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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,220 Reviews
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Reviews: 1,220
Hads: 2,888
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 216
Gots: 338 | 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 biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, drinking it a bit early from its 2013 best before date, but hey, it's freaking cold outside...

This beer pours a hazy medium tarnished golden yellow colour, with two fingers of fizzy, creamy white head, which leaves a sloped ring of lace around the glass as it falls away. It smells of tart citrus, and bitter floral hops, and a mild sweet bready maltiness. The taste is sweet, bready/fruity malt, some offsetting acidic lemon zest, and a soft sugary booziness. The carbonation is moderate, with the puffy, but not tingly, nature that I associate with all things Trappist and beery. An otherwise forgettable medium body is spruced up by the crisp acidity, rendering the overall effect quite refreshing. It finishes with a diminishing sweetness, and the astringent hops and booze tugging away.

A somewhat complicated Tripel: more hops that expected, less malt in the same vein. Overall, this lead to a very drinkable (until the well-integrated 8 points of booze kick in) big boy beer from the other brothers. (1,023 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, BB date 01 06 09.

Pours a hazy peach tone, plenty of dense white foam. Lace sticks around for the duration of the glass. Tiny streams of capillary carbonation permeate the orange liquid.

Smells like pilsner malt, it has a certain lightness, but not a big bouquet.

Taste is fairly mild, carried by a velvety mouthfeel. Light sweetness, no fruit, but a little alcohol spiciness. Estery yeast, similar to a Wit or Hefe. Hint of toffee, but it's gone in a flash. Dry aftertaste, easy to drink...

In the end i'm not terribly impressed, but will give it another shot. A fresher bottle may yield different results. (634 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Carbonated honey with lemonade borders. The crown of foam, as expected, was massive before the first few ounces left the bottle. It's an especially regal shade of alabaster and is smoothy creamy rather than firmly rocky. Shotgun-blasted sheets of Belgian lace stick with authority. I love the look after a second pour adds a smattering of yeast to the glass.

The nose is all kinds of wonderful. Having said that, I'm not tempted to go with the big number. It's chock full of golden orchard fruit and has an ideal amount of yeasty spiciness. Just as I suspected, even a few degrees of warming opens things up beautifully.

Simply put, St. Bernardus Tripel is world-class. It doesn't happen often, but there's nothing about the flavor profile that I would change. It's as if the monks tweaked the recipe over hundreds of years until it was a model of perfectly balanced perfection. Actually, that's probably exactly what happened.

This may be the fruitiest tripel in existence. Each sip delivers a controlled explosion of buttery pears and crisp apples, sun-ripened melon and juicy pineapple. Honeyed pale malt anchors the bottom end with authority. Wrapping it all up in a neat little bow is a perfect (there's that word again) amount of clove and white pepper spiciness. It looks like Tripel Karmeliet has some competition at the top of my 'most favored tripels' list.

How can so many flavors and so many flavor sensations be present at once and how can they work so well together? Tripel is sweet and tangy and bitter and fruit and spicy... all at once. A well-crafted tripel is almost as pleasing to my taste buds as a hugely hoppy DIPA. And this is *definitely* a well-crafted tripel.

The mouthfeel falls a fraction short of perfection. It's medium for the style, with an admirable amount of silky smoothness, but it doesn't quite reach that state of effortlessly creamy expansiveness that is otherwise known as mouthfeel bliss.

Brouwerij St. Bernardus has never let me down. I've enjoyed each and every one of their creations and am especially thrilled with Tripel. It's on my short list of the world's best beers, no matter the style. I plan to stock up whenever the opportunity presents itself. Only next time I'm going for the 750s. (2,244 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a small, white, fizzy head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and wheat.

T - It tasted citrusy, sweet. A nice blend of wheat, clvoe and yeast.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an exceptional tripel. Certainly one of the best around. (337 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown with a small off white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of nice lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smell was very fruity, hints of grain, along with pears, plums, apricots and apples. Sloght hint of alcohol as well in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, not really a biting flazvor though. Nice and mellow for a triple. Lots of fruity tones mixed in with a nice spiceness. Hints of apricots and pears were the most prominent, along with a big alcohol kick.

