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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Kadonny


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Wow, floaty yeasties everywhere! A medium golden color with of course the large amount of floaties. Small white head that leaves some fine glass lacing.

S: Light fruits of apple, pineapple with cloves and yeastiness. A hint of pepper and sugar sweetness.

T: Heavy on the fruit flavor, just as a nice tripel should be. Flavors of green apple, pear, pineapple, some orange with a nice yeasty clove flavor. A bit of pepper mixes in with the bubblegum type sugar sweetness. Finish is a bit sweet, but not overly so. A little tartness sneaks in at the end. A great textbook example of a tripel.

M: Medium, a bit tart and sweet and some alcohol. Not overly lingering flavors.

D: Medium. Nice intense beer that should be sipped and enjoyed.

Overall another great beer by St. B. As I said earlier, this is a textbook tripel. Not real sweet, not real tart, just right. Great beer (as I expected anything less).

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 16:35:47 | More by Kadonny
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a tulip. The color is a cloudy, lemonade gold that has a little "dirty dishwater" tinge to it. Three fingers of white, billowy, beautiful head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy spotted lacing.

Smell: Very spicy up front, though it is not off-putting. It is very sweet, as well. Orange citrus, bready yeast, banana, raisin, and a little bubblegum. It's like spicy orange bubblegum. The alcohol sting also comes through as well.

Taste: Smooth and surprisingly subtle. The spices from the smell are present, but they take a backseat to the heaping of malts. This is truly liquid bread as it tastes like a multigrain loaf with hints of lemon zest, orange citrus, and pepper for spice. The alcohol is noticeable on the tail end of each sip, but it is nothing offensive.

Drinkability: High quality stuff. Though not overly complex, it is loveable, very tasty, and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 05:20:29 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of taigor

New York

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

Poured into a pint glass. YES, a pint glass at Grumpy's Ale House in Naples, FL. Can't complain about the choice of glassware since it cost only $4 per pint.

A - Poured cloudy brown color with medium head that dissipates very slowly leaving lots of lacing around the glass.

S - Smell is bready yeast with caramel, raisins and figs.

T - Taste is bready yeast with caramel and brown sugar, very sweet overall but not extremely overwhelming.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

D - Very good tripel but alcohol might be evident a little bit. I highly recommend it nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 17:02:56 | More by taigor
Photo of velosuds


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent, but not especially a concern due to style and brewery. Some sort of code is present on label. Paid $4.39 at John's Market.

A-Began foaming as soon as the crown was cracked. Pours a hazy pale yellow to light amber hue with a two finger, beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Fruity, malty and sweet. Nice aroma.

T-Surprisingly mild compared to their quad. This is very light and refreshing, even delicate. There is a very pleasant sweet pear taste with a zesty lemon twang, and a pepper like yeast presence. Definitely improved as it warmed. Quite nice.

M-Very smooth for 8.0% ABV. Carbonation level is spot on.

D-A very fine beer that is quite expensive. I really like their quad, but this doesn't seem remarkable in the same way.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:18:22 | More by velosuds
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a yellow to orange bit hazy color with a huge foamy aired white to yellow head. Good retention. Many lacings left

S: Sweet, grainy and bready. A lot of Belgian yeasts in the nose. Fruity esters (cherry and pears, mainly). Hints of spice and orange zest. A bit citrus

T: Follows the nose. Grainy, bready and fruity. Hints of spice, orange zest and nuts. Sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry taste. Belgian yeasts and a citrus bitter end

M: Creamy and molasses body. Medium carbonation. Peppery sensation in the end. Citrus bitterness is a must

O: High drinkability. Great beer. Excellent St. Bernardus specimen

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:12:01 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely gushing when uncapped, saved and poured into a tulip. Head bubbles bombastically at the start, but crackles itself out to just a half-centimetre of white large-bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation through the slightly hazy deep golden coloured body. Looks decent, but not stellar.

Nose is ripe and rank with Belgian nuances. Hints of spice, yeast, orange peel, organics. Sweet, but with a backing aroma of something meatier to blend it all together. Yes, there's something complete about the nose, all the Belgian elements integrated together perfectly.

Taste is smoother and more gentle than I expected, none of the phenolics you often get. Light apple pastry softness on the front, with hints of spice coming forward on the back, and just a little upsurge in booze at the end - it's extremely subtle though, and just gives a quick sweep to cleanse the palate. Palate is extremely smooth but light, and while the carbonation seemed omnipotent when looking at it, it merely dances softly in the mouth.

