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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 193
Gots: 258 | FT: 2
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A) Nice, chunky head with a warm, ripe banana color body.
S) Clean, smooth, fruity, a bit of banana and smooth sweet malt at the end.
T) This is the definition of a Triple, in my opinion. Sweet, smooth, with a bit of sourness at the end. Very smooth.
M) Well, but not overly carbonated. Bubbly, but with enough residual sweetness to balance things out. Very nice indeed.
D) This is a darn nice triple. Less bubbly and sticky sweet than Duvel, but a bit less spicy. A very fine beer.

Photo of kmo1030
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazed orangey godl with a moderate white head.
it's got a soft creamy smelling fruitiness containing citrus, pineapple, apple and unripe banana. it's a got a sort of marshmellow aroma to it upon further inspection. i find some grainy malts beneath the rest of it.
this is a very tasty beer. all the fruits from the aroma are there along with the marshmellow. i pick up some anise, that sort plays off of the some of the grainy faintyl caramel malt qualities. i'm picking up a flavor that's pretty hard to describe, that makes me feel like this would pair well with some oysters from the raw bar. take from that what you will.
medium bodied with active carbonation.
good drinkability, i find myself constantly picking it up a sip. not a bit of that 8% abv is detectable. very nice.

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

Poured a nice golden orange color into my Orval goblet. I picked up some fruity undertones, particularly apple and pear, in the smell along with a slight undertone of alcohol. The taste is similar to the smell; slightly fruity and complex, with a slight wheat beer sourness in the finish. The fairly high alcohol content is well hidden in the beer - I could see this one sneaking up on me. The carbonation and body gives it a refreshing, light mouthfeel.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and one of the best tripels I've tried so far.

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

On tap at Publick House in Brookline, Mass.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with a full white head. Smells of fleshy white fruit -- apples, pears, peaches, pluots -- and peppery spice. Some alcohol in the nose as well. Taste is similar -- fruity tartness and juiciness rounded out by a complex array of spices. Very peppery with traces of licorice and anise. Absolutely wonderful. Crisp and carbonated mouthfeel with excellent drinkability for its strength -- if you have a couple of them, you won't feel the strength until you stand up, so beware...

Anyway, as close to a perfect tripel as I've ever had.

Photo of bigman147
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Pours a cloudy orangish hue with a soft puffy head. Head slowly fades with a persistent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Fruity aroma of apple cider and maybe pears. Slightly grassy herbal character. Hint of warm alcohol with a slight black peppery spice.

Taste: Fruity spice. Taste of apples prevails with a smooth grainy character. Hop notes are sedated and bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is mild and surprising not really overly present considering this 8% ABV. Pale malts and possibly malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fair body with a slight citrus acidity that helps cleanse the palate. Carbonation is strong and supports the fruity acidity nicely. Overall, well balanced.

Drinkability: Maybe my only complaint of which some of it can be my own fault. Alot of the yeast poured out into the glass and caused a hazy mess on top of a large amount of floaters. This detracted from the overall appearance and in that the drinkability (I wouldn't feel comfortable drinking that much floating yeast. The yeast never settled either. Overall though its high alcohol and high in flavor and aromas. Worth a try.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brew in my Chimay goblet. This beer is a perfect gold with a grand head that leaves rings around the glass. Smell is predominately citrus, oranges, but a little sweeter, like tangerines with a nice malt backbone. Taste is a tad spicy, a little acidity that's OK, mostly citrus fruits and a little hint of honeydew. Very drinkable and hardly a notice of the alcohol. A high-class brew to cap the evening.

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

A: Colour is a beautiful hazy orange. The beer pours with a thick, pure white head which lasts well and leaves moderate lacing. The only real problem with the appearance is the lumps of yeast which refuse to settle. A more flocculant yeast would help - but then it wouldn't have the same flavour.

S: Lightly acidic, lightly floral, lightly yeasty - quite a nice delicate bouquet really.

T: Oranges and cloves, some nice malt flavours with little sweetness. Some yeast complexity in the aftertaste. There is a typical trappist earthiness underlying the flavours. Bitterness is nicely balancing.

M: Excellent, a nice chewy beer - feels like it's been made from all malt with no added sugars.

D: Yeah, I'd have another - a bit too much to stay on all night though.

Overall, a good trappist tripel - I think I still prefer the Westmalle but that's just personal taste.

Photo of muddyriverduck
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Tigers lost tonight, so I'm busting out the tripel to drown my sorrows.

Poured from a bomber into a goblet a VERY cloudy orangish-yellow with a 2-finger head that left lacing all the way down the glass. There were so many floaties in this one that it looked like a public swimming pool in the ghetto.

I thought it smelled mostly like fruit. Don't ask me which fruits. I try to stay away from 'em. Those things will kill ya.

