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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
outstanding

2,693 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,693
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of fropones
3.04/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Just like every beer I've gotten in this St. Bernardus variety pack, it immediately foams up so I can't pour it without getting all the sediment. This is very frustrating and quite a waste.

A - A muddied brown color that is way darker than it should be for a tripel with huge chunks of sediment in it.

S - Smells of alcohol, lemons, and here's a shocker, yeast. Apples and pears too.

T - Mainly just yeast. Hints of fruit and stuff but mainly just yeast.

M - Nice carbonation, creaminess.

D - If only all of St. Bernardus's stuff didn't do this to me then I would be happy. Maybe I'll have to try one of the 750's, but if that does this I'll be extremely unhappy. Honestly, what's probably a great tripel ended up being a drainpour.

Photo of sitarist
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with orange hues towards the center of the glass. The head is dense and white, it falls to a skim coat and ring with lots of lacing. Chunky floaties.

Smells like a banana split ( bananas, fruit, vanilla ). There is a light musky / funky scent as well. Very complex and balanced, nothing overpowering.

The flavors follow the nose. Green and ripe bananas, with a nice vanilla extract flavor, peppery as well. Not overly phenolic or cloying like some beers in this style.

Slick medium body with a fair dose of carbonation.

Highly drinkable. One of the best, if not the best Tripel that I've had.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a peachy yellow gold color. There is a bit of haze, and a half finger head. This tripel now has a rim of head around the glass before I sip.

The smell is much of nectarine and pineapple. I'm awaiting to smell this fella when it warms...

The taste is a wonderful blend of up front lemon transitioning to a malt backed banana yeasty citrus love. Very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is much like a glass of milk. Medium bodied and smooth. Very nice.

This is a tasty drink, worthy of sips and chugs all night long.

Photo of BeerGodz
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Golden/orange color, cloudy, massive head with uber good retention & lacing

Smell: Banana, toffee, apricot

Taste: Up Front: Apricot, banana, toffee. Finish: Caramel, toasted malt, spices

Mouthfeel: Medium body and well carbonated.

Drinkability: Crisp, creamy & smooth

Overall Impression: One of the best Tripel's out there. Even ReRe liked this one!!! I'll be drinking this one quite often!

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange into a Delirium tulip. Thick pure white head settles to a thin cap within two minutes. Visually vigorous carbonation.

Underlying notes of sweet bananas and typical musty belgian yeasts.

Sweet, crisp, and dry. This brew is wonderfully fruity, with bananas being the most prominent, but sweet grapes and some citrus flavors as well. Peppery aftertastes with a slight alcoholic sweetness and a roasted barley and fresh bread quality as well.

Medium-thick mouthfeel, well-carbonated, and very drinkable. A delicious example of a Belgian tripel.

Photo of BeerNemesis
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel. On tap @ DBGB

Appearance:
Served in a tulip glass, it was a very inviting, slightly cloudy burnt honey orange with a frothing, creamy white head of about 1.5". Lacing was spectacularly thick and the head retention was superb. Looks delicious!

Aroma:
Fruity aroma, with sweet toffee in the background and apricot and banana in the foreground. Some brown sugar's in there as well.

Taste:
Wow! What a consumate tripel we have here! So creamy and smooth, but we'll get to that soon... My immediate first thought was "bananas," others have pointed to apricots. Whatever that fruitiness is, it sort of wallowed around in my mouth -- both uplifting and bright, but also thick, creamy, and deep.The buttery, toffee/caramel/brown sugar trifecta seeps in next, giving the fruity esters a nuanced and playful and delicately toasted malt backbone.

It is really unlike anything I've ever had before -- liquid joy funneled into a tulip glass. Some might point to the fact that the hops are a bit lackluster. I disagree. Sometimes unbalance works, and the graceful asymmetry of this beverage would have it no other way. It finishes bready and a touch on the dry side, and the banana flavor lingers in the roof of my mouth.

Mouthfeel:
Oh so creamy and smooth! I was very pleased, and swished it around in my mouth before every gulp.

Drinkability:
For 8%, I barely tasted the alcohol. Sure it was there, lingering in the shadows, but the taste was just too sublime pass up on. Who's going to let a silly thing like alcohol get in the way of enjoying another glass of this beauty.

Notes:
Up until now, Chimay Cinq Cents had all I ever wanted from a tripel. Today the jolly monk pictured on the St. Bernardus bottles blew my mind. Buy, consume, contemplate, be at peace. That is all.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite tripels!

This beer pours great golden honey color with a foamy white head and fine bubbles. Aromas of banana, citrus and honey. The palate is medium bodied with nutty malty flavors with hints of dried apricots and the bubbles are almost champagne like. Definitely give this beer a try

Photo of Jesstyr
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle out for a dinner party at our place, and was pleasantly surprised how smooth and delicious it was.

Pours an amber yellow, cloudy, with big, bubbly head that rushes out of the big bottle and settles in the chalice. Head dissipates quickly, with good lacing. Nose is floral, with some light fruitiness to it and subtle sugar.

