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St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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".

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A pale orange color that is slightly clouded because of the yeast. There is a large pillowy white head on top that leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet, fruity, and spicy. There is a bread like quality to the aroma and I would say that is probably also, because of the yeast.

Taste: Upfront is a big malt taste, malt is all over this beer. Subtle spices are noticeable shortly after that first taste. The spices then kick it into high gear and come upfront. The hops seem to bring up the back end. A very nice finish. A little alcohol is evident but not much.

Mouthfeel: At first it is a little too carbonated but that settles after a while. The body is medium/heavy. There is quite a weight to this beer.

A very good brew. A definite buy again.

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Photo of far333
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apricot-pineapple colored and cloudy with big chunky particles floating and suspended. A high head of chunky light-orange foam rises up and remains. Aroma is light, consisting of lemon and mango. Flavor is a bit yeasty, some lemon and spice and a slight cherry undertone. The ABV makes itself known with a bitter finish. Not as complex as I had anticipated. Thanks to MJR for sharing.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I love how delightfully silly the label is. Whoever designed the label with the beaming tonsured monk gaily lifting a frothing goblet sure wasn’t thinking about American markets. Quaint just doesn’t sell in America. Too bad. I remember thinking how silly the label on the Abt 12 was and then being totally blown away by magnificence of the beer.

This brew didn’t blow me away quite as much as the Abt 12, in part because of the profuse abundance of freakish yeasties stirring about from a carbonated agitation. This beer simply looks awful. I try not to judge beer by its outward appearances but since the BA ratings system includes a weighted 20% value based on visual appearances, I’ll just play along and call ‘em like I see ‘em. And this beer looks awful.

I drank this beer “antes de fin de 2004” as the label suggested and I especially enjoyed the crystalline sweetness and the rounded and relaxed body. (Just like that monk!) In fact, this beer is hideous to look at, but delightful to drink. It has a very active measure of carbonation, a bright honey-apricot color, and a strong aroma that is distinctly Belgian and musty. The brew yields what I might consider to be the enduring definition of Belgian lace.

In the end, this is a terrific beer for many reasons and a classic representation of the style.

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

Beer has a nice cloudy peach color. Nice head to start off with but goes down to a lace that won't go away. This beer has nice carboniation. It has a very good smell. Malt plus fruit scents. The taste is lower on the Belgian spicy esters, which is good for a change of pace.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

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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.

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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.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,250 ratings.