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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,644 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,644
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 237 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of 2neardead
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of buffs9
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful clear golden w/ a big white head, multi finger action.

S: Perfumy and boozy with a bit of soapiness.

T: Taste follows the smell, smooth, gets better as it warms. Definitely getting some booze and a bit of banana.

M: a bit chewy, especially for a tripel.

Overall, this is a serious Tripel, it's dangerously smooth and I could see myself drinking several before feeling the pain

Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a chalice.

Super bubbly and pillowy two finger white head. Golden body with little bubbles streaming up from the the bottom like crazy. Slightly transparent. Great head retention and lacing.

Mostly fruitiness with a touch of lemon and pear. Yeasties.

You get that same sort of fruitiness in the taste with some spice and bread characteristics.

Tons of carbonation and a medium body. It goes down so easy.

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked & caged 750ml from a great BA (thanks Sean) split into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glasses with a mate.

A: Pale gold, clear until the yeast sediment hits, good carbonation, brilliantly white, soapy head leaves some ok lacing behind.

S: Banana, straw or grain, modest spices, slight medicinal & phenolic notes, soft fruit flesh, faint alcohol, bready, ghostly peppery finish.

T: Follows the nose, dry finish, bready, spices, faint green apples, apricot, faint, alcohol, touch of lemon peel and white wine characteristics.

MF: Medium-light, decent carbonation, drying mouthfeel.

O: Not as impressed by this as I thought I'd be, but its still a good beer, just not great.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish pint glass. Back label says best before end 20 05 14 meaning drink by May 5th, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a two-finger head that retains and retains before finally settling at a 1/4 inch head with full sheets of lacing.

S- Wheat and Belgian yeast. Slightly soapy. A bit of spice is also detected.

T- Full-on helping of wheat flavor along with some rich yeast tones. Alcohol is masked properly making for a very passive drinking experience as sip after sip is taken, each one better than the last.

M- Fluffy and tingly with high carbonation being the reason. Medium body.

O- Like all other St. Bernardus brews it's simple, yet elegantly refined.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours lovely deep golden with lots of haze. The really tall compact but still light white head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Light but complex. Fruit, yeast and spices. Green apples and oranges and slight lemon sezt.

T: Caramell-malt, dry and only light sweetness. Yeasty and spicey. Ripe fruits; pears, apples, oranges and some citric sezt. Complex and well balanced. Perhaps slightly sour.

M: Long bitter, dry and slightly sour aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation quite rich, but still smooth.

O: A very nice Tripel, well balanced and smooth.

Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of grannaniwa
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Got some estery/bananna smells on the first nose. Head shoots out of control on first pour. Very cloudy yellow.

All the best flavors on in the back of the mouth, as you swallow. Lots of carbonation as you swirl it around your mouth. Tastes like Belgian yeasts, but doesn’t whack you over the head. Again, some estery flavors. Nice bitterness left on the lips. High alcohol is well-hidden.

St Bernardus says “This beer, with high fermentation, has a pale amber colour and a flowery, fruity taste with a harmonious balance between sweet and sour.”

Overall: A-. Solid Belgian all-around.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark than most tripels, St.Bx3 is amber with a big, bubbly head. No lace but the bubble bath of a head did leave a lumpy half moon retention.

Lots of yeasty spice at first but that slowly mellows as the beer warms. Burnt, sugary chamomile.

Taste yields more yeasty spice with a palette cleansing dry finish. Pasty herbal lemon drop and butter combats the spice.

Maybe I was expecting too much for such a renowned brewery and one of the holy trinity of tripels (Westmalle, Karmeliet, & St. Bernardus) but the butter and the spice didn't mesh for me and I didn't pick up on any of the sweet orchard fruits that others have mentioned. Still I'd put more than a few (but not many!) tripels above this one.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a branded goblet, poured an orangey-yellow colour with a pure white head a full finger tall. A spicey nose that describes the flavour perfectly. Tasted like beer with hints of cardamom and a little cinnamon. Not as sweet and rich as I expected a Belgian Tripel to be.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rodney45
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Note: Found at the bowery whole foods, NYC. 330ml.

A: Almost beyond description. Deep tangerine or gamboge with a creamy everlasting ghost white head that lingers forever.

S: Pear, munich malt, corriander, flowery clove and caramel. Notes of lemon zest and honey.

T: First profile is munich and pale malt with an undiscernable noble hop forward flavor, not so much bitter as balancing. Secondary profile is of pear, peach, citrus and honey. Slight clove and lemon zest. Has a witte feel to it as well. End notes of cherry, caramel and belgian candied sugar. Very distinct trappist style yeast. Dry and crisp finish.

M: Effervescent massage for your lips that makes the whole experience beyond comparison. Very creamy. Medium body with medium carbonation. No hint of alcohol.

O: First beer ive given a five overall. This beer is simply without peer. Its greatest rivals would be rochefort 10 or the st bernardus 12. Fanstastic beer. Its creamy compexity is simply legendary. I'd absolutely recommend to anyone. This beer is so good its stupid.

I'd pair this with an earthfired pita and fresh garlic hummus.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,644 ratings.