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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2289
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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.

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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a small bottle into a Leffe chalice. Nearly perfect level of carbonation as an easy pour produces two fingers of dense head that lasts and lasts. The beer is dark gold in color and has reasonably good clarity. The nose has lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols, giving notes of banana, clove, lemon, allspice, and puff pastry.

Medium-full body with spicy-sweet flavor and wonderfully balanced profile. Nice bready malt up front blasts you with a hearty sweetness, then citrus and hops meld seamlessly into the sweetness and provide accenting fruity sweetness and balancing spice. Not bitter at all, although it seems dry and the high carbonation does open the palate and intensify the flavors. No booziness at all, but it certainly warms you up.

Tripels are not my favorite style at all (I prefer Dubbels and Quads), but occasionally I do like to try styles I don't ordinarily seek out. I'm very glad I tried this one. I should probably do a side-by-side with Westmalle and La Fin du Monde, two other Tripels I think very highly of.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 02:24:01 | More by deadonhisfeet
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden honey color with a head that quickly disappears.

Smells of tropical fruit, spicy phenols

Tastes of tropical fruit, banana, has that definite Belgian yeast spiciness with a firm bitterness, tastes f honey but not too sweet and not boozy at all.

Highly carbonated but very smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking for its higher abv

Overall a great tripel!

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 01:13:38 | More by BradC
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright glowing honey-gold color. Surprisingly small white head fades quickly to barely anything. Not all the yeast is poured in but some discernible tiny suspended chunks are visible. Aroma is phenolic with clove, flowery, bubblegummy, and fruity with orange, lemon, cherry, and apple cider. Sweet drippy maltiness, bready, toffee, and butterscotch-like. Nice and soft, yet certainly substantial. Flavors are sugar cookie dough, peppery spice, lemon, floral, alcohol, and light candied caramel. Nice slick, semi-syrupy/viscous softly coating texture. Body is a full, frothy medium. A heavy kind of medium. Very fine, softly fizzy carbonation, and well disguised bitterness and dryness elongated throughout the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 02:13:13 | More by tastybeer
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truebluebums

Netherlands

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle dated to be consumed before October 28th, 2016.

App: Light orange in the middle expanding out to the sides into a hay-like yellow. Hazy. Pours a nice 3 finger head, tight and fluffy, and pale white.

Smell: Good funkiness. Spicy citrusness of lemon and pepper. Grassy and herbal. More like in the way you might dump the bag of grass after mowing, the smell after a couple days waiting for pick up on the street. Esters shine through with a strong banana smell. Pineapple in there too. Various other fruits.

Taste: Pineapple and banana with a lemon-pepper spice evolving quickly to a bitter funk at the end. Almost seems like a big saision. Pale malts give a good base, with a refreshing hopiness, Belgian yeast shining through brilliantly to deliver a fruity funkiness.

Overall just a great Tripel. Stands with the best of them but does quite enough to stand out from the rest of them. From there, it's just a matter of taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 10:33:19 | More by truebluebums
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A-Amber-orange body. Held to light the body is yolky with lively brown sediment freckling the brew. This yeast dusts the beer beautifully. Gargantuan soapy white head. Great retention. Sudsy bubbly lace. I feel like I should throw dollar bills at my glass for this beautiful show.

S-Soap. Clean. Orange. Lemon. Apricot and pineapple jellies. Malts. Banana. Pear.

T-Very grainy. Earthy. Grassy. Soapy. Clean. Sweet corn syrup. Aforementioned fruits listed in the smell give encore performances. Apple jam. Clear alcohol. Banana chips. Honey aftertaste.

M-Medium low body with medium tendencies. The needle teeters on the body scale, more towards the low. Medium to heavy full on carbonation. Wow! So lively it burns, even pricks every taste bud. The live yeast I swear bubbles and multiplies, foams, on the tongue. Extremely activated yeast. Said yeast is sour and dries the palate, yet leaves a lubrication to make tongue feel "wet" and refreshed. That weird duality of feel that only beer can pull off. Gets sticky with time.

O-A world class brew. For me St. Bernardus Tripel is an acquired taste, but that doesn't deter from it's greatness. Too clean and medicinal on the smell and taste, like my glass had the residue of dish washing liquid in it or something. But the yeast is a treat. It gives the beer a beautiful look, unique taste and produces super foam to swish around leaving you enjoying every last bubble, every last drop. Belgium is the mecca of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:06:03 | More by shacawgo24
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BierJager89

California

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent golden straw color with a white foamy head.

