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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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95
world-class

2,500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,500
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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)
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Photo of bonbright7
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After trying this is a bottle last night, I knew I had to make a valiant effort to find this on draft. I had heard that the nearest Belgian cafe in Garden City, about 20 miles to the southwest, had this in its rotation, so i made a trip to find this majestic tripel.

I found Waterzooi be a warm welcome home to the Europe I left last summer after my brother's wedding in Lyon, France. Among the neatly arranged taps was the smiling monk waiting for me..

The pretty bartender poured me a healthy goblet full of the butter colored ale, which led to the first taste without a thought....it was amazingly good. It was even greater than I had anticipated as I watched the rings of lacey foam decline into the glass.

The malty triple had more great tastes than Sybil had personalities.
I had the bizarre impression of bananas and milk shakes while I couldn't detect the alcohol at all.

I thought this ale would be great with broiled duck or just by itself in the company of friends.

bonbright7, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a darker shade of your typical Triple. Nice white head. The smell is outstanding. Tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is also outstanding. There are tropical fruit flavors, lemon, apricots, and an incredible bready malt balance with some herbal spice to finish things off. Complex would be understating it.

The mouthfeel has an adequate amount of carbonation, and feels light for this ABV. The drinkability is only limited by how much I can get my hands on.

This is by far my favorite Belgian Triple. Superior in almost every way. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life- this one would be solid possibility. Incredible stuff.

gotbeer, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I first had this a few weeks ago at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a foamy, creamy, white head that thins to a quarter-inch layer, that fades to a persistent film.

Smell: The nose is fruity with notes of banana, yeast and a spicy graininess.

Taste: Fruity banana upfront, with a nuttiness in the center. The finish is grainy and citric with spicy alcohol and a very light bitterness,

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The flavors are good but strong, as is the alcohol.

Overall: This is a delicious Tripel. The sweet fruitiness is moderated well by the alcoholic spice and light bitterness.

EPICAC, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml silkscreened bottle with a best before end of 6/14/10 on the crown. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive off-white head that retains impressively and incredibly active carbonation. The aroma has some tropical fruit notes upfront, along with spices, biscuit, candy sugar, and the traditional St. Bernardus yeast character. The flavor is initially yeasty (typical st bernie yeast), with some tropical and citrus fruit notes, some candy sugar, biscuit, light spices (corriander, anise) and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is on the light side with moderate carbonation, drinkability is very good with little or no alcohol noticeable. A very good tripel, not overly medicinal or spicy like many beers of it's style.

silver0rlead, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outragously active, Bubbles rushing up from the bottom. Looks like jet in a hot tub. A crazy amount of carbonation. Medium golden amber, massive frothy 3" thick head. Amazing retention and nice lacing.

Yiesty, lemmon, sweet malt.

Taste has a lemmon tang effect with minor hop bite, malty sweet & sour.

Taste's light and bubbly, evaporates on the tongue. Frothy head gives it a smooth effect as well.

I could drink it all day, if I didn't have to get in a car that is.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The St. Bernardus Tripel pours into my tulip glass with a deep golden effervescence and an arid bubbly white head on top. Some little yeasties make their way into the pour accidentally. Aromas of sweet pale malts with nice fruity tones. Somewhat spicy with a dash of vanilla in the mix and floral undertones.

First sip brings a nice, somewhat sweet pale maltiness with a light fruity flavor. I get quite a bit of vanilla as well as some spicy yeastiness on the way down. A touch of hops rounds out this tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a tight bubbly carbonation. Goes down nicely and is quite a tasty tripel overall. This is one I'd definetly pick up again sometime and another feather in the cap for St. Bernardus. Worth checking out if you're a fan of the brewery or the style.

orbitalr0x, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thing St Benardus is my favorite Belgian brewery. I've loved all of their beers. Had this in a wine glass (that's all the beach house had). Just a little bit of a head. Yellow, straw color with a strong floral and yeast aroma. Not overpowering. Much different than Allagash Tripel Reserve, which is great in it's own way. Taste has some banana. Can taste/feel teh alcohol, but it doesn't detract fromt he beer. I great example of a classic Tripel.

doubleipa, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a golden brew that leans more toward an orange hue. A big white head came up off the pour and faded away leaving some thick lace that looks soapy and bubbly on the rim of the glass.

The nose is malty and sweet. Yeast is quite detectable. This actually does smell a bit like caramel underneath the fruity sweet candy sugar tones that flourish. It seems to have a peppery aroma that encases these sweeter and more dynamic notes.

The flavour has some tasty banana fruitiness. The yeast is present and gives a chalky, buttery aspect to the flavour. Banana, caramel, butterscotch, and that bit of peppery spiciness come together as a package with the candied aspects that add another dimension.

The mouthfeel is medium. It feels a bit thick and syrupy, which works well here.

Drinkability is easy. No problems here. This is good, but really nothing super impressive.

SupaCelt, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 33cl capped bottle.

Pours a hazy, deep golden hue. An inch thick frothy head that leaves sheeting lace. Smell is fruity and lightly spicy (Clove and vanilla). Hints of oak.

