St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,643 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 236 | 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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of StaveHooks
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml served in a St. Bernardus goblet

A - Burnt orange color with a thick bright white head forming a thick collar. No lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty, apricots, peaches, mango, sweet aroma

T - Sweet pale malts upfront, peaches, apricots galore, lemon, spicy Belgian yeast comes in along with a line of sweet candy and grain. Some nutmeg and coriander pop up as it warms. Finishes semi-dry with peppery/grassy hops.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation, turns creamy and lush, full body medium weight.

Excellent tripel. Rich pale malts with a tasty yeast strain. Stone fruit with some spice on the back end. Very drinkable I found myself drinking this faster than most tripels.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Best Before "12 08 14" (August 12, 2014).

Kind of a darker tripel. Burnt orange color. Quite hazy, as expected (even after decanting). The head laces less due to wetness on the inside of the glass. It still retains a nice thick layer. Height never reached past an inch or so.

Lots of big bready notes from the yeast strain. Banana, light clove, pear skins, lemon, wheatiness, and hints of coriander and pepper. The most German wheat-smelling tripel I've encountered yet. Has a light spice element in the nose that somewhat sets it apart, but you could've fooled me with all of that yeasty bread and banana.

Ah. Different from the nose. Still has the breadth, but the banana is smaller in the flavor. The spices are pronounced, however. Lots of implied pepper and/or grains of pepper. Clove is bigger than the banana now, too. The citrus died out, but there's some tart apple/pear. Some phenolic notes that border on medicinal. A little sweet, but likably. Finish has that carving alcohol note. A little rosy, but meshing with the spiciness.

Drinks great. The carbonation is nice to look at, but doesn't impede the feel or weight of the body. It supports it with lively prickle. The body is set at one notch above medium, but it feels wet and wooly in the mouth. Very nice.

St. Berny makes a quality tripel. No suprise there. Makes me want to go back and get the Watou Tripel.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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Photo of JamesMN
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light golden/orange but opaque from the sediment due to bottle conditioning. Some visible carbonation and a one finger fizzy white head that retains decently. Elegant lacing coats the inside of the glass.

Aroma: Even someone who was smelling this one blindfolded would know it's a Tripel straight away. You get yeast, clove, overripe banana, pear, and apple all blending together to create a nice impression. The aroma has a slightly brittle texture to it with a bit of juiciness underneath it all.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me is the flavor of fermented belgian candi syrup. It creates an almost caramel-like sweetness which is then slowly overshadowed by the hearty fruit flavors and spices that are a signature of the style. The finish is smooth in an effortless way that lends to a slight warming in the aftertaste from the 8% ABV. The flavor of cloves stick to the palate for a seemingly endless amount of time after each sip. Balanced with a precision that one would expect from a Belgian Ale.

Mouthfeel: As noted in the aroma there is a certain brittle quality through the middle that turns into a juiciness by the finish. Medium in body but seems thinner due to the persistent carbonation. A dangerous ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I tend to file Tripels under my list of least favorite styles. That does not, however, stop me from being able to enjoy true brewing prowess when I encounter it. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Belgian Ales as they don't know what they're missing. Would I drink it again? Yes, as an aperitif.

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

St. Bernardus Tripel

Condition: Just took this out of the fridge (at 48 F) and it pours a straw colored golden blonde with a medium head that turns a little thin within a minute. Head is made of large bubbles, and the beer itself if seems to have a fair amount of carbonation just by looking at it. It is light enough in color that you could almost read a newspaper through it, though not quite.
7
Aroma: Banana and clove like esters are readily apparent, and perhaps a light hint of honey. The smell of alcohol, and a bit of a soft cheese scent is also detectable.
7
Taste: By the time I take my first drink it has warmed to about 54F. A slightly sour and slightly astringent mix is first on the palate, followed by the sweetness of the malt. The yeasty, banana esters are also present. Overall the different flavors are subtle enough to not overwhelm each other, yet strong enough to remain interesting, if not complex. Finishes mostly clean on the palate, though with a slight lactose feel.
8.5
Mouth feel: A little creamier than I expected, and I see this as a good thing. The body is there to handle the carbonation and the light acidity.
8.5
Value: Given that this little (11.2 oz) bottle cost about $6.50, I would say that value is a deduction here. I feel pretty confident that I could get a six pack of a Belgian blonde triple that is about as good for around $12, or about $2 for an equivalent sized bottle. It is a very good beer, and Belgian tripels are not widely made, so overall value is about fair, but perhaps a little overpriced.
4.5

Overall 7.45

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,643 ratings.