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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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95
world-class

2,592 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,592
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 177
Gots: 207 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of mmcave
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden blond with lovely high lights. Bubbles are continually flowing to the top sustaining the head, which shows no sign of dissipating and already is leaving lacing. It is nice fluffy thick, and lovely. Immediately after opening it I noticed the smell of worm bread with mild citrus, later candy and banana wonderful subtle complexity. The taste is great, medium body, soft, a bit sweet with a hint of hoppy bitterness. Belgian rock candy and fruit are present, a little gooey, sticky, great stuff. This is definitely one of my new favorite tripels and its getting to be a hard battle. Any how I will definitely buy this again too bad its not cheaper, because I'd love to have this around always.

mmcave, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel
11.2 oz brown bottle
Freshness date on the back label: 30 01 09
Served in a St. Feuillen goblet

Pours a hazy peach with a massive head on top that vanishes to a thin lace around the top of the glass. Little spots of sticky lace appear.

Intense nose with whiffs of fruit, spices and sweet goodness.

Syrupy sweet flavors up front with hints of pineapple, grapefruit and apples. An array of spices burst on the palate with a sugary sweetness in the background. Flavors of Tropicana orange juice and cloves mingle. Toasted malt supplies the foundation, but there are some many flavors at work. There is also an alcohol warmth that warms the throat, reminding me this beer rings in at 8.0% ABV.

Overall, a great Belgium Tripel and recommended. Another great offering from St. Bernardus.

Hibernator, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Toddv29424
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just seems to hit the mouth in the right places. A perfect balance of malts, spices, and carbonation, which very seldom happens with tripels. It manages to develop a body before bubbling down, which has proven to be the biggest problems with other tripels (especially American ones). There are lots of citric notes in the nose, with a bit of spices. A terrific beer, and excellent example of the Tripel style.

Toddv29424, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Three fingers of tight bright white head swell, then ebb gradually. Nets of lacing trawl the inside of the glass.

The aroma is resplendent with fruity malt, vanilla, apple, raisin, banana, clove, and coriander. A tangy yeastiness easily bests a very mild indication of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the malt is at once quite sweet, but is quickly mitigated by crisp apple and savory clove. Notes of caramel and plum are ephemeral in the middle, along with a mild sour bite of yeast and a muted draft of alcohol. A brief flash of anise fades to a lingering soft bitterness in the finish. The flavor is sizable but gentle, and it's utterly, wonderfully comfortable.

Medium bodied, the malt is enlivened by carbonation, coating energetically and with a spicy glow.

It's got some heft, but it's downright cozy and a pleasure. You don't drink this so much as wrap it around your palate. The ABV is bigger than it presents, and its a warming entity, but it would be wise to be wary. I'll be sorry when this bottle is gone, so it behooves me to have another on hand. I think a second would be worth what the next morning might bring.

Foxman, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of mjc410
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer, in an appropriate goblet at Zeno's in State College, forms a slight off-white head over a near-translucent yellow-gold body. The nose is filled with candi-caramel, a bit of spiciness, a little acid. Smells rich and nice. The taste has an earthy hop profile, not as sweet as the nose, very rich and peppery, not as smooth as it could be. The alcohol comes through too much. The mouthfeel is medium, with high carbonation. This tripel is complex, and very strong - too much so for me.

mjc410, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

World Class, all the way around. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color with a smaller head of white foam, but lots of carbonation. No lace. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet malts, blended with biscuits and rich grains. Notes of peach and sweet fruity syrups. Taste is outstanding; complex characters, strong flavors, this beer truely is the cornerstone of the St. Bernardus line. Lots of rich yeasty maltiness right upfront, with a blast of natural sucrose and bread. A wine-like fruity note toward the finish. Mouthfeel is bubbly and mellow at the same time, yet maintains a thirst quenching quality. Nice. Drinkability is very good. Highly Recommened.

