St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of Roguer
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful poor, with a one finger white head. Retention is good, and lacing is good. Brew is cloudy, and golden straw-colored. I left the yeast in the bottle.

Bright, yeasty and bready aroma at fridge temp. Banana, clove, citrus.

Classic tripel flavor. A little flat, and spicy, but strong notes of wheat, clove and spices, and light citrus and banana. Belgian yeast and mineral water.

Thick and Bready mouthfeel. Fairly lively, no sting or alcohol. Almost chewy like a stout, even cold.

This is an excellent Belgian tripel. Very traditional, relatively complex, extremely smooth. One of the better versions I have had, and another great beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Father_Raybob
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick white head that has good retention and leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Nice herbal/spice aroma. Slightly medicinal. Definite coriander. Alcohol esters on the nose too.
T: At first is very light with citrus notes. But this gives way to nice malt notes and heavier fruit and spice. A tale of two tastes...both equally impressive...nice complexity!
M: Nice body with taste that deepens and lingers! Very, very nice.
D: Definitely one of the best tripels I've come across! Relatively high ABV is well hidden. Excellent complexity. The more I drink this, the more I get out of it and enjoy it. A tremendous beer and definitely one to seek out and enjoy!

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Photo of Cresant
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Dated best before: 03.07.08. Body was a semi-cloudy golden/orange color. Yeast particles are suspended in the body and don't seem to settle. White, light bubbles dissolve to form a creamy cap, then a collar.

Smell is not as full as I would have expected. Fruity and light. Grains. Very bready.

Taste was spicy, peppery. Rich and bready. Sweet malts and fresh grain. Hard candy. Ripe honeydew. Rather complex and enjoyable. Somewhat drying. I have been holding on to this beer for a while now. I waited until I was in the mood for a heavier/richer beer. This beer was not heavy though. It was very drinkable and the alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (not too heavy). Smooth rounded texture. Very nice.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

This is a beautiful beer! Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. A shade darker than most tripels. Has a huge pillowy head that leaves sheets of lovely lace all over the glass.

Smell is noticable from a slight distance from the glass. Bright tropical fruits and sweet candy.

Taste is no sloucher either. Sweet candy sugar on the front end followed by a sharp twang of citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol and sweet malts.

Perfectly carbonated. Full and creamy.

Overall, a wonderful brew that I have been meaning to review for some time. This is probably my favorite Tripel. Has all the characteristics, sweet candy sugars, lots of malty goodness and a bouquet of fruit, perfectly balanced. Highly recommended!

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeast-hazed peach, this sits approachably with otherworldly lace. Extra-credit is due for the full-package effect of a beer sitting in its proper glassware.

Nose is yeasty, prickly, with citrus, pepper, and zippy zing. Enticing, clean, and goes to show how important freshness can be, even in a style that allows age.

Taste manages a perfect tightrope walk between sweet and dry, resting at each point but never touching down in either. Just perfect, and what I’m looking for when I reach for a Belgian-style beer: neither overwhelmingly candi sugar’d up or aggressively carbonated. This is fruity in a similar way to gorgeous DIPAs.

The syrupy mouthfeel here could be a downfall, but as mentioned it isn’t onesided or here-or-there. Dry, spice-kick hoppy and yeast keep the package desirably drinkable, unquenching, addictive.

Only had 11.2 oz, but more would be graciously welcomed. I find that “go back for more” reflexes are rarely used for Belgian-styled beers, but I prefer this one to even Rochefort, surprisingly.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sit down to review this fantastic beer, pours a dark russet brown with a slight orange hue to it, lots of head, fluffy and smooth, some nice lacing too. The aroma site back a bit, some nice fruits, some earthiness and spices. The taste comes out much more, a bouquet of all things delicious, the dark, rich, sugary fruits, some citrus too, the yeastiness, the earthy hops and herbal quality, absolutely delicious. The mouth is full, smooth and delicious, this is just an absolute treat and a testament to the celebration of the greatness of beer.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Wonderful light orange color w/ a 2-3 finger off white head which lingers. The head is wonderfully cloud-like, and this beer looks the part. Very cloudy, w/ great carbonation and great lacing.