S: Some orange undertones with cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg in the nose.

T: Lots of orange with a nice compliment of cardamom and nutmeg.

M: Smooth for a tripel and medium-light, bodied. Almost foamy.

O: Not their best beer, but certainly not their worst, and an excellent example of the style. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:16:27 | More by BierJager89
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LVituri

Brazil

4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Me impressionei com essa tripel. Eu estava esperando menos e encontrei um grande cerveja. Seu excessivo amargor me agradou e eu gostei de sua rusticidade. Acredito que ela seja uma respeitável tripel, que agrega muito valor para a cervejaria St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 17:19:28 | More by LVituri
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.69):
Orange/amber with 0.5cm of tiny white bubbles and plenty of visible carbonation. Head retention is good considering the strength & it holds for a few minutes.

Lively & fruity as well with some orange and citrus notes on top of an apple and grape base. Naturally the beer is quite sweet as a result of the fruits and comes with some sugar and some peppery spice too with alcohol well hidden.

Sweet with orange & citrus plus some grapes and a little Belgian yeast on top of some banana too although this is quite light and barely detectable at first. There is a floral, almost perfume like taste that starts to come through alongside some tropical fruits and some peppery spice.

Crisp and lively with plenty of carbonation and a medium body that is quite sweet and dry, particularly towards the end of the beer. The beer had a great balance to it with the fruits all coming together well to completely hide the alcohol in the beer.

One that I quite enjoyed and one that despite the strength went down quite easily thanks to the good balance between fruits and the lively carbonation. I was expecting the beer to be a good one and it didn't disappoint and despite the fact the finish was a dry one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 14:48:38 | More by flyingpig
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange/yellow hybrid. Head is big, doughy and fluffy. Thick, sporadic lacing.

S-Aroma is pleasant. I am usually far from enamored with Tripels, especially in the aroma. It's rich with Belgian yeast, spice and fruit but I find the yeast to be far less overpowering than many of the style. It's pretty nice.

T-Again, the yeast doesn't come on too strong and there is a bunch of juicy fruit (peach, apple, pear). Light spiciness. He best part of the flavor (which I don't find in most of the style)'is a fairly robust, sweet, crackery maltiness. It's the best part.

M-Quite drinkable. I will attribute most of that to its relatively low ABV for the style. Softer carbonation.

O/D-One of the better Tripels I have tried. I shouldn't be surprised, it's a classic for those who lose the style. The depth of the beer's maltiness was by far the biggest takeaway for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:58:46 | More by VelvetExtract
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange/yellow, no clarity, lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Yes, exactly like a Tripel should look like

S - Fruit, orange, mild sugar candy.

T - Smooth! ABV totally hidden. Dried fruit, and a great balance.

M - Lots of carbonation and sizzles in your mouth

O - This brew grew on me as I drank it. By the end, I am a believer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 01:23:59 | More by BeerDawgs
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Eisen

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet: Thick white foamy head that faded slowly into a thick white top and sticky lacing over a cloudy orangish liquid with noticeable yeasties settling to the bottom. Smells like a triple should with nothing in particular standing out: yeast esters/tropical fruit and perfectly balanced hops and malt. Tastes like banana kiwi, citrus, slightly more bitter than sweet (which is good!), slightly spicy. It's soft and fuzzy, like a delicious pillow in your mouth (which is also a good thing!). Better than some trapist triples. Overall, a fantastic beverage from a fantastic brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 01:35:29 | More by Eisen
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Discount Drinks in Farmington Hills. Served it in a snifter.

A: Pours a rich golden honey color, which is cloudy and bubbly, has a half inch off white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates to a thin white layer with some moderate ring lace.

S: Smells of grapes, apples, bananas, yeast, malts, wheat. A very pleasant aroma.

T: Quite sweet with a slight dryness to it. Tastes of grapes, yeast, malts, honey, spices, has a little twinge to it, a bit of hops and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with medium amounts of carbonation. Well balanced.

