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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,749
Reviews: 1,206
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 197
Gots: 283 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: This one rates as my favorite Belgian Tripel to date. Wonderful flavors and a great overall experience for all the senses. I'll definitely need to keep this on hand to satisfy my Tripel cravings.

12 oz. bottle - best by 15-Sep-08.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, slightly cloudy amber/straw color into my chalice. Fluffy white head seems to find equilibrium at about a finger thick.

Smell: Bananas, Belgian yeast and even a slight berry aroma.

Taste: Bright, fruity to start, nice grassy hop flavor follows right behind - those Styrian Golding hops come through nicely. Barely noticeable hint of alcohol warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation complements the flavors perfectly. Not too thick or syrupy - right on the mark.

Drinkability: This is an easygoing tripel. Scarcely a sign of the ABV and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate, crying "have one more of me - surely you ponied up the dough to grab more than one!"

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to BeerLovinGrl for another great beer experience.

This one's a slightly hazy, pale golden-copper. The head is thick and pretty tight and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass.
The nose is interesting: a mix of some fruits, not necessarily citrus though there's a bit of that, along with a light alcohol and something sweet like candied apricots or plums and toffee.
There's a bit of lemon citrus, but most of the fruit flavors are almost like candied apricot. There's definitely something toffee-like in here that is unusual and pleasant. A very gentle bitterness adds some balance and there's a gentle zest that furthers it. Caramelized sugars seem evident and toasty malt grains provide a strong backbone. A high ABV is well-masked and most evident in the feel, coming out just slightly in the finish as well, which is lively and lingering.
Herbal notes and yeast round it out and the complexity seems big.
This one has a moderate to full body and optimal carbonation. This brew is silky smooth and extremely creamy following an initial crispness.
This is one of the most unusual, complex and tasty brews I've enjoyed to date, though a high ABV keeps the drinker in check.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my lovely St. Bernardus goblet

Appearance: Cloudy clove honey. Bountiful white head. Beautiful as usual.

Smell: Lots of banana dominates. Also a good amount of yeasty clove. Awesome smell from world class yeast strains.

Taste: Creamy bitter bananas. Also the taste of lemons without being particularly tangy though it does have some sourness on the back. Good amount of spiciness, mainly clove and black pepper. Super complex and very good, though the tastes are not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: More than medium body, great carbonation, and a bit mouth drying. Nice.

Overall: Very great brew that is expertly crafted asd I expect from St. Bernardus. The gift set has been one of the best beer investments I have ever made.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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