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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Reviews: 1,227
Hads: 2,934
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 Father_Raybob
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow the color of the sun in the sky. A cloud like head of white foam that stays forever to a layer on top and some sticky lace. It's hazy and and speckled.

Nose is fragrant with light fruits. Lemon rind nice and sweet. A little orange and some tropical sweetness too. it's herbal and sweet has a faint little spice. A light banana develops as it warms and there was short splash of bubblegum when I first opened the bottle that disappeared. Malt is light and honey like with a little bread. I am picking up a tarter fruit like apricot .

Taste is splendid. It's impeccably crafted and in absolute harmony. The balance is perfection and the fruits all come together sweetly and a with a bit of tart from the apricot. the banana is laid over the top like lightness and air. The malt is fluffy and superb. There is a faint hop bitter but it's so light. There is a nice toffee richness behind the malt that tastes like it wants out but remains restrained. It finishes dry and with a light bit of alcohol on the palate.

This tripel is one of the best. It is outstanding in every way and it is everything you expect in the style. Chalky yeast and and a deep but light fruit character. Delicate toasted malt and a little pin prick of hop bitter. It's whimsical and yet tall and upright. You can almost imagine that the jolly looking monk on the bottle is the real genius behind this beer. It's as if he is saying "our backs are straight but we do know how to have a little fun when no one is looking." Indulgent and very very good.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before 1-25-16.

A tired looking beer with an underwhelming aroma saved by a great head. I was expecting more, not sure why. This tripel was disappointing. An above average beer, but unimpressive.

A – Pours a cloudy (-), pale orange with a huge white fluffy/mousy white/white head. Decent lacing.

S – Spicy, peppery, with funky phenolics.

T – Spicy, faint malty sweetness in the middle with some lemon. Bitterness beginning in the middle through to the finish. Some alcohol.

MF – Fizzy, effervescent, a dry finish and medium light body.

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Photo of kirkse
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a towering white head.

Smells of apricots and honey with a hint of lemon/citrus at the end.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet, (more so than I expected) with a little bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very pleasant and refreshing beer. It might not be my favorite triple, but it is still a very solid offering.

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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.

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Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Spirit Haus in Amherst Mass. a week ago. Best by 3/28/14, which apparently means it was bottled in March 2009. Already quite aged!

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Guinn flute.

a: Translucent straw gold with a huge head which slowly disspiated, requiring several pours to fill the glass.

s: Pearlike fruitiness.

t: A unique sweet fruitlike yeastiness. Never had anything quite like this before. Finish is drywall paste (in a good way, yeasty) and quite clean.

m: Light to moderate and refreshing. Heavy carbonation, some hop sting, but feels balanced.

o: Another fine Belgian taste treat. Dunno if I would pay the price for this again, but it was great to try. Looking forward to Prior 8 and Abt. 12.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why did it take me so long to get to this one? Probably price, but no longer.
Surprisingly tight aroma. Soft doughy malt, mild spice, hints of fruit. Nice and on target, just really soft.
Big, but not huge, white frothy, fizzy head. Golden and somewhat cloudy body.
Oh, the flavor is where this one shines. Complex right away and all flavors good. Get the alcohol, in flavor and warmth, but it's nice. Sweetness. Soft and enjoyable fruit. Nice pale malt. Consistent and clear stream of flavor leading to hoppy bitterness. Finish is not hugely drying, but drying enough and is strongly influenced by the hops.
Fully carbonation, light and bubbly and filling.
This is good and better than that. But it is not life changing or close to a Wow beer. Very good, but a little disappointing compared to this brewery's other beers.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy, honey colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Citrus, cloves, bananas, belgian spice, molasses.

T- Sweet unripe banana, candi sugar, molasses, caramel, sweet, roasty on the finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation

Very nice. Abt 12 was better but this was enjoyable and tasty.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Huge Head almost four fingers at first. Amber golden color. Consistent lacing.

S: Rich and deep. Malt and hops come through. Citrusy notes.

