St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,214 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,214
Hads: 2,867
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 210
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of SebD
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white bubbly head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, lemon, citrus, floral notes, coriander, cloves and light pepper. Very inviting.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, nice bready notes, lemon/citrus, floral undertones, banana, cloves and light pepper. Everything blends together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Definetely one of the best Tripel's I've had.

Serving type: bottle (737 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spicy, powdery yeast, esters, apples, pears, pilsner, and pale malts. Some warm alcohol in there too.

Taste: You take everything above and blend it into one delicious sip. So tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, deceiving warm alcohol, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: It's been sometime, but still an original and favorite of mine. I'll see you again in the future. (750 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle served cool into an Innis & Gunn glass. I've had this sitting in the fridge for about 4 months, so it was definitely time to try this highly anticipated beer. Cost was about $3.25 CDN for a bottle.

Appearance - Very hazy golden honey hued beer. Two fingers of long lasting white head rest on top of this beauty that are inviting dangerous and a little rocky on top. Great retention and nice swath of lacing is left behind. There's tons of visible carbonation as well.

Smell - Spicy with a floral aroma too. Some peach and apricot up front. Then almost like a hidden layer of maple syrup underneath. powdery yeast and a bready aroma finish things off.

Taste - Sweet boozy fruit, pears and apricots, candied sugar and powdery biscuit. Some white pepper on the finish. Delicious melody of flavors, it just doesn't get better than this.

Mouthfeel - Delightfully light yet satisfactorily filling. There's really high carbonation on this even compared with others of the style. Juicy finish in the mouth, yet simultaneously finishes bone dry in the aftertaste.

Overall - (Bows down to the smiling monk and utters good fortune for St. Bernadrus beer being so good). A true treat and probably the best tripel I've ever had. Worth every penny. A must try for craft beer lovers and probably anybody who enjoys trying some new. (1,335 characters)

Photo of rjplumer
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold hazy body with plenty of sediment floating around. Pillow white head at least two fingers worth and stays for a long time.Tangy tart bitter taste. Lemon and bread too.Peppery on the tongue. Creamy feel in the finish. (221 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice Tripel. Not sure worth what I paid at my local beer store, but very nice indeed. Great, but only at the right price. Think I paid about 13 bucks for a bottle listed at 1 pint, 9.4 oz. (196 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained exceptionally well and left behind some lacing. The body is an amber blonde colour that boasts a large volume of carbonation. As a side note, the bottle overflowed with carbonation upon opening, an issue I've had in the past with some Belgian style beer.

Smell: The is the first Trappist style where the yeast wasn't up front. Instead grainy barley take centre stage with the yeast that brings forward pear, mild citrus and slight touches of apricot and cloves. Warming helps bring out the yeast elements, but it doesn't quite overcome the grain.

Taste: Starts with mild grain with touches of berry and citrus and then a wallop of pear that has a somehow normal mild sourness to it as the other fruit aspects join it in the background. It then ends with a slight spicy touch.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is spot on, helping out the entire beer with a beautiful foaminess. What's odd is the transitioning from mild sweet to odd sour note to slight spicy. That being said, the mixed mild aftertaste that doesn't cling at all earns back for it quite a bit.

Drinkability: It hides it high ABV exceptionally well and it also settles down and comes across as surprisingly light for a Tripel. While I wouldn't call it a rough ride by any means, I wouldn't say it's the smoothest guy on the block, but mainly just do the transitioning.

Final Thoughts: All in all, it's a solid Tripel. Part of me likes how more of the malt and grainy aspects come forward, but doesn't abandoned it's fruity yeast, and simplifies. Part of me sees it as a bit tamer then expected. Two thumbs up still despite this, mainly because the beer still has it pretty all together. (1,712 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Golden opaque with a white one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: So nice. Belgian yeast complimented with bananas and other citrus elements.

T: Yeasty, sweet, banana bread, malty. Plenty of citrus notes and fruity esters. Fantastic.

M: Medium with thick, full and chewy carbonation. This really sold it.

O: A delight. Glad I finally got to try this gem. (417 characters)

Photo of Grayson
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: Pours a light, pale yellow with some fluffy head.
S: Powerful fruit, some bready notes with a little clove at the end.
T: Still sticks to fruit - most notably apricot, banana, raisin, finishing with a little clove, I believe.
MF: Not at all offensive - Creamy, mostly. Doesn't linger for too long.
O: A sure favorite when looking for fruity - I will definitely come back to this. (410 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 mL bottle from a St. Bernardus sampler pack picked up at the LCBO; best before July 1 2016. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy, very effervescent golden-amber colour, capped off with one finger of puffy, long-lasted, sparkling white head. It slowly seeps away, leaving behind a dense, creamy cap and collar that lasts for most of the drink, in addition to a thick curtain of lace. Looks good, and I'm loving the aroma on this one: bready, grainy pale malts and some candi sugar are apparent, but it is the yeast and range of fruity esters that shine through most strongly. Apple, pear, lemon, apricot and sultana raisin all come to mind, with a noticeable clove spiciness also being featured.

