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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
outstanding

2,688 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,688
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
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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 sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Tripel had an outstanding pure white head, atop a medium-golden amber-colored body. The lacing was very delicate. The first thing that jumped out to me about the bouquet of the beer was a faint hint of banana balanced with yeasts. The taste first revealed what I had already smelled, but then began to come alive as it warmed, giving hints of candy sugar, hops and more complex fruit flavors. There was just enough carbonation to balance the creamy taste and mouthfeel. I was extremely impressed with the complexity of taste and feel on the palate. Most certainly one of the best Tripels I’ve had in recent memory.

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured murky gold, hints of the darker colors almost in there, a huge tiny bubbled white head that took it's time dissipating.

Smells of the Belgian yeast, lightly of some spice and lemongrass.

Taste is light at first, but gains some momentum. Some spice and yeast, mirroring the smell, with a nice yeasty lemony tangy aftertaste at the end.(Too many Y's, but what can Ya do?)

Feels like a light to medium body, but the big carbonation makes it feel a little lighter.

I enjoyed this beer, hints of it's bigger brother are here, just a lighter, more Summer like feel to it. Easy to drink and tasty, I will definitely drink this one again.

DOA

Photo of BretSikkink
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft offering at Max and Joe's Omaha.

Dark orange color, head retention is good, reduces to a ring around the top.

Ester alcohol aroma, some murky fruit flavors.

Complex and nicely carbonated tripel, this is a great beer on tap. Good malt sturdiness that's slightly sweet, herbal hops and alcohol spike. Smooth, full mouthfeel. It's light on the tongue for being so nice and thick. Bread finish.

This is a refreshing and fruity ale, sweet toffee malt combined with some fruity hop punch. Alcohol well hidden. Finely crafted and highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

Photo of Matty1918
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for this sample!

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, thick head. Lots of lacing. A very nice looking beer...can't wait to taste it.

Aroma is of sweet fruits, spice and alcohol. Very nice.

First sip is of sweet ripe fruits with a hint of spice and grainy....almost like dough.

The alcohol is there but its not overpowering. The carbonation is slight but is noticeable. I could drink many of these but I would be in trouble afterwards. I'll be on the lookout for these.

Photo of Jablonski
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: pours a slightly opaque gold color with a one inch head and lacing.

S: smells of bananas and pineapple

T: Taste is quite complex. First I notice the taste of bananas, pears, and pineapple followed by a spices and hops at the end

M: Perfect carbonation, very full beer

D: Tastes best as it warms and goes down relatively easy

Photo of ommegangpbr
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time for a revisit!
Consumed in honor of a recently deceased relative... who kinda looked like the fellow on the bottle. Bon Voyage, Sam.
The 750 mL model which I presume to be much fresher than the 330cL versions I had quite some time ago.
This guy was much clearer looking; golden with a pretty white head.
The odor is not quite as gorgeous as it was last time around, but still appealing. Much drier... much more like champagne.
The flavor is much more like champagne as well. A sharp bite with a dry finish; some lingering fruit flavors after the bite has gone. Pear is dominant, hints of coriander here and there... cameos of golden raisins.
A bit of a coarse bitterness pops up here and there but it's nothing to be concerned about.
An excellent tripel.... an excellent brew. This is what a dry tripel should be like. A hard choice between this and Westmalle's tripel.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great looking brew in my Chimay goblet. This beer is a perfect gold with a grand head that leaves rings around the glass. Smell is predominately citrus, oranges, but a little sweeter, like tangerines with a nice malt backbone. Taste is a tad spicy, a little acidity that's OK, mostly citrus fruits and a little hint of honeydew. Very drinkable and hardly a notice of the alcohol. A high-class brew to cap the evening.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours lovely deep golden with lots of haze. The really tall compact but still light white head dissipates slowly into great lacings.

S: Light but complex. Fruit, yeast and spices. Green apples and oranges and slight lemon sezt.

T: Caramell-malt, dry and only light sweetness. Yeasty and spicey. Ripe fruits; pears, apples, oranges and some citric sezt. Complex and well balanced. Perhaps slightly sour.

