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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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Photo of cokes


4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murk-filled goldenrod. Compacted, yet everlasting white froth sits on top.
Juicy nose of pineapple, apple and mangoes, mixed with chalk, must and black pepper.
A back-and-forth battle between the spicy yeast and tropical fruit. The fruit wins in overtime. Cushioned pinapple and papaya enter first, followed by a McIntosh apple crispness. Some peachy hues too. Never overly sweet or cloyingly sugary, just drifting sensations of ripeness. Cookie dough batter maltiness goes one-on-one with a sub-farmy yeast and eruptions of black pepper. Ghosts of vanilla and banana emerge. Hopping is mostly absent from the fracas, but adds a underlying rose petal suggestion that enhances the subtle white rum alcoholic finish.
Hefty for a tripel, yet soft and pillowy. Leads itself to an airy and fluffy and almost creamy texture.
A 750mL of this would be greatly appreciated. And then another...and then...
Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2003 10:44:11 | More by cokes
Photo of nomad


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a soft orange-gold, with lots of streaming carbonation, a fair foamy head, and no lace. A bit murky looking...

Smelled of sharp sour wheat, sweet malt, and some faint fruit and vinuous scents as it opened. It tasted of a firm malt underneath a feathery light gold body. The yeast lended a french bread flavor that blanketed all else with blandness. Had a very dry finish and a tangy hops flavor. Not as subtle or bright as many tripels.

A soft mouthfeel, and fairly easy to drink, this beer came off as being not as regal and stellar as the style traditionally is. Tripels are supposed to be premier brews for special high holy days, and this one didn't sing out hymns to me like a Westmalle.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 10:05:38 | More by nomad
Photo of goz


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

Hazy light amber pour, large white head that mostly diminishes to good lacing. Aroma is yeasty, sweet, some lemony hints in there. Flavor is sweet, dominated with apple and banana, slight spice sneaks in, too. Body is medium, lively carbonation, and a very dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2003 09:20:10 | More by goz
Photo of daledeee


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

I always have trouble with these. I guess I haven't hung around with enough experts to identify what I taste. So here goes. All I know is that this is good stuff!!

This is the classuc Belgian taste. Very complex. I smell banana, butterscotch and bread or yeast. Lots of carbonation and bite. Hard to pour at first but head is soon under control. Clear unless you really stir up the bottom-a little cloudiness.

Tastes like the best wheat beer. Yeasty, fruity and rather tart. Very complex Not sure. I just know I like it.

This is top 5 beer for me. I could drink this all day- no I couldn't. Sorry moment of weakness 7.5% alchohol. Right behind the Apt 12. Just love it

Edit: Not quite a 5.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 19:19:07 | More by daledeee
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark peachy-honey hue, hazy, the white head reached almost two finger’s worth, slow to dissipate, some unorganized lace. Soft banana, apples, pineapple initiates the nose with a faint hint of pepper and an undercurrent of musty sweetness. Lighter than expected palate, sweet & tart fruitiness… banana, pineapple, sort of tropical. The pepperiness is subdued, the alcohol isn’t absent, somewhat tart. The body is well-carbonated, light-medium, pleasant mouthfeel. The finish is dry yet tacky. This Tripel surprisingly light… and very damn drinkable!

I’d drink it again, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 14:58:13 | More by bditty187
Photo of jackndan


4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus Tripel: Mmmm, freaking terrific!! Deep amber colored beer. Great head, thick and long lasting. Aroma, some hints of yeast, some lemon. Bottom line, taste is wonderful. Some nice sweetness, with a hint of sourness as well that strikes a wonderful balance. I’m going to focus on finishing this beer rather than typing. Buy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 15:42:50 | More by jackndan
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a glowing golden shade with a touch of amber in the middle of the glass. A big, pillowy head has great retention and laces well.

Smell: Overall it's fruity and spicy, with a suggestion of banana and clove. A phenolic aroma is present, along with a slight bready smell.

Taste: Very rich in flavor with lots of spicy fruit and bready malt. Sweetness of Belgian candy sugar. Banana and clove make their obligatory appearances, as well as a phenolic note. Creamy and juicy, with a peppery spiciness that cuts through the rest of the flavors. There's a nice splash of alcohol on the finish, reminding me of it's strength.

Mouthfeel: Rich and warming, with a medium mouthfeel that seems to get a bit dry on the finish. Alcohol makes itself known on the tail end.

Drinkability: Good overall drinkability. I could drink a few of these over the course of an evening. This brew doesn't hide the alcohol as well as other examples, but is still a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:53:57 | More by MJR
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours with an everlasting yellow-tinged white head over hazy golden liquid, nice level of carbonation. Nose is sweet and ultra-fruity, of the tropical variety with some slight bubblegum/banana esters wafting around too. Taste is lightly spicy/peppery...and quite fruity, like fruit punch fruity! A very decent hop bitterness cuts through in the end to wash away residual sweetness, giving way to alcohol flavors that lingers 'til the end...a mind-blowingly good Tripel!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2003 18:44:18 | More by beerluvr
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4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle.
It's cloudy/hazy burnt orange in color and the fluffy head is absolutely gargantuan in size, probably 3.5 inches. Just wiggle your glass a little, make it dance, and the head returns for another inch to inch and a half of fluffiness.
The aroma is strongly fruity, twangy, and yeasty. Some pepper is noticed as well.
An awesome flavor of yeastiness, sweetness, fruitiness, pepperyness, everythingness! It's quite enjoyable and quite smooth and creamy. The finish brings forth a surprising yet mellow caramel maltiness.

