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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,395 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,395
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 153
Gots: 139 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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morimech

Minnesota

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It has a cloudy honey hue with a large white head that tops of the beer. Retention is good with a large amount of lacing left on the glass. A small amount of yeast settle to the bottom of the glass after a gentle pour.

The smell is fruity with hints of pears, grapes, and apricots. Some spice from the yeast is also noted.

The flavor is a wonderful complex mix of fruits, malt, and spice. Perfectly balanced in my opinion. It has a slightly dry finish and no trace of alcohol evident. It has a medium body with well matched carbonation. Drinkability is lowered due to high ABV and cost & availability. I see Abt 12 almost everywhere Belgian beers are sold but seldom see the Tripel.

I actually prefer St. Bernardus Tripel to the Abt 12. More drinkable and lighter being the primary factors.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2008 18:37:39 | More by morimech
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SirSaranac

New York

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

Got a biiiig ol' bottle of this.... first time trying it. Great looking bottle with a cork in it.

A- 2 finger frothy head... great lacing. Tons of visible sediment in a cloudy golden/honey oasis. Amazing looking brew.

S- Musky malt... fig... slightly citrus... vague dark fruit... yeast. Quite complex indeed... great nose.

T- WOW... This is delicious... wicked good. Malty malty malty.... tons of fruits... all of which transition into a very smooth alcohol outro. Flawless taste, incredibly well balanced... so many subtle nuances.

M- Thick, cream.... heavy body but light at the same time. Wow.

D- For 8% abv, you can drink this socially... but why would you want to!? Very smooth, but this has so much flavor that it NEEDS to be sipped and savored.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 02:50:39 | More by SirSaranac
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atrus138

Kentucky

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

Split a bottle of this with a buddy. Poured this into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Hazy golden yellow with a thick, bubble bath head that wasn't stingy with its lacing. Smell is a deliciously complex dance of citrus, spice, yeast, and some corn. Taste is sweet like a fruity candy, or like fruit cocktail. Pears and white grapes are noticeable. A bit too sweet for me, but still quite tasty. Mouthfeel is very smooth - nice and light with sufficient carbonation. This is a beer that is very easy to drink. It doesn't command as much attention as the Abt 12, but is still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 06:51:13 | More by atrus138
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, honey-like color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head into a St. Bernardus chalice. Slightly hazy appearance with some sediment as well. Great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity with clove like spice and the yeast expected for the style, with a touch of toffee.

Taste has many good flavors, none of which overpower the others. Nice sweet malt, with soft spice and light fruitiness make up this great tasting tripel. 8% alcohol is unnoticeable, making this very drinable. Another great beer from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 02:26:51 | More by hckyfn9999
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this single bottle on a trip last summer to Milwaukee. I have kept it in a cellar since and have been looking forward to trying it for some time now. The weather outside right now is negative 30 degrees and I think this will warm me up right. Let's find out.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter the body is golden orange and the head stands tall at almost two inches. The frothy head is pure white and slowly retreats.

Smell - Soapy aroma but images of apricot seem to fill my head.

Taste - The flavor is sweet malt and it interestingly migrates throughout my mouth. I taste it first at the tip and then it moved to the top back of my throat. After that it settles in a broad band across the middle of my tongue. The tastes are very similar but subtle differences in each making for a complex tasting tripel. I think this is exactly what the Monks were trying to do.

Mouthfeel - The true complexity in this beer is the feel. After three sips my tongue enjoys a numbing effect starting at the tip and working its way back. It seems to evaporate in my mouth. Truly exceptional!

~ What can I say other than, "I wish I had another to follow this one." Every beer fan must try this luxurious brew. I can't say it's the type I would sit down and polish off a four pack but certainly two would do the trick.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 03:21:22 | More by cdkrenz
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay chalice

A- Body is a light golden hue. Pours with a beautiful creamy 1 finger eggshell head which has perfect retention. Lots of lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is slightly translucent and yeast can be seen floating throughout as bubbles steadily rise to the top.

S- Mild fruit such as apples and pears upfront with a subtle presence of alcohol. Spicy Belgian yeast buried deep in the background.

T- Taste is soft and subtle the whole way around. A soft fruitiness upfront with a slight yeasty background. Spicy yeast comes through for the finish. All that lingers is a touch of alcohol warmth.