Frozensoul327, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of ryantupy
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very enjoyable tripel that was very complex and had some very unique character. It poured a copper hue with a nice one inch thick foamy head. It smelled of hay, ripe fruit, apples, light spice, malty sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol towards the bottom. It tasted great it was very complex and had sweet malty flavor with hints of apples, ripe fruit and a nice level of carbonation. Overall give this beer a definate try its great.

ryantupy, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750ml bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. Pours a pale orangish yellow color with thin layer of white lace. Fruit dominate the dry crisp nose. Lively carbonation contributes to a dry crisp mouthfeel. Taste is much like the aroma in that it has an array of fruity notes that finishes dry. Overall, this is another good brew from St. Bernardus. I will be honest, I was expecting a little more from this excellent brewery. Definately not a bad brew, I just think it could be better.

cjgator3, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of waughbrew
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

[4.95 IIRC at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA. Best before January 30th, 2009.]

Pours a hazy pale gold with a stupifying angelic head that lasts and laces tightly. The aroma has a lot going on. Plums are the dominant fruit to me, with cotton candy, bubble gum, and yeast mixing in a bit. Pepper and cloves keep it from being too candy-like. Sweet at first, this is very soft on the mouth. Doughy with a lingering hop tingle and sparkles of lemonpepper. Absolutely perfect feel. Seamless. This is heavenly nectar.

This beer reminded me of how Schumann described the music of Chopin: "Guns buried in flowers." This is a light colored, fluffy, flowery beer that secretly has powerful aroma, flavor, and alcohol.

waughbrew, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 bottle. A dark honey color and fluffy head that dissipated rather rapidly. It gave off a sublte, yeasty aroma of clove and spices. The same characteristics do well in describing the taste, along with some maltiness and a faint trace of citrus--and an uncharacteristic absence of alcohol. A light but satisfying mouthfeel, resulting in extreme drinkability. A very solid Tripel overall.

Osiris9588, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of stephendr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back PalateMurky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back Palate

stephendr, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked bottle with adrink brfore date of 1/24/09 stamped on the bottom. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a hude fluffy white head and very nice lace. Smells tart with a fair amount of wheat malt smells. Fruit aromas are also present with some apple and pear. Initial malt are fairly intense but are quickly followed by a decent hop bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste. initial flavors also include the juices mentioned above as well as some yeasty undertones. Alcohol is hidden nicely. A fine beer that I think needs some aging still. It seems like tha flavors just don't blend like they should, so I think I will purchase another and open it in about 2 years. It shold be very nice then.

sabrills70, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of jettjon
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This much anticipated tasting left me underwhelmed, I’m afraid. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a good tripel, just it’s no Abbt. 12.

Pours into the cervoise a pale golden color with many small bubbles coruscating. Thick head that fades at a fairly rapid clip to a good cap with plenty of lacing. Nice looking appearance. Nose of bready yeast and spices, mainly cloves and coriander. Smells like a good white ale. Taste delivers what the smell hints at, namely cloves, yeast, sweetish malt, and a faint grape juice flavor. I didn’t taste any hint of alcohol, which is impressive considering 8% ABV. It would have been welcome, however, to further enhance the flavor. Overall, the flavor is solid and straightforward. Mouth is pleasantly watery, semi-creamy, and bubbly enough to be interesting without becoming annoying. Drinkability is good; it goes down easy, but something seems to be missing.

Overall: Is this a good beer? Yes. Is it great? No. Try it yourself and see.

jettjon, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
3.55/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third chapter in my St. Bernardus exploration. I'm not a big Tripel fan (I prefer quadrupels and, to a lesser extent, dubbels), but I will attempt to judge to style, and hopefully I'll be presently surprised.

My gradually evolving method of reviewing is generally to observe my beer when it comes out of the bottle, write down my observations while it breathes for 5 or 10 minutes or so, and then do the majority of my writing during the first several sips. Then I let it sit and warm up for a bit longer and if anything significant changes, I'll make a note of that as well. I've noticed that a lot of beers didn't really do it for me straight out of the wine cooler (even though I try to keep them at around 50 degrees), but as they warm, it becomes a whole new experience.

We'll see how it goes...

I used my trusty Stone RIS tulip glass for this; my receptable of choice of late.

This one poured a cloudy gold to copper. I think I got a little too excited when pouring it, because I noticed the liquid was thicker and darker at the end, no doubt caused by sediment escaping the bottle. However, it's so murky in there that it's hard to tell. The head filled nearly half the glass, a beautiful, white fluffy masterpiece. By the time I wrote the first paragraph of this review, however, that head had settled to mere lace, with scattered bits of froth clinging to the sides all the way up to the lip.

