Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,227 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 1,227
Hads: 2,934
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 223
Gots: 373 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (12) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Bernardus Tripel Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,227 | Hads: 2,934
Photo of sjwahoo
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My label advised drinking before the end of 2004.

When I poured this beer it had a copper like color while cloudy in consistency, and a suprisingly large head, even with a slow pour down the side of my glass I still produced a head of an inch and a half.

My first sip I was impressed by the initial flavor and then a very smooth aftertaste. The later drinks did not have the same initial strength of flavor to them, but I assume that is due to my expectations changing. The overall flavor is relatively light and is very easy to drink. I was hoping for a slightly fuller flavor after the first drink, but even without that this was a very enjoyable beer.

 660 characters

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

Pours out to a semi-cloudy apricot, forming a tall and expanding white head with a meringue consistency. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very good....fresh red and green apples, strawberries, peaches, a ton of sticky pale malts with a bit of husken character, honey, and a very light nose of apple-cider vinegar. Taste recapitulates the aroma, with a nice honey-smacks cereal taste. Medium-light body, very easy to drink. Alcohol is imperceptible. Finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bitterness and toasty grains. Hop flavor is hard to distinguish but I can smell it in my belches, along with bananas. Surprisingly, this triple is not very sweet. Adding the dark brown yeast adds the expected breadiness, but also a flourish of honey. As it warms, alcohol becomes noticeable and adds a peppery touch to the finish.

This is not a mind-blowing tripel. It's very good, but I've had better (Grimbergen, Victory Golden Monkey, New Belgium). I wouldn't pass this up, but then again, I wouldn't necessarily seek it out. Still, I recommended trying it.

 1,096 characters

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

Orange-ish gold with a nice white head, good carbonation and lace. Spicy Belgiany yeastiness and grassy hop aroma. Fruity, spicy and yeasty flavors blend well. Medium bodied but seems light due to carbonation.

Will seek out fresher one but remeber this being a solid Tripel when tasting in the past.

Label States: "Abbey Ale"

Label: "Consume before end of 2003"
Tasted: 04/04/04

(33cl / 11.3 oz) (old)

 415 characters

Photo of tavernjef
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2001 bottle (from what I can guess from the notches on the smiling monk label) - Gorgeously thick and clouded dull orangey-yellow color that you cannot see through what so ever; very syrupy thick body with a very tall off-white, meringue-like, speckled froth that sits on top for a good while before finally settling to a healthy murk of a skim on top that keeps its hold mounting on top for a good time. Great lacing in thickly sticking foamy strings.

Lovely aroma of well rounded deep fruityness bringing in super dulled citrus(citrus without the sour citrus) of orange and lemon, some passion fruit, banana, dried apricots, and pineapple notes intermingle. Way yummy and candy-licious! Very soft musty, yeasty spices barely make an appearance, which I like, most Belgian Triples seem to have way too much of that plastic/phenol yeast thing that doesn't bold well with me. This is soft and subtle, fruity and candy-like, more to my liking. Not overly strong but oh so yummy to wiff in. Great subtle fruits and softness to its nose! Tropical fruit salad any one?

Oh my...and the taste follows suit from the smell. Huh? Wow! This is yummy! The tropical fruityness is fabulous to my tastes; soft, full, bold, yet biting, all that was noted in the smell comes across in the tastes. Great fruits of dulled down orange and lemon with some pineapple and banana. Super fine creamyness and fullness. Mild as all hell yeast and spice just barely make an entrance peeking even more interest within the flavors. Maintains a strangely interesting finish of chocolate and caramel malty thickness which covers over the fruits later on, quite amazing! Far and away one of the best Triples I've enjoyed! Thick, lush, flavorful in fruits and candy action! Yum, yum, yum, this stuff rocks! I haven't had many Triples cuz most I've had I didn't like, but this St. Bernardus is mind boggling yummy!

 1,886 characters

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

Pours a slightly hazed burnt orange with a 1-1/2 finger dense head of white cottony foam. The aroma consists of a light spiced sweet fruit light lemon and a musty yeast smell. The taste is a creamy spiced fruit again, with a light raisin, yeast and a warming alcohol. This is a medium bodied beer with a slightly sweet finish. Very solid brew!

 343 characters

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 428 characters

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peach and citrus, sugary malty. Sweet and bubbly. not as spiced as Unibroue can be. Nicely aged.

