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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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95
world-class

2,426 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,426
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
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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.

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Infamous7100

Ohio

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
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KAVSE

California

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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CrazyDavros

Australia

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
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OtisinAZ

Arizona

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
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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
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albern

Massachusetts

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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wd40

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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masterallen

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
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Redweasel

Missouri

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a monster head even with the gentlest of pours.

Aroma is almost peachy with citrus. Expected some alcohol at 8% but it was not present. Smells delicious.

Holy fruit Batman. Hard to place, I get citrus, plum, peach, banana, and all kinds of tropical goodness my inferior palate can't place, melon or pineapple possibly.. Spicy, fruity and amazing. Silky smooth mouthfeel almost creamy. It "slides" down the mouth. The word slick comes to mind but not in a bad sense whatsoever.

Overall, I've tasted the Pater, Prior, and Abt, this one just seemed special. As much as I enjoyed the other three, the Tripel went beyond my expectations. Never really tasted anything like it. Great, amazing beer.

I scored 4 bottles from work at a measely $6 a bottle. I'm stashing two for a a couple of years to taste on special occasions. A true top notch beer. How I'm just having my first one I'll never know.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 09:03:07 | More by Redweasel
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SpeedwayJim

New York

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

Had this one with capra12 and Wheatman106.

P: Served in a green label 750m bottle. Poured into a snifter.

A: This one had a lot of carbonation. Poured a 3 finger head which dissipated rather quickly. Left a thin layer of large bubbles on the side of the glass. Color was a lite, almost transparent orange.

S: Belgian Yeast, citrus, and malts, with a faint hint of alcohol.

T: My first impression was that this was a lot hoppier than I expected for a Belgian tripel. A hint of citrus with a strong alcohol finish that sweetens the taste. The hop flavor lingers throughout though.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down fairly smooth.

D: Even though the alcohol taste is very apparent and there is medium carbonation, this one is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 15:11:34 | More by SpeedwayJim
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cvfish

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a cloudy yellow color that produced a huge fluffy white head that had both great retention and lacing on the side of the glass

S - The first aromas that I detected from this beer were a mix of light fruits (pears and apples), a good deal of grains, and yeast

T - Quite a complex mixture of breadiness, grains, fruits (again the pears and apples), a spice and herb mix, and a little funky

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body to that had the typical Belgian carbonation, but worked wonders with the style

D - I really love Tripels, and this one is no exception, a really great beer that every beer lover (not just Belgian beer lovers) should try

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:04:10 | More by cvfish
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow. Tea-like murky yeast was clumpy.

Aroma was fruity, bananas, apples, ripe pears, some berries. Typical belgian yeast is spicey.

The flavour was much more fruity than a lot of the tripels I've had. Banana was the dominant fruit character, but apples and pears were very ripe tasting and sweet. Hopped in restraint, but what there is was floral and slightly citrus. The finish is dry and spiced

A medium bodied beer, with a sharp and hard carbonation

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 12:52:44 | More by EatsTacos
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jpaltan

Texas

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

On tap at the Idle Rich in Dallas, Tx.
Golden color, somewhat darker with a thick head that seems to stick around for a bit. Tons of carbonation come up from the bottom of the glass. The smell is fruity and peppery. The taste is quite spicy with the fruitiness taking a backseat. The alcohol is quite well hidden but the spiciness brings it out a bit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, yet has quite a bit of carbonation. Drinkability is there.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 20:01:05 | More by jpaltan
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Brianmerrilyn

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

MY latest in the St. Bernadus campaign, Tripel this time. I have come to love this style almost as much if not more than a hefeweizen. I got my sister on to this style of late and knew both of us needed to have this in our beer palate pedigree. Picked up a 750 ML at the Beer Barn in Garden City whilst visiting the mum.

A: Poured a cloudy honey yellow with strong carbonation rising the entire time through multiple pours. A solid one finger soap sud head when poured slowly, massive if not, with minor lacing that slips back to the body within no time.

S: Starts off mild and grows to reveal all sorts of fruit with pears and oranges in mind. You will detect a fair amount of yeasty spiciness as well within this beauty. Don't fret if you don't get the bouquet of armoas a first, a wee bit of time and warming will help indeed.

