St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 2,827
Reviews: 1,223
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 206
Gots: 311 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel. On tap @ DBGB

Appearance:
Served in a tulip glass, it was a very inviting, slightly cloudy burnt honey orange with a frothing, creamy white head of about 1.5". Lacing was spectacularly thick and the head retention was superb. Looks delicious!

Aroma:
Fruity aroma, with sweet toffee in the background and apricot and banana in the foreground. Some brown sugar's in there as well.

Taste:
Wow! What a consumate tripel we have here! So creamy and smooth, but we'll get to that soon... My immediate first thought was "bananas," others have pointed to apricots. Whatever that fruitiness is, it sort of wallowed around in my mouth -- both uplifting and bright, but also thick, creamy, and deep.The buttery, toffee/caramel/brown sugar trifecta seeps in next, giving the fruity esters a nuanced and playful and delicately toasted malt backbone.

It is really unlike anything I've ever had before -- liquid joy funneled into a tulip glass. Some might point to the fact that the hops are a bit lackluster. I disagree. Sometimes unbalance works, and the graceful asymmetry of this beverage would have it no other way. It finishes bready and a touch on the dry side, and the banana flavor lingers in the roof of my mouth.

Mouthfeel:
Oh so creamy and smooth! I was very pleased, and swished it around in my mouth before every gulp.

Drinkability:
For 8%, I barely tasted the alcohol. Sure it was there, lingering in the shadows, but the taste was just too sublime pass up on. Who's going to let a silly thing like alcohol get in the way of enjoying another glass of this beauty.

Notes:
Up until now, Chimay Cinq Cents had all I ever wanted from a tripel. Today the jolly monk pictured on the St. Bernardus bottles blew my mind. Buy, consume, contemplate, be at peace. That is all.

Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My long awaited sampling of this highly regarded triple begins. A golden honey colored potion wearing a white cloud of densely fluffy pure white head blesses my chalice.

The aroma is pure decadence. A dessert cart of sweet, earthly aromas. Theres an overall candy sweetness throughout containg hints of honeydew melon, candied orange peel, pear, spice drops, and pink bubblegum. There are tones of corriander and white pepper spice as well.

Mmm, all the above and then some. Sweet complexity and a multitude of flavors achieve perfect balance. There's enough candied fruit and carnival sweets in here to give you a toothache. At no point does this become cloying or too sweet, I just want more!

A lush, creamy mouthfeel is achieved by a medium/big body filled with tight, playful, and modest carbonation. A georgous triple, and one we should all seek out and enjoy! Thanks for sharing Gabe!

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my large St. Bernardus chalice. It pours a hazy honey golden color with a two finger head that is thick, frothy, and white. No real lacing or cascading to speak of.

S-Belgian yeast, some spice, and alcohol

T-Sweet from the alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a slightly tart finish. To me this is the best tasting version of the style, I love it.

M-Fairly thick and syrupy with the near perfect amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day-its delicious and at 8% alcohol you could drink a few in a single session.

Overall, this is my favorite Tripel. I love this beer and I love this brewery. I must try for fans of the style.

Photo of ncfranklin
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into the St. Bernardus goblet.

A : A golden murky color. Pours with a very nice white head that settled to a solid rim.

S : Large floral notes with a hint of yeast, berry, malt.

T : Floral up front, with berry in the middle, some malt/yeast and a dry hoppy finish.

M : A medium to heavy body, with a nice fuzzy feel that results in a tingly lining on swallow.

D : Its a tripel so the alcohol is high, but this ones lighter flavors makes it very easy to consume in large quantity. Delicious.

Can't go wrong here for a nice pale color Belgian.

Photo of jgagne
4.61/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-A fabulous murky gold. With a grand white creamy head

S- a prominent smell of citrus, honey and small hint of bananas

t-What flavor. A great mix fruity sweet spicy goodness. With a wonderful aftertaste that goes down smooth.

M- sits quite light, with a medium carbonation. And is actually spicy while sitting in your mouth.

o-Probably one of my favorite beers. I have had several other tripels including La Fin Du Monde and i still prefer this one. Great beer and i will enjoy it for many years to come

Photo of Redweasel
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a monster head even with the gentlest of pours.

Aroma is almost peachy with citrus. Expected some alcohol at 8% but it was not present. Smells delicious.

Holy fruit Batman. Hard to place, I get citrus, plum, peach, banana, and all kinds of tropical goodness my inferior palate can't place, melon or pineapple possibly.. Spicy, fruity and amazing. Silky smooth mouthfeel almost creamy. It "slides" down the mouth. The word slick comes to mind but not in a bad sense whatsoever.

Overall, I've tasted the Pater, Prior, and Abt, this one just seemed special. As much as I enjoyed the other three, the Tripel went beyond my expectations. Never really tasted anything like it. Great, amazing beer.

I scored 4 bottles from work at a measely $6 a bottle. I'm stashing two for a a couple of years to taste on special occasions. A true top notch beer. How I'm just having my first one I'll never know.

