St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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94
outstanding

1,212 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,212
Hads: 2,862
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 209
Gots: 325 | 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 clvand0
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber color with no head at all and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is somewhat subdued. Some spices and fruit, but not what I was expecting. The flavor has the spices in it and hints of the fruit, but the flavors are really subdued. Judging from the absense of any head, I might have had a bottle that was way past its prime. I'll give this one a revisit at a later date. (397 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange color with no head at all. The nose is oranges and lemon with a slight spicey character in there as well. The flavor is spicey, with a sweet fruity background and a slight bitter finish, but I don't think this is anywhere as nice as their other beers I've had. The feel is slightly thinner than moderate. The beer is by no means bad, but it just isn't really doing it for me. I have a 750 ml of it for later, so we will see if it is.

Edit: I broke out the 750 tonight. Lets see what I think. The flavor is better than the other bottle I had. The spice and lemony flavors are better blended together than I remember. The feel is a bit more than moderate. Much better than I remember. Kudos to them on this one. (742 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

After hearing a busy buzz about this beer I was glad to finally stumble upon it at D's in Pittsburgh. Steel City, baby. Great hazy orange amber tone to this beer with a rocky head that sticks around for a while. Nice. This beer is sitting maybe two feet from my nose and I can smell it clearly. Total yeasty spicy bready smell. Very "Belgian". Sweet light malts. Taste is fabulous. Much as the smell suggests, which is good. Yeasty sweetened esters up front with a freshly baked bread follow up. I think the merry monk on the label and I would be great pals. Great floral grassy notes to this beer, although not particularly "hoppy" in the American sense. A totally different interpretation of hops and malt here. And a tiny tad of bitterness at the end. Just enough to get your attention. Subtle is the word. But not wussy. Definately not. Very abundant flavor. Complex. Extremely cake-like. Very smooth and very light floaty mouthfeel. You can certainly taste the authenticity in this beer. An extremely drinkable beer, very easy going down. This is a cream of the crop beer from Belgium. Drink up chums. (1,106 characters)

Photo of ghurux86
4.87/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark cloudy orange with creamy head. there is some lacing but nothing too exceptionally great.
smell: hops, alcohol, maybe banana, apple, and some citrus. very complex. smells great.
taste: taste is very good compared to other brews of this style. goes down nice and smooth. there is a hint of hops in the flavor but it is not overly bitter. there is a hint of an alcohol taste but it's not overpowering. alcohol is more noticeble in the after taste. flavor is pretty complex. not the best i've tasted but the best in this style definitely.
mouthfeel: great, what else is there to say? lightly carbonated, not overdone, not completely flat, just about right. also has a nice smooth feel to it.
drinkibility: i'd definitely have another. the only thing that takes away from this getting 5 is the noticable alcohol, especially in the aftertaste. it is still very drinkable, though, just not the very best.
overall it's a very great brew, the best tripel i've had. (986 characters)

Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a 750 mL bottle of this with my beer drinking buddies. I haven't had a commercial Tripel in a while: we've homebrewed several batches and are preparing to make another one.

This beer is quite like our homebrews, which makes me feel good about our techniques. It's spicy, most likely from coriander seeds and dried orange peels. The 8 percent ABV is well-hidden in the substantial body and flavor.

This is a very drinkable tripel and well worth checking out. (472 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy golden color..big pillowy head fades as you drink....nose is yeasty spicy...a hint of bananas...good carbonation...body is medium...almost a creamy mouthfeel...nice spicy brew, but at the same time very rich and malty...finishes with some alcohol heat...

An excellent brew...I actually liked their Dubbel better but this is nothing to turn down either...One of the better tripels I've had... (409 characters)

Photo of skybluewater
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a goblet a stunning gold color. The smell is wonderful, almost like freshly baked banana bread. I'm loving the taste as well, with a little banana and clove, perhaps a bit of green apple. Mouthfeel's quite nice as well. Only the barest hint of alcohol mars the flavor someone.

