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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,543 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,543
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 172
Gots: 191 | FT: 2
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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3/5  rDev -29.4%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

KnucklestheEchidna, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of FoundersFanatic
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not even going to fully review this beer. It was such a huge disappointment. From a reputable dealer so I know nothing was wrong with it either. It is way too carbonated and fizzy, so plain tasting, and I dare say it tasted like a slightly better Budweiser. Nothing about this beer tasted good or of anything interesting. Now, it's not disgusting or horrible, but it was borderline bad. I'm giving it a 3 because I don't want to rip such an apparent "legend" but it was worse than that. Super disappointed :(

FoundersFanatic, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -29.4%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Nichols33, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Kpitevl, Jul 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

brandonld23, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

neorunner, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

sharpski, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Total Wine in Roseville

A - Very foamy, lots of head, very carbonated, pours a see through light-golden color. Dissipates moderately fast.

S - Cloves, cinnamon, golden raisin, and slt alcohol.

T - Very biscuity, clove, spicy hops, and slightly peppery.

M - Peppery, yet sour, with notes of alcohol.

D - Drinkable, yet don't really care for this brand of tripel. Wondering why others like this beer so much. Several improvements could be made in the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel to be made into a more drinkable beer.

MisterClean, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of mrstevens
3.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P: Golden color with huge white head, not much lacing.

S: I mostly smelled yeast with a little hint of fruit.

T: Yeast, pretty much exactly like the nose.

M: very carbonated, not too much going on.

D: I wasnt really impressed, my first experiences with a tripel, so maybe I tried the wrong one.

mrstevens, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy light golden/orange, loaded with sediment, which remain suspended as a well mixed solution, but eventually collect on the bottom of the glass. ~2 fingers of pure white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete and petri-dish looking cap. No lacing noted.

S- A sightly funky green-apple/light fruit bouquet.

T- Hoppy, sweet bannana flavors hit first. Lightly bitter, alcohol infused, slightly funky yeasty finish. Bit more alcohol bite than I'd anticipated.

M- Prickling carbonation, yet fairly creamy.

D- OK. A bit too boozy tasting for me to want more than one.

Future outlook: Eh, hard to say. Decent, but uninspiring IMO, so I won't soon seek it out again.

DoctorDog, Dec 06, 2008
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3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

280708---I'm interpreting this as best before July 28th 2008
Cloudy golden orange in color with an everlasting 2 finger white head. Lot's a lacing.
Smells floral, herbal and fruity. Nice.
Lemon and apricot in the flavor. A bit spicy. IMHO the fruit and spice flavors just don't mix well.
The mouthfeel is what really disappoints me. It's too carbonated and chalky feeling.
Drinkability is only fair. Would be much better, but I just really don't like the mouthfeel.
I'm not saying it's a bad beer. In fact I consider it a must try. But....I'd have other Triples before this one.

wcudwight, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of BeerLover729
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden orange color beer with a bubbly, frothy head that never dissipates.
S: Green apple juice, alcohol.
T: Distinct ester presence of tart fruits, cloves. Very mellow diacetyl caramel upon warming. Potentially, there is a detectable coriander spice. Noticeable husky flavors that seem harsh and astringent like. An on the dryer side tripel with light phenolic properties.
M: Crisp, light medium body with a vigorous sharp carbonation that helps take away from husky harshness.
D: Cloyingness from the astringent like after taste gives this beer average drinkablility.

Notes: The pronounced harsh flavors I experienced in this beer can perhaps be due to a bad bottle.

BeerLover729, Jan 04, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow with lots of floaties and large white head that settles to a ring with a slight coating. minimal lacing

Smell is of alcohol and some spicy hops

This is my least favorite of the St. Bernardus beers by far. Almost too tangy, not enough sweetness to balance out the belgian yeast and spicy hops. Not bready enough for me.

Fairly thin and quite carbonated.

I can drink this, but i wont make a conscious decision to buy it again. The dubbel is a much better, more balanced beer IMO

tayner, Feb 07, 2008
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3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass. The color is golden. The head is thick with very good retention. The aroma is mostly yeast phenolics with just a trace of malt, nothing extraordinary. Upon tasting, it has a nice balance between the yeast, malt and hops. It's almost a little too balanced. However there is a subtle sweetness to it, but perhaps a little too subdued to make it exceptional. It has a creamy, medium-light body with high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent offering of the Tripel style, but it's a little too ordinary for my taste. I can drink this, but I wouldn't be writing home about it the next day. I would most likely recommend another brewery if someone inquired which commercial tripel to purchase. St. Bernardus offers other varieties that I feel are superior to this.

scoobybrew, May 14, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle label has been punched at 3, 8 and 9, although im not sure if that means anything.

Huge white head (4 inches) that goes down to about 1/8 inch aver period of 10 minutes. Lots of nice lacing. tawny bronze color with lots of sediment.

Odor is mostly alcohol with malts, citrus (like sour fruits) and soy sauce.

Intricate flavor hidden beneath a really prevelant alcohol bite. Alcohol is too much to deal with at times.

tongue-numbing and tingly.

not too hot on this Tripel. i was excited because it was a christmas gift but it just didn't do anything for me. ive had better, and this just didnt cut it for me, especially because of the predominence of the alcohol.

aforbes10, Jan 13, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy beer with a beautiful head.

S: Can recognize the smell of anise and the smell of lemon.

T: Spicy and slightly bitter beer.

M: Spicy beer with a slight tingling sensation and a moderate foam.

O: Fairly drinkable and tasty beer.

DARIVA, Mar 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

far333, Jun 02, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

jason_nwx, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Elicoleman, Sep 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

MacarthurParker, Feb 12, 2013
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,543 ratings.