T: Upon my first quaf, my mind wandered towards the monks of yesteryear continually tweaking the recipe until this tripel was at the perfection now bottled. Needless to say, you will get fruit from start to finish in the flavor profile and that just fine with me. Beyond the esters, the addition of cloves, peppers a fine pale malt will be found as a firm foundation for this masterpiece.

M: Mouthfeel was just about perfect in that the medium stature just falls short of a nirvana of creamy silky smoothness.

D: This could be one of the best tripels beyond Karmelite that I have put down to date. As stated above, I have enjoyed the Belgian Strong Ale, Dubbel and Quad, but I think this may be their best effort. The ability to taste both spectrums of the PH levels of sweet and tart is the mark of learned breweres indeed. Many thanks Brouwerij St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 20:44:19 | More by Brianmerrilyn
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viejolander

California

4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A friend of mine brought back a couple Westvleteren 12's from his trip to Belgium, so we sampled it side-by-side with the St. Bernardus Tripel (said to be a close approximation). Okay, so the West-V 12 was better, but not by a huge margin, and you don't have to fly to Belgium to get the St. B Tripel! (A quick trip to BevMo will do!)

So, this is my favorite "accessible from the OC" beer at the moment... Just finished one off with some cheese and crackers, what a great way to start the weekend!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 01:56:30 | More by viejolander
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Cs1987

Australia

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

I'll start this review by mentioning that this is my 100th review on BeerAdvocate.com. It only took me just over 2 years to get this far. :P

Appearance - Gushed like crazy on opening. Not a good start to review #100. Amber and cloudy, with 2 fingers of head.

Smell - The complexity is evident in the odour - sweet, biscuity and fruity.

Taste - Not as sweet as some Tripels, which is certainly not a bad thing. Quite complex, with biscuity, fruity and spicy characters predominating.

Mouthfeel - Very sweet, not as cloying as many Belgian ales.

Drinkability - Very good for an 8% ABV Tripel.

Overall - Review #100 was not a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 11:07:21 | More by Cs1987
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berkey

California

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

Poured into a Triple Karmeleit glass. Always great for optics on tripels. Body is hazy and golden, carbonation is very active, forms a large white head with great retention. Lacing isn't bad.

Aromas are of yeast, cane sugar, soft citrus and other sweet fruit along with some spice. Also hints of alcohol in the background. Typical of the style.

Flavors were a little subued on the first sip as it was still a little too cold but as this one warmed the citrus came through even more along with some faint tropical fruit juice. Also some bready malt paired some nice alcohol warmth. Aftertaste brings on more yeast and mild hops.

Although the carbonation has died down considerably there's still enough left to help create a crisp, prickly yet clean and medium body drink. Fairly easy drinking Tripel. Another solid brew from the guys at St Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:53:48 | More by berkey
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Brenden

Ohio

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

More thanks to BeerLovinGrl for another great beer experience.

This one's a slightly hazy, pale golden-copper. The head is thick and pretty tight and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass.
The nose is interesting: a mix of some fruits, not necessarily citrus though there's a bit of that, along with a light alcohol and something sweet like candied apricots or plums and toffee.
There's a bit of lemon citrus, but most of the fruit flavors are almost like candied apricot. There's definitely something toffee-like in here that is unusual and pleasant. A very gentle bitterness adds some balance and there's a gentle zest that furthers it. Caramelized sugars seem evident and toasty malt grains provide a strong backbone. A high ABV is well-masked and most evident in the feel, coming out just slightly in the finish as well, which is lively and lingering.
Herbal notes and yeast round it out and the complexity seems big.
This one has a moderate to full body and optimal carbonation. This brew is silky smooth and extremely creamy following an initial crispness.
This is one of the most unusual, complex and tasty brews I've enjoyed to date, though a high ABV keeps the drinker in check.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:50:27 | More by Brenden
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma - Floral hops and spice

Appearance - Golden orange plenty of carbonation and a thick white head.

Taste - Light crisp, refreshing, and a spiciness. A fine example of a Trippel.

Notes - Trippels aren't my cup of tea, too much spice. This one however offered a good balance of all the required elements and really was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:44:17 | More by jwhawkins81
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Had this shortly after a Corsendonk Abbey Pale and this was the clear winner in my mind. Both are very good. But this one is preferred.

Aggressive foamy head rises above the beer and shows excellent retention. After settling back into the beer the head leave behind a spider web of clinging lace in your glass. The color is a slightly hazy pale yellow/gold color. Some carbonation.

