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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,477 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,477
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 164
Gots: 169 | FT: 4
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

Picked this one up at the liqour store down the street.

Poured into my Keizer Karel chalice.

Nice appearance. Hazy golden yellow with a white fluffy head that sticks around for quite a while. Visible carbonation.

Lots of fruits on the nose. Almost like a weisbeer with some sour and yeast notes.

Sweetness on this tripel comes first and follows the nose except this is most definetly a tripel and not a weissbeer.

A medium to full body. Tons of carbonation is a very pleasant way.

I wonder why this is the first time I´m drinking this. It´s easy to obtain and fairly cheap )mind you that I live in Holland). Westmalle gets all the love but this one is a winner as well. Will be pciking this up more often. Recomended.

02-23-2011 19:53:02 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

A bottle split with onix1agr. Poured into duvel tulips.

A- two big fingers of bright white rocky head that holds for a bit before settling to a thin cap and a few stray spots of lace. Hazy straw yellow orange in color.

S- lots of tropical fruits and spicy belgian yeast. Some biscuity malts and a touch of floral honey.

T- nice spark of spicy belgian yeast with some musty dusty to it that rolls slowly into a fruity hit. Some honey and wild flowers. Malts are bone dry and powdery.

M- about medium in body with a big bright carb that foams up and brings a creaminess with it. No sign of the abv on the palate.

D- this is a classic trip and one that I'd take any day. Another killer brew from one of the best.

02-23-2011 02:28:56 | More by oglmcdgl
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

11.2oz bottle (best by 7/23/12) poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - An aggressive pour yields a cloudy, dirty, yeast particulate filled medium golden color. A full three fingers of fluffy off-white foam fills the glass to the rim and slowly falls to the surface leaving a tall collar and sheets of lacing all over the surface of the glass.

S - Spicy and a touch astringent. Cloves, lemons, oranges, grainy, bready. Lots of Belgian yeastiness.

T - Spicy but more balanced than in the aroma. Much higher bready malt base. The slight astringency in the aroma carries into the flavor as well giving the gentlest of twangs on the tongue. Belgian yeast with its spicy, estery, clovey flavors gives a firm kick and really plays off of the grainy/bready malt. Hops really are low in the flavor profile, not much more than a balancing influence.

M - A rather high carbonation level that gives a bit of a foamy but full feel that matches the significant body provided by the malt. Much smoother than many tripels I've had - alcohol is actually hidden fairly well - not getting any warmth from it or flavor either.

D - A very well crafted tripel. Balance is the key here. There is a lot going on and it all seems to blend together near flawlessly. Really like the fruity aspects of this beer, the subdued alcohol, even at 8% and the smooth body. Not sure why its taken me so long to review this one...definitely one I come back to fairly often.

02-23-2011 00:58:10 | More by portia99
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Jesse13713

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance - Three full fingers of head with a soapy look to it. Very impressive lacing. Pours a cloudy orange-brown. A slight yellow tint as well.

Smell - A very wine-like smelling beer. Hints of coriander and grapes. A slight champagne smell as well. Citrusy with very light hops. Sweet and light fruits as well.

Taste - A bold and consistent Belgian ale. Strong grape and apple flavors. A very sweet fruit-type beer. Light citrus hops and a slight yeast flavor. Light spices linger in the background as well. The aftertaste is like a white merlot, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very carbonated and sweet in your mouth. The mouthfeel is that of sweetened apples and grapes. This would be perfect to pair with fruit. Quite refreshing. One of the best and most unique Belgian ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

02-22-2011 01:37:12 | More by Jesse13713
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FanofHefe

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Bottle labeled 08 02 13, poured into a Chimay goblet. Hazy, dark yellow body with a great three-finger eggshell white head. Dissipates leaving some sticky lacing along the glass and a thin film of foam on top.

The aroma is dominated by fruity esters, followed by some grape and ending with a little spicy yeast. Nice.

