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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,591 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 177
Gots: 206 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of Kraken
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard beer glass. Cork exited bottle with a resounding pop. Warning serve at appropriate temp or you will end up with a gusher. Modest to light pour called up a massive five finger head with excellent retention and beautiful copious lace. Color is cloudy golden amber.

Nose- Light grassy notes, some finishing hops, intense clove.

Palate- Sweet honey-suckle, plenty of clove. Very active carbonation, mild bittering hops. Very smooth. Notes of tangerine and lemon zest. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, lightly sweet, and dry.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. A fine example of the style. If you are a fan of the style, this is a must.

Kraken, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden and very cloudy amber color with huge lacing all the way through.

S: Just like you would expect a tripel to smell. Hugei yeast up front followed by some more subtle fruity hints from the yeast.

T: Candied sugar and an unmalted wheaty flavor. A big crisp and clean spiced yeasty flavor. A fruity sweetness with some honey that comes in late in the flavor profile.

M/D: Light carbonation with a medium body. High ABV doesn't deter the drinker at all. Maybe just because the beer as a whole is just so damn good.

NittanyBeerFan, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of RicoBrew
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours out a very pale straw color. The head is a nice fluffy white that lingers after the pour. The beer itself is a slightly hazy golden color.

S- A bit of belgian spice hits the nose first, but caramel malt takes over.

T- A slight peppery, spicy note is noticed first, but then it fades to a nice belgian malty profile. A little bit of the spice hits the back of the tongue and hits your nose for a nice after affect. It's very pleasant

M- Not heavy on the tongue at all, not oily either. A slight carbonation sting hits, but it fades quickly away.

D- This is a very nice beer. It makes a good intro beer to belgian beer virgins :)

RicoBrew, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A colossal white cloud of foam sits on top of a dusty gold bath. Bubbly foam left on Duvel glass.

Spicy pear, warming alcohol, clove, Belgian yeast and green apples meet the nose.

The taste mimics the nose. The mouthfeel is smoother than smooth. The alcohol fits perfectly in the flavor profile. Creamy, warming, beautiful.

Not only one of my favorite Tripels, but one of my favorite Belgians brews altogether. St. Bernardus stands as one of the best breweries in the world.

itcomesnpints, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of corby112
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of white fruits such as apple, grape, and pear. Also, strong alcohol and spice presence. Pretty carbonated at first but becomes intense as it warms. Nice balance of fruitines, maltiness, alcohol, and slight hops. Very crisp enjoyable tripel.

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice hazzy orange with an impressive amount of white head that retains nicely. a bit of sediment is in my glass even though i was pretty careful on the pour.

smell is fresh and fruity. tart. im getting a bunch of different stuff. first thought is apple, grapefruit, some orange perhaps. smell is crisp and interesting.

taste is great. refreshing. slight tart taste at the beginning leads into a smooth middle. moderately bitter. amazingly crisp. this beer almost snaps in my mouth.

mouth is strongly carbonated. but that is to be expected from the style.

VERY drinkable. i am usually not a fan of belgians but i could just keep drinking this. and so can my dog apparently. i spilled a little on the floor and she hasnt stopped licking the spot. maybe i should share the wealth. solid brew. get it and drink it.

Mauerhan, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a full white head with solid retention, light Belgian lace.

S: Candied pear, pineapple, spice, banana, various fruit.

T: Fruit along with various spice elements - coriander, pepper, and yeast esters make up the main flavour. Lightly boozy, but it melds with the flavour well. Hops are minimal, good balance between the diverse tastes.

M: Not overcarbonated which I like right off the bat, very smooth and drinkable.

D: Really nice tripel, it goes down almost too easy. Definite repurchase in the future.

Halcyondays, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of danielharper
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange body, very thick white foamy head. Hazy, highly effervescent. Leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Citrus notes up-front, strong aroma of orange peel and a hint of lemon. Aside from that is the standard Belgian tartness and hints of grapefruit. Sweet, malty, no notes of hops.

