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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,629 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,629
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 220 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of rfgetz
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed golden orange color with huge plume of white froth, decent retention and lacing. Scent leads with a lightly sweet blend of watery, fleshy fruit (pear and apple) accented with citrus rind, Belgian yeasts bring light breadlines along with hints of banana, moderate spicing, grainy sweet malt profile. Taste is fruit forward before the spice, yeast and malt blend perfectly as the beer finishes. Medium bodied, bubbly. A fantastic fruity triple where the yeasts and spices don't overpower.

Photo of RickS95
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with lots of funk it in. Obviously it's hazy, but you can still see all the sediment in it. On top sits a majestic pillow of fluffy white bubbles with huge retention.

The smell is unique to me. A bit like champagne, but with a strange combination of cake batter and mint.

Taste is classic Belgium. It's fruity, but at the same time ever so slightly astringent for balance. Some white grape and pear, with classic peppery spices.

As I mentioned in the taste, slightly sweet from the fruit, but balanced by the same fruit with a hint of acid. In the swallow, a light touch of hoppy bitter leading to a dry, cleansing finish.

I was going to give this a 4.5 overall, but I never got used to that minty feeling. Still, a world class beer.

Photo of tony223366
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 20, 2011.

A: Nice pale color with a light tannish hint. Very cloudy in the center. Lighter around the edges. Very pale fizzy/fluffy head. Almost no retention. Lots of action from the carbonation though.

S: Very, very fruity with a caramel malt backbone. Slightly alcoholic on finish.

T: I don't get as much fruit as I expected but there is some citrus at first. Big caramel flavor followed by some herbal characteristics. Slightly warming with a very slightly bitter finish that doesn't last.

M: Nice extremely creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. Wow!

O: This beer was good but borderline cloying. Would definitely drink again.

Photo of jamescain
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow with small particles suspended in the beer. The beer is topped off with a fluffy white head about a finger thick that lingers until fading into a thin lacing over the top.

Aroma: Spicy and earthy hops blended with spicy Belgian yeast esters. Fruity pineapple and peach esters area also sharing the same space.

Taste: Spicy and bready with fruit notes accenting the yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I guess my pallet is changing or I've just had too really good Tripels. I don't normally like them but the last two (including this one) I have very much enjoyed.

Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Poured with a thick two finger head that quickly vanished, but stayed pleasantly bubbly throughout the beer.

Appearance: Clouded, orangeish-brown with a bubbly head.

Smell: The smell was lovely and not too alcoholic, and not overpowering with hoppiness as well.

Taste: Very sweet for such a strong beer, but didn't seem to offer much else otherwise. Average taste wise, as I suppose I prefer more complicated flavors.

Mouthfeel: Was ideal. I enjoyed every sip in my mouth.

Photo of mooseo
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip.

A - Hazy golden brown with a large dense creamy white head.

S - Sweet aromas of citrus, banana, yeast, and some malt.

T - Taste follows the nose, beginning with sweet citrus notes followed by yeast and biscuit-like malts. A touch of alcohol comes through. Well balanced. Also a bit spicy on the back end, adding complexity.

M - Smooth, full bodied, and creamy. High carbonation. The finish is dry.

D - Delicious tripel! I'm really glad I tried this, everything is great in this brew. It has good drinkability and the high ABV is masked well.

Photo of julian89
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the 4th on my St. Bernardus tour.

Apperance- Light orange, not as much head as other bernardus. Murky base, not very transparent.

Smell- Sweet base, citrus with both lemon and orange. It has a faint aromatic citrus hops smell.

Taste- Smooth, malty, with lemon and orange fruit taste. The carbonation stings the taste buds almost making the flavors mute if swished around. The initial taste is simple and sweet.

Mouth: Lots and lots of carbonation is dead on, from what I've seen in other reviews. St. Bernardus is typically highly carbonated. In this case I think its makes a negative effect because it overpowers the late mouth feel. The initial mouthfeel is smooth, but then the carbonation and alcohol overpower.

O- I enjoyed it, but I prefer the Abt. 12 or Witbier over the Triple. It's sweet, smooth, and simple, but very carbonated.

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

Poured this beauty into a Chimay chalice. The beer makes a fist size of foam, and the body is mildly hazy with a golden orange color.

The aroma this produces is powdery confectioner sugar, citrus hops, and some orange rind.

Taste wise this Tripel is pretty sweet. Lots of candied sugar character here. There are nuances of orange rind, but the taste is pillowy soft and not bitter at all.

Feels richly carbonated, powdery and warming in the end.

I'm glad I finally had this beer after being a BA for so long. Well overdue in my opinion

Photo of mmva321
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

The tripel has an impenetrable but consistent haze broken only by an occasional piece of sediment floating by. The body is a glowing orangish yellow. There is a shallow rim of head that dissipates quickly before you have time to watch it. It leaves some amoeba-like creatures on top but little lacing. It's clean and simple.

A pungent grass/hops/funk aroma swarm the nose. It's earthy and traditional and reminds me of the outdoors. There are slight accents of lemon and peach. Vibrant and clean, this smell isn't over-thought but is interesting enough to be inviting.

The taste is superb. Once again, not over-thought at all. The grass and hops really come through here, moving the citrus and funk a bit to the background.

Smooth, thin, very well carbonated. Perfectly appropriate.

Crisp, simple and satisfying. I love it to death.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,629 ratings.