St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.5/5 rDev +5.9%
appearance: Dark golden, almost orange slightly hazy color. Good white foam, nice lacing.
smell: I get some ripe tropical fruits, yeasty, wheaty and sugar.
taste: It starts with a fresh fruity and herbal flavor, into a more defined banana bread sugary flavor. Finishes surprisingly light and fluid with some caramel flavor to it. Can't really get my finger around it. There is also some creaminess to it.
mouthfeel: Quite creamy, but also quite some carbonation to break through it, making it fresh.
overall: I just love this beer. It's somehow hard to really pinpoint the flavors. There is so much going on, and yet it's a very easy to drink beer. It's a mystery to me. Making this beer very interesting when focused on it, and very, very drinkable when just relaxing and having a beer. Highly recommended.
08-06-2012 01:17:36 | More by Arno
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-04-2012 06:21:34 | More by chanokokoro
4.25/5 rDev 0%
A delicate pour into my snifter gets me a full three fingers of head over an amber body. Bubbles and sediment can be plainly seen floating freely in the glass. Keeps a little froth and a ring. Some decent lacing as well.
Yeast, wheat and Belgian candy sugar play all over your nose in this beer. Banana, clove and other light spices fill it out and give it that true tripel smell.
The sweetness of the sugar compliments the early yeast and wheat beginning. This takes on a light caramel tone as the yeast gets stronger and transitions into banana and spices. Awesome flavor.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Coats the mouth a little without being sticky. Slightly bitter near the end, it finishes dry. Makes you want another sip.
07-30-2012 17:37:18 | More by CFHMagnet
4.98/5 rDev +17.2%
Recently bought a four pack of 11.5 ounce bottles. Poured into a trumpet glass. Very generous head with lacing and an abundant aroma. The mouthfeel is wonderfully fresh carbonation and a sweet aftertaste. I find this a great example of a tripel. I would recommend this to anyone with the desire to experience a great example of a tripel.
07-29-2012 21:16:25 | More by brouwer
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
750ML Bottle poured into a tulip
Appearance - crisp clear golden colour with a bit of white head
smell - bready yeast, lemon peel, green apple
taste - lemon,green apple, bready yeast, ginger, pale malts, just a touch of heat (black pepper maybe?)
mouthfeel - smooth, heavier side of medium bodied, ample carbonation, just a touch of sweetness, dry finish. really refreshing, crisp and clean, not a trace of booze, either
overall - this is up there with the best tripels I've had, really nice balance to this. A must have for you tripel lovers out there
Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle
07-21-2012 19:59:19 | More by keithmurray
4.25/5 rDev 0%
Historical context, like many things, can be good in moderation. I’m most definitely interested in partaking of this bottle-conditioned beaut right here, today. But I also believe it’s worth pointing out that, at least according to scholars at the brouwerij, the St. Bernardus family of beers owes its stellar foundation to ancient rainfall, buried 150 meters below ground, and the canonized tears of Jeanne d’Arc.
STYLE: Belgian Tripel
LOOK: Pours a hazy, amber-orange base that won’t win any beauty contests. Not that it really matters because the head is to die for. Literally, when the world finally tires of this beer vivant’s act, I want to be buried in this shit. It’s a two-finger foam pillow, so flat, so inviting.
NOSE: It’s Belgian, yeah, but should I be getting more? Marshmallows, yes, and some citrus rind too … maybe lemon, probably orange.
MOUTH: Fuck yeah. Powdered sugar, clove, apricot, Fruit Stripes, pineapple upside down cake. Restrained Belgian yeast. If it weren’t for the excellent head it might be a little light. But all together the weight, it’s perfect. Not to sip, not to chug, just to enjoy.
Beeradvocate Rating: 94
Hayward Abbey Rating: 94
07-21-2012 02:43:31 | More by viverlee
4.43/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a white head that retains a thin layer. Some yeast sediment.
Smell: Wheat, Belgian spices, banana, candy sugar, apricot
Taste: Fruity with some caramel tones, dry finish, crisp, classic Beligan spice flavor
Mouthfeel: High carbonation but coats the palate well
Overall: Great beer. On par with the trappist tripels I have had.
07-19-2012 03:25:28 | More by sureshot08
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.
A - Bubbly head, just under one finger off the pour. Off-white, slightly tan color. The beer is a hazy, burnt orange, with a lot of yeasty sediment. The head quickly dissipates, forming a thin ring around the glass. Slight spots of lacing appear, but soon slide back down the glass.
S - Lots of earthy, bready notes. Wheat, Belgian spices, and a slightly reserved yeastiness. A touch of dark fruitiness, with some light floral hops as well. A hint of Belgian candi sugar adds a dimension of dark sweetness to the already complex aroma. Slight scent of alcohol.
T - Light barley malt, wheat, fresh hay, and a strong kick of spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is minimal. The yeast feels vibrant and lively. Notes of fruit begin to pop up here and there. Golden apples, fresh apricot, and ripe banana all make an appearance. A touch of plum flavor also presents itself. Tasty Belgian spices linger in the finish. The hops do make an appearance in the finish, providing a grassy zest to the beers already full-bodied flavor profile. Slight bitterness.
M - Smooth, buttery and bubbly. Strong carbonation, but not overbearing in the slightest. Medium-bodied feel, with a slightly oily after-feel on the palate. Chalky film does build up after a while. Very smooth and drinkable.
D - A complex and enjoyable brew for sure. The focus is really on the finish, with lots of spices, hops, and earthy notes lingering nicely. A little less yeasty and bready than other representations of the style. An all around classic brew from a great brewery.
07-15-2012 01:59:17 | More by Converge
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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