St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 1,212
Hads: 2,862
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 209
Gots: 326 | FT: 3
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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 maddmatt48
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden color, a little lighter than dark honey.
Creamy white head, one finger that doesn't last very long.
Smells sweet, like honey, maybe pineapple, and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly thick.
Taste a little bready, honey, and caramelized pears. Can hardly taste the alcohol at all. Very drinkable. I love it. (329 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque, dirty dark gold hue, 3-fingers of solid creamy head that is completely sustaining, big lacing throughout
S- Nose is a great blend of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, some floral and citrus hops in the background, slight spice and alcohol
T- Initial taste is dominated by sweet malts, fruits, and sugar, yeasts abound, tones of grass, hops, banana, apple, and alcohol, finish is sweet fruits, quite a taste adventure!
M- Light/medium-bodied, creamy texture, very lively carbonation
D- This is a truly great Tripel that embodies all the characteristics of the style, very well balanced and complex, quite drinkable but the 8%abv can sneak up
Buy again? Definitely
Personal score- 94/100 (744 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World Class, all the way around. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color with a smaller head of white foam, but lots of carbonation. No lace. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, blended with biscuits and rich grains. Notes of peach and sweet fruity syrups. Taste is outstanding; complex characters, strong flavors, this beer truely is the cornerstone of the St. Bernardus line. Lots of rich yeasty maltiness right upfront, with a blast of natural sucrose and bread. A wine-like fruity note toward the finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and mellow at the same time, yet maintains a thirst quenching quality. Nice. Drinkability is very good. Highly Recommened. (660 characters)

Photo of jamesdergen
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich, cloudy, golden color with a big foamy off-white head. Some darker colored sediment poured out at the end.

Smell: Big, sweet, fruity aromas with green apples, honey and some floral notes as well. Awesome!

Taste: Huge fruity flavors up front, following the nose with the apple flavors and some spicy hop notes in the background. Richer yeasty, malty flavors linger in the background. Awesomely complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty well carbonated, but not overwhelmingly so. Very rich, but still very smooth and drinkable. Goes down easy, maybe a bit too easy... (621 characters)

Photo of yankeeheel
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of yeasties clouding up the program. Hugewhite head rises to the top of the tulip glass and then receds to leave a nice 1/4 inch layer of snow white foam. Smells so strongly of yeast I swear it's bread.

The taste is somewhat akin to perfection in a tripel. Lots of sweet malty spice with a really thick chewy mouthfeel and body. Bannana, clove, pepper and lemon. This one has it all. Slight warming of alcohol as it goes down easy.

Maybe it tastes that much better after watching UNC beat Uconn in hoops, but this is just an awesome beer. Trust the monk. (597 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head that was fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Nice creamy thick lacing. Rich sweet fruits aroma with some pears and a nice amount of spice as well. Notes of yeast and doughy malts came out as well. Starts off with a smooth sweet fruit medley of pears and some others I couldn’t quite pick out. A good mix of spices, yeast and bread came though to balance the sweetness and add great depth to this. Finishes up dry and spicy with hints of fruit. Fantastic taste with plenty going on. Good thickness to the body with plenty of carbonation, perhaps a tad too much at times. Greatly drinkable stuff as well. Easily one of the best Tripels I have ever had. (717 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this Tripel from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orangish color, produces a white creamy head and has some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen. The aroma smelled of orange and apricots. Very nice. Medium in body, this Tripel was very smooth, highest marks for mouthfeel. A base of toasted malt, strong citrus flavor...lemon and orange, hints of ripe apricots and then moves to a sweet caramel almost candy sugar flavor. This Tripel is I have ever had, so many flavors shine was fun to analyze. Semi dry finish.. Can't wait to try again. (582 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Inch tall head that settled into about a 1/4 inch covering that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Very nice looking glass of beer. Golden, honey colored. Very tiny, compact carbonation.

Smelled of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Very well balanced. No particular aroma stood out, but all worked together.

