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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,220 Reviews
THE BROS
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world-class

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Reviews: 1,220
Hads: 2,890
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 217
Gots: 338 | 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 mick303
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle into tulip glass, clear bright golden colour with excellent lacing and film retention of soapy white head.

S - floral lavender notes, grainy sweet toasty malt, orchard fruit, peachy with some yeasty esters, some coriander spice, and a bit leafy/herbal. Aromas of baking bread.

T - pleasant start with robust yeasty notes, rich orchard fruit, apple, plum, a touch of cinnamon, slightly tangy to the fruit and tropical notes as well, some malty treacly sweetness, butterscotch, a bit toasty as well with nice malt undertones, also some robust earthy notes towards the finish, which then tapers off quite abruptly with a dry lingering yeast aftertaste.

M - big and super smooth, some underpinning sweetness along with a moderate carbonation and a warming finish. Lovely balance and drinkability with a complex profile to match.

A tantalizing aroma and taste profile on this, upfront fruitiness and rustic notes yield a great depth of yeasty esters and malt notes. The aroma I found to a bit overwhelming in terms of overripe fruit initially but overall I have to say this was a superb tripel with nice balance and didn't flaunt its strength but remains a keenly drinkable and satisfying trappist ale. Well deserved reputation. (1,239 characters)

Photo of interzen
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle (BBE 290916) served into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass

Look: Slightly murky golden yellow - couple of fingers of white head which settles down fairly quickly leaving some lacing on the glass. No real surprises there.

Smell: Quite a 'bready' smell mixed up with many of the other smells you associate with Belgian beers: bananas, citrus, coriander and a hint of cloves too. Spice notes are fairly subdued.

Taste: Again, quite yeasty up front with the bread and citrus notes predominating. This is present to a lesser degree in the aftertaste which I found slightly dry with faint alcohol notes. Quite malty throughout - just how I like it.

Feel: Quite a 'full' feel - not excessively heavy, despite the relative lack of carbonation. Others have described it as 'creamy' - that's actually a pretty good way of describing it. Either way, it's eminently drinkable.

Overall: I've yet to find a St.Bernardus beer that I don't like - whilst this isn't quite in the same league as, say, the Abt 12, it's still about as good an example of a tripel as you'll find. Definitely worth the effort. (1,102 characters)

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

330ml bottle into oversized wine glass. best before "A 01 07 16", enjoyed on january 5, 2015

a: very opaque golden yellow topped with a finger and a half of foamy white head

s: banana, lemon, fresh bread, apricot, peach, mild spice notes

t: fruity up front (lemon, banana, apricot), with coriander, white pepper, honey, biscuit, and bread flavours following shortly after. malty sweet all around with a gentle bitterness at the end. maybe some hints of apples and pears

m: a very creamy medium body with soft, bubbly carbonation

o: an excellent belgian tripel. seems very textbook, which means it is delicious (618 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a St. Bernardus glass.

Look: The body is a hazy, cloudy burnt yellow color under a white cap of foam. The head settles to a pretty even film across the top. Light watery lines of lacing stay on the glass for a while.

Aroma: Very malty and bread up front, coated with sweetness. Subtle notes of coriander, clove, and banana.

Taste: Much like the aroma, this beer is very sweet and bready. There's equal parts coriander, clove, and banana with a touch of bubblegum candy in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, silky, slightly dry.

Overall: A very delicious beer loaded with sweetness with a well-hidden 8.00% ABV. (624 characters)

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

It's been so long since I've had a Tripel. Almost forgot that this was the beer style that got me in craft beers. Here goes:

A:: Beautiful, cloudy orange. Pours a huge foamy head that lingers and leaves adequate lacing. Appears great.

S: Bready, Belgian yeast. This one was definitely bottle-conditioned. Can smell bread, candied sugar, orange-peel, clove, coriander, white pepper and some lighter spices, flowers and herbs. Very complex and inviting.

T: A lot of the taste follows the nose. Bready yeast, banana, orange-peel, candied sugar, and lighter, peppery spices. Aftertaste is quite peppery owing to the spices.

M: Nice, bready yeast with a peppery mouthfeel. Good.

