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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,393 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 152
Gots: 139 | 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 SamN


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked bomber purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO, poured into a New Belgium glass.

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a nice inch and a half head that didn't stick around as long as I thought it would, no lacing. Color could have been better, a little disappointed looking into the beer.

Smell was mouthwatering; flowers, some spice, hops, fruit (maybe pears?). Great smell, very inviting for the first sip!

Taste was close to the smell, lots of fruit, again with the pears, classic tripel taste, some hops bitterness, some complexities that I'm not nearly versed enough to describe. Not much alcohol to speak of, which is good. Delicate taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, plenty of carbonation, but good for the style.

As far as drinkability, I don't see any problem with me drinking this whole bottle all by my lonesome. A little strong for an all day beer, but definitely a great introduction to St. B or tripels in general.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:04:15 | More by SamN
Photo of jrallen34


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

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a great looking pale gold with a finger high head that lasts several minutes. This is also incredible lacing.

The aroma is very subtle but mostly floral with a touch of hops.

The tatse is wonderful, very smooth from start to finish. Great notes of hops and spice. Very drinkable from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 18:22:20 | More by jrallen34
Photo of flagmantho


4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: rich golden color, slightly opaque, notable carbonation. About a 1-finger head which dissipated quickly leaving a thin white residue.

Smell: quite fruity aroma of apples and pears. Citrus notes with light wheat/malt aroma present. Very nice indeed.

Taste: slightly tangy citrus flavor against a very smooth, nice malt and wheat base. A bit of a tart/astringent finish, but I think this just adds a little pleasant contrast to the sweet/fruity up-front flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: eminently quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 03:57:44 | More by flagmantho
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice on aug22 2009
special thanks too paul who knew too get me a bernardus quad and triple for my birthday how did you know?

A got it in the glass after a little effort. nice golden amber color, heavy sediment, head went right over the top and had decent retention with nice lace

S yeast and apple are what i smell the most with some caramel perhaps

T fairly complex, i can taste some booze that i could not smell, i enjoyed it and you might too

M/D a little too much carbonation for me but still quite nice overall

this is a great triple im happy i got to drink one

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 22:29:02 | More by wordemupg
Photo of saztheorybook


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

I will first say that when I think tripel, the first thing I think of is New Holland's Black Tulip, which is one of my personal all-time favorites. I was so blown away by how unlike that St. Bernardus was. Used to American tripels, this actual Belgian one tripped me out.

A- A pure translucent orange. with a two-finger head that dissipated pretty quickly, but with a good retention and lacing for the meager leftover bubbles. Beautiful bubble streams that really enhance the experience.

S- Almost peaty, very estery, with a bit of sour apple.

T- Follows the nose, so to speak, only the ratios get reversed with the esters and apples up front, peat in the back. It's all pretty delicate, but very, very nice. There's some very well-balanced hop bitterness to this, which is both refreshing and surprising.

M- Creamy and tangy with this outrageous carbonation that is unlike other abbeys.

D- Heck yes. This is very reasonably priced at the store I go to for a very superior product.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 19:04:07 | More by saztheorybook
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, foamy white head sticks around. Murky gold in appearance. Spotty lacing.

Big time juicy fruit aromas. Malty whiffs. Freshly cut hay.

Taste is very balanced. Tart green apple upfront. Tangy and has a nice belgian twang from the yeast. Has a mild spice componant, coupled with carmelized brown sugar. Hop is herbal and leafy, touch of lemon.

Full bodied and adheres to the palate. This beer is becoming a part of me. Finishes semi dry with a lingering sweet boozy note.

This one sure does drink well. Every sip makes me want to take another. Its fairly strong, but its not overpowering. Complex, yet mellow. Good brew here.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 16:27:06 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of GPHarris


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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into my St.B's goblet that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - fruity and sweet. hints of apricots and apples.
t - once again, fruity with hints of apricots and apples.
m - slightly thin to medium mouthfeel.
d - delicious beer, one of the best tripels i've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 19:52:53 | More by GPHarris
Photo of cbutova


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

#1 out of the St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Poured into my 25cl Chimay goblet, a nice golden orange with some sediment and lots of carbonation rising, one finger head that seems to last for the entire time the beer is consumed, leaves great lacing down the whole glass, a coat of it. One of the creamiest looking heads I have ever seen. Smells of light fruit, raisins, yeast, malts and maybe some alcohol, get that banana hefe like smell too. Tastes of light fruits/citrus, hefe banana, raisins, a tiny bit of alcohol, and some malts. Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good for a belgian, taste is surprisingly refreshing, 8% alcohol can only be sensed a little bit, great beer, will have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 04:18:09 | More by cbutova
Photo of woosterbill


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

750ml cork'n'cage into a Duvel tulip.

