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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 178 | FT: 3
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of cdizinno
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy amber color with thick three finger white head.

S: A crisp scent of sweetness.

T&M: Fuity taste with slight undertones of brown sugar or caramel. Very slight twang of tartness and a mild dry aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Very good beer that is not boring and has a mildly complex taste.

cdizinno, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky pale color with an apple juice hue and a sticky white head. Some action and the sediment suspension is thick.

A beerish chewy pale malt smell.

Smooth and sweet slightly caramel malt taste with a little chewy sourness and some grapefruit in the background.

Medium/moderate bodied, resinous, slight astringency, and a crisp fizzy carbonation with a dry finish.

Very drinkable, a bit different recipe than other Trappist and very good. Depends on what one likes from this style.

Troyone, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of meatmallet
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very hazy orange color with a huge white head which left tons of lacing up the glass.

Smell: Orange and bananas with yeast and cloves. Very sweet and spicy caramel smell with a little hint of lemon.

Taste: Wheaty and fruity. Apple and pear with a great yeast flavor. A little hopp flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: I loved this beer. VEry well balanced in taste and flavor. Light carbonation and a pleasant aftertaste.

meatmallet, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of br3wmeister
3/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Half inch white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. almost no lacing with this beer. Clear light gold in color.

S- Very sweet with brown sugar, caramel and other sweet aromas. Some earthy yeast aromas as well as some roasted nuts.

T- Alcohol overwhelms the flavor so its hard to taste much else. Some caramel sweetness, yeast and light hops make an appearance.

M- Medium bodied with lost of harsh alcohol.

Overall- This beer may have some good flavors to it but i could not tell over the alcohol.

br3wmeister, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ no freshness date

P: Clear yellow from the bottle, and glows an orange-tinted gold in the glass. The 3 fingered white crown is fantastic! A Statuesque, thick and pillowy head that looks like sea foam as it crumbles. Minimal lacing left in its wake.

A: Pale malts, herbal and citrus hops, lots of fruitiness, alcohol, yeast and spice.

T: This is quite fruity! Sweet malts at first that lay down a strong and sturdy foundation to hold up the rest of the flavors. Hops are herbal with some spice, and citrusy as well. Apple & pear is very present, but never overstep their boundaries. Also, some clove and white pepper are noticeable, while the Belgian yeast complements nicely. Extremely well-balanced and bitter overall, but not too much.

M & D: Medium-light bodied, very sharp and crisp. Aggressively carbonated for the perfect bite, but stays creamy underneath. Drinkability is very good, as the flavors shine brightly.

Notes: This is one fruity tripel! Very pleasant flavors all wrapped up in a nice, tight package. Nothing overplays its hand, and all the flavors work to counterbalance each other. Well-built, complex, and very easily drinkable. Nicely done!

sweetbrew82, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of bowersdm
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

33cL (11.2oz) bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. The yeast was not poured into the beer either.

A - golden color, amber-like. a 1.5cm head slowly dissipated into a 0.25cm film of white carbonation.

S - grass, earth, spices, yeast, it kind of smells like Orval Trappist Ale, at least to me.

T - the taste is somewhat of a paradox. It's sweet and dry. It's sweet yet astringent. It begins with a sweet honey like flavor with slight spice notes (the usual: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg) and a slight fruit sweetness. This gives way to a strong flavor of sour cherries (this portion made the flavor of this beer) and then comes that characteristic St. Bernardus dry lightly bitter finish complete with spicy yeast. Alcohol was not noticeable at all.

M - a tad on the too carbonated side, but it wasn't by much.

D - this is one of the best Tripels I have ever had the pleasure of drinking.

bowersdm, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of katan
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz belgian beer - into a pint glass - labeled 130711

A - Golden in color - almost approaching golden brown. Head formation is very strong and eggshell white. Lots of hazing coming from suspended yeast and other carbonation.

S - Yeasty and spicy. A hair of acidic sour scents on the nose as well. A small amount of phenolic and sweet malt notes in the background. Overall a light scent.

T - Starts off light in taste, with a small amount of sweetness. Goes to a dry yeast spiciness. Some flavors reminiscent of honey. Finishes with a combination of sugary sweetness with some yeast tartness. A hair of sour impression.

M - Lots of carbonation leads towards a very biting mouthfeel. Moderate to almost thin body. Not much of a aftertaste film left behind.

D - The same carbonation bite on the mouthfeel results in a very filling beer. The ABV is beyond that of a normal session beer, but probably well within the limits of a tripel. Flavors are not so aggressive to make this an undrinkable beer.

katan, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of olmatty
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a towering high, sudsy white head with huge retention, beer is a cloudy pale golden yellow.