Taste is fruity and caramel malt. Really rich maltiness for a tripel and that oak is there again. Notes of sherry and candy sugar too. There is prominent alcohol n the mouth that helps to dry out the finish. Creamy and smooth, surprisingly drinkable and tasty.

They do nothing wrong. I am slavishly devoted to drinking St. Bernardus beer.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of trep
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle an orange amber with sediment floating all around. Creamy white head that leaves abundant lacing. Consistant carbonation rising to the surface.

Honey and very sweet light fruits. White grapes, and citrus. Some apple and the yeasty funkiness that is present in all good Tripels.

Very very sweet and light malts. Wheat and honey as well as the obvious citrus fruit. Very very mellow and everything works wonders for every other part of the beer. Carbonation is a bit much though.

Medium body, high carbonation. Pretty refreshing and easy-going on the palate. Not too offensive and very complex. Solid 4's goes out to this one.

trep, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is Really good looking. A huge amount of carbonation leaves a giant head with great lacing and millions of bubbles in a clear golden color liquid. The smell is a disappointment with only a slight aroma of candy sugar. The taste isn't as sweet as other tripels,but there is a definite candy sugar taste along with flora, coriander, and malt. This is very good and subdued for the amount of alcohol in it. The m/f is light and very well mixed. A classic beer that should not be missed.

jmz62565, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of kkipple
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the St. Bernardus gift pack. I love drinking beers from the brewery glass... this one pours a hazy, pale straw yellow with lots of yeast bits swirling in the glass. A fine, tenacious, inch tall head crowns the top.

A nice sweet, floral smell comes from the glass. Has that typical unique Belgian yeast smell. Nothing unusual in the aroma however.

A long sip yields classic Tripel. I really dig the Tripel style, and this is a great example of one. There's the spicy pear and banana flavor, and then some mild tannins and a hint of hops. Some dryness is present, along with a warming sensation from the (quite hidden) alcohol. Good stuff, very drinkable. Finish is moist, mouthwatering and reminds me of white grapes.

Mouthfeel is tangy and spicy, but full. Mild carbonation.

This is a pretty straight-up Tripel, everything it does it does well. I was expecting a little more complexity, I suppose, but for what is there I couldn't find much to complain about. Allagash still makes my favorite Tripel, but you certainly can't go wrong with St. Bernardus.

kkipple, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of hero27
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.
10/24/08 - best before date

Hazy yellow, modest head. Belgian yeast, spices, coriander, pale malts, slightly fruity..plenty of carbonation, and rather lively on the tastebuds. This is certainly an easy drinker, and I had a couple around the campfire the other night. You almost have to force yourself not to drink this one too fast to enjoy the subtleties of it. Has no perceivable alcohol bite despite the impressive 8% abv. This is just a classic Belgian tripel from a stellar brewery.

hero27, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a nice slightly hazy orange hue with a white head.

Smell. Initially quite sweet and fruity- apples and peaches as if they are in a cobbler. Has a rich creaminess, almost as if i were smelling a warm fruit pastery.

Taste. Not as sweet as the aroma would make it appear, or others in it's style, but still a bit sweet. One interesting thing i get is roasted malts as i let it sit on the top of my tongue and warm up. I remember fruits playing a bigger role in the past, but no so much in this bottle. Aftertaste has a small hint of the alcohol, but it is still pretty well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Body is very nice and creamy as the beer really seems to fill my mouth. Though creamy, it still has tons of carbonation. Very nice.

Overall. Excellent beer. Mouthfeel stands out the most, imho, but i dont believe this beer has any shortcomings. great one for after dinner.

acrawf6, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4 pack of 330 ml thin brown bottles with a “best before end of - 05 06 08” freshness date stamped on the back label.
Slightly hazy pale gold color, big white head that keeps growing if the pour is too aggressive. Nice lace lines. There is a slight smell of alcohol, lots of fruit and yeasty aromas. Some malt character, but lots of fruit/herbal tastes, all covered up by yeast flavors. A touch of spiciness. Lots of alcohol warming in the throat and stomach, you can definately feel the 8% alc. and a dry finish. A good beer, generally highly ranked and well respected example of a belgian tripel. I see why the monk is smiling.

BigBry, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.7/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle. Left a one finger head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim, no lacing. Body was a hazy light orange amber with some crazy carbonation visible.

Smell - esters; bananas, overripe apples and pears. Some phenols. Chalky yeast.

Taste - as promised by the smell. Overripe apples and pears with bananas washed through. Finishes with chalky yeast. Well hidden alcohol, can't taste it all.

Mouthfeel - thin to moderate, very fluid, highly carbonated.

Drinkability - This was not bad, but it was not terribly great either. I would probably not seek this out again. Anyway, high abv also restricts it to one per session for those who like it, although again high abv is well hidden, so be careful.

ultralarry2006, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Lupin
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My pleasant, balding friend greets me with a smile, gaily offering a glass of the same tripel I have poured into an inappropriate piece of glassware, a Dick's Last Resort stein.

750ml from a local Indian Package store. $8.99.

Cork pops easily and smells a lot like champaigne. Yeasts are very evident with the first whiff from the neck of the bottle. Head is fiercely bubbly and dissipates in under a minute. Loads of lemon in the scent and in a sip of the head, which is very pleasant. Body is murky from yeast and pretty dense carbonation.

