St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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95
world-class

2,643 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 1,183
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 236 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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 markaberrant
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - slight haze, peachy orange colour, thin white head. no lacing.

S - wonderful aromas of honey, pears, lemon peel, floral hops. I REALLY like this.

T - smooth, controlled sweetness. Awesome peachy, pear, apricot flavours. Snappy finish is a combo of spice and hops.

M - Alcohol is extremely well hidden, but it does have a nice warming effect. This beer has very bright flavours, but soft mouthfeel and carbonation gives it a gentleness.

D - Just an awesome beer, I'm so glad I can get this locally now!

I have only previously tried the Abt 12, and I didn't see what the fuss was. However, this is a different beast. I love a good tripel, but this one pushes the envelope with a distinct aroma, perfect sweetness, and a refined smoothness. I love it!

Photo of thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Fauve-abricot, limpide, mousse de bulles moyennes, abondante et assez tenace, très saturée .
Smell : Arôme bien malté, nez de levure, alcoolisé, très agréable.
Taste and mouthfeel : Goût évolutif, picotant, fruité. Amère, ronde, corps correct. Arrière goût amer assez sec.
Drinkability : Bonne bière d'abbaye de style triple

Photo of buffettfan
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a glass. Lots of nice, off white head, that lasted a little but, not too long. A- a fruity, citrus? notes. T- a malty, fruity taste with some balenced hops, and sort of creamy. The beer is very belenced, and goes down easy. A great beer, I enjoyed after spending the day moving! A great beer!

Photo of neobassman
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although a newcomer to B.A., I've tasted my share of diverse beers over the years, in the US and overseas. I must confess that this is one of the most memorable beers, especially from a bottle, that I have had. I tried this beer in part because of the high rating it received on this site, and I was not disappointed. While the appearance and yeasty smell are good, it is the taste and mouthfeel that make this beer a true pleasure. As it should be! This bottle-conditioned brew has a moderately cloudy, straw-yellow color and a solid but unexceptional head. The color is deceiving, however. This beer has an extremely full and well-rounded taste, somewhat alcoholic but fully pleasurable. I found it challenging to pick out any distinct flavors because, for me, it was so full and balanced. There is a slight fruitiness, and a slight twinge of black pepper in the aftertaste. Beyond these, it is simply good, round, and with a real presence in the mouth.

The mouthfeel is reminiscent, to me, of much darker, heartier beers, like a good porter. It does not taste at all like a porter, mind you, but it fills the mouth with a creamy fullness that reminded me of porter. The taste evolves in the mouth, moving forward to the tip of the tongue. I opened my large bottle right out of the refrigerator (a sin, I know) and was greeted by a taste somewhat sharper than the fuller flavor of the warmer second half. Do yourself a favor - allow this beer to develop its full potential at a cool, not cold, temperature. I definitely prefer this to Bernardus' "8" but maybe it's a style thing. This is a beer that will definitely be part of my regular stash from now on...

Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a hearty beer, good flavor almost a coffee taste to it, I was pleasently supprised by the overall taste. The initial taste left me wonering if I would even like it, but by the end of the bottle I was very surprised. Great beer overall, I have 2 other bottles for the most part and am looking forward to drinking them.

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

11.2 oz bottle best before 03 08 09
Dark golden color with a thick white head.
Smells of a fragrant rock candy, bubble gum, light clove and some spice to it as well. (Nice!)
Taste as it smells, with some carmel and green apple. Kind of sweet, but crisp. Alcohol is hidden. Finishes clean. (Can’t wait to take another sip.)
Mouth feel is light and creamy.
Overall I’m really impressed with my first authentic triple and will be seeking out more. I loved it. Recommended!
Cheers!

Photo of MiScusi
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A hazy gold, white light but well formed head, didn't leave just lace, left a layer of foam that gripped the walls of the glass.

S: Can't imagine a better balance of Belgian yeastiness, earthiness, and a little sweetness.

T: Just like the smell. This tripel was so flavorful yet not overdone it was ridiculous.

M/D. The alcohol didn't make it too slick, but it had a nice medium-light mouthfeel

This is a beer I could drink and drink forever. So interesting yet it's easy to quaff.

Photo of Nipitato
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio’s Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Thick and rich white head. Deep gold hue. Poor clarity. Visibly effervescent. Belgian lace.

S: Yeasty. Ester aroma is banana like. Perfumy hop character comes through. Some subtle alcohol aromas. Not particularly spice – no phenols. Sweet. Overall very pleasing.

T: Yeasty. Clove and some limited pepper phenols are strong. Sweet candi sugar and alcohol flavors. Hop bitterness noticeable on the back end. No fruit esters. Dry finish with a lingering aftertaste.

MF: Medium light body. Highly carbonated – spritzy. Slight alcohol warming.

D: A great tripel. Worthy of listing on Best of BA. Not overly sweet, well balanced and complex – many different flavor pints. Drinkability is good but it will jump up on you.

Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Orange-gold body with a thick lasting white head

S: Various fruits, yeast and pale malt sweetness

T: A well balanced blend of fruits and malt with a hit of hops and spice. a very pleasant flavor profile that hides the 8% ABV very well

M: Light and velvety ... carbonation flows throughout

O: A joy to drink!

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy apple cider color, a heavy white head that settles relatively slowly, leaving some very thick lacing on the glass. Aroma is very fruity sweet, hints of raisins and apricots. Taste is somewhat sweet as well, with hints of apple, and a somewhat oakey flavor. Bits of yeast flavor as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy. Just the right amount of aftertaste.

I really enjoyed this beer. It doesnt appear to be as "spicy" as other belgians i've tried. Very nice. I think the more I try, the more i want to try. I'm becoming more of a fan of belgians with every one I try.

Photo of lifeboyq
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked bottle poured into my St Bernardus chalice (same one thats on their website so i suppose this is the right glass). I think this is my ~800th time to drink this beer but first review. St Bernardus might be my favorite brewery, so pardon my homerism if I get carried away. Pours a cloudy yellow with some light orange/gold tints. A massive pure white beautiful head that has some serious retention. Smell is pears, yellow grapes, sugar, candy sugar, citrus. Taste is very smooth, sugar, very bready, biscuit, light citrus and fruit. Mouthfeel is thin, but perfect and creamy. I dont know how they subdue the intrusive phenols (contrary to something like Maredsous which is also a wonderful beer) so well and make such a clean high ABV beers and this is no exception. A masterfully crafted beer. I might not be typical but I can session these. This is one damn fine beer and perhaps the finest commercial example of the style. YUM! The perfect way to wind down a long day before Monday night football.

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

A: The beer pours a hazy, light orange color. The head is about a finger thick and settles quickly. Excellent lacing and retention.

S: I'm getting fruit aromas, all citric. I think this is fairly standard for a triple.

T: The beer is a bit creamy and tangy with lots of fruity flavors. I'm getting yeast, citrus, and subtle hints of hops. The alcohol is not noticeable. I'm getting an aftertaste of bananas.

M: The beer is medium to full bodied. It is very creamy.

D: This beer is extremely drinkable. Easy to pair with any meal.

Photo of esv
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 FL oz. $4.29
There was a "Best Before End" of FL 25 01 10

A) White head. Head falls down the side of the glass. Slight cloudiness with floating chunks of yeast (I think my bottle had been continually jostled being temporarily stored in the door of a small hotel-fridge). Pink in the heart of the beer.

S) Big-time Apple Cider. Spicy notes and a twinge of sour in the nose.

F) Apples. Hint of cotton candy. Yeasty. Bready. A balanced beer for the most part. Sweet up front and bitter in the end. Neither seemed to dominate.
It was apply cidery for me through the end

M) High Carbonation. Medium Mouthfeel. Quite drinkable.

Photo of soupyman10
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 25 oz. bottle of this for $12; busting it out for the special occasion of leaving the country for two years. Pours a light yellow-orange color, crystal clear, with two fingers of frothy white head on top. Leaves great lacing as it drains. Surprisingly clear, although the later pours were a little foggier. Nose is tons of spice, bread, cotton candy, light lemon as well. Mostly sweet, spicy malt. Great nose. Flavor is great as well, and improves drastically as the beer warms. Refreshing citrus. Not even a hint of alcohol. Tons of lemon, with some breadiness. Candy sweetness. Carbonation is good and bubbly, spicy and refreshing - it might actually hide a touch of the flavor, although it eases as it warms. Really liked this one, although I must recommend letting it warm up A LOT. A very tasty tripel.

Photo of surlyseth
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A beer rated this highly must be really good, right?

A: Quite a beauty. Bright gold haze with a beautiful creamy head and lacing galore.

S: Assorted lighter fruits and sweet candies.

T&M: More of the sweetness. It's kind of like a sunny summer afternoon near a candy apple stand. Carbonation is perfect. Medium-bodied.

D: Good enough. I wasn't dying for another sip, but it's very satisfying. I will surely get it again in the spring.

Photo of david131
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A beautiful, slightly cloudy golden liquid with tons of streams of carbonation. The head is about .75" thick and seems to last forever. Leaves some outstanding lacing.

S- Apples and bread, with some banana and pineapple tossed in. Very light and pleasant.

T- Very light and fruity. Not harsh at all- just very pleasant Belgianness. There is a hint of zestiness.

M- Very light and creamy with a nice bubbly carbonation.

D- Delicious and went down fairly quickly for an 8% beverage. Very enjoyable.

Photo of kernalklink
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasnt surprised that this was a very good brew- poured bubbly and effervescent huge spicy aromas with some sour yeasty undertones. There is a very earthy flavor, slightly sweet but also a hint of grassy hops. Very smooth and not as heavy as I would expect from a tripel but this one is obviously well crafted. There is a craminess to it, some slightly carmelized malt that amps up the flavors. The belgian spiciness is subdued but definately thre. The finish is dry but doesnt leave a sour note as some do. Very well done- cant wait to get into the rest of the series from Bernardus.

