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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Reviews: 1,237
Hads: 2,980
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 14.42%
Wants: 228
Gots: 403 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

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 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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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)

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,237 ratings.