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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,494
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 176 | FT: 3
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 mydeadguy
3.7/5  rDev -12.9%

This beer pours a hazy medium amber (some yeast in suspension), with a decent active head that fails to last, dies too quick, leaving a thin sheen of foam.

The nose is faint alcohol, yeast, sweet fruits (pineapple),

Very active carbonation on the palate, a loose foamy head reappears with gentle swirling in the glass. Full and malty with yeast overtones, doesn't betray the 7.5% abv, but warms the belly and quick. Herbal and earthy yeast notes permeate the mouth. A bit on the sweeter side, holding onto the tastebuds after the sip is done.

I enjoy this beer, but not being a Belgian beer expert, I feel I may be missing some of the complexity of this brew, or, conversely I may be looking for complexity that isn't there. Either way, I'll be having this again.

mydeadguy, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of saltydog
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Tasted on tap at De Zolder in Brugge. Appearance: Orange, clear, decent head. Aroma: Spicy hops, malt, some earthiness in background. Flavor: Spicy, fruity, with some maltiness and yeast in background. Some soapiness from hops. Finish: Mostly hops, with malt in background.

saltydog, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours with a dense meringue like three inch head. A cloudy deep gold color. Lightly sweet but dry at the same time. A bit of orange crosses my tongue. Smells Belgian in its complexity (imagine that), a fruitiness and a mustiness is here in the nose. A sharpness in the taste is present from the carbonation (this beer is well carbonated). There is some spiciness in the nose too. Very well put together triple, there is a certain softness/ roundness from the malt that ties this beer together very well. Definite alcohol notes if you look for it, but definitely not in your face. Displays the classic Belgian lacing as you work your way through your glass. One of the best, if not the best, examples of the Tripel style of beer.

Gueuzedude, Oct 27, 2003
Photo of Stingray5
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%

Pours golden/orange with a fluffy, long lasting white head. Fruity aromas, with apple, grape, banana. Smooth, well carbonated mouthful leads to fruity malts, with a puckering, tart sweetness.
Pleasant fruitiness in the finish lasts long after the last sip.

I wasn't as bowled over by this as I was the Prior 8 or ABT 12, but this is a different style and it's tough for anything to live up to those. An excellent tripel from an incredible brewery.

Stingray5, Oct 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%

Orange gold color, slightly cloudy. Large creamy head. Aroma is fruity, touches of banana, peaches and oranges, and yeasts.A medium bodied Belgian. It really doesn’t taste like a tripel, but it has all the other Belgian characteristics to it. Malts are fruity and sweet. Banana and cloves and spices are very evident. Nice bright yeasts. Very smooth taste. It’s a very nice beer. Nice soft mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and soft. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

beerguy101, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%

750ml corked/caged bottle.

There is a big, cream-colored, coarse, noisy head that dies slowly in the tulip glass, leaving psycho amounts of sticky, thick, lacy lacing. The liquid is slightly hazy, deep orange/gold and is saturated with hyperactive carbonation. Hm. Nose is just a touch fishy. Lots of alcohol and Belgian spice. Just a little dust. Wow. Major butter in the spicy, tangy front. The malty, thick middle adds generous fruit to the butter. Finish is fresh, dry, with alcohol and apples. This is one fantastic, fruity, buttery beer. Wow.

kbub6f, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Corked 75cl bottle. The cork on this one as with the Abt12 bottle I had recently, shot out like a rocket after I removed the wire cage. I tried not to disturb the thick layer of sediment as I poured the first couple glasses. Fairly clear golden ale with an orange hue. Sizable white head settles down to a creamy layer of foam. Aroma is sweet and fruity and like most Tripels I've had. Flavor has a distinct citrus character, lemon and orange come to mind. Has a nice creamy mouthfeel that goes down real smooth. Alcohol is well hidden. The last glass I poured inevitably contained some yeast sediment. This glass was really cloudy and the overall flavor was less enjoyable. I'd recommend trying to leave the sediment in the bottle. This is a great Tripel that seems to be widely available.

BierReise, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

Served in the 11.2 oz bottle, in a St. Bernardus goblet. The color was a cloudy copper with an excellent, rich white head. The smell is very spicy with a hint of candi sugar sweetness. The taste is slightly sweet and very yeasty, and is well-spiced. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy, with slight alcohol hints, but seems in line with the style. Drinkability-wise, could have a few more.

Though the Abt 12 is (justly) St. Bernardus' flagship beer, this Tripel more than stands as a good example of a quality tripel. St.. Bernardus is one of the great breweries of Belgium, and I will certainly enjoy this beer again!

beergeek279, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a clouded golden orange with a foamy white head. Aroma is of yeast, some spice, and esters. Taste starts out somewhat fruity, moves to hops, and ends with a fairly sweet, buttery toffee. Very creamy, full-bodied mouthfeel. Finishes on the dry side. Has a fairly warming effect. A little sweeter than I expected or would have preferred, but it is what it is. All-in-all a very tasty tripel.

Admiraldinty, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of TripelJ
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%

Now Quaffing: St. Bernardus Tripel

Presentation: 750ml corked bottle with what I believe to be a silk screened logo of a happy monk raising his glass.

