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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2289
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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budgood1

Minnesota

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first belgian...cloudy golden color, moderate head and some thin lace left after a few minutes. aromas of caramel apples and pears. taste is delicious beyond compare. complex and layered. fruits and spice hide an underlying malt body and dry alcohol finish. simply awesome. can't wait to dive into this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 18:44:37 | More by budgood1
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packetknife

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Tripel I've had. Rich color, nice head, good spice with a strong finish. I like it a bit better than the Abt.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 08:16:35 | More by packetknife
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jreitman

California

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderfully drinkable tripel that is surprisingly light. Nice orange color with tangerine/orange flavors very abbundant. Slightly sweet flavor with wonderful head. Having drunk the St Bernadus Abt the night before the tripel, I tasted a few similarities in the finish (caused by the water?). Overall, one of the best tripels I have had the pleasure of drinking

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2002 21:33:30 | More by jreitman
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AaronRed

New York

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Expensive, but the best tripel I have ever had. I could not find any flaws. An explosion of flavor, yet comfortable and not overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 17:22:15 | More by AaronRed
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Todd

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.

Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy. 7.5%abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2001 17:24:25 | More by Todd
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the bull and bush, they have really put in a lot of guest taps recently, including a lot of higher end belgian stuff, very cool. this is one of the classics, a great example of the style, and one of my personal favorites because of its relative lack of sweetness compared to its peers. hazy and very pale straw in color, with a smaller head than i was hoping for, but still close to an inch of lasting white airy foam. it smells floral from the yeast, like little white and purple meadow flowers, and a rather high dose of oats along with the wheat and barley in the grain bill. lots of body and just a touch of residual sugar. long grainy start turns into a dry yeasty finish, classic belgian yeast fruit esters pop all over the place, and prickly carbonation makes 8% abv feel dangerously light. its a classic recipe, a classic yeast strain, and a real artisan product that is rooted in tradition and timeless in flavor. this is one of my favorites because of its dryness. it doesnt sacrifice any body to get there either. light fruitiness is left on the tongue after the swallow, and a 750ml of this would not be too much for me in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2014 18:39:49 | More by StonedTrippin
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Father_Raybob

Tennessee

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

Serving type: growler

09-16-2013 00:16:06 | More by Father_Raybob
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Adamah_Adonai

Hawaii

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light flowery aroma with some lighter straw and fruit aromas.

Pours a clear golden color with lots of head.

The taste is mostly sweet but has a light bitter bite on the end.

Very light bodied and effervescent.

This was quite pleasant not too sweet like so many tripels, the dryness in the finish i was also fond of.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2013 10:52:38 | More by Adamah_Adonai
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Philousa

California

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 16:24:10 | More by Philousa
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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DUBinMIA

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a growler at 45 *f. Poured gently onto side and ended up with a huge 1 1/2in white head. Head subsided and stayed with about a 1/4 in layer. Highly carbonated and translucent gold/orange color.

Mainly citrus and malt were prevalent in the aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste is good. Malt is the dominate flavor with slight hop notes towards the finish. Also, a sort of dry finish comes to light but it might be carbonation just overwhelming the taste. Noticeable yeast flavor towards the end. Very complex.

Mouth-feel was normal. Possibly lighter than what I expected.

Overall a good beer, however, not my favorite from my favorite breweries!!!

Serving type: growler

06-20-2011 20:43:07 | More by DUBinMIA
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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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moshiric

Japan

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly cloudy gold. Thick white head with a good amount of lacing.

S- The nose is very fruity. A lot of strawberries. The smell is very enticing.

T- strawberries at first then moves into some bread/ yeast.

M- a decent amount of carbonation. General taste, not one specific flavor stays on the palate.

O- this is one of my new favorite triples. A bit more drinkable than westamalle's, but equally delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 09:10:56 | More by moshiric
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taigor

New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. YES, a pint glass at Grumpy's Ale House in Naples, FL. Can't complain about the choice of glassware since it cost only $4 per pint.

A - Poured cloudy brown color with medium head that dissipates very slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is bready yeast with caramel, raisins and figs.

T - Taste is bready yeast with caramel and brown sugar, very sweet overall but not extremely overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very good tripel but alcohol might be evident a little bit. I highly recommend it nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 17:02:56 | More by taigor
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StJamesGate

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Porterhouse Belgian fest.

Pours pure deep gold with no visible fizz and a meringue head that trails and rings. White pepper, candle wax yeast, and caramel pears on the nose. Sticky honey graham malts with melon and sarsaparilla spice, a phenol hit in the middle, grass, herb and mint hops, and a yeasty end. Nettle linger. Light to medium, some chew, some burn.

This suffered from being poured into a pint glass(!) Having said that, while there's a lot of sweet and spice going on here, I prefer the drier end of Tripels - this one is just too much of a meal.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2010 22:25:17 | More by StJamesGate
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel. On tap @ DBGB

Appearance:
Served in a tulip glass, it was a very inviting, slightly cloudy burnt honey orange with a frothing, creamy white head of about 1.5". Lacing was spectacularly thick and the head retention was superb. Looks delicious!

Aroma:
Fruity aroma, with sweet toffee in the background and apricot and banana in the foreground. Some brown sugar's in there as well.

Taste:
Wow! What a consumate tripel we have here! So creamy and smooth, but we'll get to that soon... My immediate first thought was "bananas," others have pointed to apricots. Whatever that fruitiness is, it sort of wallowed around in my mouth -- both uplifting and bright, but also thick, creamy, and deep.The buttery, toffee/caramel/brown sugar trifecta seeps in next, giving the fruity esters a nuanced and playful and delicately toasted malt backbone.