S- Smells of orchard fruit, yeast, slight malt. Nice zing, but very smooth balanced smell to this one.

T- I really want to give the taste a 5, but I'll grudgingly give it a 4.5. This is one of the best (if not the best) tripel I've had, and I've had a lot of them. All the smells come through in perfect balance and release on your taste buds. I can't find any issue w/ the taste. In fact... I'm going to switch this to a 5. Haha.... Perfection. On the fruity side for a tripel, but it's ridiculously good. Wow.

M- Again- amazing. Smooth, silky, light but very balanced. Great aftertaste, which lingers. Malt, fruit are in the aftertaste. The alcohol in this beer is extremely well hidden. In fact, that's my only minor gripe. I'd like just a tiny bit more alcohol burn. It's so smooth and drinkable though, that I really can't complain.

O- This is a World Class beer, and one of the best tripels on the planet. You owe it to yourself to buy this beer whenever you see it. I'd love to have this on draft someday, but it's near perfect the way it is. Cheers.

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Photo of JBogan
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow with a large and foamy head which stayed around a long time and left some but not a lot of lacing.

Smelled of grapes and citrus with some alcohol present, especially as the beer warmed.

Tasted of grapefruit, orange, some yeast, a bit of alcohol. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was really good. Medium bodied with a good smoothness and crispness going down. Nice amount of carbonation.

This was a truly enjoyable beer that I'd love to try again and share with friends.

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Photo of sevenarts
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pale golden yellow with a big fluffy, pure white head that sticks around forever. Very cloudy and carbonated.

S: Crisp and clean, with Belgian yeasts, some subdued fruits and grains, a touch of spice. Mild.

T/M: Rich and delicious. Big yeasty flavor with champagne-like fruits, spices, some slight bitterness on the back end. Very smooth and creamy, with a touch of prickly carbonation at the end of each sip.

O: An amazing tripel, just so tasty and complex.

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Photo of followfollow162
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a wonderful orange-blonde color and smells of yeast, spices, and fresh, green fruit. (pears, apples, etc.)

taste is a first-time-you-heard-"dark side of the moon"-type of brilliant, man. massive malt character, balanced spices, vanilla, and a masterful blend of the previously mentioned caramel and green apple flavors.

alcohol presence is almost completely masked. amazing drinkability for a beer packing an 8.0 wallop. (the high abv is the ONLY reason i give this guy no more than a 4 in that regard.)

take your time and enjoy, 'cause this fellow is a superb example of the beer as art.

enjoy!

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Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is rapidly cementing itself as my favourite brewery. While they don't produce new beers with the passing of each moth, they do have a stable of exceptional classics. While the tripel blurs the style guidelines somewhat, it also joins the rank of outstanding brews that I've had from them.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a huge white head that lays down sheets of lace. Exceptional for the style. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, with lots of honey, bread and citrus. Lots of honey in the flavour, but married to a wonderful yeasty breadiness. Lightly grainy with a warming finish, and a kiss of sweet citrus hops. Medium bodied and well-carbonated in a billowing, soft way. Ridiculously drinkable, and I want another. Now.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Back label says best before end 20 05 14 meaning drink by May 5th, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a two-finger head that retains and retains before finally settling at a 1/4 inch head with full sheets of lacing.

S- Wheat and Belgian yeast. Slightly soapy. A bit of spice is also detected.

T- Full-on helping of wheat flavor along with some rich yeast tones. Alcohol is masked properly making for a very passive drinking experience as sip after sip is taken, each one better than the last.

M- Fluffy and tingly with high carbonation being the reason. Medium body.

O- Like all other St. Bernardus brews it's simple, yet elegantly refined.