Photo of drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my DFH snifter, I can't find my St. B glass...grrr.

Beer is amber and hazy. Forms a HUGE head that falls away to one finder and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is high and steady. Looks awesome.

Oh sweet Jesus, it smells like awesome. Write awesome on a piece of paper and then smell it, that's what this is. Its estery and sweet with a level of great yeastiness (that's a word according to google). Its perfect.

Creamy medium bodied beer with a dry finish. The forward is mildly sweet. The midpalate is moderately sweet and estery. The yeast character is lower than you'd expect. This beer is awesome. One of the best tripels I've ever had.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, milky pale orange with a beautiful full white head that melts to a very, very heavy, glass sticking lacing.
Aroma is heavenly fresh and sweet with pale malt an mild citrus...oranges and tangerines.
The head is like covering your lips with wipped cream. Mouthfeel is tingly and very, very full.
Taste is tangerines, manderin oranges, sharp biting sting from the tiny carbonation on your tongue then the alcohol burn....
very drying as you swallow, but a lingering sweet citrus in the mouth makes you want another sip...and another sip...and another.
This is the kind of beer that would make one find religion and join the abbey.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple nice "glug"s out of the bottle on the pour, which created a decent size head, not too big but substantial and fluffy. Doesn't last too long but that's ok because it's the color of this beer that impresses: strong golden-caramel shine, made hazy by tiny bits of sediment and light, mellow bubbles.

Smell is average for the style: strong yeast, stronger malts, mild spices and a floral presence.

What a flavor. Pleasant (and apparently very high quality) malts/yeasts in the front, with a buoyant array of spice characteristics, extremely well-blended and balanced. Mild but assertive alcohol warming sensation trails throughout the mouth and up into the nasal passages. The mouthfeel is full and chewy and tingly and, again, warming. I can't think of a beer with a better texture at the moment. This just hits all the right buttons.

Drinkability? High. Very high. It's just so damn good, who cares if it's on the higher ABV scale at 8%? But too much of any good thing is a bad thing, so I usually limit myself to two a day, tops. Not two St. Bernardus a day, I ain't Daddy Warbucks. Planning on following this with a Victory Hop Wallop. It's Friday. Should be a fine night.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 brown bottle poured into a goblet; unsettling yellow in color, with off and on orange peel showings. A sparkling and white bubbly soapy head. The nose is fruity, with sugar plum, banana bread and cloves. Non-moving yeasty particles make their presence known. Incredible tastings--chewy peppery spices, plums, yeast and fruity malts. The body contains some bread/biscuit flavorings. Bubble gum, bananas and more peppery notes are noted. Finishes dry and very satisfying; the definitive definition of what a triple should be! A gem!

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of jjazz
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best before date of 16/08/10. I've been cellaring this one for about a year and a half.

A bit less fruity than a fresh bottle, but equally delicious and perhaps more "complete". Very harmonious and complex.

Oh so creamy, with a nice faint caramel note. Great balance and long finish. The yeast flavors are front and center, but filled out nicely by malty notes and a touch of Styrian Goldings.

A unique and classic tripel; one of the very best.

If I could afford it, I would be drinking this every night.

Photo of heygeebee
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Leura, BB 7/14.

A - cloudy straw, dense three-finger head, leaves film and clumpy lace. Superb.

S - Belgian sugars from the pfffttt. Lemon, apricot, yeast.

T - Sweet and dry, Belgian yeast, sugar, lemons, apricots. Complex and integrated.

M - light, zesty, creamy, but medium weight. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O - this blew me away from the moment I opened the lid. Superb example of a Tripel. World Class

Photo of Gehrig
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this at Friar Tuck in Savoy. Three thick fingers of white froth top an apricot body, with dense lacing adorning the 10th Anniversary Ommegang glass--magnificent presentation. Very pleasant nose, full of orange, peach and apricot. The taste is equally fruity, with occasional bursts of dry hops that are quite welcome. Creamy smooth, Tripel is a palate's delight, eminently drinkable and a splendid accompaniment to the steak, corn on the cob, and green salad dinner.

Excellent, a must-try.

Photo of BradC
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden honey color with a head that quickly disappears.

Smells of tropical fruit, spicy phenols

Tastes of tropical fruit, banana, has that definite Belgian yeast spiciness with a firm bitterness, tastes f honey but not too sweet and not boozy at all.

Highly carbonated but very smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking for its higher abv

Overall a great tripel!

Photo of gleemonger
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt yellow-orange with dark floaties tossed around by the high carbonation. Large, foamy white head with long retention and thick lacing.

Blast of sweet banana, clove and a spicy peppery fruit bouquet. Very pleasant.

A very well blended mix of the banana clove Belgian yeast flavors with some earthy hoppiness, and a sweet, fruity backbone. Spicy, sharp and refreshing. Nothing really lingers other than the yeast a bit. No real standout flavor here, as each kind of just bats down the other all the way through the finish.

