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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,595
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 178
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of GreenWBush
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeast-hazed peach, this sits approachably with otherworldly lace. Extra-credit is due for the full-package effect of a beer sitting in its proper glassware.

Nose is yeasty, prickly, with citrus, pepper, and zippy zing. Enticing, clean, and goes to show how important freshness can be, even in a style that allows age.

Taste manages a perfect tightrope walk between sweet and dry, resting at each point but never touching down in either. Just perfect, and what I’m looking for when I reach for a Belgian-style beer: neither overwhelmingly candi sugar’d up or aggressively carbonated. This is fruity in a similar way to gorgeous DIPAs.

The syrupy mouthfeel here could be a downfall, but as mentioned it isn’t onesided or here-or-there. Dry, spice-kick hoppy and yeast keep the package desirably drinkable, unquenching, addictive.

Only had 11.2 oz, but more would be graciously welcomed. I find that “go back for more” reflexes are rarely used for Belgian-styled beers, but I prefer this one to even Rochefort, surprisingly.

GreenWBush, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to sirhc for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of cloves/bannanas, slight grapefruit, grassy. The taste is malty, and yeasty for the most part, nice touch of cloves/banannas/grapefruit. This is a tasty tripel, the finish is very smooth. Medium body. Drinkable, another tasty brew from St. Bernardus.

Wasatch, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of kundabuffer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is, based on my limited knowledge, a quintessential Belgian beer. This isn't to say that it's extraordinary, but it is well-rounded in all facets and pleasing to drink. I poured it into a pint glass...medium caramel color with a half-inch head (at most) that dissapated quickly. The taste is smooth, malty and a little fruity, but not at all heavily carbonated, which I appreciate.

kundabuffer, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a goblet. Pours a Very dark orange color. Cloudy with a light, foamy 2 finger head That lasts a few minutes. Lacing is incredible... completely coats the sides of the glass.

Smell: This is the most ridiculous aroma I have ever smelled in a beer. I kid you not, this thing smells like caramelized bananas. Sugary, cooked bananas are the most identifiable aroma here. There is also some caramel malt in there. Very unique smell, and in a very very good way. Great aroma.

Taste: Again, there is that banana note in there, but instead of caramelized, it seems rum-soaked. Rich spicy notes - cinnamon and something else... cloves maybe? Mouthfeel is rich and creamy... not too carbonated, but pleasant.

Drinakability: Very good beer, that I could drink a couple of, but I wouldn't really want to go past that. I'll be picking another 4-pack of these again in the future.

BucBasil, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on August 10, 2007 at The Esplanade Biermarket in Toronto. The beer was a cloudy brown in colour with a short lasting off-white head. The aroma was very yeasty with some spicy tinges in the background. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation while the flavour was full of yeast and wet bread. Another damn fine product from St. Bernardus!

cyrenaica, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of garbercury
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a "tasting night" with a couple of my buddies. It was very fun night with quite a number of great beers for the tasting...

Drank from a Chimay goblet..
A--a deep cloudy orange, nice color and light head

S--Can really smell the orange, banana, and lemon in the beer

T--Real citrus bite to this beer. You can also taste the alcohol at the end of it.

M--Smooth to the palate.

D--If you are a fan of Tripels or St. Bernardus (who isnt?) this is a must try. Great flavor and drinkability. Not quite as good as the Tremens but pretty close.

garbercury, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty. Thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a tall white head.

Aromas are dusty, floral, and spicy.

Taste is creamy and a bit dry with a spicy yeast like flavor. There is also a floral slightly bitter hop finish. At first sip this seemed simple, but the more I taste the more complex this gets.

Beer has an excellent mouthfeel. Carbonation is about perfect, this is well rounded, and feels very full.

Drinkability is good. This is an excellent tripel, that is very easy to sip.

flexabull, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of timtim
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hazy golden with a huge white head. smells of yeasty semi sweet bread, a little banana, malt, hops, and maybe some lemongrass or something. tastes the same... a little sour and a hint of bitter, but well blended. to me it tastes like a tripel should. not over the top or outrageously unique. just a solid solid beer. feel great going down. not overly carbonated. alive. just right. easy easy drink.

timtim, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tiny creamy bubbles formed a humongous head on this beer. gauzy yellowish tan.

scent is very faint, malts are the primary smell, a little hoppy bitterness.

tasty and sweet, malty and smooth. very clean flavor. A little light citrusy flavor.

very enjoyable and smooth for the 8%. ABV.

henrysunset, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A) Nice, chunky head with a warm, ripe banana color body.
S) Clean, smooth, fruity, a bit of banana and smooth sweet malt at the end.
T) This is the definition of a Triple, in my opinion. Sweet, smooth, with a bit of sourness at the end. Very smooth.
M) Well, but not overly carbonated. Bubbly, but with enough residual sweetness to balance things out. Very nice indeed.
D) This is a darn nice triple. Less bubbly and sticky sweet than Duvel, but a bit less spicy. A very fine beer.