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Photo of Stunner97
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

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Photo of jackndan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel: Mmmm, freaking terrific!! Deep amber colored beer. Great head, thick and long lasting. Aroma, some hints of yeast, some lemon. Bottom line, taste is wonderful. Some nice sweetness, with a hint of sourness as well that strikes a wonderful balance. I’m going to focus on finishing this beer rather than typing. Buy it.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: White pillowy, fluffy head with major fizz action just below it. Head sat atop a slightly cloudy, golden brew, with big-time carbonation evident.

Smell: Candy sweet, pineapple, tart and sour fruits, sour apples, Belgian funkiness. Yum.

Taste: Crisp, sour apples up front, like a sparkling cider. Slight pineapple flavors showed through occasionally. Bittering finish was gradual and solid. Very nicely balanced. ABV not noticeable at all. Great, great tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, yet crispy as the carbonation excites the tongue and mouth all the while.

Drinkability: Hey, it doesn't get much better than this in this genre. Wonderful.

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Photo of adowney523
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian-style chalice.

The color is golden-brown with lots of floating sediment. There is moderate carbonation and a quickly-fading head with good lacing.

Smell is a toasty, bready aroma.

Taste is very smooth, yet complex; the alcohol is barely noticable. There is a candy sweetness along with medicinal phenols and the bready malt taste up front. This fades to a noticable, but slightly alcohol warmth at the finish with faint hops.

This went down exceptional well with my roast duck. An excellent tripel.

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Photo of Lupin
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My pleasant, balding friend greets me with a smile, gaily offering a glass of the same tripel I have poured into an inappropriate piece of glassware, a Dick's Last Resort stein.

750ml from a local Indian Package store. $8.99.

Cork pops easily and smells a lot like champaigne. Yeasts are very evident with the first whiff from the neck of the bottle. Head is fiercely bubbly and dissipates in under a minute. Loads of lemon in the scent and in a sip of the head, which is very pleasant. Body is murky from yeast and pretty dense carbonation.

Taste is lemony tart to the point where my novice tongue has difficulty describing any of the undertones. It's a good, friendly, taste though. Tart, but not as dry/tart as a white like hoegaarden. Definitely just the right amount of sweetness. Also, definitely not as spicy as allagash's tripel, which was more towards the duvel side of things. It strikes far fewer points on my palate than similar brews, but I find this rather refreshing.

The final pour adds a lot of the yeast base to the glass, which churns with larger chunks of brewing flotsam than before. Texture is noticeably thicker and creamier. Slight warming has little effect. Still very refreshing.

I'll definitely come back to this brew at some point, but most likely in a 12oz bottle. You don't have to pay too much attention to what's going on. Definitely a good starter brew for the genre, if you want to introduce a friend to a rather neutral tripel/belgian without all sorts of fancy spices to describe.

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Photo of Zorro
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very mildly hazy gold with a puffy white head.

Smell sweet and spicy. Clean scent of ripe banana, cinnamon and cloves. Pleasant scent of honey, coriander and flowers. Alcohol carries a pleasant scent of black pepper and pipe tobacco.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Tasty honey and brown sugar dominate at first, then the spice gets stronger. Coriander is up front in the spice flavor. Nicely balanced flavor that doesn't let anyone aspect take over Mild acid shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy without getting choking.

Excellent drinkability. I would drink this every night if I could find it and afford it! Probably THE example of what a Tripel should be.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Best before 31.08.10

A: Pours a slightly hazy, luminous-gold color with a very creamy, off-white, one finger head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace in the glass. Quite effervescent.

S: Tangy apple and caramel at the forefront. Also noticed were toasted malt, banana, coriander, pear, and floral hops.

T: Green apple drizzled with caramel. Also along for the ride are toasted malt, spices, banana, candi sugar, sauteed pear, peppery floral hops, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy and full in the beginning, that turns dry at the middle and peppery in the finish. There is a nice tart fruit tang that runs all throughout this that is tempered, expertly, by the smooth and sweet caramel flavors.

