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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,427 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JackStraw22


4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Hazy, golden/orange, nice big white, fluffy head. Great retention and good lacing. Drinking out of a St. Bernardous glass, it looks great.

Aroma: light and sweet, almost like champagne. grapes, cloves, alcohol. seems a little one dimensional though.

Taste: Wonderful. Very malty, sweet, but not overly so. This hides the alcohol well, unlike other tripples I've had. It's warming on the way down, nice.

Great mouthfeel, not sticky for such a sweet, malty brew. Crisp and refreshing. I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Awsome brew!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 01:37:55 | More by JackStraw22
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when I couldn't stand any Belgain beer, what-so-ever. I couldn't choke any of it down. But in the last year or so, I have developed a real appreciation for them. I guess you could even say that I have grown to love them.
St. Bernardus Tripel is no exception. It is a magnificantly brewed beer in the great Belgain tradition.
Pours a hazy orange colour with lil specks of things (yeasties) floating around in it. The head is thick and rich, yet not uncontrolable.
The aroma is spicey, yet sweet. Bready and fruity.
The taste is that of pineapples, slightest hint of banana, cookies, white bread, sugars, and everything else that make life worth living.
This is a wildly complex beer that deserves to be among the greatest beers in the world. A ton of different tastes and smells makes it something really special.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 17:07:57 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of Quaffer


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a lightly hazy, soft amber-orange beer. There were lot of tiny particles suspended in the liquid and a nice bead. The white head rose up easily to two fingers. It was coarse and settled down at an average rate. The bead sustained a thin cap of white foam on the top of the beer for the entire drink. The lacing was very light.

Smell: Lots of spicy alcohol and a lightly smokey component. Apples and grapes were present, though they were the strongest right after the pour. Hints of yeast and vanilla were just barely detectable. Overall, a classic tripel aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a nice chewy presence along the sides of the tongue. The carbonation provided a soft, fluffy feel.

Taste: Spicy alcohol and grapes as the beer hit the tip of the tongue. Chewy sweet malt kicked in in the middle. There were hints of roasted malt as well. The alcohol carried on into the finish and was joined by a decent amount of floral hops.

A good beer, but nothing really special. The alcohol was fairly strong, but never seemed overbearing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2005 23:38:48 | More by Quaffer
Photo of horndecker

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small 33cl bottle.

Brassy, orange tinged yellow color, huge head, very persistant froth, fine bubbles. Enthusiastic.

Big whiff of fruit, grapefruit, apricot, caramels or toffee. Something bright and peppery as well, orange zest, a bit of vegetal, cabbagey aroma, similiar to something I associate with good white burgundies.

After all that fruit in the nose, it's a surprise that the first taste is malt. Plenty of fruit rushes in after that, a little butterscotch too. It's so creamy and silky in the mouth. A wonderful full bodied spritz.

As it warms, other aromas make an appearance. Candied yams, perhaps carrots and brown sugar?

Exceptional, So quaffable. A treat. And easy to find. Hallelujah.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 01:50:56 | More by horndecker
Photo of mobyfann


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

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

This ale pours a hazy amber golden base with a huge white head, exceptional retention and very nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma isn't too complex nor distinguished. I get a strong sense of malt and a sweet smell like lemon mixed with some alcohol.

The taste is supurb for a tripel. The body isn't too heavy but it's filling enough, the malt flavor is exceptional, the hints of fruit tones are adequate with the malt; however, the spices in this ale give the overall flavor a nice kick, but with the moderately strong body, is nearly perfect. The mouthfeel is smooth almost creamy in the mouth. The drinkability is a touch too heavy from perfection, but so close.

Final Thought: This Belgian is clearly the best that this brewery has to offer in terms of overall quality, which really says a lot...

