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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 178
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Elimination
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is the quad of all quads it seems. Everyone tries to make this beer and there is reason for it, its amazing. Quads are a style that is broad yet it has one main premise, quality, and this brings it greatly. Dark raisin color, smell of dried fruits, brown sugar and spice. Tasting of a combination of molasses, dates, candy, a bit of belgian chocolate, and maple. Mouthfeel is super smooth and easy drinking, I have never had a 10 percent that hides it so damn well

Its an amazing beer, we all know this, so I dont have to tell you if you have not tried it. Just buy it, take a drink and understand.

Elimination, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Back label stamped 13 09 13.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow body. Huge white head with decent retention and low to moderate lacing.

Smell - Musky corn. Slight banana.

Taste - Very smooth. Very corny. Almost like an American Adjunct Lager. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Superbly smooth and creamy, especially due to the carbonation. The head and carbonation is beautiful and one of the best of any beers ever.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is all about the smoothness of the mouthfeel, and inoffensive characters. The first sip is really complex, but after that it levels off and becomes less so.

ZenAgnostic, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a really nice golden yellow color with a fluffy white colored head on top. The smell of some spice, yeast, and banana were on the nose in this brew. The taste of the beer was nice lightly spiced with a soft sweetness in there as well. The mouthfeel of this brew was soft, medium bodied and quite enjoyable. Overall I found this to be one of the better Tripels I've had.

Knapp85, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 11oz bottle. Freshness date is 08/12/14.

Appearance: An extremely cloudy, hazy bronze-amber color with perhaps a little bit of excess yeast that I allowed into the bottle. Oh well. Poured a massive head that filled the Duvel glass to the rim, but eventually settled. Carbonation starts out plentiful, but slowly recedes to a frothy ring Looks pretty good, but not like other tripels I've had.

Smell: Very sugary, to the point of candy sweetness. Toffee and caramel malts are abundant. There's a slight zingy spiciness to the aroma that reaches familiar territory to other tripels. The boozy nature of the beer accentuates the sweetness more than preferable for me, but hopefully it tastes different.

Taste: Great flavors! This still is a slightly different tripel than many others in terms of spiciness and sweetness, but the creaminess is everything you want in a tripel. It's quite fruity in flavor (bitter peaches, apples), and contains a yeasty aftertaste that is pleasant and bready. The hops are mild here, but definitely serve the malts in a proper way.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, chewy, smooth and quite refreshing. I expected this beer to be dry and spicy, but it proved itself to be the complete opposite. The alcohol provides a mildly warming experience, but the maltiness of this beer is really what shines here. It makes the entire drinking experience quite thick and unique.

Overall: An interesting take on the tripel syle and typically great beer from St. Bernardus. It's not quite my favorite selection of this style, but displays itself as a well balanced, flavorful, and ultimately refreshing beer. Due to it's excessive sweetness, it's not something I'd buy that often. Still, for the low price of 2 euros here in France, it's definitely a bargain unlike anything else. Recommended a try for sure.

magictacosinus, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of output01x
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL. capped bottle (Best Before 06/14/13) into a chalice.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger off-white head of highly energetic bubbles that pop, burst, and fizz away until only a small island of foam remains, floating in the center of the glass. The body is a hazy, deep golden orange amber with steady streams of ascending carbonation bubbles. Almost no lacing can be seen at any point during consumption.

Bready malts and Belgian yeast aromas combine with just a little spiciness to create a very promising nose. The malts give of notes of buttery biscuits and fresh toast. The yeast, which is the dominant portion of the nose, gives notes of red apples and dark fruits.

Very similar to the nose, bready malts form a strong backbone for the other flavors. Red apples, green grapes, pears, and ripe bananas all come forth along with candi sugar and spices. A slight alcohol warmth is rests on the middle of the tongue and back of the throat.

Medium bodied with excessive carbonation, this beer is a little too drinkable considering its 8% ABV. The body is just right to allow the flavors to operate at full capacity while not being too thick. The carbonation is extremely fizzy at first but does not seem to imprede on the flavors. Refreshing and thirst-quenching, this beer begs to be gulped, not sipped.

output01x, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

28/8/2012: It's interesting to see older reviews, made by yourself. After drinking this more often I don't recognize what I wrote before!

I wrote:

"This is the straingest review I have written until now.

This tripel is an excellent beer, like all beers of St. Bernardus. But my problem is: this isn't a tripel. It is like a 'white negroid'. It looks like the great Abt 12 (Quadrupel),which is one of the greatest beers I know. It tastes like a strong dark Belgian Ale, but it is yellow and called a tripel.

