1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,503 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,503
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Bernardus Tripel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,503 | Reviews: 1,176 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly straw golden yellow liquid with a thick tightly bubbled froth that leaves less lacing than I would expect.

Huge straw/hay aroma with funky yeast dancing inside the nose. There's a hint of alcohol and a certain mint aroma to it.

Sweet pils malt flavor with loads of yeast and some alcohol. It's a bit thinner than I expected and not really as complex but still pretty solid. Pretty easy to drink.

timtheenchanta, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a hazy golden with a frothy white head that leaves some film and laces nicely. The smell is sweet wheat and yeast with a little bit of a saison like farmhouse smell. The taste is very sweet with wheat flavors and light fruits like bananna and lemon. This is also complimented with a good amount of belgian yeast flavor. The mouthfeel has a medium body and a little bit on the low side of the spectrum for this beer. Overall, a nicely drinkable beer, certainly a very high quality tripel.

MSchae1017, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of kenito799
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian Room, St Mark's Place, served in Chimay goblet

Lovely golden color, lighter than I expected. Fairly small head dissipates but leaves copious lacing.

Sweet and fruity aromas up front, fairly typical and pleasant Belgian scents.
Mouthfeel nicely creamy, lively carbonation.

Flavors of light peachy fruits and malts with sweetness at first, but followed by bold hoppy bitterness. This bitter finish lingers and remains in the mouth until the next sip when the decently complex fruity sweetness cuts in. The bitter finish was excellent, but I found myself wishing the complex aromatic flavors lasted a bit longer before the bitterness came forward. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable until you stand up.

Excellent sipping beer after a hard day's work.

kenito799, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of kdmorse
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome beer from a St. Bernardus mix pack served in the brand's own goblet. Mmm.

Cloudy, cornbread-colored brew topped with a pretty, white head. Head disappears and leaves a tasty looking beer. Sweet, nanner-full (bananas) smell. Yeasty and fruity. A little bit spicy in the nose and the mouth. Crisp. Very tasty and easy-going. Easy to drink.

kdmorse, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: rich golden orange , with a creamy head of a quarter inch , and much carbonation rising.

Smell: aroma is a fine creamy blend of green apple , spices , and yeast.

Taste: the taste is very rich , kinda sweet and fruity. Flavors of green apple and other fruit ,very mild hop bitterness ,slighty bready and dry malt , powdery yeastyness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: creamy and thick carbonation.

Drinkabilty: An exellent tripel , very tasty and easy drinking. Very well balanced.

Byeast, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of rodrot
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge head that hung around for awhile. Aroma was fruity and sweet with some floral hop aromas mixed in. Taste was quite spicy and peppery with a nice bready malt character. I could also pick up some notes of citrus(orange), pear and Belgian candy sugar. Very tasty for a light to medium bodied beer and dangerously quaffable. Recommended.

rodrot, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange, slightly cloudy pour with a huge white head that leaves alot of nice, intricate lace.

Perfumy flowery smells intermingle with some nice ripe plum notes.

Semi-dry tasting up front, this soon gives way to an underlying sweetness. Throughout there are flavors of lavender, tree ripened peaches and cheddar. Ends with the subtlest hint of alcohol, just so you know you aren't drinking a light beer.

Mouthfeel is dominated by that awesome Belgian "overcarbonation" wonderfulness that leaves the tongue tingling. Very drinkable, if only it weren't for the price tag. Such is life.

nortmand, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of Jaynuze
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yowza! This is one of the best Tripels I've tasted in a while ... maybe the best.
It pours a beautiful cloudy gold with a thick creamy head. Does the head ever leave? St B always seems to have one of the thickest/creamiest heads on a beer that I've ever seen. You've got to see it to believe it.
The nose is much stronger than most of St B's varieties with hints of fruit, citrus, herbs, butter, and butter scotch that intensify as you make your way down the shaker glass. Though it sounds intense, it finishes very nicely without the sugary finish most Tripels seem to have (at least the US varietals).
It has a thin mouthfeel, but it doesn't detract from it's taste or finish at all. I could probably drink this all night ... though I'd be afraid what I'd look like at the finish line. The subtle 8% ABV can sneak up on you with this puppy.

