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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,502
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | 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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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked 75cl bottle. The cork on this one as with the Abt12 bottle I had recently, shot out like a rocket after I removed the wire cage. I tried not to disturb the thick layer of sediment as I poured the first couple glasses. Fairly clear golden ale with an orange hue. Sizable white head settles down to a creamy layer of foam. Aroma is sweet and fruity and like most Tripels I've had. Flavor has a distinct citrus character, lemon and orange come to mind. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel that goes down real smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. The last glass I poured inevitably contained some yeast sediment. This glass was really cloudy and the overall flavor was less enjoyable. I'd recommend trying to leave the sediment in the bottle. This is a great Tripel that seems to be widely available.

BierReise, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of yeast in both the aroma and flavor. The palate offers plenty of rich but well-rounded malt sweetness, some definite honey, some bright but fairly dry fruitiness and a delicious grain character. While it gets eclipsed by all the malt and yeast, but there certainly is some flowery hop spice in there too.

Defeinately above average, a well-done and very drinkable Tripel from a great Belgian brewey.


arguemaniac, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JRBecks, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of reebtaerG
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into St Bernardus glass to consume by 10/28/16

A-Pours hazy golden with a 1 1/2 white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is fruity with citrus some grass, typical belgian yeast spice notes, sweet malt.

T-Taste is sweet malt with a light bitterness and spices, finish is dry and crisp.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced being smooth at the beginning and slight bitter at the end, nice oily with a lively carbonation.

O-Overall a great tripel, hides the ABV well, a must try.

reebtaerG, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of dgallina
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated best-before 7-28-2008

Great looking beer. Poured an extremely clear and strongly-carbonated golden orange-yellow. Left a small blanket of very persistent foam and super-sticky lace. Fragrant with cloves, bananas, very clean sweet alcoholic citrus. Creamy and smooth mouth-feel, with big carbonation from lots of tiny bubbles. Light citrus up front, turning slightly medicinal, herbal, in the center before finishing with strong hop bitterness, alcohol and cloves. Taste is a little thin in the middle, but overall the beer is subtle, flavorful, shockingly light and easy drinking.

dgallina, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of Hopswagger
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Cloudy orange tinted golden body with a massive mound of ivory cream jiggling on top.

S: Pilsner malt, candied sugar malt, marshmallows, clove, pears, peaches, Granny Smith apples, gala apples, cinnamon, spicy barley, sugary pound cake and a great yeast strain. Subtle banana esters and coconut.

T/M: Spicy and fruity taste that follows the above mentioned ingredients. Yeast is great with earthy and fruit forward flavors that are semi powdery. Alcohol presence is sharp and spicy but complimenting. Great mouthfeel that finishes dry with tea tannins.

O: As expected this is a great triple. Super complex profile while being well balanced as well.

Hopswagger, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

YeastEnthusiast, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim, no lacing. Body was a hazy light orange amber with some crazy carbonation visible.

Smell - esters; bananas, overripe apples and pears. Some phenols. Chalky yeast.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Overripe apples and pears with bananas washed through. Finishes with chalky yeast. Well hidden alcohol, can't taste it all.

Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, very fluid, highly carbonated.

Drinkability - This was not bad, but it was not terribly great either. I would probably not seek this out again. Anyway, high abv also restricts it to one per session for those who like it, although again high abv is well hidden, so be careful.

ultralarry2006, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Travcofarms
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Travcofarms, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of PG2G
4/5  rDev -5.9%

PG2G, May 24, 2014
Photo of jmathis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of BigRedN
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes. Purchased and consumed in Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured from the corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a large red wine glass. While this may not be the most ideal glassware for this beer, its all I had available to me at the hotel. The beer is a little hazy and copper in color. A big white head sits atop the liquid that lasts quite a while. Good lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, a little bready malt with floral hop aromas thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Malty body (again somwhat bready, biscuitty, not roasted malts). Touch hoppy, bitter finish. Alcohol is evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. Yeasty and chewy. Bit of an alochol burn.

Drinkability: Drinkable yes, one bottle is probably plenty, another bottle is not needed. I think I would like to try this again sometime.

BigRedN, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of sitarist
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with orange hues towards the center of the glass. The head is dense and white, it falls to a skim coat and ring with lots of lacing. Chunky floaties.

Smells like a banana split ( bananas, fruit, vanilla ). There is a light musky / funky scent as well. Very complex and balanced, nothing overpowering.

The flavors follow the nose. Green and ripe bananas, with a nice vanilla extract flavor, peppery as well. Not overly phenolic or cloying like some beers in this style.