Taste is lemony tart to the point where my novice tongue has difficulty describing any of the undertones. It's a good, friendly, taste though. Tart, but not as dry/tart as a white like hoegaarden. Definitely just the right amount of sweetness. Also, definitely not as spicy as allagash's tripel, which was more towards the duvel side of things. It strikes far fewer points on my palate than similar brews, but I find this rather refreshing.

The final pour adds a lot of the yeast base to the glass, which churns with larger chunks of brewing flotsam than before. Texture is noticeably thicker and creamier. Slight warming has little effect. Still very refreshing.

I'll definitely come back to this brew at some point, but most likely in a 12oz bottle. You don't have to pay too much attention to what's going on. Definitely a good starter brew for the genre, if you want to introduce a friend to a rather neutral tripel/belgian without all sorts of fancy spices to describe.

Lupin, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of BillyB
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Tripel's out there.

Pours a hazy pale orange with a thick, whipped cream-like head and thick'clingy lacing.

Aromas of citrusy hops sweet candi sugars, apples and honey.

Tastes of tangerines, mandarin oranges, apples and honey. A rich yeasty, spicey flavor with warm alcohol taste and subtle malty flavors.

Mouthfeel is rich, carbonated and smooth. Nice alcohol warmth.

BillyB, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, milky pale orange with a beautiful full white head that melts to a very, very heavy, glass sticking lacing.
Aroma is heavenly fresh and sweet with pale malt an mild citrus...oranges and tangerines.
The head is like covering your lips with wipped cream. Mouthfeel is tingly and very, very full.
Taste is tangerines, manderin oranges, sharp biting sting from the tiny carbonation on your tongue then the alcohol burn....
very drying as you swallow, but a lingering sweet citrus in the mouth makes you want another sip...and another sip...and another.
This is the kind of beer that would make one find religion and join the abbey.

IntriqKen, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of jamesdergen
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a rich, cloudy, golden color with a big foamy off-white head. Some darker colored sediment poured out at the end.

Smell: Big, sweet, fruity aromas with green apples, honey and some floral notes as well. Awesome!

Taste: Huge fruity flavors up front, following the nose with the apple flavors and some spicy hop notes in the background. Richer yeasty, malty flavors linger in the background. Awesomely complex and perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Pretty well carbonated, but not overwhelmingly so. Very rich, but still very smooth and drinkable. Goes down easy, maybe a bit too easy...

jamesdergen, May 28, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy pinkish gold, into an oversized wine glass. Big fluffy cloud head that leaves lots of lacing. Some yeasty bits in the glass, probably my fault.

Aroma is oranges and cloves, sugary lemon, and very fresh, bready malt.

Taste is incredibly thick and malty upfront. Mild citrus middle, with some bready notes. Good sour hop kick in the aftertaste makes this an excellently balanced beer. Mouthfeel is fantastically chewy and satisfying, with moderate carbonation.

This is my favourite tripel so far, and probably my favourite St. Bernardus brew as well. Good stuff!

crwills, May 27, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, best before 7/28/08. Pours a cloudy dark gold with some yeast floaties in it. The head is white and very bubbly. It retains pretty well and clings to the glass.

The aroma is very spicy - cloves, banana, floral and earthy and a little honey.

The flavor is kind of musty, bready malt with a little spiciness, some bananas, some honey sweetness and a laid back bitterness throughout. The mouthfeel is pretty full with some rather harsh carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty good. It's almost a little more saison-ey than triple-y.

Beaver13, May 20, 2006
Photo of haz77
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a tulip a hazy amber with big foaming white head. This drops to a half inch leaving some nice lacing behind.

S - Phenols, yeast, cloves, esters

T - Citrus upfront and creamy malts. Finishes peppery and with phenols with a bitter dryness.

M - Creamy and medium in body. High carbonation.

D - Not too impressed. Beer is OK, but something is missing. I ate some stilton/mature cheddar and crackers with the second half of it, which worked well and gave the beer a lift.

haz77, May 19, 2006
Photo of nvsblman
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color, clear except for the few chunks of yeast that made it into the bottle. Thick, fluffy, white head. Yeasty, bready aroma with light honey and fruit notes. The yeast flavor wasn't as sharp as I expected, but still very flavorful. The yeast plays well with the doughy flavor, and it has a nice lemon zest finish. Full and creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer!

nvsblman, May 17, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a tulip glass. The color is golden. The head is thick with very good retention. The aroma is mostly yeast phenolics with just a trace of malt, nothing extraordinary. Upon tasting, it has a nice balance between the yeast, malt and hops. It's almost a little too balanced. However there is a subtle sweetness to it, but perhaps a little too subdued to make it exceptional. It has a creamy, medium-light body with high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent offering of the Tripel style, but it's a little too ordinary for my taste. I can drink this, but I wouldn't be writing home about it the next day. I would most likely recommend another brewery if someone inquired which commercial tripel to purchase. St. Bernardus offers other varieties that I feel are superior to this.

scoobybrew, May 14, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,500 ratings.