St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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94
outstanding

1,212 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,212
Hads: 2,860
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 209
Gots: 324 | FT: 3
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 Arno
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark golden, almost orange slightly hazy color. Good white foam, nice lacing.

smell: I get some ripe tropical fruits, yeasty, wheaty and sugar.

taste: It starts with a fresh fruity and herbal flavor, into a more defined banana bread sugary flavor. Finishes surprisingly light and fluid with some caramel flavor to it. Can't really get my finger around it. There is also some creaminess to it.

mouthfeel: Quite creamy, but also quite some carbonation to break through it, making it fresh.

overall: I just love this beer. It's somehow hard to really pinpoint the flavors. There is so much going on, and yet it's a very easy to drink beer. It's a mystery to me. Making this beer very interesting when focused on it, and very, very drinkable when just relaxing and having a beer. Highly recommended. (813 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 330ml bottle from Bangkok, Thailand and took it back to Hong Kong in my suitcase. It has a best before date of 7th August 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy murky dark gold colour with one finger creamy white head that has great retention but leaves a nice set of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly floral and citrus lemon and lime aromas along with some bready buscuit malt.

Taste: Sweet fruity pear and some caramelised banana tastes, maybe even banana bread. The bready malts come through and the finish is slightly bitter and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and somewhat dry.

Overall: This is a pretty good tripel but not my favourite. I still prefer the La Trappe and Westmalle versions more as this was less fruity overall. (813 characters)

Photo of jenbys2001
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh St. Bernardus, how I love you so. It's hard to go wrong with this brewery and this Tripel does not disappoint. It has a dark heavy appearance in the glass with an initially foamy head. The scent is quite sweet, you can really capture the strong sugar presence. The taste is exquisite- beginning with a malty, yeasty fruit character and finishing with buttery toffee notes. Extremely complicated beer that makes you want to savor every single sip. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. As I've said with other St. Bernardus beers, the 8% ABV is well hidden under the delicious textures of the beer. Phenomenal, unforgettable beer. (644 characters)

Photo of mydeadguy
3.69/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy medium amber (some yeast in suspension), with a decent active head that fails to last, dies too quick, leaving a thin sheen of foam.

The nose is faint alcohol, yeast, sweet fruits (pineapple),

Very active carbonation on the palate, a loose foamy head reappears with gentle swirling in the glass. Full and malty with yeast overtones, doesn't betray the 7.5% abv, but warms the belly and quick. Herbal and earthy yeast notes permeate the mouth. A bit on the sweeter side, holding onto the tastebuds after the sip is done.

I enjoy this beer, but not being a Belgian beer expert, I feel I may be missing some of the complexity of this brew, or, conversely I may be looking for complexity that isn't there. Either way, I'll be having this again. (776 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330mL brown bottle, served in an 5 Rabbit Cervecería tulip.

Appearance: Deep, cloudy, dark yellow color. It develops a thick, two finger white head and leaves lots of lacing that sticks to the whole glass and slowly slides away.

Smell: It has a burning fruity alcohol scent.

Taste: The malt sweetness is dominant. There are some herbal, spicy notes in the background and a good alcohol kick at the end that reminds you this is packing an 8% ABV.

Mouthfeel: There's a fair amount of carbonation. It feels creamy and smooth on the palate, even a bit refreshing.

Overall: A very interesting beer all the way through. Despite the high ABV it remains mellow and balanced, which makes for a very good experience. No wonder this is one of the best rated Tripels out there. (785 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: very clean yeast

Taste: sweet tangerines, butter cream, rich herbs, hints of flower pedals, delicate hop-spice with glazed almonds and faint sesame seeds pervade throughout

This beer is one of the most complex beers I have ever tried. There is nothing brazen within each taste, just a rich myriad of complex flavors that attach to your palette and then to your mind. This beer goes great with aged cured dried meats with red grapes, fig jam, and aged Brie (464 characters)

Photo of loving44
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a bubbly white head supported with whispy carbonation. The head settles to a thin sheet. Fair amound of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of black pepper, apple, citrus, buscuity malt, mild hop bitterness with citrus and lots of yeast. Very inviting.

taste: Starts of sweet and malty. This is one of those beers that assaults your tounge with flavor from the second it hits your lips. Citrus, some spice ; mainly pepper, some clove. Finishes slightly bitter from hops and alcohol. Instantly warming and refreshing. Well balanced beyound belief!

Mouthfeel: light and airy, with prickly carbonation. glides over the palate. get's a bit more syrupy or "slick" as it warms.

This beer is way to easy to drink!!! I had trouble giving mine time to warm because it kept dissapearing so rapidly. This is one fantastic beer! (863 characters)

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Nice, but not a strong aroma. I detect malt sweetness along with yeast spice, and nice fruity esters; specifically banana.