Jaynuze, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of phisig137
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle pops violently, and pours a hazy 24 karat gold color and a three finger head. Great retention slowly gives way to leave behind abundant lacing.

Aroma is spicy and dry, accented by the yeast. Very aromatic spicy yeast gives most of the aroma here, and backed by a hint of wheat aromas.

Flavor again is mostly dominated by thwe spicy yeast profile. Fresh baked bread, lightly toasted nutty malt, and a touch of alcohol are also present. Well rounded and balanced. Mouthfeel is full, but lifted by the light carbonation. Drinkability is quite good.

Another fantastic beer from the Brouwerij St. Bernardus. I have yet to be disappointed by them... everything they make is great.

phisig137, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of JanM
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the big bottle. It popped open like vintage champagne. Hazy and with a yellow yellow color it poured with lots of creamy foam and sparkling bubbles. The lacing was great too. The smell was primarily of yeast with some fuitiness and bitternerness. The taste was also dominated by yeast and sourness with a sweet ending. It actually felt hard on my tongue. There was a breath of alcohol. Thought I caught some ginger there too. God, this is what beer drinking is all about. Beer Art. Why isn't everyone drinking it?

JanM, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of rarevos
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Chimay goblet.

A: Pours an opaque, hazy golden yellow. Bit of an orange tint to it. Head is fluffy, and fills the rest of the goblet, so about 1.5 fingers' worth. Sticky trails left behind. Solid foam blanket, as well.

S: Banana and sweet malt; ripe, tropical fruit; some dry grain toward the back.

T/M: Up front I detect some banana and some breadiness, tart fruit (mango, peach). Finish has some anise, caramel, and a good long bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy, like a good hefe.

D: This is a damn fine tripel. While the Westmalle and Chimay (Cinq Cents) are still my preferred tripels, that's not the fault of this beer. It's in a weird middle ground between the drier Tripels and the sweeter Tripels. It hides its alcohol extremely well. I've been buying 12 oz bottles of this, but I'm sold: if it's sold in bombers next time I hit the beer store, I'm buying those. Another wonderful beer from St. Bernardus.

rarevos, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden blond with lovely high lights. Bubbles are continually flowing to the top sustaining the head, which shows no sign of dissipating and already is leaving lacing. It is nice fluffy thick, and lovely. Immediately after opening it I noticed the smell of worm bread with mild citrus, later candy and banana wonderful subtle complexity. The taste is great, medium body, soft, a bit sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Belgian rock candy and fruit are present, a little gooey, sticky, great stuff. This is definitely one of my new favorite tripels and its getting to be a hard battle. Any how I will definitely buy this again too bad its not cheaper, because I'd love to have this around always.

mmcave, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Freshness date on the back label: 30 01 09
Served in a St. Feuillen goblet

Pours a hazy peach with a massive head on top that vanishes to a thin lace around the top of the glass. Little spots of sticky lace appear.

Intense nose with whiffs of fruit, spices and sweet goodness.

Syrupy sweet flavors up front with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and apples. An array of spices burst on the palate with a sugary sweetness in the background. Flavors of Tropicana orange juice and cloves mingle. Toasted malt supplies the foundation, but there are some many flavors at work. There is also an alcohol warmth that warms the throat, reminding me this beer rings in at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, a great Belgium Tripel and recommended. Another great offering from St. Bernardus.

Hibernator, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just seems to hit the mouth in the right places. A perfect balance of malts, spices, and carbonation, which very seldom happens with tripels. It manages to develop a body before bubbling down, which has proven to be the biggest problems with other tripels (especially American ones). There are lots of citric notes in the nose, with a bit of spices. A terrific beer, and excellent example of the Tripel style.

