1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
93
outstanding

2,558 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,558
Reviews: 1,179
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 177
Gots: 192 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Bernardus Tripel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,558 | Reviews: 1,179 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stephen63
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Managed to create a full inch of foam in this lively pour. Misty gold body.

S - Citrus fruitiness with sweet caramel. Lovely.

T - Complex and a bit of a struggle to identify everything going on here. Initial sweetness gives way to hoppy and bitterness in the finish. Excellent.

M- Incredibly smooth, velvelty on the tongue.

D - With all good tripels the alcohol creeps almost unnoticed. Can't have too many but really enjoys those that you do.

A great tripel.

Stephen63, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- 1 finger head that slowly recedes into a nice cap. Big sedimentation on the copper colored body.

S- Banana, yeast, fresh flour, alcohol, dates.

T- Nice malty sweetness of yeast, banana, clove, light date, dry finish with some spice. Initial pepper is large.

M- Light tingle of carb and pepper.

D- This is a great triple. Definitely a must have if you've never tried it.

Greggy, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Track 84 in Warwick, RI. Pours deep orange/gold with a fluffy white head. Aroma of yeast, citrus, caramel, and hops. Taste much the same with strong notes of bread and yeast. Spicy on the finish. Very nice tripel. This is a staple of mine on tap.

RomanW70, May 31, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750-ml to a 20-oz open mouth mug.

A-Classic tripel. Heavy head and crisp golden body.

S-Sweet/sour citrus. Very floral.

T-Just good. Nothing spectacular. Not much to it.

M-Dry. No lasting flavor. Not what I expected.

D-One was enough. Probably won't try again.

TasteTester, May 22, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a nice golden color and relative clear. There's an abudance of yeast particles swimming about and clouding the scene. Its head is nothing short of magnificent. Easily three fingers deep and the damn thing will not go away. Sheets of heavy lace coat the glass.

Smell: It's sugary sweet smelling and very spicy. There's a heavy dose of clove, corriander, and pepper. It's citrusy sweet due to grapefruit and orange aromas. There's also a hint of apple present. It has a nice malty presence and alcohol is concealed very well. Belgian yeast scents finally emerge.

Taste: A blast of spicy flavors strike first and linger into the aftertaste. Clove and pepper are well represented while corriander and orange peel are more subdued. It's fruity and sweet. There's grapefruit, orange, and mango citrus flavors as well as a bit of banana and apple. It features an excellent malty base contributing yet another sweet flavor. It finishes yeasty, spicy, and dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied leaning medium. Carbonation is high and gives it a crisp bite. It goes down easy, but lacks a silky smooth feel. Drinkability is very good due to the smooth mouthfeel and respectable 8% abv. It's not so strong that it deters further consumption.

This is a very nice Tripel. I had high expectations and I feel that they've been met. It's not quite as superb as the Abt 12, but it's no slacker. A slightly smoother mouthfeel would probably make it just as good. Keep in mind, I'm nitpicking. This is a very fine beer. Recommended.

prototypic, May 14, 2008
Photo of AMo
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden, peachish, orange with a nice fluffy head. The smell is good, medium to strong with malt and fruit like aromas. Its taste is good and unique, sporting a crisp floral like taste. Mouthfeel is light with a medium carbonation. The carbonation gives a kind of airy bubbly feel. Overall the drinkability of this beer is really good. It packs a good subltle kick with a well blended taste and smooth feel. I found it to get better at mid glass, but still it was nice the whole way through.

AMo, May 13, 2008
Photo of marksto
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a huge, fluffly white head even when dispensed slowly ands carefully down the side of the glass. Pale golden color with slight haze emerges from underneath the rocky foam. Aroma displays big fruity esters. Green apple, spice, some bubble gum, and alcohol. Flavor shows lots of fruit essences - pineapple, apple, and pear. Some spicy essences lie in the background along with a little vanilla. Alcohol is noticible and warming, yet blends well.

Overall, a very nice example of style. I like this one better than the abt 12. Recommend.

marksto, May 11, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy light orange color. A very huge foamy white head that lasted forever. A ton of lacing covered my glass.

S- Fairly light here. Some hints of malts and floral notes. Could also pick up some citrus I think it was apple.

T- Wonderfully complex. Could pick up several flavours that hit about every part of palate. Could taste malts, hops and fruit well balanced.

M- Creamy feel to this one. Medium to full in body.

D- Very drinkable. The balance was amazing. No worries on this one at all a truly wonderful brew.

nrbw23, May 10, 2008
Photo of genog
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle that was in my cellar a few months, decided to break it out.

Poured a nice dark golden color with a big time white and frothy head that leaves plenty of lacing around the side of the glass. Smell is very strong on candy sugar, malt, belgian fruits. Taste is very similar to the nose with a lot of the malt character, and a little grain. Mouth feel was very creamy and smooth. I kind of like this a little more than most triples, but I love the dubbel and the quad a little more.

genog, May 06, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy apple cider like color with a smaller white head, smell is very good. has a wonderful strong yeast aroma, lots of sweet malt and fruits and spices. taste is very good, has a sharp alcohol presence to it, but still smooth and easy to drink. mouthfeel is good, could be a bit better, but who am i to judge. another great belgian.