Smell- Slight aroma of white sour grape and yeast

Taste- Citrusy backbone of faintly honey-sweet pale malts, powerful alcohol that tastes like a fine white wine. Yeast plays a role in the late going. Long and complex experience with each sip. Feels like a liquor in the gut.

Mouthfeel- Manages bubbly feeling on palate and throat without having huge carbonation. Perhaps large bubbles as if champagne were mixed into a silky beer. Mouthcoating but not syrupy.

Drinkability- Surprisingly light for a big ABV beer. More than a couple would take their toll, a price I'd be willing to pay if I had that many around.

olmatty, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite of all the Belgians, thought I'd finally put my down my thoughts. Grabbed one out of my mix pack on Saturday night.

A: A cloudy golden pour into my duvel tulip. Bright white lasting, head with beautiful lacing.

S: Sugar Butter Cookies and Yeasty Banana Bread

T: Smooth but complex with the distinguishable belgian yeast overtones. Hints of vanilla and very creamy with a warm but mild alcohol finish.

M: Velvety and Frothy, a treat for the mouth, quite smooth.

D: Yeah I could do several of these even at 8 %. Too bad there's only one in this mixed sixer. Big thanks to the wife for the Christmas gift.

OVerall perhaps THE best representation of the style!

jstilwell, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Rayek
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy apple cider colored beer with hyperactive carbonation. Rocky cream colored head is huge and has great retention. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Spicy and complex. Coriander, cloves and pepper hit me first. As I lingered, I could smell oranges and biscuits.

T: The aromas and flavors integrate nicely. Apples, oranges and green grapes make up the sweetness. Coriander and clove flavors provide a spicy bitter kick. Finishes with a dry lemon tartness and a slight alcohol warmth.

M: Medium body feels a touch grainy and has the right amount of fizz.

D: A very nice tripel that lives up to its reviews. I'm glad I grabbed it.

Rayek, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 6/13/2006 (750mL bottle):

Pours a golden yellow-red color, extremely fizzy. Very clear looking. Big big head, slightly off-white, lasting. Extremely floral aroma, dark fruit. Similar aroma to Allagash Triple, one of my favorites. Very floral taste, dark fruit, sweet, not thick, sightly creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Floral aftertaste. Similar in almost every way to Allagash Triple.

jujubeast6000, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tight near-white head. Notable cloud of yeast suspended in the glass. The color orange-light amber. Lots of clumpy lace.

Pleasant background brown sugar and molasses. Warming aroma of raw alcohol.

Creamy and mildly sweet. The finish is more sour than sweet. The body is thinner than most Tripels and the carbonation is near the level of soda. The alcohol presence is not overwhelming, which I like. Overall, this is an easy Tripel to enjoy.

smcolw, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Date? on back of bottle is 05 10 10. Perhaps an expiration date?

Leaves about a quarter inch white fizzy head after a standard pour. Very cloudy and opaque with much sediment. Gold straw color. Some small head retention. Minimal carbonation.

Yeasty and spicy nose and taste with a banannas frutiness.

Medium body. Good carbonation.

ibbjamin, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= a dark golden color with a huge head. This bottle gushed all over the place on me.
S= decent but not a great nose. Coffee and chocolate dominate.
T= watery with some coffee flavors in it. A lot more water than I expected.
M= watery. Maybe this one gushed out all of its carbonation.
D= average. This is a good intro to belgians I think. Its not over powering with the complex flavors but its still got the asic taste. Very nice.

jjanega08, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of whiterascal
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at DiCarlos in Mundelein, IL

A: bronze gold. Tan head, good retention. Lots of floaties... A scary amount of floaties for me. Some pretty lace near the top.

S: Sweet, bananas

T: mild banana taste, delicious, alcohol on the finish

M: medium with some carbonation

D: I could probably handle two....

whiterascal, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of corey0212
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color, some floaties suspended in the beer, foamy white head fades slowly into a nice 1/4" layer atop the beer, some spotty/clingy lacing on the glass. Some tropical fruit aromas, maybe a hint of vanilla bean, and a slightly bracing whiff of alcohol. Sort of a dulled pear flavor, some green apple flesh, really subdued, spicy on the lips, and some heat from the alcohol. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy, some lingering fruitiness/spiciness. I think this would be much better with a plate of food beside it; on its own, it's not wowing me.

corey0212, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice glass.

A= This ale poured a cloudy and light orange-gold color with a TON of sediment in suspension. The sediment was in suspension in the bottle too, so this cannot be attributed to a "bad" pour. The white frothy head was much smaller than I expected, only rising about 1/2" and dropping to a thin cap within a few minutes. No lace on my glass.

S= After this beer warmed to proper temp I found aromas of bakery malt, a light lemon/orange citrus note, and some pleasant yeast character. Alcohol was very present but somehow not too "hot".

