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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Reviews: 1,248 | Ratings: 3,031
Photo of kingjames1
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've tried other Tripels and have enjoyed them all, but this is almost flawless. Pours beautifully - a hazy gold with an enormous, frothy, dense head. Smells sweet, fruity, yeasty, spicy, and a little doughy. Taste is amazing. Apricots, citrus, bananas, cloves, spice, pepper, and even some caramel and yellow-cake batter (wa?). The alcohol is also there, but it is nice and works well with it.

Mouthful is great, well carbonated, yet creamy. This IS liquid bread! Increadible (were all monks alcoholics?). Highly recommended, and the best of this style that I've had (superior to Westmalle in my opinion).

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of jaluria
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from St. Bernardus. This pours a slightly cloudy soft yellow color with loads of white foam that keeps for a long time leaving behind a good deal of lacing. Aromas of dried fruits, oranges, honey, and alcohol dominate. The taste is just incredible; different flavors (both sweet and bitter) play together instead of fighting one another. The richness of this beer becomes apparent almost immediately. It's very easy to drink because of it's smooth texture and unique flavors, despite the high ABV. The aftertaste is a mixture of freshly cooked dough and fruits; very enjoyable. This is definitely my favorite Tripel yet.

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy goldenrod color with a slight fizzy head. Smell is terrific. Sugar sweetness, fruit, yeast and a peppery spice are evident. Taste is constantly morphing between flavors. Lots of sweet malts, citrus, banana, clove and yeast bitterness. The flavor onslaught starts with a fiery blast of alcohol tinged citrus delivered effectively in a moderately carbonated body. Spicy, alcohol laden tinges linger for a while until it tapers into a fruity sweetness.

This brewery is rapidly becoming one of my favorites. If this brew has any downfall it is that it is a little on the sweet side. Still, an amazing offering that must be tried to be appreciated.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold in colour with high carbonation. Aromas are of light and slightly sweet malt, black pepper, and touches of grassy hops and banana. The flavors are somewhat fruity (a bit more banana and apricot) and sweet, but are balanced out by some spicy yeast notes. A bit of alcohol warming, but nothing over the top in that regard. No surprises, but this is a well made, balanced tripel.

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Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light golden yellow body with floaties. Voluptuous pure white head, slowly reduced to a lumpy pillow.

Light aroma filled with some cotton candy sweetness. Some yeasty, breadlike body as well to the nose. Taste has quite a kick to it. Very crisp carbonation and a good kick of spices. Finishes with some bread and yeast which was picked up in the aroma. Overall a good tasting brew. Tripels aren't usually my first choice, but I can appreciate this for what it is.

Medium mouthfeel at best. Only coats the mouth slightly. A pretty refreshing brew. Cutting down on the sharpness would help.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hand's down, one of the world's best beers. Big aromas of ripe or over-ripe fruits. Sweet and mature. Balanced spiciness with a light yeast, musk, and dough-like mellowness. Looks copper-peach with a thick haze. Moderately carbonated and an ideal foamstand. Tastes are bold and mellow of ripe peaches, pears, pineapples, mangos, papayas. Spicy from belgian yeast...almost like nutmeg, corriander, curraco, alspice. Sweet and dough-ey yeast and a viscous musk flavor shows it's age. Sweet alcohol flavors add to the complexity. Viscous to the entire mouth, cut through by the alcohol. Finishes sweet and refreshing, mildly drying and spicy. This is certainly one to savor although easily drimkable.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of eeeesdeweis
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into 1/2 pint weizen glass. Served at about 50 F.

A: A hazy golden-brown color with a full half inch of white head. A lot of lacing and well carbonated. This beer looks amazing.

S: Some citrusy hop notes but mainly a lot of fruit. Apricot, peach, berry. Also some raisin perhaps. Alcohol (8%?) is not very evident.

T: A malty sweet and very fruity flavor. Again berries, raisin. Alcohol becomes more evident with temperature, as does slight hop bitterness.

M: This is very smooth with good carbonation. Pleasant sting / warming from alcohol.

D: Very good, definitely a session beer. The westmalle is my favorite tripel, but this is another excellent example of the style. Would be much enjoyed with a nice meal.

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Photo of Derek
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle from the LCBO gift pack says it's 8%?

A: Yellow-brown, quite clear. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a little lace.

S: Sweet bready malt, a little citrous and spice.