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2005 06:50:03 | More by mobyfann
Photo of tomthumbsblues


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little head resulted from my pouring of this beer, but a nice foam layer remained on top of the beer for the entire tasting session. The color is an opaque apple cider color. My beer had tiny bits of yeast (?) floating around in it, but I don't think they took away at all from the flavor. The smell was sour lemon and fruity which were primarily of apricots. The taste grows on you because it is light and fruity, again with the apricot hints, but it has a definite malt breadiness. The mouthfeel is tingly with a dry aftertaste. This beer should not be overlooked. It was quite refreshing to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 23:11:17 | More by tomthumbsblues
Photo of dauss


4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: very beautiful belgian style silk screened 750ml. Lots of information like alcohol, storing temp, serving temp, story about the brewery, and the best before date stamped on the top. 8% ABV. Says it can be stored for up to 5 years. Serve and store at 46F-50F.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange hue, small bone white head

Smell: flowery noble ups, strong upfront phenols, banana ester,s, sweet malt, and spicy pepper alcohol.

Taste: Explosive carbonation, very strong phenols with a sweet maltiness in the background. A dry finish with a little acidic twang.

Mouthfeel: explosive carbonation, good and complex, but the phenols/fusel alcohols were too much to enjoy a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 22:34:42 | More by dauss
Photo of ypsifly


4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle with best before date of 04-05-07. The label also indicates an abv of 8%. Perhaps they have taken it up a notch recently?

Poured into a goblet it looks like a wheat with a nice fluffy white head with good retention and some nice lacework. I did have a tough time keeping the floaties out. This could be due to not letting the bottle sit for a while before tasting. Must have gotten shook up pretty good while driving on dirt roads from the beer store.

Smells of bread, banannas, some cloves and hops make a stronger than usual account for themselves given the style. Nicely balanced.

The taste starts off sweet, then fades nicely into a dry hoppy finish. Very nice.

Has a good amount of carbonation that feels almost like champagne with the bubbles and hop character working in unison to tingle the tongue. Very drinkable. A beer for all seasons, be it sitting out a snowstorm or hanging out on the back porch on a warm summer night.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 04:17:29 | More by ypsifly
Photo of Shultzerdugen


4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle with with best before date of 9-7-07.

Poured a cloudy orangish-dark straw. I must have disturbed the yeast during transportation. Big chunky head.

Smelled very fruity. Apricot, buttery, spicy. Sweet and lots of bread qualities, vanilla later.

While in the mouth, malt and hops, in fact more hops than I'm accustomed to in a Belgian beer, but that is not a bad thing at all. On the contrary it added alot to the drinkability. The finish is where things got really interesting. Vanilla, cookie dough, lemon, apricot. Spicy with a great tartness. Again, hoppier than others, and I like it. Hell, I love it.

This beer went away too quickly.

As Pierre Rajotte notes in Belgian Ale, "Trying to classify Belgian styles is like attempting to impose guidelines on the Belgian brewmaster's creativity."

The king of tripels!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 14:42:45 | More by Shultzerdugen
Photo of markman


4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel: 11.2 oz bottle, best before 31-12-06, 57 º F:

Crystal clear gold with a nice frothy white head…a promise of beautimus lacing. But the aroma hits before the eyes can take it all in. Yeast, ginger, maybe even some pineapple. Creamy smooth on the tongue, and then there it is…the ginger again. Malt steps up to fill in with some subtly sweet tropical fruitiness. Finishes with a dry-fruity-malty-lightly-hopped flavor that sticks around for a while. This is one hell of a tripel and, unlike many it’s contemporaries, at 7.5% it is dangerously drinkable.


Serving type: bottle

02-12-2005 23:57:45 | More by markman
Photo of santoslhalper


4.93/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a brilliant gold with a nice, thin white head. Tiny yeast particles float everywhere.

Smell: The smell of this beer is spectacular. I can't get over how the grain smell mixes with the fruityness. It's such a perfect combination.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I have to say this is without a doubt the best tasting tripel I've ever had. Smooth, sweet, creamy, fruity, malty, and so much more. The taste is so wonderful and complex yet perfectly balanced. Everything about the taste of this beer is perfect. One of the best beers I've tasted to date. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and incredibly inviting.