DaveFL1976, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed orangey godl with a moderate white head.
it's got a soft creamy smelling fruitiness containing citrus, pineapple, apple and unripe banana. it's a got a sort of marshmellow aroma to it upon further inspection. i find some grainy malts beneath the rest of it.
this is a very tasty beer. all the fruits from the aroma are there along with the marshmellow. i pick up some anise, that sort plays off of the some of the grainy faintyl caramel malt qualities. i'm picking up a flavor that's pretty hard to describe, that makes me feel like this would pair well with some oysters from the raw bar. take from that what you will.
medium bodied with active carbonation.
good drinkability, i find myself constantly picking it up a sip. not a bit of that 8% abv is detectable. very nice.

kmo1030, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of scojo
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden orange color into my Orval goblet. I picked up some fruity undertones, particularly apple and pear, in the smell along with a slight undertone of alcohol. The taste is similar to the smell; slightly fruity and complex, with a slight wheat beer sourness in the finish. The fairly high alcohol content is well hidden in the beer - I could see this one sneaking up on me. The carbonation and body gives it a refreshing, light mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best tripels I've tried so far.

scojo, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Publick House in Brookline, Mass.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a full white head. Smells of fleshy white fruit -- apples, pears, peaches, pluots -- and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is similar -- fruity tartness and juiciness rounded out by a complex array of spices. Very peppery with traces of licorice and anise. Absolutely wonderful. Crisp and carbonated mouthfeel with excellent drinkability for its strength -- if you have a couple of them, you won't feel the strength until you stand up, so beware...

Anyway, as close to a perfect tripel as I've ever had.

eberkman, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of bigman147
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a soft puffy head. Head slowly fades with a persistent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity aroma of apple cider and maybe pears. Slightly grassy herbal character. Hint of warm alcohol with a slight black peppery spice.

Taste: Fruity spice. Taste of apples prevails with a smooth grainy character. Hop notes are sedated and bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is mild and surprising not really overly present considering this 8% ABV. Pale malts and possibly malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fair body with a slight citrus acidity that helps cleanse the palate. Carbonation is strong and supports the fruity acidity nicely. Overall, well balanced.

Drinkability: Maybe my only complaint of which some of it can be my own fault. Alot of the yeast poured out into the glass and caused a hazy mess on top of a large amount of floaters. This detracted from the overall appearance and in that the drinkability (I wouldn't feel comfortable drinking that much floating yeast. The yeast never settled either. Overall though its high alcohol and high in flavor and aromas. Worth a try.

bigman147, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of saintwarrick
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brew in my Chimay goblet. This beer is a perfect gold with a grand head that leaves rings around the glass. Smell is predominately citrus, oranges, but a little sweeter, like tangerines with a nice malt backbone. Taste is a tad spicy, a little acidity that's OK, mostly citrus fruits and a little hint of honeydew. Very drinkable and hardly a notice of the alcohol. A high-class brew to cap the evening.

saintwarrick, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of BarryNL
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Colour is a beautiful hazy orange. The beer pours with a thick, pure white head which lasts well and leaves moderate lacing. The only real problem with the appearance is the lumps of yeast which refuse to settle. A more flocculant yeast would help - but then it wouldn't have the same flavour.

S: Lightly acidic, lightly floral, lightly yeasty - quite a nice delicate bouquet really.

T: Oranges and cloves, some nice malt flavours with little sweetness. Some yeast complexity in the aftertaste. There is a typical trappist earthiness underlying the flavours. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

M: Excellent, a nice chewy beer - feels like it's been made from all malt with no added sugars.

D: Yeah, I'd have another - a bit too much to stay on all night though.

Overall, a good trappist tripel - I think I still prefer the Westmalle but that's just personal taste.

BarryNL, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of muddyriverduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Tigers lost tonight, so I'm busting out the tripel to drown my sorrows.

