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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
outstanding

2,694 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,694
Reviews: 1,195
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 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.

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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,694 ratings.