Toddv29424, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Three fingers of tight bright white head swell, then ebb gradually. Nets of lacing trawl the inside of the glass.

The aroma is resplendent with fruity malt, vanilla, apple, raisin, banana, clove, and coriander. A tangy yeastiness easily bests a very mild indication of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the malt is at once quite sweet, but is quickly mitigated by crisp apple and savory clove. Notes of caramel and plum are ephemeral in the middle, along with a mild sour bite of yeast and a muted draft of alcohol. A brief flash of anise fades to a lingering soft bitterness in the finish. The flavor is sizable but gentle, and it's utterly, wonderfully comfortable.

Medium bodied, the malt is enlivened by carbonation, coating energetically and with a spicy glow.

It's got some heft, but it's downright cozy and a pleasure. You don't drink this so much as wrap it around your palate. The ABV is bigger than it presents, and its a warming entity, but it would be wise to be wary. I'll be sorry when this bottle is gone, so it behooves me to have another on hand. I think a second would be worth what the next morning might bring.

Foxman, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer, in an appropriate goblet at Zeno's in State College, forms a slight off-white head over a near-translucent yellow-gold body. The nose is filled with candi-caramel, a bit of spiciness, a little acid. Smells rich and nice. The taste has an earthy hop profile, not as sweet as the nose, very rich and peppery, not as smooth as it could be. The alcohol comes through too much. The mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation. This tripel is complex, and very strong - too much so for me.

mjc410, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World Class, all the way around. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color with a smaller head of white foam, but lots of carbonation. No lace. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, blended with biscuits and rich grains. Notes of peach and sweet fruity syrups. Taste is outstanding; complex characters, strong flavors, this beer truely is the cornerstone of the St. Bernardus line. Lots of rich yeasty maltiness right upfront, with a blast of natural sucrose and bread. A wine-like fruity note toward the finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and mellow at the same time, yet maintains a thirst quenching quality. Nice. Drinkability is very good. Highly Recommened.

Frozensoul327, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very enjoyable tripel that was very complex and had some very unique character. It poured a copper hue with a nice one inch thick foamy head. It smelled of hay, ripe fruit, apples, light spice, malty sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol towards the bottom. It tasted great it was very complex and had sweet malty flavor with hints of apples, ripe fruit and a nice level of carbonation. Overall give this beer a definate try its great.

ryantupy, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a pale orangish yellow color with thin layer of white lace. Fruit dominate the dry crisp nose. Lively carbonation contributes to a dry crisp mouthfeel. Taste is much like the aroma in that it has an array of fruity notes that finishes dry. Overall, this is another good brew from St. Bernardus. I will be honest, I was expecting a little more from this excellent brewery. Definately not a bad brew, I just think it could be better.

cjgator3, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[4.95 IIRC at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA. Best before January 30th, 2009.]

Pours a hazy pale gold with a stupifying angelic head that lasts and laces tightly. The aroma has a lot going on. Plums are the dominant fruit to me, with cotton candy, bubble gum, and yeast mixing in a bit. Pepper and cloves keep it from being too candy-like. Sweet at first, this is very soft on the mouth. Doughy with a lingering hop tingle and sparkles of lemonpepper. Absolutely perfect feel. Seamless. This is heavenly nectar.

This beer reminded me of how Schumann described the music of Chopin: "Guns buried in flowers." This is a light colored, fluffy, flowery beer that secretly has powerful aroma, flavor, and alcohol.

waughbrew, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle. A dark honey color and fluffy head that dissipated rather rapidly. It gave off a sublte, yeasty aroma of clove and spices. The same characteristics do well in describing the taste, along with some maltiness and a faint trace of citrus--and an uncharacteristic absence of alcohol. A light but satisfying mouthfeel, resulting in extreme drinkability. A very solid Tripel overall.

