St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,822 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,822
Reviews: 1,221
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 206
Gots: 311 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of flyingpig
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle from Beers of Europe website (£2.69):
Orange/amber with 0.5cm of tiny white bubbles and plenty of visible carbonation. Head retention is good considering the strength & it holds for a few minutes.

Lively & fruity as well with some orange and citrus notes on top of an apple and grape base. Naturally the beer is quite sweet as a result of the fruits and comes with some sugar and some peppery spice too with alcohol well hidden.

Sweet with orange & citrus plus some grapes and a little Belgian yeast on top of some banana too although this is quite light and barely detectable at first. There is a floral, almost perfume like taste that starts to come through alongside some tropical fruits and some peppery spice.

Crisp and lively with plenty of carbonation and a medium body that is quite sweet and dry, particularly towards the end of the beer. The beer had a great balance to it with the fruits all coming together well to completely hide the alcohol in the beer.

One that I quite enjoyed and one that despite the strength went down quite easily thanks to the good balance between fruits and the lively carbonation. I was expecting the beer to be a good one and it didn't disappoint and despite the fact the finish was a dry one.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a hazy orange/yellow hybrid. Head is big, doughy and fluffy. Thick, sporadic lacing.

S-Aroma is pleasant. I am usually far from enamored with Tripels, especially in the aroma. It's rich with Belgian yeast, spice and fruit but I find the yeast to be far less overpowering than many of the style. It's pretty nice.

T-Again, the yeast doesn't come on too strong and there is a bunch of juicy fruit (peach, apple, pear). Light spiciness. He best part of the flavor (which I don't find in most of the style)'is a fairly robust, sweet, crackery maltiness. It's the best part.

M-Quite drinkable. I will attribute most of that to its relatively low ABV for the style. Softer carbonation.

O/D-One of the better Tripels I have tried. I shouldn't be surprised, it's a classic for those who lose the style. The depth of the beer's maltiness was by far the biggest takeaway for me.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright orange/yellow, no clarity, lots of head and sticky lace left all over the glass. Yes, exactly like a Tripel should look like

S - Fruit, orange, mild sugar candy.

T - Smooth! ABV totally hidden. Dried fruit, and a great balance.

M - Lots of carbonation and sizzles in your mouth

O - This brew grew on me as I drank it. By the end, I am a believer.

Photo of Eisen
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet: Thick white foamy head that faded slowly into a thick white top and sticky lacing over a cloudy orangish liquid with noticeable yeasties settling to the bottom. Smells like a triple should with nothing in particular standing out: yeast esters/tropical fruit and perfectly balanced hops and malt. Tastes like banana kiwi, citrus, slightly more bitter than sweet (which is good!), slightly spicy. It's soft and fuzzy, like a delicious pillow in your mouth (which is also a good thing!). Better than some trapist triples. Overall, a fantastic beverage from a fantastic brewery.

Photo of Mavigo
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this from Discount Drinks in Farmington Hills. Served it in a snifter.

A: Pours a rich golden honey color, which is cloudy and bubbly, has a half inch off white head that sticks around for a bit and then dissipates to a thin white layer with some moderate ring lace.

S: Smells of grapes, apples, bananas, yeast, malts, wheat. A very pleasant aroma.

T: Quite sweet with a slight dryness to it. Tastes of grapes, yeast, malts, honey, spices, has a little twinge to it, a bit of hops and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with medium amounts of carbonation. Well balanced.

O: Overall, this was dog gone good. An excellent example of a tripel but it was quite pricey.

Photo of MDDMD
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-nice golden color with a solid white head and good lacing

S-yeast, malt, bananas, cloves, hint of pepper

T-cracker malt, bananas, cloves, melon, little coriander, little pepper, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth, alcohol well-hidden

O-great Tripel, great depth of flavor, one of the best

Photo of MadCat
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330 ml bottle

Appearance: Beautiful opaque golden color, fluffy white head. Filled the tulip with head. Left great lacing

Smell: Spice, clove, banana, fruit

Taste: Spice, clove, banana, dry malts, fruit, with a buttery toffee type finish to it. Not too dry of a finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, beautiful Belgian style carbonation

Overall: Amazing. Easily one of my top beers.

