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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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95
world-class

2,476 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,476
Reviews: 1,173
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 164
Gots: 167 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours opaque yellow-orange with a monstrous creamy head. Huge lacing.

Smell is sweet fruit (orange and lemon), spices, yeast and hops.

Taste is strongly of sweet citrus and spice flavoring. Peppery with great bready yeastiness, bananna, and cloves. Slight hops flavoring appears in the clean finish.

Mouthfeel is full and soft with a clean finish.

This brew is a little sweeter than expected, but it is still an excellent brew.

12-31-2005 02:14:02 | More by Blakaeris
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cooter

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%

A tiny-bubbled frothy head with outstanding lacing that produces a thick netting along the glass. Thick foam, starting from 1.5 inches and now down to one-half. Smells powerfully of kiwi and banana. Other scents include gentle hops and generic malts, tulip, and that fake cherry smell that candies have. When swirled and deeply inhaled, there is alcohol present.

Smoother than I thought possible. Phenomenal foam/beer interaction. Feels like drinking a carbonated pillow. Goes right to my head. Getting some strawberry scent and taste, a vodka or whiskey flavor, and an aftertaste very reminiscent of peaty scotch. Melon, canteloupe, slight raspberry in the taste. Well carbonated.

Exceptional. Wondrous. True artistry.

12-28-2005 20:35:19 | More by cooter
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Naerhu

Japan

4.03/5  rDev -5.2%

A - Finger size pure white thick as cement head. Completely opaque body.
S - Simple candy sugar and yeasty "belgian" aroma
T - Initially extremely light, followed by a burst of biscuity malt and thereafter candy sugar and pineapple flavors (but not sweet) and bitterness. A touch of toffee sets this off wonderfully.
M - Light body, vivacious carbonation, yeasty.
D - Well balanced, alcohol is perfectly integrated, good stuff.

12-25-2005 03:55:06 | More by Naerhu
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descartes

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a 33 cl. bottle.

Appearance: Light red/amber with a small ring of head.
Smell: Spicy with hints of nutmeg and lemon.
Taste: Very hoppy at first this then turns into a very sweet (dare i say honey like?) beer.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth.

Overall a very good beer.

12-24-2005 18:02:26 | More by descartes
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benmiliron

Ohio

4.93/5  rDev +16%

From the 4 bottle & glass gift pack. Hazy autumn light brown, bit of gold. Smell is divine, sweet fruit, heavy malt, fancy belgian wheat, hint of orange. Taste is divine. What a beer should be. Spice, orange, sticky malt, caramel. Spice and alcohol both heavy but blend very well. Velvety texture with a microscopic bubble.

A lovely beer, highly recommended.

12-23-2005 20:31:08 | More by benmiliron
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

33cl bottle poured into a Bokbier glass. Freshness date: 04/05/07

Appearance: hazy golden with a two finger head of white froth. Some sediment floating around as I poured it all in.

Aroma: really sweet, some orange peel zest and a lil bit of pepper in the nose.

Taste: goes down with flavors similar to the aroma. The belgian candi sugar makes this a very sweet tasting beer, sometimes that brings a warm flavor, but here the alcohol is still disguised well.

Mouthfeel: moderate amount of carbonation, medium bodied, slightly cloying.

Drinkability: I like the fact that this tripel is on the lower end of the ABV scale for this style., as with all of the St. Bernardus brews I've tried it is top notch.

12-15-2005 03:17:37 | More by HogHill
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kingjames1

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +14.1%

I've tried other Tripels and have enjoyed them all, but this is almost flawless. Pours beautifully - a hazy gold with an enormous, frothy, dense head. Smells sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy, and a little doughy. Taste is amazing. Apricots, citrus, bananas, cloves, spice, pepper, and even some caramel and yellow-cake batter (wa?). The alcohol is also there, but it is nice and works well with it.