Very good tripel here, and one of the best beers I've ever had. (It's even good after sitting for a few hours while I took an unplanned nap!) (433 characters)

Photo of soper2000
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle which I still don't understand the dating system. This one had notches on the 1,4,5, and 9. Poured a hazy orange with a nice fluffy 2 finger head into my gulden draak tulip. Aroma is pleasantly yeasty and spicy with orange-like notes providing highlights. First taste and I am positive that this is the best tripel that I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. Slightly sweet taste contrasts well against a mild spicy background. Reminds me a little of a nice yellow cake mix with some earthy spice added. A hint of brown sugar is present in the finish which i found surprising. Excellent brew. St. Bernardus has yet to let me down. (649 characters)

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

750ml poured into a goblet style glass.

The beer pours a yellowish brown/gold color. The head is comprised of a variety of bubble sizes. The actual hat of head dies off quickly, but leaves noticable lacing on the glass.

The smell is a combination of wheat and lemongrass.

Taste is rather complicated to explain. There is a sweet bitter element that is beyond my beer-cabulary to explain mixed in with a sweet, sugary belgain flavor. There is also a light flowery component that makes gives the aftertaste an herbal feel. It is really difficult to seperate the elements on this one. I can only assume the balance is perfect. (633 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A hazed golden orange appearance. Volcanic streams of CO2 surface at extreme rates. A bigass crop of whipped white froth caps it off. After a few minutes, the head starts to look like a damn snocone. Beautiful appearance. Aroma hits home with some bready yeastiness, mint, candy, lemon pepper, must and earthy hops. On to the flavor, which can be summed up best as "subtlety to perfection." Cookie dough yeastiness, bready tones, mint leaves, soft candy tones, pepper, lemon, grass and yellow cakiness. This beer melts in the mouth like mother fucking cotton candy. Effin beautiful. And drinkable. Nothing alcoholic at all about this bitch. This one is a dandy. One of the best tripels I've had. Check that...THE best Tripel I've had. (734 characters)

Photo of ChrisBowers
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Bernardus beers have always been my favorite beers but I had never had the tripel. Tripels have never been my favorite style but as far as they go this one is pretty darn good. Pours a cloudy yellow with a nice fluffy white head and nice lacing. Very spicy, yeasty aroma. Taste is very smooth, spicy, and citrusy. Satisfying carbonation, not overcarbonated. Benefits from a little oxidation. (395 characters)

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

The color was a nice hazy medium goden yellow, with a load of foam and a small amout of lace. The smell had a fruity aroma and a soft, sweet maltiness. It also had a lively mouth feel with a finish reminiscent of a mild brut champagne. Hard to find on the West Coast, found this in Williamsburg Virginia while traveling across country! (335 characters)

Photo of danadeny
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

slight murky golden yellow color. Lots of carbonation that are constantly reinforcing the nice head. The smell is light, I smell some apple juice and a little spice. The taste is overall light, the most dominant taste is the spicy finish. The spice hits your tongue with a carbonation bite. Slight alcohol finish. It's overall mildness is refreshing. (350 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This came on tap in a tulip glass at Anam Cara. Bright hold almost champagne in color with a light white head and light lace. The color really was remarkable. It was amazingly clear for a beer. Great candy aroma with just a hint of fruit (apples and pears I believe). Delicate sweet character; almost wine in nature. This beer reminded me more of a Riesling, not a tripel. Silky light mouth feel very drinkable. Tripels are not my favorite style. I think they tend to bee too sweet, but this beer defies the trend and delivers a very pleasant experience. (554 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (1,405 characters)

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

I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile. Popped the top and it started foaming out of the bottle. So I quickly poured into my chalice. Yellowish-orange in color with a good size white head thanks to all those bubbles. Streams of them constantly make their way to the top.

The smell is orange, citrus, pepper and malt all wrapped into one. The first thing I notice about the taste is how smooth it is. So well balanced it is almost mind blowing. Sweet in the beginning, spicy in the middle and hoppy-dry in the end. That dryness at the end is what I love. Todd told me the Watou Triple was dryer and I have to agree. This one seems to have more body and balance. I love it. (684 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear golden with a white frothy head that lasted well and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was light caramel and sweet candy with a slight spice of clove. The alcohol in the aroma enhaced the fruity esters and the candy aromas.

The flavor was very nice with a slight sweetness that quickly dires and a pleasant spiciness. The sweetness was well balanced with a nice hop bittering background.

The finish was dry with a lasting spice and bittering component that compel one to take another swallow. The body was medium and crisp. The alcohol present in the aroma was only present again long after the finish in a slight warming effect.