A: A slightly overly vigorous pour resulted in two inches of rocky white foam on top of a bright golden, slightly clouded liquid. It took a while, but eventually things settled down into a persistent half-inch cap of foam that left thick lacing throughout the session. Each top-off from the bottle and each swirl of the tuilp reinvigorated the solid head. Gorgeous tripel.
S: Flowery yeast up front, followed by some light fruit notes and some bisquity malt. Both complex and appealing, but not mind-blowing.
T: Just delicious: lightly spicy, powerfully fruity, and roundly malty as well. This beer delivers the fully array of the standard tripel notes, and then some. Highly complex, and consistently so. Every sip ran a full course through the yeasty, fruity, and malty flavors to the rich, dry (but not at all bitter) finish.
M: Highly carbonated, but fairly smooth.
D: I finished the 750 by myself, and was OK with the fact that it was my only beer of the night; I wouldn't have been that upset, though, if another bottle had materialized in my fridge.
Notes: Hands-down the best tripel I've tried to date - IMO it kicked Westmalle's ass in every way imaginable. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:20:55 | More by woosterbill
Photo of roblowther


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged, poured into a chalice. It is hazy copper gold with a rocky white head and active carbonation. Smells of honey, peaches, and a slight medicinal phenol. Tastes peppery and sharp, then dusky malt. It has a hay-like flavor that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and slippery. Drinkability is great. Now excuse me while I finish this. Typing is making my beer foam up.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 23:51:37 | More by roblowther
Photo of TLove

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Pale cream color with hazy body and creamy, off-white head. Banana smell comes through first, shortly followed by spice and citrus. Taste is especially yeasty, with a complex, sugary structure and nutmeg/allspice sharpness and cherry tanginess. Exceptionally well-balanced and light Witbier (doesn't finish like a Tripel), that finishes as yeasty as it starts. Like biting into a liquid, fried plantain. YUM!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 21:34:09 | More by TLove
Photo of Casey10


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

Really been stuck on a the triple style since I tried a chimay triple.

A - Hazy bubbly like brew interesting.

S - spice, clove? perhaps banana

t - smooth very nice taste although nothing overpowering to say wow.

M - frothy, nice, kind of tart not bad.

D - Doesnt feel as stong as the 8.0 ABV suggest so could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:06:26 | More by Casey10
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a rich white head that retained nicely and left a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of banana, cinnamon and cloves with a hint of yeast in the end.

Taste is very fruity with hints of banana, pear and citrus. Lightly spicy with notes of cinnamon and clove with just a bit of candied sugar.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and an overall crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden, not too sweet and overall a very good tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 22:34:46 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of jkc88


2.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

A: Cloudy gold to orange color.

S: Over-ripe bananas, cloves.

T: Tropical fruit, hint of bubble gum, and some slight bitterness at the end.

M: Light and carbonated.

I didn't particularly enjoy this beer as it tasted a little funky to me. The mouthfeel would have made this an easy to drink beer, but the flover just didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 23:06:58 | More by jkc88
Photo of fitzy84


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky yellow-gold appearance with a slick lacing and patchy, island-like head. Aromas were really great: cloves smells mixed with an apparent sour, citrus smell. Taste was utterly excellent. Had a great vanilla cream taste mixed with that ripe citrus taste. Mouthfeel follows the taste quite complementary. The smooth/crisp dichotomy is perfect. Overall, very, very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 21:54:17 | More by fitzy84
Photo of SleepyMonk


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

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into an open (westmalle brand) chalice.

Pours out to reveal a dullish amber hue with a yeast haze finish. Head is full and thick with quantity slightly above 2 fingers and impressive amounts of sticky lacing.

The aromatic spectrum is dominated by fruits with a particular emphasis on citrus. Whilst this is common amongst several Triples, this one is made up of very lively and fresh notes.

Hops characteristics make a strong appearance in the mouth but once again its those lively fruit elements that give this Tripel its own unique taste. Dry grainy yeast has a bit part n the overall mix but its largely hops from the sticky and chewy beginning until it dries off with alcohol.

I'm new to the St Bernardus range and can say this and the quad are some very fine beers

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 12:45:06 | More by SleepyMonk
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

A: Creamy 1 finger head with pale orange and slightly hazy color

N: Nose is yeasty with spices, some Belgian malts, a touch of raisiny sugar and alcohol

T: Taste starts with sweet malts and candi sugar with alcohol that fades quickly, a slight raisin and fruity quality but maintains its light Belgian quality, some nice bitterness is very light, it also has a slight nutmeg and nutty quality

M: It has a very smooth mouth but thick at the same time, almost velvety

F: It finishes dry and a little salty almost, taste hands for about 30 seconds on the back of the tongue

Final Thoughts: Very rich and delicious but still pretty light for a strong Belgian. It is a good staple for tripels.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2009 01:51:37 | More by jlindros
Photo of Infamous7100