This brew is overwhelmingly smooth, with a nice balance of fruitiness and yeast. There is a bit of sugar sweetness to it, which is perfect with the slightly sour wheat nature of the beer. Nice medium body, the best I've experienced in a tripel, and definitely a great beer to drink with great cheese.

I thoroughly enjoyed this guy, definitely a great tripel to check out.

Photo of ryanonline
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

straight from the moment i pop the cap the head just comes rushing out. very cloudy light brown/yellow with a thick rocky quickly dissipating white head. nice gobs of lacing.

candy sugar right off the nose. clove or cinnamon as well as a nice wheat scent.

taste is the same but the spices and sugar blend much better and the slightly sour wheat flavor is even across the whole beer.

mouthfeel is very foamy and slightly oily, with a nice sweet finish and a warming sensation in the tummy.

really good beer but definitely a sipper.

I got this one in a four pack sampler of st. b's abt 12, triple, pater 6 and prior 8 with a chalice for 12 bucks. i was shocked there was a three pack of chimays with a chalice right next to it for 20 bucks, and personally i think that st. bernardus has better stuff. i love it.

Photo of alcstradamus
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Golden pour with a billowing three fingers of head and great lacing. The aroma is very fruity but it is not bright...tough to explain really. Perhaps if you left out a banana in the sun for 3 hours it might smell like this. Some crayon, yeast, and light spices as well. The flavor is full of yeast and banana peel. Not really as complex as I expected, but still quite tasty and easy to drink. The body is light and carbonation levels are very high but not really prickly. This one doesn't really standout for the style, but on its own it is a nice beer.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Twain's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon-yellow color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet and biscuit-y malts with mild amounts of pear and milder amounts of banana. There's not a whole lot of spice going on here, just loads of malt.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Thick sweet malt flavors up front with a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip solid amounts of fruit flavors enter into things - pears mostly but with hints of bruised banana. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more clarity in flavor and aroma. As it stands it's still a solid beer though a bit one-dimensional (which isn't a phrase often used in reference to St. Bernardus). Worth a shot.

Photo of Brabander
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good tripelbeer. Triple is one of my favourite beers and this was was rather new for me. I think i have drank this for many years but forgot all about it.

Poured in a Maredsous chalice the beer is nice goldenyellow with a very big head. After a while the head disappears leaving a few lacingrings behind. A very fresh smell comes out of the glass. I can smell the yeast which is used and also some fruits like citrus and orange.

Almost no carbonation in the glass but this doesn't has any effect on the beer.

For a tripel this is almost the best i have drank in my life. Only my houstripel (Westmalle) has been drank and loved more by me.

Now i will finish this wonderfull tripel

Photo of HalfFull
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A side by side sampling with Westmalle Tripel. The St. Bernardus is poured into a wine glass from a 330 ml. bottle. Opening the bottle caused an immediate flow of foam which was contained yet didn't allow for much in the retention department. A surface cap is easily regenerated however from the golden pour.

Nose is full of slightly husky malt and bountiful spices. Very pleasant and welcoming of a full inhalation.

Light and clean in flavor, somewhat candied vs. the Westmalle offering. Otherwise brisk and fruity. An easy drinking Tripel with a nice texture on the feel and a good spice profile. Touch sweet in the end but not nearly as are many of the style. Good balance..

Photo of Patrick999
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw a St. Bernie's Tripel single sitting around, realized I'd never had it, picked it up.

Into the Westmalle chalice it went. Cloudy sunflower, decent foam but not too much retention, settling to a thin cap.

Has a sweet saltwater taffy-like aroma along with some green raisin. Uncomplicated, but good.

Since I said it smelled like taffy, I'm not too surprised to find that it kinda tastes like taffy too. On the sweeter end of tripel, which sometimes annoys me with other examples, but it seems to work here. Sweet taffy, some powdery yeast, sprinkling of pepper. Bubblegum-like aftertaste. Again, uncomplicated, but it does drink well.

Those Belgians and their cloud-like tripels. This is just a shade below the true masters, but it's still airy, aspiring to be a float-on-clouds beer.

The alcohol is covered up by the taffy sweetness, making this drink seem very not-harsh. It also has a light, refreshing bent to it. Like many of the better tripels, it seems nowhere near as potent as it really is. Which in my mind correlates to a high drinkability score.

Photo of JohnL9013
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an average head with a deep, cloudy, golden appearance, indeed, cloudier than I expected.

S: The smell is light, but fresh. Slight hop essense along with detectable fruit of some sort.

T: This is my first tripel and I can't believe how good this tastes. Firstly, the freshness is exceptional. Whatever bottle conditioning they're doing is working wonders. The taste is just very, very complex. It's not over the top, but it's just totally, totally balanced between fruit (berry) flavors, malt flavors, and hop flavors. I've never had a more flatline beer in my life where literally nothing pops out but there's so much going on. Very enjoyable.

M: Exceptional. Low carbonation, very smooth, very pleasant to taste.

D: Extremely drinkable but it is a high %age of alcohol, so please beware and don't try to drink more than one!

I'm new to this style, but I liked this a lot!

Photo of cleverbeername
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of BeerSingh
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
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

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.44/5  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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of AnswerInQuestion
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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