St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
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1,214 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,214
Hads: 2,867
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 210
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 drabmuh
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (673 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (648 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (535 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of jjazz
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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 (414 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of BradC
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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! (365 characters)

Photo of gleemonger
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of mmva321
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of guitarmage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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 (312 characters)

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (771 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Opaque yellow orange, with a huge head, gradually tailored by the bartender into a 1/2 inch, robust, pillowy head that took a good 10 minutes to settle into a millimeter ring. Leaves a broad web of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Orange rind, Belgian yeast, and malt.

Taste: Big Belgian yeast character, warm and full citrus notes, a mild soapiness, with the faintest hit of alcohol warmth. Abundant and pleasant, but one flavor never overwhelming another. The balance is superb. There's a subtle dryness, a subtle sweetness, subtle and abundant esters popping up and melding into each other; everything in the taste is understated and beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, juicy and creamy, with a subdued but noticeable carbonation. Perfect vessel for the refined flavor of this beer.

Drinkability: Excellent. Refreshing and flavorful, with expertly masked alcohol.

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'Subtle' is the word for this beer. It's just a great sipping tripel. It's refreshing, and it does an awful lot without ever going overboard. The boldest aspect of this beer is the orange rind up front, but the transition into its myriad other flavors is quick and mellow. One could easily argue for giving this beer a 5 for taste; I gave a 4.5 simply because I didn't think, for a tripel, there were enough distinct notes for a 5.

This is a beer to pour into an appropriate glass and savor for over an hour, which is exactly what I did when reviewing it. I don't have a single complaint. (1,537 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle from a St. Bernardus sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; best before July 1 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, very effervescent golden-amber colour, capped off with one finger of puffy, long-lasted, sparkling white head. It slowly seeps away, leaving behind a dense, creamy cap and collar that lasts for most of the drink, in addition to a thick curtain of lace. Looks good, and I'm loving the aroma on this one: bready, grainy pale malts and some candi sugar are apparent, but it is the yeast and range of fruity esters that shine through most strongly. Apple, pear, lemon, apricot and sultana raisin all come to mind, with a noticeable clove spiciness also being featured.

Rich-tasting, thoroughly enjoyable flavour profile. Bready pale malts and banana kick things off, leading into a nice blend of orchard fruit notes - most of which were already represented on the nose. Apricot, green apple and pear are unmistakable, with suggestions of raisin, orange peel and even some caramelized sugar/toffee sweetness. Finishes with a yeasty earthiness, clove spice and white pepper heat, with a touch of fruity, boozy sweetness carrying on into the aftertaste. Full-bodied, but probably on the lighter side of that categorization - the assertive carbonation and its tiny bubbles give this Trappist ale a lively, prickly mouthfeel that softens and smooths as it approaches cellar temperature.

Final Grade: 4.66, a fantastic A+. St. Bernardus Tripel is one of the best examples of its style that I have yet tried, and a much more robust, satisfying brew than their Watou Tripel (also included in this sampler). It's a pleasure to drink, and I'm saddened by the fact that I probably won't be able to procure any more without engaging in a road trip or border crossing. Positively outstanding, and quite possibly my favourite St. Bernardus beer of all. (1,875 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle dated 5/7/13

St. Bernardus Tripel poured into my St. Bernardus Watou chalice a cloudy pale amber color. The inviting looking Ale produced a 2-finger frothy bubbly white head that left fizzy walls of lacing everywhere. The nose is of light fruit, yeast and light spice. The taste is flowery, fruity, of pears and apples that is very well balanced and only a very slight and delicate bitterness. The carbonation produces fine bubbles that are lively in the mouth – almost champagne like. A slight warming alcohol is present at the finish.

St. Bernardus Tripel is not as spiced as some triples – La Fin Du Monde comes to mind. A truly exceptional triple from a world class brewer! (704 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle. The cork went off with a loud pop. St. Bernardus Tripel pours out a slightly hazy golden color with a huge, white head. Nice lacing. The aroma is a beautiful spicy smell, with nutmeg and white pepper, as well as lemon. The flavor starts with a sugary flavor, though it's not too sweet. Bready malt. A delicious clove spiciness comes in at the middle. Some lemon and pineapple flavor too. Some hoppiness comes through at the finish. The mouthfeel really helps bring out the flavors in this beer. I'm sure I can't give it justice with words, but it feels to me like it melts in my mouth. An amazing beer, and possibly my favorite triple. (657 characters)

Photo of buffettfan
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Lots of nice, off white head, that lasted a little but, not too long. A- a fruity, citrus? notes. T- a malty, fruity taste with some balenced hops, and sort of creamy. The beer is very belenced, and goes down easy. A great beer, I enjoyed after spending the day moving! A great beer! (316 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle.
It's cloudy/hazy burnt orange in color and the fluffy head is absolutely gargantuan in size, probably 3.5 inches. Just wiggle your glass a little, make it dance, and the head returns for another inch to inch and a half of fluffiness.
The aroma is strongly fruity, twangy, and yeasty. Some pepper is noticed as well.
An awesome flavor of yeastiness, sweetness, fruitiness, pepperyness, everythingness! It's quite enjoyable and quite smooth and creamy. The finish brings forth a surprising yet mellow caramel maltiness.

This complex beer is simply an awesome treat to drink. I'm happier than the monk on the label. (639 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.