Rich-tasting, thoroughly enjoyable flavour profile. Bready pale malts and banana kick things off, leading into a nice blend of orchard fruit notes - most of which were already represented on the nose. Apricot, green apple and pear are unmistakable, with suggestions of raisin, orange peel and even some caramelized sugar/toffee sweetness. Finishes with a yeasty earthiness, clove spice and white pepper heat, with a touch of fruity, boozy sweetness carrying on into the aftertaste. Full-bodied, but probably on the lighter side of that categorization - the assertive carbonation and its tiny bubbles give this Trappist ale a lively, prickly mouthfeel that softens and smooths as it approaches cellar temperature.

Final Grade: 4.66, a fantastic A+. St. Bernardus Tripel is one of the best examples of its style that I have yet tried, and a much more robust, satisfying brew than their Watou Tripel (also included in this sampler). It's a pleasure to drink, and I'm saddened by the fact that I probably won't be able to procure any more without engaging in a road trip or border crossing. Positively outstanding, and quite possibly my favourite St. Bernardus beer of all. (1,875 characters)

Photo of mick303
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into tulip glass, clear bright golden colour with excellent lacing and film retention of soapy white head.

S - floral lavender notes, grainy sweet toasty malt, orchard fruit, peachy with some yeasty esters, some coriander spice, and a bit leafy/herbal. Aromas of baking bread.

T - pleasant start with robust yeasty notes, rich orchard fruit, apple, plum, a touch of cinnamon, slightly tangy to the fruit and tropical notes as well, some malty treacly sweetness, butterscotch, a bit toasty as well with nice malt undertones, also some robust earthy notes towards the finish, which then tapers off quite abruptly with a dry lingering yeast aftertaste.

M - big and super smooth, some underpinning sweetness along with a moderate carbonation and a warming finish. Lovely balance and drinkability with a complex profile to match.

A tantalizing aroma and taste profile on this, upfront fruitiness and rustic notes yield a great depth of yeasty esters and malt notes. The aroma I found to a bit overwhelming in terms of overripe fruit initially but overall I have to say this was a superb tripel with nice balance and didn't flaunt its strength but remains a keenly drinkable and satisfying trappist ale. Well deserved reputation. (1,239 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (BBE 290916) served into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Slightly murky golden yellow - couple of fingers of white head which settles down fairly quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. No real surprises there.

Smell: Quite a 'bready' smell mixed up with many of the other smells you associate with Belgian beers: bananas, citrus, coriander and a hint of cloves too. Spice notes are fairly subdued.

Taste: Again, quite yeasty up front with the bread and citrus notes predominating. This is present to a lesser degree in the aftertaste which I found slightly dry with faint alcohol notes. Quite malty throughout - just how I like it.

Feel: Quite a 'full' feel - not excessively heavy, despite the relative lack of carbonation. Others have described it as 'creamy' - that's actually a pretty good way of describing it. Either way, it's eminently drinkable.

Overall: I've yet to find a St.Bernardus beer that I don't like - whilst this isn't quite in the same league as, say, the Abt 12, it's still about as good an example of a tripel as you'll find. Definitely worth the effort. (1,102 characters)

Photo of kevinlater
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle into oversized wine glass. best before "A 01 07 16", enjoyed on january 5, 2015

a: very opaque golden yellow topped with a finger and a half of foamy white head

s: banana, lemon, fresh bread, apricot, peach, mild spice notes

t: fruity up front (lemon, banana, apricot), with coriander, white pepper, honey, biscuit, and bread flavours following shortly after. malty sweet all around with a gentle bitterness at the end. maybe some hints of apples and pears

m: a very creamy medium body with soft, bubbly carbonation

o: an excellent belgian tripel. seems very textbook, which means it is delicious (618 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: The body is a hazy, cloudy burnt yellow color under a white cap of foam. The head settles to a pretty even film across the top. Light watery lines of lacing stay on the glass for a while.

Aroma: Very malty and bread up front, coated with sweetness. Subtle notes of coriander, clove, and banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this beer is very sweet and bready. There's equal parts coriander, clove, and banana with a touch of bubblegum candy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, slightly dry.

Overall: A very delicious beer loaded with sweetness with a well-hidden 8.00% ABV. (624 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's been so long since I've had a Tripel. Almost forgot that this was the beer style that got me in craft beers. Here goes:

A:: Beautiful, cloudy orange. Pours a huge foamy head that lingers and leaves adequate lacing. Appears great.