T: The alcohol really comes through. I was a little disappointed by the taste. At $6 a bottle, I was expecting something more. It starts off very smooth and sweet and ends bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's worth tasting. I was just hoping for something more from a beer rated so highly.

M: Goes down smooth. You can barely taste the carbonation. Aftertaste hangs on the back of the tongue.

O: Great beer? Yes. World class beer? Ehhh maybe. I can tell a lot of work went into making this beer. I really enjoyed everything about this beer other than the aftertaste.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: straw yellow in colour with a one-finger head that hangs about for a short time. Settles to almost nil with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an intense aroma of Belgian yeasts, honey, citrus and biscuit malts. Pretty good.

Taste: plenty of spices with a touch of those citrus and biscuits. Definite Belgian yeast up front however.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a gritty bitterness that sits well in the mouth.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, particularly as the beer continues to warm. Medium in body.

Overall: a pretty impressive but ultimately far too expensive Belgian Tripel. I do prefer the Tripels from The Little Brewing Co (Mad Abbot) or St Feuillien, both of which come in at a minimum of $20 cheaper than the case price of over AU$125 (2013).

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Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle marked 29-05-15. Sampled on July 3, 2013.

It pours mainly pale yellow with a decent white-fizzy head and plenty or carbonation. Slightly cloudy.

The aroma is delightful with a good dose of Belgian yeast, Belgian pale malts, biscuit, and the slightest herbal quality. Very mellow and easy to absorb.'

The body falls into the medium range and it is creamy too.

Everything about this beer is mellow and relaxing. The taste us a pleasant combination of pale malts, Belgian sugars, and low bitterness. Not as citrusy and tart as other Tripels I have tried, I enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Leura, BB 7/14.

A - cloudy straw, dense three-finger head, leaves film and clumpy lace. Superb.

S - Belgian sugars from the pfffttt. Lemon, apricot, yeast.

T - Sweet and dry, Belgian yeast, sugar, lemons, apricots. Complex and integrated.

M - light, zesty, creamy, but medium weight. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O - this blew me away from the moment I opened the lid. Superb example of a Tripel. World Class

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Photo of freneticamnesic
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bronzy gold, thick head, plenty of lacing

S - Spices, yeast, and citrus

T - Everything in the aroma comes back, plus honey and roast malts,some nutty flavours, and floral hops

M - medium bodied, lots of carbonation

O - Very very impressive. Definitely up in my favourite tripels: loving the complexity that goes into this beer without completely warping it away from the 'classic' tripel feel.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: hazy, golden amber, foamy persistent white head

Aroma: very aromatic,banana and clove with soft malt character, very yeasty with spicy hop additions

Taste: spicy with notes of banana and clove, malty depth

Mouthfeel: very smooth, rounded and balanced mouthfeel, little carbonation,

Overall Impression: A delicious and easy drinking Tripel, much easier to drink than Westmalle Tripel, and exhibits the spicey hops and yeast desired with strong malt background.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Small creamy white head. Not much lacing. Slightly hazy straw body.

S: Sherbet powder.

T: Laquer/nail varnish and sherbet. Neutral bread base and a slightly sharp bitterness. Initially sweet but the bitterness evens it out eventually. Agreeable mouthfeel. Nothing else to add.

O: Not as great as I remember but having bought this bottle in Korea I imagine its three months on a container ship might have taken its toll.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, golden/light-orange, head recedes quickly to just barely covering around the edges

S: Pretty typical tripel aroma, phenolic with a noticeable sting of alcohol, hints of white fruit as well give it a slightly tart edge, very pleasant

T: Wow, take every aspect from the aroma, starts with some slight alcohol burn and phenolic flavors, but the alcohol doesn't have the edge that I thought it would, instead of lingering and burning, it transitions to a slight sweetness thats a combination of apple and very very light caramel malt, perfect combination and so smooth for a strong, yeasty beer

M: Not dry, carbonation stings, body is medium but the carbonation brings it down and allows you to drink it like a lighter beer

O: This beer looks good, smells better, and tastes amazing. The further you go into experiencing this beer the better it gets. One of the best examples of the style and so easily available.