Slick medium body with a fair dose of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. One of the best, if not the best Tripel that I've had.

sitarist, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of brutalist
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

brutalist, May 28, 2012
Photo of rojapa
4.25/5  rDev 0%

rojapa, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of MMAJYK
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- At first sight, this brew is a light, golden brown, more yellowish gold near the bottom of my St. B chalice. Head is of 2-3 fingers of white, super fluffy foam after a semi conservative pour.

S- The nose is to me like this: grassy, yeasty, and malty. I also catch a lemon-like zest along with very, very subtle alcohol.

T- The tastes I pick up are citrusy fruit, again the Belgian yeast, simple syrup and something resembling buttered popcorn. I pick up the alcohol sting in the aftertaste, but not strong at all. The alcohol is VERY well hidden in this brew. It leaves the mouth dry and wanting more.

M- The fluff of the head is nice and soft on the lips. Carbonation is mid to high with a little carb sting on the back of the tongue.

D- Very drinkable beer. I could pound a few of these down with no problems, except on the wallet. This was a small bottle that I got out of the gift pack. Next time, I am going straight for the 750ml.

As with all of the St. Bernardus beers I have tried to date, I am very impressed. This is a great representation of the style. I am ranking this beer up there with just about all of the St. B's and I will be going back for more. Those monks sure know what they are doing, I can say that for them.

MMAJYK, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of baos
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one the other night and did not take notes but i did take some mental notes, because this is a great brew.

A: Decent head, 'bout 3 fingers. Nice translucent light reddish brown body with the head white. Some lacing.

S: MMM Candi sugars, caramel. Dark Fruits.

T: mmm Near Perfect. I wish I could buy these ten dollars bottles everyday. Lemony on the git go then into a kind of sweet bread yeastiness that finishes dry and spicy. A nice alcohol warmth goes with the flavor as well.

M: Full body on this girl.

D: Pretty near perfect. As she warms in your glass she gets better.

baos, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Four glorious fingers of heavenly white cloud sits atop a golden banana elixer! Foam drips away and leaves touches of puffy lacing! Nice carbonation bubbling and popping!

S- Banana, banana, banana! Cloves, sweetened lemons, dirty hay and YEAST!!! God I love their yeast strain! Fresh, fruity and grassy!

T- Dry, lemony sour, banana and bubblegum yeastiness. Clove and black pepper. Just a touch of sweetness and grassy compost. So spicey and delicious! Love the way the crisp, tart lemon plays with the banana and grassiness.

M- Crisp, clean, and fruity! I LOVE Belgian yeast strains! Awesome carbonation! Lemony, spicy and dry.

O- Top notch Tripel! Everything you'd expect from St. Bernardus. Not my favorite style, but this pretty much defines it! I wanna grab some of this and see what it becomes in 5 or so years.

Thickfreakness, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of gpogo
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light gold with white head.

A- Spicy yet sweet. Slightly citrus fruit like. YEasty aroma as well is a warm alcohol smell.

T- Initially a spicy sweet malt flavor. Complex, there seems to be a lot of flavor going on. Eventually I noticed a banana flavor, no doubt from the yeast.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Though even with it's high carbonation it was a very smooth drink with very little carbonic bite.

D- Delicious. Slightly intimidating complexity, but a very enjoyable drink. At 8% you have to be careful not to have too many.

gpogo, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Stunner97
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

Stunner97, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Beefytits4
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Beefytits4, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange, slightly cloudy pour with a huge white head that leaves alot of nice, intricate lace.

Perfumy flowery smells intermingle with some nice ripe plum notes.

Semi-dry tasting up front, this soon gives way to an underlying sweetness. Throughout there are flavors of lavender, tree ripened peaches and cheddar. Ends with the subtlest hint of alcohol, just so you know you aren't drinking a light beer.

Mouthfeel is dominated by that awesome Belgian "overcarbonation" wonderfulness that leaves the tongue tingling. Very drinkable, if only it weren't for the price tag. Such is life.

nortmand, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of chanokokoro
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus branded chalice

Pours a hazy gold with dark amber accents and a two finger bright white pillowy head. Abundant lacing as the head recedes. Incredible head retention. An amazing aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, and ripe fruit on the nose. Opens with herbs and flora with just a touch of spice, juicy fruit in the middle and finishes dry with some sweetness, extremely mild herbal bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is mind-blowing. Slightly heavy bodied, however slick with abundant velvet-like creaminess. A very uniquely amazing tripel and a brew everyone should seek out.

chanokokoro, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of beerhast
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

beerhast, Aug 25, 2014
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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