M-Low carbonation and body that is very smooth and creamy. well done.

D- This is a nice, light, refreshing tripel. There are others that I enjoy a lot more but this is still a good one. It was great to get to try such a well-hyped example of this style. I will probably have it again-but not too soon because it is so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 05:06:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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tpd975

Florida

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

A: Pours a nice light yellow color with a two finger egg white head. The head dies to a nice strong lilly pad, but leaves no lacing.

S: The aromas are sweet and fruity right from the start. Banana, green apple, peach, pear with yeast in the finish.

T: Nice sweet fruits with hints of banana and peach. Rock candy can be noted along with a mild array of spices. The yeast can be tasted in the finish which is very nice. The alcohol hides beneath it all in a mild way. It's mild but present which is rather nice.

M: Medium bodied with a somewhat dry finish.

D: Very, one of the better Triple's out there.

Overall: Man do I love the monks. I often miss church, but when drinking these beers I am as close to god as one can be. This is one of if not the best Triples known to man. Sweet fruits mingled with yeast. Thanks to the monks at St. Bernardus for doing what they do!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 20:30:51 | More by tpd975
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BMan1113VR

California

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

One of my favorite St. Bernardus brews so far. I rate it up there with there Abt 12. Pours a hazy golden amber with an average size off-white head with excellent lacing (as all St. Bernardus brews seem to have). Another trademark of the monastery are the complex aroma's of there brews. This one has pine, lemon, chocolate, dough, apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and banana. Very sweet smelling. Taste is clean with sweet start and mild bitter finish. Soft carbonation and an alcoholic finish make this beer a favorite in my book. My favorite Tripel!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:33:19 | More by BMan1113VR
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tayner

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow with lots of floaties and large white head that settles to a ring with a slight coating. minimal lacing

Smell is of alcohol and some spicy hops

This is my least favorite of the St. Bernardus beers by far. Almost too tangy, not enough sweetness to balance out the belgian yeast and spicy hops. Not bready enough for me.

Fairly thin and quite carbonated.

I can drink this, but i wont make a conscious decision to buy it again. The dubbel is a much better, more balanced beer IMO

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 01:25:55 | More by tayner
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Greenfloyd

California

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

Of the triples in my life, this one is surely one of the benchmarks to go by....

Poured into my large tulip with a deep golden hue, the fluffy white head dissipating quickly. Wonderful intertwining smells of Belgian yeast, and candied sugar give way to faint alcohol tones (nowhere near what you'd expect out of a 8% beer). The taste mimicked the nose fairly well, in addition to the sweet malt backbone that trails off into a slightly tart fruity finish. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, and drinking more than a 750 at a time might be a stretch. This beer pairs great with Spanish Manchego, and Port-Salut cheese. As Garrett Oliver suggests, triples go very well with pesto dishes, and this one is no different. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 03:48:46 | More by Greenfloyd
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden hazy. Not a huge head but very persistent bubbles

Pilsner malt character evident in aroma, however, not hugely so. Subtle bubblegum esters. As I drink, these esters turn into other fruit notes that are fleeting, just before I am able to identify them.

Tart up front, with little sweetness to the taste. Bitterness provided by carbonation and alcohol. I would prefer more sweetness.

Mouthfeel is in the Belgian style. Thin, digestible.

High alcohol, and maybe the lack of sweetness have something to do with it, but it is not highly quaffable, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 00:01:52 | More by pweis909
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GbVDave

Illinois

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice.

Best before 31.08.10

A: Pours a slightly hazy, luminous-gold color with a very creamy, off-white, one finger head that retains well and leaves a lot of lace in the glass. Quite effervescent.

S: Tangy apple and caramel at the forefront. Also noticed were toasted malt, banana, coriander, pear, and floral hops.

T: Green apple drizzled with caramel. Also along for the ride are toasted malt, spices, banana, candi sugar, sauteed pear, peppery floral hops, and a tiny hint of alcohol.

M: Creamy and full in the beginning, that turns dry at the middle and peppery in the finish. There is a nice tart fruit tang that runs all throughout this that is tempered, expertly, by the smooth and sweet caramel flavors.

