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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,546
Reviews: 1,178
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 173
Gots: 191 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

PG2G, May 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Peyton5410, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: straw yellow in colour with a one-finger head that hangs about for a short time. Settles to almost nil with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an intense aroma of Belgian yeasts, honey, citrus and biscuit malts. Pretty good.

Taste: plenty of spices with a touch of those citrus and biscuits. Definite Belgian yeast up front however.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a gritty bitterness that sits well in the mouth.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, particularly as the beer continues to warm. Medium in body.

Overall: a pretty impressive but ultimately far too expensive Belgian Tripel. I do prefer the Tripels from The Little Brewing Co (Mad Abbot) or St Feuillien, both of which come in at a minimum of $20 cheaper than the case price of over AU$125 (2013).

SmashPants, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light golden/orange but opaque from the sediment due to bottle conditioning. Some visible carbonation and a one finger fizzy white head that retains decently. Elegant lacing coats the inside of the glass.

Aroma: Even someone who was smelling this one blindfolded would know it's a Tripel straight away. You get yeast, clove, overripe banana, pear, and apple all blending together to create a nice impression. The aroma has a slightly brittle texture to it with a bit of juiciness underneath it all.

Taste: The first thing that strikes me is the flavor of fermented belgian candi syrup. It creates an almost caramel-like sweetness which is then slowly overshadowed by the hearty fruit flavors and spices that are a signature of the style. The finish is smooth in an effortless way that lends to a slight warming in the aftertaste from the 8% ABV. The flavor of cloves stick to the palate for a seemingly endless amount of time after each sip. Balanced with a precision that one would expect from a Belgian Ale.

Mouthfeel: As noted in the aroma there is a certain brittle quality through the middle that turns into a juiciness by the finish. Medium in body but seems thinner due to the persistent carbonation. A dangerous ease of drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I tend to file Tripels under my list of least favorite styles. That does not, however, stop me from being able to enjoy true brewing prowess when I encounter it. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Belgian Ales as they don't know what they're missing. Would I drink it again? Yes, as an aperitif.

JamesMN, Jan 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

CDCNAM, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

griffeyb, Mar 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

capnamerica, May 05, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Beermazter310, Sep 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

kayrex, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Cloudy brew with extensive floaties, dull iced-tea brown in color. Yellow highlighting. Fluffy, light, bright-white head with very strong retention.

S-Slight spice is overtaken by a big fruitiness, pears and berries, with a slight honey character.

T-Sligh spiciness mixes nicely with a sweet maltiness, bready with a slight yeast character. Honey sweet in the middle. Alcohol smoothly enters the picture before the sweet and malty finish.

M-Creamy, moderate carbonation with a medium-full mouthfeel.

D-Exquisite, though the heaviness may make it a bit too much at times.

CHSLBrew, Sep 01, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

jewellrunner, May 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

gonzo000, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Kevinpitts, Oct 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beerhast, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

DudMan, Jan 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -29.4%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

logicalparadox, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of taigor
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. YES, a pint glass at Grumpy's Ale House in Naples, FL. Can't complain about the choice of glassware since it cost only $4 per pint.

A - Poured cloudy brown color with medium head that dissipates very slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is bready yeast with caramel, raisins and figs.

T - Taste is bready yeast with caramel and brown sugar, very sweet overall but not extremely overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very good tripel but alcohol might be evident a little bit. I highly recommend it nonetheless.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Tumble, Nov 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Bobhoya, Apr 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JRBecks, Jun 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml with the happy monk on the label, it pours a pretty gold with an absolutely magnificent head that looks like a layer of vanilla pudding sitting on top of the glass. Although it doesn't really stick to the side of the glass it does leave a nice layer on top of the beer to the bottom. The smell is a nice mix of fruit, spice, and just a bit of hops. It starts out a bit strong for an 8% beer, but everything settles in nicely as the beer (as well as the stomach and face) warm a bit. Mouthfeel and drinkability are in line with the extraordinary smell and taste. This is another remarkable beer from St. Bernardus.

mickeymac, Feb 15, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a cloudy, lemonade gold that has a little "dirty dishwater" tinge to it. Three fingers of white, billowy, beautiful head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy spotted lacing.

Smell: Very spicy up front, though it is not off-putting. It is very sweet, as well. Orange citrus, bready yeast, banana, raisin, and a little bubblegum. It's like spicy orange bubblegum. The alcohol sting also comes through as well.

Taste: Smooth and surprisingly subtle. The spices from the smell are present, but they take a backseat to the heaping of malts. This is truly liquid bread as it tastes like a multigrain loaf with hints of lemon zest, orange citrus, and pepper for spice. The alcohol is noticeable on the tail end of each sip, but it is nothing offensive.

Drinkability: High quality stuff. Though not overly complex, it is loveable, very tasty, and drinkable.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

JandJMD, Aug 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

hockeypuck, Nov 23, 2013
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,546 ratings.