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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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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 hanco005
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a four pack that included this one, 6, 8, and 12…it also included a cool glass ( and I paid just under $18 for it which I thought was a great deal). 11.2 oz bottle, dated 09 07 07, poured into my St. Bernardus glass

A—hazy light orange with ¾ inch head, good retention, slight lacing remains, chunks of sediment swirl around the beer and are suspended in the liquid. A thick layer of sediment remains in the bottle…I decided not to pour it…plenty of sediment in the glass already

S—ripe fruits come to the front, banana, plum, raison, some citrus, a little sweet candy, faint alcohol is there, too, becomes more fragrant as it warms

T—not a bold as I expected, lots of balance in the flavors, sweet banana for sure, gets a little smoky as I exhale, as with the smell, the flavors get stronger as they warm

M—a little fizzy and thin, but nice, light/medium bodied, better than average carbonation

D—very good and easy drinking. Could have another, but that’s about it. This is a sipping beer for me.

Note: I drank this right out of the fridge and sipped it as it warmed in order to experience that flavor changes…I recommend you do this too if you are new to this style. It is amazing to me what a slight difference in temperature can do for a beer.

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

An excellent beer that, true to Belgian (and especially tripel) style, is sneaky in both the complexity of its flavor and the strength of its punch. Creamy and full-bodied, but dry, effervescent, and even refreshing in its finish. A bit underwhelming in its first impression, but then transforms almost magically on the palate into a parade of well-balanced flavors--the usual cast of yeast- and malt- derived fruits and spices with just the right amount of tartness and bitterness to balance it out.

I was surprised on pouring the beer by how tame (and disappointing at first) were both its initial aroma and head. The first estery/phenolic whiff of fruits and spices was plesant but subtle and short-lived. Rather than a thick rocky head, the beer produced large bubbles that supported only a thin layer. But its effervescence never died down, and that thin head proved to be long lasting and left behind a modest collection of Belgian lace. The first wave of flavor is likewise a bit underwhelming, if only because the tart (not astringent) tingling of carbonation dominates. But as the bubbles settle down in the mouth, they leave behind wave after wave of harmonious flavors--none of which are unfamiliar in a Belgian but nor does any single note dominate.

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

A beautiful beer with nice rivers of carbonation flowing up through the pale, clear beer. Head is white and tall and cakey like you'd expect. Smells sweet and earthy. A nice mix of grainy, wheatlike to fruity melon like esters. A good helping of spice in there too. It tastes very grassy/wheaty. Enough spice comes into the taste. My only complaint is a lot of the complexity in the nose is not apparent in the flavor which comes across lighter than the rich smell. Mouthfeel is great, light to medium bodied. Has a nice amount of alcoholic warmth too it, but no real alcohol flavor. Very drinkable. All day long. I mean I drink the entire 750 ml bottles by myself with no problem of getting tired of it.

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

Hazy orange color with carbonation bubbles and particals of yeast visable when held to the light. Has a sticky white head that leaved level of lacing around the glass. THe aroma is sweet and fruity. A bit sour too, but in a good way. Hints of burnt sugar, oranges, and sweet malts can be found. Has a complex yet clean taste. Flavors of cirtus fruits, bready yeast, and sugar fill the palate. Small amounts of hop bitterness can be found. A bit tartness in the end, but finishes off clean. A very warming and tasty Abbey ale. Expensive but worth every dollar. Buy it if you find it.

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out great and leaves some head with a strong lacing. The smell is very flowrey and really great. Has a sweet flowery nose to it, like a great beligan tripel. Taste is malty and sweet with buttery flavors. It has apple fruit tones. Mouthfeel is a little off, but very nice. I don't like this as much as other Belgians, but it does fine for itself.

Photo of Crosling
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange. Subtle aroma of citrus fruits, dough, bubble gum and sweet malts. The lovely malt and hop balance is only better complimented by the silky, coating mouthfeel. Slightly tart. Notes of cotton candy, bubble gum and tropical fruits. Wow, damn, why was I ignoring this beer for so long?

Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a frothy head that leaves strips of lacing

Smell: Tropical fruits, Candi sugar and a int of banana; very yeasty with plenty of phenols

Taste: Starts out very fruity with a tart undertone that develops and strengthens; quite peppery, in fact, a flavor that builds with a sneaky bitterness after the swallow; not as sweet and banana-flavored as other tripels

Mouthfeel: Light and frothy; almost velvety, with moderate carbonation; slight warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Enticing and intriguing, this is an unusual and challenging tripel

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

11 oz bottle served at room temp, Pours a nice hazy copper color with a white pillowy head and good lacings.

Aroma is peppery and spicy malt and ester sweetness. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation, very spicy on the front and a malty, fruity finish. A bit of alcohol bite and saltyness with a buiscuty malt flavor.

All in all, a fairly drinkable beer considering the magnitude and pedigree but still has a bit of an edge to it.

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

Rusty brown/orange in color, very hazy with minimal head. Lots of large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass, but give up quickly. Aroma is wonderful in its fruitiness. Maybe my nose is way off, but every time I bring the glass up to take a sip, a thought pops into my mind: "apple juice". There is some fruity sourness in the aroma. Taste shifts into tropica fruits range. Sweet bite on the tongue and alcohol warmness make it such a nice sipping beer. Very drinkable.

Abt 12 got a perfect 5 from my first review. This beer even though it's not a 5 is very much up there too. St. Bernardus has a very firm place on my beer map.

In the interests of full disclosure, I'll add that this review is of 11.2 oz bottle that is stamped in all languages except English - recommended consumption before the end of 2004. A fresh 750 ml bottle may turn out even better (however, I don't think this little angel lost something in the few years it was lying around).

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

Got a couple nice "glug"s out of the bottle on the pour, which created a decent size head, not too big but substantial and fluffy. Doesn't last too long but that's ok because it's the color of this beer that impresses: strong golden-caramel shine, made hazy by tiny bits of sediment and light, mellow bubbles.

Smell is average for the style: strong yeast, stronger malts, mild spices and a floral presence.

What a flavor. Pleasant (and apparently very high quality) malts/yeasts in the front, with a buoyant array of spice characteristics, extremely well-blended and balanced. Mild but assertive alcohol warming sensation trails throughout the mouth and up into the nasal passages. The mouthfeel is full and chewy and tingly and, again, warming. I can't think of a beer with a better texture at the moment. This just hits all the right buttons.

Drinkability? High. Very high. It's just so damn good, who cares if it's on the higher ABV scale at 8%? But too much of any good thing is a bad thing, so I usually limit myself to two a day, tops. Not two St. Bernardus a day, I ain't Daddy Warbucks. Planning on following this with a Victory Hop Wallop. It's Friday. Should be a fine night.

Photo of semihobo
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ozer from the boxed set, cellared for a little over a year, dated "FL 09 07 07" so it should be good to go.

Pours with a rich white head that at some points is so fine I can't tell there are individual bubbles, although it faded away pretty fast. A dirty peach color, orange with lots of bubbling. I tried to avoid pouring sediment in but I got a bunch, as dark chunks are suspended. When you tip the goblet to drink, the side of the goblet coats perfectly -- that's priceless.

The smell is exactly that of an apple needled with cloves that has aged for a while. Hard to believe there aren't actually ground up cloves in here. Also smells of bread, vanilla, peach, cinnamon, potpourri, hoppy spices, and a faint touch of earthy smoke, but the clove-apple is the definite match. Simply heavenly -- smells kind of like champagne in a way.

Clove and vanilla on the taste, along with a great yeastiness. Bananas and some orange with tons of candi sugar. The alcohol is somewhat evident. Pastry and dairylike as well, a nice blend of complexities. Malty, bready, and slightly sour aftertaste. Hops are barely present.

Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel with subtle, gentle carbonation. Very rich.