Appearance - Nice golden color. slightly cloudy with a frothy eggshell colored head. The head poured three fingers and very slowly dissipated to about 1 1/2 finger width. Very good lacing, and head retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - Wonderful malt and yeast flavors. All of the aromas come through nicely in the flavor. The balance is perfect! No characteristic dominates the others. There is a very, very minor note of alcohol, but it is hidden very well. Again, the balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. There is no perceived bitterness, but the beer is not cloying. The finish on the beer is clean. No lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation level. This beer is very smooth in the mouth. I want to say slick, but it's not really. No perceived alcohol, or bitterness. Again, nice balance between sweet and bitter. A very clean finish.

Overall Impression - I know this beer isn't hyped as much as other Tripels, but it's one of the best I've had. Not only is it a solid Tripel, but it's just a very solid beer in general. Everything is pleasantly balanced, and proportioned. I don't feel any aspect of this beer is lacking, or overdone. I feel this beer is a wonderful representation of the style. (1,405 characters)

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.4/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a branded goblet, poured an orangey-yellow colour with a pure white head a full finger tall. A spicey nose that describes the flavour perfectly. Tasted like beer with hints of cardamom and a little cinnamon. Not as sweet and rich as I expected a Belgian Tripel to be. (277 characters)

Photo of Wanne
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a golden color with a bit of amber and the head is white and voluminous. Strong floral scent from the hops. In the taste, these floral notes are accompagnied with a caramel-like sweetness. A well-balanced and very tasty Tripel. (240 characters)

Photo of ghurux86
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark cloudy orange with creamy head. there is some lacing but nothing too exceptionally great.
smell: hops, alcohol, maybe banana, apple, and some citrus. very complex. smells great.
taste: taste is very good compared to other brews of this style. goes down nice and smooth. there is a hint of hops in the flavor but it is not overly bitter. there is a hint of an alcohol taste but it's not overpowering. alcohol is more noticeble in the after taste. flavor is pretty complex. not the best i've tasted but the best in this style definitely.
mouthfeel: great, what else is there to say? lightly carbonated, not overdone, not completely flat, just about right. also has a nice smooth feel to it.
drinkibility: i'd definitely have another. the only thing that takes away from this getting 5 is the noticable alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. it is still very drinkable, though, just not the very best.
overall it's a very great brew, the best tripel i've had. (986 characters)

Photo of jeffaz02t
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-golden color with a formidable head that goes down to about an inch after the pour.

S: Malty, sweet, hints of yeast. Is that banana I smell as well?

T: Like a brown sugar, aprocots, with a nice hops bite that is evened out by the sweet maltyness. Very interesting for a tripel. I have never had a tripel like this one.


M: Almost chewy. Smooth.

D: Yes. At 7.5% this is an all nighter. (412 characters)

Photo of mmahut
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bronze cloud look with sticky head, making nice rings.

S: Forest fruits, apple, banana, citrus with spicy back-ground.

T: More strong on hops and spices than the smell. Fruits are still there but deep in the background.

M: Smooth body with medium carbonation.

D: St. Bernardus good as always. Definitely a beer to have. (326 characters)

Photo of djbow
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy medium gold color with a 2 finger head of very tight bubbles that are well retained. Nice lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

S: Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol. Almost a quad.

T: The taste follows the nose. Caramel, yeast / spice, ripe fruit, malt and alcohol (well hidden). Very big beer flavor. Again, this beer is almost a quad.

M: Medium body, spot on St. Bernardus pallet cleansing carbonation. Smooth overall, well balanced with mild alcohol warmth.

O: To me St. Bernardus Triple is a very good representation of the style. I do prefer the St. Bernardus Triple over their Watou Triple. The St Bernardus is a more complete classic tripe and is an over all better finished product.

Glass: Tulip.

Serving Temp = 51F. (757 characters)

Photo of descartes
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle.

Appearance: Light red/amber with a small ring of head.
Smell: Spicy with hints of nutmeg and lemon.
Taste: Very hoppy at first this then turns into a very sweet (dare i say honey like?) beer.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall a very good beer. (279 characters)

Photo of Optimat0r
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you cant go wrong with a stbernardus. this one pours a light caramel color, dried fruits aroma with a great mix of brightness. taste is excellent, a perfect example of the style, somewhat heavy bodied but light enough on the delivery, sweet fruit flavors and a hint of malts. drinkability exceptional; mouthfeel and taste is very good, despite abv could drink for long periods (376 characters)

Photo of phils93rul
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, poured from an 11.2oz bottle...

A: Golden Brown, medium sized bubbles, traces of sediment. No lasting head, small amounts of lace left.

S: Hints of alcohol, fruit, but nothing overpowering

T: Very smooth, warming alcohol on the back end.