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

11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with three fingers of dense white head. The head recedes slowly and the lacing is incredible.

S: Musty chamomile yeastiness starts out with orange zest and peach. The beer is very nicely balanced, yet on the dry side. Extremely complex.

T: Similar to the aroma - I get a nice spiciness with some sweet peach and orange zest. Fairly dry and very nice.

M: On the thin side with strong, yet creamy carbonation. A touch soapy.

O: A great Tripel. A touch of fruity sweetness with a complex spice to balance. Fairly dry throughout. No alcohol flavor whatsoever.

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

A: poured into a snifter to a cloudy light gold with a dense two finger white head that has excellent retention
S: smells of spicy yeast, fruity esters, fresh cut grass and bittering hops
T: tastes of fruitiness, sharp and spicy yeast and a bit of sweetness from some light candi sugar, slightly bitter noble hop flavor as well. swallow is more yeast and fruitiness with a bit of bitterness
M: heavy side of medium body with plenty of carbonation and is a bit prickly and a drying finish
O: a phenomenal beer and a hallmark of the style. Great flavors and pretty much all around perfect.

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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

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.23.13
Dated 16.04.15

A - Pours a hazy light-medium orange with a huge foamy off-white head.

S - Lemon, peach, sweet candy.

T - Belgium yeast, fruity and sweet candy.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, fruity and very candy-like. So easy to drink.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I never had anything from Brouwerij St. Bernardus before and although this wasn't as highly regarded as the Abbey 12, I enjoyed this a lot and thought it was quite solid. Nothing terribly outstanding but it felt a lot weaker than the alcoholic content would have led me to believe.

The pour to this was golden, bubbly, and with a very frothy head. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen either as the suds slowly slide down the sides of my pint glass. A good amount of apple and pear could be detected in the taste here along with some grass, booze, and a sourness that grew in intensity during the duration of each sip. This wasn't completely clear but I really felt the wheat in this either, although the bubbles did a nice job of keeping this light and champagne-like.

To be sure, this was a strong beer and it as light as the mouthfeel was, the alcohol was easily detected from start to finish. Combined with the candy sugar, it made this just a bit stronger and more intense than I would have liked, but this was still a sold beer that had a lot going for it. Not the best example of a Tripel but not to be missed either if the time allots for the booze to settle in, since the lightness and flavors more than make up for the intensity.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a cloudy, gold color with huge frothy head with excellent lacing as the foam resolves. Nice cloudy, cider like appearance.

S: Bouquet hints of fruit (apple, belgian yeast, caramel, fresh grapes),

T: hoppy up front, followed by fruity esters, hint of sweetness and acidity results in clean finish.

M: Highly carbonated which contributes to its mild acidic/bitter taste, clean finish. good mouthfeel

Another incredible beer from Brouwerij

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of safaricook
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L Beautiful dense white head, golden body with a lot of yeast chunks in spite of a careful pour.
S good balance between peppery & pear (phenols & esters), bready
T fruity and peppery, phenolic aftertaste, sweetness, restrained for the style, a bit bland, very drinkable though
F zingy, some alcohol burn, rather thin
O Very drinkable Tripel that lacks a bit of character for the style, low on hops and sweet instead of characteristic dryness. could be more exciting

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Photo of hackmann
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy golden orange body with a nice two finger head. A little sediment on the bottom of the bottle so, make sure to swirl the bottle with the last inch of ale.

Aroma: light overall, light fruity, good Belgian sugar and yeast; as the ale warms up the tropical notes start to come into focus, it is reminding me of pineapple/banana cotton candy.

Flavors: sweet malts and a touch of floral hops; there is a tart lemon/apple bite; the pineapple/banana cotton candy on the nose transfer to the taste;

Mouthfeel: a fine fizzy carbonation feel, medium-full body weight, the tart note controls the sweetness,

To the Point: a very nice Tripel, I’ll take Piraat over this all day.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.