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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
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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 cleverbeername
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

55* Bordeaux glass, bottle

a dark gold color, lots of chuncks, about of finger of white head.

S some malt and hop present, seems light.

T lighter indeed. flavor components are as expceted for a belgian triple, but there is no wow factor, its rather mild. i like more yeastiness and more umpf.

m nice acid, mid body, could be much fuller

D. good, not great. i expected more out it and felt a little let down. i cared for it less and less as it warmed and opened. i may retry later to give it another chance, something may have been off with the palate, possible spicy food early but there is no indication in my scribbles.

cleverbeername, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Moderate head quickly fades into a hazy golden body leaving thin, soapy lacing on the glass. Lovely aroma consists mainly of some banana, apricot and sweet malts. Taste, upon warming, is malty sweet, slight clove, some mild citrus, mild hops, juicy and just plain delicious. One of the benchmarks by which all tripels should be measured. Insane masking of ABV, can't taste one bit of it. Awesome brew in every way, shape and form.

KickbacksSteve, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of BeerSingh
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing this beer after a lot of tries. This one I poured from a 330 ml bottle, well chilled into a red wine glass. As soon as I cracked open the bottle, the beer predictably raised its head instantaneously - the bubbles were at the brink of the bottle and then a gush followed. Of course I had the glass ready and did not waste even a drop.

I made a careful pour down the sides of the glass, and the beer settled with an inch of latte coloured froth on top. The body is a dark rust amber, densely hued. Little yeast sediments are scattered like dust particles randomly. The nose is a beautiful bouquet of grapes (something like a white wine, musky) and caramel toffee. You can smell the yeast clearly. I let the beer warm up in my hands to allow some bready notes to get introduced. All the while, the head has settled to a fine collar.

The taste is very fruity and caramel sweet upfront to be blunted by a dry bitterness, like that of an apricot kernel. The beer is quite boozy, that providing a comfortable warmth as it goes down like honey. As the beer swirls in the glass, I see the lacing last only for a second as the alcohol sweps it clean off the surface, except for faint peaks remaining from where the head settled initially. There is a lingering spiciness in the taste, like cloves and mace.

The beer is sharp on the tip, giving a feel of tartness. The warmth from the alocohol is worth savouring and accentuates the spicy notes in the aftertaste. This is not a very complex tasting beer, but has great depth. Before you know it, it will be gone. I have thoroughly enjoyed this Tripel, and I'm very keenly looking out for the Abt 12.

BeerSingh, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Rochefort goblet

A- Golden orange with soft, light brown tints. One finger of white head. Looks great.

S- Belgian yeast, orange, wheat, some spice, a hint of coriander, flowers, hops. This is a great full yet light smell.

T- Very carbonated when it hits the tongue. Lots of orange and wheat with lingering taste of yeast and some hop bitterness. Honey, slight clover, white grape which seems to be in this and also the Prior 8. Great stuff.

M- Medium leaning towards a little heavy. The taste hits full on after the carbonation settles but then it slides off easily. Very bubbly and belch-inducing.

D- I could probably drink a 4 pack of these quickly and easily, which is bad since it's 14.99 for a 4 pack.

Yojimbo1941, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33 cL in St. Bernardus Goblet in Ghent. Reviewed 7/11/2009

Ar: strong honey, light funk, light burnt sugar, plum, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol, too sweet

Ap: yeast, white head, medium/thich, good retention, smooth fine lace

F: White chocolate, cherries (not especially dark, Marascino hint), vanilla, smooth with alcohol hints, lots of vanilla oriented sweetness, lightly floral, cherry and plum in background, nutty malt and brittle

M: sweet, medium creamy mouthfeel, high/mid carbonation, alcohol warmth

O: vanilla manipulates taste very strongly, less would be better, excellent dessert beer but is not good in many circumstances, not the kind of tripel i prefer

DaveJanssen, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 25.09.12

G – Duvel tulip

A – Golden-copper in hue, semi-translucent, with a fizzy head that recedes into a lil ring. Not much lacing.

S – Yeasty, herbal, bready and grassy with a sort of honey sweetness that binds the aromatic impressions. Very nice.

T – Fruity, rich and nutty, with a light astringency accompanying the flavors throughout. Very delicately flavored; light impressions of banana-nut bread, bitter almond, and even berries are present, along with an exquisite character that is found in fine Champagne. Also a bit of tart apple and pear on the aftertaste after it warms up.

M – Bubbly and sharp, the mouthfeel highlights the subtle nuances of this fine Tripel.

D – This is an immensely palatable Tripel.

ktrillionaire, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, cloudy, yellowish brown in color, heavy sediment

Smell: bread, alcohol, and pear

Taste: bread, alcohol, honey, and pear

Mouthfeel: crisp, sweet, heavy bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice and malty tripel that is good for the style. The alcohol is well hidden. A sipper, I do want drink it again, but not immediately afterward due to the complexity.

tigg924, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. From a 11.2oz bottle.

