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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,220 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,220
Hads: 2,890
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 217
Gots: 338 | 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 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 bilbobrewer
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

33cl bottle purchased at Brussels grocery store
BB 12 June 2017
Served chilled and poured in a tulip.

Pours hazy, soft golden. Modest head that thins off.

Taste is yeast-driven, some maltiness lingering afterwards. A hint of sweetness in the taste, but deceptive....lots at the front of the tongue, but it doesn't transfer to the rest fo the mouth. I find this a very different progression from other Tripels, which makes it a more interesting beer. Dryness and resins kick in about a minute later.

Very nice. My St. Bernardus pick....'the green one'. (559 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)

Photo of schusterbauer
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a snifter, the beer grabs light from the room and holds onto it, creating an impressive glowing effect. sediment sits suspended in the beer and the white foamy head is unmoving, as if not a liquid. yeast, honey, flowers dominate the smell and taste, with some peppery spices and a touch of honey. the beer feels like tea and honey in the mouth, and drizzles down the throat accordingly; absent is the cloying stickiness of many tripels. the alcohol is not masked, but accompanys the flavors perfectly. a very dry finish leaves you wanting more and more and more. (574 characters)

Photo of bowersdm
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cL (11.2oz) bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. The yeast was not poured into the beer either.

A - golden color, amber-like. a 1.5cm head slowly dissipated into a 0.25cm film of white carbonation.

S - grass, earth, spices, yeast, it kind of smells like Orval Trappist Ale, at least to me.

T - the taste is somewhat of a paradox. It's sweet and dry. It's sweet yet astringent. It begins with a sweet honey like flavor with slight spice notes (the usual: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg) and a slight fruit sweetness. This gives way to a strong flavor of sour cherries (this portion made the flavor of this beer) and then comes that characteristic St. Bernardus dry lightly bitter finish complete with spicy yeast. Alcohol was not noticeable at all.

M - a tad on the too carbonated side, but it wasn't by much.

D - this is one of the best Tripels I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. (894 characters)

Photo of rodney45
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: Found at the bowery whole foods, NYC. 330ml.

A: Almost beyond description. Deep tangerine or gamboge with a creamy everlasting ghost white head that lingers forever.

S: Pear, munich malt, corriander, flowery clove and caramel. Notes of lemon zest and honey.

T: First profile is munich and pale malt with an undiscernable noble hop forward flavor, not so much bitter as balancing. Secondary profile is of pear, peach, citrus and honey. Slight clove and lemon zest. Has a witte feel to it as well. End notes of cherry, caramel and belgian candied sugar. Very distinct trappist style yeast. Dry and crisp finish.

M: Effervescent massage for your lips that makes the whole experience beyond comparison. Very creamy. Medium body with medium carbonation. No hint of alcohol.

O: First beer ive given a five overall. This beer is simply without peer. Its greatest rivals would be rochefort 10 or the st bernardus 12. Fanstastic beer. Its creamy compexity is simply legendary. I'd absolutely recommend to anyone. This beer is so good its stupid.

I'd pair this with an earthfired pita and fresh garlic hummus. (1,116 characters)

Photo of LVituri
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Me impressionei com essa tripel. Eu estava esperando menos e encontrei um grande cerveja. Seu excessivo amargor me agradou e eu gostei de sua rusticidade. Acredito que ela seja uma respeitável tripel, que agrega muito valor para a cervejaria St. Bernardus. (257 characters)

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a thick off-white head.

Aromas of sweet malts, tropical fruits, complex alcohols and Belgian spices.

So complex and delicious. There is a huge malt profile surounded by ripe fruits and candy. And of course, peppery Belgian yeast strains.

Thick creamy body with perfect carbonation. This is for sure one of the best triples around. (353 characters)

Photo of yourchoice
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle enjoyed poured into a St. Bernardus tulip (from notes of last night).

A - Slightly cloudy dark straw pour. A head that is very close to pure white. Nice lacing.

S - Fruitiness, sweet spices. Swear I pick up banana. Alcohol is noticeable on the nose.

