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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,631 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,631
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 221 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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

Great looking brew in my Chimay goblet. This beer is a perfect gold with a grand head that leaves rings around the glass. Smell is predominately citrus, oranges, but a little sweeter, like tangerines with a nice malt backbone. Taste is a tad spicy, a little acidity that's OK, mostly citrus fruits and a little hint of honeydew. Very drinkable and hardly a notice of the alcohol. A high-class brew to cap the evening.

Photo of BarryNL
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Colour is a beautiful hazy orange. The beer pours with a thick, pure white head which lasts well and leaves moderate lacing. The only real problem with the appearance is the lumps of yeast which refuse to settle. A more flocculant yeast would help - but then it wouldn't have the same flavour.

S: Lightly acidic, lightly floral, lightly yeasty - quite a nice delicate bouquet really.

T: Oranges and cloves, some nice malt flavours with little sweetness. Some yeast complexity in the aftertaste. There is a typical trappist earthiness underlying the flavours. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

M: Excellent, a nice chewy beer - feels like it's been made from all malt with no added sugars.

D: Yeah, I'd have another - a bit too much to stay on all night though.

Overall, a good trappist tripel - I think I still prefer the Westmalle but that's just personal taste.

Photo of muddyriverduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Tigers lost tonight, so I'm busting out the tripel to drown my sorrows.

Poured from a bomber into a goblet a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow with a 2-finger head that left lacing all the way down the glass. There were so many floaties in this one that it looked like a public swimming pool in the ghetto.

I thought it smelled mostly like fruit. Don't ask me which fruits. I try to stay away from 'em. Those things will kill ya.

Ahhh. Now we're getting somewhere. The true pleasure of this brew is not looking at the floaties and smelling the fruit; it's drinking it. Prickly carbonation tickles the palate. Roasted malts and spices dominate the flavor for me. I find the alcohol to be very subdued, which makes me want to sip at it constantly.

Me likey. If I had another, I would drink it tonight. Alas, I don't. I'll settle for the Trois Pistoles next.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden & cloudy. Fluffy head stick around for a long time... as well as all along the sides of the glass. Fruity nose... citric fruits... apricots.

Taste is outstanding. Smooth and sweet flavors that end spicy and dry. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that's somewhat prickly. Highly drinkable... barely noticeable alcohol. Not much more to say, really. This beer deserves it's high rating, no doubt.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Best before Sept 08.

Hazy golden with a thin head, Thin sheet of lace left on the glass.

Aroma has banana, caramel, dates, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast.

Flavor is fruit, honey, then a touch of sour and some yeastiness.

Alcohol is hidden well.

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

A - Poured a deep brown with a small off white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of nice lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smell was very fruity, hints of grain, along with pears, plums, apricots and apples. Sloght hint of alcohol as well in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, not really a biting flazvor though. Nice and mellow for a triple. Lots of fruity tones mixed in with a nice spiceness. Hints of apricots and pears were the most prominent, along with a big alcohol kick.

D - Overall this was a nice triple and good beer. A little big to be an everyday one, but I really did enjoy it and it can occupy a spot in my fridge anytime.


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

Poured from a bomber, into a snifter. The beer pours a clear gold, forming a full 1 inch white head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass. The smell is a thick mixture of dark fruit aromas, along with a slight alcohol presence. The taste is very much like the aroma. Nice dark fruit flavor, mild hops, and a noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. The low abv. and full flavor of this tripel makes for high drinkability. Overall, I can see why this Belgian has such high ratings. This is a fantastic Tripel!!!

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

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked best before 1/30/09) into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A beautiful clear golden orange with a nice off-white head. Excellent lacing on this brew as well.

S: Fruity, apricots, tropical fruit as well as some alcohol aromas.

T: Very smooth and complex. Lots of fruit up front with just the right touch of sweetness. This is followed up with some herbal and light pepper and spices. Finished dry with some warming from the 8%.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, as well as slightly creamy.

D: Good drinkability, goes down smooth with nice balance and excellent flavors. A very good tripel.

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

12oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Somewhat murky red-orange body with a good inch and a half oh head that sticks around for a while and leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells fruity, like apples and raisins, with nut and spice notes. Tastes fruity (citrus, apple) with bits of nut and spice. No real alcohol noticed. Lighter bodied than expected, making this a real drinkable beer for the style. Wow, this beer is great.

