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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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95
world-class

2,597 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 178
Gots: 208 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

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

From SB 05- StuBob

Apperance: Honey gold with good white head that leaves a tight lacing.

Smell: A little alcoholic, definatley fruity like melons and a pinch of citrus. Bready but yummy.

Taste: Chucky fruityness laced with alcohol covered in yeasty goodness. Complex malt layers with hop spicyness muted but present.

Mouth: A full feel and nice carbonation good balance.

Drinkability: Smooth and sweet easy drinking and still a savory experience.

Higravity, May 25, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5/15/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 750ml bottle caged and corked. A best by date on the cap of the cage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Brown, almost amber pour. Huge fat dirty blonde chunky head and excellent lacing. Huge chunks just clinging to my glass upon finishing. Literally could stick my finger against the dried lace and could pick up the glass without it falling off my finger.

Smell- Nice and sweet as well as a very sugary smell. Seems cookie dough is about best way to describe it as most reviewers of this have said about the same thing.

Taste- Sweet and sugary, maybe some vanilla, butterscotch?, caramel, and citrus fruit shavings (lemon, orange, banana). Almost like drinking a sweet fruit cocktail with a caramel suprise on the side.

Mouthfeel- Average to low carbonation, nice coating feeling from the thick caramel flavor.

Drinkability- Probably the best or at least comparable to the best tripel I have had. I just hope the store gets some more of these in soon. Time to stock up and age a few.

GClarkage, May 17, 2005
Photo of Onceeven
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Duvel goblet, with a perfectly smooth, billowy white head that filled the glass to the rim. The magnificent sight ended a few minutes later when the head settled into a permanent 1/4 inch layer with some nice lacing to boot. The beer is a beautiful rich golden color, kinda looks like I have a glass full of honey, and smells almost as sweet. The smell is sweet and fruity, without the alcohol prominance of other tripels. Almost smells like a fruity wine at times.
The taste is a bit milder that I expected. There's a hint of alcohol, and a crisp sweetness, with a subtle tartness that suggests apples. Based on some experience.. this seems more like a strong pale ale than a tripel. The sweetness may compromise drinkability a bit for me.
While a good beer, it's not my favorite tripel.

Onceeven, May 17, 2005
Photo of fingolfin72
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color- cloudy bronze with bits of yeast floating throughout. The head was fine and off-white in color, but it didn't stick around for long.
Nose- sugar, bananas and croissants
Palate- the sugar and bananas are balanced by a bracing kumquat-ish tartness with just a hint of bitterness. It is a clean beer, and a subtle malty tone is present in the finish. Nicely balanced - this is somewhat champagne-like in character.

fingolfin72, May 09, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy deep golden with a good two inches of white foamy head. Lots of suspended sediment floating around in the glass. Smell is very sweet and bready---banana bread might be the way to describe it, with lots of spiciness and a hint of alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is the first thing that strikes me with this beer---extremely creamy and bubbly---feels just wonderful on the tongue. Taste is very complex and fruity, with hints of caramel and bread coming through. I was pleasantly surprised by the lightness and drinkability of this beer. I could have these all night long.

cubedbee, May 08, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a hefty head that lingers. Smells of fruits and light alcohol. Tastes of sweet fruits including bananas with touch of alcohol to remind you what you’re drinking. Full bodied brew with a good amount of carbonation to tie it all together.

Overall I like this beer very much. Drinkable beer, alcohol may be a bit much in the long run, but it doesn't come thru in the taste.

NiceGuyMike, May 08, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy light caramel color, topped by about a finger of bubbly white head. Suspended in this brew is a maelstrom of small dark sediment. Lots of bready malt in the nose, along with some spice, a touch of alcohol, and a hint of fruit. Taste begins very smooth and tame, but then bursts into complexity. Similar to the nose, dry yeasty malt dominates, but there is also a good dose of spiciness that excites the taste buds. Subdued tropical fruit (pineapple and something else) are present, as well as an herbal, earthy, very slightly citrous hops presence. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, only a slight warming feeling is noticed. All in all a good tripel, definitely a must try, but I wouldn't rank it #1 in the style.

