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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,630 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,630
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 220 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, white frothy head that diminished to about 1/2-finger size. Body is a nice, dark-golden color that was cloudy, with heavy particles floating around. Good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice aroma, quite similar to the Watou Tripel, with lots of yeast, citrus, and some hints of alcohol.

T: Very nice flavor of breadiness, citrus, orange, and a light alcohol warmth in the finish. Average duration.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with a creamy texture, and average carbonation... not quite as fizzy as some of the other St. Bernardus beers.

D: A very, very good tripel... not the standout of its class, but definitely near the top, and very drinkable for its ABV.

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile. Popped the top and it started foaming out of the bottle. So I quickly poured into my chalice. Yellowish-orange in color with a good size white head thanks to all those bubbles. Streams of them constantly make their way to the top.

The smell is orange, citrus, pepper and malt all wrapped into one. The first thing I notice about the taste is how smooth it is. So well balanced it is almost mind blowing. Sweet in the beginning, spicy in the middle and hoppy-dry in the end. That dryness at the end is what I love. Todd told me the Watou Triple was dryer and I have to agree. This one seems to have more body and balance. I love it.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.13/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy light golden/orange, loaded with sediment, which remain suspended as a well mixed solution, but eventually collect on the bottom of the glass. ~2 fingers of pure white head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin, incomplete and petri-dish looking cap. No lacing noted.

S- A sightly funky green-apple/light fruit bouquet.

T- Hoppy, sweet bannana flavors hit first. Lightly bitter, alcohol infused, slightly funky yeasty finish. Bit more alcohol bite than I'd anticipated.

M- Prickling carbonation, yet fairly creamy.

D- OK. A bit too boozy tasting for me to want more than one.

Future outlook: Eh, hard to say. Decent, but uninspiring IMO, so I won't soon seek it out again.

Photo of crwills
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish gold, into an oversized wine glass. Big fluffy cloud head that leaves lots of lacing. Some yeasty bits in the glass, probably my fault.

Aroma is oranges and cloves, sugary lemon, and very fresh, bready malt.

Taste is incredibly thick and malty upfront. Mild citrus middle, with some bready notes. Good sour hop kick in the aftertaste makes this an excellently balanced beer. Mouthfeel is fantastically chewy and satisfying, with moderate carbonation.

This is my favourite tripel so far, and probably my favourite St. Bernardus brew as well. Good stuff!

Photo of beerpirates
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl bottel poured in my karmeliet glasw

A: Creamy 2 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 Belgian quality, some nice bitterness not to much , just perfect,

M: It has a very smooth mouth but thick at the same time, very Nice

Very rich and delicious This is à good example for the Style

Photo of hockeypuck
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 brown bottle poured into a goblet; unsettling yellow in color, with off and on orange peel showings. A sparkling and white bubbly soapy head. The nose is fruity, with sugar plum, banana bread and cloves. Non-moving yeasty particles make their presence known. Incredible tastings--chewy peppery spices, plums, yeast and fruity malts. The body contains some bread/biscuit flavorings. Bubble gum, bananas and more peppery notes are noted. Finishes dry and very satisfying; the definitive definition of what a triple should be! A gem!

Photo of DudMan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this Tripel from a bottle into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orangish color, produces a white creamy head and has some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen. The aroma smelled of orange and apricots. Very nice. Medium in body, this Tripel was very smooth, highest marks for mouthfeel. A base of toasted malt, strong citrus flavor...lemon and orange, hints of ripe apricots and then moves to a sweet caramel almost candy sugar flavor. This Tripel is amazing...best I have ever had, so many flavors shine through...it was fun to analyze. Semi dry finish.. Can't wait to try again.

