St. Bernardus Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium | website

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Photo of Buck89
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber into a snifter wit an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose is floral with honey and Belgian yeast. Taste follows suit with complex estery floral flavors, some orange and honer sweet malt. Finished dry with a slight warming in the finish. Really nice.

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Photo of Wanne
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a golden color with a bit of amber and the head is white and voluminous. Strong floral scent from the hops. In the taste, these floral notes are accompagnied with a caramel-like sweetness. A well-balanced and very tasty Tripel.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a goblet

A: Nice creamy white head, sunset orange color, cloudy, some decent carbonation.

A: Belgian yeast, spice, fruity sweetness like figs, dates, there is some earthy herbal aromas on the backend, very complex, smells really good.

T: Belgian yeast aromas up front, sweet fruits like figs and dates, clove, spice, earthy herbal flavors, slight bitterness at the end, very tasty.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a slight dry bitter finish.

O: Very good, I'm impressed, nice creamy mouthfeel, great complexity on the flavor, nice blend of different notes of fruit and earthy herbal flavors, definitely a keeper, one I will definitely purchase and enjoy in the future.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, completely opaque, golden, straw color, with two fingers of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic, with lots of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked French baguettes or English muffins. There are also lots of funky, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of citrus, such as lemon zest, orange zest, pith, grapefruit, as well as spices of coriander, white pepper, and parsley. I also get some aromas of candied sugar and honey-suckle. Smells very, very nice and inviting.

Taste: Delicious! Strong flavors of toasted malt, candied sugar-like sweetness up front, followed by funky, Belgian yeast, which imparts notes of citrus, such as lemon zest, orange zest, pith, grapefruit, as well as spices of coriander, white pepper, and parsley. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 8%, there is just a hint of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a delicious triple. Great flavors in a seriously good quaff. Very highly recommended!

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Photo of MartzMimic
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours from the bottle a cloudy peach with a finger of white head. Smells of yeast and spices with some fruit. Tastes of banana, coriander, some cloves and a floral finish. The mouth is medium and while it's well carbonated, the aftertaste is allowed to linger nicely. While there are definite differences between the various Belgian tripels, this is a quintessential representation of the style.

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Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Palest shade of amber, hazy, initial large head morphed into a lid of film.

S: Fruity, yeast, phenol, slight citrus.

T: Phenol, sharp ripe fruits, tangerine, wheaty. Fairly sweet for a Tripel.

M: Smooth, reasonably crisp without a great deal of carbonation, minimal coarse edge from the booze.

O: A nice Tripel, lower in alcohol and bitterness than others, there is no such thing as a session Tripel, but two or three wouldn’t get you in trouble.

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Photo of kitch
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this 330ml bottle from Bangkok, Thailand and took it back to Hong Kong in my suitcase. It has a best before date of 7th August 2016 and was poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy murky dark gold colour with one finger creamy white head that has great retention but leaves a nice set of stringy lacing.

Aroma: Mainly floral and citrus lemon and lime aromas along with some bready buscuit malt.

Taste: Sweet fruity pear and some caramelised banana tastes, maybe even banana bread. The bready malts come through and the finish is slightly bitter and peppery.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation and somewhat dry.

Overall: This is a pretty good tripel but not my favourite. I still prefer the La Trappe and Westmalle versions more as this was less fruity overall.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into tulip.
Pours murky amber beer with thin white head, quickly runs to some bubbles on a surface. Good carbonation. Smell of coriander, citrus, alcohol hues, yeasts, banana. Taste is spicy, fruity and very good for tripel, dry finish, yeasty notes.

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Photo of drmeto
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours a hazy light-golden with a medium,foamy,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-lemons,lime,banana,spices (Coriander),grassy,floral
-Follows the nose completely
-(Belgium-typical)high carbonation,medium-full body
-alcohol very well hidden
One of the best Tripel in the world

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Photo of CowsandBeer
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a RR “tion” glass. Best by date of 12-06-16. Sipped on while listening to Everybody Knows this is Nowhere.

Ap: Like some other St. Bernardus beers the beer is fizzing out as soon as I crack the cap. Huge billowy white head atop an effervescent golden body. Like all well done triples, this is an excellent looking beer with gorgeous lacing.