D - Overall this was a nice triple and good beer. A little big to be an everyday one, but I really did enjoy it and it can occupy a spot in my fridge anytime.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach color with a huge blooming (almost to much) head that consumed the whole beer now a fluffy head on top of a Belgian tripel is nice but this went a bit overboard.I notice a little funk in the aroma like a saison in some ways with its mentioned funk and peppery spice with just a light note of citrus,quite spicey on the palate cloves coriander and black pepper really come thru with an underlying candi suger elemant.A nice creamy mouthfeel lended itself well to this brew.A nice tripel but I have had better the Witkap tripel I had just yesterday to me was more broad and enjoyable,all in all not bad but to me not worth the hype. (650 characters)

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

Pours a hazy amberish under a thin (1/8-inch) white head which leaves little lace. Fruity aroma. Malty with sweet herbs and alcohol taste. Yeasty finish. (155 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 19 07 10.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold body topped proudly with an inch of white foam.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum, booze, and more candy.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness with a tiny bit of breadiness to it. Large dose of toffee candy. Drop of lemon extract, a drop of vanilla extract. Spicy, flowery hops with a medium-low bitterness. Splash of bubblegum liqueur with its accompanying alcohol heat. Tiniest bit of sourness rides into the otherwise sweetish finish. After a few sips, a growing taste of black pepper develops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Another very good tripel from the St. Bernard Brewery-err, I mean Brouwerij. Though, for me, when pit side-by-side with the Watou Tripel, I do defer to the Watou. (873 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

That monk is just so dern happy all the time! He must be enjoying nigh-constant Bernardus brews... This-a one pours a clear pale golden straw topped by nearly a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises heavy clove and pepper, banana, spicy yeast, a tiny bit o' that farmhouse stuff (hmm), and some lemon zest. basically, it smells like a tripel. The taste follows, brining those spices to the fore, backed by some nice banana and citurs blends, and finishing with a nice flourish of pepper and cardamom. The body is a fluffy medium, with a sharp carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very nice, nearly archetypal tripel. Get some, and be as happy as the monk! (713 characters)

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

A hazy golden-amber body streams with a fine-bubbled carbonation beneath a full head of white froth. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of lace about the goblet. Bready, cookie dough-like, and even slightly toasted malt appears in the nose; accented by notes of yeast, vanilla, fruit (cherry, pineapple), flowers, and delicate spice. It's zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation that warms to become somewhat creamy; although the medium-full body might have something to do with that as well! The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some leafy hops and a stiff, balancing bitterness. It finishes dry and lingering with yeast and vanilla-laced cookie dough lingering amidst a dry, leafy bitterness. Impressive and unusual, the St. Bernardus Tripel is a not to be missed beer! (831 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of yeast, spices, bananas, citrus and a good amount of hops. The malt character is thin but it is enough to provide some backbone. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening. (760 characters)

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

I had this once before and decided to revist since it was close to a year ago. I enjoyed this from a 750 chilled in a tulip

The color is golden apricot with translucent clarity and 2 finger fluffy cap w/ compact beading and visible carbonation with good retention and lacing. The smell is light with floral esters and mild hops which are more herbal with light clove scent augmenting with some honeydew fruit and mild malt notes which are slightly nutty in the nose.

The taste is dry with some mild yeast accompaniment and both spice and light fruit essence are noticeable in the taste with a mild creaminess from the malt and semi-high carbonation leaves a mild mineral taste w/ mild herbal hops which are experienced as the ale finishes with dryness on the palate and low alcohol impact on the taste in general. Overall I was very pleased with this as it develops increasing in temperature the spice character and hops seem to emerge with a a very flavorful quality and well rounded taste in general with strength matching the feel. This is what I consider a total package beer-wonderful and a high value as well, highly recommended (1,137 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl slender brown bottle with a “consume before end of 2004” freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Hazy pale amber, darker than a lot of tripels I have had and the lace is just ok as it leave only a ring.

Smell: Faint whiff of alcohol, fruit and solvent but mostly toned down. Touch of tropical fruit as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely layered and infused carbonation, fluffy moderate body that goes creamy underneath the crispness. Solid dry malt character, phenols are present with waves of herbal flavour and the sweet and spicy alcohol delivers some fruitiness to the taste buds. Chalky yeast. Undertone of hops show a tired bitterness but all of the other flavours pick up the slack to keep things in balance.