Ahhh. Now we're getting somewhere. The true pleasure of this brew is not looking at the floaties and smelling the fruit; it's drinking it. Prickly carbonation tickles the palate. Roasted malts and spices dominate the flavor for me. I find the alcohol to be very subdued, which makes me want to sip at it constantly.

Me likey. If I had another, I would drink it tonight. Alas, I don't. I'll settle for the Trois Pistoles next.

Photo of bobbyc881
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden & cloudy. Fluffy head stick around for a long time... as well as all along the sides of the glass. Fruity nose... citric fruits... apricots.

Taste is outstanding. Smooth and sweet flavors that end spicy and dry. Unbelievably smooth. Creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation that's somewhat prickly. Highly drinkable... barely noticeable alcohol. Not much more to say, really. This beer deserves it's high rating, no doubt.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Best before Sept 08.

Hazy golden with a thin head, Thin sheet of lace left on the glass.

Aroma has banana, caramel, dates, a touch of alcohol, and some yeast.

Flavor is fruit, honey, then a touch of sour and some yeastiness.

Alcohol is hidden well.

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

A - Poured a deep brown with a small off white head that faded rather quickly. Lots of nice lace down the side of the glass.

S - Smell was very fruity, hints of grain, along with pears, plums, apricots and apples. Sloght hint of alcohol as well in the back.

M & T - First impression was very smooth, not really a biting flazvor though. Nice and mellow for a triple. Lots of fruity tones mixed in with a nice spiceness. Hints of apricots and pears were the most prominent, along with a big alcohol kick.

D - Overall this was a nice triple and good beer. A little big to be an everyday one, but I really did enjoy it and it can occupy a spot in my fridge anytime.


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

Poured from a bomber, into a snifter. The beer pours a clear gold, forming a full 1 inch white head. Light spots of lace stick to the glass. The smell is a thick mixture of dark fruit aromas, along with a slight alcohol presence. The taste is very much like the aroma. Nice dark fruit flavor, mild hops, and a noticeable but not overpowering alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. The low abv. and full flavor of this tripel makes for high drinkability. Overall, I can see why this Belgian has such high ratings. This is a fantastic Tripel!!!

Photo of willjschmidt
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle (marked best before 1/30/09) into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A: A beautiful clear golden orange with a nice off-white head. Excellent lacing on this brew as well.

S: Fruity, apricots, tropical fruit as well as some alcohol aromas.

T: Very smooth and complex. Lots of fruit up front with just the right touch of sweetness. This is followed up with some herbal and light pepper and spices. Finished dry with some warming from the 8%.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, nicely carbonated, as well as slightly creamy.

D: Good drinkability, goes down smooth with nice balance and excellent flavors. A very good tripel.

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

12oz brown bottle from A-1 To-Go in Gardiner. Somewhat murky red-orange body with a good inch and a half oh head that sticks around for a while and leaves a fair bit of lacing as it dissipates. Smells fruity, like apples and raisins, with nut and spice notes. Tastes fruity (citrus, apple) with bits of nut and spice. No real alcohol noticed. Lighter bodied than expected, making this a real drinkable beer for the style. Wow, this beer is great.

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

330ml bottle, Poured into a wide Westmalle challice from the 70's

Pours with a creamy yellowy body, some amber hints towards the edge of the glass. Thick and very dense yellow tinted head with great retention. Tonnes of patches of lacing all up and down the glass

Smell, almonds and fresh fruit. Some fresh estery tinged yeast, little bit of slightly roasted hazelnuts. Fresh bread and a crisp biscuity malt comes through, some fresh herbs especially corriander.

Taste, almost smokey and slightly creamy alcohol, spicy and slick nuttiness comes through with a touch of peppery hop character. Slightly musty woody yeast character, this beer reminds me of the old wood, fresh beer aromas of Cafe Gollem in Amsterdam. Sweet fresh fruit, some slight banana and peach. Clinging sweetness on the palette although not overpowering, some vanilla pod and rich clotted cream.

A superb tripel. Amazingly balanced with no flavours becoming too overpowering

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

Pours a hazy straw yellow with an abundant head that is lasting and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is a very strong blend of sweet fruits, spice, yeast and some earthy hops. The taste is a great balance of sweet malts, spice and earthy hops with an appropriate yeast bite. The beer is medium bodied and crisp with warming alcohol. This is an immensely enjoyable Tripel.

Photo of bosco7
3.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 33 cl bottle into oversized wine goblet. Pale amber with some haze. Plenty of head with web like lacing.

Pear, green apple, yeast, coriander, and soap in the nose.

Sweet upfront with some caramel flavors. Other flavors include pear, coriander, soap and yeast. Spicy. Mildly hoppy.

Chewy mouthfeel yet well attenuated. Very interesting.

Good beer. The other beers produced by St. Bernardus (specifically Abt 12 and Prior 8) are far better.