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

330ml bottle, Poured into a wide Westmalle challice from the 70's

Pours with a creamy yellowy body, some amber hints towards the edge of the glass. Thick and very dense yellow tinted head with great retention. Tonnes of patches of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, almonds and fresh fruit. Some fresh estery tinged yeast, little bit of slightly roasted hazelnuts. Fresh bread and a crisp biscuity malt comes through, some fresh herbs especially corriander.

Taste, almost smokey and slightly creamy alcohol, spicy and slick nuttiness comes through with a touch of peppery hop character. Slightly musty woody yeast character, this beer reminds me of the old wood, fresh beer aromas of Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam. Sweet fresh fruit, some slight banana and peach. Clinging sweetness on the palette although not overpowering, some vanilla pod and rich clotted cream.

A superb tripel. Amazingly balanced with no flavours becoming too overpowering

Photo of atsprings
4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an abundant head that is lasting and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is a very strong blend of sweet fruits, spice, yeast and some earthy hops. The taste is a great balance of sweet malts, spice and earthy hops with an appropriate yeast bite. The beer is medium bodied and crisp with warming alcohol. This is an immensely enjoyable Tripel.

Photo of bosco7
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into oversized wine goblet. Pale amber with some haze. Plenty of head with web like lacing.

Pear, green apple, yeast, coriander, and soap in the nose.

Sweet upfront with some caramel flavors. Other flavors include pear, coriander, soap and yeast. Spicy. Mildly hoppy.

Chewy mouthfeel yet well attenuated. Very interesting.

Good beer. The other beers produced by St. Bernardus (specifically Abt 12 and Prior 8) are far better.

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

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with some yeast sediment in suspention. It boasts a thick fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. Some spices are present also. Coriander, and allspice. This beer also has a slightly cirtusy hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a dominately grainy flavor. It has that signature Belgian earthy yeast flavor also. It is spicy with a hint of cloves. It also tastes slightly citrusy.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good. It might be one of the best Tripel's I have had.

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

A- Thick white head on a murky dirty orange body. Thick creamy lacing.
S- Big esters come through, light banana, lighter fruits, a light kind of hop that adds a nice balance, and a sweet light caramel malt.
T- Esters, banana, light fruits, sweet caramel malts, grass hops that leave a light bitterness on tongue, light breads, and almost like a hint of white grapes.
M-Full body and medium carbonation.
D- This is a excellent beer. I will be buying a few of these on my next trip to Cali.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, Cellared upright for 5 months.

Orange-gold color with a slight haze. Finger of dense white head. Nice lace.

Smells fruity - apricot, pear, apple - with toffee, tobacco, green chillies/jalapeno, white pepper, roses. Complex, intriguing, and good.

Tastes sweeter than it smells. Intense fruit. Green tobacco and vegetables. A roasted (stir-fried?) note, something like Chinese food. A floral note, like rose water. Well balanced with some hop bitterness. Long complex finish.

Medium bodied, with very finely textured carbonation. Mouthfeel is never fizzy nor watery. Drinkable???

Really great beer. I love this stuff!

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

Draft offering at Max and Joe's Omaha.

Dark orange color, head retention is good, reduces to a ring around the top.

Ester alcohol aroma, some murky fruit flavors.

Complex and nicely carbonated tripel, this is a great beer on tap. Good malt sturdiness that's slightly sweet, herbal hops and alcohol spike. Smooth, full mouthfeel. It's light on the tongue for being so nice and thick. Bread finish.

This is a refreshing and fruity ale, sweet toffee malt combined with some fruity hop punch. Alcohol well hidden. Finely crafted and highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

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

Mild mellow rich nut malt yeast bannana ester
not too sweet
not too - not sweet
reminds of holy morning pastry

of course the smiling belgium abbot on the bottle
plays a subconscious influence

pours a cloudy golden tan
with a small rim of white lace head

smell is good:
simple nuts and fruit ester

taste is very balanced
tart and mellow
fruit and nut
sweet and bitter

mouthfeel also balanced
good carbonation
without over doing it
flavor and feel
in livening relaxation

drinkability also good
sips or swigs with
refined pleasure
a very nice tripel
hard to do a whole lot better

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

Pours a pale amber with a decent but fleeting white head and spotty lacing. A bit of haze noted.
Nose is pretty underwhelming, and what is noted has a decent amount of alcohol. Some sugary fruits and typical belgian funky yeast underneath, but surprisingly muted.