I have been waiting a long time to try the tripel brew from St. Bernardus. Pours a pale yellow with a nice big creamy head. I opted to pour some of the sediment from the bottle which clouded the beer to an opaque apricot. Smell is sweet and spicy with noticable alcohol in the nose. The taste is very smooth and balanced and that is probably the highlight of this beer. Perfect balance of malts and hops in the backend with just the right amount of spice (corriander for sure). The yeast adds a bready dimension to the flavor and makes for a fuller body and mouthfeel.

Overall: This beer reminds me of why I chose the name, Tripel J. Perfect example of the style. Smooth and subtle and dangerously drinkable.

TripelJ, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%

Excellent tripel, in the style of Chimay Cinq Cents. Yeasy, relatively full-bodied. Decent sized head, some retention. Not much lacing. Fruity and somewhat spicey, much like Chimay or Westmalle (but not as lively as the latter). Overall, as good as most of the best tripels, but not as good as Westmalle, my favorite (and the original) of the style.

JohnnyDuvel, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

St. Bernardus Tripel pours a hazy apricot color with a bubbly, creamy off-white head. Rings of lace appear as the beer disappears down the chalice. The bouquet of yeast, spices, fruity esters, hops and must is most pleasing. The flavors are quite diverse, as well. Notes of yeast, sweet malt, mild citrus, spicy hops, minor alcohol and apricot are detected. This is a very tasty brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with mild carbonation. This beer possesses a great drinkability and is very well crafted. It's easy to see why the monk on the label is so jubilant --- this is a hedonistic brew!

Jon, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Hazy orange beer poured with a huge, fluffy off white head. Head retention is amazing. Little trails of carbonation can be seen tracing up the sides of my goblet. The aroma is a powerful fruity mix of bananas and orange, with clove accents. Bready malt and yeast notes are also present along with some peppery hops. The taste is really nice as well, with complex malt and hop flavors intermingling, with dashes of alcohol and yeast. A decent citrus note steps in ocassionally. Very bitter finish that is also extremely dry. Not much sweetness at all in this one, actually. Dry up front and a dry finish. Maybe a slight fruity sweetness in the mid taste. I was expecting to savor this beer for a while, but it goes down very easily. Nice solid mouthfeel is a little spritzy from the very fine carbonation. The only thing holding back the drinkability is the ABV, as it is slightly noticeable on the palate. This is a very fine triple that I especially like because it leans toward the dry side and doesn't get too sweet. More like an Abbey IPA.

aaronh, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass (that I broke while washing after drinking this one, RIP). It pours a hazy orange-yellow with 2 fluffy fingers of foam. There is no lacing on this one. The smell is a sweet citrus aroma, lemon and orange. A little bit of spice to the smell also. The taste is very sweet with more fruit coming out, and a hint of cinnamon. A light touch of yeast and alcohol in there as well. The mouthfeel is very full and just dances all over the tongue. For 7.5%, this is one is very drinkable tripel as well.

SheepNutz, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: perfectly opaque orangey color, with a fine, white head atop.

Aroma: full of soft spices, orange peel, lemon rind, spicy, citrusy, yeasty, full, magnificent.

Taste: excellent entry on the tongue & palate, beautiful, yeasty, rich and fruity.
Soft, yet earthy, hoppy, full-bodies, and delicious.
An excellent tripel, for the sugary aspect was much more subdued than other offerings which misinterpreted, perhaps, the portions of the sweetness in the style.

Seemed nothing more, or less, than perfect, without being mindblowing.
Very, very worthwhile brew.

feloniousmonk, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%

This beer poured a cloudy yellowish/brown body. The head was a fine opaque white with rather large bubbles that once it died down formed a beautiful wave like layer of what could only be described as cloud like.

The smell took me by surprise. As soon as it poured it I could smell this huge hit of bananna like sweetness. Upon further investigation it revealed some other yeast and spice smells.

The initial taste was just as impressive. Very sweet. A lot of fruit. Banannas, dark plum, golden raisons. The hops sat just right in the mix. Bitter but never overpowering, along with some soft earth tones from the hops. What was really interesting was the hints at some darker malts. For such a light colored beer it had a lot of hints at some much darker more bitter roasty malts. Of course they all balanced well against the sweet fruit and finished with a warm alcohol and some soft bitterness.

Overall this beer is a great find. Maybe not quite your quintessential triple, but a very drinkable beer with some great up front fruit. A must try.

taez555, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of jcalabre
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Originally sampled on 29 October 2002. St. Bernardus Tripel pours a golden brown color, and has a large, tightly bubbled head w/ champagne effervescence. It's flavor is fruity up front w/ a sweet finish. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and will have it again

jcalabre, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

cokes, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of nomad
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

nomad, May 15, 2003
Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

goz, May 14, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

daledeee, May 12, 2003
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4.08/5  rDev -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.

bditty187, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of jackndan
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

jackndan, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

MJR, Apr 16, 2003
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4.47/5  rDev +5.2%

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!

beerluvr, Apr 06, 2003
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,494 ratings.