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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,629
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 220 | FT: 2
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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 adowney523
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a Belgian-style chalice.

The color is golden-brown with lots of floating sediment. There is moderate carbonation and a quickly-fading head with good lacing.

Smell is a toasty, bready aroma.

Taste is very smooth, yet complex; the alcohol is barely noticable. There is a candy sweetness along with medicinal phenols and the bready malt taste up front. This fades to a noticable, but slightly alcohol warmth at the finish with faint hops.

This went down exceptional well with my roast duck. An excellent tripel.

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

Poured out of a corked and caged 750ml bottle. The color is a cloudy pale orange with a decent white head that left some spot lacing. The smell is fantastic. Bready dough, candi sugar, peaches, tropical fruit. The taste is sweet but not over powering, a nice malty backbone, with tropical fruit tones, a good balance. This is a great triple, one of the best. Very flavorful.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 04 05 07, reviewed in Feb 2007.

Pours a creamy one finger off-white head over a coppertinged golden body. Head has excellent staying power and leaves gently stratified sheets of lace all the way down. Aromas of straw, earth, mild maltiness. A crisp spicy pepper flavor seems to dominate the flavor, although a bit of soft malt and a caramelized sugar is detectable underneath. Medicinal and herbal phenolics throughout. Admirably dry with little residual sweetness. Crisp, yet chewy and soft mouthfeel. The abv is well hidden.

A decent triple. A bit on the spicer side be it from hops or actual spices, I’m not sure. Plenty of funky Belgian yeast aromas and flavors too.

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

Serving : 750ml bottle

An impressive display of effervescent carbonations shows through a light honey orange body just below a slowly fading dense frothy cap that leaves abundanct thick sticky lacing on the glass. While head retention is great overall it is not as persitent when compared to other tripels.

Aromas of bitter yeast, solvents, a bit of orange zest, citrus blossoms and tropical fruits come through on a moderately perfumed nose.

Gentle tropical fruit flavors, notably papaya and tangerine, make a modest entrance with hints of yeast and medicinal phenols peaking through on the mid palate toward a smooth slightly fruity and floral finish. This brew leaves a very pleasing mild aftertaste featuring a bit of sweet fruit and earthy yeast. Flavor is very subtle and refined, on the other side of the coin it doesn't make a big impact leaving a bit to be desired.

Very slick and unctuous, this has a medium body and moderately full mouthfeel that allows it to go down with ease.

A great example of a tripel!


Photo of joe1510
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. Bottle
Enjoy by 7/28/08

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a pale golden into it's very own chalice. When held to the light it glows a bright yellow. Fair amount of floaties with many still left in the last 1/2 inch of beer in the bottle. Poured with a 1 finger white head that faded fairly quickly to a thin cap with spotty thick patches. Leaves some patchy spotted lacing with each drink that falls excruciatingly slow back into the body. Looks good.

Smell is complex but falls a little short compared with other St. Bernies. Big bread dough aromas coming forward along with candied orange peel. The yeats character comes through with a little dusty spiciness. I even detect the occasional cherry cordials, very faintly though. Very nice.

Taste is where it's at with this tripel. The sip starts off with with the bread dough, lightly toasted bread and a handful of the candied fruits. This beer is an expierence for the tastebuds. A lot of very enjoyable flavors. Candy sugars and all the wonderful doughiness mix together to create an excellent beer. The perfect amount of residual sugars. I'm really having a hard time breaking this down, very familiar flavors but at the same time new to me, very strange. Very good.

The body is medium, maybe a little on the lighter side. Good carbonation keeps things moving and is prickly on the tongue. No alcohol in the flavor but when the glass starts getting low my cheeks start getting a little warmer.

This is a beer I could honestly enjoy all day long. The carbonation and mild body help push this over the top. The more I drink the more I want.

This is an excellent tripel from St. Bernardus and will definately see my fridge many more times in the future. Wish I had more on hand right now. I'm kind of anxious to pick up some other tripels to review and compare. This one will be hard to beat. The most enjoyable I've had to date.


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

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger foamy white head that dissipates slowly leaving a small cap and leaves modest lacing.

Sweet malt, spice, and hops to the nose.

Marvelous taste, echoes the smell. Very well balanced and totally enjoyable. One of the best, if not the best triple I've had.

Mouthfeel is excellent, nice carbonation, and just a joy to imbibe.

Drinkability is exceptional as well. ABV is well hidden, and at 8% not as devastating as the quadrupel.

Photo of guitarmage
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely vibrant golden orange, completely cloudy, super foamy head leaves about a half inch of sticky white lacing. Very inviting.

Smell: Big malty sweetness, ripe banana, alcohol, yeasty, plum, a hint of dark chocolate.

Taste: Wow. Mimics the smell, and then some, a lot of going on here, fruity and phenolic, alcoholic and warm, smooth and delicious. So clean in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, lightly carbonated and light to medium bodied, swallows for you, perfect mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Delicious, satisfying, complex, I could have several of these. Makes everything right, with or without food. Needless to say, good at any time of the day.

Photo of paleoplant
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always have been a fan of St. Bernardus products and this beer lives up to the style. The beer had a nice smell and beautiful cloudy golden color. Unfortunately, I guess I'm not a huge fan of of the triples because I'm always gravitating toward other Belgian styles. Will try this one again, but with a nice pork loin next time.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 brown bottle poured into a goblet; unsettling yellow in color, with off and on orange peel showings. A sparkling and white bubbly soapy head. The nose is fruity, with sugar plum, banana bread and cloves. Non-moving yeasty particles make their presence known. Incredible tastings--chewy peppery spices, plums, yeast and fruity malts. The body contains some bread/biscuit flavorings. Bubble gum, bananas and more peppery notes are noted. Finishes dry and very satisfying; the definitive definition of what a triple should be! A gem!

Photo of Enola
2.9/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks like a golden snowglobe. Lots of suspended yeast. The Color is a light golden with a fair head. The smell is similar to a light beer with a alcohol bite. The taste is of alcohol with a corn-like presence. I prefer the St. Bernardus 8 to this by a wide margin. I may come back to this one at some point but the 8 has my money as of now.

Photo of Cresant
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Westmalle chalice. Dated best before: 03.07.08. Body was a semi-cloudy golden/orange color. Yeast particles are suspended in the body and don't seem to settle. White, light bubbles dissolve to form a creamy cap, then a collar.

Smell is not as full as I would have expected. Fruity and light. Grains. Very bready.

Taste was spicy, peppery. Rich and bready. Sweet malts and fresh grain. Hard candy. Ripe honeydew. Rather complex and enjoyable. Somewhat drying. I have been holding on to this beer for a while now. I waited until I was in the mood for a heavier/richer beer. This beer was not heavy though. It was very drinkable and the alcohol was very well hidden.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body (not too heavy). Smooth rounded texture. Very nice.

Photo of Vancer
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I’m looking at a mostly clear golden amber pour, nice white head, It’s gonna change once I mix in the yeasties on the bottle bottom.

Sweetish Belgium yeast, banana and close arouse the nose, the quaff has these and a overall sweet malt texture. Very smooth brew, the alcohol is hidden in the bushes. Man, would I luv to get these over here for what they sell for over in Brussels. Of course, this a Tripel standard for our U.S. breweries. The ratings here are well deserved

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"

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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