It is really unlike anything I've ever had before -- liquid joy funneled into a tulip glass. Some might point to the fact that the hops are a bit lackluster. I disagree. Sometimes unbalance works, and the graceful asymmetry of this beverage would have it no other way. It finishes bready and a touch on the dry side, and the banana flavor lingers in the roof of my mouth.

Mouthfeel:
Oh so creamy and smooth! I was very pleased, and swished it around in my mouth before every gulp.

Drinkability:
For 8%, I barely tasted the alcohol. Sure it was there, lingering in the shadows, but the taste was just too sublime pass up on. Who's going to let a silly thing like alcohol get in the way of enjoying another glass of this beauty.

Notes:
Up until now, Chimay Cinq Cents had all I ever wanted from a tripel. Today the jolly monk pictured on the St. Bernardus bottles blew my mind. Buy, consume, contemplate, be at peace. That is all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 00:04:58 | More by BeerNemesis
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and biscuit-y malts with mild amounts of pear and milder amounts of banana. There's not a whole lot of spice going on here, just loads of malt.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Thick sweet malt flavors up front with a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip solid amounts of fruit flavors enter into things - pears mostly but with hints of bruised banana. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more clarity in flavor and aroma. As it stands it's still a solid beer though a bit one-dimensional (which isn't a phrase often used in reference to St. Bernardus). Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2010 23:56:19 | More by glid02
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2010 05:16:21 | More by KickbacksSteve
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Pahn

New York

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Opaque yellow orange, with a huge head, gradually tailored by the bartender into a 1/2 inch, robust, pillowy head that took a good 10 minutes to settle into a millimeter ring. Leaves a broad web of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Orange rind, Belgian yeast, and malt.

Taste: Big Belgian yeast character, warm and full citrus notes, a mild soapiness, with the faintest hit of alcohol warmth. Abundant and pleasant, but one flavor never overwhelming another. The balance is superb. There's a subtle dryness, a subtle sweetness, subtle and abundant esters popping up and melding into each other; everything in the taste is understated and beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, juicy and creamy, with a subdued but noticeable carbonation. Perfect vessel for the refined flavor of this beer.

Drinkability: Excellent. Refreshing and flavorful, with expertly masked alcohol.

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'Subtle' is the word for this beer. It's just a great sipping tripel. It's refreshing, and it does an awful lot without ever going overboard. The boldest aspect of this beer is the orange rind up front, but the transition into its myriad other flavors is quick and mellow. One could easily argue for giving this beer a 5 for taste; I gave a 4.5 simply because I didn't think, for a tripel, there were enough distinct notes for a 5.

This is a beer to pour into an appropriate glass and savor for over an hour, which is exactly what I did when reviewing it. I don't have a single complaint.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2009 08:16:24 | More by Pahn
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TLove

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Pale cream color with hazy body and creamy, off-white head. Banana smell comes through first, shortly followed by spice and citrus. Taste is especially yeasty, with a complex, sugary structure and nutmeg/allspice sharpness and cherry tanginess. Exceptionally well-balanced and light Witbier (doesn't finish like a Tripel), that finishes as yeasty as it starts. Like biting into a liquid, fried plantain. YUM!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 21:34:09 | More by TLove
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

A: Creamy 1 finger head with pale orange and slightly hazy color

N: Nose is yeasty with spices, some Belgian malts, a touch of raisiny sugar and alcohol

T: Taste starts with sweet malts and candi sugar with alcohol that fades quickly, a slight raisin and fruity quality but maintains its light Belgian quality, some nice bitterness is very light, it also has a slight nutmeg and nutty quality

M: It has a very smooth mouth but thick at the same time, almost velvety

F: It finishes dry and a little salty almost, taste hands for about 30 seconds on the back of the tongue

Final Thoughts: Very rich and delicious but still pretty light for a strong Belgian. It is a good staple for tripels.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 01:51:37 | More by jlindros
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jpaltan

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Idle Rich in Dallas, Tx.
Golden color, somewhat darker with a thick head that seems to stick around for a bit. Tons of carbonation come up from the bottom of the glass. The smell is fruity and peppery. The taste is quite spicy with the fruitiness taking a backseat. The alcohol is quite well hidden but the spiciness brings it out a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, yet has quite a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 20:01:05 | More by jpaltan
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CMW

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a large head and decent retention. There was some spider-web lacing on the side of the glass as I drank.

S - The nose was filled with dried fruit and yeast flavors, very sweet.

T - Sweet fruit flavors remind me of peach and pear. This soon gives way to a very bready yeast flavor. The beer finishes with very little alochol taste.

M - Medium carbonation and not watery at all.

D - I could easily drink these all night. The alcohol barely noticeable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2009 15:18:07 | More by CMW
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden and very cloudy amber color with huge lacing all the way through.

S: Just like you would expect a tripel to smell. Hugei yeast up front followed by some more subtle fruity hints from the yeast.

T: Candied sugar and an unmalted wheaty flavor. A big crisp and clean spiced yeasty flavor. A fruity sweetness with some honey that comes in late in the flavor profile.

M/D: Light carbonation with a medium body. High ABV doesn't deter the drinker at all. Maybe just because the beer as a whole is just so damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2008 04:08:26 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes. Poured into a Snifter at Ebenezer's in July. Pours a light orange with a thin white head. Smells of light malt sweetness and some candied sugar. Tastes like a tripel should. Nice spice up front with a sweet, sweet malt backbone. Lots of spice. Very, very drinkable. I love tripels and this may be my fave.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2008 00:49:22 | More by DrDogbeer
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