1fastz28, May 06, 2008
Photo of dstc
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with nice off-white head that tends to stay around.

Nice soft fruity nose with hints of the alcohol coming through.

Taste heavenly. Little bit of everything there, sweet, fruity, smooth and refreshing.

Full, smooth mouthfeel. Buttery and nicely carbonated yet not heavy.

Love it. Another fantastic St. Bernardus brew!

dstc, May 05, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle dated 05 10 10 (best before), poured into a Chimay chalice, the trippel is a hazy apricot with a small, creamy white head that is long lasting, leaving white lace. Really love the color of this brew.

Smell is pretty soft, even as it warmed, mostly floral esters with some quinine like minerals. It's good, but I want more.

Taste is spicy yeast, cereal and honey like sweetness and clean alcohol, very well balanced and flavorful. A great trippel, which is a welcome change from the last few I've had.

Mouthfeel is fantastic, super creamy and smooth, with a medium light body.

Drinkabilty is very high, as this is a damn good trippel, tasty and complex enough to beget multiple glasses in order to fully comprehend the depth of flavor. Highly digestible, it's easy on the belly. Not to strong either, very well done.

ccrida, May 04, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip - pours a honey gold color with a nice one finger head and leaves sheets of lacing.

Smell is subdued - I get malt and a lingering whiff of alcohol. Nothing overpowering or out of balance at all - very inviting.

Taste is outstanding. An exceptionally well balanced beer.

Drinkability is wonderful even at this ABV. A couple of these would be no problem in an evening, although they would undoubtedly sneak up on you.

All in all, this is an outstanding beer. This is all about balance and knowing your craft. In my mind, this is what the art of brewing is all about - this is world class.

OldYoda, May 03, 2008
Photo of scubahood
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 25.4 oz brown corked bottle. Served at 47.8 degrees. Date on bottom is 8/16/2010 but I don't think I will wait that long...

Appearance: Complex honey color with reds and appears thick with slow moving carbonation. Thick head that lasts as long as I wish this whole bottle would.

Smell: Spicy and fruity a bit like banana and clove.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Heavy enough to weigh down the tongue but not enough to be considered exercise. Instantly notice how balanced the beer is as a whole with intense individual stages: Starts with a sweet malty base that is bridged by the notice of alcohol but not any warming. It ends with a fruit and hop explosion that is enjoyable but shortlived.

Drinkability & Notes: A quality beer in which you can taste the craftsman shift. I would love to try off the tap at the brewery. Not as full and bold as I expected and the flavors really didn't linger in the mouth- maybe it just tastes so good I don't want it to end. All in all a must try.

scubahood, May 03, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden in color with a tinge of red this poured a very fine thick head that slowly dissipated. The nose was filled with banana, spice, yeast and mineral. In the mouth this is medium-bodied very well-balanced with an enticing mouthfeel that has some richness but is also silky soft. The flavors follow the nose which makes this both a nice beer for the summer, due to the flavors, and the winter with the density. Very enjoyable.

SQNfan, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of phils93rul
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice, poured from an 11.2oz bottle...

A: Golden Brown, medium sized bubbles, traces of sediment. No lasting head, small amounts of lace left.

S: Hints of alcohol, fruit, but nothing overpowering

T: Very smooth, warming alcohol on the back end.

M: Great carbonation on this one, it did not take away from the flavor, but was present throughout.

overall, a great beer, would buy this one again.

phils93rul, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a cloudy orange/amber color with a small, white, fizzy head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of citrus, yeast and wheat.

T - It tasted citrusy, sweet. A nice blend of wheat, clvoe and yeast.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an exceptional tripel. Certainly one of the best around.

zeff80, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one pours pale to medium gold in color and shows some haze. Head big, white, and fluffy. Retention and lacing were both just beyond words. This does end up as a very attractive beer.

S - Spices come through on the nose first. Think sharp peppery spice. Mixed in with the spices is some definite fruitiness. Mostly mild fruit like banana. In the middle there is some bread crust aromas. The tail end has some warm alcohol and a hint of hops.

T - Taste starts out sweet with caramel and candied sugar. This is quickly followed by some of the bread and yeast flavors. As the primary flavors fade, they give way to some fruitiness that hints of banana and lemon. Rounding out the flavor is the peppery spice that really packs a punch for being on the tail end of the flavor profile. Alcohol flavor is throughout and starts to become slightly hot.

M - Meduim bodied with excellent carbonation. Ends up being smooth yet complex on the palate.

D - Drinkability is good. The warm alcohol brings this one in to the realm of sipping beer. The complexity of the brew is what makes you keep coming back for more. I would have no problem recommending this beer to anyone looking for something in the style of a tripel.

csmiley, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out into my Trappist Westvyleteren chalice, it's the first beer to be poured into it! I drank this brew pretty cold, not sure the effect on the taste.

