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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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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 LittleCreature
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of searsclone
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Photo of mwilbur
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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!

Photo of thirtysixbelow
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.58/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 750ml bottle.

I got lots of foam on the pour but I knew it would be worth the wait. It has a straw color with good clarity. The aroma is typical of a tripel and the flavor is complex with elements of yeast, spice and a slightly sweet finish. The alcohol isn't as high as somne tripels (8%) but it certainly has a warming effect as you progress.

This is a very good beer that grew on me more and more with each sip.

Photo of rye726
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden color with a thick off-white head.

Aromas of sweet malts, tropical fruits, complex alcohols and Belgian spices.

So complex and delicious. There is a huge malt profile surounded by ripe fruits and candy. And of course, peppery Belgian yeast strains.

Thick creamy body with perfect carbonation. This is for sure one of the best triples around.

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

330 mL bottle poured into a Rochefort goblet. Hazy dark gold-orange color with a finger of tan head. Retention is fantastic and the lacing covers the glass.

Smells very estery, with a touch of spice and a touch of booze.

Taste is classic tripel. Overripe fleshy fruits and a big dose of yeast and dough are balanced perfectly, accented by peppery alcohol and herbal spiciness.

Mouthfeel is delicate but not too thin. Great complexity while remaining drinkable.

Photo of Gehrig
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I grabbed this at Friar Tuck in Savoy. Three thick fingers of white froth top an apricot body, with dense lacing adorning the 10th Anniversary Ommegang glass--magnificent presentation. Very pleasant nose, full of orange, peach and apricot. The taste is equally fruity, with occasional bursts of dry hops that are quite welcome. Creamy smooth, Tripel is a palate's delight, eminently drinkable and a splendid accompaniment to the steak, corn on the cob, and green salad dinner.

Excellent, a must-try.

Photo of largadeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy blond, clear enough to show off the stream of rising bubbles. The head dissipates somewhat quickly for the style.

Smell: Fruit and spice, a hint of yeast. Moderate sweetness, more fruity than sugary.

Taste & mouthfeel: A fruit medley of banana, apricot and green apple. Creamy and full-bodied yet incredibly easy to drink. Pepper and spice appear for a moment in the finish, leading way to earthy, herbal hops.

Notes: Excellent, one of the best tripels. The perfect marriage of complexity and drinkability.

Photo of atigerlife
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/2/08 Updating review:

Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice, it has a hazy apple-cider color. Small white head that dissipated rather quickly. Spotty lacing. Certainly not a typical tripel.

Aroma is sweet, malts, some hay and citrus. Somewhat yeasty.

Taste is sweet, malts, apricots/orange/peach. Some hops come through in the taste. Somewhat tart at the end.

Mouthfeel is dry, medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, a decent tripel, though not typical. It is certainly drinkable. Would go nice with a variety of food. There are certainly better tripels out there, but that shouldn't deter anyone from trying this.

Photo of jenbys2001
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh St. Bernardus, how I love you so. It's hard to go wrong with this brewery and this Tripel does not disappoint. It has a dark heavy appearance in the glass with an initially foamy head. The scent is quite sweet, you can really capture the strong sugar presence. The taste is exquisite- beginning with a malty, yeasty fruit character and finishing with buttery toffee notes. Extremely complicated beer that makes you want to savor every single sip. Perfect balance between sweetness and bitterness. As I've said with other St. Bernardus beers, the 8% ABV is well hidden under the delicious textures of the beer. Phenomenal, unforgettable beer.

Photo of followfollow162
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a wonderful orange-blonde color and smells of yeast, spices, and fresh, green fruit. (pears, apples, etc.)

taste is a first-time-you-heard-"dark side of the moon"-type of brilliant, man. massive malt character, balanced spices, vanilla, and a masterful blend of the previously mentioned caramel and green apple flavors.

alcohol presence is almost completely masked. amazing drinkability for a beer packing an 8.0 wallop. (the high abv is the ONLY reason i give this guy no more than a 4 in that regard.)

take your time and enjoy, 'cause this fellow is a superb example of the beer as art.

enjoy!

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

Released into the glass with a slightly opaque early-harvest orange, birthing forth with a touch of lively carbonation. The head wanes after a minute or two to well under one finger's width, light lacing that quickly sinks down the sides of the glass to settle into a sea of off-white with fine bubbles reflecting some of the liquid's apricot glow. Refreshing and crisp on the nose, this brew is playful on my tongue and quite light for its 8% abv - the alcohol well concealed amidst summer's slightly tart apples. An excellent drink to be sure, and thankful that I have one bottle left!

Photo of jdubjacket
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a deep yellow/gold color with a fairly decent head that dissipated pretty quickly. Sweet fruit and whiffs of alcohol in the nose. The taste is very crisp and very clean. VERY sweet, but not overly sweet. Very well balanced. A relatively light-bodied tripel that is quite drinkable. A fantastic beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian beer in India. Found it at Take 5 restaurant in Bangalore on 100 ft. street.
Keep in mind, this is like finding a gold nugget in a pile of poo. So I enjoyed it!
Nice pour, although in an Orval glass, but who cares at this point. Hazy light orange/golden color with rather thin head (due to wide glass I bet). Slick look to it, not a whole lot of cling to the glass.
Coriander and orange peel dominate the nose. Some slight bready yeast and sweet malt come through as well.
Taste follows nose. Coriander spice and orange peel. Some other citrus flavors and soft banana hints.
Good feel to it. Nice slight bite, clean finish. Went well with steak.
and grilled veggies.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle with a green label and green cap into a wine glass. 2006 vintage. Love the monk on the front giving you a little wink before you consume this beast of a tripel.