Photo of RandomExile
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pale gold, translucent, carbonated; white, fluffy large-bubbled foam head, dissipates to a surface covering; almost no lacing
S: strong, flowery yeasty scent, pineapple, something musty or straw, raisin
T: flowery, fruity/pineapple, yeast, musty
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth and slightly savory
O: The musty/pineapple flavor is a turnoff for me, in what is otherwise one of my favorite styles. Others don't seem to mind it ...

750mL / $12.99

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

750 ml cork and caged bottle poured into a St. Bernardus chalice.
8% ABV, 46-50° F

A - One might think a beer this effervescent with carbonation might make it easy to pop the cork, but that just wasn't so. After my first go with a corkscrew on a caged bottle, this beer poured a hazy pale golden color with an appearance just like a witbier. The billowing white foam is no surprise from a beer that crackles like Rice Crispies and neither is the thick lace it leaves behind.

S - Fragrant like perfume, this Tripel is potent but delicate. Fresh rain-kissed wheat is honey-dipped with notes of cane sugar and a finish of original Big League Chew bubble gum, suggestions of clove, and spritz of lemon citrus.

T - The aroma's lovely and inviting bouquet takes a sharp nosedive into boredom, really distancing itself from other Belgian Tripels with low flavor that's not to be mistaken with delicate, as the nose. Sugar and sweet pils malt are brushed with a light smattering of lemongrass, but the clean flavor is just too light for the style.

M - Vibrant carbonation dances on the tongue wonderfully, the perfect level for the style and perfect level to keep the beer lively despite the average flavor as it finishes with a lingering dryness and subtle alcohol impression.

O - Disappointing but by no means bad, St. Bernardus Tripel is just a lackluster beer swimming in a sea of other aromatic, vibrant, and elegant tripels, all chock full of character and life. This beer seems faded and boring by comparison, though mainly in flavor.

Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a golden yellow color with a foamy large head.

The aroma has sweet citrus fruit of orange, a bit of tangerine, along with peppery spice and banana. There's some bready malt in there as well and a slight bit of alcohol.

The flavor follows with this clean balance of sweet orange, banana, apricot, onto a gentle crackery malt. There's a peppery spice and then finish hits you with a bitterness that leaves some drying and alcohol at the end.

The body is light with lots of carbonation.

This tripel is really fantastic. It's fruity, light, and highly drinkable.

Photo of Dope
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled 25/01/16. A best by date?

A: Pours a very cloudy (clouds of yeast everywhere) pale orange. Enormous fluffy white head (still erupting out of the bottle several minutes after being opened, even with only 1/4 liquid). Head sticks around forever, barely budges over time. Thick chunks of fluffy lacing remain behind.

S: Big citrus, melon and cloves. Touch of grass it seems? Not entirely sure. Bready.

T: Notes of grass and citrus up front. Very spicy, lots of belgian yeast character. Cloves, black pepper and some other spices that I can't differentiate. Dry, spicy aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, sorta astrigent and dry.

O: One spicy tripel. One of the spiciest I've had. Lots of great belgian yeast flavors in this one. Well balanced flavors, crisp and easy drinking. Great brew.

Photo of HoppyBastard
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 oz corked bottle into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: cloudy pale straw yellow with one finger of white head, excellent retention and a moderate amount of lacing on the glass, a higher amount of carbonation.

SMELL: sweet citrus and bread, not overpowering, subtle.

TASTE: yeasty and sweet, light bitterness at the end, citrus, banana and spice, 8% ABV is well disguised. The hop profile is more subdued than other tripel beers I have had.

PALATE: medium body with high carbonation, creamy.

OVERALL: this is a very good beer but not my favorite tripel. It is not as complex or bold enough for my taste but I would drink it again.

Photo of fourstringer
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured moderately from a 750 mL bottle into a Brewers Art goblet. Best before 17/07/15 according to the label. Oh, happy monk, you are so delightful!

A: Cloudy, golden yellow with slight orangish tint. 1 finger of clean white, sudsy head. Thin cover by 2 minutes, but lasts all the way to the end of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S: Sweet fruit with a tropical lean. Strong presence of Belgian yeast, but mellow in character. Pineapple in there. Trace of citrus, trace of honey. Light bread. The smell is fairly light, but very nice. I'd agree it is "delicate" as the label declares. I had to work a bit at getting a good whiff, but was glad I did.

