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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,631 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 221 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of DIM
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Medium golden in color, slightly cloudy. Decanted slowoly to leave the sediment behind. Big white head leaves lots of lace behind. Excellent head retention.

s: Earthy peppery yeast up front. Brown sugar and alcohol at the end. There is something else here I can't quite identify that U.S. tripels lack.

t: Dry sour yeast and a bit of pepper upfront. Some very slightly sweet cloves next, ending with a very dry hop tingle. Warming alcohol notes are present through out.

m: A smallish sip grows to fill the mouth almost instantly, an excellent flavor conveyor. Perfect thickness, abit syrupy.

d: A hearty brew, yet the flavors are still subtle. Not sessionable but I'll seek it out frequently.

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

Poured from a bottle a cloudy peach color with a frothy white head and loads of lacing.

A beautiful combination of Belgian yeast, cloves, apricots, and sweet green apples.

Taste is sweet with the yeast, banana, apple, and light caramel malt. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one.

Light mouthfeel, dry, and moderately carbonated.

This is a very drinkable and easy-to-drink Tripel. Enjoy one when you can.

Photo of Lothore
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly cloudy tangerine hue with a large eggshell head that slowly fades to tons of lacing.

S- Smell is sweet and deeply reminescent of Belgian yeast. Spicy and funky with light apricot undertones.

T- Taste is a array of blended spices, earthy belgian funk with a dry, tangy finish that leaves you constantly going for another sip.

M- Somewhat light with a good amount of carbonation that dances on the tongue and tickles the throat as it goes down.

D- This is highly drinkable and even though i'm not a huge Belgian fan this tripel really does it for me. It takes a Belgian yeasty taste that turns me off to quite a few other beers and makes it so enticing its hard to put down.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Carbonated honey with lemonade borders. The crown of foam, as expected, was massive before the first few ounces left the bottle. It's an especially regal shade of alabaster and is smoothy creamy rather than firmly rocky. Shotgun-blasted sheets of Belgian lace stick with authority. I love the look after a second pour adds a smattering of yeast to the glass.

The nose is all kinds of wonderful. Having said that, I'm not tempted to go with the big number. It's chock full of golden orchard fruit and has an ideal amount of yeasty spiciness. Just as I suspected, even a few degrees of warming opens things up beautifully.

Simply put, St. Bernardus Tripel is world-class. It doesn't happen often, but there's nothing about the flavor profile that I would change. It's as if the monks tweaked the recipe over hundreds of years until it was a model of perfectly balanced perfection. Actually, that's probably exactly what happened.

This may be the fruitiest tripel in existence. Each sip delivers a controlled explosion of buttery pears and crisp apples, sun-ripened melon and juicy pineapple. Honeyed pale malt anchors the bottom end with authority. Wrapping it all up in a neat little bow is a perfect (there's that word again) amount of clove and white pepper spiciness. It looks like Tripel Karmeliet has some competition at the top of my 'most favored tripels' list.

How can so many flavors and so many flavor sensations be present at once and how can they work so well together? Tripel is sweet and tangy and bitter and fruit and spicy... all at once. A well-crafted tripel is almost as pleasing to my taste buds as a hugely hoppy DIPA. And this is *definitely* a well-crafted tripel.

The mouthfeel falls a fraction short of perfection. It's medium for the style, with an admirable amount of silky smoothness, but it doesn't quite reach that state of effortlessly creamy expansiveness that is otherwise known as mouthfeel bliss.

Brouwerij St. Bernardus has never let me down. I've enjoyed each and every one of their creations and am especially thrilled with Tripel. It's on my short list of the world's best beers, no matter the style. I plan to stock up whenever the opportunity presents itself. Only next time I'm going for the 750s.

Photo of bort11
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into my brand new St Bernardus chalice! Tall fluffy egg-shell white head that goes right to the rim of the glass and stays there. Leaves a thin web on the glass as it recedes. Color is a hazy golden apricot.

Smell has a mildly sweet and doughy with a nice yeast aroma. A bit of fruit mingles. Taste is also sweet, sort of like a short bread, but it is not overbearing at all. I can taste the alcohol a little.