Drinkability & Notes: Hmm … not exactly what I expected or even what I see a tripel as but there is no doubt this is a good beer. Nothing earth shattering, just good. (939 characters)

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

Pours a clouded gold with a white head. Nose is mild. At first the thing that came to mind was pencil shavings (like when you sharpen your pencil with that little 2nd grade sharpener). Very slight citric tone. Overall though, the nose is very quiet. The flavor. Slightly woody tone on the tail end. But overall, it is extremely well balanced. Smooth and even. On the first sip, the feel was like I opened my mouth, closed my eyes, and had someone pour silk into my mouth. Beautiful. Hence the 5. Very drinkable. One to go back to again and again.

Normally when I see a beer reviewed so much with such a high score, I approach with trepidation. This one did deliver though. And I am glad to have been able to grab a bottle when I was in the Bay area. (751 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a resounding pop! Pours a slightly hazed apricot (clears later). Super head retention & very good lacing

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & lemony hops once warm

T: Big-time, tropical fruittyness (apple peels & pineapple), some honey, & a bit of lemony hops up front. Lemony & grapefruitty hops, pus dates, apricot, & more pineapple & honey as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with a hint of vanilla & some more lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, some creamyness, warming sensations, 2/3rds through the bottle

Drinks pretty easy for the complexity & abv. Not the best tripel out there, but pretty good (627 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.29/5  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. (835 characters)

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

Appearance: Unfiltered golden sunshine like tone with a nice layer of frothy white head leaves spread out Belgian style lacing, it's purdy. Aroma: Awesome pineapple bubblegum notes rich sweetness I'm loving this brew complex spiciness there, wow. Flavor: Nice fruit esters swarm the tastebuds this is the shit my style of a tripel. Creamy tone to it with the bubblegum sweet tone this is a classic tripel down to the T, nice spiciness. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel spritzy carbonation good stuff I'm loving this shit good stuff in my opinion. Drinkability: Excellent smooth delicate and hella drinkable. (602 characters)

Photo of InspectorBob
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. A hazy golden yellow color with about two fingers of head. Not much lacing.

The aroma was floral and fruity, citrus notes, orange, lemon.

The taste was smooth and subtle, slight alcohol that fades quickly. Some bitterness to balance everything.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some good carbonation.

This is a very nice tripel that is very easy to drink at 8% ABV... (411 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tight near-white head. Notable cloud of yeast suspended in the glass. The color orange-light amber. Lots of clumpy lace.

Pleasant background brown sugar and molasses. Warming aroma of raw alcohol.

Creamy and mildly sweet. The finish is more sour than sweet. The body is thinner than most Tripels and the carbonation is near the level of soda. The alcohol presence is not overwhelming, which I like. Overall, this is an easy Tripel to enjoy. (442 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  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. (577 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. Best of date on the bottle is 14.06.13.

a - Pours a murky golden-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, bready malts, and citrus. Smells great.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, honey, bananas, and bready malts. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is super smooth and creamy, makes it very easy to drink.

d - A great tripel all around. At 8% I thought it was very easy to drink and I loved the taste and mouthfeel. Would certainly have again. (672 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 chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

.33L bottle (best by 8/2014 dated) served in a Piraat tulip glass.

A: The beer is a pale orange-amber color, hazy with a towering, creamy tan head, some of which lasts until the end, and leaves some lace on the glass.

S: The fruity/floral aroma reflects Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops. Excellent for style.

T: probably the best tasting tripel I've ever had. The toasted malts are a bit more apparent than usual, banana and clove make up only a small portion of the complex flavor, and the sweet/bitter/tart mix is superb.

M: Crisp and very smooth; medium body; medium-high carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: World class; my favorite tripel{?}. (669 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged-corked bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thick head that thins to a lasting cover, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of bubblegum and cotton candy with floral, herbal, slightly grassy spicing.

The taste is lemony, grassy, herbal with bready notes with plenty of sweet maltiness and sugar sweetness. Sweet with a spicy herbal dryness in the finish.

Meduim-bodied with an airy effervescence. Spicing lingers.

Well-balanced with subtle complexities, this sips very easily. (500 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.