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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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95
world-class

2,425 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
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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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

07-14-2012 22:44:00 | More by ssjkyle
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-14-2012 20:07:24 | More by savagepm
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ajs4bd

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-13-2012 12:24:22 | More by ajs4bd
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, served in goblet, best before December 2nd, 2014, so a few years old.

A - Dark straw yellow, with dense generous head. Looks delicious.

S - A little darker in smell than your traditional tripel. A faint green pea smell on the alcohol. That might sound gross, but it works.

T - Darker malt than other tripels. A welcome taste. Unusual aftertaste. Maybe a liquorice? It feels like the taste quickly evacuates. Different, but quite nice.

M - Perfection. Medium-high carbonation that just floats over the tongue. Medium body. Goes down quite well.

O - I really like this aged! I wish I had a fresher one to compare, but being in Newfoundland, you can't find this within 2000km. Would gladly have again. and then again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:58:37 | More by Beelzebeer
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Milltown.

Pour is very light yellow with a cloudy hue. Light tight white head.

The smell, is just light. i want more of something/everything. Its got that peppery sicy yeast characteristic that you want, but theres a load balance. Booze is hidden. Taste is balanced for sure. Light pepper spice from the yeast, touch of banana/clove/bubblegum as well. yeast is light. Cant accentuate enough that the booze isnt really there.

I can see why its rated so highly on the list.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 23:34:56 | More by VncentLIFE
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twizzbeatz

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-10-2012 07:18:21 | More by twizzbeatz
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:27:14 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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Goobastic

New York

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-09-2012 02:25:53 | More by Goobastic
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articode


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Distinctive pop and much smoke upon opening. Quite tall fine-bubbled head and cloudy orange/gold color.

The most distintive tastes up front are sweet banana, clove, and sour yeast.

Aftertaste is sour and sticky.

Overall very well-balanced -- outstanding tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:21:39 | More by articode
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Joefisherman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

07-06-2012 14:16:03 | More by Joefisherman
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Pours a cloudy orange amber; thick white head and lots of lacing. Mild aroma of yeast, faint citrus, a bit sour. Light fruit, sweet malt, slight citrus and spicing. No sign of the sourness in the aroma. Finish is very nice light fruit and sweet malt. This is the best tripel I've ever had. This is the beer that got me interested in tripels. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:02:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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Mlawrence

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-04-2012 01:39:43 | More by Mlawrence
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cwd

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-02-2012 23:15:51 | More by cwd
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joemarshall94


4.25/5  rDev 0%

07-01-2012 19:20:58 | More by joemarshall94
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-30-2012 02:20:46 | More by ms11781
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srv33

Michigan

4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bright cloudy golden pour, huge bright white head great lacing, creamy head. Superfine bubbles on head - almost like whip cream, never seen a beer like this before. Smell of apricot and sourdough most prominent. My first Trappist beer. Fantastic thick mouthfeel, balanced sweet fruit and fig, with a bit of vanilla and molasses, and almond. Hard to find, though would absolutely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 23:50:26 | More by srv33
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – A beautiful semi-translucent golden color; more clear than opaque. A very thick head that lasts a long time. Amazing lacing.

Smell – A very nice sweet scent with malt, a wonderful yeast, and a hint of clove and citrus.

Taste – Sweet, malty, light clove taste and a taste of crackers.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with perfect carbonation. No alcohol noticed.

Drinkability – This one goes down as easy as any tripel I’ve ever had. Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 06:00:26 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a chalice. Pours cloudy dull golden with a large white head that dissipates moderately slowly. Some bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. The smell is of apples, banana, and citrus. The alcohol is hidden in the aroma. The aroma is mostly sweet and I do detect bready malt. The flavors are very well balanced. The taste follows the nose, with bready malt, banana, apples, and citrus. The beer is sweet, but not too sweet. There's a mild spiciness in the background. The alcohol isn't detectable at all in the taste. The mouthfeel is medium with plentiful carbonation. The finish is slightly dry. The drinkability is high. This is an excellent, well-balanced tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 21:25:25 | More by acevenom
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jawneyt

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +17.6%

06-28-2012 03:13:47 | More by jawneyt
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle, best date of 19/11/13 on the label. poured into a Belgian-style goblet.

appears a hazy dark straw color, thick foamy bright white colored head. good head retention. aroma is a bit medicinal, and slightly fruity.

taste is slightly bready, wheaty. Belgian yeast, a bit herbal. mild, well balanced flavors. so smooth. mild carbonation, drinks so easy.

overall - I'm usually not a big fan of tripels, but this is hands down the best that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:18:41 | More by jmdrpi
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev 0%

06-26-2012 13:47:44 | More by bsuedekum
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mtlasley

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.9%

06-25-2012 05:40:01 | More by mtlasley
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired as part of a 4-pack glass giftpack from my most recent journey to Vintage Estates, and poured into aforementioned chalice.

A: Murky straw-golden, with a good bit of sediment at the bottom, and a big, picture perfect fluffy white head on top.

S: Lots of lemon-zest, banana pudding, maybe a touch of cloves and black pepper.

T: Taste follows the nose. Banana arrives early. A peppery spiciness shows up midway through, at a louder volume than the nose would have indicated. A touch of alcohol burn works nicely here, as it gives the pepperiness a bit of *heat*. Lemon zest is both first and last, but seems to give way in the middle to the banana and pepper.

M: Light and lively, great carbonation, and a good dry finish make this a great experience. I'm loving the dry-hop and lemon-zest flavors left behind on the finish, too.

D/O: An enjoyable beer, particularly in the warmth of a summer evening. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:11:01 | More by psuKinger
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Hazy, bright golden yellow - pours with a rather large head, retains a large cap, leaves chunks of foamy lacing

Smell: Spot-on for the style - very, distinctly Belgian - cloves, bananas, bubblegum, and candi sugar - nicely balanced, though, nothing is too extreme - sweet, but works for the style - pale malts and some light bread dough

Taste: Sweet, in a good way, with a lot of light malts and light fruits - banana candy and clove, with a touch of bubblegum - spicy Belgian yeast - light grains and bread dough - slightly phenolic, mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium body, effervescent carbonation, smooth

Overall: A great tripel

This manages to be a Belgian Tripel without going overboard on the yeast. It is fruity and sweet, but without being a burden to drink. More of this style should be like this.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 05:10:38 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw/gold. Head is bright-white, rocky and chunky. Some notches of lacing. Head drops to a spotty cap and chunky collar.

Smell: Grass, some lemon, with touches of hay and clove. Some banana. Pale malts with a faint earthiness. Yeast is mellow and adds a nice layer to the existing malt base. As it warms the banana comes out in force. Very ripe.

Taste: Lemon. Mild, incredibly pale malts. Some hay. Some grass. Yeast kicks hard to banana, but it's not too aggressive. Mild bubblegum. Everything is in place, but it's all pretty mellow. Yeast kicks harder as it warms. Cloves. Nice clean floral elements. So very Belgian as it warms. Super yeast.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a moderately high carbonation. Body runs on the lighter side of medium. Slightly dry finish.

Overall: Good flavor, aggressive yeast. It becomes too much. Despite that, it's a solid take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 05:05:03 | More by Goblinmunkey7
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.