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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 159
Gots: 145 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just so easy to drink. smooth, hardly a hint of alchohol. Hint of flowers, citrus. Medium mouth. Superb, easy drinker that stands up to just about anything in this style. It may not be quite as great as the Quad, but it's still a beer I could happily drink if I could only have one choice for the rest of my life. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 18:22:33 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of StaveHooks


4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml served in a St. Bernardus goblet

A - Burnt orange color with a thick bright white head forming a thick collar. No lacing.

S - Fruity and yeasty, apricots, peaches, mango, sweet aroma

T - Sweet pale malts upfront, peaches, apricots galore, lemon, spicy Belgian yeast comes in along with a line of sweet candy and grain. Some nutmeg and coriander pop up as it warms. Finishes semi-dry with peppery/grassy hops.

M - Moderate foamy carbonation, turns creamy and lush, full body medium weight.

Excellent tripel. Rich pale malts with a tasty yeast strain. Stone fruit with some spice on the back end. Very drinkable I found myself drinking this faster than most tripels.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:30:26 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Kraken


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes-

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a standard beer glass. Cork exited bottle with a resounding pop. Warning serve at appropriate temp or you will end up with a gusher. Modest to light pour called up a massive five finger head with excellent retention and beautiful copious lace. Color is cloudy golden amber.

Nose- Light grassy notes, some finishing hops, intense clove.

Palate- Sweet honey-suckle, plenty of clove. Very active carbonation, mild bittering hops. Very smooth. Notes of tangerine and lemon zest. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- Active carbonation, lightly sweet, and dry.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. A fine example of the style. If you are a fan of the style, this is a must.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:48:15 | More by Kraken
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: This one rates as my favorite Belgian Tripel to date. Wonderful flavors and a great overall experience for all the senses. I'll definitely need to keep this on hand to satisfy my Tripel cravings.

12 oz. bottle - best by 15-Sep-08.

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, slightly cloudy amber/straw color into my chalice. Fluffy white head seems to find equilibrium at about a finger thick.

Smell: Bananas, Belgian yeast and even a slight berry aroma.

Taste: Bright, fruity to start, nice grassy hop flavor follows right behind - those Styrian Golding hops come through nicely. Barely noticeable hint of alcohol warms on the way down.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation complements the flavors perfectly. Not too thick or syrupy - right on the mark.

Drinkability: This is an easygoing tripel. Scarcely a sign of the ABV and it leaves a pleasant aftertaste on the palate, crying "have one more of me - surely you ponied up the dough to grab more than one!"

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 03:04:04 | More by kpantz
Photo of Brenden


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to BeerLovinGrl for another great beer experience.

This one's a slightly hazy, pale golden-copper. The head is thick and pretty tight and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass.
The nose is interesting: a mix of some fruits, not necessarily citrus though there's a bit of that, along with a light alcohol and something sweet like candied apricots or plums and toffee.
There's a bit of lemon citrus, but most of the fruit flavors are almost like candied apricot. There's definitely something toffee-like in here that is unusual and pleasant. A very gentle bitterness adds some balance and there's a gentle zest that furthers it. Caramelized sugars seem evident and toasty malt grains provide a strong backbone. A high ABV is well-masked and most evident in the feel, coming out just slightly in the finish as well, which is lively and lingering.
Herbal notes and yeast round it out and the complexity seems big.
This one has a moderate to full body and optimal carbonation. This brew is silky smooth and extremely creamy following an initial crispness.
This is one of the most unusual, complex and tasty brews I've enjoyed to date, though a high ABV keeps the drinker in check.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 01:50:27 | More by Brenden
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

straw golden to slight orange color...a small head that sits gently on top of the beer....

smell is banana to slight clove with fruity overtones....great belgium yeast smell!

taste is much like the smell except it taste less fruity

the mouthfeel is PUCKERING!!! very very very DRY!!

overall this is exactly like a belgium trippel should taste and smell

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 02:38:57 | More by nickthegun12
Photo of philbe311


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Voluminous four fingers of uber fluffy and airy pure white head comprised of tons of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention that never really fades leaving one plus fingers worth of fluffy pillow head... A cyclone of rapid paced carbonation swirls in the middle of the glass with some random stray bubble surrounding it... The color is a golden honey with an ever so faint haze...

S - A nice mix of orange and lemon zest... Candied sugars... Belgian yeast... Some grassy and hay notes... A slight bit of clove... Some pear and golden delicious apple notes... Very appealing and spot on for the style...

