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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,419 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 161
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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.

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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Appears a glowing orange/amber with a solid 1 finger white head that lasts for a few minutes and fades into a soapy white film and collar. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is of delicate pear, vanilla, and fruit coctail, making for the classic tripel aroma.
Taste is the same as the wonderful aromas with a classic taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a mild fruit and alcohol bite.
Drinkability is decent. Slight alcohol presence keeps it from being better than just good.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 16:55:08 | More by weeare138
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sopor

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice coppery-tan with much haze. Creamy head dies quickly to a creamy film. A smell of sweet fruit is present but light. Flavor starts out with some light fruit and slight bitterness, and an even smaller hint of ripe sourness. Beer turns dry with a slight flavor of alcohol. Very lively carbonation and moderately light body, add to a pretty good drinkability. There are tripels I would rather drink, but I will have this again!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2005 14:13:34 | More by sopor
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egajdzis

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden color with a medium head that left nice lacing. In the aroma I detected some orange, wheat, yeast and some slight coriander. Taste started off with fruits such as orange, lemon, starfruit... at that point it became carbonated and there was a dry, woody taste. Very little alcohol was noticible.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 23:56:07 | More by egajdzis
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours almost completely clear golden straw color with about a half inch of mousy head at first pour. There are lots of bubbles rising throughout to maintain the head. The appearance is cleaner than just about any other Tripel I have ever had, though the head was a bit small compared to others.

Aroma: Lots of Lemony citrus and some sweet candy-like flavors. It is really clean with some noticeable spiciness. As it warms, you can start to pick out a HINT of the alcohol, but the beer is blended so well that you really have to look for it.

Taste: Damn this is a good beer! Where do I begin? There is a host of citrus and fruit that starts out the profile. There is a boatload of carbonation that makes this beer practically swirl around on your palate. The flavor just washes over you leaving you with your palate singing, and rendering one almost unable to pick out individual flavors. The citrus starts out ruling the profile, but this flavor makes a subtle retreat to let some malty/sugary sweetness make it through. Finally the finish is only slightly dry from the attenuation and carbonation. Excellent!

Opinion: I believe that this is the best true to style Tripel that I have tried. It is an excellently crafted beer, and one that everyone should try at least once even if you don't like Belgian styles.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 04:09:47 | More by SkeeterHawk
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arizcards

Arizona

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

Part of a 4 pack bought at AJ's for 14.99 at the end of July.

Poured a cloudy golden color, three finger head which has retained a half inch, highly carbonated with floating belgian yeast-very interesting! Nose is of fermented fruits and spices. Taste is a nice complex medly of fermented fruits and peppery spices, wheat, and hops. Mouthfeel is lively on the palate and fairly full and pleasing for the style. Drinkability is perfect as one cannot detect the high abv in this brew. Totally smackable brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 23:55:10 | More by arizcards
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a cloudy amber/orange, huge white head forms, goes slowly, impressive lacing until the end, nice legs. Smell is malty sweetness, honey, spices, apple. Taste is yeast, sweet malt, honey, wheat, spices, light fruits. The mouthfeel is very full, medium high carbonation, very clean and very dry. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 23:29:00 | More by Viggo
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elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a dark honey/deep orange colour with a faint bubbly head. The head was gone before I could put away the empty bottle. This is my second bottle of this beer and I could have sworn the last one retained at least a little bit.

The smell is pleasant, belgian yeast, champagne, sweet but light fruits.

There is a whirlwind of different tastes in a mouthfull of this beer. A sweet toffee like flavour, a tart citrus, a sour and bitter finish. The ending lingers on the back of the tongue and leaves a warm alcohol trail. While the tastes range from just okay to great, the overall effect is good.

The mouthfeel is what one expects from a tripel. It is almost sticky, and has a fairly aggressive carbonation. I wouldn't say drinkability is a strength for this one. It isn't hard to drink, but I don't see myself drinking more than one.