T: Yeasty sweetness with a light bitterness at the end. Finishes dry. Indistinct fruit. Spice. I've having some difficulty picking out individual flavors, but it's very tasty. Mild alcohol burn, but less than is typical for the style. Flavors are a bit more subdued than the average tripel offering, but refined and nicely blended.

M: Full & effervescent like a good tripel should be. Creamier as it warms. Very solid. Really adds to the quality of the beer.

O: This is a highly drinkable tripel. I wish the smell and flavor were a bit more assertive, as the quality of both is excellent. The feel is superb. Definitely one of the smoothest tripels I can remember. There are certainly other tripels that bring a bit more punch, but this is balanced and goes down dangerously smoothly. Highly recommended.

Prost!

Photo of a0lbudman
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- straw to gold couldy look with about a 3 inch white foam that fades slow with a good lace.
S-orange, bananna with a little spice
T-the citrus flavor hit me at the start, then a sweet bananna came in followed by an alcohol taste. Spicy like is also there.
M- creamy and very carbonated
O- this was a great beer looking forward to the next one

Photo of tillmac62
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced, especially for 8% alcohol. Any alcoholic nose is absent with only a slight aftertaste of alcohol. medium bodied with a touch of spice. Nice mouthfeel and head retention. Balance is the keyword for this beer. No noticeable flaws or otherwise outstanding positive characteristics. Very drinkable.

Photo of zac16125
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle into a chalice
no bottled on date

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with 1 plus fingers width of bright white colored head. Head has very good retention, with a thick film remaining throughout the entirety of the drink. Leaves only a few small patches of lacing.

S: Citrus, light fruits, a bit tart, subtle banana and a hint of spice. Doesnt have the spiciness or esters of many in the style. Instead its heavier on the citrus and has the interesting tartness.

T: Spice, easters, and yeast all more prevalent on the tongue that in the aroma. I also get the citrus that was on the nose, and a bitterness. There is a big sweetness as well. Good complexity and very well balanced.

M/D: Medium body, heavy carbonation, ABV well masked, very good drinkability.

O: Good, but not great in my opinion. Certainly worthy of a try, but there are several Tripels I enjoy more than this one.

Photo of LordBeardman
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a Belgian Tripel. Smells like a Belgian Tripel. It reminds me a lot of Duvel, but a little sweeter on the front. A little bit more alcohol taste as well.

One thing to note about the beer is that it is very bubbly. It had a huge head after the pour and never stopped bubbling the entire time I was drinking.

This beer is good and I would get it again. I was expecting it to be a little bit better after trying the quad of the same brand. That beer is definitely superior.

Photo of Underrower
3.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from the mixed pack served in a goblet.

Honey color. More foam than the Watou Tripel. Continuous tiny bubble rising to the top. No floaties.

Smell is very light wheat maybe. Not much smell. As it warms I can smell yeast.

Taste. Very refreshing when cold. Very, very nice for a tripel as far as the hops are balanced and much more subtle than say La Fin Du Monde or Tripel Karmeleit. The flavor ride is quick from the nice Belgian malts up front then the micro fuzzy fizz comes quick then somewhat dry hops then the flavor drops cleanly leaving only a very faint sour ghost that lingers just a bit. This opens up nice as it warms. The depth increases but so does the sourness. Do yourself a favor and take you time so you experience the range from cold to warm.

Mouth feel is refreshing. Lots of tiny bubbles fizzing away on the palate. As it warms it gets more slick and less fizzy.

A fine, fine Tripel but I think it misses the depth and complexity of it's sister the Watou Tripel. I just find that one much more interesting but this one is much more drinkable. I could easily drink more of this, maybe too much too easily. This is by far the easiest drinking tripel I have had. The flavor is great but not overly complex. I would like this in a 750 ml because it just opened up as I finished it.

Photo of Father_Raybob
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pale gold, slightly hazy with quickly diminishing fine-bubbled white head.

Nose - slightly Flemish style sour smell like fresh straw in a dairy barn. Very malt forward with hints of almonds and sour cherries.