This is exceptional stuff. It's too sweet for me to drink it frequently; I'll have it now and then for a treat, and savor it when I do. With more balance against the sugar and some smoothing of the few rough edges, I could drink this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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

Time for a revisit!
Consumed in honor of a recently deceased relative... who kinda looked like the fellow on the bottle. Bon Voyage, Sam.
The 750 mL model which I presume to be much fresher than the 330cL versions I had quite some time ago.
This guy was much clearer looking; golden with a pretty white head.
The odor is not quite as gorgeous as it was last time around, but still appealing. Much drier... much more like champagne.
The flavor is much more like champagne as well. A sharp bite with a dry finish; some lingering fruit flavors after the bite has gone. Pear is dominant, hints of coriander here and there... cameos of golden raisins.
A bit of a coarse bitterness pops up here and there but it's nothing to be concerned about.
An excellent tripel.... an excellent brew. This is what a dry tripel should be like. A hard choice between this and Westmalle's tripel.

Photo of meathookjones
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked bottle. Cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head that was fed by a constant stream of bubbles. Nice creamy thick lacing. Rich sweet fruits aroma with some pears and a nice amount of spice as well. Notes of yeast and doughy malts came out as well. Starts off with a smooth sweet fruit medley of pears and some others I couldn’t quite pick out. A good mix of spices, yeast and bread came though to balance the sweetness and add great depth to this. Finishes up dry and spicy with hints of fruit. Fantastic taste with plenty going on. Good thickness to the body with plenty of carbonation, perhaps a tad too much at times. Greatly drinkable stuff as well. Easily one of the best Tripels I have ever had.

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

12oz bottle dated best-before 7-28-2008

Great looking beer. Poured an extremely clear and strongly-carbonated golden orange-yellow. Left a small blanket of very persistent foam and super-sticky lace. Fragrant with cloves, bananas, very clean sweet alcoholic citrus. Creamy and smooth mouth-feel, with big carbonation from lots of tiny bubbles. Light citrus up front, turning slightly medicinal, herbal, in the center before finishing with strong hop bitterness, alcohol and cloves. Taste is a little thin in the middle, but overall the beer is subtle, flavorful, shockingly light and easy drinking.

Photo of Prufrock
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. leaves a touch of lacing.

fruity sweet aroma with candy sugar and a hint of the alcohol content. a touch of belgian yeast and belgian spiciness.

medium-bodied and a high carbonation. bready malts with herbs and an alcohol sweetness. much more subdued than the 12 in flavor. goes down easy, but fairly reserved for a tripel.

Photo of Hautacam
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark , slightly cloudy gold...frothy head..some lacing..settles to 1/4 in head. Flakes of yeast will not disperse even with a good swirl...should have left them alone?...they're dancing with the bubbles....I'll chew 'em. Freshness date 1/07.
Smells of fruit, malt, yeast ...some alcohol.
Tastes pretty complex..alcohol is prominent..some light banana flavor, especially as it warms...a little clove, some sugar,some slight cider ,and a nice dry , lightly bitter finish.
Medium to heavy mouthfeel..medium carbonation....just right.
Pretty drinkable even at 7.5%.
A really good Belgian Tripel. Savor this one slowly....then have another. This was a nice gift from my girlfriend....a 4 pack for Valentine's day ! ( ...the woman cares ).

Photo of doppelmeup
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Inch tall head that settled into about a 1/4 inch covering that lasted throughout. Nice lacing. Very nice looking glass of beer. Golden, honey colored. Very tiny, compact carbonation.

Smelled of yeast, fruits, alcohol. Very well balanced. No particular aroma stood out, but all worked together.

Delicious, well balanced. Some fruit, some yeast, some hops, some malt, all working together. A very balanced beer on a par with Westmalle Tripel.

I noticed a lot of carbonation that made my tongue tingle a bit, otherwise I'd give it a 5 on mouthfeel. Warmed the palate after it went down. Slight bitter and alcoholic aftertaste that warmed and then left the palate quickly.

Very drinkable, but tasted strong with the alcohol not as well hidden as the Westmalle. But an excellent, delicious beer. And my wife says I look like the monk on the label!

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

Poured into a goblet, the resulting head was huge. It diminished quickly over it's peach colored body. Full of floaties, this one. A strong fruity spicy nose, furthered the spicy taste. Snappy yeast, apples, citrus, bready, flowery. Complex and flavorfull, this one masks it's rather heady amount of alchohol magnificantly. Top notch.

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

Short review here:

Spices abound in this beer. You have a bit of orange and lemon citrus mixed with spice and a bit of pepper notes. The head was thick and creamy but quickly disappeared and turned into minimal lacing. The spice notes dominate in the nose.