A: toppy!
S: toppy also! Caramel, roasted toast, strawberry;
T: wrongwrongwrong! Where is the bitterness? Where are the hops? Why is this beer so sweet? Much too much sugar added, if you would ask me.
M: lovely carbonation and hidden alcohol.
O: wrong! This is beer is like Santa Claus (Sinterklaas) in summer. I like Santa Claus. I like summer. But the combination doesn't fit."

Now I know better. This Triple is just a very soft one, like Tripel Karmeliet and Corsendonk. Nice!

Filosoof, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of AARomanov
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lively golden color with fair amount of turbidity, very simular to a heffe. Lovely white head that lasts a few seconds as well.

Ar: I fucked up and used a glass that reeked of dish soap. Fuck.

T: Mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Effervescent enough to keep it interesting throughout, but not overwhelming. Best word I can use to describe the overal taste is clean. If you take a break after a couple sips, you can feel some of the alcohol come back up in your breath. The finish is creamy. I'll have to re-review this again, the glass is definitely keeping me from getting dat full flavor.

D: dangerously drinkable. Cold or a little warmed up.

AARomanov, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of bushbeer75
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle dated 5/7/13

St. Bernardus Tripel poured into my St. Bernardus Watou chalice a cloudy pale amber color. The inviting looking Ale produced a 2-finger frothy bubbly white head that left fizzy walls of lacing everywhere. The nose is of light fruit, yeast and light spice. The taste is flowery, fruity, of pears and apples that is very well balanced and only a very slight and delicate bitterness. The carbonation produces fine bubbles that are lively in the mouth – almost champagne like. A slight warming alcohol is present at the finish.

St. Bernardus Tripel is not as spiced as some triples – La Fin Du Monde comes to mind. A truly exceptional triple from a world class brewer!

bushbeer75, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass.

Look - dark golden color, somewhat murky, with about two fingers' worth of fluffy white foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - fairly strong on the barley. The hops are very strongly present. Somewhat phenolic maybe.

Taste and mouthfeel - fairly strong on the barley, and hops are definitely more present, but the bitterness is very slight. Sweet in general. It reminds me a lot of true Bavarian beers. Texture is very well-balanced.

Overall - very tasty brew. It makes me nostalgic about being in Bavaria.

Nerudamann, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into goblet.

A: very hazed pale yellow with hints of orange. head is massive, billows out of the glass. good retention and lacing.

S: black pepper spice mixes with a rich ready malt/yeast component.

T: an alcohol warmth enriches the palate. smooth and rich. pears and soft goat cheese. this thing is super soft. without the alcohol reminding me this thing has some booze in it, i would forget all about the 8% ABV and drink the shit out of this.

M: gentle but lively. medium body slightly edging on full.

D: very gentle complexity. a very easy drinking, tasty tripel.

Jimmys, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden colored with a huge white head. The smell is Belgian yeasty spiceyness as well as a bread aroma. The flavor follows suit with the belgiany flavors coming through but they are not as robust as they are I. Other triPels I have had. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation. The beer is very good but not my favorite tripel.

rowingbrewer, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000! I'll do my best.

Poured into a Chimay chalice...

A - Pours with an inch of snow-white head and a bouquet of lace. Moderate head retention that lasts through roughly half the experience. Golden opaque tone.

S - Strong and complex floral notes with characteristic Belgian spices ever-present. Slight hop bitterness, but the malty sweetness, that Tripels are famous for, balances the aromas out nicely.

T - The floral facet of this ale is present in the taste as well and the distinct Belgian spices are much more pronounced. The unique bottle-fermented yeast strain that Abbey Ales are celebrated for provides a solid backbone for this dessert-like beer.

M - The complex spices involved provide most of the lingering aftertaste that Belgian beer connoisseurs crave along with the supporting characteristic Belgian yeast. Some fruit lingers as well...mainly peach and maybe some raisin.

O - St. Bernardus satiates yet again! Aside from this Tripel, I've also had their Quad (Abt. 12), which is my favorite beer of all time. This beer comes close and is a perfect Tripel, in my opinion, followed by Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde. Highly recommended for those that appreciate sweeter dessert-style beers.

BeerMaverick, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this when I was up in Massachusetts. Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy light yellow/golden color with a two finger white head on top. Very slow dissipation to a thin layer on top that left behind some sticky lacing.

S: A nice and complex nose, with some lemon, orange, and a bit of banana (but not as much as other Tripels I have had). There is some doughy malt as well as the typical Belgian yeast aroma and some light pepper and coriander.

T: Light citrus fruits hit immediately, lemon peel and orange peel and to a lesser extent lemon and orange fruit. Banana plays a bigger role than it did in the aroma. There is a bit if bubblegum and a doughy flavor as very present along with some light spice.