M: Great carbonation on this one, it did not take away from the flavor, but was present throughout.

overall, a great beer, would buy this one again. (413 characters)

Photo of jizdepski
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

served in a maredsous goblet, not too cold. has a lovely apricot color, and is opaque. nice white collar that fades quick but stubbornly retains the whole way down. minimal lacing. nose is sweet and very fruity. little alcohol and mild clove notes. first taste is a little tart up front with some biting alcohol, but nothing extreme. mellows out nicely, pears are prevalent as are apples. sweet. got some coriander in there. finishes fairly clean with a lingering alcohol "mintyness". not overly complex, actually pretty straight forward for a tripel. mouthfeel is exceptional. very smooth, great carbonation, but not enough to distract from the flavors going on. an easy drinking trip for sure. (695 characters)

Photo of arturorg
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip

A: Golden with a white frothy head leaving traces in the wall as it retreats. Almost no visible carbonation.

S: Citrusy, hoppy, sweet, bread.

T: Same citrus and bitterness I got from the smell that leaves a coat in the mouth, a tad watery for my taste.

Overall a very good beer from people that have been doing this for a long time. (363 characters)

Photo of lifeboyq
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into my St Bernardus chalice (same one thats on their website so i suppose this is the right glass). I think this is my ~800th time to drink this beer but first review. St Bernardus might be my favorite brewery, so pardon my homerism if I get carried away. Pours a cloudy yellow with some light orange/gold tints. A massive pure white beautiful head that has some serious retention. Smell is pears, yellow grapes, sugar, candy sugar, citrus. Taste is very smooth, sugar, very bready, biscuit, light citrus and fruit. Mouthfeel is thin, but perfect and creamy. I dont know how they subdue the intrusive phenols (contrary to something like Maredsous which is also a wonderful beer) so well and make such a clean high ABV beers and this is no exception. A masterfully crafted beer. I might not be typical but I can session these. This is one damn fine beer and perhaps the finest commercial example of the style. YUM! The perfect way to wind down a long day before Monday night football. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet

A- Golden orange with soft, light brown tints. One finger of white head. Looks great.

S- Belgian yeast, orange, wheat, some spice, a hint of coriander, flowers, hops. This is a great full yet light smell.

T- Very carbonated when it hits the tongue. Lots of orange and wheat with lingering taste of yeast and some hop bitterness. Honey, slight clover, white grape which seems to be in this and also the Prior 8. Great stuff.

M- Medium leaning towards a little heavy. The taste hits full on after the carbonation settles but then it slides off easily. Very bubbly and belch-inducing.

D- I could probably drink a 4 pack of these quickly and easily, which is bad since it's 14.99 for a 4 pack. (748 characters)

Photo of dafizzif
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my lovely St. Bernardus goblet

Appearance: Cloudy clove honey. Bountiful white head. Beautiful as usual.

Smell: Lots of banana dominates. Also a good amount of yeasty clove. Awesome smell from world class yeast strains.

Taste: Creamy bitter bananas. Also the taste of lemons without being particularly tangy though it does have some sourness on the back. Good amount of spiciness, mainly clove and black pepper. Super complex and very good, though the tastes are not my favorite.

Mouthfeel: More than medium body, great carbonation, and a bit mouth drying. Nice.

Overall: Very great brew that is expertly crafted asd I expect from St. Bernardus. The gift set has been one of the best beer investments I have ever made. (739 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
3.85/5  rDev -9%

11.2 oz bottle dated 6/2/17. Poured in St. Bernardus chalice. Golden color, with medium head that doesn't last very long. Smells very pleasant; sweet fruits and spices. The taste is great, even though mild alcoholic hints are evident. Citrus flavor, with other fruit notes. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall, very good. (335 characters)

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light flowery aroma with some lighter straw and fruit aromas.

Pours a clear golden color with lots of head.

The taste is mostly sweet but has a light bitter bite on the end.

Very light bodied and effervescent.

This was quite pleasant not too sweet like so many tripels, the dryness in the finish i was also fond of. (323 characters)

Photo of Lupin
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My pleasant, balding friend greets me with a smile, gaily offering a glass of the same tripel I have poured into an inappropriate piece of glassware, a Dick's Last Resort stein.

750ml from a local Indian Package store. $8.99.

Cork pops easily and smells a lot like champaigne. Yeasts are very evident with the first whiff from the neck of the bottle. Head is fiercely bubbly and dissipates in under a minute. Loads of lemon in the scent and in a sip of the head, which is very pleasant. Body is murky from yeast and pretty dense carbonation.

Taste is lemony tart to the point where my novice tongue has difficulty describing any of the undertones. It's a good, friendly, taste though. Tart, but not as dry/tart as a white like hoegaarden. Definitely just the right amount of sweetness. Also, definitely not as spicy as allagash's tripel, which was more towards the duvel side of things. It strikes far fewer points on my palate than similar brews, but I find this rather refreshing.

The final pour adds a lot of the yeast base to the glass, which churns with larger chunks of brewing flotsam than before. Texture is noticeably thicker and creamier. Slight warming has little effect. Still very refreshing.

I'll definitely come back to this brew at some point, but most likely in a 12oz bottle. You don't have to pay too much attention to what's going on. Definitely a good starter brew for the genre, if you want to introduce a friend to a rather neutral tripel/belgian without all sorts of fancy spices to describe. (1,533 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.