BeerFink, May 02, 2005
Photo of MrSeth
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a medium size goblet with an earthy gold color and a 4" white head, lots of lace and very good head retention. Lots of bubbly running up the sides of the glass.

Sweet corn, skunk, straw and toasted malt are evident in the nose. Medium bodied and VERY dry mouthfeel. Yeast and alcohol are also pretty forward in the profile. I can appreciate that this isn't another overly sweet Belgian ale. The flavors are almost subdued.. the malt and heavy carbonation do alot of the work here. This is only my second taste of St. Bernardus' ale, and I would definitely like to try more from them.

MrSeth, May 01, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful hazy golden brown color. Foamy head is large at first, a 3/4" solid layer across the top of my chalice before fading to a small creamy white 1/4" layer. Smell has that great Belgian yeast funkiness to it, woody and earthy, slight cotton candy. Taste is full and creamy, again woody and deep leading up to a nice alcohol tingle in the finish, a very delicious and rich belgian ale. The label is cool with a very jovial looking monk urging you to try his beer. I agree. Try it.

TastyTaste, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!!!

Appearance; Reminded me of mid-fall foliage in New England. Oranges, reds, yellows. Yeast very prevalent after pour.

Smell: Immediate hit with sweat apples (apple pie) and sweat corn.

Taste: Fantastic. This beer brings it. Very candied, crisp like the dessert topping.

Mouthfeel and drinkabilty: Could be one of the better singular beers I have ever had.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My long awaited sampling of this highly regarded triple begins. A golden honey colored potion wearing a white cloud of densely fluffy pure white head blesses my chalice.

The aroma is pure decadence. A dessert cart of sweet, earthly aromas. Theres an overall candy sweetness throughout containg hints of honeydew melon, candied orange peel, pear, spice drops, and pink bubblegum. There are tones of corriander and white pepper spice as well.

Mmm, all the above and then some. Sweet complexity and a multitude of flavors achieve perfect balance. There's enough candied fruit and carnival sweets in here to give you a toothache. At no point does this become cloying or too sweet, I just want more!

A lush, creamy mouthfeel is achieved by a medium/big body filled with tight, playful, and modest carbonation. A georgous triple, and one we should all seek out and enjoy! Thanks for sharing Gabe!

AlexJ, Apr 04, 2005
Photo of amicar
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipped out of a chalice at Bastante, St. Louis...

Nice yellow- gold hazy appearance with appropriate sticky thin white head.
Smells of fruits, bananna, and candy... you can really drink in the smell...
The taste is first and foremost bubblegum; Sweet(ish), bananna, citrus fruit, and something that I swear is almosy fruitcake. Lots of interesting flavors, but a bit over the top and unbalanced for me. Too sweet, too fruity (and I like the style, thank you very much).
Feels slippery and full in the mouth. I could drink more than one easily, the alcohol is balanced nicely; but given other choices, I would take somethiing else....

Overall, very nice, but too many odd fruits and bubblegum. Although clearly high quality and world- class as a beer, I will likely always pick something else in the same price category and style type.

amicar, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a big ol' head. Smells of grassy hops and brown sugar sweetness. Vanilla and a little clove in there too. Tastes malty sweet, but not as sweet as I would expect from a tripel. The caramel-like sweetness is backed up by some noticable hop flavors (straw/grass-like) and with a hint of the vanilla that was in the aroma. Just a bit of alcohol is noticable towards the end. Fades into a pleasant finish that is sweet and at the same time a little dry. Effervescent with a somewhat chewy body. This beer is one of the best balanced tripels I have had to date. Not too one-dimensional, which can be true of others. A great beer. Will buy again.

beertastegood, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Huge creamy head. Hazy pale orange color. Good Brussels lace. It almost glows!