Ar: Floral fruit esters, soft citrus flesh and a gentle hop bouquet and spicy phenols. Smells a bit more malty and “breadier” as compared to something like the Westmalle Triple. Also, the hop presence is more noticeable and the yeast profile more subdued.

T: Starts right up front with that sweet, oxidized apple juice and pear character I get from so many triples. The yeast profile is not as spicy either (mild white pepper) and lends more of a perfume like floral character that lets the hops stick out a bit more. Bitterness and alcoholic bite are kept in check. Finish is sweet bread.

Mf: Has that excellent soft effervescence with a dry cleansing finish that I love in this style. #foodbeer. Not as hot or sweet as something like Westmalle.

Overall: Not sure if the St. Bernardus Triple is as well regarded as the Westmalle version or others but I like this one as much if not more in that it’s a much more balanced beer and easier to drink. Not too sweet, dry and boozy. Lighter with a more floral character in place of the usual banana/clove yeast profile. Think of it more as a “streamlined” triple.

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Photo of janubio
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden colour, good head, some laceand sediments. Floral aroma, with some spices and fruits, coriander, cloves, dough, sugar. Medium to full body, sticky and oily palate. Taste is sweet, with cloves and coriander too, some toffee, candy, with a good alcoholic finish.

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good beer. Not my all time favorite, but very good. This beer is better than Pior 8, but not by a long shot. Good head Amber color. Complex flavors of a good Tripel.

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Photo of Vixie
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice golden color with a huge white head. The head sticks around for some time, and there seems to be a lot of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

A lot going on in the smell. Floral, citrus, and pepper dominate. This is by far the strongest scented trip I have tried, not many beers have this much going on.

Starts out with a lot of citrus up front, mainly orange. There is a strong pepper backing to it, and what seems to be some Belgian candy sugar. Leaves a lingering spicy note on the tongue at the finish.

No complaints on the feel, nice and full like the style should be.

Overall one of the better triples I have had, and no doubt this is an authentic Belgian beer. It is fruity and spicy, with a nice depth of flavor. Worth trying if you want to experience an authentic triple.

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Photo of ordybill
4.99/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Had a floral and hop aroma
Appearance- A murky golden yellow with a lot of sediment floating inside. Had a fairly large white head
Taste- Has a nice fruit flavor mixed in with the hops. very good.
Palate- A medium bodied heavily carbonated brew. Has a nice creamy texture.
Overall- An outstanding beer, I look forward to my next one.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 330 mL Bottle

A- Deep Gold/Apricot colour topped by a lumpy 2 1/2 finger head. Hazy with lots of sediment floating around.

S- Banana, orange, coriander, biscuits/bread, and a slight florality.

T- Lots of fruity notes. Citrus, banana, apricot, and pear. Bready malts. Finishes with a slight spice.

M- Body is heavy with lively carbonation. Dry yet sweet finish.

O- Great drinking Tripel with exceptional flavour and aroma. Wish I could get this more often than I can.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3/30/15 (Bottle) - Hazy golden pour, slight white head, some carbonation. Lemon, yeast and malt among the pleasant aromas. Very crisp clean feel, nice lemon, malt, citrus and banana flavors. Very smooth, and I'm glad I selected this Tripel. Cheers!

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Photo of mjurney
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Dark gold color, murky. Lots of lively carbonation streaming. Thick rocky head.

Fruity yeast... Pear, banana, maybe some apricot. There's some Beligum spices. Deep bready malt. Hint of alcohol.

Lots of fruity yeast up front, Pear, banana, apricot, also I'm getting some tropical fruit and spice (nutmeg and cloves). Deep creamy malts, bready, a little toffee. Finish is peppery, yet slight tartness and some dryness. Body is milk shake texture, crewy, crisp, semi-dry, warmth, very smooth.

It's a world class beer.

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

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white bubbly head that dies down moderately slow and leaves light lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, some breadiness, lemon, citrus, floral notes, coriander, cloves and light pepper. Very inviting.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, nice bready notes, lemon/citrus, floral undertones, banana, cloves and light pepper. Everything blends together perfectly.

