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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 195
Gots: 283 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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

33cl bottle I got out of St Bernardus mixed four pack from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served this puppy up in the St. Bernardus Goblet that came with said mix pack.

A: Pours a beautiful dark yellow/light orange color, like a nice light honey color. Hazy as all hell from the yeast. The carbonation is slow moving and creates a wonderful wave life display by pushing around the yeast. Got a good finger of clean, white head that has pretty good retention and even better soapy lacing. This beer is beautiful.

S: Nice heavy notes of Belgian yeast and spice. A sweet breadiness coming out, almost a sweet rye bread scent (wierd). Lots of nice clove and banana notes in the scent. A touch of bubble gum is actually coming through on the aroma. A touch of sweetness from the malt coming through in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: Taste is once again coming through wih beautiful presence of Belgian yeast, a sweet breadiness. Very nice citrus sweetness and a touch of sour coming through. This is challenged by banana and clove presence. There is a touch of honey sweetness coming through. Then again the bubble gum rounds it all out. There is also a really nice sweet nuttiness coming in throughout. Just not expected but very nice. So nice.

M: A nice full bodied brew. This is thicker than you imagine. Nice high carbonation is making this brew very crisp and pleasing. Easy as hell to drink. Aftertaste is mostly of yeast and bubblegum but the aftertaste is really muted. The palate is pretty tame, nothing too bruising.

D: This beer for being such a big, beautiful style goes down incredibly easy. No trace of ABV in my opinion. The flavors and scents are great and the appearance is just freaking amazing. Very good and easy to drink beer. Big fan of this beer and an even bigger fan of St. Bernardus. A great brewery that always comes through with a fine beer.

Photo of SShelly
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drinking from a bomber with cork and wire.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden blond color with a thick 2 inch fluffy bright white head, excellent head retention with lacing as the head dissapates.

Strong spicy yeasty aroma with a background of sweet malt, orange ester pretty prominent with almost no hop aroma

Upfront esters and spices in the flavor, a very smooth, balanced beer with slight alcohol warming, Not much hop bitterness present but enough to balance out the sweetness. Very carbonated adding to the creaminess of the mouthfeel.

Overall a very drinkable great beer that highlights most of my favorite aspects of belgians.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Chimay goblet. The one pours a cloudy orange color, with a small head a little bit of lacing.

Not a huge aroma on this one... some fruit, some spices, but all are a bit muted.

The taste is more what I would expect out of a tripel, a little bitter at first then a burst of spice and fruity flavors. Well balanced and quite nice.

I was looking forward to this one, I love tripels, but this didn't quite stack up with the best tripels I've ever had. It's still a fine beer, and far above average.

Photo of philipquarles
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold with one-finger of white foam, which dissipates to leave film. Decent lacing.

Smell is quite complex; lots of yeast and fruit esters like banana and fig, along with malt later on. All of this is present on tasting, though the malt becomes a lot more evident. Pretty nicely balanced.

Feels good on the palate; quite thick and with a lot of carbonation. Overall, quite drinkable, but not my favorite tripel.

Photo of dzedaschroeder
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy burnt orange. Loose medium head that quickly shrank down to a thin film.

S - Faint overall. Bread, fruity, alcohol. Yeast and alcohol up front, citrus fruit at the tail.

T - Crisp citrus and spicy clove upfront, followed by a smooth bread and mild alcohol taste. (Strange, for me at least this smell and taste palate presentations were inverted)

M, D - Most Tripels I have had were very complex and lent themselves to slow, thoughtful drinking, but this beer (while still being complex) was very smooth. It's 8% ABV is hidden well, and one could easily gulp this down, if one was a hasty sort that is.

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

Pours a cloudy light straw with a dense bubbly immense head that dissipates slowly leaving thick lace all around.

Nose is crystal malt, diacetyl, bubble gum and citrus. Not very strong on the nose, but when I look for it, it is good.

Taste is crystal malt exploding with yeast sourness. Citrus notes ride high with a wave of fruity and sour yeast flavors. Sweet candy sugar and a slight booziness on the back, nice.

Mouthfeel is chewy and substantial, leaving a stickiness on the lips and drying slightly in the finish, good.

Very good and glad I tried it.

Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for this sample!

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, thick head. Lots of lacing. A very nice looking beer...can't wait to taste it.

Aroma is of sweet fruits, spice and alcohol. Very nice.

First sip is of sweet ripe fruits with a hint of spice and grainy....almost like dough.

The alcohol is there but its not overpowering. The carbonation is slight but is noticeable. I could drink many of these but I would be in trouble afterwards. I'll be on the lookout for these.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy gold, massive head.

S- Clean but massive fruity esters abound.

T- Sweet malt closely accompanied by banana and pear flavors. Very subtle, yet very effective hoping bring it all into balance. The fruity esters become more evident in the finish that's just dry enough to leave you craving more.