D: This is so damn easy to drink! I finished this way before I completed this review. So simple yet complex at the same time. An honor to drink!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: A very nice screen printed 750ml brown glass bottle. Cage and corked, the wisps of fleecing gray gunsmoke released from the neck once the cork was popped was incredible. Surprisingly listed as 8% Alc/Vol, when all other sources (including Tim Webb) proffer that this is 7.5%. Recommended to be served at 46-50°F, in a wide mouthed Goblet. I concur, the lower than average recommended temperature adds a refreshing thirst quenching quality to this strong ale.

Appearance: Thin golden straw color that has some barley sugar traits. The pearlescent white head rises easily from the body of the beer when poured. Lots of streamers punctuate the body and terminate below the floating head that is stiff and rocky but always smooth and never less than ½” thick. Leaves a nice thin layer of lacing down the glass sides as the Tripel is imbibed. It looks absolutely fantastic; this has all of the classic Tripel characteristics.

Nose: An aroma filled with Spices, hops, bready malts. A quick swirl serves to both replenish the head and release more of the fruity spicy aromas.

Taste: Lots of spicy hops, and a juicy Tripel-tastic mouth-watering character that literally oozes out of this beer onto the palate. A veritable Tripel explosion in the mouth reveals lots of peppery spicy hops. As the beer warms it does tend to develop a warming alcohol feel that slowly reveals itself, but of course that’s only if you give this Tripel the chance to warm, most imbibers probably will not.

Mouthfeel: Lightly chilled it has a smooth spritzy feel, aided by the finely dissolved carbonation, but always retaining a strong body. Refreshing and easily consumed, this beer has a fantastic feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is just way tooo drinkable. Lightly chilled this monster is easily toppled and it is very easy to forget about the strength. I wondered if this 750 would be the last beer of the night, but I find it went all too quickly, giving me some time to polish off the Pater 6 I have in my fridge before I hit the sack.

Overall: This is a very tasty, dangerously quaffable Tripel. I don’t normally go for chilling Belgium Ales, but this one certainly does benefit from a little temperature depression around the upper 40’s.

Damn good, and at $7.49 for the 75cl, this is another winner from the smiley faced bald-headed monk chappies at Sint Bernardus. No wonder they look so happy.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought from Bev Mo. 11.2 oz bottle, served in chalice.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange with a pure white head.

The head dissipates rapidly, with a modest amount of lacing.

Smell: slight citrus, alcohol nose. A bit of spice comes through.

Taste: a bit of malt, yeast and some spice.

Mouth feel: light and a bit of a double impact in the carbonization, like a one-two hit as it comes into your mouth.

drink ability: The 8% of this hits you halfway through. This beer is quite drinkable and I could easily have another after this one was done.

all in all a good Tripple, not great, but solid.

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Photo of markman
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel: 11.2 oz bottle, best before 31-12-06, 57 º F:

Crystal clear gold with a nice frothy white head…a promise of beautimus lacing. But the aroma hits before the eyes can take it all in. Yeast, ginger, maybe even some pineapple. Creamy smooth on the tongue, and then there it is…the ginger again. Malt steps up to fill in with some subtly sweet tropical fruitiness. Finishes with a dry-fruity-malty-lightly-hopped flavor that sticks around for a while. This is one hell of a tripel and, unlike many it’s contemporaries, at 7.5% it is dangerously drinkable.

Cheers...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden color wtih tons of carbonation flowing to the top. The highlight of the appearance is the nice fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

First whiff is fruity, citrus and apricot. This is followed by the expected yeasty spiceyness, pepper mostly. The 8% dosn't show itself. Taste has all the flavors you smell but is suprisingly subtle. Fruityness dissapears and the mild spicey pepper flavor takes over. Some bready malt flavors. Finishes bitter which makes it nice and dry.

Overall, i found this one supper enjoyable. It maybe isn't as over the top as many of the "extreme" beers but it's full of flavor and makes for a great drinking beer. I could enjoy this one over and over again.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.