I can't say that I've hit on a tripel I would call my favorite yet. I had high hopes for this one, but it hasn't stood out for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 02:51:47 | More by elricorico
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pentathlete

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber, with a diminishing head. Lots of carbonation, just a pleasure to look at. Smell is spicy, yeasty, and has that Belgian malt odor going for it. This tasted more like a strong pale with a dry spiciness that barely let any fruit flavors come through. Mouthfeel is medium and satisfying. An easy to drink beer...recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 21:41:02 | More by pentathlete
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Morris729

Texas

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

Pours a hazy golden peach color with a tall white head that leaves sheets of lace on the walls of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nose is quite floral with aromas of honeysuckle and perfume as well as a strong spiciness with notes of coriander, clove, and white pepper. Taste begins with tropical fruit, bubblegum, and a bit of medicinal phenols followed by some bready and yeasty notes. Flavors of raw honey and vanilla make an appearance towards the end with a bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Wow, very nice beer here.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2005 01:17:51 | More by Morris729
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bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured a translucent (cloudy) orange-amber color into a tulip glass. A rapidly rising head immediately sprang up, and retention was great throughout the drinking of this beer. It showed a rather high amount of carbonation right off the bat. The scent was one that blended grapes and red wine, with slight floral (rose) hints. There was a heavy malt presence in the scent, and it enveloped my nose. This could be one of the best beer aromas I've ever encountered.

Tasting: A slightly citric flavor came across on the front, followed by sweet malty characteristics, finally concluded by the warmth of alcohol. It was a sweet, sipping beer with a virtually nonexistent hop profile. There was a strong bread-y aftertaste as well that lingered in my mouth. The beer itself had a medium body. It was wonderfully complex in that every flavor that I had expected from the style came across. There are some beers that I've seen that use an overpowering hop presence to mask imperfections in the beer, but this beer blended all its elements extremely well. There was no harshness on the tongue, despite the high alcohol content. It rolled across very easily. This beer gets better as it gets a little warmer, too.

This beer is highly drinkable as a sipping beer, ideal for a wine and cheese hour or for dinner. The higher alcohol content may catch some by surprise, mainly because it is so well hidden by the flavors. At $3.99 per 11.2oz bottle (where I found it), this beer is meant for special occasions (or tastings at home, where I reviewed it). Definitely one of the best that I've ever tasted.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 01:45:23 | More by bceaglejoe
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whartontallboy

New York

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

Pours out in a St. Bernardus glass with aa cloudy orange color with floaties and a big head of thick meringue. Leaves a nice lace as it fades, but not quite as much as the Abt 12.

Smell is spicy with citrus fruit and a big yeast presence.

Taste is rich with the same yeasty, doughy flavors, orange and lemon, even some sugary sweetness. The spices are all there and couple with some hoppiness to give it a nice little bite. The overwhelming maltiness gives it a really solid backbone, and I really enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is solid and robust, and it really complements the big flavor well.

Overall: Great tripel that has a huge flavor. St. Bernardus still hasn't done me wrong.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 01:03:52 | More by whartontallboy
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color of a field of wheat. Thick, cannot see through the beer. Aroma is slightly sweet with hints of banana. This rain is ruining my mood for this beer. I am trying to be fair in my review. I have another bottle and will have to re-review it later. Flavor is pretty complex. Picking up some wheat, some breadyniess, and then there is a whole bunch of fruit flavors with a big fat banana as the predominant fruit. Lots of yeast. A very bubbly beer. Almost sletzer like until I let it sit for a few. Full body with an almost creamy feel to the finish. Goes down smooth enough--but like I said this weather is not for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 02:57:24 | More by MuddyFeet
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

Came in a small 330 ml brown euro-type bottle, part of a 4 pack, green label with the happy St. Bernardus monk holding up a golden chalice of the tripel found inside. 8% abv listed on the label.

Pours out a hazy nectarine sunset, capped by a billowing smooth sponge white cloud of head with serious retention. Bread, fruit, spice and yeast in the aroma, most noticably I can pick out pepper, ginger and tropical papaya, even a touch of sliced pineapple along with ripe green apple peels. The more I inhale this, the more sugary sweet the fruit characteristics become, putting me into a tropical tiki drink frame of mind.

