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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,290 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2290
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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far333

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-pineapple colored and cloudy with big chunky particles floating and suspended. A high head of chunky light-orange foam rises up and remains. Aroma is light, consisting of lemon and mango. Flavor is a bit yeasty, some lemon and spice and a slight cherry undertone. The ABV makes itself known with a bitter finish. Not as complex as I had anticipated. Thanks to MJR for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 23:34:47 | More by far333
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow with a few sediments left, generous head. Malty and yeasty aroma. The taste is very malty sweet with a decent fruitiness of oranges, lemon, bananas and mango, a little sour, lightly bitter finish. It's not poorly done, but I certainly expected more from a tripel, especially from this brewery. A ton of better examples out there with far more interesting yeast strain.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 14:53:33 | More by Rastacouere
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Onslow

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just want to say thanks to mr.moneyman for my two bottles, much appreciated ... interesting brew ... some honey and belgian honeycomb blocks of caramel .... is a tasty little morsel ... never wear sunglasses at night.. would have to say this is a very mellow trippel, maybe to much for some...

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 22:37:11 | More by Onslow
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kojevergas

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a St. Bernardus goblet in Poperinge, Belgium, whilst waiting for a belbus to pick me up to take me to the Westvleteren abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head with nice cream lacing. Decent thickness. Hazy orange colour. Poor retention is understandable considering the 8% ABV.

Sm: Fruit esters: orange and citrus mainly. Hoppy but light strength.

T: Hoppy body with lingering estery notes through the finish. Relatively simple build for a tripel. Balanced but somewhat bland. Not a beer to be served at cold draught temperature; it's better suited as a summer afternoon beer to be sipped intermittently.

Mf: A bit chewy, but delightfully light. Nicely smooth and refreshing.

Dr: Nothing special, but fairly priced if you're in Belgium. Give it a go, but don't expect a great abbey beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 22:30:28 | More by kojevergas
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Murrhey

Montana

3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Poured with a thick two finger head that quickly vanished, but stayed pleasantly bubbly throughout the beer.

Appearance: Clouded, orangeish-brown with a bubbly head.

Smell: The smell was lovely and not too alcoholic, and not overpowering with hoppiness as well.

Taste: Very sweet for such a strong beer, but didn't seem to offer much else otherwise. Average taste wise, as I suppose I prefer more complicated flavors.

Mouthfeel: Was ideal. I enjoyed every sip in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 03:13:41 | More by Murrhey
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pale gold, translucent, carbonated; white, fluffy large-bubbled foam head, dissipates to a surface covering; almost no lacing
S: strong, flowery yeasty scent, pineapple, something musty or straw, raisin
T: flowery, fruity/pineapple, yeast, musty
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth and slightly savory
O: The musty/pineapple flavor is a turnoff for me, in what is otherwise one of my favorite styles. Others don't seem to mind it ...

750mL / $12.99

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 06:24:35 | More by RandomExile
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. leaves a touch of lacing.

fruity sweet aroma with candy sugar and a hint of the alcohol content. a touch of belgian yeast and belgian spiciness.

medium-bodied and a high carbonation. bready malts with herbs and an alcohol sweetness. much more subdued than the 12 in flavor. goes down easy, but fairly reserved for a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 17:25:04 | More by Prufrock
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jjanega08

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= a dark golden color with a huge head. This bottle gushed all over the place on me.
S= decent but not a great nose. Coffee and chocolate dominate.
T= watery with some coffee flavors in it. A lot more water than I expected.
M= watery. Maybe this one gushed out all of its carbonation.
D= average. This is a good intro to belgians I think. Its not over powering with the complex flavors but its still got the asic taste. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 15:53:50 | More by jjanega08
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy with zero head. A medium brown with a tinge of orange throughout. Not surprisngly, no lace.
Smell is malt, sour, banana, spices and sour apple. Well balanced.
Taste is weak witj malt, sour, green apple, light spice and a hnt of vinegar. Not as good as th nose.
Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. I wish I could rate this as well as everyone else. I love theor other brews a lot but this one just came up short to me. I'm hoping this one is bad honestly.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 01:02:10 | More by PorterLambic
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-cloudy dull gold with a white head that thins

S-pale belgian spices. medium strength with some bananas. smells malty

T-comes in with a smooth taste of banana and quickly becomes fairly harsh with a bitter taste of alcohol. this harsh taste doesn't last long and a good after-taste of banana and crackers comes in. this is a very predictable tripel.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty average for a tripel. overall not as harsh as some tend to get. easy drinking and fairly boring, no something i need to get again.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:47:28 | More by AdamBear
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KiltedCulinarian

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a branded goblet, poured an orangey-yellow colour with a pure white head a full finger tall. A spicey nose that describes the flavour perfectly. Tasted like beer with hints of cardamom and a little cinnamon. Not as sweet and rich as I expected a Belgian Tripel to be.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:02:30 | More by KiltedCulinarian
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before 1-25-16.