T - Lemon zest... Orange zest... Belgian yeast... Candied sugars... Pear... Apples... Bananas... Light cloves... Golden raisins... A touch of bubble gum... The candied sugar sweetness lingers for quite a while... Everything in wonderful balance... Great complexity...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Light yet brisk carbonation... Sleek... Smooth... Even a bit sticky... A bit heavier than expected for the style...

D - Defiantly deserves its lofty place in the pecking order of world class Tripels... A must try for any self respecting BA... Something that I will gladly drink with regularity...

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 17:19:04 | More by philbe311
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pours a hazy Golden straw colour with a nice tight white head that retains well.

S - Plenty of passionfruit and pineapple with spice.

T - Nice spice up front and develops into a nice spicy citrus fruit flavour with a hint of honey. A top Tripel.

M - Medium body and carbonation that makes for a very smooth drop.

D - The overall balance of this beer ranks it amongst the cream of Tripels. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 16:45:31 | More by eric5bellies
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total wine for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, floral notes, and a peppery bite.

Overall - Great zesty/peppery flavour and a nice mix of fruity notes. This is world class stuff for sure. One of the better tripels I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 00:05:07 | More by spinrsx
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy deep straw colored, a high fluffy white head leaving good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling fruity Belgian yeast, bananas, apricot.

Starting very sweet, brown sugar on wheat bread, then some spiciness, clove, cardamom, ripe pears and banana peel.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft and slightly sticky, a good body and smooth dry finish.

A good solid triple, very well suited with hard cheese.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 17:04:34 | More by rarbring
Photo of Arinthos

New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml with best buy on side label and notes on the back "can be aged up to 5 years "

A- hazy light amber with alot of depth as the upper part of the glass is darker and the botton lighter. not much head or lacing.

S- slightly phenolic banana minimal esters yeasty and malty.

T- banana, vanilla, smooth dry malt and a little alchohol.

M- maybe mine is a fluke but I felt the mouthfeel was a little too carbonated I stored at 50 degrees in my beer ref. which may have contributed. and med-full body.

d- very drinkable i enjoyed very much.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 21:37:15 | More by Arinthos
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy amber into goblet. Smells of hay and the earthy smells I associate with all Belgian ales now. Bit of banana and spice in the background. Taste of spice upfront and malt with a bit of bitterness at the end. A very nice brew and a change from my prefered Belgian brown or quads. My favorite triple thus far.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:55:57 | More by srrn
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 04:29:02 | More by CharlieMopps
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is the quad of all quads it seems. Everyone tries to make this beer and there is reason for it, its amazing. Quads are a style that is broad yet it has one main premise, quality, and this brings it greatly. Dark raisin color, smell of dried fruits, brown sugar and spice. Tasting of a combination of molasses, dates, candy, a bit of belgian chocolate, and maple. Mouthfeel is super smooth and easy drinking, I have never had a 10 percent that hides it so damn well

Its an amazing beer, we all know this, so I dont have to tell you if you have not tried it. Just buy it, take a drink and understand.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2011 02:54:28 | More by Elimination
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle dated best before "25 09 12"

Poured in to a goblet, it pours a hazy orange with a nice white head.

Pretty big smell of ripe fruit ,yeast, and some bread.

Crisp taste is very dry, almost champagnelike. It tastes like a light, bread and fruit. Very good.

Mouthfeel is beautiful.

The carbonation and crisp hoppiness make this very light and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 01:41:21 | More by aubuc1
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a huge head that hung around for awhile. Aroma was fruity and sweet with some floral hop aromas mixed in. Taste was quite spicy and peppery with a nice bready malt character. I could also pick up some notes of citrus(orange), pear and Belgian candy sugar. Very tasty for a light to medium bodied beer and dangerously quaffable. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 13:54:27 | More by rodrot
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into a goblet.

A - Pours a pale, cloudy straw-yellow, with a huge, pillowy four-finger head that overflows the goblet. Oops. But about as good as a beer of this style can look.

S - Very surprised that I don't see more mentions of banana in other reviews, as it dominates the nose here. Biscuit, banana, and maybe some melon.

T - Yeastiness -- pound cake and bananas, hints of sweet melons, and candied fruit. Maybe some alcohol around the edges, but not much. Restrained and elegant.

M - Full bodied, slightly dry, and nicely carbonated.

D - The ABV makes this one more drinkable than some of its peers. I love the flavor, and could probably go through a few more of these.

O - Very, very nice. I've been passing on tripels for the past few months but lately have been on kind of a tripel bender (get it?) lately. This is an excellent example of the style, and makes me want to have A LOT more.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 08:52:56 | More by djmichaelk
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Rochefort goblet.

A: Crazy head. Big thick bubbles rising from hazy topaz depths dissolve into a thick, creamy head with great retention. Later impressive patterns emerge on the surface.