The flavors are superb. Sweet fruit flavors that seem to combine grape, peach, and some citrus. The spicy Belgian yeast provides a great balance to the finish.

Creamy mouthfeel and a high level of carbonation make this freakishly drinkable. The alcohol goes nearly unnoticed. Fantastic brew.

02-18-2011 01:15:35 | More by FanofHefe
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kjc51478

Germany

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Pours a nice opaque golden orange color with one finger of dense off-white head. Aroma is citrus, rose water/floral, and spice. Taste is also citrusy, sweet, with a hint of cinnamon. There is also a very mild bitterness towards the end that merges into a lightly bitter finishing. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very nice Tripel.

02-17-2011 22:15:35 | More by kjc51478
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%

330 ml bottle, BB date reads 09-25-2012, into tulip. Clear, effervescent golden body is overlain by airy white head that doesn't last and completely dissipates. I'd expect the head to be firmer and creating more lace as subsides. Aroma exhibits light, somewhat bready, toasty malt character with a nice interplay of fruity esters, phenols, sweetness and alcohol. The significant fruity esters are represented by orange, pineapple, mango and peach, followed by moderate spicy and clove-like phenols, evident candy sugar sweetness and restrained soft spicy alcohol. As far as the aroma section is considered, the balance between esters and phenols is leaned towards the former while in the flavor dept the later prevail. Soft malty body embraces dominant peppery phenols and spicy alcohol flavor, subdued citrusy esters of orange, and moderately high bitterness that seems to result especially from the yeast-derived phenols as well as from hoppy bitterness. The relatively high bitterness combines with moderate carbonation to lend a dry finish with spicy aftertaste. The body is medium-light and somewhat creamy from the slightly warming alcohol.

02-13-2011 23:49:30 | More by crnipeter
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FosterJM

California

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

246th review on BA
bottle to Chimay goblet
12 oz bottle 300109

App- A lot darker than I would have thought, A lot less head than I would have thought. A golden wheat color with only a one finger head to it.

Smell- Missing a Belgian yeast on the nose. Very apple and grape forward. Almost a wine smell without the tannins to it.

Taste- I take back the previous two statements because of the taste. The classic triple taste. Has the yeast on the taste, the sweetness to it and some thickness.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level as well. Leaves a sweet apple taste on the finish. Was nice.

Drink- Its a St. B Triple. You know its good.

02-12-2011 17:57:37 | More by FosterJM
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BeanBone

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body with lots of bubbles around the glass and lots grainy sediment in the bottom. Up top, a finger and a half of very bubbly off-white head with average retention and lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and golden fruit over a sweet pale malt body. A bare whiff of booze once it warms.

Flavor: Again, a mix of citrusy hops, golden fruit, white pepper, sweet cereal-grain malt, and thoroughly Belgian yeast. Everything is balanced well, with each element complimenting the others. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor, even after it warms. Pepper, yeast, and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with medium carbonation and a neutral finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Full of character, balanced well, enjoyable throughout, and easily quaffable, St. Bernardus' Tripel is a great little brew. It's perhaps my favorite Tripel so far, as well as a stellar introduction to the brand.

02-05-2011 00:42:19 | More by BeanBone
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev -5.9%

Reviewed from notes 1/31/2011

A: yeasty, slight citrus fruits

Ap: golden yellow-orange with a frothy 2 finger white head, dissipates quickly, leaving a thin layer of white foam, minimal lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, crisp

Af: apples, yeasty, bready

O: delicious, a good refreshing treat

Cheers!
The CPJ

02-01-2011 18:33:57 | More by THECPJ
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VMWhelan

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a chalice.

Pours a darker orange color with a 2 finger frothy white head with good retention. Great lacing.

Aroma is funky, very yeasty, and bready. Almost thought I picked up tomatoes at first but that has since subsided. A bit of alcohol in the nose.

Taste is quite fruity and yeasty with some spice to it. Banana, lemon and clove are there as well. Gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with a good bit of carbonation but its not overly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Glass was empty before I knew it.

