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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,495 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,495
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden orange beer had developed an initial two fingers of snow white foamy meringue like head. Head dissipated to about half a finger's worth after a few minutes. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass is visible.

Nose is bread yeast and spicy. A sweetness from the pale malt and a tinge of hop bitterness as it warms.

Taking a sip, fruitiness upfront, apricots and sweet citrus, yields to the malty sweet breadiness and finishes with a slight bitterness. A bit of alcohol burn in the back of the throat, surprisingly.

Light bodied beer with a ton of carbonation attacks the tongue for a good bit while in the mouth. Finishes dry with a nice light spiciness that lingers on the tongue.

Fairly easy to drink tripel, but the slight alcohol burn does warn you that this is a fairly hard hitting beer at 8.0% abv. A nice effort from St. Bernardus.

nataku00, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of jlandis
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%

I bought a 4pack gift set with the 6,8,12,Tripel and a St. Bernardus chalice. This is the first of the set that I'm tasting.

The beer pours a hazy light orange/copper color with a thin white head that slowly fades to a small ring. The nose is full of spice, orange peel, lemon zest, and a sharp Belgian yeast. The flavor consists of sweet pale malt followed by spices then onto the orange and lemon zest. The flavor finishes with the classic tart and slightly funky Belgian yeast. The body is thick and creamy with slight carbonation.

This is what every Belgian Tripel should aspire to taste like. Fantastic, complex, and well balanced. Once again the monks show us how to brew a well crafted beer.

jlandis, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into St Bernardus Goblet

A: Pours a chalky golden color, very cloudy. About a fingers worth of fluffy white head. Very sticky lacing from start to finish. Great looking beer.

S: Lots of things going on here.... little tart lemon, mix of sweeter fruits, so yeast and spice. There is a touch of alcohol present but not heavy or strong.

T: All the smells are here.... Good mix of sweet and tart with a good mix a yeastiness and spiciness. Finish is dry with very little alcohol burn. Very nice balance.

M: Medium bodied with an aggressive carbonation that makes it a little sharp.

D: At 8% ABV it is a one at a time kind of beer, but a very balanced and very drinkable Tripel. One of the better ones I've had. As always it is hard to go wrong with St. Bernardus.

mralphabet, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. A hazy golden yellow color with about two fingers of head. Not much lacing.

The aroma was floral and fruity, citrus notes, orange, lemon.

The taste was smooth and subtle, slight alcohol that fades quickly. Some bitterness to balance everything.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some good carbonation.

This is a very nice tripel that is very easy to drink at 8% ABV...

InspectorBob, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.08/5  rDev -4%

appearance; hazy yellow, a bit cloudy. Nice white head but don't expect it to last for very long. Poor if any lacing but a rocky head isn't everything. On the surface one can note a constant carbonation rising from the bottom of the goblet.

smell; like sugar coated, dried apricots. Some citrusy hops also poke through, blended perfectly with a hint of barley.

taste; sugary alcohol is most noticed, especially in the finish. Also some barley in the aftertaste. Mostly some citrusy hops through the drink.

mouthfeel; very strong carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel, yet still smooth and refreshing, alcohol burn is present but overall well hidden.

drinkability; really a tasty beer so I would want to drink more considering this factor but overall improvements could be made.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

St. Bernardus Tripel Belgian Abbey Ale, 8% alcohol. 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a St. Feuillien goblet.

A- Pours a beautiful ripe orange colored fluid with an evenly hazed glow in sunlight. Tight bubbles make of a nice frothy head that leaves a mildly rounded lacing on the glass.

S- Fresh citrus fruits come to mind oranges, tangerines, and lemon. Sweet candied sugar and alcohol esters fume in the back of the nose.

T-M- Like the smell the taste does nothing but prove the excellence of this Tripel. Flavors include overripe fruits of citrus nature, musty malts, alcohol esters and tangy Begian yeast. Mouthfeel is chewy with a lingering yeasty thickness that allows the flavors to dance and roll over the tounge. Creamy finish with nothing but excellence from beginning to end.

D- I love this beer! I could drink this one every day if my cash flow allowed. Great complexities, smoooth and an alcohol content that would keep you grounded. Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%

Bottle poured into St. Bernardus chalice (Thanks to Shangy's for the sweet 4 pack & chalice set!!!)

Appearance: Beautiful translucent deep gold color. Small, finger head with very fine bubbles and decent sexy lace!

Smell: Sweet, Boozey, almost like a liquor-soaked Christmas fruit cake.

Taste: Sweet amber malt, honey, apples, yeast, and a faint alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy carbonation. Acidic on the palate makes me quench more.

Drinkability: Balanced and a very hidden ABV. Watch out after a few of these because you won't know what hit you... I know I didn't the first time I drank it.

TheSupremeAJ, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Finger sized head that turns into lacing around the glass. Cloudy gold color with a small amount of carbonation that finds its way to the top. This is a sexy looking beer.

Smell: Sweet malts, cotton candy, apples, and pepper. Smells a little of alcohol.

Taste: Sweet honey like malts, flower like hops, a little bitterness at the end. I can't do this beer justice with a description at this point in my "beer review career". There is so much there. Incredible beer.

Drinkability: I'm sort of glad I've only got one of these to drink. At 8 percent abv and with this kind of flavor I might end up drinking a bit too much. This is an amazing beer. It's a shame there are not more triple style beers made in the states.

wmtxbb, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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).

Kadonny, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of taigor
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.08/5  rDev -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.

velosuds, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

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

eduardolinhalis, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of tastynubulets
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

-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.

tastynubulets, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

biggred1, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of benyerd
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

(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.

benyerd, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

KickInTheChalice, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of fastsrt
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

fastsrt, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

billab914, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

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!

r0nyn, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

Brent, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

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!

cpetrone84, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

grittybrews, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

haazer, Oct 10, 2010
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,495 ratings.