Poured from a bomber into a goblet a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow with a 2-finger head that left lacing all the way down the glass. There were so many floaties in this one that it looked like a public swimming pool in the ghetto.

I thought it smelled mostly like fruit. Don't ask me which fruits. I try to stay away from 'em. Those things will kill ya.

Ahhh. Now we're getting somewhere. The true pleasure of this brew is not looking at the floaties and smelling the fruit; it's drinking it. Prickly carbonation tickles the palate. Roasted malts and spices dominate the flavor for me. I find the alcohol to be very subdued, which makes me want to sip at it constantly.

Me likey. If I had another, I would drink it tonight. Alas, I don't. I'll settle for the Trois Pistoles next.

muddyriverduck, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of bobbyc881
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden & cloudy. Fluffy head stick around for a long time... as well as all along the sides of the glass. Fruity nose... citric fruits... apricots.

Taste is outstanding. Smooth and sweet flavors that end spicy and dry. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that's somewhat prickly. Highly drinkable... barely noticeable alcohol. Not much more to say, really. This beer deserves it's high rating, no doubt.

bobbyc881, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Best before Sept 08.

Hazy golden with a thin head, Thin sheet of lace left on the glass.

Aroma has banana, caramel, dates, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast.

Flavor is fruit, honey, then a touch of sour and some yeastiness.

Alcohol is hidden well.

Padron4KM, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown with a small off white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of nice lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smell was very fruity, hints of grain, along with pears, plums, apricots and apples. Sloght hint of alcohol as well in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, not really a biting flazvor though. Nice and mellow for a triple. Lots of fruity tones mixed in with a nice spiceness. Hints of apricots and pears were the most prominent, along with a big alcohol kick.

D - Overall this was a nice triple and good beer. A little big to be an everyday one, but I really did enjoy it and it can occupy a spot in my fridge anytime.


mikesgroove, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of beeragent
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber, into a snifter. The beer pours a clear gold, forming a full 1 inch white head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass. The smell is a thick mixture of dark fruit aromas, along with a slight alcohol presence. The taste is very much like the aroma. Nice dark fruit flavor, mild hops, and a noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. The low abv. and full flavor of this tripel makes for high drinkability. Overall, I can see why this Belgian has such high ratings. This is a fantastic Tripel!!!

beeragent, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked best before 1/30/09) into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A beautiful clear golden orange with a nice off-white head. Excellent lacing on this brew as well.

S: Fruity, apricots, tropical fruit as well as some alcohol aromas.

T: Very smooth and complex. Lots of fruit up front with just the right touch of sweetness. This is followed up with some herbal and light pepper and spices. Finished dry with some warming from the 8%.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, as well as slightly creamy.

D: Good drinkability, goes down smooth with nice balance and excellent flavors. A very good tripel.

willjschmidt, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Somewhat murky red-orange body with a good inch and a half oh head that sticks around for a while and leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells fruity, like apples and raisins, with nut and spice notes. Tastes fruity (citrus, apple) with bits of nut and spice. No real alcohol noticed. Lighter bodied than expected, making this a real drinkable beer for the style. Wow, this beer is great.

MrHurmateeowish, May 28, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, Poured into a wide Westmalle challice from the 70's

Pours with a creamy yellowy body, some amber hints towards the edge of the glass. Thick and very dense yellow tinted head with great retention. Tonnes of patches of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, almonds and fresh fruit. Some fresh estery tinged yeast, little bit of slightly roasted hazelnuts. Fresh bread and a crisp biscuity malt comes through, some fresh herbs especially corriander.

Taste, almost smokey and slightly creamy alcohol, spicy and slick nuttiness comes through with a touch of peppery hop character. Slightly musty woody yeast character, this beer reminds me of the old wood, fresh beer aromas of Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam. Sweet fresh fruit, some slight banana and peach. Clinging sweetness on the palette although not overpowering, some vanilla pod and rich clotted cream.

A superb tripel. Amazingly balanced with no flavours becoming too overpowering

cypressbob, May 25, 2007
Photo of atsprings
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an abundant head that is lasting and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is a very strong blend of sweet fruits, spice, yeast and some earthy hops. The taste is a great balance of sweet malts, spice and earthy hops with an appropriate yeast bite. The beer is medium bodied and crisp with warming alcohol. This is an immensely enjoyable Tripel.

atsprings, May 24, 2007
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,595 ratings.