Mouthfeel has a nice doughy body but does not seem over filling. Nice carbonation tickle. A very good Tripel

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

DrJay hooked me up with this one as part of BC2. thanks jay!

330ml bottle, best before 05 06 08.

pours orangey amber with just a touch of haze. a huge fluffy white head rises up, falling very slowly and leaving clumpy lace behind.

aroma is great. light alcohol. big floral hops. bit of caramel. light spice - maybe corriander and orange peel. hint of slightly sweet orange and tangerine.

taste is great. medium-low bitterness level. very light spice. great light caramel character. bready malt. great floral hop character. slight orange sweetness. light alcohol. there's so much more depth to this than i can really describe.

mouthfeel is great. light body with a fairly dry finish. medium high well-integrated carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced, nice depth, right on for the style. this is a fine tripel and i look forward to finding more of it.

Photo of beermanbrian
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark golden color wtih tons of carbonation flowing to the top. The highlight of the appearance is the nice fluffy white head that hangs around and leaves some spiderweb lacing.

First whiff is fruity, citrus and apricot. This is followed by the expected yeasty spiceyness, pepper mostly. The 8% dosn't show itself. Taste has all the flavors you smell but is suprisingly subtle. Fruityness dissapears and the mild spicey pepper flavor takes over. Some bready malt flavors. Finishes bitter which makes it nice and dry.

Overall, i found this one supper enjoyable. It maybe isn't as over the top as many of the "extreme" beers but it's full of flavor and makes for a great drinking beer. I could enjoy this one over and over again.

Photo of Jmamay22
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured into my snifter this pours out a clear golden amber with a fluffy white foamy head. Plenty of carbonation rising to the top helps to maintain the voluminous head. Nice thick lacing to boot!

Smells of yeast, white pepper, and earthy hops. Interesting, but not as complex as I would expect from a Belgian tripel.

Ahh, here is that complexity that was missing out. More spices and candy sugar goodness here. I'm noting clove, pepper, and yeast. The candy sugar sweetness is balanced by the hop background. Earthy and grassy hop tones rather than bitter or citrus. There's an air of funk similar to a saison. If you don't like that sort of thing this probably won't work for you.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is amazing no doubt both are helped by the careful use of the candy sugar. This was finished too fast. I highly recommend this tripel. Only the nose was disappointing, but everything else was great. Another solid offering from St. Bernardus.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served in a goblet.

I'm not impressed. Let me count the ways...

The aroma and flavor are just basic bready sweetness with a big of yeast and tiny touch of hops. Yes, this beer is smooth and really hides the alcohol, but I find the flavor bland and uninspiring. I had no problem taking my time with this one and probably won't return to it. There are better tripels out there.

UPDATE: 11/8/08 on-tap at Lee Gribbons in Emmaus, PA.
A much more impressive beer this time around. It was a touch on the thick side, for the style, but there was a great range of phenols. I mean this beer was spicy, damn. There were also mellow banana and subtle clove, matched with a sizeable hops bite of herbal lemon and citrus rind. Yum. Very tasty, but I might have trouble drinking a few of these.

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap on several occasions here in Baltimore. While always good, there does seem to be considerable variation in the quality of the beer, perhaps based on how long the beer has been on the gas. In any event, had this beer on tap at Mahaffey's yesterday. I believe it was tapped at least several days ago.

The beer pours a hazy golden peach color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose I get a hint of citrus, honey and gingerale. The beer smells pretty good, but tastes even better. I get some moderate sweetness initially, but the beer finishes with considerable hoppy bitterness, leading to a pretty dry flavor profile. Nevertheless, there are attractive flavors of melon, apple, orange citrus and honey. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the beer is remarkably drinkable for the 8% abv. The alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and this is one of the easier to drink tripels I've come across.

Perhaps not spectacular, but a very nice beer nonetheless.

Photo of Trueant1
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow stream into the glass. Once in the glass it looks dirty orange. Leave a huge white billowing head. Lots of lacing.
This beer poured into a glass at a pub would be a big conversation starter due to the cloudiness/dirty look. Loved it. Some sediment at the bottom of my glass.

Smells of Belgian beers. Yiest and sugars are blegian. Some apricont and pineapple in there as well as corriander.

