St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 2,640
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 230 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 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.

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Photo of dsa7783
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another world-class, top-notch sample from St. Bernardus... my second brew from the company, and I am still very, very impressed... amazing stuff, worthy of the highst praise... exceptional appearance with a dark, cloudy, hazy look with incredible frothy, foamy, lingering head... smell was wonderful, full of fresh-fruit, grapefruit, and pears... above-and-beyond taste without the slightest hint of alcohol or bitterness... full of yeast, fresh flowers, citrus, lemons, and thick, rich vanilla... awesome mouthfeel that was very crisp and clean with a surprisingly easy and lucid drinkability that went down crystal-clear for a brew with a hefty 8% ABV... no alcohol detected, just rich, thick, creamy flavors that stand out and beg recognition... a world-class brew... Absolutely recommended... Excellent, authentic deptiction of the style...

Photo of Proteus93
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very murky copper colour, foamy head that retained decently, was somewhat rich, but a touch thin. Good pour, nonetheless.

S: Floral, almost a fresh fruit... like crisp apples, but not quite - closer to the aroma found among the fresh fruits in a grocery store. Crisp, appealing, and good.

T: Sweet and cider-like in some ways. Hops are somewhat noticable, but very well balanced and almost rest into the malts while drinking. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, without needing to be a particularly 'big' brew. Well crafted in this sense, and quite a nice flavour.

M: Good, refreshing, wet... not really viscous at all. Light, like a soda-water, with a flavour that is all but.

D: It might be easy to think of another when starting, but the ABV is a little higher - not a friendly, innocent lager... so it needs to be taken slow. Sit back, relax, let the experience last.

Photo of Natural510
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich orange-yellow with a thick head which lasts as the glass is drained.
Smells very lemony. Taste is full of citrus & yeast, very tangy & bitter. The malt is apparent after a few sips as well.
The yeast & carbonation last in the mouth, creating an exciting finish. A great sipping brew; I find new qualities with each tasting.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a medium to dark brown with a finger thickness head that thins down relatively quickly. Looks almost like a glass of darker tea with the head giving it away as a beer.

S: The classic Belgian yeasty smell dominates the aroma. Quite a strong floral citrus smell comes across also.

T: Wow. I don't think I have had another Belgian Tripel with this great of a balance between sweet and dry. You cant describe it as sweet or bitter since it starts out as one and ends as the other. The citrus and spice is also perfect for my tastes. Yet another fantastic brew from St Bernardus.

M: A little thin for my liking in the mouth, but the carbonation is just the right amount.

D: This one is so smooth and great tasting you could easily knock this one down in no time.

Photo of walshclimb
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attrative gold body with bubbly head that slowly thins to a film and leaves a nice lace. Smells sweet and slightly musty with an hint of flowers. Sweet, slightly fruity with candied sugar IF and a nice citrus aftertaste with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Light bodied, very dry texture. Pleasant and very drinkable. This is not a style I drink often, but I would definitely try this one again.

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had a tripel before this one, so I don't have much context for comparison. From what I've read, I think I got a beer that wasn't so fresh. The color was more brownish than anything else, with what looked like sediment floating around. The smell was decent and subtle. The taste was very odd. While it was dry enough, it lacked the pop that's particular to St. Bernardus' beers. It wasn't totally undrinkable, but I do think I got a beer that had been sitting on the shelf for awhile (courtesy of Total Wine). I might give this one another shot.

Photo of number1bum
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a bit of haze but pretty clear, with an inch and a half of pure white head. Head is creamy thick and recedes slowly, leaving a very nice lace and quite a bit of stick.

Smells of lemon, yeast and spice, along with some sweetness, too. Very pleasant.

Tastes the same as the smell but it's noticeably dry. At first I thought that it was too dry for my taste, as I typically like tripels that are a bit sweeter. But it really started to grow on me due to its supreme balance and smoothness and very pleasant overall flavor. There's also a little bit of spice and bitterness through the finish as it finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, but it's maybe a touch thinner than it seems like it ought to be.

This is a great tripel, again a little drier than I think I'd usually prefer, but definitely something I'd have again. Very smooth and well balanced. Just a treat.

Photo of stephens101
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy and calming orange into a snifter. Has a fluffy white one-finger head with decent retention, finally leaving a little ring of lacing all around. Creamy and somewhat bready malts float up to the nose just before the grapes and bananas reveal themselves. Smell is perfection. Tastes of oranges, subtle lemons and faint spice with some breadiness mixed in and a very slight bit of syrup left on the lips. Alcohol lurks in the background along with some esters. Both are almost unnoticeable. Is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. I am going out on a limb here and say it's refreshing, which is quite an accomplishment for a beer of this magnitude. That being said, I will treat it with respect. There's a damn good reason the monk on the label is smiling from ear to ear, and I am already looking forward to my next bottle of this fantastic brew.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On-tap 1/7/08 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains Belgian yeast, light malts, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste is well-balanced with flavors of yeast, spices, bananas, citrus and a good amount of hops. The malt character is thin but it is enough to provide some backbone. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to stick with for a whole evening.

Photo of Overlord
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was not the biggest fan of the St. Bernie 12 (found it overly boozy, gave it a 3.55), so if not for this beer's appearance on the top 100 I might have skipped it's high price tag for a while. Glad I didn't. This was a significantly better beer (IMHO).

Pours an attractive hazy gold with a nice dense orange cylinder in the center. Inch and a half white head, while it died down, there was a pleasant white crust throughout. Mouthfeel was nicely thick and syrupy.

Smells of fruit, floral notes, and some lemony zest. Taste is rich and complex. Pears, apples, bananas... several malt and yeast strains, but it isn't overly sweet. There's a nice bitter lemony tang to it. Looks, and tastes, like it has hefe-weizenish spirit to it.

Delicious, and one of my favorite tripels, if not my favorite, ever.

Photo of BeerLover729
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden orange color beer with a bubbly, frothy head that never dissipates.
S: Green apple juice, alcohol.
T: Distinct ester presence of tart fruits, cloves. Very mellow diacetyl caramel upon warming. Potentially, there is a detectable coriander spice. Noticeable husky flavors that seem harsh and astringent like. An on the dryer side tripel with light phenolic properties.
M: Crisp, light medium body with a vigorous sharp carbonation that helps take away from husky harshness.
D: Cloyingness from the astringent like after taste gives this beer average drinkablility.

Notes: The pronounced harsh flavors I experienced in this beer can perhaps be due to a bad bottle.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cell phone notes, but still notes on this beer.

The head on this beer has perfect head and retention. It just rapes the glass.

Smell is of banana phenol, coriander, and some orange peel and cloves.

The taste is nicely balanced. The biproducts of the yeast provide a banana fruitiness to the beer. Notes of coriander and orange peel add to the complexity. This beer finishes dry.

Nice dry mouthfeel that is appropriately carbonated.

A damn fine tripel. One of the best tripels that I've had.

Photo of Squaretooth
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy burnt orange to slightly amber in color with a thinly laced even head in a 0.3 liter Ayinger Celebrator glass. The head was thick and full with the tiniest of bubbles and subsided rather quickly leaving little, if any lacing. Nose is slight with hints of fruit, apple in particular. Mouthfeel is very carbonated with a light citric tingle. Taste is difficult to describe. It isn’t heavy and you cannot notice the alcohol. Again, I taste the same apple and orange or lemony hints I mentioned on the nose and mouthfeel. Very refreshing tripel and quite enjoyable. I'll be drinking more of this to be sure.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.