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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | 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 atigerlife
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/2/08 Updating review:

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, it has a hazy apple-cider color. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Certainly not a typical tripel.

Aroma is sweet, malts, some hay and citrus. Somewhat yeasty.

Taste is sweet, malts, apricots/orange/peach. Some hops come through in the taste. Somewhat tart at the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a decent tripel, though not typical. It is certainly drinkable. Would go nice with a variety of food. There are certainly better tripels out there, but that shouldn't deter anyone from trying this.

atigerlife, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh St. Bernardus, how I love you so. It's hard to go wrong with this brewery and this Tripel does not disappoint. It has a dark heavy appearance in the glass with an initially foamy head. The scent is quite sweet, you can really capture the strong sugar presence. The taste is exquisite- beginning with a malty, yeasty fruit character and finishing with buttery toffee notes. Extremely complicated beer that makes you want to savor every single sip. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. As I've said with other St. Bernardus beers, the 8% ABV is well hidden under the delicious textures of the beer. Phenomenal, unforgettable beer.

jenbys2001, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of followfollow162
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a wonderful orange-blonde color and smells of yeast, spices, and fresh, green fruit. (pears, apples, etc.)

taste is a first-time-you-heard-"dark side of the moon"-type of brilliant, man. massive malt character, balanced spices, vanilla, and a masterful blend of the previously mentioned caramel and green apple flavors.

alcohol presence is almost completely masked. amazing drinkability for a beer packing an 8.0 wallop. (the high abv is the ONLY reason i give this guy no more than a 4 in that regard.)

take your time and enjoy, 'cause this fellow is a superb example of the beer as art.


followfollow162, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of geokills
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Released into the glass with a slightly opaque early-harvest orange, birthing forth with a touch of lively carbonation. The head wanes after a minute or two to well under one finger's width, light lacing that quickly sinks down the sides of the glass to settle into a sea of off-white with fine bubbles reflecting some of the liquid's apricot glow. Refreshing and crisp on the nose, this brew is playful on my tongue and quite light for its 8% abv - the alcohol well concealed amidst summer's slightly tart apples. An excellent drink to be sure, and thankful that I have one bottle left!

geokills, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of jdubjacket
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep yellow/gold color with a fairly decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. Sweet fruit and whiffs of alcohol in the nose. The taste is very crisp and very clean. VERY sweet, but not overly sweet. Very well balanced. A relatively light-bodied tripel that is quite drinkable. A fantastic beer.

jdubjacket, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian beer in India. Found it at Take 5 restaurant in Bangalore on 100 ft. street.
Keep in mind, this is like finding a gold nugget in a pile of poo. So I enjoyed it!
Nice pour, although in an Orval glass, but who cares at this point. Hazy light orange/golden color with rather thin head (due to wide glass I bet). Slick look to it, not a whole lot of cling to the glass.
Coriander and orange peel dominate the nose. Some slight bready yeast and sweet malt come through as well.
Taste follows nose. Coriander spice and orange peel. Some other citrus flavors and soft banana hints.
Good feel to it. Nice slight bite, clean finish. Went well with steak.
and grilled veggies.

Mebuzzard, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of ryrust5301
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle with a green label and green cap into a wine glass. 2006 vintage. Love the monk on the front giving you a little wink before you consume this beast of a tripel.

Apperance - Pours a cloudy dark gold with a 2 finger tight compact white head. Lacing clings beautifully to the glass.

Smell - Malty and a little spice. Lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of vanilla. Citrus fruit is definitely present

Taste & Mouthfeel - I thin layer of white bubbles lays over the top of the beer. As you tilt the glass to drink, waterfalls of bubbles cascade down the glass. Carbonated and crisp on the tongue at first taste. Sweet almost buttery taste. Fruitiness maybe some lemon, orange and grapefruit? Some honey and vanilla to account for the sweetness? Got even more bad ass as it warmed.

Drinkability - The best tripel i've had yet. Alcohol is well hidden, which helps add to the full body of this mothers milk.

ryrust5301, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a resounding pop! Pours a slightly hazed apricot (clears later). Super head retention & very good lacing

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & lemony hops once warm

T: Big-time, tropical fruittyness (apple peels & pineapple), some honey, & a bit of lemony hops up front. Lemony & grapefruitty hops, pus dates, apricot, & more pineapple & honey as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with a hint of vanilla & some more lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, some creamyness, warming sensations, 2/3rds through the bottle

Drinks pretty easy for the complexity & abv. Not the best tripel out there, but pretty good

russpowell, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of morimech
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.

morimech, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
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.

SirSaranac, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of atrus138
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.

atrus138, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
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.

hckyfn9999, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of cdkrenz
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.

cdkrenz, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of PittBeerGirl
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.

PittBeerGirl, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of tpd975
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!

tpd975, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
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!

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of tayner
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

tayner, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Greenfloyd
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.

Greenfloyd, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of pweis909
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.

pweis909, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of GbVDave
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!

GbVDave, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of IPAcraig
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.

IPAcraig, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
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...

SIRIUS2, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of elmore
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.

elmore, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of JBogan
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.

JBogan, Jan 24, 2008
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,503 ratings.