S: Smells like a tripel, and it is scrumptious. Spicy topnotes soar above a yeasty/estery base.

T: Intially, the taste matches the smell -- a slightly carbonated yeasty flavour is tart on the tongue and sweet malts are noticeably supporting the taste. Spice mixes about with a mere hint of something floral. Alcohol is present throughout, but not objectionably so. I approve of the balance. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M: Largely nondescript? Mild, nice, refreshing.

D: At 8%, it's not oppressive, but tasty and light. I sat on a patio in Brussels and drank the bottle dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 17:16:13 | More by AgentMunky
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on September 20, 2011.

A: Nice pale color with a light tannish hint. Very cloudy in the center. Lighter around the edges. Very pale fizzy/fluffy head. Almost no retention. Lots of action from the carbonation though.

S: Very, very fruity with a caramel malt backbone. Slightly alcoholic on finish.

T: I don't get as much fruit as I expected but there is some citrus at first. Big caramel flavor followed by some herbal characteristics. Slightly warming with a very slightly bitter finish that doesn't last.

M: Nice extremely creamy and fluffy mouthfeel. Wow!

O: This beer was good but borderline cloying. Would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 06:02:00 | More by tony223366
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle; a cloudy, dusky yellow with fine lacing.
A painted label includes the happy monk on a coat of arms and a small white cross.

Aroma is of sour lemon, gummi fruit, and something resembling sawdust.

Taste is fairly complex and tough to describe because of the fluffy, airy carbonation. It's not the bubbly effervescence of pop, more like mousse. A candy, pineapple flavor predominates and is quickly removed by more of a yeasty, sour estery note. This isn't especially sweet, but melts in the mouth, if beer can do such a thing. Again, I can only think of mousse to describe something similar. Finishes with a note of dry wood; I get a hint of oak for some reason.

I'll stick to the abt 12 in the future, but this is still a very nice offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2003 02:52:04 | More by shirfan
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, poured into a large wide-mouthed chalice glass. No indication of the date on the cork or bottle, but I've had it about 6 months in my beer fridge.

Appearance: bright orange, with about a centimeter of foam. Beer is very cloudy, with a few chunks of yeast floating in it.

Aroma: Not a huge amount of aroma. Some spicy, clove-like yeast smells waft up.

Flavor/Body: Big body, with very full mouthfeel. Fruit flavors shine through (apricot?) initially, with somewhat spicy herbal notes (sage?) . Though it seems very dry at first, the finish ends up slightly sweet as it lingers for several seconds. Alcohol is very warming after a moment.

A very good tripel. This is only the second bottle I've had since it became available in the Dallas area.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 02:38:39 | More by allengarvin
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light straw with a dense bubbly immense head that dissipates slowly leaving thick lace all around.

Nose is crystal malt, diacetyl, bubble gum and citrus. Not very strong on the nose, but when I look for it, it is good.

Taste is crystal malt exploding with yeast sourness. Citrus notes ride high with a wave of fruity and sour yeast flavors. Sweet candy sugar and a slight booziness on the back, nice.

Mouthfeel is chewy and substantial, leaving a stickiness on the lips and drying slightly in the finish, good.

Very good and glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 03:35:21 | More by wheatyweiss
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is golden colored with a huge white head. The smell is Belgian yeasty spiceyness as well as a bread aroma. The flavor follows suit with the belgiany flavors coming through but they are not as robust as they are I. Other triPels I have had. The mouthfeel is light to medium with a lot of carbonation. The beer is very good but not my favorite tripel.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 13:51:16 | More by rowingbrewer
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold in goblet glass with great carbonation for a one-finger head that slowly dies and is a constant along with lace down the glass. A great orange/citric smell along with tartness and yeast and has hints of figs, berries and sweet malts. A medium-bodied beer that ranges from fluffy sweet and smooth to sharp and sour. Started crisp with a tart fruit taste, like sour orange, but passed smoothly and the sweet caramel malt picks it up and it goes down easy with a sweet backbite. Other flavors include berries and figs and hints of toffee. This is a great beer that I could have all day.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 20:40:03 | More by clayrock81
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New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip. Best of date on the bottle is 14.06.13.

a - Pours a murky golden-brown color with two fingers of fluffy white head with nice retention and lacing and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spices, Belgian yeast, bready malts, and citrus. Smells great.

t - Tastes of Belgian yeast, spices, lemon, honey, bananas, and bready malts. Very nice, and a slight step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. The body is super smooth and creamy, makes it very easy to drink.

d - A great tripel all around. At 8% I thought it was very easy to drink and I loved the taste and mouthfeel. Would certainly have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 00:27:46 | More by mdfb79
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,412 ratings.