M- No complaints here, pretty spot on.

D- Dangerously drinkable.

I love drinking it, it is so choice. If you have the means I highly recomend picking some up.

Photo of korndog
4.92/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful Belgian pour into a tulip. Everlasting head.

Smells of light citrus macerated in spiced candi syrup. I can't get enough of this aroma; it's divine and easily worthy of a 5.

Again, the fruit and spice combine with perfect caarbonation and a honey note to make this one of the worlds best beers imo.

Mouthfeel is near perfect with a lingering bite that cleans the palate and begs for more of the nectar like aroma and front notes.

Near perfect beer experience.

Update: Just had this beer again. How amazing it is to get a beer of this quality at your local Bev-mo. I'm so glad to see the awesome reviews on this site. What a treat. More memorable than their Quad IMO.

Photo of wescj
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque, golden color with a half-inch head, probably the result of a timid pour into the chalice. Head hangs around for a while, and then reduces to some foamy islands and an outer ring which hangs a nice lace. Little yeast particles are suspended as far as I can see into the hazy, honey amber.

S: Very fragrant, very nice. Spice and citrus fruit are the melody, alcohol the harmony.

T: What you would expect from the smell: fruity, malty, yeast and spice. A bit of sugar. Well played, overall.

M: Carbonation is very soft. Medium bodied beer, overall.

D: Easy going, despite 8% ABV. I'm reviewing a 330ml, which is enough to leave me content, though I've had the 750ml before and it went down just as easy. Overall, a good pick.

Photo of Bobo77
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Tripel in years. Found this one at Lukas Licquors in Ellisville, MO.

Poured a golden, lighter than expected, tan color with a beautiful thick, creamy, long lasting head.

Very fragrant, sweet and fruity scent, almost honey-like with a hint of spice.

Astonishingly rich, sweet, and malty flavor. Finishes much cleaner than I ever imagined. Alchohol is there but, barely makes its flavor known. It seems to me that in these higher alcohol beers that the key is to make the taste of the alcohol as unnoticable as possible. If this is the case then this beer does a superb job.

Some of my past involving Belgian Ales:
I tried some Belgian Ales about 5 years ago. At that time I totally disrespected beer. I tried to chug any that was put in front of me in order to become intoxicated. Needless to say I was greatly missing out on the enjoyment of beers such as this. One must sip a Belgian Tripel to enjoy the complexities and find all the little subtleties therein. I am so glad that I started respecting beer and was able to discover a new world of good beer such as this one. Thank you Beer Advocate.

Photo of slitherySOB
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A beer that truly needs decanting. Their were plenty of little chunks of yeast floating around an amber nectar. The head is a bit pathetic. A thin film of foam that one expects from mass produced lagers. However, for such a small head, it leaves plenty of lacing. The first smell is that bready, yeast smell. Considering the amount of yeast decanted, it's no surprise. A bit of apricots and oranges, plenty of warming alcohol and a bit of pepper as well. Tastes almost as good as it smells. Lots of malts, bit of fruit, bit of pepper. All well balanced, with one flavour not overpowering the other. Very thick, creamy mouthfeel that coats and gives a pleasant numbness to the throat. A beer that can be nursed for hours.

Photo of jmalex
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've certainly had plenty of times but haven't gotten to review until now. Tonight that changes.

APPEARANCE: Pours a somewhat opaque golden yellow-amber into my Trois Pistoles chalice. A white head forms on top and gradually shrinks down to a foamy surface covering. Spider web lacing sticks to the side of the glass as I drink.

SMELL: Excellent balance of many different components. The Belgian yeast lets itself be heard giving off a decent amount of spiciness and phenols. Fruit is well represented in the form of apricots and oranges. A trace of alcohol glosses over everything rounding the aroma out.

TASTE: Fantastic. The beer is exceptionally fruity carrying over the same varieties as in the aroma. Everything else is somewhat held in check and in its place. In fact, the esters, phenols, fruit, alcohol, everything - all melds seamlessly together, it's difficult to isolate the flavors from one another.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is on the thinner side of averages, but it doesn't quite finish as dry as one would think. The carbonation is high and tight and absolutely perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Scary for an 8% beer. I'm almost through mine already and wish I had more. I instantly regret holding out for the 355 mL bottle when I've passed on the 750 mL so many times.

It's no secret how good this beer is. This review just confirms it to me. Definitely in the upper class of its style.

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

Continuing my BA Top 100 quest. Ugly green label with Friar Tuck worshipping a chalice.

Oh so amber orange. Fluffy, airy head. Looks pretty good.

Smells fruity. Not entirely different from the smell of a fresh bowl of Fruity Pebbles. Except with more banana. Like a Tropicana Orange-Stawberry-Banana Twister without the strawberry. Ok, I'm done with the stupid analogies. For now.

Taste of banana, clove, and slight alcohol.