Mouthful is great, well carbonated, yet creamy. This IS liquid bread! Increadible (were all monks alcoholics?). Highly recommended, and the best of this style that I've had (superior to Westmalle in my opinion).

12-14-2005 04:28:40 | More by kingjames1
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whynot44

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Medium body, very cloudy translucent gold color, becoming almost milky opaque by the bottom of the bottle, with a tremendous white head like meringue that eventually shrinks but does not disappear.

The aroma is spicy, citrusy, bready.

The taste starts with slightly sweet malt, honey, yeast and biscuit flavor and then a peppery spiciness kicks in with a tropical fruit overtone of orange, banana, pineapple and grapefruit. The finish is dry, creamy, peppery with a tingle of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

Complex, interesting and refreshing. Something special and well worth a try.

12-13-2005 04:14:45 | More by whynot44
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Another great beer from St. Bernardus. This pours a slightly cloudy soft yellow color with loads of white foam that keeps for a long time leaving behind a good deal of lacing. Aromas of dried fruits, oranges, honey, and alcohol dominate. The taste is just incredible; different flavors (both sweet and bitter) play together instead of fighting one another. The richness of this beer becomes apparent almost immediately. It's very easy to drink because of it's smooth texture and unique flavors, despite the high ABV. The aftertaste is a mixture of freshly cooked dough and fruits; very enjoyable. This is definitely my favorite Tripel yet.

12-08-2005 14:55:48 | More by jaluria
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sinistermadman

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours a cloudy goldenrod color with a slight fizzy head. Smell is terrific. Sugar sweetness, fruit, yeast and a peppery spice are evident. Taste is constantly morphing between flavors. Lots of sweet malts, citrus, banana, clove and yeast bitterness. The flavor onslaught starts with a fiery blast of alcohol tinged citrus delivered effectively in a moderately carbonated body. Spicy, alcohol laden tinges linger for a while until it tapers into a fruity sweetness.

This brewery is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. If this brew has any downfall it is that it is a little on the sweet side. Still, an amazing offering that must be tried to be appreciated.

12-07-2005 23:03:15 | More by sinistermadman
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Dark gold in colour with high carbonation. Aromas are of light and slightly sweet malt, black pepper, and touches of grassy hops and banana. The flavors are somewhat fruity (a bit more banana and apricot) and sweet, but are balanced out by some spicy yeast notes. A bit of alcohol warming, but nothing over the top in that regard. No surprises, but this is a well made, balanced tripel.

12-06-2005 20:44:43 | More by fisherman34
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blitz134

California

3.93/5  rDev -7.5%

Light golden yellow body with floaties. Voluptuous pure white head, slowly reduced to a lumpy pillow.

Light aroma filled with some cotton candy sweetness. Some yeasty, breadlike body as well to the nose. Taste has quite a kick to it. Very crisp carbonation and a good kick of spices. Finishes with some bread and yeast which was picked up in the aroma. Overall a good tasting brew. Tripels aren't usually my first choice, but I can appreciate this for what it is.

Medium mouthfeel at best. Only coats the mouth slightly. A pretty refreshing brew. Cutting down on the sharpness would help.

11-27-2005 06:07:29 | More by blitz134
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Hand's down, one of the world's best beers. Big aromas of ripe or over-ripe fruits. Sweet and mature. Balanced spiciness with a light yeast, musk, and dough-like mellowness. Looks copper-peach with a thick haze. Moderately carbonated and an ideal foamstand. Tastes are bold and mellow of ripe peaches, pears, pineapples, mangos, papayas. Spicy from belgian yeast...almost like nutmeg, corriander, curraco, alspice. Sweet and dough-ey yeast and a viscous musk flavor shows it's age. Sweet alcohol flavors add to the complexity. Viscous to the entire mouth, cut through by the alcohol. Finishes sweet and refreshing, mildly drying and spicy. This is certainly one to savor although easily drimkable.