T= The taste profile was simple and delicious on this ale. Each sip started off with a short pop of maltiness followed quickly by a pleasant struggle between the fruity citrus (mostly lemon but with some orange too), a faint tartness, and yeast funk. This little three way feud of the tastebuds carried rigt into the finish, where it met a moderate warming alcohol note. Very nice.

MF= Medium body with a nice effervescent carbonation level.

D= This is a very good tripel, that doesn't go overboard with the ABV. At 8%, this is a tripel that I can have a few of and not worry about paying the price later. Highly recommended!

spointon, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rec'd as a gift for X-mas and I am very impressed. Major yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Pours a cloudy light brown/tan with a nice foamy head. After it warms a little, there is still a nice layer of thin foam the rest of the way until finished. Taste of apple and fruity goodness. The alcohol is well masked and very easy to drink.

Well done beer!

kaseydad, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Jablonski
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly opaque gold color with a one inch head and lacing.

S: smells of bananas and pineapple

T: Taste is quite complex. First I notice the taste of bananas, pears, and pineapple followed by a spices and hops at the end

M: Perfect carbonation, very full beer

D: Tastes best as it warms and goes down relatively easy

Jablonski, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with two fingers of fizzy white head.

Scent of sugars, yeast, and some fruit. It's good, but there is something a little off about it.

Taste is sweet with sugars, yeast, and malts. Balanced well with a good strength.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with carbonation keeping it lively.

paco1029384756, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great Tripel with a very well-balanced flavor. This beer pours amber orange with an off-white soapy head that leaves a great deal of lacing. I'm drinking out of a St. Bernardus Goblet and that just makes it all the prettier (the glass is great, by the way, almost an over-sized wine glass). The head is wonderfully Belgian. This beer has its share of delicate funky yeast. The flavor is a careful balance of bitterness and earthiness. There are some good sweet malt notes lurking in the background, and I wish that they were a touch stronger or richer or something, but I guess that's not the way of most Belgians. It's a very good beer and evinces a great deal of craftsmanship. I always feel a little wanting when I love a brewery's Quad and then try the Tripel. I just can't push those scores higher, knowing what St. Bernardus can do with that 12.

popery, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a hazy coppery-orange with a huge 3 finger, firm rocky bone white head that was nearly fully lasting. Visible carbonation was strong and vibrant.

S: a soft, sweet yeasty aroma of bananas, cloves, and fresh oranges.

T: yeasty and wheaty with fresh bananas, cloves and a peppery spiciness. A beautiful wheaty palate brings out the spiciness of this beer as well fruitiness (pears). There was a sweet andd spicy caramel orange flavor as well. The spicy hopping was zesty with some light fresh lemon hints. Alcohol of 8.0% is incredibly well hidden with almost no thought what so ever in every sip.

M: full and creamy, lively from the carbonation with a nice tingly sensation of sweet-n-sour oranges with a light citrus sourness in the swallow.

D: Incredibly spicy. Zesty and well rounded. Drank like a dream and probably one of the best per style ive tasted.

beerthulhu, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of SykDoc
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. A large 2-3 inch white head forms which slows rescinds to a nice lacing. The color is golden, but it had a lot of sediment which could have been better.

The aroma is as expected with notes of spice, fruit, and yeast.

The taste is quite complex. You get a mix of banana/apple with yeast. There are good notes of spice at the finish. My initial taste was glue, which was unusual but this went away.

The mouthfeel includes a light/medium body. The is a reasonably high level of carbonation, which highlights the spicy finish quite well.

After getting over the initial appearance, this was a quite good beer. I could easily enjoy one, but there are a lot of good beers out there and will likely only have another if someone else purchases it.

SykDoc, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved the best for last this weekend. Dark gold with a swiss-cheese looking white head. Expected spice and yeast, but more apple and fruits. Effervescent mouthfeel. Musty yeast and dry, fruity tartness blend well with the nutmeg-like sweetness. A very good beer.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of argock
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 33cl brown bottle into a clear oversized wine glass.

A: Light apple cider hue with huge, fluffy, bright wide head with amazing retention and that leaves a delicate layer of lace at the top.

S: Tart fruit aromas including apples, pears, and pineapple combined with a prominent but nonobtrusive clove and peppery spice component and a brief herbal hops aroma.

T: Very fruity sweet but full flavored with tart apple and pear, yeastiness that is a little wild, clove and pepper, a hint of alcohol, and a light earthy hops finish.

M: Very mouth-filling with exceptional smoothness and a very yeasty aftertaste.

D: A very drinkable tripel, especially for those who like them sweet. Enjoyable and not overly alcohol-laden although more than one would be tough due to the sweetness.

argock, Dec 15, 2008
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.