Delicious, well balanced. Some fruit, some yeast, some hops, some malt, all working together. A very balanced beer on a par with Westmalle Tripel.

I noticed a lot of carbonation that made my tongue tingle a bit, otherwise I'd give it a 5 on mouthfeel. Warmed the palate after it went down. Slight bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that warmed and then left the palate quickly.

Very drinkable, but tasted strong with the alcohol not as well hidden as the Westmalle. But an excellent, delicious beer. And my wife says I look like the monk on the label! (894 characters)

Photo of kjc51478
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice opaque golden orange color with one finger of dense off-white head. Aroma is citrus, rose water/floral, and spice. Taste is also citrusy, sweet, with a hint of cinnamon. There is also a very mild bitterness towards the end that merges into a lightly bitter finishing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very nice Tripel. (328 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Huge Head almost four fingers at first. Amber golden color. Consistent lacing.

S: Rich and deep. Malt and hops come through. Citrusy notes.

T: The alcohol really comes through. I was a little disappointed by the taste. At $6 a bottle, I was expecting something more. It starts off very smooth and sweet and ends bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's worth tasting. I was just hoping for something more from a beer rated so highly.

M: Goes down smooth. You can barely taste the carbonation. Aftertaste hangs on the back of the tongue.

O: Great beer? Yes. World class beer? Ehhh maybe. I can tell a lot of work went into making this beer. I really enjoyed everything about this beer other than the aftertaste. (710 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Mybe it just looks better in the St Bernardus glass, there is an 1/2 inch cap that wont leave, not that i want it too.
The aroma is strong in the spice and yeast department, it's strong and wafting out for feet. I cant help but give the taste a 5, there is so much juicy citrus packed into each sip, with a tangy yeast light tartness, over all the crisp fruits like pear and apple and esters. this is greatness. This is so approachable and the light dryness just begs you to to set the glass down. (497 characters)

Photo of jenbys2001
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh St. Bernardus, how I love you so. It's hard to go wrong with this brewery and this Tripel does not disappoint. It has a dark heavy appearance in the glass with an initially foamy head. The scent is quite sweet, you can really capture the strong sugar presence. The taste is exquisite- beginning with a malty, yeasty fruit character and finishing with buttery toffee notes. Extremely complicated beer that makes you want to savor every single sip. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. As I've said with other St. Bernardus beers, the 8% ABV is well hidden under the delicious textures of the beer. Phenomenal, unforgettable beer. (644 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had a craving for some tripel today and decided to try the best example I've never had. At least according to this website.

Unfortunately, I'm stupid. I brought home a 750ml bottle, let it chill about an hour and decided to open it. Of course, it just about exploded and is continuing to slowly over flow the bottle even after I poured a glass.

This beer has more head than any I've had before. It also has yeast sediment floating in it. I attribute both to my inability to let it sit a week and settle down after the bumpy 15 mile trip home.

It has a pale cloudy orange color with huge white head. The bubbles are very large, almost like soap.

A quick swirl brings another inch of head back to the surface. The aroma is spicy and fruity in all the best ways. It really is a treat to smell.

Flavor is really complex and enjoyable. It has the usual banana and clove thing going on. There's also a veritable fruit bowl/spice rack that I can't even begin to describe. All I know is that it is insanely good.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied but more than anything it has great effervescent bubbles. So smooth that it never gets in the way, never feels over carbonated, but it stands as one of the defining charcteristics of the beer itself.

Drinkability is great given the alcohol content. It's deep and complex in flavor but it can easily be sipped on a warm sunny evening like tonight without taxing my tastebuds.

Truly a great tripel. (1,438 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a beautiful golden yellow, huge frosty white head that sticks around, extremely sticky lacing, and gorgeous retention.. amazing looking brew. Great aromas, lots of crisp apples and pears. FRESH air aromas. The aromas truly match the flavors. More fruit, along with some heavy banana and bubblegum. I'm also sensing a touch of cherry. There's a slight bitterness, giving it a bittersweet aspect. Mouthfeel is superb.. extremely creamy and smooth, PERFECT amount of carbonation. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed.. this is too easy to drink.