This was a great beer and was very happy I was able to score this at the Acme on Market street in Akron because it was off the shelves and gone the next week.

Notes: There was a price check at the register and the bag boy was sent to check it out. He came back and said $5.00. I almost asked him to go back and get me three more. I didn't know what the price was and was prepared to pay more. I suspect it was more expensive than that but I am not going to argue with him.

Photo of Gump
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This green label caught my eye one day at Surdyk's. I have been on the lookout for this beer for about a year now after seeing it on a BA list of top Belgian Triples.

Light pale colored pour with plenty of white dense head. Starts very foamy and eventually calms to an inch of head with moderate wet lacing in the glass.

Amora is fruity, woodsy and dry with a chalky sweetness and natural earthiness.

Excellent mouthfeel. Leaves the tongue tingly and mouth feeling dry

A very crisp drink and excellent mouthfeel make this a beer that stands out from the rest.

Photo of ghostwalker
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden body with a huge white frothy head.

Nose is sweet and malty. Some characteristically Belgian spice notes as well.

Flavor is sweet, sweet malt. Candi sugar is a big part of the flavor. Plenty of spices are there, coriander and clove. Yeasty malt forms the backbone. Slight warming from the alcohol. Overall, it's a mighty, mighty tasty tripel.

Mouthfeel is frothy and creamy, bordering on syrupy.

Drinkability is a little above average. I enjoy the style, but am unlikely to want more than 1-2 per sitting. Usually the sweetness gets to me and I want to move on to an IPA or a Pils.

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

a - An inch of fine bubbled foam which dissipated to a 1/4 inch layer that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Tons of lacing. Clear amber orange in color until you pour the beer from the bottom of the bottle into the glass then it appears cloudy from the yeast.

s - Very sweet malted barley aroma with sweet fruits backing up the barley.

t - A complex taste with dry medium toasted barley predominant. A light citrus fruity taste comes through behind the main flavors. An acidic finish.

m - Good carbonation, can feel the alcohol

d - Enjoyable to drink. I would drink this again. Goes down smooth and easy. I ate some aromatic cheese while enjoying this ale. It's flavor comes shining through.

Photo of aforbes10
3.23/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle label has been punched at 3, 8 and 9, although im not sure if that means anything.

Huge white head (4 inches) that goes down to about 1/8 inch aver period of 10 minutes. Lots of nice lacing. tawny bronze color with lots of sediment.

Odor is mostly alcohol with malts, citrus (like sour fruits) and soy sauce.

Intricate flavor hidden beneath a really prevelant alcohol bite. Alcohol is too much to deal with at times.

tongue-numbing and tingly.

not too hot on this Tripel. i was excited because it was a christmas gift but it just didn't do anything for me. ive had better, and this just didnt cut it for me, especially because of the predominence of the alcohol.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle, with Best Before End date 28 02 08, into my St. Bernardus chalice. A slightly thin head forms, about one finger thick, on top of a golden, cloudy beer. A little bit of lace forms as the beverage is consumed.

Sweet candy is the predominant aroma. Yeast follows and is supported by slight hints of ground pepper and corriander aroma as well.

Alcohol is noticeable in this one, but attractive; definitely in the background. Like most of the other offerings from St Berny, I taste pepper and yeast and sweet candi (one of those white or cream colored pieces. Anybody know what flavor that is?) Fruit is subdued in this offering. Hops are fairly obvious, but a great balance is achieved.

Medium body with an alcoholic warming sensation. Slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue and teeth, leaving traces of goodness to be savored for several minutes after initial and final tastings. For 8% ABV, very drinkable.

Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy peach color with a huge blooming (almost to much) head that consumed the whole beer now a fluffy head on top of a Belgian tripel is nice but this went a bit overboard.I notice a little funk in the aroma like a saison in some ways with its mentioned funk and peppery spice with just a light note of citrus,quite spicey on the palate cloves coriander and black pepper really come thru with an underlying candi suger elemant.A nice creamy mouthfeel lended itself well to this brew.A nice tripel but I have had better the Witkap tripel I had just yesterday to me was more broad and enjoyable,all in all not bad but to me not worth the hype.

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