This drink pours out a hazen golden brown, slightly orange and hardly transparent. Atop it sits a strong one inch layer of head and when it melts away it leaves a confused and random layer of lacing. Pretty good presentation, i'm pleased!

The smell is a little more timid then i'd expected but still floral and delightfully charismatic. Figs, nuts, a certain sweetness and i'm picking up a slight caramel tinge. Candy sugars as well, this is a sweet beer.

Taste - When it hits your lips it's perky and refreshing and fades to a mellow, with a smooth slightly caramel slightly fruity aftertaste. It's taking me a minute for this array of flavors to build on my palate and every drink i take of this brew it gets bolder. It's definately a triple and I can taste the sweet wheaty flavor in this the more I drink it. Good brew, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, filling but still active on the tongue. I enjoy it!

Due to the sweeter nature of this beer the drinkability isn't through the roof but still very good for a triple.

good brew!! A !

BleedBlueUSAF, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this while bottling my first batch of homebrew...
A-Poured into chalice...an orange-amber with decent head and retention, and faint lacing. Head gradually reduced into spotty cap.
S-Aromas of tropical fruit, namely tangerine, banana, and orange, and spicy clove.
T-A nice blend of bready toasted malt, spice, and various fruit nuances with banana dominating. There is also a nice sweet layer that exposes the candy sugars, and brings up a faint toffee-ish character.
M-Terrific body and mouthfeel-robust but not overly so; carbonation is on the lighter side, but lends just enough backbone to the flavors, and balances out an excellent drinking experience.
D-Very enjoyable. Alcohol is well-disguised, and with how smoothly this one drinks, go easy.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of LittleCreature
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Poured three fingers of frothy off-white head over a somewhat hazy body of coppery amber. Plenty of sediment.

Smell - 4.5
Lots of sweet malt, baking shortbread, vanilla, nutmeg and orange peel. Truly a delicious aroma, although slightly medicinal.

Taste - 4.5
Not as strong as many other Tripels, but just as powerfully delicious as the best of them. Candy sugar and malt combine to make this a very sweet beer, but the warming alcohol and hoppy bite give it balance. Plenty of spice and apricot flavour.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Lovely fine carbonation. Feels light, yet slightly syrupy in the mouth.

Drinkability - 4.5
A bit too sweet to want a second in a sitting, but I will definitely be coming back to this one. The lower alcohol is another plus.

OVERALL - 4.5
It's a hard call, but if anything I would rate this ahead of Westmalle Tripel. One of the great Belgian beers, and certainly one of the best I have ever tried. It is great drunk straight out of the fridge or at 14 degrees, which cannot be said for many of the higher ABV Belgian offerings.

LittleCreature, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of searsclone
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky caramel color with floating yeast

S: it smells a bit like leather and nuts, a little alcohol smell as well

T: tastes like unsalted cashews covered in toasted caramel. maybe a little brown sugar.

M: crisp and foamy very little aftertaste

D: a great beer that I will enjoy again

searsclone, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 33 cL bottle into snifter.
A: Cloudy pale orange with thick white head that has good retention and leaves behind excellent lacing.
S: Nice herbal/spice aroma. Slightly medicinal. Definite coriander. Alcohol esters on the nose too.
T: At first is very light with citrus notes. But this gives way to nice malt notes and heavier fruit and spice. A tale of two tastes...both equally impressive...nice complexity!
M: Nice body with taste that deepens and lingers! Very, very nice.
D: Definitely one of the best tripels I've come across! Relatively high ABV is well hidden. Excellent complexity. The more I drink this, the more I get out of it and enjoy it. A tremendous beer and definitely one to seek out and enjoy!

mwilbur, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - hazy orange yellow with a nice creamy white head

s - citrus twang, banana, lemon, spice, yeast, alcohol

t - banana and a very nice citrus flavor up front with some belgian yeast flavors. I get some malt flavor in the middle as well which is nice. a little bit of an alcohol bite on the way down, but pretty well covered up. Slightly dry finish.

m - creamy and full with the perfect amount of carbonation

d - I'm not getting much aftertaste with these triples, which I guess is normal. Outside of maybe duvel, this is the champagne of beers :) An excellent beer across the board.

thirtysixbelow, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally sit down to review this fantastic beer, pours a dark russet brown with a slight orange hue to it, lots of head, fluffy and smooth, some nice lacing too. The aroma site back a bit, some nice fruits, some earthiness and spices. The taste comes out much more, a bouquet of all things delicious, the dark, rich, sugary fruits, some citrus too, the yeastiness, the earthy hops and herbal quality, absolutely delicious. The mouth is full, smooth and delicious, this is just an absolute treat and a testament to the celebration of the greatness of beer.

objectivemonkey, Apr 05, 2008
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
93 out of 100 based on 2,558 ratings.