Taste: Strongly citrus, notes of Belgian yeast, with a slight... saltiness in the finish. Flavors of oranges most prominent. Somewhat drying on the finish, with a bit of a bitter bite. Crisp, clean, refreshing, with the alcohol hidden beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, somewhat thin for the style. Slight bit of a carbonation bite to the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: I'm not usually a huge fan of tripels, but I'm a fan of this tripel. Very enjoyable.

danielharper, Nov 26, 2008
Photo of baos
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this one the other night and did not take notes but i did take some mental notes, because this is a great brew.

A: Decent head, 'bout 3 fingers. Nice translucent light reddish brown body with the head white. Some lacing.

S: MMM Candi sugars, caramel. Dark Fruits.

T: mmm Near Perfect. I wish I could buy these ten dollars bottles everyday. Lemony on the git go then into a kind of sweet bread yeastiness that finishes dry and spicy. A nice alcohol warmth goes with the flavor as well.

M: Full body on this girl.

D: Pretty near perfect. As she warms in your glass she gets better.

baos, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a beautiful bright orange that is slightly hazy. A two finger white head that sticks around for a while. The head eventually recedes to a ring with light lace.
S: A fruity and spicy aroma. Some barnyard funk, Belgian yeast and biscuit aromas as well.
T: Tastes of fruit, peppery spices, biscuit, and yeast. Pretty much follows the style.
M/D: This has a medium body, but way over carbonated for my tastes. There is some heat from the alcohol, though the peppery spices and over carbonation is what makes this a bit harder for me to drink.

This follows the style closely. Not something I am crazy about, but good. If you like Tripel's this is a must try.

champ103, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of grimreeser
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light orange amber with a finger sized off-white head. Nice spicyness, belgian aroma. Light orange, raisin, and a bit of caramel. A bit of alcohol, but not too bad. Nice sweetness, very good carbonation as it dances along the tounge. Very dangerously drinkable.

grimreeser, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.03/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From Total Wine in Roseville

A - Very foamy, lots of head, very carbonated, pours a see through light-golden color. Dissipates moderately fast.

S - Cloves, cinnamon, golden raisin, and slt alcohol.

T - Very biscuity, clove, spicy hops, and slightly peppery.

M - Peppery, yet sour, with notes of alcohol.

D - Drinkable, yet don't really care for this brand of tripel. Wondering why others like this beer so much. Several improvements could be made in the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel to be made into a more drinkable beer.

MisterClean, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a St. Bernardus metal (I think it was silver?) rimmed glass at the Brick Store in Decatur, GA a few hours ago.

A Moderate 2 finger light or white head over orange yellow opaque body.

S Grains, malt, alcohol. Smells great

T Great taste for a tripel of grains, malt and alcohol. This is a classic tripel taste.

M Light for a tripel so it is probably moderate for most.

D Very good for this level of alcohol in a beer.

Notes: Was looking forward to trying this (after having had the Abt 12 twice before) and I was not dissapointed. Great beer.

adamette, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is really something. beautiful looking amber. rather crisp clear with a healthy head. not much lace. but consistent with each mix of the glass. i have never really comprehended the grace in the smell of a triple. they all seems just like cotton candy to me. this was different. a very complex relationship between the malt, the Belgian sugar cane and the alcohol made the alcohol very well placed. the malt, cane, and hop gave off a floral complex sweetness. the menu at hopleaf stated: a fragrance of rosewater. it was quite gentle. had a delicate sweet to it and a very mild citrus. the malt gave it body and a bland flower petal nature. the smell carries over into something close to a honeysuckle flower, picked and eaten whole. the sugar was subtle but delicately complex. banana, apple, plum. a light crisp hop finish. excellent feel to the last drop. really a great example of the use of Belgian sugar cane... a must try.↲↲Had it again and had determined that freshness really put an edge on this one. Seems gilded in sugar as it over ripes.

rtepiak, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of Fatduck
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750Ml bottle on a whim. I have been working on brewing up a good strong belgian ale and this was a new find at the bottle shop.