This is world-class.. it has just about everything I look for in a tripel.. bravo. (665 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle

Appearance: Beautiful opaque golden color, fluffy white head. Filled the tulip with head. Left great lacing

Smell: Spice, clove, banana, fruit

Taste: Spice, clove, banana, dry malts, fruit, with a buttery toffee type finish to it. Not too dry of a finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, beautiful Belgian style carbonation

Overall: Amazing. Easily one of my top beers. (379 characters)

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my St. B goblet a hazed honey color. What an impressive thick foamy head! nice retention and lacing too.

The scent is of raw honey, and an orchards worth of fruit dominating the scene. Clove and flowery spice are also noted in the forground.

The taste is more sweet than spice, but more bready and yeasty than both. Stong doughy flavor complimented by medicinal clove, flowers and light orchard fruit round out the lingering and delicious flavor.

The feel is creamy on this medium bodied and highly carbonated brew.

The drinkability is exceptional, especially for a (relatively) lower abv. tripel. I liked Karmelet a wee bit more, But i wouldn't hesitate to put this in the same 'world class' (708 characters)

Photo of stephens101
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy and calming orange into a snifter. Has a fluffy white one-finger head with decent retention, finally leaving a little ring of lacing all around. Creamy and somewhat bready malts float up to the nose just before the grapes and bananas reveal themselves. Smell is perfection. Tastes of oranges, subtle lemons and faint spice with some breadiness mixed in and a very slight bit of syrup left on the lips. Alcohol lurks in the background along with some esters. Both are almost unnoticeable. Is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. I am going out on a limb here and say it's refreshing, which is quite an accomplishment for a beer of this magnitude. That being said, I will treat it with respect. There's a damn good reason the monk on the label is smiling from ear to ear, and I am already looking forward to my next bottle of this fantastic brew. (870 characters)

Photo of Fugazme
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolute great looking beer... hazy... orange/straw in color... Quite nice head... excellent swirl... lots of stickiness. Wonderful cap.

Aroma is right on. Orangey/malty/yeasty/spicy/bready/peachy... tons of smells everywhere. Near perfect.

Great fruitiness upfront, almost tart. Appley and peachy... fades across the palate into a nice malty mix with yeast notes on the backend... followed by a mellow hop/fruity finish. Wow. A nice spicy afterward and some excellent bread-like qualities linger and linger in the mouth. Wow. Balance, balance, balance... Wow.

Palate is bubbly... creamy... a slight alcohol burn. Very nice. (633 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours almost completely clear golden straw color with about a half inch of mousy head at first pour. There are lots of bubbles rising throughout to maintain the head. The appearance is cleaner than just about any other Tripel I have ever had, though the head was a bit small compared to others.

Aroma: Lots of Lemony citrus and some sweet candy-like flavors. It is really clean with some noticeable spiciness. As it warms, you can start to pick out a HINT of the alcohol, but the beer is blended so well that you really have to look for it.

Taste: Damn this is a good beer! Where do I begin? There is a host of citrus and fruit that starts out the profile. There is a boatload of carbonation that makes this beer practically swirl around on your palate. The flavor just washes over you leaving you with your palate singing, and rendering one almost unable to pick out individual flavors. The citrus starts out ruling the profile, but this flavor makes a subtle retreat to let some malty/sugary sweetness make it through. Finally the finish is only slightly dry from the attenuation and carbonation. Excellent!

Opinion: I believe that this is the best true to style Tripel that I have tried. It is an excellently crafted beer, and one that everyone should try at least once even if you don't like Belgian styles. (1,332 characters)

Photo of Trueant1
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow stream into the glass. Once in the glass it looks dirty orange. Leave a huge white billowing head. Lots of lacing.
This beer poured into a glass at a pub would be a big conversation starter due to the cloudiness/dirty look. Loved it. Some sediment at the bottom of my glass.

