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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,725 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 195
Gots: 274 | FT: 2
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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 Stunner97
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- poured very nicely from my 750 bottle with a very thick white foamy head, very murky with just so much going on in this beer, golden yellow in color, very great looking complex brew

Smell- Plenty of good citrus, yeast, spice, and corriander nice triple smell but nothing overwhelming

Taste- Wow what an incredible tasting beer, a mix of great sweetness and spice at the end, long lingering delicious finish with a beautiful balance, apple and citrus really can be tasted in teh flavor, hard to make a much more balanced and flavorful triple,

Mouthfeel- thick creamy and smooth with good carbonation level,

Drinkability- I have to say in this current moment of my beer life this is probably the best belgian style tripel I have ever had, just so balanced so complex and so enjoyable, the ingrediants are so clean and you get no sense of 8 percent alcohol, what to me I love about this tripel is that the spicyness stops it from getting to sweet like some triples and keeps it balanced with beauty, one I could drink all nite and will keep around, the best of anyone style isnt something to be used lightly but to me at the current point this is it, try it you wont be sorry

Photo of bobsy
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus is rapidly cementing itself as my favourite brewery. While they don't produce new beers with the passing of each moth, they do have a stable of exceptional classics. While the tripel blurs the style guidelines somewhat, it also joins the rank of outstanding brews that I've had from them.

Pours a lightly hazed gold with a huge white head that lays down sheets of lace. Exceptional for the style. Sweet, grainy malt aroma, with lots of honey, bread and citrus. Lots of honey in the flavour, but married to a wonderful yeasty breadiness. Lightly grainy with a warming finish, and a kiss of sweet citrus hops. Medium bodied and well-carbonated in a billowing, soft way. Ridiculously drinkable, and I want another. Now.

Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle poured into a sam adams perfect pint.

A-- Poured a hazy yellowish gold color, lots of floaties in the glass. Nice puffy white head, very nice lacing, got a good 1.5 fingers of foam. Looks almost like a hefe.

S-- Honey being the most dominant smell. Citrus with apple. Just a bit of the sugar smell in the end.

T-- Honey, apples, pear, and citrus. Get the alcohol burn in the very end. Very light to start.

M-- Well carbonated in the mouth. Holds its charistics well. Very well balanced beer. Once warm the candied sugar becomes a little more dominant though.

D-- Quite drinkable, excellent beer and excellent Triple. Once it gets warm it changes a bit and the alchohol becomes more obvious but when a little colder the fruit is much more obvious. Not that that is a bad thing. Easily have 2 of these and want more. Well disguised beer.

Photo of wonderbread23
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 Oz Bottle Poured into Tulip glass.

Appearance: Medium tea color with some mild orange hues. Lots of little yeast floaties. Creamy white head that persists. Beautiful lacing.

Smell: Pear, apples, and a little citrus with a nice sweet malty background.

Taste: Malt and spice with a touch of honey. Fruitiness is there, but not as dominate as the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and full-bodied with a nice medium-long finish.

Drinkability: Beautiful beer to sip over the course of 45 minutes or so. Could definitely have a few of these with the over-all alcohol being very well integrated.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A-Cloudy brew with extensive floaties, dull iced-tea brown in color. Yellow highlighting. Fluffy, light, bright-white head with very strong retention.

S-Slight spice is overtaken by a big fruitiness, pears and berries, with a slight honey character.

T-Sligh spiciness mixes nicely with a sweet maltiness, bready with a slight yeast character. Honey sweet in the middle. Alcohol smoothly enters the picture before the sweet and malty finish.

M-Creamy, moderate carbonation with a medium-full mouthfeel.

D-Exquisite, though the heaviness may make it a bit too much at times.

Photo of Offa
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly good and pleasant but too characterless, bland, and dry, traits that I find all too often in dubbels and tripels and which make me sometimes wonder what people see in the style, before I again find one that is wonderful.

Bright, clear gold before the sediment makes it hazy, it has a huge white head that steadily but quickly shrinks to a lasting, thin wispy top and leaves a little uneven, foamy lace.

The aroma is lots of grain, light raisin, bread crust, mineral, some pear and hay, overall a bit like a nice malt liquor or a pale bock.

The taste is pear and hay at first, with mineral, slightly raisiny but mostly dry alcohol, and a hint of lemon pulp, but all thin and dry, with a finish and aftertaste of dry fruit candy without the sweetness. This leaves it largely one-dimensionl and bland.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

you cant go wrong with a stbernardus. this one pours a light caramel color, dried fruits aroma with a great mix of brightness. taste is excellent, a perfect example of the style, somewhat heavy bodied but light enough on the delivery, sweet fruit flavors and a hint of malts. drinkability exceptional; mouthfeel and taste is very good, despite abv could drink for long periods

Photo of SamN
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a corked bomber purchased from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO, poured into a New Belgium glass.

Pours a hazy, straw yellow with a nice inch and a half head that didn't stick around as long as I thought it would, no lacing. Color could have been better, a little disappointed looking into the beer.