A - Pours a lovely strong gold color with copper hints a nice active white frothy head that almost overflows the goblet. Recedes at a medium pace leaving a nice thin mat.

S - Yeasty chalky and bready smells followed by some nice clove spice. There is also some peppery hints. Mild phenols can be appreciated as well.

T - Nice bready hints. Some notes of sourdough bread with sweet and spicy clove hints that coat the palette. Some mild grape notes almost like a white wine. Pear sweetness can be perceived as well. Overall very good tripel in fact one of my favorites. Very Attractive and refreshing.

M - Medium to full with good complex hints of spices and sweet malts. Nice CO2.

D - Very high, refreshing. Wouldn't have minded a 750ml bottle.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color. Honey and fruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light honey, yeast and pear. Nice triple. Higher ABV is hidden. $17.00 for a gift pak of four 330ml bottles from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of AnswerInQuestion
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, goldenrod-amber color with a 1/8 inch layer of fine, small bubbled foam.

S: Crisp apple and a hint of dry grass

T: Light citrus (orange/apple), fresh spice...coriander?

M: Well carbonated, dancing on the tongue in the front-center of the palate.

D: Deceptively light in taste and small in bottle serving, this beer is soothing going down the throat. If it was free flowing, I couldprobably drink quite a bit before I realized I was getting blitzed. Even the burps from this beer are pretty tasty.

AnswerInQuestion, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Bisho
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strange one this. Not what I'd really call a Tripel, more like a strong Witbier. Lots of yeast from start to finish with a chalky creaminess to match. Very smooth with a slightly sweet but dry finish.

I get the feeling that this beer is as confused about its identity as I am! Still a great tasting beer but not what I was expecting from a tripel.

Update: This one has grown on me since my first tasting (over 3 years ago!) and has now become a regular staple in my household. The missus loves it and I now agree. I don't know if it has changed or I have (probably the latter?) I find myself drinking tripels quite a bit these days and I never refrigerate them. This one I just crack open and pour straight from the cellar into a tulip glass. A classic tripel and probably the best from St.Bernadus!

Bisho, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with a medium white head. Smells strongly of pear and alcohol. Taste is light grain up front, a spicy yeast strain in the middle, and a hint of tartness in the finish. Very little appearance of alcohol which is nice, as it can be apparant in many tripels. Mouthfeel is mindbogglingly smooth, low carbonation. Very rich. Good drinkability. This isnt as good as some tripel's I have had, but it is a good beer that I would gladly drink again.

tronester, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of birchstick
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a darker, cloudy yellow with a massive head that eventually dissipates

S - very, very sweet. There is a lot of spices and some sweet fruits - green apples, a lot of pear, and some cherries

T - The taste follows the nose. Very sweet and fruity overall. This has a lot of sweet malt that is dominated by the sweet fruits. I got a lot of pear and spices. There is also some booziness that came through the more I drank it.

M - very smooth, albeit but a tad thin

D - This is a fantastic triple, I think the best one I have tried in recent memory (maybe of all time). Just another fantastic brew from St. Bernardus, I wouldn't expect anything less.

birchstick, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From an 11.2 oz bottle, pours an apricot/orange hue with a two finger white, head. Ample lacing left on glass as the head slowly disappears.

S: Hints of pear and pineapple with some candy sugar and an alcohol bite.

T: Sweet, with pineapple and yeasty bread finish. Candy sugar and a subtle, spicy citrus quality is also present. Mild bitterness, but also a slight alcohol burn at the finish. Alcohol is not pronounced, but not completely hidden either.

M: Supple and creamy. A delicate balance of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. I was too pro-occupied with the intense and complex taste of this one to really be able to discern the mouthfeel.

D: This one is an excellent sipper, worthy of the price. (But it does hit the wallet kind of hard at $5 for an 11.2 oz. bottle) Out of all the tripels I've had, only a few have been below average. Out of all the tripels that originate from Belgium, this one is in the top five, so far, along with Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, Affligem and La Fin Du Monde (this ones from Canada, actually). Chimay and Golden Carolus are just behind these five. Each of these brews all offer subtle variances of the tripel style, so all are worthy to try.

irishking1977, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of noduckla
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - color, nice head that stuck around for a while, great lacing

S - sweet and fruity

T - not as sweet as initially thought, tastes a little more yeasty with an aftertaste that warms the palate and throat after sipping

M - good carbonation and mouthful

D - strong drinkability

Really good beer, better than I have had in a while. I would drink this beer again and again. It goes down well and then has a great aftertaste. It stands up as one of the better tripels I have had. You really notice the balance in this tripel against most of the other tripels on the market.

noduckla, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a burnished gold color with a light haze and a 1" fluffy, creamy off-white head that recedes slowly. The liquid is filled with lots of active carbonation. Soon there are rings of foam around the glass and a thin layer on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves sheets of foam and leggy patterns of scattered lacing.