Bubblegum. That's not the first flavour to hit me on my first sip, but as so much wells up from this tripel to be tasted at once, that's the initial lasting impression I received. Things then tend to smooth out a bit. Bready at first, but like light French breakfast pastry, an underlying butteriness that is then topped by light spices and sweet juicy fruits in the middle, but then drying out towards the finish, picking up the characteristics of bitter grains, nut shells and light herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is light, but smooth and creamy in its texture, refreshing for an ale of its abv%. I'll be stocking up on more of this, great to see this in Alberta finally. Definitely a tripel that must be tried at least once for the sheer experience of it. I have a warm glow as I finish my glass, and I don't think it's just the 8% talking in that regard.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 02:23:04 | More by IronDjinn
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

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

The "green cap" Tripel sports the same label as most of the rest of the St Bernardus line, with the smiling monk holding the chalice glass. Finally some St Bernardus is available in Alberta! An aspirin white creamy head forms quickly, the beer itself a hazy dirty honey colour. The lacing is thick and pillowy. The head is thick bubbled yet extremely fine, and its whiteness is extremely bright, unexpectedly so atop a somewhat darker coloured tripel. The beer does not sparkle, but is quite dull. The nose is dry and the epitome of tripel, similar in some ways to Duvel, but with more maltiness. Fruity yeast and sugar are foremost. Green apple, definite pineapple, distant malt and hops, dusty prunes and figs. There is some aroma peculiar to a few exceptional Belgian ales I have had, and it is quite undescribable but magnificently appetising, working well as an aperitif. The fruitiness is not unique, but the malting and yeast behind it is. Bananas and nuts, fresh yeast and tapioca, cocunut milk and apple-- the complexity is quite extraordinary. It is almost hard to describe--it needs to be tried. The taste has the same ineffable characteristic that makes this beer elusive yet essential: the usual suspects of fruity yeast and some dryness are present, but behind this lurks a real treat of nuts and pasta, fresh bread, citrus, hard water, lightly toasted but sweet malt, metallic tastes of iron and copper, zesty tomato acidity, all with the finishing dryness of chardonnay. Little if any alcohol intercepts the other tastes. The mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and quite cream-like, smoothly swallowed and easily consumed. Subsequently drinkability, for a tripel, is so much better than average.
It is hard to be subjective when rating such a beer, but this one really does deserve its praise. Personally, however, it did not fully fulfil my expectations. Still, this begs to be tried by every beer lover. A definite must have.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 07:55:04 | More by Cwrw
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mntlover

Tennessee

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

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a white fluffy head that falls slowly and leaves some nice decent of lace.

Aroma is lightly sweet beady malt light fruit banana, apple and lemon mixed with some light spice and earthy hops/yeast, very crisp clean and smooth.

Taste is nice smooth a good dose of zesty carbonation to start it fades to a nice bready malt base with nice fruit mixed in finish is spicey lightly peppery with some earthy yeast flavor nutmeg/clove are also present. Like the flavor, the first Tripel I have had that doesn't taste like too much sweet rock candy sugar has thrown in.

Mouthfeel is nice a good medium, with a nice amount of carbonation that carries the flavors forth.

Drinkability is very good a enjoable beer a bit pricey for me. But must admit this Tripel has me enjoying this style more then I have before.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2005 23:19:08 | More by mntlover
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blackie

Virginia

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

Streams of bubbles from the bottom of the amber colored ale form small islands on the surface of the beer. The head is easily roused by swirling the glass. A slight lacing is left.

Smells of sweet malt and grain, almost a floral sweetness. A good amount of fruity esters are present. Alcohol hides in the back. Slight hints of yeast and spiciness.

Carbonation is medium and the body is creamy and somewhat slick on the tongue.

The first taste evident is the malty sweetness. Hints of fruits and yeast are also there. A kick of hop biterness comes through at the end and lingers for awhile. Alcohol not really evident anywhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 05:48:48 | More by blackie
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hefevice

Australia

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Lively gold with two fingers of white bubbly head leaving plenty of lace and lasting well. Aromas of orange peel and spice with a sweet malty background and a slight Belgian funk, although a little more muted than expected. Taste was a little medicinal, with a sweet malty start, spicy middle and a very dry peppery finish with a light bitter hop punch right at the end. Alcohol was a little noticeble, but not overwhelming. Palate was creamy and light as it should have been. Competent Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 09:40:36 | More by hefevice
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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

This was a clear yellow ale with a four finger, rather fast head. A little violent, and unexpected.

The aroma was sweet and yeasty, with some breadiness, and a hint of banana if you hunt for it.

Taste followed the aroma... sweetness and yeastiness, with a little spiciness and hints of citrus and banana thrown in.

