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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,725 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,725
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 195
Gots: 274 | FT: 2
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of ewurm
1.59/5  rDev -62.5%
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 -5.7%
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 +5.4%
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
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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 +6.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.39/5  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 +5.4%
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 +6.1%
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
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +9.7%
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 -6.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev -8%
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
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours an effervescent apricot into a chalice, small bits of sediment being juggled around playfully by some purposeful carbonation. The layer of foam forms up rather vehemently at first. I poured this one gently, semi-decanting, so the head was minimalized and yet there is a solid uneven layer of clumpy foam with some very sticky edge lacing. Outstanding head retention, even if I'm not a big fan of stuff floating in my brew.

Aroma - sweet, spicy pepper, mango, all pulled together by a banana yeast. Even a subtle vapory hint of alcohol. Very nice.

Taste - sweet, fruity with lots of stuff going on here, hard to pick out. Like Liquid Froot Loops - lemon, orange, even a touch of cocoa on the swallow. Also some nice and smooth alcohol warming on the swallow, ushering in a delicate hop balance that resets the palate and leaves just the lightest trace of bitterness at the finish. Warming and some palatal adjustments later, the hops step out a bit more as does the abv, giving off some grapefruit and bubblegum flavors. As the alcohol start to numb the palate a bit, the subtleties fall away, leaving a very nice tripel behind with a yeasty, sweet, slightly boozy flavor.

Mouthfeel - crisp and bubbly like champagne, lighter than average but ever so smooth across the palate.

Drinkability - not really a session kind of thing but a fine treat nonetheless and a great pick when sharing a top notch beer. An outstanding beer for an outstanding lady. This beer is toasted and enjoyed today in honor of my Aunt Nadine, who has gone to her reward. I'll miss you terribly, but will see you on the other side someday. xo

Photo of Damian
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 11.2 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Marty's Liquors, Allston, MA

Poured a murky burnt sienna with tons of sediment. Huge, off white foamy head gradually faded to a pillowy film and lasted through most of drink. Nice, spotty, sparking lacing.

Aroma began somewhat unpleasant with astringent alcohol, soapy and metallic notes (typical of many tripels). Later, however, the true aromas emerged. The beer smelled rich, sweetly alcoholic, fruity and yeasty (like warm baked bread) with citrus and other ripe fruits, dried fruits (raisins), caramelized sugar (this became progressively more evident as the beer warmed), sweet malts and notes of subtle, smooth hops.

Taste was similar to smell. Malt heavy and bready with lush, ripe fruits and a toffee-like sweetness that became more apparent later in the drink. Quite flavorful. Pleasant, slight alcohol warming in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel was creamy, rich and full.

Drinkability was outstanding. The beer was so smooth, rich and, at 8% ABV, so dangerously drinkable.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mostly straw golden yellow liquid with a thick tightly bubbled froth that leaves less lacing than I would expect.

Huge straw/hay aroma with funky yeast dancing inside the nose. There's a hint of alcohol and a certain mint aroma to it.

Sweet pils malt flavor with loads of yeast and some alcohol. It's a bit thinner than I expected and not really as complex but still pretty solid. Pretty easy to drink.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours a hazy golden with a frothy white head that leaves some film and laces nicely. The smell is sweet wheat and yeast with a little bit of a saison like farmhouse smell. The taste is very sweet with wheat flavors and light fruits like bananna and lemon. This is also complimented with a good amount of belgian yeast flavor. The mouthfeel has a medium body and a little bit on the low side of the spectrum for this beer. Overall, a nicely drinkable beer, certainly a very high quality tripel.

Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian Room, St Mark's Place, served in Chimay goblet

Lovely golden color, lighter than I expected. Fairly small head dissipates but leaves copious lacing.

Sweet and fruity aromas up front, fairly typical and pleasant Belgian scents.
Mouthfeel nicely creamy, lively carbonation.

Flavors of light peachy fruits and malts with sweetness at first, but followed by bold hoppy bitterness. This bitter finish lingers and remains in the mouth until the next sip when the decently complex fruity sweetness cuts in. The bitter finish was excellent, but I found myself wishing the complex aromatic flavors lasted a bit longer before the bitterness came forward. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable until you stand up.

Excellent sipping beer after a hard day's work.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,725 ratings.