11-23-2005 20:54:00 | More by BEERchitect
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%

750mL bottle - printed as 8.0% ABV

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice fluffy white head. The head does not fade much with nice lacing all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a fantastic fruity / yeasty smell.

Taste is sweet and malty up front, followed by a wave of fruity Belgian yeastness. Has a nice malty aftertaste that lingers. This is a superb tasting tripel.

Body is good for the style. Plenty of carbonation to keep it hopping.

Insanely drinkable. This is a top shelf tripel in all respects.I will definitely pick up another bottle the next chance I get.

11-22-2005 02:23:06 | More by MaltyGoodness
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eeeesdeweis

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into 1/2 pint weizen glass. Served at about 50 F.

A: A hazy golden-brown color with a full half inch of white head. A lot of lacing and well carbonated. This beer looks amazing.

S: Some citrusy hop notes but mainly a lot of fruit. Apricot, peach, berry. Also some raisin perhaps. Alcohol (8%?) is not very evident.

T: A malty sweet and very fruity flavor. Again berries, raisin. Alcohol becomes more evident with temperature, as does slight hop bitterness.

M: This is very smooth with good carbonation. Pleasant sting / warming from alcohol.

D: Very good, definitely a session beer. The westmalle is my favorite tripel, but this is another excellent example of the style. Would be much enjoyed with a nice meal.

11-21-2005 03:52:53 | More by eeeesdeweis
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -8.2%

This bottle from the LCBO gift pack says it's 8%?

A: Yellow-brown, quite clear. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, a little citrous and spice.

T: Dominated by warming alcohol. Fruity, sweet bready malt, with a little spice. Sweet, slightly tangy aftertaste. Lots of flavours.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite good, though inhibited by the alcohol taste.

11-15-2005 23:13:35 | More by Derek
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -1.2%

My bottle says 8%

It pours a bright gold color with yeast haze. The head is spectacular like all St. Bernardus beers. Lacing is superlative. This beer just cant have a better appearance. The aroma is of fresh citrusy fruit with pepper and bread notes, theres also some sweet candy sugar. The taste is full of fruit and honey. Citrus, pears, honeydew and plums come to mind. Theres also a nice sweetness and some bread. Hops are on the light side. In the finish they really add to the flavor complexity. The mouthfeel is thick and textured with millions of micro carbonation bubbles. I love good bottle conditioned beer.

This is one hell of a tastey tripel. Almost as good as Westmalle and full of fresh flavors. A must try.

11-14-2005 00:49:24 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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qcitydarkstar

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -7.1%

From the 750ml corked bottle, the St. Bernardus Tripel pours approximately one inch of stark white head and settles to a golden straw color that is free of any visible particulates when held to the light. The initial smell is dominated by sweet grass, alcohol and barley. Upon tasting, hints of mellow citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and apricot, are present on the tip of the tongue that rolls into toasted wheat when swallowed. The taste of alcohol is very upfront and sharp with little apparent attempt to blend, hurting the drinkability. As the beer warms it develops a fruity tartness that is quite refreshing.

11-05-2005 23:55:28 | More by qcitydarkstar
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

Clear caramel/orange colour, at least until I dumped in the yeasty goodness. Then it was filled with tiny flecks of brownish yeast. Light beige head that leaves solid layers of foam on the sides of the glass. Bready and caramel malty aromas form a good base for fruitiness (pineapple, cherry) and a hint of spice. Mild and balanced, the flavours meld together very well. Malty up front, with some caramel and toffee hiding behind the doughy bread character. Alcohol is mild and warming throughout. Faint spices come through, some nutmeg, along with a bit of vanilla. Truly exceptional. Creamy, milky texture coats the palate, but isn't overbearing. Moderate carbonation that's well integrated, producing fine bubbles that contribute greatly to mouthfeel. I'm very happy with this beer. An excellent member of an exceptional set of beers from St. Bernardus.

