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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,744 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,744
Reviews: 1,204
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 196
Gots: 284 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Ratings: 2,744 | Reviews: 1,204
Photo of Enola
2.88/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a golden snowglobe. Lots of suspended yeast. The Color is a light golden with a fair head. The smell is similar to a light beer with a alcohol bite. The taste is of alcohol with a corn-like presence. I prefer the St. Bernardus 8 to this by a wide margin. I may come back to this one at some point but the 8 has my money as of now.

Photo of dmamiano
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a glass at around 55 degrees.
Nice deep ruby color with an impressive off white head with lacing that seemed to hang on extra long.
The aroma was fantastic with deep ripe plums, and a "bready" malt aroma.
Mouth feel was exceptional and the flavor almost perfect. Nice smooth, creamy and full mouthfeel was great and the malty flavors were almost heavanly. I notice no hops per say, but that was expected. The maltiness was of plums/raisons and a bit "bready"

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of darcange
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of CDCNAM
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DemoniChris
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of acrawf6
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice slightly hazy orange hue with a white head.

Smell. Initially quite sweet and fruity- apples and peaches as if they are in a cobbler. Has a rich creaminess, almost as if i were smelling a warm fruit pastery.

Taste. Not as sweet as the aroma would make it appear, or others in it's style, but still a bit sweet. One interesting thing i get is roasted malts as i let it sit on the top of my tongue and warm up. I remember fruits playing a bigger role in the past, but no so much in this bottle. Aftertaste has a small hint of the alcohol, but it is still pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Body is very nice and creamy as the beer really seems to fill my mouth. Though creamy, it still has tons of carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel stands out the most, imho, but i dont believe this beer has any shortcomings. great one for after dinner.

Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind next to Westmalle Tripel in some monk-on-monk action.

A: Very opaque gold and tons of sediment stagnating in the middle. Very white head. Bizarre and dramatic.

S: Significantly more muted than the other top-end tripels. Vague floral whiff. Tough to identify individual aromas here.

T: Neither a ton of sweetness or booze, but also a little undistinguished. While Westmalle is a freak of the senses, St. Bernardus is very understated, with somewhat floral flavors popping in and out of focus. Subtle and confounding.

M: Drier than some others. Average carbonation.

O: Elegant and very well-produced, but also somewhat anonymous in that no flavors or aromas truly emerge as dominant. For some, that's going to be why this is the best tripel out there. I like mine more aggressive, so Westmalle is my Trappist triple of choice.

Photo of Azpittil57
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of fosters9
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into St Bernardus Goblet

A: Pours a chalky golden color, very cloudy. About a fingers worth of fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing from start to finish. Great looking beer.

S: Lots of things going on here.... little tart lemon, mix of sweeter fruits, so yeast and spice. There is a touch of alcohol present but not heavy or strong.

T: All the smells are here.... Good mix of sweet and tart with a good mix a yeastiness and spiciness. Finish is dry with very little alcohol burn. Very nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation that makes it a little sharp.

D: At 8% ABV it is a one at a time kind of beer, but a very balanced and very drinkable Tripel. One of the better ones I've had. As always it is hard to go wrong with St. Bernardus.

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

I first had this a few weeks ago at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a foamy, creamy, white head that thins to a quarter-inch layer, that fades to a persistent film.

Smell: The nose is fruity with notes of banana, yeast and a spicy graininess.

Taste: Fruity banana upfront, with a nuttiness in the center. The finish is grainy and citric with spicy alcohol and a very light bitterness,

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The flavors are good but strong, as is the alcohol.

Overall: This is a delicious Tripel. The sweet fruitiness is moderated well by the alcoholic spice and light bitterness.

Photo of alex_hart
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/2/08 Updating review:

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, it has a hazy apple-cider color. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Certainly not a typical tripel.

Aroma is sweet, malts, some hay and citrus. Somewhat yeasty.

Taste is sweet, malts, apricots/orange/peach. Some hops come through in the taste. Somewhat tart at the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a decent tripel, though not typical. It is certainly drinkable. Would go nice with a variety of food. There are certainly better tripels out there, but that shouldn't deter anyone from trying this.

Photo of athomasPSU
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of epyon396
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden color wtih tons of carbonation flowing to the top. The highlight of the appearance is the nice fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

First whiff is fruity, citrus and apricot. This is followed by the expected yeasty spiceyness, pepper mostly. The 8% dosn't show itself. Taste has all the flavors you smell but is suprisingly subtle. Fruityness dissapears and the mild spicey pepper flavor takes over. Some bready malt flavors. Finishes bitter which makes it nice and dry.

Overall, i found this one supper enjoyable. It maybe isn't as over the top as many of the "extreme" beers but it's full of flavor and makes for a great drinking beer. I could enjoy this one over and over again.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, lots of small bits of sediment, relatively dark orangy yellow brown. Not much of a head but it has a spacy quality. Moderate but difficult to see rising carbonation.
S: Slightly over ripe pineapple, mild sugary/plasticy quality that i don't find offensive. Dense, a hair sweet and yeasty, nice.
T: Very special taste. Unique. Almost a sherbert like, though less sweet, fresh, the yeast sits in an unusual place, in the middle, somewhat heavy. elusive bitterness. Quite good.
M: Medium body, hair of tartness. barely astringent.
O: A nice tripel, but on the heavy side.

Photo of DudMan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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