Smell - Sweet, somewhat fruity. I'd swear I also smell some sort of natural rubber or plastic (phenolic). Ordinarily this is a bad thing. Here it is not too unpleasant.

Taste - Slightly tangy, with definite fruity flavors. Something makes me think about dried apricots when I drink this beer. This is a really complex beer with lots of different flavors hitting all parts of the mouth at different times.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. A little bit sticky.

Drinkability - The multi-layer flavors in this beer should make it attractive to lovers of Belgian beers. A pint or so of this stuff is about all I need.

Comments - This is a great tripel, and should definitely be tried.

mgdeth, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of ADR
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle...darker than amber appearance with reddish orange highlights, murky and sedimented. Lots of carbonation to handle, nice head that's rocky and great at holding shapes. Laces like a champ, complex patterns in dry rings down the glass. Nice aroma, sweetish and fruity with unripe mellon, breadfruit, citrus and yeast all chiming in. Mouthfeel is lively -- seeming in style. An interesting take on a Tripel, lots of complex sweet maltiness more common in other styles -- fruits and dark earthiness, but a decent hop balance. The spritzy cartbonation combines to make this one fairly unusual. Estery finish. I like this one a lot, sweeter and not as dry as I usually expect, and in some ways, more drinkable for it.

ADR, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Giant airy pillowy beige head cap topping off a cloudy foggy orange sunset hue with a hither and yon carbonation bubble rising. Lattice lace spots the glass.

Aromatic scents of dough, yeastiness and a leafy nose with some coriander.

First swigs: The flavor mimics the nose with doughy yeastiness and a lingering dry aftertaste of sugary pecan walnut nutty characteristic.

Cushy soft carbonation with a medium chewy body.

Last swigs: Doughy vanilla pecan malt and yeasty. Enjoyed with a Westmalle tripel to do a side-by-side. St. Bernardus is more flour doughy.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering.

blitheringidiot, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of Zraly
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Tight, tiny bubbles fill my mini-chalice glass (that I scored at a second-hand store).

Strong whiffs of ripe fruit coupled with an alcohol tone. Phenolic and intoxicating. Hints of toffee and caramel in the finish. Layers of vanilla and the finish has a disarming, snap. Somewhat bright and perfumey in the finish...like a floral, french cologne.

The drinkablility is exceptional.

Beautiful, well-rounded sipper to have throughout a meal.

Zraly, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of palma
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull golden color body. Decent white, maybe tannish head.
Big fruity aroma. Pears, apples, grapes in the nose.
Licorice, fennel, vanilla, cherry and banana flavors. A complex fruitiness. Real sweet malty backbone. Some grain in the aftertaste which was unexpected.
A very sweet brew overall but not without a raw alcohol favor present. A little too sweet IMO to be easy drinking.
Medium to high carbonation.
Nice sharp cheddar paired well with this brew.
I'm not a big fan of the tripel style but this one was pretty good in my book.

palma, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz dark brown bottle.
It pours a cloudy orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized white head, which settles into a lasting fine, thin coating.
It smells a little like a horse stall. A smell of malted milk balls come to mind as does a light whiff of caramel.
The ample malt body house flavors of candy sugar, caramel, honey and mellow maltiness.
The hops have wide range of citrusy flavors. Tastes of lemons, oranges, pineapple and a hint of pears, along with a slightly astringent tartness vie for attention. A light peppery spiciness adds to the complexity of flavors. The too long lasting fizzy effervescence detracts from the overall mouthfeel. It takes nearly the entire glass for the flavors to meld into the total overall package. So after the initial first impression, let it sit awhile.