Taste - very mild and well-balanced sour element followed by a huge wave of malt and nutty flavors. Alcohol is very well integrated and not evident even at 10 ABV.

Overall - Awesome beer from Belgium; very full-bodied and yet quite refreshing. I want another growler.

Photo of utopiajane
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow the color of the sun in the sky. A cloud like head of white foam that stays forever to a layer on top and some sticky lace. It's hazy and and speckled.

Nose is fragrant with light fruits. Lemon rind nice and sweet. A little orange and some tropical sweetness too. it's herbal and sweet has a faint little spice. A light banana develops as it warms and there was short splash of bubblegum when I first opened the bottle that disappeared. Malt is light and honey like with a little bread. I am picking up a tarter fruit like apricot .

Taste is splendid. It's impeccably crafted and in absolute harmony. The balance is perfection and the fruits all come together sweetly and a with a bit of tart from the apricot. the banana is laid over the top like lightness and air. The malt is fluffy and superb. There is a faint hop bitter but it's so light. There is a nice toffee richness behind the malt that tastes like it wants out but remains restrained. It finishes dry and with a light bit of alcohol on the palate.

This tripel is one of the best. It is outstanding in every way and it is everything you expect in the style. Chalky yeast and and a deep but light fruit character. Delicate toasted malt and a little pin prick of hop bitter. It's whimsical and yet tall and upright. You can almost imagine that the jolly looking monk on the bottle is the real genius behind this beer. It's as if he is saying "our backs are straight but we do know how to have a little fun when no one is looking." Indulgent and very very good.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before 1-25-16.

A tired looking beer with an underwhelming aroma saved by a great head. I was expecting more, not sure why. This tripel was disappointing. An above average beer, but unimpressive.

A – Pours a cloudy (-), pale orange with a huge white fluffy/mousy white/white head. Decent lacing.

S – Spicy, peppery, with funky phenolics.

T – Spicy, faint malty sweetness in the middle with some lemon. Bitterness beginning in the middle through to the finish. Some alcohol.

MF – Fizzy, effervescent, a dry finish and medium light body.

Photo of kirkse
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a towering white head.

Smells of apricots and honey with a hint of lemon/citrus at the end.

Taste is very similar to the smell. Very sweet, (more so than I expected) with a little bitterness to round out the flavor profile.

Medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very pleasant and refreshing beer. It might not be my favorite triple, but it is still a very solid offering.

Photo of Adamah_Adonai
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Light flowery aroma with some lighter straw and fruit aromas.

Pours a clear golden color with lots of head.

The taste is mostly sweet but has a light bitter bite on the end.

Very light bodied and effervescent.

This was quite pleasant not too sweet like so many tripels, the dryness in the finish i was also fond of.

Photo of scotorum
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Spirit Haus in Amherst Mass. a week ago. Best by 3/28/14, which apparently means it was bottled in March 2009. Already quite aged!

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Guinn flute.

a: Translucent straw gold with a huge head which slowly disspiated, requiring several pours to fill the glass.

s: Pearlike fruitiness.

t: A unique sweet fruitlike yeastiness. Never had anything quite like this before. Finish is drywall paste (in a good way, yeasty) and quite clean.

m: Light to moderate and refreshing. Heavy carbonation, some hop sting, but feels balanced.

o: Another fine Belgian taste treat. Dunno if I would pay the price for this again, but it was great to try. Looking forward to Prior 8 and Abt. 12.

Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why did it take me so long to get to this one? Probably price, but no longer.
Surprisingly tight aroma. Soft doughy malt, mild spice, hints of fruit. Nice and on target, just really soft.
Big, but not huge, white frothy, fizzy head. Golden and somewhat cloudy body.
Oh, the flavor is where this one shines. Complex right away and all flavors good. Get the alcohol, in flavor and warmth, but it's nice. Sweetness. Soft and enjoyable fruit. Nice pale malt. Consistent and clear stream of flavor leading to hoppy bitterness. Finish is not hugely drying, but drying enough and is strongly influenced by the hops.
Fully carbonation, light and bubbly and filling.
This is good and better than that. But it is not life changing or close to a Wow beer. Very good, but a little disappointing compared to this brewery's other beers.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,822 ratings.