Such a smooth and supple tripel. It's such a lightly done one, with everything so well integrated that I feel like many of the other examples just don't get it. Beautiful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:08:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tastynubulets


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

-Pours with bright color, though the head comes out thick and lingers.

-Smell is incredible and deeply enhances the overall drinking experience.

-Flavor is very good (caramelized fruit and malts), though the beer can have a slightly metallic aftertaste.


The beer poured with very bright colors, i.e., a deep, slightly darkened orange and a clean, bright, white head. The head was thick at first, but eventually calmed down, though a thin head remained the entire time.

The smell was fantastic and very reminiscent of a Delirium Tremens. In fact, I'd say the two are very similar beers. Both are extremely good to drink, rich with an assortment of fruity and malty flavor. It's better to drink at a temperature somewhere between room temperature and cold, especially if you allow it time to aerate in a tulip. Otherwise, if poured too cold, the beer will feel a little rough on the pallet.

The flavor is a mixture of caramelized fruits and malts-delicious! You really get a mouthful of flavor with each swig. But with such an intoxicating smell (no pun intended), be sure to smell it each time as you sip, swig, or gulp it. The only set back is that the beer can have a mild to medium metallic aftertaste... I don't know why, but it does (there could be a number of reasons, but I don't brew it). Again, this is just like the Delirium Tremens (although the Nocturnum may also suffer from this flaw; don't quote me, it's been a while).

Overall, I wouldn't say it was AMAZING! But I would say that it IS a must try, especially if you like Trappist or Belgian style ales. Personally, this style is one of my favorites, and I will definitely be drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:41:24 | More by tastynubulets
Photo of biggred1


4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot with blonde highlights when backlit and a fluffy bone white head. Lemon peel and tropical fruity notes with a touch of alcohol and bready yeast. Light citrus fruity and banana estery flavors with a bit of coriander and mild citric hop flavor. This beer is truly perfectly bananced. Medium bodied with seltzery carbonation. St. Bernardus Tripel is a world class beer that may be taken for granted because of wide availability.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:04:36 | More by biggred1
Photo of benyerd


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(A) Very hazy burnt orange color. Absolutly zero clarity. Small amounts of yeast floating though out the beer with some left in the bottom of the bottle. Mild head retention that left a very slight lace that faded.

(S) Very sweet smell that was not over powering but but was just about right for this style.

(T) Awesome taste! Mild in flavor but fits almost perfectly with this beer. Very impressed!

(M) Medium bodied and a medium mouthfeel. Slightly disappointed but still matches well.

(D) Very Drinkable and truely classic. One of my favorite but felt as if it could use a little something extra to really put it over the top.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 08:07:45 | More by benyerd
Photo of KickInTheChalice


4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Hazy dark orange copper color with a thick creamy white head. A good level of retention, and each sip leaves generous lace clinging to the glass. A bit darker than I would expect out of the style.

Smell: Tons of fruity and spice notes in the nose. I expected the spicy yeast aroma, but the pineapple, apricot, and other tropical fruit really surprised me. Also seems to be some apple and cherry in there.

Taste: This is about as perfect of a flavor in a tripel as I can remember having. It starts out well, with a combination of toffee and honey providing most of the sweetness. Juicy apricot and pineapple come in before the spicy yeast takes over. Wow - allspice, cloves, maybe some cinnamon and pepper as well. A light herbal and citrus hop presence perfectly match the original flavors on the tongue. There is a touch of alcohol in the flavor that is tolerable.

Mouthfeel: Both crisp and creamy, it has carbonation to lift any residue off the tongue and keep each sip feeling fresh, but it has a soft creaminess that is quite pleasant. It starts juicy, but it starts moving toward dry by the end. A touch grainy from the unfiltered nature of the beer.

Drinkability: One of, if not my absolute, favorite tripels. This will frequently be found in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 07:04:31 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle in tulip bottled in 2006

A:hazy, golden orange, sediment, large frothy head lacing the glass.

S: spicy, over all great.

T: its a bit boozy it tastes like there is more than 8% alcohol.

M: high carbonation, lingering alcohol.

D: nice tripel but i tracked this one down and i feel it was a waste of time. and would not get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 03:33:51 | More by fastsrt
Photo of billab914


4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a hazy, pale, golden straw color with a bubbly head to it that settled out pretty quickly.

The aroma has a nice mix of pale, grainy and toasted malts along with a lemon zesty citrus. The Belgian yeast also comes through nicely with some fruity, spicy characteristics. Everything comes together very well in the aroma and feels pretty well balanced.