4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just outstanding. Do I need to go on?
A: Into by goblet, a thick finger and a half head develops on the top of the striking golden colored ale.
S: First impression was of sugar and spice. Then it was met by a candied apple smell. Perhaps a bit of carmel. Everything is balanced perfectly. Alcohol is masked well.
T: Perfection. A bit of spice, but cut with the sugary sweetness. The fruits play along well and provide just a hint of tartness. I'm left with a bit of a spicy finish, but not a burn by any means.
M: Hardy any carbonation. This is very smooth and semi thick. Barley any aftertaste. It leaves you wanting more.
D: For an 8%, it's highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked by all the sugars, fruits and spices. I could see myself having multiple glasses.
If you find this, be sure to pick it up!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 01:41:53 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of KAVSE


4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into Chimay chalice.

This beer poured an almost champagne color out of the bottle, settling into a murky orange in the glass. The nose contained hints of apricot and orange with a hearty, wheat smell.

The taste was very light and crisp - incredibly drinkable. There are hints of apple, apricot, citrus fruits with a slight alcohol aftertaste. What really struck me was that this beer wants to "wrap" around the tongue instead of simply sliding down the throat.

It immediately struck me as the perfect summer day beer but this is one to be enjoyed all year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 20:42:28 | More by KAVSE
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3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky gold with lots of floating yeast chunks (despite careful pouring).
Aroma shows the typical belgian yeast along with cinnamon, pears, sour dough bread, and candi sugar. Some subtle sweet alcohol noticeable.
Aromas are almost perfectly mirrored in flavour (with the exception of cinnamon). The sweetness is a bit overbearing however.
I'm not a fan of the huge carbonation either even if it is part of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 11:03:53 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of OtisinAZ


3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden color with a minimal head and not much laching.

Small note of alcohol with some spice/clove type aromas.

Great drinking beer with good mouth feel and a small drying effect on the pallet.

An all around enjoyable almost session type beer even with an 8% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 02:05:23 | More by OtisinAZ
Photo of StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, murky orange-brown, with two fingers of white head that just sits there. Subsides slowly and leaves blankets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Honey, bananas, and a slight tang. Not as strong smelling as others.

Taste: An initial tangy bite, which fades into an incredibly smooth taste of bananas, honey, and vanilla. Very nicely done, and very enjoyable. Not the most complex-tasting tripel, but one that just tastes good. A mild hint of the alcohol is noticeable. Long lasting, smooth aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, as to be expected, but it almost was too harsh for the smooth taste. Would have liked to see this one toned down a little bit.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable tripel. Probably my favorite St. Bernardus offering. It's not necessarily the one I would go seek out if I was in the mood for a tripel, but one I enjoyed drinking and would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 02:22:05 | More by StarlightSeraph
Photo of albern


4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel certainly hits all the right notes. It pours a muted orange with lots of yeasty clumps floating about. The head is white, retains a bit, a touch of lacing too. The nose is sweet florals, Belgian yeastiness, some citrus notes, some ABV as well.

The taste is quintessential Belgian Tripel, very representative of the style. There is plenty of prickly mouthfeel, Belgian yeastiness, lots of delightful peppery spices and leafy hop flavors in the finish. The mid section is loaded with sweet malts, some apricot, orange rind, some clove flavors, some coriander, some other spices that add a bit of a bite. There is a bit of an ABV presence in the mid section through to the finish. The beer warms nicely and additional floral flavors on the palate come out. This is one of those incredibly complex Belgian beers that provide something slightly different with each sip, and really whet the taste buds as it warms. There are some sourish notes towards the finish, maybe a little mustiness on top of the apricot and citrus. There is a bit of a throaty ABV burn in the finish so the booziness is not entirely hidden with this beer. The beer is medium bodied and is more of a sipping experience because of the carbonation, prickly mouthfeel, and ABV. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 21:29:20 | More by albern
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New York

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

11.2 oz bottle served in a Chimay chalice

Soft and creamy carbonation and mouthfeel. Tons of lace. Has the typical yeasty fruity aroma of a tripel, but with some balance and subtlety. The taste is very sweet and fruity with peach and perhaps mandarins undertones. There is also a creamy hint of vanilla in the finish.

An exceptional tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 07:56:31 | More by wd40
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A - Poured a golden blonde with a cloudy opacity

S - Much like the taste, the smell of this beer was very clean and had hints of apples.

T - The taste was super clean and refreshing with a really fruity pallete, yet without the sweetness - this shouldn't be confused with lacking the sweetness.

M - This beer was awesome on the mouth. The flavour shot to the back of the tongue and ripped forward - I can't say enough good things about the mouthfeel of this beer.

D - It's cleanliness would entice one to drink a good bunch of these, however, the ABV would leave one on their ass if they put these back all afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 18:29:12 | More by masterallen
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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