Feels thick as it enters, but quickly turns to air as it parachutes down the throat, leaving only a slight taste of banana on the lips as the only evidence it ever existed. Quite unique.

Overall: surprisingly pleasant, worth a try

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

Taken from notes. Poured into a Snifter at Ebenezer's in July. Pours a light orange with a thin white head. Smells of light malt sweetness and some candied sugar. Tastes like a tripel should. Nice spice up front with a sweet, sweet malt backbone. Lots of spice. Very, very drinkable. I love tripels and this may be my fave.

Photo of changeup45
3.91/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. You could call it tan, brown, orange, yellow, golden, flat out murky and I don't think any answer is wrong. Very thick foamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Subtle hints of fruit spice and yeast in the aroma but nothing that'll just jump out at you. A very nice blend of citrus, spice, malt with a nice little alcohol presence in the flavor. A little tang and tart in the finish and aftertaste which is surely a sign of the alcohol content. While you know you're drinking alcohol it is balanced quite well. I like it.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nose is lightly malty and spicy/peppery phenol yeast. Some fruit, exotic mango/papaya maybe slight banana and citrus, and a little hop, earthy floral, maybe spicy, but hard to tell under the rest of the spice. Hint of alcohol. Smells appetizing to say the least.

Pours golden yellow with a little bit of particulate matter. Moderate head.

First sip brings a pucker and a good deal of carbonation. A wave of spicy, citric, fruity, floral, and sweet flavors rushes to my sensory acceptor and registers under the word tasty. Once accustomed, I note some malt - soft and slightly bread-like. A dry cloud of bitterness and powderyness then overtakes my palate and sticks around for a while. A little sweetness, a little crispness associated with sugar and alcohol, and a little succulent malt all come and go.

Stinging carbonation provides a nice juxtaposition to the spicy flavor. More fruit and ever-enticing, ever-unfurling flavor combinations grow on me. A little yeast cake on bottle bottom.

Pretty good; a solid Belgian beer. Not my favorite Tripel, but by BJCP guidelines it seems like a model example.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before: 19 07 10.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold body topped proudly with an inch of white foam.

Smell: Sweetish, malty nose with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum, booze, and more candy.

Taste: Sweet pale maltiness with a tiny bit of breadiness to it. Large dose of toffee candy. Drop of lemon extract, a drop of vanilla extract. Spicy, flowery hops with a medium-low bitterness. Splash of bubblegum liqueur with its accompanying alcohol heat. Tiniest bit of sourness rides into the otherwise sweetish finish. After a few sips, a growing taste of black pepper develops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Another very good tripel from the St. Bernard Brewery-err, I mean Brouwerij. Though, for me, when pit side-by-side with the Watou Tripel, I do defer to the Watou.

Photo of Antilochus
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How have I not reviewed this yet... a classic tripel, and enjoyed on:

VLAAMSVEST '08

At Cambrinus in Brugge. Served in a branded St. Bernardus goblet. Best before 26/11/10. Cloudy amber, white head. Banana explosion in the nose. Smoke, candy sugar. Pale malt. Fluffy palate, sweet, moderate leesy bitterness. Burnt banana bread, mmmm. Finishes on candy sugared pale malt. Warming finish, alcohol present, nutty. Really, really good stuff.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Nice, but not a strong aroma. I detect malt sweetness along with yeast spice, and nice fruity esters; specifically banana.

Appearance - Nice golden color. slightly cloudy with a frothy eggshell colored head. The head poured three fingers and very slowly dissipated to about 1 1/2 finger width. Very good lacing, and head retention. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - Wonderful malt and yeast flavors. All of the aromas come through nicely in the flavor. The balance is perfect! No characteristic dominates the others. There is a very, very minor note of alcohol, but it is hidden very well. Again, the balance between sweet and bitter is perfect. There is no perceived bitterness, but the beer is not cloying. The finish on the beer is clean. No lingering flavors.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with an appropriate carbonation level. This beer is very smooth in the mouth. I want to say slick, but it's not really. No perceived alcohol, or bitterness. Again, nice balance between sweet and bitter. A very clean finish.

Overall Impression - I know this beer isn't hyped as much as other Tripels, but it's one of the best I've had. Not only is it a solid Tripel, but it's just a very solid beer in general. Everything is pleasantly balanced, and proportioned. I don't feel any aspect of this beer is lacking, or overdone. I feel this beer is a wonderful representation of the style.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.59/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden to orange color. Good head at first, but quickly disappears.

Smell: Light fruity aroma with a hint of spices.

Taste: Again, fruity and definitely a Belgian spice was added to this beer. Also, almost champagne like finish to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body

Drinkability: Alcohol is hidden descently and the finish is somewhat enjoyable, so I would have to say that its pretty easy to drink.

Overall: An descent beer that I might get again.

Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +1.2%
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 -5.9%
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.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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