50 cl bottle. A very nice Tripel. Sweet at the start, drying quickly and spicy. (768 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle. Pours a golden, slightly hazy color. Aroma is citrusy fresh, slightly sweet (not real strong) with a subdued Belgian yeast profile. Flavor is a tart tripel flavor of sweet and tart oranges mixed together with a slight hops backend. Mouthfeel is very creamy and goes down very easily. This is a very good beer that I would gladly drink again and again, but to be honest, there are a few other Tripels that I prefer (and I do prefer tripels!!!). (458 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle obtained via trade with ManekiNeko. Thanks for the opportunity...

Once uncaged, the cork came loose with nary a pull. Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 2" of dense, creamy, slightly off-white head over the light golden-honey hued brew. Head shows great staying power, and lacing is amazingly hearty and plentiful. Aroma is a bit spicy, in that expected Belgian way, with yeasty, slightly malty undercurrents. Taste is upfront delicately fruity, following with hearty malt character, and only the slightest hint of the alcohol we know all tripels have. Mouthfeel and drinkabilty are both excellent. A must find for the Belgian aficianados. (677 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow with a few sediments left, generous head. Malty and yeasty aroma. The taste is very malty sweet with a decent fruitiness of oranges, lemon, bananas and mango, a little sour, lightly bitter finish. It's not poorly done, but I certainly expected more from a tripel, especially from this brewery. A ton of better examples out there with far more interesting yeast strain. (380 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl. Oz. brown bottle. Drink before the end of 2004.

Beautiful pour, orange in color with a wonderfully big, frothy white head. Smells spicy and strong of alcohol. Tastes heavy fruit, alcohol and spice. Very creamy, rich and smooth mouthfeel. The not-so-subtle alcohol might take away some from it's drinkability.

I love the St. Bernardus flavor. A world class Belgian, not much more can be said. (406 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

33 cl bottle dated best before the end of 2004. Pours a muddled golden hue with some orange highlights into the St. Bernardus balloon-shaped chalice. Cappuchino-like frothy head and a few darker colored yeast and protein coagulation chunks left in suspension. Nose is mostly of sweeter, bready malts, yeast and a complex fruitiness ranging from apples to tropical fruits. Initially malty and doughy sweet on the palate with lively effervesence, then turning yeasty and fruity and finishing dry and estery. Warming alcohol effect on the esophagus and stomach. Pretty unique and unconventional style of a tripel even though this is a classic whose recipe has not been tampered with. So I take back "unconventional". (713 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale orange color is very pleasing to the eye, and the mad rush of carbonation feeds and inch tall head that stays around forever. The lacing on the sides of the goblet is quite nice too. The aroma is flowery and tropical with saffron, banana, coconut, and mango on the nose. The Taste is quite sweet with the fruity flavors mentioned above and alcohol warmth that reminds me of a mixed drink made with some rum. The finish is pungent and dry with slightly puckering hop bitterness and a peppery spiciness. A very well done Tripel that is now easily acquired in Georgia. In my opinion, sets the bar for the style. (613 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I had this out of a burgundy (balloon) wine glass, and I think that really adds to the appearance and the smell. Even the brewery'd goblets have too tick glass to get a good sip. Anyway, this beer has a copper body and was crowned by a good 2" of off white foamy head that had very solid retention.

Smell: The glass concentrated a huge variety of aromas including very sweet esteric scents of pear, banana, apricot and green raisins. There was a light spice of clove also and a faint breath of alcohol.

Taste: Very interesting in that it is at once full and flavorful while remaining incredibly light in the mouth. The sweet fruits mentioned in the smell irradiate and combine with slight alcohol and phenolic spice that round out the ending. The finish is a wonderful combiantion of dry malt and esters that give a very light coating on the tongue. Awesome balance to this.

Mouthfeel: Light considering the malt and actual viscosity of this beer. Impressive in that respect, but it slightly cloys the pallete.

Drinkability: I liked this, but it wasn't immeadiately drinkable. It was almost too much to handle, and when I tried taking large sips I found the experience poor. This is a great tripel, make no mistake, but you'll have to judge for yourself whether it is worth the price to make it a regular. Around me, I can't say that is the case. (1,370 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.