D: This is so damn easy to drink! I finished this way before I completed this review. So simple yet complex at the same time. An honor to drink!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 01:25:25 | More by GbVDave
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I poured this beer into my St. Bernardus chalice. It pors a nice hazy gold with a cumulus looking heaad.

It smells great, but it is a bit faint. It has a sweet aroma of caramel and fruit, almost like a caramel apple.

A good bit drier in the taste. It finishes biscuity, dry and a bit grainy. The middle still has that nice caramel flavor. This beer has a dollop of fruit; it seems that I always pick up apricots in tripels. A bit of alcohol provides a very nice warmth.

St. Bernardus beers always seem well cabrbonated to me while remaining creamy. Bravo.

An awesome Tripel, though I need to slow down as this one is 1/4 gone in about 5 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 23:38:37 | More by IPAcraig
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I sampled this with a friend, Aaron. At the pour, I noticed a nice floral aroma reminiscent of flowery hops and a spice of some type, perhaps coriander. The first sip opened up with a good balance of malts and hops. A heavy mouthfeel and alcohol warmth immediately followed. There was a fairly long finish with lingering hops and more alcohol warmth.

Overall this is a pretty good abbey style tripel. As much as I enjoyed it, I kept coming back to that alcohol taste. Although it wasn't overbearing, it was still present. Of course, the more of this stuff you drink the less you are going to notice something like that but as far as my own personal enjoyability, there are others that I would choose first. Either way this one deserves a solid score on my scale. It's one of those that is so close...

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 02:11:10 | More by SIRIUS2
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine on Overland in Boise for $3.25.. Today was my first trip to this store, and I was blown away when I saw this. I never remember seeing St. Bernardus brews in Boise... granted the tripel is the only one they had.. but still fantastic for the Boise BA's.

Poured into my Delirium tulip.. decanted to leave behind most of the yeast.. 2" head that left sheets of lace... Slightly hazy golden brew.

Aroma is pale malts and yeasty fruitiness... white peaches, low apricots and whiffs of strawberry... touches of spice.

Tropical fruit flavors are abound in the flavor.. mango and melon .. and more peach essence... the subtle sweetness ties everything together perfectly.. a little white pepper adds alot of complexity... Viscosity is a solid medium for the style, but it's a creamy medium.

Overall world class hands down. I am sooo happy that I have access to this beer now. Thanks to Barbara at TBC.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 08:48:47 | More by JohnGalt1
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt 9oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip. Golden, orange that glows when held up to the light with some fine particles of yeast sediment showing through. Fluffy, white head with great retention. Lots of foamy lace coats the glass.

Smells of belgian yeast, biscuity malt, light fruits.

Tastes of apricots, coriander, lemon and orange zest. Sweetness is moderate. Refreshing, uplifting effervescent body dances of the tongue. Prescence of creamy head coats the mouth throughout the glass. Nice sharp hops bite in the aftertaste.

A very good Tripel. This didn't blow me away like the Abt 12, but will definitely seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 02:02:08 | More by elmore
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JBogan

Nevada

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

Poured a slightly hazy orangish yellow with a large and foamy head which stayed around a long time and left some but not a lot of lacing.

Smelled of grapes and citrus with some alcohol present, especially as the beer warmed.

Tasted of grapefruit, orange, some yeast, a bit of alcohol. Very nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was really good. Medium bodied with a good smoothness and crispness going down. Nice amount of carbonation.

This was a truly enjoyable beer that I'd love to try again and share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 15:03:47 | More by JBogan
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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Another world-class, top-notch sample from St. Bernardus... my second brew from the company, and I am still very, very impressed... amazing stuff, worthy of the highst praise... exceptional appearance with a dark, cloudy, hazy look with incredible frothy, foamy, lingering head... smell was wonderful, full of fresh-fruit, grapefruit, and pears... above-and-beyond taste without the slightest hint of alcohol or bitterness... full of yeast, fresh flowers, citrus, lemons, and thick, rich vanilla... awesome mouthfeel that was very crisp and clean with a surprisingly easy and lucid drinkability that went down crystal-clear for a brew with a hefty 8% ABV... no alcohol detected, just rich, thick, creamy flavors that stand out and beg recognition... a world-class brew... Absolutely recommended... Excellent, authentic deptiction of the style...

