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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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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 mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden copper elixir like liquid butterscotch. A fluffy all white head hold itself nicely and when it finally fades it leaves a thin yet filling lace in its path.

Rich with clove and caramel, apricot and yeast aromas. Honey comb, melon and a bit of tart berry even. Some spicey esters than follow through with a spritz of carbonation.

Clove, caramel, yeast, belgian spices, candy sugar, herbal flavors, greenery, earth round out the flavors with good carbonation and a creamy middle. Honey comb peach, white pepper, and hints of plantain follow through to the long finish. Delicious!!

Photo of Biggness
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very cloudy amber with lots of sediment in it and a 3 finger white head. The smell is of citrus with a little hint of alcohol. The taste is incredibly smoother, the main flavor seems to come from coriander and malts. The flavor is mild on this beer but very well balanced and well crafted. The mouthfeel is very nice especially well carbonated and very smooth. A highly drinkable brew certainly something I would like to kick back and drink while watching a nice movie.

Photo of smilingPolitely
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For a tripel I was expecting something slightly heavy and bold, but instead found a lighter more flavorful brew. The smell after pouring gave off a citrus aroma, the head came out big and fluffy, and the color was a murky gold. The taste was bold and refreshing, colored by citrus and not paired with a strong alcohol musk - none of the raisin hints I had come to expect. The mouthfeel was light but still had body. Definitely an enjoyable brew.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from the bottle into a snifter a cloudy, dark golden colour with an inch of fluffy, slightly off white head that slowly falls away.
S - Initially these is a strong, almost dominating ripe fruit aroma coming through but then the spicy alcoholic phenols come through. Also a slight musty, earthy character is present.
T - The ripe fruit comes through also quite strongly on the taste but then a dry, bready malt flavour hits the middle to balance it out. A touch of clove spice & earthiness lingers.
M - A pretty smooth, medium bodied beer with a fairly high carbonation level.
D - I've come to realised this isn't my favourite style but this one seemed to pretty good. Not very commonly available here but something I'd buy every now and then to keep things interesting.

Photo of burnstar
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy light orangish gold. Huge very persistent white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Ridiculous lacing. Aroma is very yeasty and earthy. Taste has a lot of light malty sweetness. Sweet citrus. Tangy, spicy and herbal. Oranges in the finish. A bit of warming alcohol. Intense but also rounded and balanced. Full bodied and well carbonated but not too much so. Very tasty. Really good and solid tripel overall.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle with cork. no date to be found. poured into tulip.

golden straw, honey color. slight haze. lots and lots of fluffy, foamy head that never goes away. lots of thick lacing too.

fragrant apple, grapes and pears, with hint of spice. (parsley? ginger?) toasted, bready malts meld with fruit note. hint of yeast.

on the palate, fruitiness is almost like white peach for a moment, then fresh plum, apple and pear. seed spices (coriander? caraway?) background of toasted sweet malt supports a nice moderate hop bitterness that is grassy w a hint of citrus zest. semi-dry, off-sweet finish with phenolic note.

light/medium body, not thin, decently smooth. some texture, esp. w fluffy carbonation, which is prickly on the tongue at first.



get some

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This one poured a nice amber color with a nice, big off-white head. Lacing was incredible.

Smell- Interestingly complex with hints of spice, yeast, bread and fruits.

Taste- A nice sweetness with hints of honey, banana, cloves and other spices I can't name. Has a nice dry finish. The alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel- Has a medium, smooth body with a lot carbonation.

Overall- A great triple but not my favorite of the bunch.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml caged-corked bottle:

Pours clouded golden with a thick head that thins to a lasting cover, leaving broken rings of lacing.

The smell is of bubblegum and cotton candy with floral, herbal, slightly grassy spicing.

The taste is lemony, grassy, herbal with bready notes with plenty of sweet maltiness and sugar sweetness. Sweet with a spicy herbal dryness in the finish.

Meduim-bodied with an airy effervescence. Spicing lingers.

Well-balanced with subtle complexities, this sips very easily.

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

33 ml bottle poured into a tulip yields a hazy golden honey-colored body topped with a huge white cap of foam that retains like whipped cream and leaves tons of thick, webby lacing on the glass.

Smell is pungently fruity with a perfume of plums, pears, red apples and touch of spicy banana bread.

The taste is lively and fruity with notes of honeydew melon and crisp pears atop a mellow banana-cream backbone.

Soft and succulent, this is a very drinkable tripel that deviously hides its potent ABV.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Look is a faint and cloudy yellow. Big head with good lacing.

Smells of heavy wheat and fruit.

I can't pinpoint the taste but it is spicey and a little fruity (maybe bananas).

Very carbonated and crisp.

Could drink, but might burp it up for a week.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle decanted into my Chimay chalice. The date on the back of the bottle reads 5th Oct 2010.

A: Light orange with a solid one-finger white head, excellent retention. Plenty of carbonation. Fantastic lace.

S: Complex - spicy, phenolic, yeasty, bready, rose and honey in varying degrees. Excellent stuff

T: Starts off mildly sweet with a nougat and honey before a mild fruity, spicy complexity kicks in with banana, anise and a mild floral note with rose and jasmine. The finish is dry and mildly phenolic. Excellent

M: Soft and silky smooth with plenty of carbonation. Great stuff

D: This is hands down the best Tripel I've had. Why did i wait this long?

Photo of Onslow
3.27/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just want to say thanks to mr.moneyman for my two bottles, much appreciated ... interesting brew ... some honey and belgian honeycomb blocks of caramel .... is a tasty little morsel ... never wear sunglasses at night.. would have to say this is a very mellow trippel, maybe to much for some...

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.

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