M: Medium bodied and rather smooth with a good level of carbonation, maybe a touch high.

O: A solid tripel, deserving of its status as one of the "classics" in the style. Been on a tripel kick in the last few months it seems and this one is up there, but not at the top.

mdaschaf, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of DCon
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 355mL bottle of this from Beale on Broadway in St. Louis, MO for $5.75. Poured from the green bottle into a 12oz cup and had a best by date of 01 04 13 on the back.

Aroma- Good complexed aroma. Very sweet and hoppy with nice spiciness. Fruit is of a citrus and may have a hint of banana but could be wrong.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that stays for over the allocated amount of time. Deepest golden color body you can get before it is amber and has good clarity. The lace is very thick down the glass.

Flavor- Very sweet, malty, and has a caramel finish taste. Not much spice here in the flavor. Has a medium bitterness but nothing overpowering.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, High Carbonation, Sweet, Creamy, and leaves the caramel sweetness on the palate afterwards.

Overall Impression- While picking up this caramel flavor, I am not sure what to think of this Tripel! Not as strong and full bodied as I would like it is too sweet... Wishing there was more spice and body in this brew. Will be looking for again to compare notes but not like the other St. Bernardus beers I've had in their ranks!

DCon, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of dasenebler
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I not reviewed St. B's Tripel?! It was one of my first Belgian ales and a beer that changed my perception of what beer could be!

33cl, best before 4/11/14.

A lovely, hazy amber with a copious head. Textbook lacing and solid retention.

The aroma is floral and sweet, with some estery ripe fruit.

The flavor has a sweet, honey-like character, countered by a drying alcohol presence and earthy yeastiness. Notes of clove and orange. Sweetness could be tempered. The mouthfeel is fluffy and soft, with cascading carbonation.

Though the St. Bernardus is a touch too sweet for me as far as Triples go, it's still a very good brew and nothing to turn my nose up at.

dasenebler, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus goblet

Pours a very cloudy caramel-golden color with a very thick head. Lots of carbonation is seen rushing to the top, and lots of sedimentary flakes float to the bottom. Leaves a nice thick lace on all sides of the glass.

Nose knocks your socks off. Rich warming spices and strong Belgian yeasts with a little bit of black pepper and honey.

Despite the light color, this is a dark beer in the mouth. A little syrupy with enough carbonation to cleanse the tongue, a rich breadiness mingles with enough alcohol to warm you on the way down. The typical cadre of warming spices are balanced - not overpowering - throughout, and there is a strong malty presence. There is a phenol bite to the finish which lasts for several minutes.

A lovely offering from St. Bernardus, and everything one could really hope for in a Tripel. Nicely balanced, well constructed. Bravo.

rinhaak, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden colour with a really thick, vigorous white head that slowly settles. Malts, candi sugar, leather and spice in the nose.

Candi sugar, malt, raisins, spice, toffee and milk chocolate. Light fruit - especially bananas, raisins and plums. Very light, almost hidden alcohol.

Good carbonation - zesty yet smooth. A good sipping beer -the high ABV makes this a nice beer to end the evening with,

BDTyre, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours hazy, murky blonde with about 2 inches of fluffy, eggshell white head. Reduces very slowly, leaving a broad, flat cap of foam.

S-Pale, sweet malts, weak black tea, light earthy hops, hay, leather, white pepper, sea foam. Seriously, sea foam. There's a rugged, salty, ocean breeze feel to this.

T/M-Candi sugar sweetness hits the tip of the tongue and quickly falls off, revealing earthy flavors of hay and leather. There's a pleasant shortbread/biscuit quality to the malt profile, truncated by dry, earthy hoppiness. Full bodied with light carbonation and a dry, lightly hoppy finish.

O-A carefully constructed tripel. Very sophisticated and nuanced. A classic example of the style.

DaveHS, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ShanePB
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Having passed over this year-round and easily attainable Tripel multiple times, I figured it was a nice time to grab open and share with my girlfriend over dinner. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, poured into two tulip glasses, pair with braised Hawaiian jerk pork.

A: Golden rustic light copper body with an active stream of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The retention cap is really nice but this beer lacks every bit of lacing. I wouldn't say it's detrimental but I've seen plenty of Tripels give a better appearance than this one.

S: Alcohol esters are immediate on the nose along with a base of doughy yeast and some milled grain. A nice amount of spice, lemon and orange come through. I was surprised I didn't get any notes of banana in the fruit aspect but it still took on a very traditional aroma.

T: Orange and lemon fruits bring a rush of flavor to the palate, followed quickly with the classic Belgian yeast notes I've come to love and expect to taste. Light white pepper spice hints are towards the end, along with banana and bubblegum into the linger.