T: Dominated by warming alcohol. Fruity, sweet bready malt, with a little spice. Sweet, slightly tangy aftertaste. Lots of flavours.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Quite good, though inhibited by the alcohol taste.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 8%

It pours a bright gold color with yeast haze. The head is spectacular like all St. Bernardus beers. Lacing is superlative. This beer just cant have a better appearance. The aroma is of fresh citrusy fruit with pepper and bread notes, theres also some sweet candy sugar. The taste is full of fruit and honey. Citrus, pears, honeydew and plums come to mind. Theres also a nice sweetness and some bread. Hops are on the light side. In the finish they really add to the flavor complexity. The mouthfeel is thick and textured with millions of micro carbonation bubbles. I love good bottle conditioned beer.

This is one hell of a tastey tripel. Almost as good as Westmalle and full of fresh flavors. A must try.

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Photo of qcitydarkstar
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 750ml corked bottle, the St. Bernardus Tripel pours approximately one inch of stark white head and settles to a golden straw color that is free of any visible particulates when held to the light. The initial smell is dominated by sweet grass, alcohol and barley. Upon tasting, hints of mellow citrus fruits, particularly grapefruit and apricot, are present on the tip of the tongue that rolls into toasted wheat when swallowed. The taste of alcohol is very upfront and sharp with little apparent attempt to blend, hurting the drinkability. As the beer warms it develops a fruity tartness that is quite refreshing.

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Photo of DrJay
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear caramel/orange colour, at least until I dumped in the yeasty goodness. Then it was filled with tiny flecks of brownish yeast. Light beige head that leaves solid layers of foam on the sides of the glass. Bready and caramel malty aromas form a good base for fruitiness (pineapple, cherry) and a hint of spice. Mild and balanced, the flavours meld together very well. Malty up front, with some caramel and toffee hiding behind the doughy bread character. Alcohol is mild and warming throughout. Faint spices come through, some nutmeg, along with a bit of vanilla. Truly exceptional. Creamy, milky texture coats the palate, but isn't overbearing. Moderate carbonation that's well integrated, producing fine bubbles that contribute greatly to mouthfeel. I'm very happy with this beer. An excellent member of an exceptional set of beers from St. Bernardus.

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Photo of MAB
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The only thing I was disappointed with was the label, which is kind of corny and cartoon-y. The beer transcends the label though, which is a good rule to remember: Just because the label looks bad (or good) that doesn't mean that the beer inside will also be bad (or good).

This Belgian trippel, to me, is exactly what I would expect and demand of the style. The pale color and thinner but longlasting head makes it look beautiful in a glass. It is not as highly carbonated as many other Belgians I've tried, and that is fine with me. It feels wonderful in your mouth and even better going down the throat.
It isn't particularly aromatic, with hops at least, although there is a nice malty sweetness that comes off of it.
I find it tastes a bit on the sweet side which means I like it just fine, thank-you, yet it is still very complex in flavoring. As it warms you can start to pick out more spicy notes and citrus (?) flavors.

If you like Belgian beers then a four pack won't be enough...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a St. Bernardus chalice. At first glance, it looked pretty good: Clear yellow color, large pillowy head which dissipated slowly into connected islands of clumpy yeast.

The aroma is very nice, but not really the smell of a tripel I think. Definitely included the yeasty smell of all St. Bernardus beers though, which I like.

The taste was very good, but I rated it 3 because it didn't taste like a tripel to me. No real fruity flavors were present, and this had nowhere near the sweetness I'd associate with tripels.

All in all, this is a very good beer which I'll probably try again.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.51/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The drunk monk on this 33 cl bottle enthuses me for this brew.

Pours yellow-to-slightly orangish with a ¾ inch white head that dissipates after about two minutes to an ultra-thin film. Chalky yeast persists near the bottom of the glass as mild carbonation makes its way to the surface. The nose is slightly tropical and fruity but really quiet tame. Apricots and toffee make up the bulk of the taste while mild phenols roll over the tongue. Very, very drinkable. Smooth and mild.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a slightly cloudy golden hue with bright orange highlights, topped by a one-inch creamy white head. Simply beautiful. Tiny bubbles of carbonation keep on coming. Sweet aroma of Belgian yeast, bubble gum, a touch of hops, a little bit of banana, and a whiff of alcohol.
Creamy, slightly foamy body holds a palate of lightly sweet malt, Belgian yeast, and a touch of hops. Notes of banana, bubble gum, treacle, and a little bit of clove. Mouthfeel is creamy but then oddly dry on the finish, with more of an alcohol presence. I remember this being a bit tastier in previous encounters, but it's still good stuff.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330ml bottle into Chimay chalice. Bottle had a neck label (unlike picture) and a best before date of 28/01/08 on back label. Purchased from John's Grocery in Iowa City.

A - Rich, cloudy gold with a thick two-finger head when poured. Head lessens but some remains throughout. Lacing was dense but dropped quickly.