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 00:35:59 | More by dsa7783
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Proteus93

Virginia

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

A: A very murky copper colour, foamy head that retained decently, was somewhat rich, but a touch thin. Good pour, nonetheless.

S: Floral, almost a fresh fruit... like crisp apples, but not quite - closer to the aroma found among the fresh fruits in a grocery store. Crisp, appealing, and good.

T: Sweet and cider-like in some ways. Hops are somewhat noticable, but very well balanced and almost rest into the malts while drinking. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, without needing to be a particularly 'big' brew. Well crafted in this sense, and quite a nice flavour.

M: Good, refreshing, wet... not really viscous at all. Light, like a soda-water, with a flavour that is all but.

D: It might be easy to think of another when starting, but the ABV is a little higher - not a friendly, innocent lager... so it needs to be taken slow. Sit back, relax, let the experience last.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 04:47:00 | More by Proteus93
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Natural510

Ohio

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

Pours a rich orange-yellow with a thick head which lasts as the glass is drained.
Smells very lemony. Taste is full of citrus & yeast, very tangy & bitter. The malt is apparent after a few sips as well.
The yeast & carbonation last in the mouth, creating an exciting finish. A great sipping brew; I find new qualities with each tasting.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 08:28:30 | More by Natural510
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with a finger thickness head that thins down relatively quickly. Looks almost like a glass of darker tea with the head giving it away as a beer.

S: The classic Belgian yeasty smell dominates the aroma. Quite a strong floral citrus smell comes across also.

T: Wow. I don't think I have had another Belgian Tripel with this great of a balance between sweet and dry. You cant describe it as sweet or bitter since it starts out as one and ends as the other. The citrus and spice is also perfect for my tastes. Yet another fantastic brew from St Bernardus.

M: A little thin for my liking in the mouth, but the carbonation is just the right amount.

D: This one is so smooth and great tasting you could easily knock this one down in no time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 00:38:27 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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walshclimb

Nevada

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

Very attrative gold body with bubbly head that slowly thins to a film and leaves a nice lace. Smells sweet and slightly musty with an hint of flowers. Sweet, slightly fruity with candied sugar IF and a nice citrus aftertaste with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Light bodied, very dry texture. Pleasant and very drinkable. This is not a style I drink often, but I would definitely try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 20:17:11 | More by walshclimb
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had a tripel before this one, so I don't have much context for comparison. From what I've read, I think I got a beer that wasn't so fresh. The color was more brownish than anything else, with what looked like sediment floating around. The smell was decent and subtle. The taste was very odd. While it was dry enough, it lacked the pop that's particular to St. Bernardus' beers. It wasn't totally undrinkable, but I do think I got a beer that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (courtesy of Total Wine). I might give this one another shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 20:58:27 | More by avalon07
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a golden yellow with a bit of haze but pretty clear, with an inch and a half of pure white head. Head is creamy thick and recedes slowly, leaving a very nice lace and quite a bit of stick.

Smells of lemon, yeast and spice, along with some sweetness, too. Very pleasant.

Tastes the same as the smell but it's noticeably dry. At first I thought that it was too dry for my taste, as I typically like tripels that are a bit sweeter. But it really started to grow on me due to its supreme balance and smoothness and very pleasant overall flavor. There's also a little bit of spice and bitterness through the finish as it finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but it's maybe a touch thinner than it seems like it ought to be.

This is a great tripel, again a little drier than I think I'd usually prefer, but definitely something I'd have again. Very smooth and well balanced. Just a treat.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 20:32:29 | More by number1bum
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy and calming orange into a snifter. Has a fluffy white one-finger head with decent retention, finally leaving a little ring of lacing all around. Creamy and somewhat bready malts float up to the nose just before the grapes and bananas reveal themselves. Smell is perfection. Tastes of oranges, subtle lemons and faint spice with some breadiness mixed in and a very slight bit of syrup left on the lips. Alcohol lurks in the background along with some esters. Both are almost unnoticeable. Is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. I am going out on a limb here and say it's refreshing, which is quite an accomplishment for a beer of this magnitude. That being said, I will treat it with respect. There's a damn good reason the monk on the label is smiling from ear to ear, and I am already looking forward to my next bottle of this fantastic brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 19:30:24 | More by stephens101
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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