The fruity sweetness comes across better in the taste which is probably the highlight. Orange, banana, and I think apricot? Alcohol is noted early and often, but it seems well integrated, almost like the fruit has been soaking in it for some time.

I've been waiting a bit, and swirling a bit, but while the initial carbonation is getting better (lighter) the finish is still a bit too fizzy for my taste. This is a shame because I think I would otherwise really enjoy the creamy full fruit flavors and sharp warming alcohol gliding across my tongue. Drinkability is a bit lower than my favorites of the style. Not bad by a longshot, and very glad I tried it.

Photo of jmc44
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-golden color; light, thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is light, with hints of alcohol, fruit, and a slight note of spice.

Taste is initially fruity, with banana and berry, followed by a slight hop spiciness. The bitter character comes through surprisingly stong compared to other tripels, and the spice character with the fruit is a bit awkward. The flavors do meld together better as the beer warms.

Smooth, medium bodied beer, which is fairly drinkable despite its abv.

Not a bad beer, but IMHO not the best tripel out there. Actually a bit disappointing from their fantastic ABT 12, but still solid in its own right and worth a try.

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

Pours a golden peachish color with a one and a half frothy and foamy white head. Nice pillow like retention with sticky thick lacing forming on the edges. Wheaty thickness like a wet blanked. Fruity aromas with cloves, orange peels, lemon zest, and banana notes making themselves known first. Slight zing of carbonation tickles the nostrils.

Wheaty flavors take over the mouth and curl under the tongue. Fruity notes dance on the roof of the mouth exuding clove, banana, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Dryer aftertaste with a starchy mouthfeel. Silky soft on the palate. Bold and thick on the palate even though it fools you with it's softness and lightness. A very nice drinking tripel. One that I will revisit at some point.

Photo of geexploitation
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just shy of clear, with a big, foamy white head that kicks up on the pour and remains as a dusting throughout the session. Loads of Brussels lace. Very hoppy aroma -- some pear, white pepper, and light candi sugar. On the tongue, very sharp bitterness (more than most tripels) backed by white-fruit sweetness, full carbonation and an intense herbal quality at the finish. There's a nice creaminess to the taste and mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent tripel. Not my favorite one -- to my mind, it swings over too far in bitterness -- but it's up there.

Photo of wcudwight
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

280708---I'm interpreting this as best before July 28th 2008
Cloudy golden orange in color with an everlasting 2 finger white head. Lot's a lacing.
Smells floral, herbal and fruity. Nice.
Lemon and apricot in the flavor. A bit spicy. IMHO the fruit and spice flavors just don't mix well.
The mouthfeel is what really disappoints me. It's too carbonated and chalky feeling.
Drinkability is only fair. Would be much better, but I just really don't like the mouthfeel.
I'm not saying it's a bad beer. In fact I consider it a must try. But....I'd have other Triples before this one.

Photo of BadBadger
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This triple pours a slightly cloudy golden color. The head was minimal. The smell was a mixture of yeast and malts, with hints of fruit and alcohol. The taste was slightly sweet but not much else. The mouthfeel was refreshingly crisp. A descent triple to give a try. But not one I would recommend going out of your way to search out.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of yeast in both the aroma and flavor. The palate offers plenty of rich but well-rounded malt sweetness, some definite honey, some bright but fairly dry fruitiness and a delicious grain character. While it gets eclipsed by all the malt and yeast, but there certainly is some flowery hop spice in there too.

Defeinately above average, a well-done and very drinkable Tripel from a great Belgian brewey.


Photo of jeffaz02t
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-golden color with a formidable head that goes down to about an inch after the pour.

S: Malty, sweet, hints of yeast. Is that banana I smell as well?

T: Like a brown sugar, aprocots, with a nice hops bite that is evened out by the sweet maltyness. Very interesting for a tripel. I have never had a tripel like this one.

M: Almost chewy. Smooth.

D: Yes. At 7.5% this is an all nighter.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,631 ratings.