Photo of OStrungT
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow color with some yeast sediment in suspention. It boasts a thick fluffy off white head with a slight yellow tint that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a grainy aroma. It has an earthy yeast aroma as well. Some spices are present also. Coriander, and allspice. This beer also has a slightly cirtusy hop aroma.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a dominately grainy flavor. It has that signature Belgian earthy yeast flavor also. It is spicy with a hint of cloves. It also tastes slightly citrusy.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a grainy aftertaste. It is crisp and refreshing. It is well carbonated.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is not too overly high in alcohol, and the flavor is not overly aggressive.

Overall: This beer is good. It might be one of the best Tripel's I have had.

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

A- Thick white head on a murky dirty orange body. Thick creamy lacing.
S- Big esters come through, light banana, lighter fruits, a light kind of hop that adds a nice balance, and a sweet light caramel malt.
T- Esters, banana, light fruits, sweet caramel malts, grass hops that leave a light bitterness on tongue, light breads, and almost like a hint of white grapes.
M-Full body and medium carbonation.
D- This is a excellent beer. I will be buying a few of these on my next trip to Cali.

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

11.2 oz. bottle, Cellared upright for 5 months.

Orange-gold color with a slight haze. Finger of dense white head. Nice lace.

Smells fruity - apricot, pear, apple - with toffee, tobacco, green chillies/jalapeno, white pepper, roses. Complex, intriguing, and good.

Tastes sweeter than it smells. Intense fruit. Green tobacco and vegetables. A roasted (stir-fried?) note, something like Chinese food. A floral note, like rose water. Well balanced with some hop bitterness. Long complex finish.

Medium bodied, with very finely textured carbonation. Mouthfeel is never fizzy nor watery. Drinkable???

Really great beer. I love this stuff!

Photo of BretSikkink
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering at Max and Joe's Omaha.

Dark orange color, head retention is good, reduces to a ring around the top.

Ester alcohol aroma, some murky fruit flavors.

Complex and nicely carbonated tripel, this is a great beer on tap. Good malt sturdiness that's slightly sweet, herbal hops and alcohol spike. Smooth, full mouthfeel. It's light on the tongue for being so nice and thick. Bread finish.

This is a refreshing and fruity ale, sweet toffee malt combined with some fruity hop punch. Alcohol well hidden. Finely crafted and highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

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

Mild mellow rich nut malt yeast bannana ester
not too sweet
not too - not sweet
reminds of holy morning pastry

of course the smiling belgium abbot on the bottle
plays a subconscious influence

pours a cloudy golden tan
with a small rim of white lace head

smell is good:
simple nuts and fruit ester

taste is very balanced
tart and mellow
fruit and nut
sweet and bitter

mouthfeel also balanced
good carbonation
without over doing it
flavor and feel
in livening relaxation

drinkability also good
sips or swigs with
refined pleasure
a very nice tripel
hard to do a whole lot better

Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a decent but fleeting white head and spotty lacing. A bit of haze noted.
Nose is pretty underwhelming, and what is noted has a decent amount of alcohol. Some sugary fruits and typical belgian funky yeast underneath, but surprisingly muted.

The fruity sweetness comes across better in the taste which is probably the highlight. Orange, banana, and I think apricot? Alcohol is noted early and often, but it seems well integrated, almost like the fruit has been soaking in it for some time.

I've been waiting a bit, and swirling a bit, but while the initial carbonation is getting better (lighter) the finish is still a bit too fizzy for my taste. This is a shame because I think I would otherwise really enjoy the creamy full fruit flavors and sharp warming alcohol gliding across my tongue. Drinkability is a bit lower than my favorites of the style. Not bad by a longshot, and very glad I tried it.

Photo of jmc44
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-golden color; light, thin white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is light, with hints of alcohol, fruit, and a slight note of spice.

Taste is initially fruity, with banana and berry, followed by a slight hop spiciness. The bitter character comes through surprisingly stong compared to other tripels, and the spice character with the fruit is a bit awkward. The flavors do meld together better as the beer warms.

Smooth, medium bodied beer, which is fairly drinkable despite its abv.

Not a bad beer, but IMHO not the best tripel out there. Actually a bit disappointing from their fantastic ABT 12, but still solid in its own right and worth a try.

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

Pours a golden peachish color with a one and a half frothy and foamy white head. Nice pillow like retention with sticky thick lacing forming on the edges. Wheaty thickness like a wet blanked. Fruity aromas with cloves, orange peels, lemon zest, and banana notes making themselves known first. Slight zing of carbonation tickles the nostrils.

Wheaty flavors take over the mouth and curl under the tongue. Fruity notes dance on the roof of the mouth exuding clove, banana, orange peel, lemon zest, and melon. Dryer aftertaste with a starchy mouthfeel. Silky soft on the palate. Bold and thick on the palate even though it fools you with it's softness and lightness. A very nice drinking tripel. One that I will revisit at some point.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.