Aroma was wonderful. Lots of fruit, spice and yeast notes. I always get pear from this type of beer and just love the aroma.

I found the flavor to be more complex than the Corsendonk. More spices and fruit happening. Also a touch more bread notes. Not as much straight candied sugar. Although there is a small sense of this. Plenty of spice to go around and I kept finding new tastes through my glass.

Fresh, light, crisp, refreshing.

I wish we had another bottle to pop. I think this is right up there with my favorite Tripels... (Karmeliet)

Well done!.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 13:41:17 | More by Reagan1984
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into red wine glass.

A - Dark golden and quite cloudy. About a finger of head rises with decent retention and falls to a persistent thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Lots of apples and pears upfront with splashes of white grape juice. Lemon zest, green tea, and sweet honeysuckle are all under the surface. Absolutely amazing.

T - This shit is blowing me away. Huge fruity taste of pears soaked in white grape juice and slathered with honey. Quite sweet early on. As the pear begins dying out the white grape persists and takes on a moderate vinous character. A phenolic flavor rises but combines with the sweetness and fruit in such a way that reminds me of some sort of vanilla flavored honey. Sweetness finally drops off and leaves a sort of pleasant medicinal flavor with tea-like and herbal overtones. Moderate bitterness follows with a slightly citric finish. Alcohol is COMPLETELY hidden.

M - I never thought I'd find a tripel with this lucious of a mouthfeel. Soft but tight carbonation with a velvety medium body. Liquid silk. This is probably the most amazing aspect of the beer overall; a quality that jumped out at me before I had any time to taste or smell.

D - I want to take in copious amounts of this brew with huge gulps. It's amazingly good, slides right down the throat, provides the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness, and has absolutely no hint of alcohol. St. Bernardus Tripel has provided me with one of those few amazing moments along the great journey.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 08:56:38 | More by PatrickJR
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goatgoat

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 4/3/11. 11.2 oz

Pours a hazy orange yellow. The bottle was at rest and decanted (at least 2oz left in bottle) but there is still a lot of clumping suspended yeast. A gentle pour produces a weak frothy white head. That doesn't stick around long, with a few strings of lace.

Aroma is very bready, due in part to the suspended yeast I'm sure. Bananas, a nice clove and spice with a bit of alcohol.

The taste has a lot going on. Coating syrup, orchard fruits, musty bread, heavy clove, a nice bitterness... and it goes on, far beyond my capability to specify.

Medium body, smooth feel and a dry finish.

A little disappointed in the appearance after all the great things I've heard about St. Bernardus. Still this is an excellent brew. Challenging to define, yet very pleasant in the moment.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 19:23:29 | More by goatgoat
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

3.5 A: Murky dark orange/brown color. One finger of creamy white head. Below average retention and moderate lacing. Yeast floaties throughout.

4.0 S: Banana and mango esters. Pepper and clove yeastiness.

4.0 T: Lots of fruity esters. Banana sticks out but there is also another level of fruitiness like a fruit cocktail where individual flavors are hard to pick out. Lots of pepper, clove to a lesser extent and lots of yeastiness.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good bubbly carbonation. Creamy.

4.5 D: Very drinkable, but for the price I'd take other stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 20:47:18 | More by DavoleBomb
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SpencerSauce

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been wantin to try this beer. I chilled it slightly and popped the cap off with my trusty machete.

A- it pours out a nice cloudy orangish gold. pretty bubbly stuff. white head.

S- belgian yeast strain and slight light fruits.

T- typical belgian yeast, but the other flavors were harder to describe. maybe light fruits.

M- crisp and clean

D- easier than others but still a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 18:21:19 | More by SpencerSauce
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xmorgan

California

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought from Bev Mo. 11.2 oz bottle, served in chalice.

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange with a pure white head.

The head dissipates rapidly, with a modest amount of lacing.

Smell: slight citrus, alcohol nose. A bit of spice comes through.

Taste: a bit of malt, yeast and some spice.

Mouth feel: light and a bit of a double impact in the carbonization, like a one-two hit as it comes into your mouth.

drink ability: The 8% of this hits you halfway through. This beer is quite drinkable and I could easily have another after this one was done.

all in all a good Tripple, not great, but solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:55:44 | More by xmorgan
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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