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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,592 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 178
Gots: 207 | 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 dmamiano
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a glass at around 55 degrees.
Nice deep ruby color with an impressive off white head with lacing that seemed to hang on extra long.
The aroma was fantastic with deep ripe plums, and a "bready" malt aroma.
Mouth feel was exceptional and the flavor almost perfect. Nice smooth, creamy and full mouthfeel was great and the malty flavors were almost heavanly. I notice no hops per say, but that was expected. The maltiness was of plums/raisons and a bit "bready"

dmamiano, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a snifter, the beer grabs light from the room and holds onto it, creating an impressive glowing effect. sediment sits suspended in the beer and the white foamy head is unmoving, as if not a liquid. yeast, honey, flowers dominate the smell and taste, with some peppery spices and a touch of honey. the beer feels like tea and honey in the mouth, and drizzles down the throat accordingly; absent is the cloying stickiness of many tripels. the alcohol is not masked, but accompanys the flavors perfectly. a very dry finish leaves you wanting more and more and more.

schusterbauer, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, BB date 01 06 09.

Pours a hazy peach tone, plenty of dense white foam. Lace sticks around for the duration of the glass. Tiny streams of capillary carbonation permeate the orange liquid.

Smells like pilsner malt, it has a certain lightness, but not a big bouquet.

Taste is fairly mild, carried by a velvety mouthfeel. Light sweetness, no fruit, but a little alcohol spiciness. Estery yeast, similar to a Wit or Hefe. Hint of toffee, but it's gone in a flash. Dry aftertaste, easy to drink...

In the end i'm not terribly impressed, but will give it another shot. A fresher bottle may yield different results.

emerge077, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel pours the color of a new copper penny with an off white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. There is a pleasant fruity aroma, apricot comes to mind as does pineapple. The fruit isn't as noticeable in the flavor, although aspects still come through. There seems to be more of an herbal flavor that dominates however. Definitely one to try.

Drew966, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of drumline
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bomber poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold, with a thick creamy white head, and incredible lacing.

Smell - Very fruity nose. Hints of apples, pears, and a slight bubblegummy sweetness and peppery spice.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Fruity malt tastes up front that mirror the nose, with a spicey and dry hoppy finish. Yeasty/bready flavors throughout. Mouthfeel is excellent, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink; the ABV is hidden really well. At the end of every sip, you're left wanting more and more. Dangerously drinkable.

Definitely one of the best Belgian tripels I've ever had.

drumline, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of Budlum
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pouring this beer produces one half inch of head over the huge surface of a St. Bernardus chalice. The body is a glowing amber and golden yellow with a few yeast particles in suspension. The soapy, white head is retained in a thin layer that leaves nice lacing on the glass.

The nose of this tripel is delightfully fruity with fresh pears, apples and raisins. Moderate spiciness mixes with soothing vanilla and light alochol to keep the nose awake. This beer smells very much like roses. The alcohol smells continue to grow stronger as the beer warms.

A smooth, growing spice flavor lights up the tongue immediately with a great display of carbonation. A very mellow peach and apricot flavor blends with black pepper and a faint cayenne sulphur quality. The spice flavor is difficult to explain. A honey-like sweetness mixes with a moderate alcohol taste before a quick vanilla and peach finish. This is a very delicious beer.

The mouth presence of this beer is delightfully spicy, well carbonated and just plain luxurious. This is quite enjoyable to sip and hold in the mouth.

Drinkability is excellent. This beer simply flies out of the glass even with the moderate alcohol content. I would drink this all the time were it not for the limted availability and cost.

Budlum, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dull cloudy gold with a big white head. Sheets of lacing on the glass. Nice smell, cloves and bananas and some spiciness. Tastes very good, nice astringency and the flavor of fruit and spices. No hint of the alcohol at all!!! The mouthfeel is rich. Drinkability is good for a beer with this high an alcohol content. This one is a winner!!!

JayQue, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another amoung the large group of beers my girlfriend bought me for Christmas, St. Bernardus Triple pours a light golden yellow. It is hazy, with a tall white head that fades quickly. Smell is yeasty and faintly malty. Flavor is moderately dry, with nice fruity esters. There is some hop bitterness, in contrast to the Abt 12. I've only recently started to really enjoy Belgians, but I think that now I will be drinking beers like St. Bernardus much more often.

ericj551, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of srrn
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy amber into goblet. Smells of hay and the earthy smells I associate with all Belgian ales now. Bit of banana and spice in the background. Taste of spice upfront and malt with a bit of bitterness at the end. A very nice brew and a change from my prefered Belgian brown or quads. My favorite triple thus far.