Photo of Hornet2003
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Jasper Liquors, 08/07

Appearance: Gold. I'd truly describe this beer as gold coloured. A little cloudy with sediment and a 1 one finger on the pour that decreases to a slight bubbling top afterwards.
Smell: Banana and apple. Black pepercorn as well as sourdough bread.
Taste: Sweet and much like the aromatic end of the beer. Light frutiness and spicy. The alcohol lends a sweetness which contrasts starkly with the yeast sourness.
Mouthfeel: Low-moderate carbonation. The carbnation s such that the flavours are presented where they should be...Sweetness at the front and bitterness at the back.
Drinkabiltiy: This is a doosie beer. 8% is too much to drink a few of, but the alcohol flavours are so subdued that they could go down quite easily.

Photo of dnichols
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I purchased my hoard from Liquid Solutions in Oregon City, Oregon. After working my way through a selection of domestic and Belgium Tripels I decided it was time to take on the beer my friend imacoug declared to be the best tripel he had ever experienced. With that hype in mind, I poured a 330 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Pours a hazy, warm, creamy light orange color. The head began about a finger thick and a sticky clean white that settled down quickly leaving a modest cover across the liquid and a slight lacing on the glass.

S: Warm fruit aromas, with a hint of plastic (phenolic). No single aroma dominates and there is nothing outstandingly wonderful or repulsively objectionable.

T: Very creamy and slightly tangy, with definite fruity flavors. This is a really complex beer with lots of different flavors hitting all parts of the mouth at different times. There is the expected taste of sweet yeast, combined here with citrus (mandarin orange) and some hint of hop bitterness. The alcohol is barely noticeable. The beer leaves a pleasant aftertaste of malts mixed with sweet oranges and ripe bananas.

M: Medium to full body. Very creamy and smooth. Fills the mouth with flavor. Well balanced between the creaminess, carbonation and alcohol. None dominates, each complements making this a joyful experience.

D: Extremely drinkable. The complex and well balanced flavors make it attractive to this a beer to savor. I will return to this Tripel often.

Comment: This beer largely lived up to the hype. Imacoug is typically a restrained beer lover and he went head over heals for this gem. I concur, for the most part. I could use a bit more head and a tad more aroma to complement the fantastic taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a goblet.

This is a beautiful beer! Pours a slightly hazy tangerine color. A shade darker than most tripels. Has a huge pillowy head that leaves sheets of lovely lace all over the glass.

Smell is noticable from a slight distance from the glass. Bright tropical fruits and sweet candy.

Taste is no sloucher either. Sweet candy sugar on the front end followed by a sharp twang of citrusy zest in the middle. Finishes with just a touch of alcohol and sweet malts.

Perfectly carbonated. Full and creamy.

Overall, a wonderful brew that I have been meaning to review for some time. This is probably my favorite Tripel. Has all the characteristics, sweet candy sugars, lots of malty goodness and a bouquet of fruit, perfectly balanced. Highly recommended!

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a nice yeasty white head. Aromas of a yeasty hop presence and a small bit of alcohol. In the taste, a small fruitiness is present, a dry yeasty taste is also there. A mouthfeel of a full yeastiness and a very clean aftertaste. I love the small bit of fruit presence and a yeasty charicteristic. I think that it is also great because of a smaller ABV than most.

Photo of Maracuja
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid dark golden hue. Covered by a fluffy, dense and well retained porcelain white head. Musty honey sweetness, powdery chalk along with pronounced banana esters and lightly tart green apple acetaldehyde in aroma. Clean, nectar like sugar hits the palate at first, then widens into a bready, dough like mellow sweetness. Fruitiness is comprised of mild banana esters and tropical hints of jackfruit. Subdued notes of black pepper alcohol, clove phenol and bubblegum esters add underlying herbal spice. Moderate in body and quite dextrinous, with carbonation lower than the norm helping lend a smooth mouthfeel. Residual sweetness is left relatively unhindered by the paltry hop bitterness. Finishes expectedly sweet, but slightly minerally, with a hint of must as well. A delicious tripel, with overall balanced skewed towards sweetness. St. Bernardus is soft on the palate and quite a mellow example of the style.

Photo of botham
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. pours a semi-hazy yellowish amber with a finger of white, dense head that dissipates rather quickly.

smells fruity, namely apricot, plum and raisen. rather yeasty, with a slight alcoholic presence (not bad for 8% APV). pale and munich malts are detectable underneath the fruity character.

tastes malty, with ale yeast right alongside. pale and caramel malts are present, as well as notes of apricot and plum. a decent amount of soft CO2 here, without much bite. alcohol is present upon the finish.

aftertaste is of light hops, with a touch of alcohol. distant fruits still linger.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied, with a creamy and smooth texture, a notable amount of CO2 without the bite, and a slight alcohol note upon finishing.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol will shy some drinkers away, and the fruity character will not be to everyone's taste, but this is a great example of the style. well balanced with good concentration. this is a good brew to savor and enjoy over a decent amount of time; let it warm and it will show itself. cheers!

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.

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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,643 ratings.