Smell: The aroma is subtle and lightly fruity with some orchard fruits (pear, apple) and a background of lightly spicy white pepper.

Taste: As expected from the nose, the flowery, fruity flavors (pear and apple) are both sweet and tart at the same time. It is hard to taste any alcohol. There is however a slightly musty taste in here as well, probably from the yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and creamy with ample fine carbonation. The finish is medium in length and ends in a pleasant bitterness, but has a slight almost musty character that's not part of what I think of as being part of a tripel.

Drinkability: This is reasonably drinkable and I'd not turn down a chance at another one. That being said, while I thought this was a nice tripel, I had expected more based on the reviews I read before purchasing it. I actually prefer the Watou triple from the same brewery.

drtth, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Hazy pale yellowish color with a creamy white head that left some lacing.
Aroma is yeasty and fruity, pears and white grapes.
Taste is sweet and fruity again, pears and white grapes is what I'm getting.
Medium bodied, very lively carbonation in the mouth.
A very easy drinking Tripel.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 Ounce brown bottle poured into a goblet

Appearance: Hazy slightly darker yellow color with a medium amount of head leaving some slight lacing

Smell: It has a granola/sweet oat with a slight fruity (banana) flavor

Taste: Fruity malty flavor with only a slight alcoholic taste in the background. Pretty sweet but not a normal strong sweetness, it is a nice fruity sweetness.

ruckus232, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of whoneeds8
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice a pale yellow with a one finger white head. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells strong of belgian yeast, with orange, apple, and white grapes. The taste is unmistakable belgian, again with apples and white grapes being the leaders of the fruity flavors. The mouthfeel is high in carbonation, which is just right for the style. When they wrote the book on begian Tripel, this is definatly a standard.

whoneeds8, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of cbros
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 11.6 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a dirty blonde hefe type color. There is a small one finger white lace that disipates after a few minutes. There is a small amount of cling to the glass. I am getting smell notes of fruit and subtle yeast, nothing that overpowers. The taste is reminscent of the smell with a strong presence of fruity flavors followed with a yeasty after taste. Not bad, but a beer taste that reminds me a lot of wheat beers. A decent tasting beer that is rather smooth for its ABV. I am not a huge fan of this style but not a bad offering from this brewery.

cbros, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle drank from my st bernardus chalice. best by date of july 7, 2013 on the back label.

A- this starts off as a slow gusher. it pours out a hazy golden yellow colored body with a small quickly fading off white head. the head leaves behind small incomplete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing that i notice. after that come light summer fruits. apples, pears, banana, and white grapes.

T- like the smell, belgian yeast comes to the front of the taste. it is followed by fruits like pear, apple, banana, and grapes. somewhat spicy as well. alcohol has a minor role in the overall taste.

M- light to medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. decent warming from the alcohol. exactly what ive come to expect from this brewery.

D- easy to finish, and probably my favorite of the 4 beers in the gift set. id check this out again and i think it might be something to share with non beer advocates if they appreciate wheat beers.

jwinship83, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant hazy golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head that refused to go anywhere for the duration.

The aroma is unmistakably St. Bernardus with the signature fruity esters - bubble gum and banana - from the yeast. There is a light spiciness to the nose and some sugary apples and pears.

The taste is much the same but seems even sweeter and much fruiter with the pears and apples really coming to the front. The yeast backbone is hefty and imparts the banana sweetness that I got in the aroma. The finish has some peppery spices but less than some tripels I've had.

The mouthfeel is extremely creamy and close to full-bodied for the style. Lots of carbonation as well.

St. Bernardus makes some world class beers and this one is no exception. It's an insanely drinkable, uber-fruity, sweet tripel that holds it's own with some of the best out there. I love this stuff.

gford217, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into St. Bernardus goblet a cloudy deep golden color with two fingers of pillowy white head that retained well and laced nicely. Aroma is initially fruity lemon/orange and spicy with a yeastiness creeping in on the tail. Taste is fruity and spicy but less defined than the smell. Feel is light to medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Good beer very enjoyable and an example of the style.

jacobseyb, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 11, 2007

750ml bottle. Pours a golden amber with a fizzy white 1-2 finger head that dissipates to a 1/8" head that retains to the bottom of the glass. Nice lacing.

Aroma is yeast, fruit (banana), some spice/pepper.

Flavor is sweet, more banana, spice, yeast.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, just the right amount of carbonation. Finishes dry. Alcohol is incredibly well hidden.

I'm more of a fan of dark Belgian ales (LOVE their Abt 12), but I still enjoyed this Tripel from St. Bernardus.

elgiacomo, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color and has a good lasting head.
My first thought on the smell is that it smells like champagne, a nice fruity hint and after it warms a bit the Belgian yeasts and malts come through a bit more.
A great flavor! Has the tastes of the alcohol and the basic flavor of a tripel but it has such a refined taste.

I love this and will buy it again!

Spineypanda, Jan 08, 2010
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,503 ratings.