A tired looking beer with an underwhelming aroma saved by a great head. I was expecting more, not sure why. This tripel was disappointing. An above average beer, but unimpressive.

A – Pours a cloudy (-), pale orange with a huge white fluffy/mousy white/white head. Decent lacing.

S – Spicy, peppery, with funky phenolics.

T – Spicy, faint malty sweetness in the middle with some lemon. Bitterness beginning in the middle through to the finish. Some alcohol.

MF – Fizzy, effervescent, a dry finish and medium light body.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:13:59 | More by Sludgeman
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ibbjamin

California

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Date? on back of bottle is 05 10 10. Perhaps an expiration date?

Leaves about a quarter inch white fizzy head after a standard pour. Very cloudy and opaque with much sediment. Gold straw color. Some small head retention. Minimal carbonation.

Yeasty and spicy nose and taste with a banannas frutiness.

Medium body. Good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 03:59:09 | More by ibbjamin
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Offa

California

3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly good and pleasant but too characterless, bland, and dry, traits that I find all too often in dubbels and tripels and which make me sometimes wonder what people see in the style, before I again find one that is wonderful.

Bright, clear gold before the sediment makes it hazy, it has a huge white head that steadily but quickly shrinks to a lasting, thin wispy top and leaves a little uneven, foamy lace.

The aroma is lots of grain, light raisin, bread crust, mineral, some pear and hay, overall a bit like a nice malt liquor or a pale bock.

The taste is pear and hay at first, with mineral, slightly raisiny but mostly dry alcohol, and a hint of lemon pulp, but all thin and dry, with a finish and aftertaste of dry fruit candy without the sweetness. This leaves it largely one-dimensionl and bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 18:10:39 | More by Offa
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maleman

Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA glass (sorry, the closest thing I had to a chalice!). Poured mid-amber with a bubbly three-finger head with oily lacing. No freshness dating noted on bottle.

S - Superior malty smell, along with some spice..clove, maybe?

T - Yep, it was clove! But it's not overbearing. A bit of pepper in the aftertaste.

M - medium-bodied, you can sense the alcohol. Very good carbonation. I get the taste in the rear center of my mouth.

D - I once thought that Trappist Ales were the best beers available. As I get older the IPA's and the darker stuff has more appeal to me. Not bad, though...would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 22:25:49 | More by maleman
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samie85

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy (due to a not so careful pour) orange color with two pillowy fingers of white head.

Smells of sweet grain with some light bubblegum and very light clove notes.

Very sweet grain upfront with a much spicier finish than the nose lets on...clove, and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation and finishes dry and warming.

My first Tripel was Tripel Karmeliet and that kind of turned me off to the style as I wasn't a fan of the phenolic spicy qualities. I've since tried a few other examples and St. Bernardus has been the mildest in terms of these notes which I appreciate.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 16:34:54 | More by samie85
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dubinsky

California

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Bruges snifter with a nice amber color with a thin one finger light white head which quickly receded. Lots of floating bits in this one. Not very clear. I think its cause i dumped the entire bottle and didn't stop like i probably should have.

S - Quite a subtle nose on this one. Gentle notes of belgian yeast come in up front as well as citrus and notes of sweet stone fruits come in next. Some spicy phenols and alcohol are present.

T - This really doesn't taste like it smells. Don't get me wrong, i like it, but is not what i expected. Its very dry and has a subtle Belgian yeast flavor. Hints of lemon and spice that i cant quite identify. It also has a decent herbal hop presence.

M - Very dry with a medium body and a strong carbonation. This is one crisp beer.

D - Although its as dry as cotton, its got great flavor and is quite drinkable. Definitely not a session beer, but a great one to end the night with.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 04:46:06 | More by dubinsky
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bierguru

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A -
golden in color cloudy thick white head laces out after a while

S -
yeasty and fruity lite spice

T -
yeast spice up front finishes with a fruitiness

M -
light bubbly and drys the mouth out

D -
better then most triples i have had but still not a fan

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 20:58:05 | More by bierguru
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was generally underwhelmed by this one, but its still a quality drink. It just doesn't live up to the hype that the Abt 12 Quad left me with.