Tastes of classic belgian style. Could not hit the belgian style any better. Lots of sugars up front alongside the yeist flavors. Hints of apricot and lemon in the flavors. Lots of bitterness in the mid pallate. Alcoholic aftertataste.

A very complex brew that is a bit dry and bitter in the mouthfeel.
Not my favorite style but this beer is exceptional.

A true treat.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip glass
A- Pours an opaque, dirty dark gold hue, 3-fingers of solid creamy head that is completely sustaining, big lacing throughout
S- Nose is a great blend of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, some floral and citrus hops in the background, slight spice and alcohol
T- Initial taste is dominated by sweet malts, fruits, and sugar, yeasts abound, tones of grass, hops, banana, apple, and alcohol, finish is sweet fruits, quite a taste adventure!
M- Light/medium-bodied, creamy texture, very lively carbonation
D- This is a truly great Tripel that embodies all the characteristics of the style, very well balanced and complex, quite drinkable but the 8%abv can sneak up
Buy again? Definitely
Personal score- 94/100

Photo of srroos
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy golden in color with a very short lived, small head, but that could have been due to the motorcycle ride the bottle just took from the store back home.

Smells quite good with lots of citrus in the nose. Tastes wonderful, powerful but easy to drink, like a super strong hefewizen. The bottle was gone before I knew it.

Top notch like the other St Bernardus brews! Try it!

Photo of markaberrant
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slight haze, peachy orange colour, thin white head. no lacing.

S - wonderful aromas of honey, pears, lemon peel, floral hops. I REALLY like this.

T - smooth, controlled sweetness. Awesome peachy, pear, apricot flavours. Snappy finish is a combo of spice and hops.

M - Alcohol is extremely well hidden, but it does have a nice warming effect. This beer has very bright flavours, but soft mouthfeel and carbonation gives it a gentleness.

D - Just an awesome beer, I'm so glad I can get this locally now!

I have only previously tried the Abt 12, and I didn't see what the fuss was. However, this is a different beast. I love a good tripel, but this one pushes the envelope with a distinct aroma, perfect sweetness, and a refined smoothness. I love it!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Fauve-abricot, limpide, mousse de bulles moyennes, abondante et assez tenace, très saturée .
Smell : Arôme bien malté, nez de levure, alcoolisé, très agréable.
Taste and mouthfeel : Goût évolutif, picotant, fruité. Amère, ronde, corps correct. Arrière goût amer assez sec.
Drinkability : Bonne bière d'abbaye de style triple

Photo of buffettfan
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Lots of nice, off white head, that lasted a little but, not too long. A- a fruity, citrus? notes. T- a malty, fruity taste with some balenced hops, and sort of creamy. The beer is very belenced, and goes down easy. A great beer, I enjoyed after spending the day moving! A great beer!

Photo of neobassman
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although a newcomer to B.A., I've tasted my share of diverse beers over the years, in the US and overseas. I must confess that this is one of the most memorable beers, especially from a bottle, that I have had. I tried this beer in part because of the high rating it received on this site, and I was not disappointed. While the appearance and yeasty smell are good, it is the taste and mouthfeel that make this beer a true pleasure. As it should be! This bottle-conditioned brew has a moderately cloudy, straw-yellow color and a solid but unexceptional head. The color is deceiving, however. This beer has an extremely full and well-rounded taste, somewhat alcoholic but fully pleasurable. I found it challenging to pick out any distinct flavors because, for me, it was so full and balanced. There is a slight fruitiness, and a slight twinge of black pepper in the aftertaste. Beyond these, it is simply good, round, and with a real presence in the mouth.

The mouthfeel is reminiscent, to me, of much darker, heartier beers, like a good porter. It does not taste at all like a porter, mind you, but it fills the mouth with a creamy fullness that reminded me of porter. The taste evolves in the mouth, moving forward to the tip of the tongue. I opened my large bottle right out of the refrigerator (a sin, I know) and was greeted by a taste somewhat sharper than the fuller flavor of the warmer second half. Do yourself a favor - allow this beer to develop its full potential at a cool, not cold, temperature. I definitely prefer this to Bernardus' "8" but maybe it's a style thing. This is a beer that will definitely be part of my regular stash from now on...

Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a hearty beer, good flavor almost a coffee taste to it, I was pleasently supprised by the overall taste. The initial taste left me wonering if I would even like it, but by the end of the bottle I was very surprised. Great beer overall, I have 2 other bottles for the most part and am looking forward to drinking them.

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

11.2 oz bottle best before 03 08 09
Dark golden color with a thick white head.
Smells of a fragrant rock candy, bubble gum, light clove and some spice to it as well. (Nice!)
Taste as it smells, with some carmel and green apple. Kind of sweet, but crisp. Alcohol is hidden. Finishes clean. (Can’t wait to take another sip.)
Mouth feel is light and creamy.
Overall I’m really impressed with my first authentic triple and will be seeking out more. I loved it. Recommended!
Cheers!

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A hazy gold, white light but well formed head, didn't leave just lace, left a layer of foam that gripped the walls of the glass.

S: Can't imagine a better balance of Belgian yeastiness, earthiness, and a little sweetness.

T: Just like the smell. This tripel was so flavorful yet not overdone it was ridiculous.

M/D. The alcohol didn't make it too slick, but it had a nice medium-light mouthfeel

This is a beer I could drink and drink forever. So interesting yet it's easy to quaff.

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Thick and rich white head. Deep gold hue. Poor clarity. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.

S: Yeasty. Ester aroma is banana like. Perfumy hop character comes through. Some subtle alcohol aromas. Not particularly spice – no phenols. Sweet. Overall very pleasing.

T: Yeasty. Clove and some limited pepper phenols are strong. Sweet candi sugar and alcohol flavors. Hop bitterness noticeable on the back end. No fruit esters. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste.

MF: Medium light body. Highly carbonated – spritzy. Slight alcohol warming.

D: A great tripel. Worthy of listing on Best of BA. Not overly sweet, well balanced and complex – many different flavor pints. Drinkability is good but it will jump up on you.

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-gold body with a thick lasting white head

S: Various fruits, yeast and pale malt sweetness

T: A well balanced blend of fruits and malt with a hit of hops and spice. a very pleasant flavor profile that hides the 8% ABV very well

M: Light and velvety ... carbonation flows throughout

O: A joy to drink!

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

Pours a hazy apple cider color, a heavy white head that settles relatively slowly, leaving some very thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is very fruity sweet, hints of raisins and apricots. Taste is somewhat sweet as well, with hints of apple, and a somewhat oakey flavor. Bits of yeast flavor as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy. Just the right amount of aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer. It doesnt appear to be as "spicy" as other belgians i've tried. Very nice. I think the more I try, the more i want to try. I'm becoming more of a fan of belgians with every one I try.

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

750 ml corked bottle poured into my St Bernardus chalice (same one thats on their website so i suppose this is the right glass). I think this is my ~800th time to drink this beer but first review. St Bernardus might be my favorite brewery, so pardon my homerism if I get carried away. Pours a cloudy yellow with some light orange/gold tints. A massive pure white beautiful head that has some serious retention. Smell is pears, yellow grapes, sugar, candy sugar, citrus. Taste is very smooth, sugar, very bready, biscuit, light citrus and fruit. Mouthfeel is thin, but perfect and creamy. I dont know how they subdue the intrusive phenols (contrary to something like Maredsous which is also a wonderful beer) so well and make such a clean high ABV beers and this is no exception. A masterfully crafted beer. I might not be typical but I can session these. This is one damn fine beer and perhaps the finest commercial example of the style. YUM! The perfect way to wind down a long day before Monday night football.

Photo of sessycuban
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: The beer pours a hazy, light orange color. The head is about a finger thick and settles quickly. Excellent lacing and retention.

S: I'm getting fruit aromas, all citric. I think this is fairly standard for a triple.

T: The beer is a bit creamy and tangy with lots of fruity flavors. I'm getting yeast, citrus, and subtle hints of hops. The alcohol is not noticeable. I'm getting an aftertaste of bananas.

M: The beer is medium to full bodied. It is very creamy.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable. Easy to pair with any meal.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,631 ratings.