T - Some fruit (citrus and banana), spice and an awesome touch of what seems like toffee or caramel...maybe a robust honey. The toffee/caramel/honey makes this absolutely fantastic...Wow!

M - Medium body, ample carbonation. Alcohol noticeable on the nose, but not as much with the mouthfeel. Very nice.

O - Simply outstanding. A great tripel, probably my favorite thusfar. Again, Wow! (650 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice. Pours cloudy dull golden with a large white head that dissipates moderately slowly. Some bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. The smell is of apples, banana, and citrus. The alcohol is hidden in the aroma. The aroma is mostly sweet and I do detect bready malt. The flavors are very well balanced. The taste follows the nose, with bready malt, banana, apples, and citrus. The beer is sweet, but not too sweet. There's a mild spiciness in the background. The alcohol isn't detectable at all in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium with plentiful carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent, well-balanced tripel. (698 characters)

Photo of meatmallet
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very hazy orange color with a huge white head which left tons of lacing up the glass.

Smell: Orange and bananas with yeast and cloves. Very sweet and spicy caramel smell with a little hint of lemon.

Taste: Wheaty and fruity. Apple and pear with a great yeast flavor. A little hopp flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: I loved this beer. VEry well balanced in taste and flavor. Light carbonation and a pleasant aftertaste. (442 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky yellow-gold appearance with a slick lacing and patchy, island-like head. Aromas were really great: cloves smells mixed with an apparent sour, citrus smell. Taste was utterly excellent. Had a great vanilla cream taste mixed with that ripe citrus taste. Mouthfeel follows the taste quite complementary. The smooth/crisp dichotomy is perfect. Overall, very, very good. (422 characters)

Photo of wonderbread23
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz Bottle Poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Medium tea color with some mild orange hues. Lots of little yeast floaties. Creamy white head that persists. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Pear, apples, and a little citrus with a nice sweet malty background.

Taste: Malt and spice with a touch of honey. Fruitiness is there, but not as dominate as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied with a nice medium-long finish.

Drinkability: Beautiful beer to sip over the course of 45 minutes or so. Could definitely have a few of these with the over-all alcohol being very well integrated. (589 characters)

Photo of Todd
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.

Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy. 7.5%abv. (1,198 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-amber body streams with a fine-bubbled carbonation beneath a full head of white froth. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of lace about the goblet. Bready, cookie dough-like, and even slightly toasted malt appears in the nose; accented by notes of yeast, vanilla, fruit (cherry, pineapple), flowers, and delicate spice. It's zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation that warms to become somewhat creamy; although the medium-full body might have something to do with that as well! The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some leafy hops and a stiff, balancing bitterness. It finishes dry and lingering with yeast and vanilla-laced cookie dough lingering amidst a dry, leafy bitterness. Impressive and unusual, the St. Bernardus Tripel is a not to be missed beer! (831 characters)

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Nice, but not a strong aroma. I detect malt sweetness along with yeast spice, and nice fruity esters; specifically banana.

Appearance - Nice golden color. slightly cloudy with a frothy eggshell colored head. The head poured three fingers and very slowly dissipated to about 1 1/2 finger width. Very good lacing, and head retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - Wonderful malt and yeast flavors. All of the aromas come through nicely in the flavor. The balance is perfect! No characteristic dominates the others. There is a very, very minor note of alcohol, but it is hidden very well. Again, the balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. There is no perceived bitterness, but the beer is not cloying. The finish on the beer is clean. No lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation level. This beer is very smooth in the mouth. I want to say slick, but it's not really. No perceived alcohol, or bitterness. Again, nice balance between sweet and bitter. A very clean finish.

Overall Impression - I know this beer isn't hyped as much as other Tripels, but it's one of the best I've had. Not only is it a solid Tripel, but it's just a very solid beer in general. Everything is pleasantly balanced, and proportioned. I don't feel any aspect of this beer is lacking, or overdone. I feel this beer is a wonderful representation of the style. (1,405 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.