O: Overall, this was dog gone good. An excellent example of a tripel but it was quite pricey.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 23:07:21 | More by Mavigo
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-nice golden color with a solid white head and good lacing

S-yeast, malt, bananas, cloves, hint of pepper

T-cracker malt, bananas, cloves, melon, little coriander, little pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-hidden

O-great Tripel, great depth of flavor, one of the best

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:52:32 | More by MDDMD
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle

Appearance: Beautiful opaque golden color, fluffy white head. Filled the tulip with head. Left great lacing

Smell: Spice, clove, banana, fruit

Taste: Spice, clove, banana, dry malts, fruit, with a buttery toffee type finish to it. Not too dry of a finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, beautiful Belgian style carbonation

Overall: Amazing. Easily one of my top beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 02:43:08 | More by MadCat
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RandomExile

Maryland

3.31/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pale gold, translucent, carbonated; white, fluffy large-bubbled foam head, dissipates to a surface covering; almost no lacing
S: strong, flowery yeasty scent, pineapple, something musty or straw, raisin
T: flowery, fruity/pineapple, yeast, musty
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth and slightly savory
O: The musty/pineapple flavor is a turnoff for me, in what is otherwise one of my favorite styles. Others don't seem to mind it ...

750mL / $12.99

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 06:24:35 | More by RandomExile
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.
8% ABV, 46-50° F

A - One might think a beer this effervescent with carbonation might make it easy to pop the cork, but that just wasn't so. After my first go with a corkscrew on a caged bottle, this beer poured a hazy pale golden color with an appearance just like a witbier. The billowing white foam is no surprise from a beer that crackles like Rice Crispies and neither is the thick lace it leaves behind.

S - Fragrant like perfume, this Tripel is potent but delicate. Fresh rain-kissed wheat is honey-dipped with notes of cane sugar and a finish of original Big League Chew bubble gum, suggestions of clove, and spritz of lemon citrus.

T - The aroma's lovely and inviting bouquet takes a sharp nosedive into boredom, really distancing itself from other Belgian Tripels with low flavor that's not to be mistaken with delicate, as the nose. Sugar and sweet pils malt are brushed with a light smattering of lemongrass, but the clean flavor is just too light for the style.

M - Vibrant carbonation dances on the tongue wonderfully, the perfect level for the style and perfect level to keep the beer lively despite the average flavor as it finishes with a lingering dryness and subtle alcohol impression.

O - Disappointing but by no means bad, St. Bernardus Tripel is just a lackluster beer swimming in a sea of other aromatic, vibrant, and elegant tripels, all chock full of character and life. This beer seems faded and boring by comparison, though mainly in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:53:48 | More by BeerFMAndy
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dar482

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a foamy large head.

The aroma has sweet citrus fruit of orange, a bit of tangerine, along with peppery spice and banana. There's some bready malt in there as well and a slight bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows with this clean balance of sweet orange, banana, apricot, onto a gentle crackery malt. There's a peppery spice and then finish hits you with a bitterness that leaves some drying and alcohol at the end.

The body is light with lots of carbonation.

This tripel is really fantastic. It's fruity, light, and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 17:26:02 | More by dar482
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled 25/01/16. A best by date?

A: Pours a very cloudy (clouds of yeast everywhere) pale orange. Enormous fluffy white head (still erupting out of the bottle several minutes after being opened, even with only 1/4 liquid). Head sticks around forever, barely budges over time. Thick chunks of fluffy lacing remain behind.

S: Big citrus, melon and cloves. Touch of grass it seems? Not entirely sure. Bready.

T: Notes of grass and citrus up front. Very spicy, lots of belgian yeast character. Cloves, black pepper and some other spices that I can't differentiate. Dry, spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sorta astrigent and dry.

O: One spicy tripel. One of the spiciest I've had. Lots of great belgian yeast flavors in this one. Well balanced flavors, crisp and easy drinking. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:00:35 | More by Dope
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HoppyBastard

Nebraska

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy pale straw yellow with one finger of white head, excellent retention and a moderate amount of lacing on the glass, a higher amount of carbonation.

SMELL: sweet citrus and bread, not overpowering, subtle.

TASTE: yeasty and sweet, light bitterness at the end, citrus, banana and spice, 8% ABV is well disguised. The hop profile is more subdued than other tripel beers I have had.

PALATE: medium body with high carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer but not my favorite tripel. It is not as complex or bold enough for my taste but I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 03:33:35 | More by HoppyBastard
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fourstringer

Maryland

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Best before 17/07/15 according to the label. Oh, happy monk, you are so delightful!