Had again almost two years later in a relatively inexpensive gift pack brought in by LCBO. Seemed fresher and very enjoyable. Yeast not as interesting as when I had several of my first set of trippels.

 301 characters

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

extremely hazy peach-tinted gold with suspended chunks. mountainous head of creamy white foam that left sheets all over the glass. head never really disappears. aroma of musty belgian yeast, orange zest, and sugar cookies. very lively carbonation yet still ultra full and creamy in the mouth...awesome. big sugary/citrusy malt flavor with the right touch of belgian funkiness. finishes with more subtle lemon and orange zest flavors, balanced by earthy hops and spicy phenolic flavors. warming and boozy, yet still relatively drinkable. just a fantastic tripel, not too many others out there that i've had can compete in this league. great stuff.

 646 characters

Photo of Boto
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle: This beer pours VERY hazy golden color. There is a big,thick white head with lots of small bubbles. Lots of carbonation. The aroma is citric, yeasty, with some spices (corriander?). Sweet taste has hints of banana, bread and citrus. An excellent Tripel!

 266 characters

Photo of HappyHourHero
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thick, off-white colored head that holds like a champ. Caronbation bubbles rising through the hazy golden colored liquid like upsidedown rain. Hints of tangy lemon, yeast, and spring flowers in the aroma. Sticky lace lingers as beer in the chalice disappears. Mellow lemon flavor, some light grains (wheat?) and light spices (coriander?). The finish is interesting, the flavor quickly fades leaving only the feeling of beer on the tongue, and a warm stomach. The beer is light and soft in texture, almost floating across the tongue. It's refreshing like a wheat beer, but with more body.

 587 characters

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

Presentation: Comes in a thin, brown bottle with the famous St. Bernadus smiling monk. Green label with no bottling date, "Best before the end of 2004" written in various languages. 33 cl poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a warm, cloudy orange color that's almost opaque. The head is about one finger thick, a very clean white. Oddly enough, it slides down the glass leaving barely any lacing.

Smell: Warm fruit aromas, apricots and bananas, paired with some spicy cloves and a hint of restrained alcohol.

Taste: The flavor on this one is all about subtlety and restraint. Mouth is typical "Belgian" taste of sweet yeast, combined here with lemon and some hop bitterness. The citrus flavor is balanced with cloves and peppers, and some banana. The most prominent flavor is the contrast between the initial lemon bite and the contrasting cloves and fruit sweetness, which works together nicely. Alcohol is barely noticeable. Finish is slightly dry thanks to the lemon and some cinnamon. The beer leaves behind an aftertaste of grain mixed with apple and banana. As this beer warms, it also leaves a strange yeast flavor that lingers in the mouth, but it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel: As with all St. Bernadus beers, very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is also perfect on this one, present without interfering with the flavor.

Drinkability: For a Trappist Ale, the flavor of this one far outpaces the alcohol content, which makes it extremely drinkable. I could knock these back until I smiled just like the monk.

Can St. Bernadus make a bad beer? Apparently not. While the Tripel isn't as good as the unbeatable, near perfect Abt. 12, it's a formidable beer in its own right. The best tripel I've sampled. Raise a glass to the smiling monk.

 1,764 characters

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

Presentation: A very nice screen printed 750ml brown glass bottle. Cage and corked, the wisps of fleecing gray gunsmoke released from the neck once the cork was popped was incredible. Surprisingly listed as 8% Alc/Vol, when all other sources (including Tim Webb) proffer that this is 7.5%. Recommended to be served at 46-50°F, in a wide mouthed Goblet. I concur, the lower than average recommended temperature adds a refreshing thirst quenching quality to this strong ale.

Appearance: Thin golden straw color that has some barley sugar traits. The pearlescent white head rises easily from the body of the beer when poured. Lots of streamers punctuate the body and terminate below the floating head that is stiff and rocky but always smooth and never less than ½” thick. Leaves a nice thin layer of lacing down the glass sides as the Tripel is imbibed. It looks absolutely fantastic; this has all of the classic Tripel characteristics.

Nose: An aroma filled with Spices, hops, bready malts. A quick swirl serves to both replenish the head and release more of the fruity spicy aromas.

Taste: Lots of spicy hops, and a juicy Tripel-tastic mouth-watering character that literally oozes out of this beer onto the palate. A veritable Tripel explosion in the mouth reveals lots of peppery spicy hops. As the beer warms it does tend to develop a warming alcohol feel that slowly reveals itself, but of course that’s only if you give this Tripel the chance to warm, most imbibers probably will not.