Light, crisp, refreshing with fairly heavy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice, but not quite at the level of some of my other favorite Tripels. I definitely appreciate how perfectly balanced and well crafted this is, though, for sure. A very, very nice beer.

Photo of mmva321
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

The tripel has an impenetrable but consistent haze broken only by an occasional piece of sediment floating by. The body is a glowing orangish yellow. There is a shallow rim of head that dissipates quickly before you have time to watch it. It leaves some amoeba-like creatures on top but little lacing. It's clean and simple.

A pungent grass/hops/funk aroma swarm the nose. It's earthy and traditional and reminds me of the outdoors. There are slight accents of lemon and peach. Vibrant and clean, this smell isn't over-thought but is interesting enough to be inviting.

The taste is superb. Once again, not over-thought at all. The grass and hops really come through here, moving the citrus and funk a bit to the background.

Smooth, thin, very well carbonated. Perfectly appropriate.

Crisp, simple and satisfying. I love it to death.

Photo of BillyB
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Tripel's out there.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thick, whipped cream-like head and thick'clingy lacing.

Aromas of citrusy hops sweet candi sugars, apples and honey.

Tastes of tangerines, mandarin oranges, apples and honey. A rich yeasty, spicey flavor with warm alcohol taste and subtle malty flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich, carbonated and smooth. Nice alcohol warmth.

Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It has a cloudy honey hue with a large white head that tops of the beer. Retention is good with a large amount of lacing left on the glass. A small amount of yeast settle to the bottom of the glass after a gentle pour.

The smell is fruity with hints of pears, grapes, and apricots. Some spice from the yeast is also noted.

The flavor is a wonderful complex mix of fruits, malt, and spice. Perfectly balanced in my opinion. It has a slightly dry finish and no trace of alcohol evident. It has a medium body with well matched carbonation. Drinkability is lowered due to high ABV and cost & availability. I see Abt 12 almost everywhere Belgian beers are sold but seldom see the Tripel.

I actually prefer St. Bernardus Tripel to the Abt 12. More drinkable and lighter being the primary factors.

Photo of guitarmage
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely vibrant golden orange, completely cloudy, super foamy head leaves about a half inch of sticky white lacing. Very inviting.

Smell: Big malty sweetness, ripe banana, alcohol, yeasty, plum, a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Wow. Mimics the smell, and then some, a lot of going on here, fruity and phenolic, alcoholic and warm, smooth and delicious. So clean in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, lightly carbonated and light to medium bodied, swallows for you, perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, satisfying, complex, I could have several of these. Makes everything right, with or without food. Needless to say, good at any time of the day.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful hazy golden brown color. Foamy head is large at first, a 3/4" solid layer across the top of my chalice before fading to a small creamy white 1/4" layer. Smell has that great Belgian yeast funkiness to it, woody and earthy, slight cotton candy. Taste is full and creamy, again woody and deep leading up to a nice alcohol tingle in the finish, a very delicious and rich belgian ale. The label is cool with a very jovial looking monk urging you to try his beer. I agree. Try it.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy golden orange with thick white head that stays for the whole beer, and reduces to excellent lacing. I noticed the strong hoopy dark fruit aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Flavor was more of the same, yet with a nice blend of citrus fruit, similar to an IPA. Beer finished off to a perfect palate, where the hoppy bitterness mixed well with the 8% alcohol and a hint of malty sweetness. A most excellent beer.

Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear golden body with a large white head. Great retention, ok lace.

S: Bright, but soft booze. It sounds like a bit of an oxymoron - the aroma is distinctly alcohol, but it’s sweet rather than harsh on your nose. Honey and coriander round out the bouquet.

T: Sweet malt and wildflower honey. Delicious, chewy, white grape flavor through the first 2/3rds of the profile. Balanced spice on the backend; coriander, white pepper.

M: Nice carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet and lightly spicy finish.

O: Sweeter and less boozy than an average triple, but not overly so. The flavors strike a fantastic balance of fruit, spice, malt, and booze.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite tripels!

This beer pours great golden honey color with a foamy white head and fine bubbles. Aromas of banana, citrus and honey. The palate is medium bodied with nutty malty flavors with hints of dried apricots and the bubbles are almost champagne like. Definitely give this beer a try

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with a finger thickness head that thins down relatively quickly. Looks almost like a glass of darker tea with the head giving it away as a beer.

S: The classic Belgian yeasty smell dominates the aroma. Quite a strong floral citrus smell comes across also.

T: Wow. I don't think I have had another Belgian Tripel with this great of a balance between sweet and dry. You cant describe it as sweet or bitter since it starts out as one and ends as the other. The citrus and spice is also perfect for my tastes. Yet another fantastic brew from St Bernardus.

M: A little thin for my liking in the mouth, but the carbonation is just the right amount.

D: This one is so smooth and great tasting you could easily knock this one down in no time.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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