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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
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2,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,688
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | 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 rowew
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz bottle, green label. Best by date on the back. This one has been in my fridge a while, but still before the best by date.

Appearance: Pours a golden color, quite a bit of sediment in the bottle, I didn't manage to keep it all out of the glass so there is a bit of haze.

Smell: Wow, dominated by apples with a bit of alcohol. I have an apfelwein fermenting in the basement, and this smells very similar.

Taste: High carbonation level, taste has some of the same apple from the smell, along with nice belgian yeast notes. Many other things going on, but hard to pick them out.

Overall impression: Very complex beer with a lot of good flavors, surprisingly easy to drink given the ABV. Definitely a great example of the style (if not the definitive example).

Photo of PhxHorn
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dirty yellow, with a big fluffy head. Smells of apples and other fruit. Tastes of apples, a bit of lemon, lime, honey, and who knows what. Problem is, there's just not that much flavor there--what there is is pretty weak, almost like you took Duvel and diluted it with 30% water. It's drinkable in the way that a light summer beer would be, but the flavors are so weak that it's not really that complex.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An 11.2 oz/330mL bottle with the stamped date '19 07 10' on the back; poured to a Chimay goblet. It's been a while since I've had this one; in fact the last taste may very well have been at 't Brugs Beertje, our last night in Brugge - almost two years ago.

A: Uncapped innocuously enough, but started to foam over almost immediately. Not quite a full-on 'gusher' but I did lose a small portion of this beer as heady white frothy overflowed the bottle neck. Into the glass this pours a bread crust-y honey-golden color. An opaque haziness can't hide the many streams of small carbonation rising to a half-finger head of creamy whiteness.

S: As it boiled over from the bottle, I could smell the funky Belgian yeast that seems so much like ripe, slightly tart apples. In the glass, it's more sweet and a spicy, a tickling of apple and pear with a slight alcohol that's got notes of brandy.

T: Rich maltiness - a sweetened, cereal multi-grain - with ripe fruit that includes, but isn't limited to: apples, pears, plums, peaches, ripe cherries and sweet red grapes. Cinnammon and yeasty spice with a flowery grassiness (mint?). Complex and oh, so good.

M: Quite luscious, filling the mouth yet seemingly light-bodied. Alcohol is virtually undetectable - any heat is covered by malt sweetness and a low-lying medicinal bittering. Finishes with a lip-smacking, somewhat gummy, maltiness - but NOT sticky.

D: A pleasure to drink; I'd forgotten how good this tripel is. Almost too easy to consume. Near the top of its class style-wise and certainly one to seek out. I know we'll be buying more sooner rather than later...

Photo of gpogo
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy light gold with white head.

A- Spicy yet sweet. Slightly citrus fruit like. YEasty aroma as well is a warm alcohol smell.

T- Initially a spicy sweet malt flavor. Complex, there seems to be a lot of flavor going on. Eventually I noticed a banana flavor, no doubt from the yeast.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Though even with it's high carbonation it was a very smooth drink with very little carbonic bite.

D- Delicious. Slightly intimidating complexity, but a very enjoyable drink. At 8% you have to be careful not to have too many.

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

Cloudy golden with a huge head.

Sweet fruits in the smell. A bit of citrus and even pineapple.

Pineapple present in the taste too, along with banana, orange, and clove. Alcohol present but merged in. A nice blend, a bit of complexity but also fairly mild.

Nice smooth mouthfeel.

A pleasing drink, but I prefer the Abt 12.

Photo of Stephen63
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of Greggy
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of RomanW70
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of TasteTester
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of AMo
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of marksto
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of genog
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of dstc
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
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!

Photo of ccrida
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of OldYoda
4.44/5  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.

Photo of scubahood
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of SQNfan
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of phils93rul
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of csmiley
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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 !

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,688 ratings.