St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
Bottle: Poured lightly hazy dark yellowish ale with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation was extremely good and body was a thinner then expected. Aroma is quite particular with some weird but enjoyable sweetness (like some crazy candy my kids would love) and good strong malt. The sweet malt dominates taste with some undertones consisting of soft spices, candi sugar and yeast. Wow, this one was quite a surprise and probably ranked very close to my top Abbey Tripel.
01-28-2005 20:48:04 | More by Phyl21ca
4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
Hand's down, one of the world's best beers. Big aromas of ripe or over-ripe fruits. Sweet and mature. Balanced spiciness with a light yeast, musk, and dough-like mellowness. Looks copper-peach with a thick haze. Moderately carbonated and an ideal foamstand. Tastes are bold and mellow of ripe peaches, pears, pineapples, mangos, papayas. Spicy from belgian yeast...almost like nutmeg, corriander, curraco, alspice. Sweet and dough-ey yeast and a viscous musk flavor shows it's age. Sweet alcohol flavors add to the complexity. Viscous to the entire mouth, cut through by the alcohol. Finishes sweet and refreshing, mildly drying and spicy. This is certainly one to savor although easily drimkable.
11-23-2005 20:54:00 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
06-07-2007 21:47:07 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
08-24-2008 04:51:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev -5.9%
This poured out as a really nice golden yellow color with a fluffy white colored head on top. The smell of some spice, yeast, and banana were on the nose in this brew. The taste of the beer was nice lightly spiced with a soft sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel of this brew was soft, medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Overall I found this to be one of the better Tripels I've had.
09-17-2011 18:52:07 | More by Knapp85
3.7/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
01-07-2006 01:45:20 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
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!
07-04-2010 20:42:18 | More by TMoney2591
3.75/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
01-21-2007 03:40:41 | More by emerge077
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-19-2008 19:13:27 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance: Hazy blond, clear enough to show off the stream of rising bubbles. The head dissipates somewhat quickly for the style.
Smell: Fruit and spice, a hint of yeast. Moderate sweetness, more fruity than sugary.
Taste & mouthfeel: A fruit medley of banana, apricot and green apple. Creamy and full-bodied yet incredibly easy to drink. Pepper and spice appear for a moment in the finish, leading way to earthy, herbal hops.
Notes: Excellent, one of the best tripels. The perfect marriage of complexity and drinkability.
03-28-2008 18:55:34 | More by largadeer
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
11-19-2010 00:51:59 | More by biboergosum
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
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!
01-18-2005 23:28:44 | More by NeroFiddled
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
12-30-2007 11:57:20 | More by RblWthACoz
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-08-2008 15:12:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.72/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
01-11-2004 03:11:50 | More by WVbeergeek
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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