The taste mixes the lemony citrus nicely with fruity and spiciness of the Belgian yeast. It finishes a bit on the dry side with just a bit of bitterness. The flavors are excellently balanced and all of them get to come through at one time or another. Very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very high with an almost champagne like bubbly quality. Drinkability is good, it was a very flavorful and well balanced beer overall and a fantastic example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 21:31:32 | More by billab914
Photo of r0nyn

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a hazy, orangeish yellow with a big fat white head that recedes slowly. Leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing that coats the inside of the glass. Bits of yeast gunk can be seen floating around, as well as some bubbly carbonation rising up to the top. Smell is full of yeast and fruity esters, with quite a bit of citrus rind and phenols. Some tartness, but not quite sour. After a few deep sniffs, the alcohol can just barely be detected along with some faint bubblegum sweetness.

Yeasty malts greet the palate to start and permeate the entire sip. Notes of banana, cloves and citrus fruits follow, providing a unique contrast to the initial maltiness. There's the bubblegum snap from the nose, followed by a definite breadiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Bitterness is extremely subdued and the hops are almost non-extant. Alcohol is masked very well, though it does peek through as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with minimal carbonation and a chewy texture from the yeast and breadiness. Finish is suitably dry, leaving you wanting more of it.

Drinkability is amazing with this brew. The breadiness coupled with the sweet fruit flavorings and pleasantly chewy mouthfeel make this tripel incredibly easy to quaff. It tastes almost like a slightly boozier version of a hefeweizen, which is one of my all-time favorite styles of beer. St Bernardus really has a dandy of a drink in this. It has done what I thought impossible and knocked off the venerable La Fin du Monde as my favorite tripel. Cheers to those merry monks who really know how to brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:36:29 | More by r0nyn
Photo of Brent


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

For such a well-regarded beer, I must admit my expectations were a bit high and, unfortunately, not met. Poured slightly hazy amber-tinged gold, with lively sharp carbonation and a short-lived head. Bright in the mouth with prickly carbonation. Flavor profile was a bit flat and one-dimensional with apple notes. Lacking the peppery and phenolic notes I associate with the best examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 15:16:57 | More by Brent
Photo of cpetrone84


4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours the standard golden amber color with a thin light white head.

S-notes of belgian yeast come in up front as some lightly tart lemon and notes of sweet apricot come in next. spicy phenols and notes of alcohol are present with a light herbal hop presence.

T-the taste is rather good, subtle yeast blends with tart lemon, some sweet golden fruit in there as well. hints of alcohol and phenol add a fair bit of spice to it as a night herbal hop presence with light bitterness rounds it off.

M-medium body has an agressive carbonation making it rather prickly throughout. a slightly dry finish is clean and somewhat crisp.

D-this is full of flavor that is well integrated and balanced. tasty tripel that has everything you want to see. a more dry finish and stronger malt presence to balance may help, but still very solid!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:31:48 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of grittybrews


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow-amber into a tulip with a couple fingers of bright white head and lots of tight lacing. Strong aroma of peppery spice and banana with a hint of apple/pear.

Ample carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Banana and clove up front followed sweet biscuit and a lingering pepper finish with just a hint of hop bitterness. Alcohol is well-masked and the flavors are nicely complex, but this one was just a touch on the sweet side for my palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:27:05 | More by grittybrews
Photo of haazer


4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet at the East End Alehouse down the road.

A- Cloudy apple cider like appearance. Pale yellow sediment at the bottom of the glass. Leaves a little bit of lacing, not too much. Head is less than impressive, tan in color.

S- Smells like apple cider or apple juice, and slightly tart.

T- Perfect balance in the taste. Good amount of yeast, mixed with an apple flavor. I usually shun anything apple flavored but this works. Slightly puckering. Definetly fruity flavors throughout. The smallest detection of hop flavor but there is some. Alcohol is masked well.

M- Every ounce of this beer completely absorbs your taste buds, seems to really sink in. Slightly dry although still refreshing. Alcohol begins to warm body towards the end of the glass.

D- Could drink many of these. A superb tasting beer. St. Bernardus has been good so far, the Abt 12 is better IMO, but this is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 20:57:39 | More by haazer
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A slightly cloudy greyish light amber with a one finger off white head. The head diminishes to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Fruity malts, phenols in the smell. A big flavour burst in the taste. Well hidden sweetness. Spicy fruit esters. Complex and changing as it warms. A slightly dry bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is of a fairly light body with good carbonation. It went down pretty easy. ABV is well hidden. I could well go for another. A solid triple.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 06:12:35 | More by scott451
Photo of jsanford


4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay chalice

A - Hazy gold with a velvety white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Banana, pear, candi sugar and yeast

T - Sweet bready malts dominate with more banana, some melon and a bit of white pepper spiciness in the finish.

