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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,542
Reviews: 1,177
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 170
Gots: 191 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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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
Photo of roadhouse
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Unfortunately this bastard foamed over instantly upon opening and made a big fucking mess. I managed to get a good amount of the beer into the glass and now have a three inch head. Beer color is hazy and golden. Big nasty chunks of sediment floating around in it. Leaves some pretty nice lacing behind though.

Aroma is sweet and sugary with some spicy clove character, and green apple fruitiness.

The taste is sweet initially followed by some phenolic spiciness that gets stronger as the swallow progresses. Nice lingering sweetness that is very subtle and combines with a fruitiness towards the end. The finish brings out a slight amount of spicy hop flavors but is still dominated mostly by phenols.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body, very smooth and creamy.

An excellent tripel save for the shit appearance that kind of ruined it. Easily one of the best overall tasting ones that I've had. Pick up a bottle of this.

roadhouse, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of beertunes
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured gently into chalice. A cloudy pour with less than 1 finger of head (this is how I prefer it, more head would have been easily obtained). A light amber/dark yellow color. Very attractive with nice lacing. Very pleasant, welcoming aroma. The taste is pleasantly bold, without being overpowering. As you work through the glass, the fruit flavors become more apparent. Full, enveloping mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable, you could settle in with nice assortment of meats and cheeses and drink several of these very easily.

beertunes, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Bright buy cloudy gold color with crazy carbonation. Bubbles were escaping the bottle as soon as I opened it. Small bits of yeast are suspended in the beer.

S:Yeasty and spicy. Very similar smell to a Saison. A second whiff reveals faint fruity / peppery notes.

T: First impression is dry and woolly / goaty. Spicy characteristics are similar to coriander if it is not the yeast itself. Hops are very subtle, but there. The trademark St. B raisiny dark fruit tastes show up once the beer warms a little -- even a little vanilla, yes? Green apples / pears too.

People who do not understand how some taste fruity notes in beers without fruit in them are advised to get one of these and drink it around 50 degrees.

I keep my beer fridge at 40 degrees, and must remember to let beers like this one reach the recommended temperature in the future since they really open up after warming just a few degrees -- I digress.

MF: While this beer is one of the best tripels I have tasted, the mouth feel is its best feature. This beer explodes inside the mouth, seemingly doubling its surface area. Very fluffy mouthfeel. I don't give many fives. . .

D: Tripels are not my favorite at all, but like I mentioned above this is one of the best I've had, and it may encourage me to try others. Most of the tripels I have had have not been nearly as complex as this example, seemingly relying on alcohol content alone. I will try more, but for now, if I am reaching for a tripel, it will be this one.

MerkinMan, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a VERY pale golden straw color with a fairly cloudy haze. The head is massive, hard to pour correctly unless you go super slow. The head is fluffy and super light. Incredible lacing on the glass and crazy rockiness to the head as it lowers. The smell is typical of an awesome pale belgian. Hints of apples, apple cider/juice, belgians spices and pepperiness. The flavor is sweet, fruity and peppery.The light peppery hop flavor is no challenge to the malty sweetness. The warmer it gets the maltier it tastes. The feel is smooth and slightly tingly from the carbonation. This is very drinkable. Great belgian pale.

kbnooshay, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into a St. Bernardus chalice

This tripel appears a slightly hazed golden yellow with a good amount of active carbonation. A fluffy, cloud white head rose to the top of the chalice perfectly. Excellent retention! A thin, fluffy, cloud white head hugged the top of the beer until the last sip, and left spattered lacing all the way down.

A very full aroma; deep not broad. Tart lemons, spicy hops, and delicate malt. The smell is real pungent, and leaps out at you.

The taste is of ripe, fresh lemons, clean biscuity yeast, a spicy, chewy hop profile and a cereal-like malt backbone. The finish is dry and tart.

Soft and supple, rich and creamy, and everywhere in between. This is a big, hearty tripel that really deceives you from its looks. Carbonation is perfect, full-bodied.

An absolute breeze to drink. This is a lush and complex tripel that really satisfies the soul.

ColForbinBC, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of WanderingFool
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a clear bronze color into the glass with a frothy white head on top. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the beer leaving behind a fair amount of spotted lace. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rises quickly to the surface from the bottom center of the glass.

The spicy aroma has notes of lemon peel, allspice and hints sweet caramel malt. There's a touch of alcohol in the aroma too. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and slightly chewy. The flavor is very complex. It begins with spices such as lemon peel, clove (allspice?) and pepper. In the middle some sweet malt flavors move in to balance out the spice. It finishes dry with some citrus hop flavors. Once gone the clove and caramel malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a terrific beer from a great brewery. Don't pass up the chance to try this beer if you happen upon it.

WanderingFool, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this darker golden amber into a pint glass. This beer gave a huge amount of head to start with then reduced to a plentiful of lacing.The aroma is that of spice and smell of the alcohol. However the taste was profound in greatness at it gave a cinnimon and caramel taste. Overall this was a great beer.

Tolnik, Dec 06, 2008
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,542 ratings.