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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 170
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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4.25/5  rDev 0%

freemanj, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

YeastEnthusiast, Oct 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

maDUECEgunner, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This one poured a nice amber color with a nice, big off-white head. Lacing was incredible.

Smell- Interestingly complex with hints of spice, yeast, bread and fruits.

Taste- A nice sweetness with hints of honey, banana, cloves and other spices I can't name. Has a nice dry finish. The alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel- Has a medium, smooth body with a lot carbonation.

Overall- A great triple but not my favorite of the bunch.

Beerbuddha, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of cvfish
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy yellow color that produced a huge fluffy white head that had both great retention and lacing on the side of the glass

S - The first aromas that I detected from this beer were a mix of light fruits (pears and apples), a good deal of grains, and yeast

T - Quite a complex mixture of breadiness, grains, fruits (again the pears and apples), a spice and herb mix, and a little funky

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body to that had the typical Belgian carbonation, but worked wonders with the style

D - I really love Tripels, and this one is no exception, a really great beer that every beer lover (not just Belgian beer lovers) should try

cvfish, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of JRBecks
4/5  rDev -5.9%

JRBecks, Jun 12, 2012
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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

banger7, May 04, 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
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

JasonTaverner, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Schmoog, Jan 20, 2014
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
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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

brutalist, May 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Travcofarms, Jul 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

cwd, Jul 03, 2012
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

nyrblue2, Jul 18, 2012
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
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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber color with a thin, bubbly, white head. Great retention throughout the entire beer but not much lacing to speak of. Loads of fruit in the aroma mixed with earthy yeast. Flavor carries over the citrus fruit and banana from the aroma and finishes with a touch of spice from the hops. Medium bodied and very drinkable.

I'm not sure why it took me so long to try this beer. I love tripels and this is a classic for the style. Very enjoyable.

Jacobob10, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

slowdaddy, Aug 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Hopdaemon39, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

ACB, Nov 21, 2013
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
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,542 ratings.