S - Sweet and fruity (light fruits), a hint of alcohol

T - Tasted a bit more alcohol than I smelled, but it was still well disguised. Lots of fruit flavors and bunch of sweetness. A nice touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue to contrast with the sweet taste up front.

M - Nicely carbonated, a bit tart at times, but feels great going down.

D - Very good, delicious and complex enough to be interesting. Definitely a sipper, but the alcohol is hidden well.

A damn fine tripel.

Note: Bottle says 8% alcohol

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Photo of Zorro
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very mildly hazy gold with a puffy white head.

Smell sweet and spicy. Clean scent of ripe banana, cinnamon and cloves. Pleasant scent of honey, coriander and flowers. Alcohol carries a pleasant scent of black pepper and pipe tobacco.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Tasty honey and brown sugar dominate at first, then the spice gets stronger. Coriander is up front in the spice flavor. Nicely balanced flavor that doesn't let anyone aspect take over Mild acid shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy without getting choking.

Excellent drinkability. I would drink this every night if I could find it and afford it! Probably THE example of what a Tripel should be.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very light and hazy gold, kind of odd if you ask me. A champagne white head grows then falls quickly with tiny lacing.

S - Smells very light, not giving off a lot, I'm starting to think I got an odd bottle.

T - Ok, now the taste is redeeming. Sweet and bitter are fighting back and forth trying to make their presence known on my tongue. I'm getting fruits and spices, lots of pear, very nice.

M - Hits the mouth very, very sharp with it's carbonation with a touch of the alcohol. Not what I'm used to, but I like it.

D - I can see myself getting this again, the ABV is very high, and you sure can't taste it. This is a very good tripel although at first I didn't think it was.

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Photo of asabreed
4.94/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best tripels out there for sure, and I know it as I keep drinking. Seek it out.

Appearance: Not as much lacing as I would've wanted. And the head isn't as huge and foamy as I wanted, but the head still tops it off as I drink it, and there's at least enough of the white head to cover it without dissipation. Maybe it's my glass, and I'll review this again, but appearance is hurting it a bit.

Smell: Wonderful. Cloves, cream, banana, pepper, cirtus zest, spice. The cream aspect seems to be extremely high for tripel, and it adds much to the aroma.

Taste: As with many tripels, banana comes through (at least for me) mostly. Some lemon or lemon grass, slight cream (though there's more in the aroma). The spice does nothing but enhance all the flavors, and is perfect. Pretty incredible for sure. The aftertaste is amazing, yeasty, full, creamy, and coating. Oh, and the slightest amount of hops is present with the aftertaste also.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation explosion at the very first, but it soon turns very creamy and full, though medium-bodied. Fantastic.

Drinkability: Not an insane amount of alcohol, and insanely drinkable without being cloying or too much in anyway.

I only have 3 bottles left from my 4-pack. Now it seems I need a case, though that probably won't happen. Pick this up if you can find it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a semi-cloudy orange color with a nice white head. The aroma is strong. Orange peel, and spices. The taste fantastic. Fruity and juicy with spicy undertones. The mouthfeel is juicy and well carbonated. Overall, this is a great brew. Very refreshing.

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Photo of steinlifter
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this poured a hazy copper, thick frothy head with great retention...left broken puffs of lace all the way down.
smell was fruity and complex, some raisin's, apricot, maybe some pear.
taste, again kinda a raisin up front taste, complex fruits, alcohol warmth..
mouthfeel was bubbly crisp, and tart.
drinkability, is awesome! one of the best brews I've ever had!...but...it IS sippin beer, to be enjoyed and savored, as I am doing, got it in a St. Bernadus chalice as well, ...Whoa HO!

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.58/5  rDev -39%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a one finger white head that dissipates in a minute. No lacing. Visible chunks of brown sediment float about in the beer. Very dark for a tripel, and chunks are not something I like in my beer. I hope this isn't spoiled. The flecks of sediment are a really, really big turnoff.

S - Dates, barley, molasses, apples and a bit of citrus. Smell is alright, the citrus clashes with the molasses and dates, but individually they are all pleasant odors.

T - Tastes very strongly of barley and sweet molasses. Nothing else except when the sweetness turns into a ascerbic aftertaste. It isn't that bad. But it really isn't that good.

M - Ugh. It is thin, carbonation is biting on the tounge (even though it doesn't foam or bubble like it is intensely carbonated) and leaves a film in my mouth. Sure, it quenches my thirst, but at what cost?

D - Either this is a bad bottle and this tripel spoils amazingly well, which I doubt (bottled 2004), or this is simply not a beer I enjoy. I have yet to taste a tripel that I would not choose over St Bernardus.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,248 ratings.