Osiris9588, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back PalateMurky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back Palate

stephendr, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle with adrink brfore date of 1/24/09 stamped on the bottom. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a hude fluffy white head and very nice lace. Smells tart with a fair amount of wheat malt smells. Fruit aromas are also present with some apple and pear. Initial malt are fairly intense but are quickly followed by a decent hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. initial flavors also include the juices mentioned above as well as some yeasty undertones. Alcohol is hidden nicely. A fine beer that I think needs some aging still. It seems like tha flavors just don't blend like they should, so I think I will purchase another and open it in about 2 years. It shold be very nice then.

sabrills70, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This much anticipated tasting left me underwhelmed, I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a good tripel, just it’s no Abbt. 12.

Pours into the cervoise a pale golden color with many small bubbles coruscating. Thick head that fades at a fairly rapid clip to a good cap with plenty of lacing. Nice looking appearance. Nose of bready yeast and spices, mainly cloves and coriander. Smells like a good white ale. Taste delivers what the smell hints at, namely cloves, yeast, sweetish malt, and a faint grape juice flavor. I didn’t taste any hint of alcohol, which is impressive considering 8% ABV. It would have been welcome, however, to further enhance the flavor. Overall, the flavor is solid and straightforward. Mouth is pleasantly watery, semi-creamy, and bubbly enough to be interesting without becoming annoying. Drinkability is good; it goes down easy, but something seems to be missing.

Overall: Is this a good beer? Yes. Is it great? No. Try it yourself and see.

jettjon, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third chapter in my St. Bernardus exploration. I'm not a big Tripel fan (I prefer quadrupels and, to a lesser extent, dubbels), but I will attempt to judge to style, and hopefully I'll be presently surprised.

My gradually evolving method of reviewing is generally to observe my beer when it comes out of the bottle, write down my observations while it breathes for 5 or 10 minutes or so, and then do the majority of my writing during the first several sips. Then I let it sit and warm up for a bit longer and if anything significant changes, I'll make a note of that as well. I've noticed that a lot of beers didn't really do it for me straight out of the wine cooler (even though I try to keep them at around 50 degrees), but as they warm, it becomes a whole new experience.

We'll see how it goes...

I used my trusty Stone RIS tulip glass for this; my receptable of choice of late.

This one poured a cloudy gold to copper. I think I got a little too excited when pouring it, because I noticed the liquid was thicker and darker at the end, no doubt caused by sediment escaping the bottle. However, it's so murky in there that it's hard to tell. The head filled nearly half the glass, a beautiful, white fluffy masterpiece. By the time I wrote the first paragraph of this review, however, that head had settled to mere lace, with scattered bits of froth clinging to the sides all the way up to the lip.

A little swirl and sniff and...phenols. The first thought that came to my mind was "band aids." Another sniff and I picked up some fruity sweetness, some pepper, maybe a hint of sour citrus, and the slightest suggestion of pine.

First sip: noticeable alcohol burning to start, then a sweet tangerine flavor, then maltiness, and a mostly clean finish that's mildly sweet and a bit peppery and resiny.

These qualities remained constant through the next several sips.

After giving my palate a breather, I took in a small sip and let it roll around on my tongue. I could feel my entire mouth pulsating from the burn of the alcohol combined with the carbonation, but once this subsided, the most noticeable new effect was a sweet carob-like coating penetrating the tip of my tongue.

I'd say this fits the site's description of the style, and vs. other Tripels I've tried, it's more complex than the normal crisp, bubbly, champagny kind of sensation I've gotten in the past. However, I'm not all that fond of it, primarily because the alcohol stands out too much and subdues what appear to be some tasty flavors underneath.

Of course, the same thing has happened to me before with the Abt., which, at its best, is one of my all-time favorite beers, so the Tripel definitely deserves another shot, probably after a little bit of hibernation.

instrumentality, Aug 11, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,503 ratings.