S: Bready, Belgian yeast. This one was definitely bottle-conditioned. Can smell bread, candied sugar, orange-peel, clove, coriander, white pepper and some lighter spices, flowers and herbs. Very complex and inviting.

T: A lot of the taste follows the nose. Bready yeast, banana, orange-peel, candied sugar, and lighter, peppery spices. Aftertaste is quite peppery owing to the spices.

M: Nice, bready yeast with a peppery mouthfeel. Good.

O: A great Tripel. Will have against when I can afford it. (753 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO as a mixed 6pk for $18.00. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice cloudy gold good beer. Nice white head that lasts.

S- Nice yeast. Good malt. Nice blend.

T- Very good tripel. You can tell this has been refined over the years

M- Very creamy good.

O- Nice beer. If at a reasonable price I will buy

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with.... BBQ ribs no sauce. I like no sauce and I like good beer

Enjoy!! (463 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 11/21/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style! All around amazing complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. An extremely delicious offering. (1,579 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold to light amber color. Persistent thin white head, some lacing, but most of it slid back down the glass to join the original foam across the top.

Smell: Herbal, floral, belgian candi sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Up front herbal, middle taste was sweetness with the candi sugar again and a biscuity malt, then a leafy light finish. Belgian fruity esters and some of the yeast notes throughout front, middle, and end of the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation but very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Well crafted and dangerously drinkable. A solid Belgian ale and a bit sweeter for a Tripel than I was expecting, but quite nice. I could easily have had another. Went well with medium-rare duck and salad. (807 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Has a decent head, among an amber, golden glowing, cloudy color.

Floral hops at the beginning, together with clove, pear and a biscuity maltiness, spiced with nutmeg. The most outstanding thing to the nose is the intense, floral, illustrating hop note among slightly funky Belgian yeast.

The same thing applies to the taste, floral, grassy notes define the first impression. The processed hops aren't particularly bitter, but they do confirm the spices of the brew outstandingly well, adding a lot more character to the beer, than the usual Tripel would allow. Spiciness has a semi-dry note to it, while peppers, cinnamon, ripe banana, pear and apple, as well as burned caramel shine through. Includes also an earthy, herbal coordinate, close to a Saison, which gets detectable during the slightly bitter finish, accompanied by soft, slightly slick yeast. (858 characters)

Photo of Kampfar
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

0,33l bottle poured into tasting glass:
Smell of hops and herbs, light smell of malt and hay. Relatively long lasting and full white head. Slightly cloudy and light orange coloured beer. Palate: It has a full mouthtaste of first of all a moderate malt sweetness followed by a slightly sour and bitter hoppy finish with long lasting dryness.
Overall a very delicious Tripel. (373 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with dense creamy white head, settles slowly to a thin layer, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lightly sugary and bready, pear, coriander and spicy hop notes. Taste: pear, cooked green apple, clove and coriander, grassy and grainy, lemon honey cough drop, pear and baking spices in the finish. (316 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a medium golden color, with about one finger of head, which doesn't last long. Aroma reminded me of golden raisins. The taste also has that flavor, with a mild bitterness from the hops balancing it out. Has a moderately thick mouth feel with noticeable carbonation. Quite expensive, but quite enjoyable. (310 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. Drink by 4/15/16.

Nice bright color, a little hazy. Big head with a fairly hard pour. Smells of grapes and hops at the pour, sweeter aroma as it warms. Hint of black pepper. Taste yields lots of yeast, some malt and again grapes early on with a little hop bitterness. Creamy, solid body.

Really good beer. Not my favorite tripel, but a top notch one that everyone should try. (418 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

App: Cloudy, pale amber with big head and lacing and strong carbonation visible

Aroma: Malty and Belgian yeast. easty with notes of banana and apple. A good typical Belgian pale or tripel smell.

Taste: Sweet malt and Belgian yeast. A sweet tasting beer with hints of toffee. There is also an interesting peppery taste here.

Mouthfeel: Medium and somewhat frothy.

Overall: A good Belgian tripel. Didn't seem to quite have the "wow" factor of a Westmalle or Karmeliet but not significantly inferior and well worth a try for fans of those beers.

90/100 (555 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Look: Nice golden yellow, nice frothy white head. Smell: Spices, lemon citrus, hay, little honey, mild oats, sour notes (green apples maybe), little banana. Taste: Follows the aroma, spices, lemon tart, apples, wheat dough, fruity notes, Feel: medium-light body, lively carbonation.

Overall: This is a text book example of a tripel. No alcohol burn. Not as sour as the aroma tells. This is a very good brew. Recommended. (423 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

From notes on 9/5/2013

Love the smell. Very sweet smelling. Appearance is very cloudy. You can see chunks of yeast floating. Sweet tasting, almost like banana. Overall, a great beer. (183 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.