Photo of griffeyb
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of twelvsies
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After hearing a busy buzz about this beer I was glad to finally stumble upon it at D's in Pittsburgh. Steel City, baby. Great hazy orange amber tone to this beer with a rocky head that sticks around for a while. Nice. This beer is sitting maybe two feet from my nose and I can smell it clearly. Total yeasty spicy bready smell. Very "Belgian". Sweet light malts. Taste is fabulous. Much as the smell suggests, which is good. Yeasty sweetened esters up front with a freshly baked bread follow up. I think the merry monk on the label and I would be great pals. Great floral grassy notes to this beer, although not particularly "hoppy" in the American sense. A totally different interpretation of hops and malt here. And a tiny tad of bitterness at the end. Just enough to get your attention. Subtle is the word. But not wussy. Definately not. Very abundant flavor. Complex. Extremely cake-like. Very smooth and very light floaty mouthfeel. You can certainly taste the authenticity in this beer. An extremely drinkable beer, very easy going down. This is a cream of the crop beer from Belgium. Drink up chums.

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

A- Pours a turbid light apple cider-like color with about 2 inches of white, fluffy head. Pretty typical for the style. Laces ok.

S- Spicy from that Belgian yeast, fruity--though I can't pick out exactly what they are (pineapple? apple? pears?), cloves, some banana.

T- Follows nose. Yeasty, spicy, with a little musty touch. Less fruit than I expected. Slight touch of banana and pineapple. Slight alcohol. Yeast is primary component, with maybe some Belgian spices. Hop aftertaste.

M- Light and prickly. Slightly syrupy. Dry finish.

D- Definitely moving through this one. Good one, watch out for the ABV.

Photo of dcisco44
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/29/2010:

Best by 07/05/13. 330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a finger and a half of frothy head that has great retention and produces excellent lacing.

S: Spicy yeast aromas up front with citrus, cupcake, and mild caramel following.

T: Yeasty peppery spiciness, banana, lemon, and some toastiness on the back end. It does not overwhelm with flavors which, in my opinion, is an advantage over American takes on the style.

M: The body is medium-thick and finishes creamy and sticky.

D: This is an absolute delight to this tripel fan.

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of steamboatbrewer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The one pours a cloudy orange color, with a small head a little bit of lacing.

Not a huge aroma on this one... some fruit, some spices, but all are a bit muted.

The taste is more what I would expect out of a tripel, a little bitter at first then a burst of spice and fruity flavors. Well balanced and quite nice.

I was looking forward to this one, I love tripels, but this didn't quite stack up with the best tripels I've ever had. It's still a fine beer, and far above average.

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Back label stamped 13 09 13.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow body. Huge white head with decent retention and low to moderate lacing.

Smell - Musky corn. Slight banana.

Taste - Very smooth. Very corny. Almost like an American Adjunct Lager. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Superbly smooth and creamy, especially due to the carbonation. The head and carbonation is beautiful and one of the best of any beers ever.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is all about the smoothness of the mouthfeel, and inoffensive characters. The first sip is really complex, but after that it levels off and becomes less so.

Photo of CDCNAM
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked best before 1/30/09) into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A beautiful clear golden orange with a nice off-white head. Excellent lacing on this brew as well.

S: Fruity, apricots, tropical fruit as well as some alcohol aromas.

T: Very smooth and complex. Lots of fruit up front with just the right touch of sweetness. This is followed up with some herbal and light pepper and spices. Finished dry with some warming from the 8%.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, as well as slightly creamy.

D: Good drinkability, goes down smooth with nice balance and excellent flavors. A very good tripel.

Photo of cowboy83
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of waughbrew
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[4.95 IIRC at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA. Best before January 30th, 2009.]

Pours a hazy pale gold with a stupifying angelic head that lasts and laces tightly. The aroma has a lot going on. Plums are the dominant fruit to me, with cotton candy, bubble gum, and yeast mixing in a bit. Pepper and cloves keep it from being too candy-like. Sweet at first, this is very soft on the mouth. Doughy with a lingering hop tingle and sparkles of lemonpepper. Absolutely perfect feel. Seamless. This is heavenly nectar.

This beer reminded me of how Schumann described the music of Chopin: "Guns buried in flowers." This is a light colored, fluffy, flowery beer that secretly has powerful aroma, flavor, and alcohol.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,630 ratings.