M: Highly bubbly and active carbonation, fairly light-bodied with a general "spritzy" feeling to it. I'd like this a bit less carbonated with a solid medium body to it.

This is a very classic approach to the Belgian Tripel and is a very good, solid demonstration of it. For me, the high amounts of carbonation were a bit of a distraction but the flavor profile stood on it's own. Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had but not the best.

ShanePB, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a chimay goblet (#2 of my 3 tripel night - the other 2 being Westmalle and Chimay)

Pours a dark golden colour, with a foamy head that quickly settles down.

Smells sweet and alcoholic, slight grassy hints too.

Tastes citrusy and alcoholic, balanced out by pale malts and not that much hoppiness. Quite a high level of carbonation making it quite crisp and harsh on the palalte. This carbonation lightens the longer it is out though so eases up.

Overall another excellent tripel, perfect summer drinking.

CwrwAmByth, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly, sunny golden color under a billowing, thick mass of white foam that very slowly, but never completely, dissolves. Aromas of pale fruity esters (pear, apricot, cherry, banana), yeast, soft flowers, lemon sweetness, and spicy orange rind. The flavor is packed full of spiced fruity esters blanketing a mellow pale maltiness and peppery phenols. Soft, yet full-flavored and very well rounded. Somewhat doughy yeast, citrus rind dryness, apple, and honey. Smooth and creamy...well-carbonated with the slightest burn in the back of the throat. Excellent tripel, as one would expect...

wedge, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/17/11
Date printed is 13-1-14(i assume is European dating Jan 1,14)

330 mL bottle
Drank out of a Hennepin glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a beautiful frothy white head, dissipates slowly. Nice Alcohol lacing and retention on the sides.

S: Fruity, ester, yeasty, malty notes present, no discernable hops. I'm getting light fruits, white grapes, etc.

T: Less sweet than it smells, I'm getting banana, apple, grape, spices. The yeast is a lingering aftertaste. The finish is dry like a white wine. A bit alcohol-y

M: Bitterness and carbonation hit you up front, and dissipate as it moves across your mouth, while the yeast and malt linger and soothe it. chewy, just a complete treat, the carbonation paves the way for the fruits and yeast just before the dry finish that coats your mouth slightly more as it warms.

O: Tripel, strong pale ales are becoming one of my favorite styles, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.

fields336, Jun 24, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass from a growler at 45 *f. Poured gently onto side and ended up with a huge 1 1/2in white head. Head subsided and stayed with about a 1/4 in layer. Highly carbonated and translucent gold/orange color.

Mainly citrus and malt were prevalent in the aroma with a hint of yeast.

Taste is good. Malt is the dominate flavor with slight hop notes towards the finish. Also, a sort of dry finish comes to light but it might be carbonation just overwhelming the taste. Noticeable yeast flavor towards the end. Very complex.

Mouth-feel was normal. Possibly lighter than what I expected.

Overall a good beer, however, not my favorite from my favorite breweries!!!

DUBinMIA, Jun 20, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from Riga

Pours orange/yellow with huge and soft white head, excellent retention. Foam sticks to the sides of the glass, forming dense lacing. Aroma is fruity, mostly bananas, spice, faint notes of bread.

Taste is amazingly smooth, creamy, almost chewy, first are hints of tropical fruit, lemons, apricots, weak bananas, followed by sweetish malt and distinct notes of alcohol, smooth warming feeling slowly sets after the relatively dry finish.

Excellent as always.

atis, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellared a bit over one year.

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

Pale gold in color, with a nearly pure white head, which settles quickly into a persistent, light froth on top of the beer. Visible carbonation present, keeping head suspended. Some visible sedimentation, beer semi-opaque.

Smell is of yeast, caramel, and yeast esters (most notably, bananas and pears). Slight funk of cheese present as beer warms, whch is not unpleasant. No alcohol harshness detected, very smooth.

Opens with fruity and flowery flavors, like apples, peaches, and bananas are heavily diluted in essence of some mild blossom. Fairly sweet, with a bit of complexity added from alcohol undertones. Bitterness is not much perceived, mostly sweet. I'm not sure how this would have tasted fresh, but at one year, there is no harshness I attribute to "new" tripels.

Surprisingly, fairly heavy body, but the carbonation level is suitable so that this doesn't sit on the palate. Foam is creamy, enjoyable. Moderately dry finish, so while this is a sipping beer, it is also urging you to keep drinking.

This beer was quite excellent, and I must admit that I'm not someone who particularly enjoys tripels. I will happily add a new tripel to the others that I enjoy (La Fin du Monde and Karmeliet).

falloutsnow, Jun 13, 2011
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.