BeerResearcher, Mar 12, 2005
Photo of bultrey
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic... everything a triple should be and more. Dark golden pour with smallish fluffy white head. Tropical fruit, earthiness, and leather in the nose, along with perhaps some pepper. Feels like it has a higher malt content than it probably does at first, but then the slightly banana/tropical/candied maltiness is quickly balanced by a beautiful musty, earthy, and relatively dry finish. Mouthfeel is incredible. This beer is so balanced in every way, the drinkability is off the charts.
I paired this with some Fratelli lobster ravioli in an alfredo sauce, and it had a perfect amount of sweetness to mingle with the lobster and the cream, but an acidic and dry enough finish to cut through the fat at the end. Superb.

bultrey, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of JackStraw22
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Hazy, golden/orange, nice big white, fluffy head. Great retention and good lacing. Drinking out of a St. Bernardous glass, it looks great.

Aroma: light and sweet, almost like champagne. grapes, cloves, alcohol. seems a little one dimensional though.

Taste: Wonderful. Very malty, sweet, but not overly so. This hides the alcohol well, unlike other tripples I've had. It's warming on the way down, nice.

Great mouthfeel, not sticky for such a sweet, malty brew. Crisp and refreshing. I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Awsome brew!

JackStraw22, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of CBFanWish
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when I couldn't stand any Belgain beer, what-so-ever. I couldn't choke any of it down. But in the last year or so, I have developed a real appreciation for them. I guess you could even say that I have grown to love them.
St. Bernardus Tripel is no exception. It is a magnificantly brewed beer in the great Belgain tradition.
Pours a hazy orange colour with lil specks of things (yeasties) floating around in it. The head is thick and rich, yet not uncontrolable.
The aroma is spicey, yet sweet. Bready and fruity.
The taste is that of pineapples, slightest hint of banana, cookies, white bread, sugars, and everything else that make life worth living.
This is a wildly complex beer that deserves to be among the greatest beers in the world. A ton of different tastes and smells makes it something really special.

CBFanWish, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a lightly hazy, soft amber-orange beer. There were lot of tiny particles suspended in the liquid and a nice bead. The white head rose up easily to two fingers. It was coarse and settled down at an average rate. The bead sustained a thin cap of white foam on the top of the beer for the entire drink. The lacing was very light.

Smell: Lots of spicy alcohol and a lightly smokey component. Apples and grapes were present, though they were the strongest right after the pour. Hints of yeast and vanilla were just barely detectable. Overall, a classic tripel aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a nice chewy presence along the sides of the tongue. The carbonation provided a soft, fluffy feel.

Taste: Spicy alcohol and grapes as the beer hit the tip of the tongue. Chewy sweet malt kicked in in the middle. There were hints of roasted malt as well. The alcohol carried on into the finish and was joined by a decent amount of floral hops.

A good beer, but nothing really special. The alcohol was fairly strong, but never seemed overbearing.

Quaffer, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of horndecker
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small 33cl bottle.

Brassy, orange tinged yellow color, huge head, very persistant froth, fine bubbles. Enthusiastic.

Big whiff of fruit, grapefruit, apricot, caramels or toffee. Something bright and peppery as well, orange zest, a bit of vegetal, cabbagey aroma, similiar to something I associate with good white burgundies.

After all that fruit in the nose, it's a surprise that the first taste is malt. Plenty of fruit rushes in after that, a little butterscotch too. It's so creamy and silky in the mouth. A wonderful full bodied spritz.

As it warms, other aromas make an appearance. Candied yams, perhaps carrots and brown sugar?

Exceptional, So quaffable. A treat. And easy to find. Hallelujah.

horndecker, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

This ale pours a hazy amber golden base with a huge white head, exceptional retention and very nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma isn't too complex nor distinguished. I get a strong sense of malt and a sweet smell like lemon mixed with some alcohol.

The taste is supurb for a tripel. The body isn't too heavy but it's filling enough, the malt flavor is exceptional, the hints of fruit tones are adequate with the malt; however, the spices in this ale give the overall flavor a nice kick, but with the moderately strong body, is nearly perfect. The mouthfeel is smooth almost creamy in the mouth. The drinkability is a touch too heavy from perfection, but so close.

Final Thought: This Belgian is clearly the best that this brewery has to offer in terms of overall quality, which really says a lot...

mobyfann, Feb 20, 2005
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.