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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,725 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 195
Gots: 274 | FT: 2
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 DemoniChris
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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 +6.1%

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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 desint
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +12.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -11.6%

Photo of BierJager89
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent golden straw color with a white foamy head.

S: Some orange undertones with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: Lots of orange with a nice compliment of cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Smooth for a tripel and medium-light, bodied. Almost foamy.

O: Not their best beer, but certainly not their worst, and an excellent example of the style. Very tasty.

Photo of hellhammermario
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

A: A golden and very cloudy amber color with huge lacing all the way through.

S: Just like you would expect a tripel to smell. Hugei yeast up front followed by some more subtle fruity hints from the yeast.

T: Candied sugar and an unmalted wheaty flavor. A big crisp and clean spiced yeasty flavor. A fruity sweetness with some honey that comes in late in the flavor profile.

M/D: Light carbonation with a medium body. High ABV doesn't deter the drinker at all. Maybe just because the beer as a whole is just so damn good.

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

11.2 fl oz poured into a brandy snifter.
Cloudy golden appearance. Nice head retention. Very effervescent. More than I'm used to as an admitted hophead.
Very complex tastes that do a good job of representing the style.
A good change of pace for someone who doesn't drink Belgian ales very often.

Photo of CDCNAM
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of frank4sail
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle Consume by the end of 2004.

Wet yeasty dough nose with a touch of sweetness. Cloudy hazy murky straw yellow look in the goblet with lots of carbonation and a huge airy pale white head with a brown dregs mark in the center of the head due to the final reminants of the pour.

Soft marshmellow/Pineapple flavor upfront with soft burnt candi sugar and lovely maltyness. The finish has a slight sting of hops, dry abv, and a signature yeast presence.

The mouth is very lively upfront it then turns soft and coating on the palate. The finish dries the tongue and throat out to the point where it makes you sip again. That is a complex mouth!

Seems not to hide the abv at all in the finish. This is quite a nice beer. Rich yet rounded... well worth seeking out!

Photo of changeup45
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. You could call it tan, brown, orange, yellow, golden, flat out murky and I don't think any answer is wrong. Very thick foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Subtle hints of fruit spice and yeast in the aroma but nothing that'll just jump out at you. A very nice blend of citrus, spice, malt with a nice little alcohol presence in the flavor. A little tang and tart in the finish and aftertaste which is surely a sign of the alcohol content. While you know you're drinking alcohol it is balanced quite well. I like it.

Photo of mzwolinski
3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer just erupted as soon a the cap was pried off streams and streams of tiny bubbles swiftly racing to the surface. A slightly cloudy nice golden color with a creamy white head leaving a never die froathy coating across the top of the ale, particles of yeast seep out the final pour.

Nice yeasty aromas with fresh baked bread,subtle spicyness with light bannana notes and a slight mustyness and light fruitiness as it warms.

Very creamy and fluffy,delicate tastes well balanced flavors with yeasty, light fruityness hint of bannana/peach and pear with subtle spicyness no alcohol tastes,yet i can sense some heat,finishes with some green apple bitterness. Very light delicate mouthfeel,i just can't imagine drinking this all night,definatly a creeper.

Photo of rwilde
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a chalice

A: pours a medium golden color with a slight haze and with a finger of pure white head that lingers nicely and is consistent of very fine bubbles, has a ton of carbonation bubbles on the glass and floating towards the top, leaves a nice amount of very thin lacing on the glass
S: scents of white grape juice and a slight wheat character
T: grapes in the beginning and then a bit of an interesting character towards the middle/end, not at all bad but i just cant place what it is, maybe pears, overall a real good tasting brew, really represents the style
M: intense on the carbonation kind of like seltzer, leaves the mouth very clean and altogether quickly
O: a really nice brew, represents the style to a tea, taste great, looks great, smells perfect, ive had this one and abt 12 and loved both so i think im gonna have to track down the rest

Photo of dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Greggy
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes into a nice cap. Big sedimentation on the copper colored body.

S- Banana, yeast, fresh flour, alcohol, dates.

T- Nice malty sweetness of yeast, banana, clove, light date, dry finish with some spice. Initial pepper is large.

M- Light tingle of carb and pepper.

D- This is a great triple. Definitely a must have if you've never tried it.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.