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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,630 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,630
Reviews: 1,181
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 187
Gots: 220 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Poured a hazy amber color with massive white puffy head that lasted throughout the glass.
Smell is bread-like, yeasty, citrusy and spicy. Excellent combination.
Taste is superb; spices, bananas, citrus fruits, sugar, citrus. Absolutely perfect.
Finisg is like a caress to the mouth, leaving a fine coating of spice, bread and yeast in the mouth.
No alcohol notes. What a great beer.

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

This poured into my Chimay goblet golden with a mushrooming head, looking not unlike the beer held by the smiling monk on the bottle. Here's to truth in advertising!

The aroma is sweetly malty, with yeast, vanilla and spicy coriander chiming in. The taste is an amazingly balanced combination of sugar and spice: a slightly carmelized brown sugar flavour, biscuity malt, clove spiciness and faint bitterness from hops. A smooth-drinking, full bodied beer that is dangerously drinkable for such a strong brew. Easily one of my favourites.

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

This beer poured a light brown cloudy color with a large, persistent head. The lacing is thick and lasting. The smell is heavy and has an intense malt flavor. The taste is intensely malty and sweet….well balanced. The mouthfeel is heavy and slightly chewy. This beer is awesome – drinkability is, well…..drink this!

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

Poured from caged and corked 750ml bottle(near room temp) a clear, at first... then turns cloudy due to the sediment, light gold with a large head of foam with lots of lacing.
After a few minutes, the foam shrinks to a fine but solid layer.

The smell is lemony and yeasty and there's also some spice in the nose.

The taste first hits me with some malty sweetness(more of a candy sugar sweetness), followed closely by lemon citrus and a touch of clove. The more I sip on it, the more I notice how well balanced and smooth drinking this brew is..oh, and there's also a touch of sourness near and through the finish which adds to my enjoyment. Further in to the bottle, the bitterness from the hops intensifies, nay, in fact, *all* the flavours I noted before increase in intensity making for a much more complex Tripel than the first glassful "promised". Yummy! Ahhh..and the nice warming effect in the tummy is certainly more than welcome on this cool, crisp Autumn day in Casper.

Bottom line: IMHO, this is certainly a world class Tripel. I think it is a *must try* for anyone who claims to be a lover of Belgian Ales!

Photo of loving44
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber with a bubbly white head supported with whispy carbonation. The head settles to a thin sheet. Fair amound of sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Smells of black pepper, apple, citrus, buscuity malt, mild hop bitterness with citrus and lots of yeast. Very inviting.

taste: Starts of sweet and malty. This is one of those beers that assaults your tounge with flavor from the second it hits your lips. Citrus, some spice ; mainly pepper, some clove. Finishes slightly bitter from hops and alcohol. Instantly warming and refreshing. Well balanced beyound belief!

Mouthfeel: light and airy, with prickly carbonation. glides over the palate. get's a bit more syrupy or "slick" as it warms.

This beer is way to easy to drink!!! I had trouble giving mine time to warm because it kept dissapearing so rapidly. This is one fantastic beer!

Photo of jabocu
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color with light sediment floating around. Poured a thick white cap that hung around leaving lacings as it fell. Aroma is citrus, yeast, wheat, light caramel, honey, banana, apple, pear, and alcohol. Flavor is syrupy honey sweet, with citrus, banana, yeast, and wheat. Mouthfeel is medium body, medium carbonation, and dry alcohol finish. Excellent beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours from the bottle to a hazy golden orange with thick white head that stays for the whole beer, and reduces to excellent lacing. I noticed the strong hoopy dark fruit aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Flavor was more of the same, yet with a nice blend of citrus fruit, similar to an IPA. Beer finished off to a perfect palate, where the hoppy bitterness mixed well with the 8% alcohol and a hint of malty sweetness. A most excellent beer.

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

From Notes. Purchased and consumed in Ft. Worth, TX.

Appearance: Poured from the corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a large red wine glass. While this may not be the most ideal glassware for this beer, its all I had available to me at the hotel. The beer is a little hazy and copper in color. A big white head sits atop the liquid that lasts quite a while. Good lacing.

Smell: Yeasty, a little bready malt with floral hop aromas thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Malty body (again somwhat bready, biscuitty, not roasted malts). Touch hoppy, bitter finish. Alcohol is evident.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full in body. Yeasty and chewy. Bit of an alochol burn.

Drinkability: Drinkable yes, one bottle is probably plenty, another bottle is not needed. I think I would like to try this again sometime.

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

Pours out a nice straw yellow to amber. Lots of white suds that quickly dissapate leaving some lacing.
Smell is just the best here. Clove and caramel and orange and lemon and I can smell something that smells like candy.
Taste is a very mild to watery mix. There is a bitter hoppyness to the flavor with hints of sugar and lemon. Caramel and grapefruit mixed.
Mouthfeel is a little thin but comes around when the alcohol shows up in the aftertaste.
This is a pretty good drinkin' beer. I could consume a few of these at a time.

Photo of uberabr
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a variety pack with a cool St. Bernardus goblet and Pater 6, Prior 8, and Abt 12. A good find!

Frothy white head and good lace. Head dies a little too fast. A light, golden blonde amber. Very murky, well carbonated.

Aroma is a malty lemon-peel. A peppery hay or straw.

Tastes yummy. Sour and a little bitter. A citrusy, malty, sweet aftertaste. The alcohol taste is complemented/masked well. Mouthfeel is excellent, full and bubbly. A very nice beer, although I don't quite see what all the fuss is about.

Photo of hunteraw
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a beer!

Appearance: Looks a bit like pineapple juice in the glass, not very clear and a kind of off-yellow color Good head, some lace.

Smell: Belgian smelling, good bit of phenols going on. Some alcohol present in the nose.

Taste: Very nice! Apricot, spice, and Belgian yeastiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, melts in your mouth.

Drinkability: I could drink this all night, if I could afford it.

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

Let me get this out of the way: I don't normally like tripels all that much. With that bitter business out of the way, let's get to my review.

Poured a fiery golden color with a down pillow like head. An inch thick and nappy creamy curls. There's a little bit of lacing.

My god, the nose is like heaven. Easily the yeastiest nost I've ever encountered. I also smell what I can only describe as crushed rose petals. If you've ever gone to a brewery or brewpub where you could smell the yeast, you have a pretty good idea of the nose of this beer. That smell dominates. If this was an air freshener I'd buy it without hesitation. With that said, there just weren't enough dimensions to the nose to warrant a 5. It was truly amazing, but not complex enough for a 5.

Taste is a lovely mix of floral notes, extremely mild grapefruit and pine, white grapes, lemon sans tartness, hushed caramel sweetness, floral notes ... far more than a schlep like me can do justice. Suffice to say that this is easily the best Tripel I've come across even though I don't usually care for them.

Mouth is densely carbonated yet somehow delicate and thick. Drinkability is sky high ... sure it has a high ABV, but I measure drinkability by my likelihood of purchasing again, not by how many I want to down in one sitting. This is beer, not a buffet for the gluttonous.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,630 ratings.