11-03-2005 02:30:54 | More by DrJay
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%

The only thing I was disappointed with was the label, which is kind of corny and cartoon-y. The beer transcends the label though, which is a good rule to remember: Just because the label looks bad (or good) that doesn't mean that the beer inside will also be bad (or good).

This Belgian trippel, to me, is exactly what I would expect and demand of the style. The pale color and thinner but longlasting head makes it look beautiful in a glass. It is not as highly carbonated as many other Belgians I've tried, and that is fine with me. It feels wonderful in your mouth and even better going down the throat.
It isn't particularly aromatic, with hops at least, although there is a nice malty sweetness that comes off of it.
I find it tastes a bit on the sweet side which means I like it just fine, thank-you, yet it is still very complex in flavoring. As it warms you can start to pick out more spicy notes and citrus (?) flavors.

If you like Belgian beers then a four pack won't be enough...

11-01-2005 23:53:53 | More by MAB
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Poured this from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. At first glance, it looked pretty good: Clear yellow color, large pillowy head which dissipated slowly into connected islands of clumpy yeast.

The aroma is very nice, but not really the smell of a tripel I think. Definitely included the yeasty smell of all St. Bernardus beers though, which I like.

The taste was very good, but I rated it 3 because it didn't taste like a tripel to me. No real fruity flavors were present, and this had nowhere near the sweetness I'd associate with tripels.

All in all, this is a very good beer which I'll probably try again.

10-30-2005 00:34:39 | More by TurdFurgison
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -16.9%

The drunk monk on this 33 cl bottle enthuses me for this brew.

Pours yellow-to-slightly orangish with a ¾ inch white head that dissipates after about two minutes to an ultra-thin film. Chalky yeast persists near the bottom of the glass as mild carbonation makes its way to the surface. The nose is slightly tropical and fruity but really quiet tame. Apricots and toffee make up the bulk of the taste while mild phenols roll over the tongue. Very, very drinkable. Smooth and mild.

10-29-2005 00:59:51 | More by DaPeculierDane
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

This Tripel had an outstanding pure white head, atop a medium-golden amber-colored body. The lacing was very delicate. The first thing that jumped out to me about the bouquet of the beer was a faint hint of banana balanced with yeasts. The taste first revealed what I had already smelled, but then began to come alive as it warmed, giving hints of candy sugar, hops and more complex fruit flavors. There was just enough carbonation to balance the creamy taste and mouthfeel. I was extremely impressed with the complexity of taste and feel on the palate. Most certainly one of the best Tripels I’ve had in recent memory.

10-24-2005 04:29:40 | More by sinistrsam
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ElGordo

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy golden hue with bright orange highlights, topped by a one-inch creamy white head. Simply beautiful. Tiny bubbles of carbonation keep on coming. Sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, a touch of hops, a little bit of banana, and a whiff of alcohol.
Creamy, slightly foamy body holds a palate of lightly sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and a touch of hops. Notes of banana, bubble gum, treacle, and a little bit of clove. Mouthfeel is creamy but then oddly dry on the finish, with more of an alcohol presence. I remember this being a bit tastier in previous encounters, but it's still good stuff.

10-11-2005 03:27:10 | More by ElGordo
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from 330ml bottle into Chimay chalice. Bottle had a neck label (unlike picture) and a best before date of 28/01/08 on back label. Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City.

A - Rich, cloudy gold with a thick two-finger head when poured. Head lessens but some remains throughout. Lacing was dense but dropped quickly.

S - Sweet and fruity (light fruits), a hint of alcohol

T - Tasted a bit more alcohol than I smelled, but it was still well disguised. Lots of fruit flavors and bunch of sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue to contrast with the sweet taste up front.

M - Nicely carbonated, a bit tart at times, but feels great going down.

D - Very good, delicious and complex enough to be interesting. Definitely a sipper, but the alcohol is hidden well.

A damn fine tripel.

Note: Bottle says 8% alcohol

10-04-2005 20:54:48 | More by gmcfarre
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,476 ratings.