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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,300 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2300
Reviews: 1166
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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Stingray5

New York

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

Pours golden/orange with a fluffy, long lasting white head. Fruity aromas, with apple, grape, banana. Smooth, well carbonated mouthful leads to fruity malts, with a puckering, tart sweetness.
Pleasant fruitiness in the finish lasts long after the last sip.

I wasn't as bowled over by this as I was the Prior 8 or ABT 12, but this is a different style and it's tough for anything to live up to those. An excellent tripel from an incredible brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:14:00 | More by Stingray5
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beerguy101

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Orange gold color, slightly cloudy. Large creamy head. Aroma is fruity, touches of banana, peaches and oranges, and yeasts.A medium bodied Belgian. It really doesn’t taste like a tripel, but it has all the other Belgian characteristics to it. Malts are fruity and sweet. Banana and cloves and spices are very evident. Nice bright yeasts. Very smooth taste. It’s a very nice beer. Nice soft mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and soft. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2003 03:26:19 | More by beerguy101
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kbub6f

New York

4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked/caged bottle.

There is a big, cream-colored, coarse, noisy head that dies slowly in the tulip glass, leaving psycho amounts of sticky, thick, lacy lacing. The liquid is slightly hazy, deep orange/gold and is saturated with hyperactive carbonation. Hm. Nose is just a touch fishy. Lots of alcohol and Belgian spice. Just a little dust. Wow. Major butter in the spicy, tangy front. The malty, thick middle adds generous fruit to the butter. Finish is fresh, dry, with alcohol and apples. This is one fantastic, fruity, buttery beer. Wow.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 23:56:48 | More by kbub6f
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BierReise

Florida

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

Corked 75cl bottle. The cork on this one as with the Abt12 bottle I had recently, shot out like a rocket after I removed the wire cage. I tried not to disturb the thick layer of sediment as I poured the first couple glasses. Fairly clear golden ale with an orange hue. Sizable white head settles down to a creamy layer of foam. Aroma is sweet and fruity and like most Tripels I've had. Flavor has a distinct citrus character, lemon and orange come to mind. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel that goes down real smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. The last glass I poured inevitably contained some yeast sediment. This glass was really cloudy and the overall flavor was less enjoyable. I'd recommend trying to leave the sediment in the bottle. This is a great Tripel that seems to be widely available.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 12:22:17 | More by BierReise
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

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

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, in a St. Bernardus goblet. The color was a cloudy copper with an excellent, rich white head. The smell is very spicy with a hint of candi sugar sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet and very yeasty, and is well-spiced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, with slight alcohol hints, but seems in line with the style. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though the Abt 12 is (justly) St. Bernardus' flagship beer, this Tripel more than stands as a good example of a quality tripel. St.. Bernardus is one of the great breweries of Belgium, and I will certainly enjoy this beer again!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2003 02:31:15 | More by beergeek279
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

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

Pours a clouded golden orange with a foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, some spice, and esters. Taste starts out somewhat fruity, moves to hops, and ends with a fairly sweet, buttery toffee. Very creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes on the dry side. Has a fairly warming effect. A little sweeter than I expected or would have preferred, but it is what it is. All-in-all a very tasty tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:48:37 | More by Admiraldinty
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TripelJ

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: St. Bernardus Tripel

Presentation: 750ml corked bottle with what I believe to be a silk screened logo of a happy monk raising his glass.

I have been waiting a long time to try the tripel brew from St. Bernardus. Pours a pale yellow with a nice big creamy head. I opted to pour some of the sediment from the bottle which clouded the beer to an opaque apricot. Smell is sweet and spicy with noticable alcohol in the nose. The taste is very smooth and balanced and that is probably the highlight of this beer. Perfect balance of malts and hops in the backend with just the right amount of spice (corriander for sure). The yeast adds a bready dimension to the flavor and makes for a fuller body and mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer reminds me of why I chose the name, Tripel J. Perfect example of the style. Smooth and subtle and dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2003 01:57:32 | More by TripelJ
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent tripel, in the style of Chimay Cinq Cents. Yeasy, relatively full-bodied. Decent sized head, some retention. Not much lacing. Fruity and somewhat spicey, much like Chimay or Westmalle (but not as lively as the latter). Overall, as good as most of the best tripels, but not as good as Westmalle, my favorite (and the original) of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2003 04:25:44 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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Jon