Mouthfeel: Lightly chilled it has a smooth spritzy feel, aided by the finely dissolved carbonation, but always retaining a strong body. Refreshing and easily consumed, this beer has a fantastic feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: This is just way tooo drinkable. Lightly chilled this monster is easily toppled and it is very easy to forget about the strength. I wondered if this 750 would be the last beer of the night, but I find it went all too quickly, giving me some time to polish off the Pater 6 I have in my fridge before I hit the sack.

Overall: This is a very tasty, dangerously quaffable Tripel. I don’t normally go for chilling Belgium Ales, but this one certainly does benefit from a little temperature depression around the upper 40’s.

Damn good, and at $7.49 for the 75cl, this is another winner from the smiley faced bald-headed monk chappies at Sint Bernardus. No wonder they look so happy.

 2,423 characters

Photo of budsboy
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Either the uploaded picture is distorted, or the bottle I purchased is a lot skinnier. This is my first shot at a Brouwerij Sint-Bernardus brew and I expected a wonderful brew.

Pours a cloudy orange with a healthy white bubbly head that falls quickly to a thin coating of bubbles that cling nicely.

Smell is subtle. Orange peel and prunish with a woody spice.

Taste is just as subtle. What comes to mind first, and oddly, is "beery" -- not a full-bodied, wow beery, but a gentle 'ol beery. It's pleasing, warming even. Fruity on the front, bitter on the finish. The beeriness lasts for a good while.

Carbonation seems just right, but a little lighter than expected.

Goes down smooth. I could drink many of these, if I could afford it. Pricey, this one.

I expected wonderful and got damn fine. It is a damn fine brew, but not really one I'll trot off to find. I'll definately give Brouwerij Sint-Bernardus another go, but I won't expect as much going in.

 973 characters

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

From a 750 ml with the happy monk on the label, it pours a pretty gold with an absolutely magnificent head that looks like a layer of vanilla pudding sitting on top of the glass. Although it doesn't really stick to the side of the glass it does leave a nice layer on top of the beer to the bottom. The smell is a nice mix of fruit, spice, and just a bit of hops. It starts out a bit strong for an 8% beer, but everything settles in nicely as the beer (as well as the stomach and face) warm a bit. Mouthfeel and drinkability are in line with the extraordinary smell and taste. This is another remarkable beer from St. Bernardus.

 627 characters

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick white head. The aroma is good. It has a creamy citrousy scent; very nice. I also has another smell that I can't put my finger on; probably yeast. The taste is decent. It is rich and full of pale malts, belgian yeast, and some mysterious flavor. I really don't know what it is. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. I think this is an excellent beer; a great Belgian.

 447 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a great looking cloudy yellow/gold colour with an absolutely massive head that, while dying down rather quickly, still remains rather foamy throughout and leaves a mildly impressive sticky trail behind. smells of bread, spice, grain, a bit of fruit, earth and clay. picked up something of a tart smell as well. nice. this brew is medium bodied and just full of flavour, starting sweet, going to a bit of a bitter/dry earth flavour followed by some spiciness and a dry fruity finish, along with a slight alcohol warmth. this is one drinkable brew. a great tripel that i can't wait to try again. nice and refreshing yet bold and complex.

 641 characters

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man, I wish I had a smiling Monk T-shirt. He's about the coolest label I've seen in a while. Appearance was a very gold orange with tons of cloudy yeast and a giant white head. Smell was of yeast and alcohol with a bit of the fruity notes showing through. The taste was amazing. Upfront fruit, perhaps some apple as well as apricot. Followed by bready/yeast and sweet caramel flavors. Mouthfeel was creamy and satisfying. Drinkability was very good as well, better than their abt 12. All in all an amazing experience. I recommend this to anyone who can obtain some.

 565 characters

Photo of rdrummer
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark very hazy yellow to gold with a huge head that is long lasting and nice lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is one primarily of barley with some tangs of coriander, almond, and orange in it. The taste is explosive in the mouth the way a good tripel should be but the taste is somewhat different. There is the definite barley malt and hops flavors. This one is a little hoppier than a lot of tripels, but there is an unusual undertone of spice that seems to be cardamom or something else exotic. The beer is heavier in the mouth than the Chimay tripel, for instance; a little richer, but not quite as smooth. I really liked this, and could sip a some more by a nice fire.