Drinkability and Overall: About as close to Tripel perfection as a beer can get. My first true Belgian Tripel and I'm blown away. I can't say enough about this beer. It's so rich and flavorful, yet so smooth a easily drank. I will be getting more of this very, very soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2005 04:01:56 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured lightly hazy dark yellowish ale with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation was extremely good and body was a thinner then expected. Aroma is quite particular with some weird but enjoyable sweetness (like some crazy candy my kids would love) and good strong malt. The sweet malt dominates taste with some undertones consisting of soft spices, candi sugar and yeast. Wow, this one was quite a surprise and probably ranked very close to my top Abbey Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 20:48:04 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Paddez


3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden brew. Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The smell is doughy, yeasty with a spicy and fruity undertone.
The taste isn't that of classic tripel. It's sour & sweet at the same time and fruity (lemon, apple, ...) with a strange underlaying flavour. Dry finish.
The yeast plays a big role in this brew.
Medium body, thinner than I expected. Lively carbonation. The acohol is pretty apparent for a brew that's only 7,5%

This was an unusual tripel, and one that I did not quite fully understand. A solid and enjoyable brew, but in my opinion not among the best in this style.

Imho, the St. Bernardus beers are a bit overhyped. Sure, they're all pretty solid beers, but maybe not as good as some others.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 14:21:05 | More by Paddez
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-amber body streams with a fine-bubbled carbonation beneath a full head of white froth. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of lace about the goblet. Bready, cookie dough-like, and even slightly toasted malt appears in the nose; accented by notes of yeast, vanilla, fruit (cherry, pineapple), flowers, and delicate spice. It's zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation that warms to become somewhat creamy; although the medium-full body might have something to do with that as well! The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some leafy hops and a stiff, balancing bitterness. It finishes dry and lingering with yeast and vanilla-laced cookie dough lingering amidst a dry, leafy bitterness. Impressive and unusual, the St. Bernardus Tripel is a not to be missed beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 23:28:44 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: White pillowy, fluffy head with major fizz action just below it. Head sat atop a slightly cloudy, golden brew, with big-time carbonation evident.

Smell: Candy sweet, pineapple, tart and sour fruits, sour apples, Belgian funkiness. Yum.

Taste: Crisp, sour apples up front, like a sparkling cider. Slight pineapple flavors showed through occasionally. Bittering finish was gradual and solid. Very nicely balanced. ABV not noticeable at all. Great, great tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, yet crispy as the carbonation excites the tongue and mouth all the while.

Drinkability: Hey, it doesn't get much better than this in this genre. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 01:04:05 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from an arrowine gift pack (with glass)

golden color with plenty of suspended yeast sediment. not much of a head, but a consistent foamy layer. i would have expected better as the heads on the two St. Bernardus dubbels are quite ample and poofy. some lacing

the nose is very citrusy with some light toffee/caramel hints
the flavor is again citrusy, and shows some spice (corriander, clove?). as well as apricot and light biscuit flavors.

the mouthfeel is slow. not chewy, but it coats the palate nicely. very spritzy at first. one criticism is that the word "chalky" came to mind in terms of texture, which is interesting since someone else made the same comment. yeast?

this stuff isn't as nice of an experience as Pater 6 and Prior 8, but still very good

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 03:37:25 | More by bruachan
Photo of neonbrown82


4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After falling in love with the ABT12, I decided I would try other St. Bernadus products. I quite enjoyed this one, though I don't think on quite the same level. Nonetheless it was still worth it, because I am savouring every last drop. It poured to a dark golden color with a thick white foam. The head retention was excellent. The beer almost seemed to fizz like a soda, regenerating the head. The smell is like a bouquet of flowers with some citrusy aromas. The taste is not quite as harsh as the quadrupel ABT12, and the mouthfeel revealed all kinds of complex fruity and floral flavors. The ABV is also quite lower thus allowing for a greater drinkability. On second thought, maybe I do like this better than the ABT12. I will definately buy more, as well as other selections by St. Bernadus.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 05:39:35 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one finger head that left scattered lace in a freshly cleaned glass. Lots of suspended sediment.

Aroma of citrus, dough, malt, yeast and hints of alcohol.

Tastes of bitter orange with some sweetness then bittering hops and a long very hoppy dry finish with hints of alcohol.

Medium bodied with little carbonation.