This complex beer is simply an awesome treat to drink. I'm happier than the monk on the label.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2003 14:40:57 | More by AudioGilz
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4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Superfoamer. Medium gold color. Head was a gigantic, marshmellow soft, creamy off white head. Soft enough that a butterfly with sore feet would love to spend the night. Poured into the St. Bernardus glass it was beautiful.
First taste is perfectly sweet, very subtle alcohol heat that fades away, and fresh hop flavors. Slightly sweet, but very definite refreshing citrus quality. Sweetness is everpresent but not overly done. Same cotton candy dryness on the finish. Fresh citrus peels, belgian yeast, and sour apples finish the flavors. Malty sweetness lingers, but only makes you want more.
Highly charged, not slick, but more refreshing than any tripel I can remember. No alcohol heat lingers. No slickness. Medium bodied, very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 19:23:20 | More by StevieW
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3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange in color, with a finger-thick white head. Great lace down the glass. Aroma is bready and yeasty, with spicy and grape-like notes. Flavor is very gently spiced and very smoothly balanced. Bits of orange, maybe some banana in the finish. Well-carbonated with a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Still, this beer seems a bit "heavy" to me. The mouthfeel is perhaps a bit too creamy, and this could stand to be balanced by some additional tartness, or some extra kick in the hop department. Decent, but I couldn't drink several of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 15:45:59 | More by mzwolinski
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4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good but not what I was expecting. The St. Bernardus line of beers are touted very much on BA so I had very high hopes for this beer, which is the first of the 3 St. B beers I purchased last week from my local beer store. While this triple was good it was quite different from the other triples I have had. This beer poured a VERY nice dark golden colour with a nice big, frothy head to it. This beer had a very complex aroma of fruits, candy sugar, malts, some slight hops, and sweetness. The taste was more of the same but also a bit too sweet for my tastes. The mouthfeel was full and creamy and the drinkability as pretty good, but the sweetness in this beer was enough to turn me off a little bit.
Maybe it is just me...but I have had many better triples.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 20:56:11 | More by francisweizen
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Simply an amazing beer. Murky orange color with an impressive, small bubbled head. Aroma is spicy, and fruity (like orange rind). Taste is layered and complex: yeast, pepper, wood, citrus, grain. Finish is dry, and the mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, and very soft. Alcohol warming is there, but it really isn't all that pronounced. Very good...wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2003 14:10:51 | More by Suds
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 33ml bottle with use by date of 2004, a little less arty that many Belgian brews.

Appearance - Blonde color with a tight full head that generates a nice lace.

Smell - The least attractive aspect of the brew. The brew had only a moderate aroma but there was a soapy overtone to the bottle I had, the glass was washed without soap.

Taste - Pretty much as described in the previous reviews, but the various components were fairly subtle for the style.

Mouthfeel - As long as you drank through the head, the result was a great mouth, almost a chiffon pie texture. If the head went down and you sipped the beer the mouth was dramatically reduced.

Drinkability - Not many would recommend a 7.5% brew as a session beer, but this tripel did not overwhelm you with the alcohol so you might have another. It is a quality Belgian beer that is probably just a shade lower than the top brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 13:47:31 | More by DarrellK
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3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl slender brown bottle with a “consume before end of 2004” freshness date on the side of the label.

Appearance: Hazy pale amber, darker than a lot of tripels I have had and the lace is just ok as it leave only a ring.

Smell: Faint whiff of alcohol, fruit and solvent but mostly toned down. Touch of tropical fruit as well in the nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Nicely layered and infused carbonation, fluffy moderate body that goes creamy underneath the crispness. Solid dry malt character, phenols are present with waves of herbal flavour and the sweet and spicy alcohol delivers some fruitiness to the taste buds. Chalky yeast. Undertone of hops show a tired bitterness but all of the other flavours pick up the slack to keep things in balance.

Drinkability & Notes: Hmm … not exactly what I expected or even what I see a tripel as but there is no doubt this is a good beer. Nothing earth shattering, just good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 18:52:37 | More by Jason
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330 mL bottle (capped), marked 7.5% abv.

Appearance: Cloudy, golden, with lively carbonation, and very beautiful, creamy, white foam that left good lace on the glass. (Slightly darker if yeast sediment was added.)

Smell: Citrus, malt, slightly fruity (apples, grapes), and some alcohol.

Taste: Modest flavor - malt and hops (floral), not much fruit in the flavor except a bit in the finish (banana), and some yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, light on the tongue, slight hoppiness in the finish.