A little swirl and sniff and...phenols. The first thought that came to my mind was "band aids." Another sniff and I picked up some fruity sweetness, some pepper, maybe a hint of sour citrus, and the slightest suggestion of pine.

First sip: noticeable alcohol burning to start, then a sweet tangerine flavor, then maltiness, and a mostly clean finish that's mildly sweet and a bit peppery and resiny.

These qualities remained constant through the next several sips.

After giving my palate a breather, I took in a small sip and let it roll around on my tongue. I could feel my entire mouth pulsating from the burn of the alcohol combined with the carbonation, but once this subsided, the most noticeable new effect was a sweet carob-like coating penetrating the tip of my tongue.

I'd say this fits the site's description of the style, and vs. other Tripels I've tried, it's more complex than the normal crisp, bubbly, champagny kind of sensation I've gotten in the past. However, I'm not all that fond of it, primarily because the alcohol stands out too much and subdues what appear to be some tasty flavors underneath.

Of course, the same thing has happened to me before with the Abt., which, at its best, is one of my all-time favorite beers, so the Tripel definitely deserves another shot, probably after a little bit of hibernation.

instrumentality, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Fugazme
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Absolute great looking beer... hazy... orange/straw in color... Quite nice head... excellent swirl... lots of stickiness. Wonderful cap.

Aroma is right on. Orangey/malty/yeasty/spicy/bready/peachy... tons of smells everywhere. Near perfect.

Great fruitiness upfront, almost tart. Appley and peachy... fades across the palate into a nice malty mix with yeast notes on the backend... followed by a mellow hop/fruity finish. Wow. A nice spicy afterward and some excellent bread-like qualities linger and linger in the mouth. Wow. Balance, balance, balance... Wow.

Palate is bubbly... creamy... a slight alcohol burn. Very nice.

Fugazme, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of yemenmocha
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice straw gold appearance with rocky, meringue like head that dissipates quickly into a thin but resiliant white layer.

Nose is of pre-baked Pilsbury biscuits, clean lemon, and miscellaneous herbs.

On the palate this beer is well-carbonated with a rising, zesty citrus flavour followed by a sweet and tangy bite that leads to the finish. Citrus baked goods come to mind, such as pies.... lemon, maybe key lime, very citrusy.

Finish is long and rather tart, perhaps a touch bitter as well.

yemenmocha, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of dblinkhorn
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 11.2 oz glass bottle into a glass tulip-shaped goblet (11.5 oz). Date on back 09-07-07.

Appearance - Amberish straw coloration. A very large immediate head (about three fingers) that dissipated quickly to a lasting fine layer, velvety head. Lacing all the way down the glass. Contains a cloud of "floaties" and the beer itself is quite hazy.

Smell - Sweet, with a strong prescence of fig and raisin, right off the bat. The end has a background chocolate and coffee malt scent. The alochol aroma is almost non-existent.

Taste - Again, very sweet. The figs and raisins I smelled are not nearly as predominant in the taste. The taste is much sweeter than the smell, with a slight alcohol burn following through to the finish. The flavor is very complex, yet I have difficulty explaining it well. Extremely satisfying, though. Indeed, an exquisite flavor.

Mouthfeel - Almost perfect! This beer has absolutely the most perfect amount of carbonation I have ever felt in my mouth. The mouthfeel is just PERFECT!

Drinkability - For what this beer is, the drinkability is superb. It is smooth, not overpowering in the least, very flavorful, complex. The mouthfeel is sublime. Excellent.

dblinkhorn, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of bonbright7
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After trying this is a bottle last night, I knew I had to make a valiant effort to find this on draft. I had heard that the nearest Belgian cafe in Garden City, about 20 miles to the southwest, had this in its rotation, so i made a trip to find this majestic tripel.

I found Waterzooi be a warm welcome home to the Europe I left last summer after my brother's wedding in Lyon, France. Among the neatly arranged taps was the smiling monk waiting for me..

The pretty bartender poured me a healthy goblet full of the butter colored ale, which led to the first taste without a thought....it was amazingly good. It was even greater than I had anticipated as I watched the rings of lacey foam decline into the glass.

The malty triple had more great tastes than Sybil had personalities.
I had the bizarre impression of bananas and milk shakes while I couldn't detect the alcohol at all.