Pours out a pale tan color, like a summer wheat field. Fluffy head that drops to nothing very rapidly and leaves just a ring where the head and beer once met. Smells of farmhouse spices and tastes as good as a french hill side. It manages to be light and chewy at the same time a wonderful balance. At 8ABV I'm not sure how drinkable it is, but I dont think I'll have any trouble with the 750.

Fatduck, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. from gift pack (BBD 13.07.11) into St. Bernie chalice from same gift pack - its maiden voyage! It's a bit of a gusher - is that a world-class Tripel in your bottle or are you just glad to see me?

Excellent bronze, hazy color with solid carbonation rising to 1-finger yeasty head with a nice chunky seam spot-on at the .33cl marking of the glass.

Great candied ginger, sweet lean brown sugar syrup notes. Smells like a pot when making pralines before the pecans are added. Hearty grain bill with slight mild bitterness (piney).

Flavor profile is a bit lean for the style - not too sweet at all - great yeast electricity and mild hop pine in there. Good mellow ginger essence; more spice (clove) emerges with warmth. Slight intermittent metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is traditional sprightly-carbonated warmth of a Tripel. Austere on the palate and finish is smooth and bubbly.

This drinks extremely well - very clean and bright with deep grain heartiness. Alcohol is quite hidden. A classic effort.

IBUnit63, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Had to use a wrench to get the cork out. Gave a nice "pop." Carefully poured this one into a Westmalle chalice, slowly so as not to disturb the yeast in there. Golden, chill-hazed, pineapple yellow. Maybe some light orange color in the middle. Boozy aroma, yeasty, citrus fruity, and slightly sweet. Flavor starts out sweet, hints of apricot and oranges, maybe some pineapple, fruity to say the least. A wheat twang and bready maltiness mix nicely. Middle becomes a little bitter, and then a powdery dry finish. Nice amount of carbonation on this one. Become creamier as it warms. Booze is well-hidden when cold, becomes much more apparent as it warms. A great Tripel, but probably not my favorite. It's definitely worth the money to pick up a single 750 rather than a 4-pack. I think I still prefer Tripel Karmeliet, however.

KeefD, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A huge, soapy, white head sits atop this hazy, tangerine-colored brew. Head just kind of exploded on me and it's taking forever to settle, meanwhile spotting my goblet with lace. Decent amount of yeast swimming around inside. I definitely poured this shitty.

Smell: Green apple, orange peel, caramel, spicy herbal tones, alcohol and sour yeast.

Taste: A decent amount of sourness here, mainly made up of Belgian yeast and green apple. Spices and herbs show through mainly in the beginning before being rounded out with toasted malts and fruity esters. Alcohol is present throughout, though it's light and adds a nice touch. Flavors all blend together very well.

Mouthfeel: Not as carbonated as expected, which was a good thing - probably my biggest beef with Abt. 12. This tripel is quite smooth, with medium body, syrupy texture, and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very smooth and very enjoyable tripel. I initially gave it lower ratings across the board, but it got better and better as the session progressed. Wish I had another one actually...

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. The beer just erupted as soon a the cap was pried off streams and streams of tiny bubbles swiftly racing to the surface. A slightly cloudy nice golden color with a creamy white head leaving a never die froathy coating across the top of the ale, particles of yeast seep out the final pour.

Nice yeasty aromas with fresh baked bread,subtle spicyness with light bannana notes and a slight mustyness and light fruitiness as it warms.