A very good mouthfeel as well, good body and creaminess. Eminently drinkable, but a bit costly.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2005 04:27:56 | More by connecticutpoet
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karengarys

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

well, I see why this is a worldwide top beer....

pours medium amber, slightly very slightly hazy, with a nice fluffy head which laces on the glass nicely.

smell is very nice, balanced, lemony grassy and a hint of hop.

taste is just wonderful. Smooth, very lemony and grassy. the alcohol is very very well hidden.

mouthfeel is very creamey and nice.

finish is a bit hoppy and clean and fresh.

Get one. Try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2005 04:58:42 | More by karengarys
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TPSReports

Alabama

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

I orded 4 small bottles of this brew for my first experience into fine Belgian ales.

I was not overly impressed with bottle number 1, but the brew has grown on me. I few days later, I tried bottle 2 and was impressed.

It pours with a nice golden color into my chalice, with a clean white head.

The aroma is slighly hoppy with an alcohol tint.

The taste is rather mild, given the color and aroma, but tasty. Not one of my favorites, but I will keep a few in the cellar to try as they age a bit.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2005 02:49:38 | More by TPSReports
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Duhey2

Texas

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

I picked up a 750 ml bottle today to try something different. Until reading the reviews here, I didn't realize what a gem I had.


The initial taste was very sweet and to my virgin palate, was very rich....like crepes suzette (orange and lemon rind, butter, and sugar). The head was rich and about two fingers worth from the top of my glass.


Since I'm a hefe drinker, dare I admit I dropped a slice of lemon in the glass to cut the sweetness?

Overall, an excellent beer and definitely one to sip on....like a nice wine.

Price paid...$7 and change.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 02:11:16 | More by Duhey2
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had already been very impressed with this beer in the bottle a day or two before this and was now anxious to try it on tap. This was in De Zolder, Bruges. Appearence was good but not as impressive as from the bottle. Smell was as good as the bottle, but unfortunately the taste fell a little short of the extremely high standard experienced in the bottled version. Still a quality Belgian Tripel, but preferred it in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2005 14:28:45 | More by JohnfromDublin
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Higravity

Michigan

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

From SB 05- StuBob

Apperance: Honey gold with good white head that leaves a tight lacing.

Smell: A little alcoholic, definatley fruity like melons and a pinch of citrus. Bready but yummy.

Taste: Chucky fruityness laced with alcohol covered in yeasty goodness. Complex malt layers with hop spicyness muted but present.

Mouth: A full feel and nice carbonation good balance.

Drinkability: Smooth and sweet easy drinking and still a savory experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 18:47:05 | More by Higravity
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GClarkage

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/15/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle caged and corked. A best by date on the cap of the cage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Brown, almost amber pour. Huge fat dirty blonde chunky head and excellent lacing. Huge chunks just clinging to my glass upon finishing. Literally could stick my finger against the dried lace and could pick up the glass without it falling off my finger.

Smell- Nice and sweet as well as a very sugary smell. Seems cookie dough is about best way to describe it as most reviewers of this have said about the same thing.

Taste- Sweet and sugary, maybe some vanilla, butterscotch?, caramel, and citrus fruit shavings (lemon, orange, banana). Almost like drinking a sweet fruit cocktail with a caramel suprise on the side.

Mouthfeel- Average to low carbonation, nice coating feeling from the thick caramel flavor.

Drinkability- Probably the best or at least comparable to the best tripel I have had. I just hope the store gets some more of these in soon. Time to stock up and age a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 06:13:43 | More by GClarkage
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Onceeven

New York

3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel goblet, with a perfectly smooth, billowy white head that filled the glass to the rim. The magnificent sight ended a few minutes later when the head settled into a permanent 1/4 inch layer with some nice lacing to boot. The beer is a beautiful rich golden color, kinda looks like I have a glass full of honey, and smells almost as sweet. The smell is sweet and fruity, without the alcohol prominance of other tripels. Almost smells like a fruity wine at times.
The taste is a bit milder that I expected. There's a hint of alcohol, and a crisp sweetness, with a subtle tartness that suggests apples. Based on some experience.. this seems more like a strong pale ale than a tripel. The sweetness may compromise drinkability a bit for me.
While a good beer, it's not my favorite tripel.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2005 04:44:08 | More by Onceeven
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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