Mouthfeel: It has a med-high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Definetely one of the best Tripel's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Flounder57
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger billowy head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale yellow orange color with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, spicy, powdery yeast, esters, apples, pears, pilsner, and pale malts. Some warm alcohol in there too.

Taste: You take everything above and blend it into one delicious sip. So tasty and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, deceiving warm alcohol, a little chewy, a little dry, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: It's been sometime, but still an original and favorite of mine. I'll see you again in the future.

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

330 ml bottle served cool into an Innis & Gunn glass. I've had this sitting in the fridge for about 4 months, so it was definitely time to try this highly anticipated beer. Cost was about $3.25 CDN for a bottle.

Appearance - Very hazy golden honey hued beer. Two fingers of long lasting white head rest on top of this beauty that are inviting dangerous and a little rocky on top. Great retention and nice swath of lacing is left behind. There's tons of visible carbonation as well.

Smell - Spicy with a floral aroma too. Some peach and apricot up front. Then almost like a hidden layer of maple syrup underneath. powdery yeast and a bready aroma finish things off.

Taste - Sweet boozy fruit, pears and apricots, candied sugar and powdery biscuit. Some white pepper on the finish. Delicious melody of flavors, it just doesn't get better than this.

Mouthfeel - Delightfully light yet satisfactorily filling. There's really high carbonation on this even compared with others of the style. Juicy finish in the mouth, yet simultaneously finishes bone dry in the aftertaste.

Overall - (Bows down to the smiling monk and utters good fortune for St. Bernadrus beer being so good). A true treat and probably the best tripel I've ever had. Worth every penny. A must try for craft beer lovers and probably anybody who enjoys trying some new.

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Photo of rjplumer
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold hazy body with plenty of sediment floating around. Pillow white head at least two fingers worth and stays for a long time.Tangy tart bitter taste. Lemon and bread too.Peppery on the tongue. Creamy feel in the finish.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice Tripel. Not sure worth what I paid at my local beer store, but very nice indeed. Great, but only at the right price. Think I paid about 13 bucks for a bottle listed at 1 pint, 9.4 oz.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured with a solid finger of head that retained exceptionally well and left behind some lacing. The body is an amber blonde colour that boasts a large volume of carbonation. As a side note, the bottle overflowed with carbonation upon opening, an issue I've had in the past with some Belgian style beer.

Smell: The is the first Trappist style where the yeast wasn't up front. Instead grainy barley take centre stage with the yeast that brings forward pear, mild citrus and slight touches of apricot and cloves. Warming helps bring out the yeast elements, but it doesn't quite overcome the grain.

Taste: Starts with mild grain with touches of berry and citrus and then a wallop of pear that has a somehow normal mild sourness to it as the other fruit aspects join it in the background. It then ends with a slight spicy touch.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is spot on, helping out the entire beer with a beautiful foaminess. What's odd is the transitioning from mild sweet to odd sour note to slight spicy. That being said, the mixed mild aftertaste that doesn't cling at all earns back for it quite a bit.

Drinkability: It hides it high ABV exceptionally well and it also settles down and comes across as surprisingly light for a Tripel. While I wouldn't call it a rough ride by any means, I wouldn't say it's the smoothest guy on the block, but mainly just do the transitioning.

Final Thoughts: All in all, it's a solid Tripel. Part of me likes how more of the malt and grainy aspects come forward, but doesn't abandoned it's fruity yeast, and simplifies. Part of me sees it as a bit tamer then expected. Two thumbs up still despite this, mainly because the beer still has it pretty all together.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Golden opaque with a white one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: So nice. Belgian yeast complimented with bananas and other citrus elements.

T: Yeasty, sweet, banana bread, malty. Plenty of citrus notes and fruity esters. Fantastic.

M: Medium with thick, full and chewy carbonation. This really sold it.

O: A delight. Glad I finally got to try this gem.

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Photo of Grayson
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Novice tongue weighing in.

A: Pours a light, pale yellow with some fluffy head.
S: Powerful fruit, some bready notes with a little clove at the end.
T: Still sticks to fruit - most notably apricot, banana, raisin, finishing with a little clove, I believe.
MF: Not at all offensive - Creamy, mostly. Doesn't linger for too long.
O: A sure favorite when looking for fruity - I will definitely come back to this.

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