Very creamy and fluffy,delicate tastes well balanced flavors with yeasty, light fruityness hint of bannana/peach and pear with subtle spicyness no alcohol tastes,yet i can sense some heat,finishes with some green apple bitterness. Very light delicate mouthfeel,i just can't imagine drinking this all night,definatly a creeper.

jcdiflorio, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of thehillsbar
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bronze/dark gold in color, pours with a very tall head that dissipates after a few minutes.
Tastes ok. not too smooth, but the easiest to drink tripel that i've had.
You can really feel the alcohol content.
A very good beer. Would buy and drink again (if it wasn't so expensive!)
25.4oz. bottle

thehillsbar, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle I got out of St Bernardus mixed four pack from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served this puppy up in the St. Bernardus Goblet that came with said mix pack.

A: Pours a beautiful dark yellow/light orange color, like a nice light honey color. Hazy as all hell from the yeast. The carbonation is slow moving and creates a wonderful wave life display by pushing around the yeast. Got a good finger of clean, white head that has pretty good retention and even better soapy lacing. This beer is beautiful.

S: Nice heavy notes of Belgian yeast and spice. A sweet breadiness coming out, almost a sweet rye bread scent (wierd). Lots of nice clove and banana notes in the scent. A touch of bubble gum is actually coming through on the aroma. A touch of sweetness from the malt coming through in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: Taste is once again coming through wih beautiful presence of Belgian yeast, a sweet breadiness. Very nice citrus sweetness and a touch of sour coming through. This is challenged by banana and clove presence. There is a touch of honey sweetness coming through. Then again the bubble gum rounds it all out. There is also a really nice sweet nuttiness coming in throughout. Just not expected but very nice. So nice.

M: A nice full bodied brew. This is thicker than you imagine. Nice high carbonation is making this brew very crisp and pleasing. Easy as hell to drink. Aftertaste is mostly of yeast and bubblegum but the aftertaste is really muted. The palate is pretty tame, nothing too bruising.

D: This beer for being such a big, beautiful style goes down incredibly easy. No trace of ABV in my opinion. The flavors and scents are great and the appearance is just freaking amazing. Very good and easy to drink beer. Big fan of this beer and an even bigger fan of St. Bernardus. A great brewery that always comes through with a fine beer.

everetends, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking from a bomber with cork and wire.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden blond color with a thick 2 inch fluffy bright white head, excellent head retention with lacing as the head dissapates.

Strong spicy yeasty aroma with a background of sweet malt, orange ester pretty prominent with almost no hop aroma

Upfront esters and spices in the flavor, a very smooth, balanced beer with slight alcohol warming, Not much hop bitterness present but enough to balance out the sweetness. Very carbonated adding to the creaminess of the mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable great beer that highlights most of my favorite aspects of belgians.

SShelly, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of theboozecruise
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The one pours a cloudy orange color, with a small head a little bit of lacing.

Not a huge aroma on this one... some fruit, some spices, but all are a bit muted.

The taste is more what I would expect out of a tripel, a little bitter at first then a burst of spice and fruity flavors. Well balanced and quite nice.

I was looking forward to this one, I love tripels, but this didn't quite stack up with the best tripels I've ever had. It's still a fine beer, and far above average.

theboozecruise, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with one-finger of white foam, which dissipates to leave film. Decent lacing.

Smell is quite complex; lots of yeast and fruit esters like banana and fig, along with malt later on. All of this is present on tasting, though the malt becomes a lot more evident. Pretty nicely balanced.

Feels good on the palate; quite thick and with a lot of carbonation. Overall, quite drinkable, but not my favorite tripel.

philipquarles, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of dzedaschroeder
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy burnt orange. Loose medium head that quickly shrank down to a thin film.

S - Faint overall. Bread, fruity, alcohol. Yeast and alcohol up front, citrus fruit at the tail.

T - Crisp citrus and spicy clove upfront, followed by a smooth bread and mild alcohol taste. (Strange, for me at least this smell and taste palate presentations were inverted)

M, D - Most Tripels I have had were very complex and lent themselves to slow, thoughtful drinking, but this beer (while still being complex) was very smooth. It's 8% ABV is hidden well, and one could easily gulp this down, if one was a hasty sort that is.

dzedaschroeder, Oct 07, 2008
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,591 ratings.