Smell was mouthwatering; flowers, some spice, hops, fruit (maybe pears?). Great smell, very inviting for the first sip!

Taste was close to the smell, lots of fruit, again with the pears, classic tripel taste, some hops bitterness, some complexities that I'm not nearly versed enough to describe. Not much alcohol to speak of, which is good. Delicate taste.

Mouthfeel was a little thin, plenty of carbonation, but good for the style.

As far as drinkability, I don't see any problem with me drinking this whole bottle all by my lonesome. A little strong for an all day beer, but definitely a great introduction to St. B or tripels in general.

Photo of jrallen34
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a great looking pale gold with a finger high head that lasts several minutes. This is also incredible lacing.

The aroma is very subtle but mostly floral with a touch of hops.

The tatse is wonderful, very smooth from start to finish. Great notes of hops and spice. Very drinkable from start to finish.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

Appearance: rich golden color, slightly opaque, notable carbonation. About a 1-finger head which dissipated quickly leaving a thin white residue.

Smell: quite fruity aroma of apples and pears. Citrus notes with light wheat/malt aroma present. Very nice indeed.

Taste: slightly tangy citrus flavor against a very smooth, nice malt and wheat base. A bit of a tart/astringent finish, but I think this just adds a little pleasant contrast to the sweet/fruity up-front flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability: eminently quaffable.

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

330ml bottle poured into corsendonk chalice on aug22 2009
special thanks too paul who knew too get me a bernardus quad and triple for my birthday how did you know?

A got it in the glass after a little effort. nice golden amber color, heavy sediment, head went right over the top and had decent retention with nice lace

S yeast and apple are what i smell the most with some caramel perhaps

T fairly complex, i can taste some booze that i could not smell, i enjoyed it and you might too

M/D a little too much carbonation for me but still quite nice overall

this is a great triple im happy i got to drink one

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

I will first say that when I think tripel, the first thing I think of is New Holland's Black Tulip, which is one of my personal all-time favorites. I was so blown away by how unlike that St. Bernardus was. Used to American tripels, this actual Belgian one tripped me out.

A- A pure translucent orange. with a two-finger head that dissipated pretty quickly, but with a good retention and lacing for the meager leftover bubbles. Beautiful bubble streams that really enhance the experience.

S- Almost peaty, very estery, with a bit of sour apple.

T- Follows the nose, so to speak, only the ratios get reversed with the esters and apples up front, peat in the back. It's all pretty delicate, but very, very nice. There's some very well-balanced hop bitterness to this, which is both refreshing and surprising.

M- Creamy and tangy with this outrageous carbonation that is unlike other abbeys.

D- Heck yes. This is very reasonably priced at the store I go to for a very superior product.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, foamy white head sticks around. Murky gold in appearance. Spotty lacing.

Big time juicy fruit aromas. Malty whiffs. Freshly cut hay.

Taste is very balanced. Tart green apple upfront. Tangy and has a nice belgian twang from the yeast. Has a mild spice componant, coupled with carmelized brown sugar. Hop is herbal and leafy, touch of lemon.

Full bodied and adheres to the palate. This beer is becoming a part of me. Finishes semi dry with a lingering sweet boozy note.

This one sure does drink well. Every sip makes me want to take another. Its fairly strong, but its not overpowering. Complex, yet mellow. Good brew here.

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

a - poured a one finger thick off-white head into my St.B's goblet that left nice sheeting and lace throughout. the body was a bubbly straw gold color.
s - fruity and sweet. hints of apricots and apples.
t - once again, fruity with hints of apricots and apples.
m - slightly thin to medium mouthfeel.
d - delicious beer, one of the best tripels i've had.

Photo of cbutova
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 out of the St. Bernardus six pack sampler. Poured into my 25cl Chimay goblet, a nice golden orange with some sediment and lots of carbonation rising, one finger head that seems to last for the entire time the beer is consumed, leaves great lacing down the whole glass, a coat of it. One of the creamiest looking heads I have ever seen. Smells of light fruit, raisins, yeast, malts and maybe some alcohol, get that banana hefe like smell too. Tastes of light fruits/citrus, hefe banana, raisins, a tiny bit of alcohol, and some malts. Mouthfeel is great, very creamy and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming. Drinkability is good for a belgian, taste is surprisingly refreshing, 8% alcohol can only be sensed a little bit, great beer, will have again.

Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork'n'cage into a Duvel tulip.

A: A slightly overly vigorous pour resulted in two inches of rocky white foam on top of a bright golden, slightly clouded liquid. It took a while, but eventually things settled down into a persistent half-inch cap of foam that left thick lacing throughout the session. Each top-off from the bottle and each swirl of the tuilp reinvigorated the solid head. Gorgeous tripel.
S: Flowery yeast up front, followed by some light fruit notes and some bisquity malt. Both complex and appealing, but not mind-blowing.
T: Just delicious: lightly spicy, powerfully fruity, and roundly malty as well. This beer delivers the fully array of the standard tripel notes, and then some. Highly complex, and consistently so. Every sip ran a full course through the yeasty, fruity, and malty flavors to the rich, dry (but not at all bitter) finish.
M: Highly carbonated, but fairly smooth.
D: I finished the 750 by myself, and was OK with the fact that it was my only beer of the night; I wouldn't have been that upset, though, if another bottle had materialized in my fridge.
Notes: Hands-down the best tripel I've tried to date - IMO it kicked Westmalle's ass in every way imaginable. Great beer.

