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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

2,631 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 221 | 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 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 mdlb44
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass. The color is golden. The head is thick with very good retention. The aroma is mostly yeast phenolics with just a trace of malt, nothing extraordinary. Upon tasting, it has a nice balance between the yeast, malt and hops. It's almost a little too balanced. However there is a subtle sweetness to it, but perhaps a little too subdued to make it exceptional. It has a creamy, medium-light body with high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent offering of the Tripel style, but it's a little too ordinary for my taste. I can drink this, but I wouldn't be writing home about it the next day. I would most likely recommend another brewery if someone inquired which commercial tripel to purchase. St. Bernardus offers other varieties that I feel are superior to this.

Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine hue with a large eggshell head that slowly fades to tons of lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and deeply reminescent of Belgian yeast. Spicy and funky with light apricot undertones.

T- Taste is a array of blended spices, earthy belgian funk with a dry, tangy finish that leaves you constantly going for another sip.

M- Somewhat light with a good amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue and tickles the throat as it goes down.

D- This is highly drinkable and even though i'm not a huge Belgian fan this tripel really does it for me. It takes a Belgian yeasty taste that turns me off to quite a few other beers and makes it so enticing its hard to put down.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, open as a gusher. It made it into my snifter.
A: The hazy golden body is very classic for the style. The white head holds well and is a fluffy layer on the top. Waves of lace are left behind.
S: Notes of candy sugar and flowers on the aroma. Not a overly powerful aroma, but a very good balance.
T/M: Medium body, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Undertones of hops and a good malt forward taste. Overall a very floral taste, with a subtle spice. Notes of sour on the front, with a laid back spice on the finish.
D: I see this as a brew that hides the ABV very well, nice notes and a great overall drinkability. I would consider this one of the many of the style to be represented well.

Photo of rale
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of DRTBrewster
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of pat_usher
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Beermazter310
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of banger7
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle pops violently, and pours a hazy 24 karat gold color and a three finger head. Great retention slowly gives way to leave behind abundant lacing.

Aroma is spicy and dry, accented by the yeast. Very aromatic spicy yeast gives most of the aroma here, and backed by a hint of wheat aromas.

Flavor again is mostly dominated by thwe spicy yeast profile. Fresh baked bread, lightly toasted nutty malt, and a touch of alcohol are also present. Well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is full, but lifted by the light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

Another fantastic beer from the Brouwerij St. Bernardus. I have yet to be disappointed by them... everything they make is great.

Photo of harryhops
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Azpittil57
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of GreenWBush
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeast-hazed peach, this sits approachably with otherworldly lace. Extra-credit is due for the full-package effect of a beer sitting in its proper glassware.

Nose is yeasty, prickly, with citrus, pepper, and zippy zing. Enticing, clean, and goes to show how important freshness can be, even in a style that allows age.

Taste manages a perfect tightrope walk between sweet and dry, resting at each point but never touching down in either. Just perfect, and what I’m looking for when I reach for a Belgian-style beer: neither overwhelmingly candi sugar’d up or aggressively carbonated. This is fruity in a similar way to gorgeous DIPAs.

The syrupy mouthfeel here could be a downfall, but as mentioned it isn’t onesided or here-or-there. Dry, spice-kick hoppy and yeast keep the package desirably drinkable, unquenching, addictive.

Only had 11.2 oz, but more would be graciously welcomed. I find that “go back for more” reflexes are rarely used for Belgian-styled beers, but I prefer this one to even Rochefort, surprisingly.

Photo of desint
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of KornWallace
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus has some stiff competition in the Belgian ales categories.
This one does ok, but it's a real gusher from the bottle. that's not ok.

A: An allmost orange colour, with a thick head. Unfortunately it was gone fast.
S: Very complex with fruits (apple, plumbs) raisins. Also spices.
T: This is hoppy, fruits, but also roasted almonds and bread.
M: It's ok drinkable, but not as special as I had hoped.
D: it has a slightly bitter aftertaste.

This beer is good, but not great.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice cloudy medium gold and produces a rapidly building white head, which collapses rather quick.
Smelling the beer a citrusy fruit bouquet as well as some grains are dominant.
The taste up front is certainly citrus , peach, some banana with spice. In the middle the selection of flowery hops balances the fruity beginning. At the end we enjoy Belgian yeast and a delicate grainy aftertaste. Very well composed and extremely drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden. I would drink this beer at any time. Great job!

Photo of shirfan
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle; a cloudy, dusky yellow with fine lacing.
A painted label includes the happy monk on a coat of arms and a small white cross.

Aroma is of sour lemon, gummi fruit, and something resembling sawdust.

Taste is fairly complex and tough to describe because of the fluffy, airy carbonation. It's not the bubbly effervescence of pop, more like mousse. A candy, pineapple flavor predominates and is quickly removed by more of a yeasty, sour estery note. This isn't especially sweet, but melts in the mouth, if beer can do such a thing. Again, I can only think of mousse to describe something similar. Finishes with a note of dry wood; I get a hint of oak for some reason.

I'll stick to the abt 12 in the future, but this is still a very nice offering.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,631 ratings.