01-27-2011 04:04:40 | More by VMWhelan
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ocelot2500

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Pours a hazy golden color with a tight, rocky head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of bright fruits and some yeast spice.

Tastes of bright fruits with touches of elegance. Fruits have notes of apple, pear, and some peach. Spices add depth to the fruits with notes of clove and white pepper. Yeast is also prevalent. Alcohol is noticeable with a pleasant warming.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

01-27-2011 02:14:49 | More by ocelot2500
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%

Pours a hazy blonde color with a nice cap of white head that retains nicely for a whilke but eventually fades to a ring around the glass that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells bready sweet, farmhouse funk, and an underlying tartness.

The taste is excellent, flowers and bread-sweetness, unidentified fruit flavors.

Excellent beer, even more flavor as it warms.

01-25-2011 05:24:54 | More by donteatpoop
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

A chunky honey blonde and hazy beer. The cap is just off white and swirls like a map of the milky way. Like every other beer I've had from these fine monks this one has just as much rocky sediment pieces suspended in the mix.

Wow that's a good smelling beer. It's got some simple spices like pepper and clove but mainly smells like a bushel of sun ripened pears. Tart, sweet and one I can't wait to dive into.

Crisp and tart with a forgiving sweetness that really rounds out the flavor of this beer. Pear slices with a light squeeze of lemon followed by a touch of honey and malts. Contrasted nicely with a hint of white pepper. Very tasty.

The feel of this brew is subtle and works well with the flavors. Medium bodied with a nice fizz. This might be my favorite so far from the boys at St. Bernardus. The taste is on the money and mouthfeel and nose are right there too. Well worth checking out.

01-23-2011 19:48:59 | More by jbphoto88
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bbrown29073

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

A = golden yellow...very small head...lots of lace

S = Rather sweet. Not overly remarkable.

T = you can "feel" the alcohol. Fruity. Sweet. Light. GREAT carbonation.

M = Again I note -- GREAT carbonation. Warming. Makes you want to sit in front of a fire. Warms your toes.

D = I have a 25 ounce bottle. One is plenty. Cooking a PRIME 12-ounce NY Strip while enjoying it.

St Bernardus ABT 12 is better, but this is one hekuva beer.

01-22-2011 22:28:29 | More by bbrown29073
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leakyfaucet12

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

a- golden yellow with a bright white fluffy head that lasts like what seems for forever.

s- floral and sweet smelling. Almost a minty smell that quickly leaves your nose

t- a little boozy and pollen funkiness. banana like sweetness. so complex.

m- Full bodied. This beer has the perfect carbonation and is reletively thick. The booz is almost warming on the throat but not to hot.

d- this beer is pretty damn good. Overall I would really enjoy another one.

01-22-2011 01:30:25 | More by leakyfaucet12
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

I poured from A 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. This was a bit of a gusher, it poured a turibd gold and had a fizzy, white head. The aroma is spicy, sweet and fruity. The spiciness of this is more balanced than other triples, lots of sweet fruit, some clove, some grass. It has a drying finish. The beer is an easy drinker, medium body, high carbonation. A very enjoyable triple, may have to try a 750 of this one.

01-21-2011 22:24:01 | More by bonkers
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aepb1

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Part of a Christmas gift from my parents!

A- Hazy golden body with a foamy white head that stays for a while

S- Sweet fruity malts, inviting

T- Hoppy up front, moves into a nice citrusy taste. More malty sweetness under it all (caramel and toffee)

M- Full-bodied, creamy, smooth, can't really imagine it any better

D- Very solid beer, easy to drink and very happy to receive this gift

01-20-2011 17:17:23 | More by aepb1
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Grabbed a bottle of this just so I could review it. Had it before though.

Pours a golden color with a thin head and minimal lacing. Decent looking beer.

The aromas coming from this beer are Belgian candy sugar and a bit of honey. Some Belgian funk comes through as well.