M: Long bitter, dry and slightly sour aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation quite rich, but still smooth.

O: A very nice Tripel, well balanced and smooth.

Photo of everetends
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle I got out of St Bernardus mixed four pack from Four Winds in Pensecola, FL. Served this puppy up in the St. Bernardus Goblet that came with said mix pack.

A: Pours a beautiful dark yellow/light orange color, like a nice light honey color. Hazy as all hell from the yeast. The carbonation is slow moving and creates a wonderful wave life display by pushing around the yeast. Got a good finger of clean, white head that has pretty good retention and even better soapy lacing. This beer is beautiful.

S: Nice heavy notes of Belgian yeast and spice. A sweet breadiness coming out, almost a sweet rye bread scent (wierd). Lots of nice clove and banana notes in the scent. A touch of bubble gum is actually coming through on the aroma. A touch of sweetness from the malt coming through in the nose. Smells tasty.

T: Taste is once again coming through wih beautiful presence of Belgian yeast, a sweet breadiness. Very nice citrus sweetness and a touch of sour coming through. This is challenged by banana and clove presence. There is a touch of honey sweetness coming through. Then again the bubble gum rounds it all out. There is also a really nice sweet nuttiness coming in throughout. Just not expected but very nice. So nice.

M: A nice full bodied brew. This is thicker than you imagine. Nice high carbonation is making this brew very crisp and pleasing. Easy as hell to drink. Aftertaste is mostly of yeast and bubblegum but the aftertaste is really muted. The palate is pretty tame, nothing too bruising.

D: This beer for being such a big, beautiful style goes down incredibly easy. No trace of ABV in my opinion. The flavors and scents are great and the appearance is just freaking amazing. Very good and easy to drink beer. Big fan of this beer and an even bigger fan of St. Bernardus. A great brewery that always comes through with a fine beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this shortly after a Corsendonk Abbey Pale and this was the clear winner in my mind. Both are very good. But this one is preferred.

Aggressive foamy head rises above the beer and shows excellent retention. After settling back into the beer the head leave behind a spider web of clinging lace in your glass. The color is a slightly hazy pale yellow/gold color. Some carbonation.

Aroma was wonderful. Lots of fruit, spice and yeast notes. I always get pear from this type of beer and just love the aroma.

I found the flavor to be more complex than the Corsendonk. More spices and fruit happening. Also a touch more bread notes. Not as much straight candied sugar. Although there is a small sense of this. Plenty of spice to go around and I kept finding new tastes through my glass.

Fresh, light, crisp, refreshing.

I wish we had another bottle to pop. I think this is right up there with my favorite Tripels... (Karmeliet)

Well done!.

Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium body, very cloudy translucent gold color, becoming almost milky opaque by the bottom of the bottle, with a tremendous white head like meringue that eventually shrinks but does not disappear.

The aroma is spicy, citrusy, bready.

The taste starts with slightly sweet malt, honey, yeast and biscuit flavor and then a peppery spiciness kicks in with a tropical fruit overtone of orange, banana, pineapple and grapefruit. The finish is dry, creamy, peppery with a tingle of carbonation and alcohol warmth.

Complex, interesting and refreshing. Something special and well worth a try.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

small bottle, states in 2 languages, neither of which is English
" consume before the end of 2004" or something like that. Pours orangy/golden with chunks of sediment, raises a 1 inch head and leaves tons o' lace. Nose is powdery sugar and faintly flowery. Taste like golden honey, flowers, melons, wonderfully complex and silky smooth on the tongue. Wildy yeasty. Alot of excitement in a glass! seak this stuff out and enjoy.

Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saved the best for last this weekend. Dark gold with a swiss-cheese looking white head. Expected spice and yeast, but more apple and fruits. Effervescent mouthfeel. Musty yeast and dry, fruity tartness blend well with the nutmeg-like sweetness. A very good beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this when I was up in Massachusetts. Review from notes.

A: Pours a rather hazy light yellow/golden color with a two finger white head on top. Very slow dissipation to a thin layer on top that left behind some sticky lacing.