M - Medium-full body with heavy carbonation. Slick and creamy.

D - Glass went quickly, solid beer, like every other St. Bernardus brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:05:12 | More by jsanford
Photo of MbpBugeye


4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ive had this before, but I picked one up again to review it. 26 03 12 on the back. Im guessing that's a best by date.

A- Nice billowy white head with rocky lacing. A pretty hazy pale, dirty gold colored beer has a few chunks of sediment floating around in it.

S- A musky earthy spiciness is the dominate aroma. It lies over golden raisins, a cinnamony spice, a bran flake maltiness, and some dates. The fruit smells are a deeper than I expected but it makes for a really good smelling and unique tripel.

T- Dates and raisins and apricots. More bran flake maltiness and cinnamony spices. It tastes like a cereal.

M- Fuller bodied with a tamed carbonation. Slightly slick, slightly crisp.

D- A pretty darn good tripel. Not the best but well deserving of its ranks in our top beers list.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 21:12:47 | More by MbpBugeye


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, open as a gusher. It made it into my snifter.
A: The hazy golden body is very classic for the style. The white head holds well and is a fluffy layer on the top. Waves of lace are left behind.
S: Notes of candy sugar and flowers on the aroma. Not a overly powerful aroma, but a very good balance.
T/M: Medium body, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. Undertones of hops and a good malt forward taste. Overall a very floral taste, with a subtle spice. Notes of sour on the front, with a laid back spice on the finish.
D: I see this as a brew that hides the ABV very well, nice notes and a great overall drinkability. I would consider this one of the many of the style to be represented well.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 15:21:26 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of djmichaelk


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy straw-yellow, with a huge, pillowy four-finger head that overflows the goblet. Oops. But about as good as a beer of this style can look.

S - Very surprised that I don't see more mentions of banana in other reviews, as it dominates the nose here. Biscuit, banana, and maybe some melon.

T - Yeastiness -- pound cake and bananas, hints of sweet melons, and candied fruit. Maybe some alcohol around the edges, but not much. Restrained and elegant.

M - Full bodied, slightly dry, and nicely carbonated.

D - The ABV makes this one more drinkable than some of its peers. I love the flavor, and could probably go through a few more of these.

O - Very, very nice. I've been passing on tripels for the past few months but lately have been on kind of a tripel bender (get it?) lately. This is an excellent example of the style, and makes me want to have A LOT more.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 08:52:56 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Fairly dark yellow color. Had that nice looking pour for a tripel. At least 3 fingers of white head with a nice amount of lacing. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

S: The smell has a ton of esters up front. Little bit of apple. Pear. Little bit of candied sugar. Little bit musty as well. Not as bright a nose as I like to see for the style.

T: Lots of sweetness up front. Tons of esters. Quite malty. Comes across as dense bread. Not enough fruit to balance it out. The flavor is quite heavy.

M: Again heavier than I care for the style and the carbonation was lacking a little bit.

D: I have not had this one in a few years and I was not that impressed. Much better examples of tripels out there though this is still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 00:55:31 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of arturorg


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Unibroue tulip

A: Golden with a white frothy head leaving traces in the wall as it retreats. Almost no visible carbonation.

S: Citrusy, hoppy, sweet, bread.

T: Same citrus and bitterness I got from the smell that leaves a coat in the mouth, a tad watery for my taste.

Overall a very good beer from people that have been doing this for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 11:34:34 | More by arturorg
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Best before end 08 02 13 indicated on the back label. Pours a burnished, golden-orange with a creamy/frothy 2.75 inch head. Clarity is semi-hazy, with tiny bubbles effervescing in solution from the stem to cap. Head exhibits excellent retention, eventually settling into a 3/4 inch cap that is refreshed with a swirl. Delicate strands of lacing are exposed and adhere to the side of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals light citrus fruit (perhaps some apricot), cloves, a spicy/peppery quality and a suggestion of candi sugar and honey. Taste follows nose - a little grassy and the herbal quality is less spicy than suggested by the nose. There's also a slightly stale yeast flavor that comes out towards the back and somewhat quashes the sweetness that presents in the middle. Light fruit is more rounded and less citrus-centric. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a slightly scaly carbonation and a finish that falls a little short of semi-dry. A very nice and well-balanced tripel. This tends to be a hit or miss style for me, but this is definitely a hit in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:36:13 | More by Jwale73
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,412 ratings.