This is a good complex sipper. Appearance has room for improvment. Not the best tripel I've had but decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2005 02:40:12 | More by Citadel82
Photo of clvand0


3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber color with no head at all and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat subdued. Some spices and fruit, but not what I was expecting. The flavor has the spices in it and hints of the fruit, but the flavors are really subdued. Judging from the absense of any head, I might have had a bottle that was way past its prime. I'll give this one a revisit at a later date.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2005 14:11:22 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange color with no head at all. The nose is oranges and lemon with a slight spicey character in there as well. The flavor is spicey, with a sweet fruity background and a slight bitter finish, but I don't think this is anywhere as nice as their other beers I've had. The feel is slightly thinner than moderate. The beer is by no means bad, but it just isn't really doing it for me. I have a 750 ml of it for later, so we will see if it is.

Edit: I broke out the 750 tonight. Lets see what I think. The flavor is better than the other bottle I had. The spice and lemony flavors are better blended together than I remember. The feel is a bit more than moderate. Much better than I remember. Kudos to them on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2005 23:51:42 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of twelvsies


4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After hearing a busy buzz about this beer I was glad to finally stumble upon it at D's in Pittsburgh. Steel City, baby. Great hazy orange amber tone to this beer with a rocky head that sticks around for a while. Nice. This beer is sitting maybe two feet from my nose and I can smell it clearly. Total yeasty spicy bready smell. Very "Belgian". Sweet light malts. Taste is fabulous. Much as the smell suggests, which is good. Yeasty sweetened esters up front with a freshly baked bread follow up. I think the merry monk on the label and I would be great pals. Great floral grassy notes to this beer, although not particularly "hoppy" in the American sense. A totally different interpretation of hops and malt here. And a tiny tad of bitterness at the end. Just enough to get your attention. Subtle is the word. But not wussy. Definately not. Very abundant flavor. Complex. Extremely cake-like. Very smooth and very light floaty mouthfeel. You can certainly taste the authenticity in this beer. An extremely drinkable beer, very easy going down. This is a cream of the crop beer from Belgium. Drink up chums.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 05:53:31 | More by twelvsies
Photo of ghurux86


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

appearance: pours a dark cloudy orange with creamy head. there is some lacing but nothing too exceptionally great.
smell: hops, alcohol, maybe banana, apple, and some citrus. very complex. smells great.
taste: taste is very good compared to other brews of this style. goes down nice and smooth. there is a hint of hops in the flavor but it is not overly bitter. there is a hint of an alcohol taste but it's not overpowering. alcohol is more noticeble in the after taste. flavor is pretty complex. not the best i've tasted but the best in this style definitely.
mouthfeel: great, what else is there to say? lightly carbonated, not overdone, not completely flat, just about right. also has a nice smooth feel to it.
drinkibility: i'd definitely have another. the only thing that takes away from this getting 5 is the noticable alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. it is still very drinkable, though, just not the very best.
overall it's a very great brew, the best tripel i've had.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2004 02:09:47 | More by ghurux86
Photo of Shaw


4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 mL bottle of this with my beer drinking buddies. I haven't had a commercial Tripel in a while: we've homebrewed several batches and are preparing to make another one.

This beer is quite like our homebrews, which makes me feel good about our techniques. It's spicy, most likely from coriander seeds and dried orange peels. The 8 percent ABV is well-hidden in the substantial body and flavor.

This is a very drinkable tripel and well worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 07:10:23 | More by Shaw
Photo of ZAP


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

Pours a cloudy golden color..big pillowy head fades as you drink....nose is yeasty spicy...a hint of bananas...good carbonation...body is medium...almost a creamy mouthfeel...nice spicy brew, but at the same time very rich and malty...finishes with some alcohol heat...

An excellent brew...I actually liked their Dubbel better but this is nothing to turn down either...One of the better tripels I've had...

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 06:04:48 | More by ZAP
Photo of skybluewater


4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a stunning gold color. The smell is wonderful, almost like freshly baked banana bread. I'm loving the taste as well, with a little banana and clove, perhaps a bit of green apple. Mouthfeel's quite nice as well. Only the barest hint of alcohol mars the flavor someone.

Very good tripel here, and one of the best beers I've ever had. (It's even good after sitting for a few hours while I took an unplanned nap!)

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2004 05:16:01 | More by skybluewater
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.