Photo of roblowther
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged, poured into a chalice. It is hazy copper gold with a rocky white head and active carbonation. Smells of honey, peaches, and a slight medicinal phenol. Tastes peppery and sharp, then dusky malt. It has a hay-like flavor that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and slippery. Drinkability is great. Now excuse me while I finish this. Typing is making my beer foam up.

Photo of TLove
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)

On tap at Pizza Paradiso in Georgetown, D.C.

Pale cream color with hazy body and creamy, off-white head. Banana smell comes through first, shortly followed by spice and citrus. Taste is especially yeasty, with a complex, sugary structure and nutmeg/allspice sharpness and cherry tanginess. Exceptionally well-balanced and light Witbier (doesn't finish like a Tripel), that finishes as yeasty as it starts. Like biting into a liquid, fried plantain. YUM!!

Photo of Casey10
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really been stuck on a the triple style since I tried a chimay triple.

A - Hazy bubbly like brew interesting.

S - spice, clove? perhaps banana

t - smooth very nice taste although nothing overpowering to say wow.

M - frothy, nice, kind of tart not bad.

D - Doesnt feel as stong as the 8.0 ABV suggest so could drink a lot of this.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange golden color with a rich white head that retained nicely and left a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of banana, cinnamon and cloves with a hint of yeast in the end.

Taste is very fruity with hints of banana, pear and citrus. Lightly spicy with notes of cinnamon and clove with just a bit of candied sugar.

Medium bodied with the right amount of carbonation and an overall crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol very well hidden, not too sweet and overall a very good tripel.

Photo of jkc88
2.56/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

A: Cloudy gold to orange color.

S: Over-ripe bananas, cloves.

T: Tropical fruit, hint of bubble gum, and some slight bitterness at the end.

M: Light and carbonated.

I didn't particularly enjoy this beer as it tasted a little funky to me. The mouthfeel would have made this an easy to drink beer, but the flover just didn't do it for me.

Photo of fitzy84
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a murky yellow-gold appearance with a slick lacing and patchy, island-like head. Aromas were really great: cloves smells mixed with an apparent sour, citrus smell. Taste was utterly excellent. Had a great vanilla cream taste mixed with that ripe citrus taste. Mouthfeel follows the taste quite complementary. The smooth/crisp dichotomy is perfect. Overall, very, very good.

Photo of SleepyMonk
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled 33cl bottle poured into an open (westmalle brand) chalice.

Pours out to reveal a dullish amber hue with a yeast haze finish. Head is full and thick with quantity slightly above 2 fingers and impressive amounts of sticky lacing.

The aromatic spectrum is dominated by fruits with a particular emphasis on citrus. Whilst this is common amongst several Triples, this one is made up of very lively and fresh notes.

Hops characteristics make a strong appearance in the mouth but once again its those lively fruit elements that give this Tripel its own unique taste. Dry grainy yeast has a bit part n the overall mix but its largely hops from the sticky and chewy beginning until it dries off with alcohol.

I'm new to the St Bernardus range and can say this and the quad are some very fine beers

Photo of jlindros
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Armsby Abbey

A: Creamy 1 finger head with pale orange and slightly hazy color

N: Nose is yeasty with spices, some Belgian malts, a touch of raisiny sugar and alcohol

T: Taste starts with sweet malts and candi sugar with alcohol that fades quickly, a slight raisin and fruity quality but maintains its light Belgian quality, some nice bitterness is very light, it also has a slight nutmeg and nutty quality

M: It has a very smooth mouth but thick at the same time, almost velvety

F: It finishes dry and a little salty almost, taste hands for about 30 seconds on the back of the tongue

Final Thoughts: Very rich and delicious but still pretty light for a strong Belgian. It is a good staple for tripels.

Photo of Infamous7100
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just outstanding. Do I need to go on?
A: Into by goblet, a thick finger and a half head develops on the top of the striking golden colored ale.
S: First impression was of sugar and spice. Then it was met by a candied apple smell. Perhaps a bit of carmel. Everything is balanced perfectly. Alcohol is masked well.
T: Perfection. A bit of spice, but cut with the sugary sweetness. The fruits play along well and provide just a hint of tartness. I'm left with a bit of a spicy finish, but not a burn by any means.
M: Hardy any carbonation. This is very smooth and semi thick. Barley any aftertaste. It leaves you wanting more.
D: For an 8%, it's highly drinkable. The alcohol is well masked by all the sugars, fruits and spices. I could see myself having multiple glasses.
If you find this, be sure to pick it up!

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.