srrn, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a St. Bernardus chalice, the beer pours a gold/copper color with almost an inch off-white head. It smells like pears, bubblegum/candy sweetness and a bit of peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty similar to how it smells, but I can also taste some yeast and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium/full, a bit dry and very smooth. Drinkability is high too, it goes down pretty easy. One of the best if not the best Tripel style beers I've had.

bluejacket74, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of scott
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

V.05 or 06
Hazy copper/amber presence in provided chalice, with minimal head and lacing.
Fruit, bread & minor spice for aroma.
Taste leaves me feeling indifferent. Chewy malt upfront, bitter tea in the rear.
Full-bodied approach in the mouth, but I can't say it's the most pleasant.
I won't run out to purchase another, but I don't feel bambozzled, either.

scott, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy golden with a quickly dissappearing head.

Smells of bubblegum and apples with a slight whiff of hops.

Wonderful bubblegum taste that fades to hop crispness and then to a waxy, but pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp but with a nice body.

Very drinkable. The yeast adds interest and the crispness and medium carbonation make it refreshing.

Georgiabeer, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Onibubba
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hard pour into a Tulip leaves about an inch of creamy head with a rather remarkable staying power. Nice lacing too. Color is a hazy gold. Very appealing. Aromas have some alcohol notes and a sweet but inoffensive spicyness. The spiced pear taste is fainter than I would have thought with a nice touch of bitterness in the aftertaste. Nothing overpowering here. Alcohol remains hidden save for the smell. Though this first appeared to be nicely carbonated, it gave way to a more creamy feel as the beer warmed - very smooth. Nice. Very nice.

Onibubba, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 bottle poured into a Chimay goblet at cellar temp. Bottle has best before date of 20 09 07.

This Tripel pours a deep gold with two fingers worth of bright white fluffy head. The head dissipates slowly leaving a very nice lacing.

Aroma is of butterscotch and alcohol. Some hints of spicy hops and honey aroma as well. Taste is similar to aroma, with a dry alcohol and honey finish that turns bitter late.

This beer is light bodied and smooth.

A very good Tripel in my opinion. It's certainly warming me up this evening.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of Neehan
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This poured a very nice light, golden amber with a very thick head that reduces in size but maintains its thickness with a substantial, soft lacing. Outstanding. The smell that follows is very pleasant and consists of very faint alcohol mixed with citrusy fruits. The taste is also fruity but with more complexity creating a nice, but balanced sweetness. The mouthfeel is extremlely light and fluffy in the mouth yet complete with substance. Quite drinkable. Not disappointed by this one that brings high expectations.

Neehan, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of mnj21655
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent clear golden color with a 2 finger pillowy white head. Leaves some sticky lacing. Nose is generally sweet with banannas, yeast, and citrusy fruits. Taste is great, very complex. First are light fruit malts (citrus and apple) followed by a bit of hop bitterness. There is some dry yeast in the finish. Great mouthfeel, very creamy, medium body, and a decent amount of carbonation. Good drinkability, a very enjoyable brew with great complex flavors that masks its alcohol well.

mnj21655, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of thesilverhand
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden orange, topped with fluffy white froth, thick with yeast (with the bulk of the lees left in the bottle). Nice.

Sweet malt, citrus and spices. A touch of hops as well. Yeasty. Yummy.

Rich and spicy, with a nice honeyed sweetness. A good balance, with a touch of bitterness on the back end. Tasty.

Lively on the palate, with a very dry finish.

Excellent, if not outstanding. I won't turn this down anytime soon. I haven't been drinking many Belgians recently....maybe I should pick up a few more!

thesilverhand, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of ewurm
1.53/5  rDev -64%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

My first Tripel style beer, I spit it on my counter. The flavors of fruit combined with a bitter aftertaste left one bottle down the drain, and three still sitting in their case. Anyone near me is welcome to the other three. While I am confident in the quality of this product, this style is definitely not for me.

ewurm, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a glass chalice it's a cloudy, hazy blonde with a thin off white head laces the top nicely.

Sour apple aroma, hints of tart berries

Taste is slighty tart as the nose suggests, but with an extra little spicyness throughout and kiss of bitterness on the finish.

Everything blends as you go on. You don't detect alcohol while you drink it, only after. The carbonation dances across the palate.

I'm enjoying this from a 12 oz. bottle now, only because there didn't seem to be any more 750 mL left in the store. So yeah I consider it very well drinkable.

joeskirkie, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Just...wow.

This beer's something special. Semi-cloudy golden-light red with a respectable foam up top. Smells sweetly sour with some raisins. Tastes...complicated. Malty sweetness, with some raisin and a hint of sweetness. Everything meshes together perfectly, with no one flavor overwhelming the rest of them.