I thought this ale would be great with broiled duck or just by itself in the company of friends.

bonbright7, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This one pours a darker shade of your typical Triple. Nice white head. The smell is outstanding. Tropical fruits, and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is also outstanding. There are tropical fruit flavors, lemon, apricots, and an incredible bready malt balance with some herbal spice to finish things off. Complex would be understating it.

The mouthfeel has an adequate amount of carbonation, and feels light for this ABV. The drinkability is only limited by how much I can get my hands on.

This is by far my favorite Belgian Triple. Superior in almost every way. If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life- this one would be solid possibility. Incredible stuff.

gotbeer, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I first had this a few weeks ago at Belgium Comes to Cooperstown. I let it warm to around 45º F and served it in my Westvleteren chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden with a foamy, creamy, white head that thins to a quarter-inch layer, that fades to a persistent film.

Smell: The nose is fruity with notes of banana, yeast and a spicy graininess.

Taste: Fruity banana upfront, with a nuttiness in the center. The finish is grainy and citric with spicy alcohol and a very light bitterness,

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, creamy, light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: The flavors are good but strong, as is the alcohol.

Overall: This is a delicious Tripel. The sweet fruitiness is moderated well by the alcoholic spice and light bitterness.

EPICAC, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml silkscreened bottle with a best before end of 6/14/10 on the crown. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive off-white head that retains impressively and incredibly active carbonation. The aroma has some tropical fruit notes upfront, along with spices, biscuit, candy sugar, and the traditional St. Bernardus yeast character. The flavor is initially yeasty (typical st bernie yeast), with some tropical and citrus fruit notes, some candy sugar, biscuit, light spices (corriander, anise) and some herbal hops. The mouthfeel is on the light side with moderate carbonation, drinkability is very good with little or no alcohol noticeable. A very good tripel, not overly medicinal or spicy like many beers of it's style.

silver0rlead, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outragously active, Bubbles rushing up from the bottom. Looks like jet in a hot tub. A crazy amount of carbonation. Medium golden amber, massive frothy 3" thick head. Amazing retention and nice lacing.

Yiesty, lemmon, sweet malt.

Taste has a lemmon tang effect with minor hop bite, malty sweet & sour.

Taste's light and bubbly, evaporates on the tongue. Frothy head gives it a smooth effect as well.

I could drink it all day, if I didn't have to get in a car that is.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The St. Bernardus Tripel pours into my tulip glass with a deep golden effervescence and an arid bubbly white head on top. Some little yeasties make their way into the pour accidentally. Aromas of sweet pale malts with nice fruity tones. Somewhat spicy with a dash of vanilla in the mix and floral undertones.

First sip brings a nice, somewhat sweet pale maltiness with a light fruity flavor. I get quite a bit of vanilla as well as some spicy yeastiness on the way down. A touch of hops rounds out this tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a tight bubbly carbonation. Goes down nicely and is quite a tasty tripel overall. This is one I'd definetly pick up again sometime and another feather in the cap for St. Bernardus. Worth checking out if you're a fan of the brewery or the style.

orbitalr0x, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of doubleipa
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thing St Benardus is my favorite Belgian brewery. I've loved all of their beers. Had this in a wine glass (that's all the beach house had). Just a little bit of a head. Yellow, straw color with a strong floral and yeast aroma. Not overpowering. Much different than Allagash Tripel Reserve, which is great in it's own way. Taste has some banana. Can taste/feel teh alcohol, but it doesn't detract fromt he beer. I great example of a classic Tripel.

doubleipa, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour reveals a golden brew that leans more toward an orange hue. A big white head came up off the pour and faded away leaving some thick lace that looks soapy and bubbly on the rim of the glass.

The nose is malty and sweet. Yeast is quite detectable. This actually does smell a bit like caramel underneath the fruity sweet candy sugar tones that flourish. It seems to have a peppery aroma that encases these sweeter and more dynamic notes.

The flavour has some tasty banana fruitiness. The yeast is present and gives a chalky, buttery aspect to the flavour. Banana, caramel, butterscotch, and that bit of peppery spiciness come together as a package with the candied aspects that add another dimension.

The mouthfeel is medium. It feels a bit thick and syrupy, which works well here.

Drinkability is easy. No problems here. This is good, but really nothing super impressive.

SupaCelt, Jul 19, 2006
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,592 ratings.