Smells of Belgian beers. Yiest and sugars are blegian. Some apricont and pineapple in there as well as corriander.

Tastes of classic belgian style. Could not hit the belgian style any better. Lots of sugars up front alongside the yeist flavors. Hints of apricot and lemon in the flavors. Lots of bitterness in the mid pallate. Alcoholic aftertataste.

A very complex brew that is a bit dry and bitter in the mouthfeel.
Not my favorite style but this beer is exceptional.

A true treat. (782 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed on tap at Smoke Eaters 8/22/12.

Cloudy gold with white, dense head that dwindles to a thin layer and laces well. Light barley with citrus zest and lots of spices on top: allspice and coriander come to mind. Malt backbone is solid yet light. Trending towards wheat slightly, the Belgian pilsner shines through the big lemon tang flavor. Very dry, the finish also brings the spices mentioned above. Balanced feel somehow pulls off being creamy and then effervescent in the same sip.

Light and refreshing, all the flavors shine without stepping on each other's toes. The spice of the yeast is showcased especially well, reminding me of what most Wits should scale back to. I'm especially impressed with how they've handled the Belgian malt, as it's a delicate animal that tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth of not used properly. This is definitely one of the best Tripels out there. (893 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked/caged bottle.

There is a big, cream-colored, coarse, noisy head that dies slowly in the tulip glass, leaving psycho amounts of sticky, thick, lacy lacing. The liquid is slightly hazy, deep orange/gold and is saturated with hyperactive carbonation. Hm. Nose is just a touch fishy. Lots of alcohol and Belgian spice. Just a little dust. Wow. Major butter in the spicy, tangy front. The malty, thick middle adds generous fruit to the butter. Finish is fresh, dry, with alcohol and apples. This is one fantastic, fruity, buttery beer. Wow. (551 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. slender Belgian bottle with 30/01/09 on the back label; sampled November '08. Pours a gorgeous bright honey color with lots and lots of carbonation, capped with a bone-white fine-bubbled head that deposits loads of lacing on the glass. That's an easy five for appearance. The aroma takes a while to open up, but when it does there's a good dollop of orange, yeast and perhaps a touch of honey. Simple, but delicious. Similar on the palate - a little floral, a little fruity, with orange, spicy yeast, perhaps some honey, sweet and nutty malts, a faint breath of alcohol and a touch of spicy, mildly bitter hops. All of this on top of a lively, full and creamy, yet smooth body that has a lightly chalky yeast dryness. This is an amazing beer. So flavorful, yet delicate; complex and layered, but somehow simple. It's on the low end of the ABV scale for a tripel, but I like it that way because it is so damn drinkable that one small bottle is nowhere near enough to slake my thirst for this brew. (1,005 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APP- This beer was the classic glowing gold color that I expect tripel to be. Only a very slight haze, with a noisey, foamy white head that fell quickly and left a little lace.

AROMA- Fresh grain, spice, very floral, low malty sweetness, orange zest, white grape, pear... I could go on, very complex but delicate and in balace. Nothing more than moderate in intensity.

TASTE- Firmly malty but well attenuated base with light grahm cracker character. Low level detectable noble hop flavor and minimal bitterness combine with complex spicey character to balance. I could swear I caught a hint of banana but difficult to latch onto. Esters are very low in the mix.

MOUTHFEEL- Appropriately dryish but maintains medium-light body . High carbonation is appropriate but has more of a fizzy/ stingy character and not so much the mouth-filling creaminess I'd like.

OVERALL- One of the more complex tripels I've had and by far the best St. Bernanrdus beer I've had. Very dangerous in its drinkability. (997 characters)

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Moderate head quickly fades into a hazy golden body leaving thin, soapy lacing on the glass. Lovely aroma consists mainly of some banana, apricot and sweet malts. Taste, upon warming, is malty sweet, slight clove, some mild citrus, mild hops, juicy and just plain delicious. One of the benchmarks by which all tripels should be measured. Insane masking of ABV, can't taste one bit of it. Awesome brew in every way, shape and form. (495 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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