Drinkability: Very good. A clean and smooth brew. It was much better as it warmed from refridgerator temperature.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 20:53:41 | More by UncleJimbo
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North Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An golden/orange-yellow hued haze of a liquid with a very nice white head that stays quite well without any help. Amazing aroma! In-your-face sweet and spicy with a doughy yeast background. Banana esters, juicy strawberries, and am I crazy, or do I detect some mango in there as well? Slight spicy alcohol tones as well. Great complexity. And now into my mouth it goes... The first thought that hits me with this beer is the amazingly thick and chewy mouthfeel. Not many beers have this, and for me, it's a highly sought-after quality. Like the aroma, very sweet doughy flavor from the yeast and malt, like a mix between cookie and bread dough. This is perfect with the mouthfeel the way it is. Clove shows up in the spice department, a welcome addition to the other flavors. There is a bit of fruitiness, mostly banana, but it's much more subdued than in the nose. Hop bitterness plays a slight role, balancing everything out well. Alcohol warms all the way through. More targeted hop bitterness in the finish. Overall, a wonderful, wonderful beer. This one goes on the "must buy in massive quantities" list. My favorite tripel, even above Unibroue 10 and New Belgium's "Trippel".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 02:54:54 | More by hyuga
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden-orange in color, huge foamy head that sticks around forever, spicy yeasty aroma of cotton candy. Sweet fruity flavors like banana bread, full body with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, has a sticky candy sweet finish, alcohol very well hidden, a great tripple.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 15:34:05 | More by maxpower
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New Hampshire

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

St. B's Tripel has a pleasing medium-golden color, not quite entirely clear though. There is a healthy amount of carbonation bubbling up in the glass, and the head is whipped-cream like and just under 1" thick at the kick-off. It is not long after that the head compacts down to a thin, tightly-packed layer of bubbles. Lacing is fair, at best. The nose suggests dryness, and comes across as being peppery and even a bit musty. Body-wise, it is medium to medium-plus. The carbonation doesn't attack the tongue, yet flows fairly nicely over it. A lot of malt hit my palate at the outset, and strangely reminded me of the good dose of malt in a well-made Oktoberfest! There was some dryness in the finish, and a peppery flavor did make an appearance as well. Yet it was not as sharp and spicy as some of the style. Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing here, as I rather enjoyed this one. In addition, a warming sensation makes it's way southward during my drinking pleasure! Skol!!

overall: 4.4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2003 12:41:08 | More by Bierman9
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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured dark golden color and formed a bubbly white head that left some circular lace as it subsided. A good deal of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, citrus and spices. A flavor of malt, spices and caramel. A good deal of body to it to a point of being almost chewey in the finish. Another good beer from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 21:37:13 | More by Wildman
Photo of marc77


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

Turbid dark golden hue. Covered by a fluffy, dense and well retained porcelain white head. Musty honey sweetness, powdery chalk along with pronounced banana esters and lightly tart green apple acetaldehyde in aroma. Clean, nectar like sugar hits the palate at first, then widens into a bready, dough like mellow sweetness. Fruitiness is comprised of mild banana esters and tropical hints of jackfruit. Subdued notes of black pepper alcohol, clove phenol and bubblegum esters add underlying herbal spice. Moderate in body and quite dextrinous, with carbonation lower than the norm helping lend a smooth mouthfeel. Residual sweetness is left relatively unhindered by the paltry hop bitterness. Finishes expectedly sweet, but slightly minerally, with a hint of must as well. A delicious tripel, with overall balanced skewed towards sweetness. St. Bernardus is soft on the palate and quite a mellow example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 12:20:48 | More by marc77
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4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a tenebrous rusty orange-yellow color, the head behemothic in size, texture that of whipped cream and the color a dazzlingly white with enormously thick glutinous sheets of lace that clean mightily to the glass. Nose is yeast laden, malt, hints of lemon peel, with and underlying sweetness. Front is ambrosial, the top middling in feel, the finish is devilishly carbonated, divinely hopped droughty long lasting aftertaste. This bottle borders on being 2 years old, the high ABV is quite evident in the “Belly Warming”, and the deep malt body adds much to this beer. Oddly enough, seems people either love it or dislike it, I “Love it”!

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2002 14:58:19 | More by Gusler
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4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

my first belgian...cloudy golden color, moderate head and some thin lace left after a few minutes. aromas of caramel apples and pears. taste is delicious beyond compare. complex and layered. fruits and spice hide an underlying malt body and dry alcohol finish. simply awesome. can't wait to dive into this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 18:44:37 | More by budgood1
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best Tripel I've had. Rich color, nice head, good spice with a strong finish. I like it a bit better than the Abt.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 08:16:35 | More by packetknife
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4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderfully drinkable tripel that is surprisingly light. Nice orange color with tangerine/orange flavors very abbundant. Slightly sweet flavor with wonderful head. Having drunk the St Bernadus Abt the night before the tripel, I tasted a few similarities in the finish (caused by the water?). Overall, one of the best tripels I have had the pleasure of drinking

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2002 21:33:30 | More by jreitman
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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