Illinois

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

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a hazy apricot color with a bubbly, creamy off-white head. Rings of lace appear as the beer disappears down the chalice. The bouquet of yeast, spices, fruity esters, hops and must is most pleasing. The flavors are quite diverse, as well. Notes of yeast, sweet malt, mild citrus, spicy hops, minor alcohol and apricot are detected. This is a very tasty brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. This beer possesses a great drinkability and is very well crafted. It's easy to see why the monk on the label is so jubilant --- this is a hedonistic brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 20:03:14 | More by Jon
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Hazy orange beer poured with a huge, fluffy off white head. Head retention is amazing. Little trails of carbonation can be seen tracing up the sides of my goblet. The aroma is a powerful fruity mix of bananas and orange, with clove accents. Bready malt and yeast notes are also present along with some peppery hops. The taste is really nice as well, with complex malt and hop flavors intermingling, with dashes of alcohol and yeast. A decent citrus note steps in ocassionally. Very bitter finish that is also extremely dry. Not much sweetness at all in this one, actually. Dry up front and a dry finish. Maybe a slight fruity sweetness in the mid taste. I was expecting to savor this beer for a while, but it goes down very easily. Nice solid mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the very fine carbonation. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the ABV, as it is slightly noticeable on the palate. This is a very fine triple that I especially like because it leans toward the dry side and doesn't get too sweet. More like an Abbey IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 22:17:54 | More by aaronh
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass (that I broke while washing after drinking this one, RIP). It pours a hazy orange-yellow with 2 fluffy fingers of foam. There is no lacing on this one. The smell is a sweet citrus aroma, lemon and orange. A little bit of spice to the smell also. The taste is very sweet with more fruit coming out, and a hint of cinnamon. A light touch of yeast and alcohol in there as well. The mouthfeel is very full and just dances all over the tongue. For 7.5%, this is one is very drinkable tripel as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 15:27:36 | More by SheepNutz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Appearance: perfectly opaque orangey color, with a fine, white head atop.

Aroma: full of soft spices, orange peel, lemon rind, spicy, citrusy, yeasty, full, magnificent.

Taste: excellent entry on the tongue & palate, beautiful, yeasty, rich and fruity.
Soft, yet earthy, hoppy, full-bodies, and delicious.
An excellent tripel, for the sugary aspect was much more subdued than other offerings which misinterpreted, perhaps, the portions of the sweetness in the style.

Seemed nothing more, or less, than perfect, without being mindblowing.
Very, very worthwhile brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 02:07:21 | More by feloniousmonk
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taez555

Massachusetts

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellowish/brown body. The head was a fine opaque white with rather large bubbles that once it died down formed a beautiful wave like layer of what could only be described as cloud like.

The smell took me by surprise. As soon as it poured it I could smell this huge hit of bananna like sweetness. Upon further investigation it revealed some other yeast and spice smells.

The initial taste was just as impressive. Very sweet. A lot of fruit. Banannas, dark plum, golden raisons. The hops sat just right in the mix. Bitter but never overpowering, along with some soft earth tones from the hops. What was really interesting was the hints at some darker malts. For such a light colored beer it had a lot of hints at some much darker more bitter roasty malts. Of course they all balanced well against the sweet fruit and finished with a warm alcohol and some soft bitterness.

Overall this beer is a great find. Maybe not quite your quintessential triple, but a very drinkable beer with some great up front fruit. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2003 02:22:37 | More by taez555
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jcalabre

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 29 October 2002. St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden brown color, and has a large, tightly bubbled head w/ champagne effervescence. It's flavor is fruity up front w/ a sweet finish. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and will have it again

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 20:59:37 | More by jcalabre
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murk-filled goldenrod. Compacted, yet everlasting white froth sits on top.
Juicy nose of pineapple, apple and mangoes, mixed with chalk, must and black pepper.
A back-and-forth battle between the spicy yeast and tropical fruit. The fruit wins in overtime. Cushioned pinapple and papaya enter first, followed by a McIntosh apple crispness. Some peachy hues too. Never overly sweet or cloyingly sugary, just drifting sensations of ripeness. Cookie dough batter maltiness goes one-on-one with a sub-farmy yeast and eruptions of black pepper. Ghosts of vanilla and banana emerge. Hopping is mostly absent from the fracas, but adds a underlying rose petal suggestion that enhances the subtle white rum alcoholic finish.
Hefty for a tripel, yet soft and pillowy. Leads itself to an airy and fluffy and almost creamy texture.
A 750mL of this would be greatly appreciated. And then another...and then...
Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 10:44:11 | More by cokes
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nomad

Kansas

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

Poured a soft orange-gold, with lots of streaming carbonation, a fair foamy head, and no lace. A bit murky looking...

Smelled of sharp sour wheat, sweet malt, and some faint fruit and vinuous scents as it opened. It tasted of a firm malt underneath a feathery light gold body. The yeast lended a french bread flavor that blanketed all else with blandness. Had a very dry finish and a tangy hops flavor. Not as subtle or bright as many tripels.

A soft mouthfeel, and fairly easy to drink, this beer came off as being not as regal and stellar as the style traditionally is. Tripels are supposed to be premier brews for special high holy days, and this one didn't sing out hymns to me like a Westmalle.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 10:05:38 | More by nomad
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goz

Massachusetts

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

Hazy light amber pour, large white head that mostly diminishes to good lacing. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, some lemony hints in there. Flavor is sweet, dominated with apple and banana, slight spice sneaks in, too. Body is medium, lively carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 09:20:10 | More by goz
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daledeee

Iowa

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always have trouble with these. I guess I haven't hung around with enough experts to identify what I taste. So here goes. All I know is that this is good stuff!!