Add to that a mouthfeel that's remarkably creamy, with only a hint of acidic sourness and you've got something that's both almost perfectly tasty and near-flawlessly drinkable at the same time.

Folks, it doesn't get much better than this. Track down a bottle as soon as possible.

SetarconeX, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of alexgash
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the Orval chalice revealing a hazy, carrot gold body with a darker center. Slightly rocky, off-white head crawls up the sides of the glass. Nose is fruity: tropical punch, banana, pineapple. Syrupy sweet fruits are matched with peppery alcohol and yeasty bitterness. Powdered sugar malt up front along with developing fruit cocktail sweetness. Notes of honey wheat and caramel near the mainly peppery, yeasty, and slightly toasted bitter finish. Full-bodied, with a tongue-tickling, bottle-conditioned feel. Very well done! One of the best Tripels I've ever had.

alexgash, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy honey color with a 2 finger head, bubbling and foamy with solid retention and little lace.

S: Aromatic yeast and citrus come to mind, with very sweet fruit overtones to this and an alcoholic smell to it.

T: Very yeasty with a slightly malty tinge. Orange-like notes are present, perhaps the citrus with a more relaxed fruit flavor. A crisp and dry finish round this one out quite well.

M: For the complexity and abv, quite smooth over the palate with an aftertaste that lingers ever so slightly. Great carbonation and an almost mealy texture make it great going down.

D: Tie one on, but be wary of the 8%. This one is deceptively subtle and tasty as all hell, so monitor that and you'll have no problem savoring this well-flavored brew.

CharlieMopps, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice semi-cloudy golden color, does not have much head at all and but does however retain decently

S- a sweet, not really in a malty way however, a citrusy sweetness, almost candy like, belgian yeasty corriander aroma is strongly present as well

T- complements smell, same citric sweetness, spicey corriander taste is present at finish, with a very slight bitter taste there as well

M- high carboantion, light and dry in body, taste fades form palate quickly

D- tripels have always been very drinkable for me, they go down easy, taste great, and have a knack for concealing any alcohol taste in them whatsoever, a nice one, not my favorite tripel, but still a very nice

gonzo138, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of DragYourBone
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a solid ale.
Let a refrigerated 11.5 oz bottle sit at room temp for about 15 minutes (my garage fridge gets a little cooler than your inside one).
Opened then poured into a tulip glass.
An opaque honey-tinted ale with some small dregs being kicked about by the carbonation, topped off by a 3/4 inch persistent foam that is fluid in movement. Wonderful.

Settled my nose on the rim of the galss and the belgian yeast with subtle citrus tones wafted in. The fragrances really mingled well in a subtle refined (non-clinical) way. Corriander, cinammon?, All Spice...Very subtle and very enticing. Some sort of conditioning was going on because it actually made my mouth water.

The taste was full bodied, especially with the foam topping that neatly dissipated. Took another taste and it just enveloped my palate, making my mouth smack. Alcohol is hidden quite well even after letting it sit at room temp for as long as it did..Although the cup itself lasted shorter than I wanted to. For me, though, the taste was not as present as the scent. It was maybe a tone lower in impact.

I swirled the 1/2 full glass and a marvelous foam lace lingers on the side. took a big sniff and the scent is quite robust, a little more ripe, with a bit more malt flavor coming through.

After a couple of these, I too would be as happy as that monk.
Overall a wonderful ale. So moist, so full. This is a sweet Belgian wet kiss.

DragYourBone, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served at a few degrees below cellar temperature in a Duvel tulip glass. 750ml subject bottled in late 2004, this has a drink by date of 2009.

Appearance- Pours a beautifully clear medium gold with a center stream of carbonation rocketing from the etched "D" in the glass. A frothy, three-finger crown adorns the beer's surface and laces well, lining the interior.

Smell- Big, cakey aromas of candi sugar and yeast are present, filling the nasal passages to capacity. Smooth character that downplays the ABV and boosts the sweet, bready, well-balanced tripel style notes. On a rougher pour as the beer comes to temperature, some residual phenols become evident.

Taste- Big and deliciously rewarding, this beer has a lot going on... the pale malts balance the hops fantastically, and the mild spicy notes fit just right with the beer's overall story. The flavors left behind after the swallow are a touch yeast with layers of spices and candi sugar, lending a bold yet gentle transition to the finish. The warmth begins one third of the way through this tasting... elegant and totally authentic through and through.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The smooth, foaming mouthfeel is perfection for the style... it swells and quiets to the point of not being able to discern bubbles at all. A gentle caress is welcome on the tongue while all of the complexities exhibit themselves in superb form... resulting in a slow, relaxing, memorable tasting that should have been shared with someone.

yelterdow, Oct 26, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,592 ratings.