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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,415
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 146 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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


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
Photo of DarrellK


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
Photo of Jason


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
Photo of UncleJimbo


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
Photo of hyuga

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
Photo of maxpower


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
Photo of Bierman9

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
Photo of Wildman


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
Photo of Gusler


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
Photo of budgood1


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
Photo of packetknife


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
Photo of jreitman


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
Photo of AaronRed

New York

5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Expensive, but the best tripel I have ever had. I could not find any flaws. An explosion of flavor, yet comfortable and not overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 17:22:15 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Todd


4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 33cl brown bottle with a very jolly looking monk holding a glass of St. Bernardus Abbey Ale. No freshness/bottled on date. "Brewed with only classic ingredients. Barley malt, hops, candy sugar, yeast and water. No additives."

Appearance: Slightly cloudy (from the yeast) burnt orange with a creamy white head. Levels to a nice lace and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Fruity, hints of apricot, and sweet toffee in the nose.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy in its mouthfeel. Almost chewy. Body is full, without being heavy. There's an upfront light lemon hop bitterness that mingles with an apricot-like fruit character (very refreshing, uplifting) that then gives way to a sweet, buttery toffee/caramel flavour that is unlike anything I've ever encountered before. In the background I get that burnt sugar flavour from caramalized sugar and a delicate toasted malt profile. An estery/alcohol presence is hidden, but noticeable, especially as the beer warms (and it warms your head). Finishes slighty bready/dry.

Notes: Simply put, this is an amazing Belgian Tripel. Crafted to perfection. Talking too much about it belittles its greatness. Just buy some and enjoy. 7.5%abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2001 17:24:25 | More by Todd
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