 701 characters

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

Pours a gold color with a white medium sized head that remains through the drink. Some sediment is also there. Little lacing develops just above the surface. The aroma is of yeast, citrus, and bread. The flavor is a great balance of malt, bitterness, yeast, citrus, and nuttiness.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and some tingling develops in your throat during the swallow. The bread tones last long on the tongue. This is a meal in a glass. I'm going for another helping...

 483 characters

Photo of merlin48
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL.OZ bottle..The FL stands for flavour, according to the smiling Friar on the label who told me so. It's difficult to review and describe this ale in light of all the previous reviews. Poured into a St Bernardus goblet a hazy honey yellow colour, with a magnificent head that billows and laces like a cumulus cloud.
Aroma poses one of the mysteries that only a monastery Belgian ale can provide. Banana nut bread with a spike of clove, bathed in orange rum. Taste mirrors the nose, with the addition of fried apples with a dash of cinnamon. Tastes like a heavenly nectar, not like a beer. Delightful..!

 611 characters

Photo of yankeeheel
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with lots of yeasties clouding up the program. Hugewhite head rises to the top of the tulip glass and then receds to leave a nice 1/4 inch layer of snow white foam. Smells so strongly of yeast I swear it's bread.

The taste is somewhat akin to perfection in a tripel. Lots of sweet malty spice with a really thick chewy mouthfeel and body. Bannana, clove, pepper and lemon. This one has it all. Slight warming of alcohol as it goes down easy.

Maybe it tastes that much better after watching UNC beat Uconn in hoops, but this is just an awesome beer. Trust the monk.

 597 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Unfiltered golden sunshine like tone with a nice layer of frothy white head leaves spread out Belgian style lacing, it's purdy. Aroma: Awesome pineapple bubblegum notes rich sweetness I'm loving this brew complex spiciness there, wow. Flavor: Nice fruit esters swarm the tastebuds this is the shit my style of a tripel. Creamy tone to it with the bubblegum sweet tone this is a classic tripel down to the T, nice spiciness. Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel spritzy carbonation good stuff I'm loving this shit good stuff in my opinion. Drinkability: Excellent smooth delicate and hella drinkable.

 602 characters

Photo of frank4sail
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl. Oz. Bottle Consume by the end of 2004.

Wet yeasty dough nose with a touch of sweetness. Cloudy hazy murky straw yellow look in the goblet with lots of carbonation and a huge airy pale white head with a brown dregs mark in the center of the head due to the final reminants of the pour.

Soft marshmellow/Pineapple flavor upfront with soft burnt candi sugar and lovely maltyness. The finish has a slight sting of hops, dry abv, and a signature yeast presence.

The mouth is very lively upfront it then turns soft and coating on the palate. The finish dries the tongue and throat out to the point where it makes you sip again. That is a complex mouth!

Seems not to hide the abv at all in the finish. This is quite a nice beer. Rich yet rounded... well worth seeking out!

 788 characters

Photo of genaro
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of Belgian beers but a guy at work raved about this one and I felt compelled to try it. The color was a nice cloudy gold with a big frothy everlasting head. It had a big yeasty and citrusy aroma with elements of clove, white grapefruit, and orange peels. The taste was bitter and citrusy with bananas, orange peels, cloves and some sweet malt. The finish was citrusy and a bit astringent. This appeared to be a pretty complex beer and I fear my palate and nose were not discerning enough to really appreciate it. So, although I wasn't awed by this beer at the time I will no doubt try it again.

 612 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 33cl brown bottle as pictured and poured into a St. Bernardus chalice. A pretty gentle pour resulted in a brew with a murky golden color with a lot of loose floating sediment and a ½" white head that left minor lace.
The smell was citrusy, with lemon and tropical fruits at the fore, over a bready malt aroma akin to banana bread. Some peppery spice and floral hops notes also were present. A couple of exploratory sips revealed a complex flavor profile: a fruity sweetness derived from green apple, mango, and banana over a cookie dough malt flavor started the taste parade. An effervescent citrus taste played over the palate mid-range before a clove, coriander, pepper spiciness asserted itself. Each sip finished with a modest bitterness and astringent alcohol bite. The feel was medium-bodied, crisp, and dry.
Overall, a complex, wide-ranging beer. I could have done without the floaties but the taste and aroma more than made up for it. A fine tripel.

 975 characters

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.