As previous reviewers have noted, the color is significantly darker than other Tripels and the aroma more subdued. Head pours boisterously and full of large Belgian type bubbles. However, retention is brief and shorter than expected given the relative low ABV. Aroma throws up some Apricots, mild notes of yeast, some biscuit...just aromatically different in comparison to other Tripels. Taste is mostly dominated by the biscuit and reminds me more overall of a very bready and unhoppy amber ale. No notes of alcohol, dried fruit, or anything one has grown used to in Tripels.

I was a thrown a curveball and while this beer was more than just drinkable, it wasn't what I expected when I bought it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 17:11:49 | More by allboutbierge
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. At first glance, it looked pretty good: Clear yellow color, large pillowy head which dissipated slowly into connected islands of clumpy yeast.

The aroma is very nice, but not really the smell of a tripel I think. Definitely included the yeasty smell of all St. Bernardus beers though, which I like.

The taste was very good, but I rated it 3 because it didn't taste like a tripel to me. No real fruity flavors were present, and this had nowhere near the sweetness I'd associate with tripels.

All in all, this is a very good beer which I'll probably try again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 00:34:39 | More by TurdFurgison
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champ103

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful bright orange that is slightly hazy. A two finger white head that sticks around for a while. The head eventually recedes to a ring with light lace.
S: A fruity and spicy aroma. Some barnyard funk, Belgian yeast and biscuit aromas as well.
T: Tastes of fruit, peppery spices, biscuit, and yeast. Pretty much follows the style.
M/D: This has a medium body, but way over carbonated for my tastes. There is some heat from the alcohol, though the peppery spices and over carbonation is what makes this a bit harder for me to drink.

This follows the style closely. Not something I am crazy about, but good. If you like Tripel's this is a must try.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 19:10:04 | More by champ103
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katan

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz belgian beer - into a pint glass - labeled 130711

A - Golden in color - almost approaching golden brown. Head formation is very strong and eggshell white. Lots of hazing coming from suspended yeast and other carbonation.

S - Yeasty and spicy. A hair of acidic sour scents on the nose as well. A small amount of phenolic and sweet malt notes in the background. Overall a light scent.

T - Starts off light in taste, with a small amount of sweetness. Goes to a dry yeast spiciness. Some flavors reminiscent of honey. Finishes with a combination of sugary sweetness with some yeast tartness. A hair of sour impression.

M - Lots of carbonation leads towards a very biting mouthfeel. Moderate to almost thin body. Not much of a aftertaste film left behind.

D - The same carbonation bite on the mouthfeel results in a very filling beer. The ABV is beyond that of a normal session beer, but probably well within the limits of a tripel. Flavors are not so aggressive to make this an undrinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:53:44 | More by katan
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cleverbeername

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

55* Bordeaux glass, bottle

a dark gold color, lots of chuncks, about of finger of white head.

S some malt and hop present, seems light.

T lighter indeed. flavor components are as expceted for a belgian triple, but there is no wow factor, its rather mild. i like more yeastiness and more umpf.

m nice acid, mid body, could be much fuller

D. good, not great. i expected more out it and felt a little let down. i cared for it less and less as it warmed and opened. i may retry later to give it another chance, something may have been off with the palate, possible spicy food early but there is no indication in my scribbles.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 00:36:43 | More by cleverbeername
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice golden orange with a massive white bubbly head. Left good lacing.

S - Hay, bubblegum, slight coriander, wheat.

T - Alcohol soaked bubblegum, hay, slight lemon zest.

M - light bodied with heavy carbonation.

O - Overall, it reminded me of a more alcoholic La Fin Du Monde. Probably the only beer I've have from these guys that wasn't a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:40:21 | More by SometimesIfart
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The drunk monk on this 33 cl bottle enthuses me for this brew.

Pours yellow-to-slightly orangish with a ¾ inch white head that dissipates after about two minutes to an ultra-thin film. Chalky yeast persists near the bottom of the glass as mild carbonation makes its way to the surface. The nose is slightly tropical and fruity but really quiet tame. Apricots and toffee make up the bulk of the taste while mild phenols roll over the tongue. Very, very drinkable. Smooth and mild.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 00:59:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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