S: A nice and complex nose, with some lemon, orange, and a bit of banana (but not as much as other Tripels I have had). There is some doughy malt as well as the typical Belgian yeast aroma and some light pepper and coriander.

T: Light citrus fruits hit immediately, lemon peel and orange peel and to a lesser extent lemon and orange fruit. Banana plays a bigger role than it did in the aroma. There is a bit if bubblegum and a doughy flavor as very present along with some light spice.

M: Medium bodied and rather smooth with a good level of carbonation, maybe a touch high.

O: A solid tripel, deserving of its status as one of the "classics" in the style. Been on a tripel kick in the last few months it seems and this one is up there, but not at the top.

Photo of kenito799
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian Room, St Mark's Place, served in Chimay goblet

Lovely golden color, lighter than I expected. Fairly small head dissipates but leaves copious lacing.

Sweet and fruity aromas up front, fairly typical and pleasant Belgian scents.
Mouthfeel nicely creamy, lively carbonation.

Flavors of light peachy fruits and malts with sweetness at first, but followed by bold hoppy bitterness. This bitter finish lingers and remains in the mouth until the next sip when the decently complex fruity sweetness cuts in. The bitter finish was excellent, but I found myself wishing the complex aromatic flavors lasted a bit longer before the bitterness came forward. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable until you stand up.

Excellent sipping beer after a hard day's work.

Photo of CortexBomb
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy clearish colour with a massive frothy head, looks good to me!

Aroma is a terrific fruit array, everything under the sun, from pears to apples and also has a nice waft of malt.

Taste is lovely, and well-rounded. A load of fruits are again present like in the nose, and it has a very smooth, creamy edge which offsets the hint of bitterness that lurks in the background on the very end.

All of this is complimented by a medium thick mouthfeel and good drinkability.

Would be happy to have this one again!

Photo of BeanBone
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body with lots of bubbles around the glass and lots grainy sediment in the bottom. Up top, a finger and a half of very bubbly off-white head with average retention and lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and golden fruit over a sweet pale malt body. A bare whiff of booze once it warms.

Flavor: Again, a mix of citrusy hops, golden fruit, white pepper, sweet cereal-grain malt, and thoroughly Belgian yeast. Everything is balanced well, with each element complimenting the others. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor, even after it warms. Pepper, yeast, and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with medium carbonation and a neutral finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Full of character, balanced well, enjoyable throughout, and easily quaffable, St. Bernardus' Tripel is a great little brew. It's perhaps my favorite Tripel so far, as well as a stellar introduction to the brand.

Photo of Proteus93
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very murky copper colour, foamy head that retained decently, was somewhat rich, but a touch thin. Good pour, nonetheless.

S: Floral, almost a fresh fruit... like crisp apples, but not quite - closer to the aroma found among the fresh fruits in a grocery store. Crisp, appealing, and good.

T: Sweet and cider-like in some ways. Hops are somewhat noticable, but very well balanced and almost rest into the malts while drinking. Alcohol is VERY well hidden, without needing to be a particularly 'big' brew. Well crafted in this sense, and quite a nice flavour.

M: Good, refreshing, wet... not really viscous at all. Light, like a soda-water, with a flavour that is all but.

D: It might be easy to think of another when starting, but the ABV is a little higher - not a friendly, innocent lager... so it needs to be taken slow. Sit back, relax, let the experience last.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a small bottle into a Leffe chalice. Nearly perfect level of carbonation as an easy pour produces two fingers of dense head that lasts and lasts. The beer is dark gold in color and has reasonably good clarity. The nose has lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols, giving notes of banana, clove, lemon, allspice, and puff pastry.

Medium-full body with spicy-sweet flavor and wonderfully balanced profile. Nice bready malt up front blasts you with a hearty sweetness, then citrus and hops meld seamlessly into the sweetness and provide accenting fruity sweetness and balancing spice. Not bitter at all, although it seems dry and the high carbonation does open the palate and intensify the flavors. No booziness at all, but it certainly warms you up.

