus.
09-04-2005 00:58:24 | More by mrasskicktastic
2.7/5 rDev -36.5%
Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim, no lacing. Body was a hazy light orange amber with some crazy carbonation visible.
Smell - esters; bananas, overripe apples and pears. Some phenols. Chalky yeast.
Taste - as promised by the smell. Overripe apples and pears with bananas washed through. Finishes with chalky yeast. Well hidden alcohol, can't taste it all.
Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, very fluid, highly carbonated.
Drinkability - This was not bad, but it was not terribly great either. I would probably not seek this out again. Anyway, high abv also restricts it to one per session for those who like it, although again high abv is well hidden, so be careful.
06-08-2006 20:11:24 | More by ultralarry2006
2.88/5 rDev -32.2%
Cloudy gold with a three finger white head with poor retention and little lacing. The aroma is very sweet, maybe even overly sweet. Candy sugar, grape bubblegum, spices, hops, and Belgian yeast.
The taste is just like the aroma. Sweet, in fact too sweet. Candy sugar, grape bubblegum, Belgian yeast, spice hops, and some pepper. This is sweeter than I would like it to be.
Light bodied, above average carbonation, with a sweet aftertaste. I know Tripels tend to be sweet, and I really like sweet beers, but the sweetness of this beer went overboard for me.
04-16-2011 02:04:07 | More by hardy008
2.9/5 rDev -31.8%
This beer looks like a golden snowglobe. Lots of suspended yeast. The Color is a light golden with a fair head. The smell is similar to a light beer with a alcohol bite. The taste is of alcohol with a corn-like presence. I prefer the St. Bernardus 8 to this by a wide margin. I may come back to this one at some point but the 8 has my money as of now.
02-03-2007 18:41:54 | More by Enola
2.93/5 rDev -31.1%
I want to be kind to this for its complexity, but I didn't find it highly drinkable overall.
A- Cloudy orange/brown with thin white bubbly head and slightly creamy walls of lace.
S- Spices and cloves are dominate. Fruity qualities. Dark and light fruit. Citrus overpowers.
T- Tart grapefruit, and lemon peel, bitter front and finish with rich caramel middle. hints of orange. Spice throughout. Peppery finish.
M- Tingly, over carbonated
D- Bitter, tart and overcarbonated. Hard to swallow even for its style in my opinion. Peppery finish makes it especially harsh.
01-01-2011 06:13:35 | More by JayS2629
3/5 rDev -29.4%
Just like every beer I've gotten in this St. Bernardus variety pack, it immediately foams up so I can't pour it without getting all the sediment. This is very frustrating and quite a waste.
A - A muddied brown color that is way darker than it should be for a tripel with huge chunks of sediment in it.
S - Smells of alcohol, lemons, and here's a shocker, yeast. Apples and pears too.
T - Mainly just yeast. Hints of fruit and stuff but mainly just yeast.
M - Nice carbonation, creaminess.
D - If only all of St. Bernardus's stuff didn't do this to me then I would be happy. Maybe I'll have to try one of the 750's, but if that does this I'll be extremely unhappy. Honestly, what's probably a great tripel ended up being a drainpour.
04-08-2010 02:48:22 | More by fropones
3/5 rDev -29.4%
A- Half inch white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. almost no lacing with this beer. Clear light gold in color.
S- Very sweet with brown sugar, caramel and other sweet aromas. Some earthy yeast aromas as well as some roasted nuts.
T- Alcohol overwhelms the flavor so its hard to taste much else. Some caramel sweetness, yeast and light hops make an appearance.
M- Medium bodied with lost of harsh alcohol.
Overall- This beer may have some good flavors to it but i could not tell over the alcohol.
02-05-2009 03:50:45 | More by br3wmeister
3/5 rDev -29.4%
Not even going to fully review this beer. It was such a huge disappointment. From a reputable dealer so I know nothing was wrong with it either. It is way too carbonated and fizzy, so plain tasting, and I dare say it tasted like a slightly better Budweiser. Nothing about this beer tasted good or of anything interesting. Now, it's not disgusting or horrible, but it was borderline bad. I'm giving it a 3 because I don't want to rip such an apparent "legend" but it was worse than that. Super disappointed :(
01-19-2012 01:26:10 | More by FoundersFanatic
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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