This is the classuc Belgian taste. Very complex. I smell banana, butterscotch and bread or yeast. Lots of carbonation and bite. Hard to pour at first but head is soon under control. Clear unless you really stir up the bottom-a little cloudiness.

Tastes like the best wheat beer. Yeasty, fruity and rather tart. Very complex Not sure. I just know I like it.

This is top 5 beer for me. I could drink this all day- no I couldn't. Sorry moment of weakness 7.5% alchohol. Right behind the Apt 12. Just love it

Edit: Not quite a 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 19:19:07 | More by daledeee
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bditty187

Nebraska

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

Dark peachy-honey hue, hazy, the white head reached almost two finger’s worth, slow to dissipate, some unorganized lace. Soft banana, apples, pineapple initiates the nose with a faint hint of pepper and an undercurrent of musty sweetness. Lighter than expected palate, sweet & tart fruitiness… banana, pineapple, sort of tropical. The pepperiness is subdued, the alcohol isn’t absent, somewhat tart. The body is well-carbonated, light-medium, pleasant mouthfeel. The finish is dry yet tacky. This Tripel surprisingly light… and very damn drinkable!

I’d drink it again, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 14:58:13 | More by bditty187
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jackndan

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel: Mmmm, freaking terrific!! Deep amber colored beer. Great head, thick and long lasting. Aroma, some hints of yeast, some lemon. Bottom line, taste is wonderful. Some nice sweetness, with a hint of sourness as well that strikes a wonderful balance. I’m going to focus on finishing this beer rather than typing. Buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 15:42:50 | More by jackndan
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MJR

Missouri

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

Appearance: Pours a glowing golden shade with a touch of amber in the middle of the glass. A big, pillowy head has great retention and laces well.

Smell: Overall it's fruity and spicy, with a suggestion of banana and clove. A phenolic aroma is present, along with a slight bready smell.

Taste: Very rich in flavor with lots of spicy fruit and bready malt. Sweetness of Belgian candy sugar. Banana and clove make their obligatory appearances, as well as a phenolic note. Creamy and juicy, with a peppery spiciness that cuts through the rest of the flavors. There's a nice splash of alcohol on the finish, reminding me of it's strength.

Mouthfeel: Rich and warming, with a medium mouthfeel that seems to get a bit dry on the finish. Alcohol makes itself known on the tail end.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. I could drink a few of these over the course of an evening. This brew doesn't hide the alcohol as well as other examples, but is still a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:53:57 | More by MJR
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with an everlasting yellow-tinged white head over hazy golden liquid, nice level of carbonation. Nose is sweet and ultra-fruity, of the tropical variety with some slight bubblegum/banana esters wafting around too. Taste is lightly spicy/peppery...and quite fruity, like fruit punch fruity! A very decent hop bitterness cuts through in the end to wash away residual sweetness, giving way to alcohol flavors that lingers 'til the end...a mind-blowingly good Tripel!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 18:44:18 | More by beerluvr
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

11.2 ounce bottle.
It's cloudy/hazy burnt orange in color and the fluffy head is absolutely gargantuan in size, probably 3.5 inches. Just wiggle your glass a little, make it dance, and the head returns for another inch to inch and a half of fluffiness.
The aroma is strongly fruity, twangy, and yeasty. Some pepper is noticed as well.
An awesome flavor of yeastiness, sweetness, fruitiness, pepperyness, everythingness! It's quite enjoyable and quite smooth and creamy. The finish brings forth a surprising yet mellow caramel maltiness.

This complex beer is simply an awesome treat to drink. I'm happier than the monk on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 14:40:57 | More by AudioGilz
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StevieW

Florida

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

12 oz bottle. Superfoamer. Medium gold color. Head was a gigantic, marshmellow soft, creamy off white head. Soft enough that a butterfly with sore feet would love to spend the night. Poured into the St. Bernardus glass it was beautiful.
First taste is perfectly sweet, very subtle alcohol heat that fades away, and fresh hop flavors. Slightly sweet, but very definite refreshing citrus quality. Sweetness is everpresent but not overly done. Same cotton candy dryness on the finish. Fresh citrus peels, belgian yeast, and sour apples finish the flavors. Malty sweetness lingers, but only makes you want more.
Highly charged, not slick, but more refreshing than any tripel I can remember. No alcohol heat lingers. No slickness. Medium bodied, very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 19:23:20 | More by StevieW
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mzwolinski

California

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color, with a finger-thick white head. Great lace down the glass. Aroma is bready and yeasty, with spicy and grape-like notes. Flavor is very gently spiced and very smoothly balanced. Bits of orange, maybe some banana in the finish. Well-carbonated with a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Still, this beer seems a bit "heavy" to me. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit too creamy, and this could stand to be balanced by some additional tartness, or some extra kick in the hop department. Decent, but I couldn't drink several of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 15:45:59 | More by mzwolinski
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,300 ratings.