Apperance - Pours a cloudy dark gold with a 2 finger tight compact white head. Lacing clings beautifully to the glass.

Smell - Malty and a little spice. Lemon, grapefruit, and a touch of vanilla. Citrus fruit is definitely present

Taste & Mouthfeel - I thin layer of white bubbles lays over the top of the beer. As you tilt the glass to drink, waterfalls of bubbles cascade down the glass. Carbonated and crisp on the tongue at first taste. Sweet almost buttery taste. Fruitiness maybe some lemon, orange and grapefruit? Some honey and vanilla to account for the sweetness? Got even more bad ass as it warmed.

Drinkability - The best tripel i've had yet. Alcohol is well hidden, which helps add to the full body of this mothers milk.

Photo of russpowell
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a resounding pop! Pours a slightly hazed apricot (clears later). Super head retention & very good lacing

S: Pineapple, passion fruit, & lemony hops once warm

T: Big-time, tropical fruittyness (apple peels & pineapple), some honey, & a bit of lemony hops up front. Lemony & grapefruitty hops, pus dates, apricot, & more pineapple & honey as this warms. Finishes fruitty, with a hint of vanilla & some more lemony hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, some creamyness, warming sensations, 2/3rds through the bottle

Drinks pretty easy for the complexity & abv. Not the best tripel out there, but pretty good

Photo of morimech
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. It has a cloudy honey hue with a large white head that tops of the beer. Retention is good with a large amount of lacing left on the glass. A small amount of yeast settle to the bottom of the glass after a gentle pour.

The smell is fruity with hints of pears, grapes, and apricots. Some spice from the yeast is also noted.

The flavor is a wonderful complex mix of fruits, malt, and spice. Perfectly balanced in my opinion. It has a slightly dry finish and no trace of alcohol evident. It has a medium body with well matched carbonation. Drinkability is lowered due to high ABV and cost & availability. I see Abt 12 almost everywhere Belgian beers are sold but seldom see the Tripel.

I actually prefer St. Bernardus Tripel to the Abt 12. More drinkable and lighter being the primary factors.

Photo of SirSaranac
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a biiiig ol' bottle of this.... first time trying it. Great looking bottle with a cork in it.

A- 2 finger frothy head... great lacing. Tons of visible sediment in a cloudy golden/honey oasis. Amazing looking brew.

S- Musky malt... fig... slightly citrus... vague dark fruit... yeast. Quite complex indeed... great nose.

T- WOW... This is delicious... wicked good. Malty malty malty.... tons of fruits... all of which transition into a very smooth alcohol outro. Flawless taste, incredibly well balanced... so many subtle nuances.

M- Thick, cream.... heavy body but light at the same time. Wow.

D- For 8% abv, you can drink this socially... but why would you want to!? Very smooth, but this has so much flavor that it NEEDS to be sipped and savored.

Photo of atrus138
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a bottle of this with a buddy. Poured this into my Delirium Tremens snifter. Hazy golden yellow with a thick, bubble bath head that wasn't stingy with its lacing. Smell is a deliciously complex dance of citrus, spice, yeast, and some corn. Taste is sweet like a fruity candy, or like fruit cocktail. Pears and white grapes are noticeable. A bit too sweet for me, but still quite tasty. Mouthfeel is very smooth - nice and light with sufficient carbonation. This is a beer that is very easy to drink. It doesn't command as much attention as the Abt 12, but is still very enjoyable.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, honey-like color with one and a half fingers of fizzy white head into a St. Bernardus chalice. Slightly hazy appearance with some sediment as well. Great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is fruity with clove like spice and the yeast expected for the style, with a touch of toffee.

Taste has many good flavors, none of which overpower the others. Nice sweet malt, with soft spice and light fruitiness make up this great tasting tripel. 8% alcohol is unnoticeable, making this very drinable. Another great beer from St. Bernardus.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this single bottle on a trip last summer to Milwaukee. I have kept it in a cellar since and have been looking forward to trying it for some time now. The weather outside right now is negative 30 degrees and I think this will warm me up right. Let's find out.

Appearance - Poured into a snifter the body is golden orange and the head stands tall at almost two inches. The frothy head is pure white and slowly retreats.

Smell - Soapy aroma but images of apricot seem to fill my head.

Taste - The flavor is sweet malt and it interestingly migrates throughout my mouth. I taste it first at the tip and then it moved to the top back of my throat. After that it settles in a broad band across the middle of my tongue. The tastes are very similar but subtle differences in each making for a complex tasting tripel. I think this is exactly what the Monks were trying to do.

Mouthfeel - The true complexity in this beer is the feel. After three sips my tongue enjoys a numbing effect starting at the tip and working its way back. It seems to evaporate in my mouth. Truly exceptional!

~ What can I say other than, "I wish I had another to follow this one." Every beer fan must try this luxurious brew. I can't say it's the type I would sit down and polish off a four pack but certainly two would do the trick.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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