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with slight orangish tint. 1 finger of clean white, sudsy head. Thin cover by 2 minutes, but lasts all the way to the end of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet fruit with a tropical lean. Strong presence of Belgian yeast, but mellow in character. Pineapple in there. Trace of citrus, trace of honey. Light bread. The smell is fairly light, but very nice. I'd agree it is "delicate" as the label declares. I had to work a bit at getting a good whiff, but was glad I did.

T: Yeasty sweetness with a light bitterness at the end. Finishes dry. Indistinct fruit. Spice. I've having some difficulty picking out individual flavors, but it's very tasty. Mild alcohol burn, but less than is typical for the style. Flavors are a bit more subdued than the average tripel offering, but refined and nicely blended.

M: Full & effervescent like a good tripel should be. Creamier as it warms. Very solid. Really adds to the quality of the beer.

O: This is a highly drinkable tripel. I wish the smell and flavor were a bit more assertive, as the quality of both is excellent. The feel is superb. Definitely one of the smoothest tripels I can remember. There are certainly other tripels that bring a bit more punch, but this is balanced and goes down dangerously smoothly. Highly recommended.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:02:27 | More by fourstringer
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a0lbudman

Alabama

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- straw to gold couldy look with about a 3 inch white foam that fades slow with a good lace.
S-orange, bananna with a little spice
T-the citrus flavor hit me at the start, then a sweet bananna came in followed by an alcohol taste. Spicy like is also there.
M- creamy and very carbonated
O- this was a great beer looking forward to the next one

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:51:29 | More by a0lbudman
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tillmac62

South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced, especially for 8% alcohol. Any alcoholic nose is absent with only a slight aftertaste of alcohol. medium bodied with a touch of spice. Nice mouthfeel and head retention. Balance is the keyword for this beer. No noticeable flaws or otherwise outstanding positive characteristics. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 20:01:46 | More by tillmac62
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
no bottled on date

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with 1 plus fingers width of bright white colored head. Head has very good retention, with a thick film remaining throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Citrus, light fruits, a bit tart, subtle banana and a hint of spice. Doesnt have the spiciness or esters of many in the style. Instead its heavier on the citrus and has the interesting tartness.

T: Spice, easters, and yeast all more prevalent on the tongue that in the aroma. I also get the citrus that was on the nose, and a bitterness. There is a big sweetness as well. Good complexity and very well balanced.

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation, ABV well masked, very good drinkability.

O: Good, but not great in my opinion. Certainly worthy of a try, but there are several Tripels I enjoy more than this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 00:34:36 | More by zac16125
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LordBeardman

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a Belgian Tripel. Smells like a Belgian Tripel. It reminds me a lot of Duvel, but a little sweeter on the front. A little bit more alcohol taste as well.

One thing to note about the beer is that it is very bubbly. It had a huge head after the pour and never stopped bubbling the entire time I was drinking.

This beer is good and I would get it again. I was expecting it to be a little bit better after trying the quad of the same brand. That beer is definitely superior.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 23:46:29 | More by LordBeardman
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Underrower

Georgia

3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the mixed pack served in a goblet.

Honey color. More foam than the Watou Tripel. Continuous tiny bubble rising to the top. No floaties.

Smell is very light wheat maybe. Not much smell. As it warms I can smell yeast.

Taste. Very refreshing when cold. Very, very nice for a tripel as far as the hops are balanced and much more subtle than say La Fin Du Monde or Tripel Karmeleit. The flavor ride is quick from the nice Belgian malts up front then the micro fuzzy fizz comes quick then somewhat dry hops then the flavor drops cleanly leaving only a very faint sour ghost that lingers just a bit. This opens up nice as it warms. The depth increases but so does the sourness. Do yourself a favor and take you time so you experience the range from cold to warm.

Mouth feel is refreshing. Lots of tiny bubbles fizzing away on the palate. As it warms it gets more slick and less fizzy.

A fine, fine Tripel but I think it misses the depth and complexity of it's sister the Watou Tripel. I just find that one much more interesting but this one is much more drinkable. I could easily drink more of this, maybe too much too easily. This is by far the easiest drinking tripel I have had. The flavor is great but not overly complex. I would like this in a 750 ml because it just opened up as I finished it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 00:15:27 | More by Underrower
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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