Taste is just how it smells. Nice Belgian candy with a touch of honey and a nice Belgian funk in the finish. Great tripel.

Mouthfeel is not as dry as I like my Belgians but still good. Nice high carb.

Overall I think I like the Westmalle Tripel the best but this is still a solid beer. Get one if you can.

01-19-2011 00:48:10 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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beldin96

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Look - It poured a dark yellow, into a chalice glass. It had lots of champagne like bubbles. A long lasting head.

Smell - Bananas, honey, and clove. There was a little yeastiness in the back ground.

Taste - There were bananas, with some earthiness to the taste. There were lots of long lasting fruit flavors, clove and pepper. Just a little alcohol or spiciness at the end.

Feel - It was a medium to heavy body. It had lots of carbonation, and good effervescence.

Drinkability - Smooth with just a little alcohol bite on the end. Over all it was very good.

01-18-2011 21:18:44 | More by beldin96
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bum732

Lesotho

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

S: Pilsner malt, some clove, some yeastiness, candy sugar, some grassiness.

L: Clear golden yellow with a tight white head. Solid retention and great lacing.

T: Pils sweetness with clove phenols. Low bitterness with high carbonation leading to sugary dryness.

M: Medium bitterness with medium-high carbonation.

A solid tripel, i was a little tipsy when i reviewed this so the notes aren't great. But as critical as i am, it must be a good beer.

01-16-2011 04:22:13 | More by bum732
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JLeege

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

11.2 oz bottle, poured into the St Bernardus goblet. Part of the gift set, Triple, 6, 8, 12, + goblet. Probably the best 20 bucks money can buy!

Appearance- Pours a hazy golden color with a nice frothy bone white head. Pretty decent head retention. A little whispy lace.

Smell- Loads of belgian yeast, very nice. Notes of clove as well. A little banana and a bit citric.

Taste- Belgian yeast with fruity and floral notes. Clove again with some light peppery like spice. Fairly phenolic which is the norm for the style. Very malt forward, but some faint citrus sided hops are noted. Slightly dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, high carbonation, very crisp. Bubbly on the tounge. ABVs are completely hidden. Perfect for the style.

Overall- Excellent triple, maybe my new favorite. St. Bernardus is highly respected, yet I still feel they are a bit underrated, one of the top Belgian breweries, or in the world for that matter.

01-08-2011 06:18:46 | More by JLeege
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Notes from 12/29/2010:

Best by 07/05/13. 330 mL bottle at 45 degrees into a St. Bernardus chalice.

A: It pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a finger and a half of frothy head that has great retention and produces excellent lacing.

S: Spicy yeast aromas up front with citrus, cupcake, and mild caramel following.

T: Yeasty peppery spiciness, banana, lemon, and some toastiness on the back end. It does not overwhelm with flavors which, in my opinion, is an advantage over American takes on the style.

M: The body is medium-thick and finishes creamy and sticky.

D: This is an absolute delight to this tripel fan.

01-06-2011 17:16:52 | More by bucklemyshoe
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured hazy orange color with a huge frothy head that lasted with excellent lacing. Complex citrus fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium fruity balanced flavor with a medium sweet & sour finish of long duration with a small alcohol bite. This is a good beer.

01-04-2011 02:46:21 | More by tmoneyba
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JayS2629

Alabama

2.93/5  rDev -31.1%

I want to be kind to this for its complexity, but I didn't find it highly drinkable overall.

A- Cloudy orange/brown with thin white bubbly head and slightly creamy walls of lace.

S- Spices and cloves are dominate. Fruity qualities. Dark and light fruit. Citrus overpowers.

T- Tart grapefruit, and lemon peel, bitter front and finish with rich caramel middle. hints of orange. Spice throughout. Peppery finish.

M- Tingly, over carbonated

D- Bitter, tart and overcarbonated. Hard to swallow even for its style in my opinion. Peppery finish makes it especially harsh.

01-01-2011 06:13:35 | More by JayS2629
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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