Tripels are not my favorite style at all (I prefer Dubbels and Quads), but occasionally I do like to try styles I don't ordinarily seek out. I'm very glad I tried this one. I should probably do a side-by-side with Westmalle and La Fin du Monde, two other Tripels I think very highly of.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Three full fingers of head with a soapy look to it. Very impressive lacing. Pours a cloudy orange-brown. A slight yellow tint as well.

Smell - A very wine-like smelling beer. Hints of coriander and grapes. A slight champagne smell as well. Citrusy with very light hops. Sweet and light fruits as well.

Taste - A bold and consistent Belgian ale. Strong grape and apple flavors. A very sweet fruit-type beer. Light citrus hops and a slight yeast flavor. Light spices linger in the background as well. The aftertaste is like a white merlot, if that makes any sense.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Very carbonated and sweet in your mouth. The mouthfeel is that of sweetened apples and grapes. This would be perfect to pair with fruit. Quite refreshing. One of the best and most unique Belgian ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing.

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange/amber with a solid 1 finger white head that lasts for a few minutes and fades into a soapy white film and collar. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is of delicate pear, vanilla, and fruit coctail, making for the classic tripel aroma.
Taste is the same as the wonderful aromas with a classic taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a mild fruit and alcohol bite.
Drinkability is decent. Slight alcohol presence keeps it from being better than just good.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a clear yellow ale with a four finger, rather fast head. A little violent, and unexpected.

The aroma was sweet and yeasty, with some breadiness, and a hint of banana if you hunt for it.

Taste followed the aroma... sweetness and yeastiness, with a little spiciness and hints of citrus and banana thrown in.

A very good mouthfeel as well, good body and creaminess. Eminently drinkable, but a bit costly.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle - printed as 8.0% ABV

Pours a hazy yellow orange with a nice fluffy white head. The head does not fade much with nice lacing all over the glass.

Smells sweet and malty with a fantastic fruity / yeasty smell.

Taste is sweet and malty up front, followed by a wave of fruity Belgian yeastness. Has a nice malty aftertaste that lingers. This is a superb tasting tripel.

Body is good for the style. Plenty of carbonation to keep it hopping.

Insanely drinkable. This is a top shelf tripel in all respects.I will definitely pick up another bottle the next chance I get.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Top of the cork cage reads "2008" but the rest of the writing has been rubbed away. A rich, mucilaginous head the color of whipped egg whites, half an inch deep, starts to evaporate the moment I stop pouring. Noooo! Come back! No use... dies to a spotty eighth of what it once was. Roaring, endless carbonation; hundreds of tiny bubbles tessellate at the surface of the liquid. The goblet in my hand glows schoolbus orange with cadmium yellow highlights. Aromas are uninhibitedly sweet, vaunting honey, angel food cake, white grape juice, and rosewater. Talcum-powder nosefeel just barely keeps the sweetness from careening over the edge, with a starchiness to pull it in the direction of lemon pudding and, deeper down, graham crackers. Occasional whiffs of alcohol float around. The taste is a delicious marbling of pale candied fruit: gala apples, white grapes, pineapple, green cherries. In the finish can be found duck sauce, hop cotton candy, and some form of incidental spice (cinnamon?). A welcome crabapple sourness emerges with warmth. Strongly carbonated mouthfeel fades to impossibly soft, albeit with a light residual sweetness. A small addition of yeast lends some body that may stand up to the sugar for the better. As it is I'm not blown away... it needs... something. Delicate bitterness or rough alcohol or... something to lend it a self-contained idiosyncracy. But it's good. Damn good.

Photo of leakyfaucet12
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- golden yellow with a bright white fluffy head that lasts like what seems for forever.

s- floral and sweet smelling. Almost a minty smell that quickly leaves your nose

t- a little boozy and pollen funkiness. banana like sweetness. so complex.

m- Full bodied. This beer has the perfect carbonation and is reletively thick. The booz is almost warming on the throat but not to hot.

d- this beer is pretty damn good. Overall I would really enjoy another one.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,688 ratings.