O: A great Tripel. Will have against when I can afford it. (753 characters)

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

Purchased at the LCBO as a mixed 6pk for $18.00. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours a nice cloudy gold good beer. Nice white head that lasts.

S- Nice yeast. Good malt. Nice blend.

T- Very good tripel. You can tell this has been refined over the years

M- Very creamy good.

O- Nice beer. If at a reasonable price I will buy

Food Pairing

This wonderful beer went well with.... BBQ ribs no sauce. I like no sauce and I like good beer

Enjoy!! (463 characters)

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

750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 11/21/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, honey, candi sugar, bread, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with awesome complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange zest, peach, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible tripel style! All around amazing complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. An extremely delicious offering. (1,579 characters)

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

11.2oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold to light amber color. Persistent thin white head, some lacing, but most of it slid back down the glass to join the original foam across the top.

Smell: Herbal, floral, belgian candi sugar. Very nice.

Taste: Up front herbal, middle taste was sweetness with the candi sugar again and a biscuity malt, then a leafy light finish. Belgian fruity esters and some of the yeast notes throughout front, middle, and end of the sip. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Airy carbonation but very smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Well crafted and dangerously drinkable. A solid Belgian ale and a bit sweeter for a Tripel than I was expecting, but quite nice. I could easily have had another. Went well with medium-rare duck and salad. (807 characters)

Photo of aleigator
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Has a decent head, among an amber, golden glowing, cloudy color.

Floral hops at the beginning, together with clove, pear and a biscuity maltiness, spiced with nutmeg. The most outstanding thing to the nose is the intense, floral, illustrating hop note among slightly funky Belgian yeast.

The same thing applies to the taste, floral, grassy notes define the first impression. The processed hops aren't particularly bitter, but they do confirm the spices of the brew outstandingly well, adding a lot more character to the beer, than the usual Tripel would allow. Spiciness has a semi-dry note to it, while peppers, cinnamon, ripe banana, pear and apple, as well as burned caramel shine through. Includes also an earthy, herbal coordinate, close to a Saison, which gets detectable during the slightly bitter finish, accompanied by soft, slightly slick yeast. (858 characters)

Photo of Kampfar
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

0,33l bottle poured into tasting glass:
Smell of hops and herbs, light smell of malt and hay. Relatively long lasting and full white head. Slightly cloudy and light orange coloured beer. Palate: It has a full mouthtaste of first of all a moderate malt sweetness followed by a slightly sour and bitter hoppy finish with long lasting dryness.
Overall a very delicious Tripel. (373 characters)

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

Pours a hazy amber with dense creamy white head, settles slowly to a thin layer, rings of lace down the glass. Smell: lightly sugary and bready, pear, coriander and spicy hop notes. Taste: pear, cooked green apple, clove and coriander, grassy and grainy, lemon honey cough drop, pear and baking spices in the finish. (316 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured a medium golden color, with about one finger of head, which doesn't last long. Aroma reminded me of golden raisins. The taste also has that flavor, with a mild bitterness from the hops balancing it out. Has a moderately thick mouth feel with noticeable carbonation. Quite expensive, but quite enjoyable. (310 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle into a snifter. Drink by 4/15/16.

Nice bright color, a little hazy. Big head with a fairly hard pour. Smells of grapes and hops at the pour, sweeter aroma as it warms. Hint of black pepper. Taste yields lots of yeast, some malt and again grapes early on with a little hop bitterness. Creamy, solid body.

Really good beer. Not my favorite tripel, but a top notch one that everyone should try. (418 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

App: Cloudy, pale amber with big head and lacing and strong carbonation visible

Aroma: Malty and Belgian yeast. easty with notes of banana and apple. A good typical Belgian pale or tripel smell.

Taste: Sweet malt and Belgian yeast. A sweet tasting beer with hints of toffee. There is also an interesting peppery taste here.

Mouthfeel: Medium and somewhat frothy.

Overall: A good Belgian tripel. Didn't seem to quite have the "wow" factor of a Westmalle or Karmeliet but not significantly inferior and well worth a try for fans of those beers.

90/100 (555 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Look: Nice golden yellow, nice frothy white head. Smell: Spices, lemon citrus, hay, little honey, mild oats, sour notes (green apples maybe), little banana. Taste: Follows the aroma, spices, lemon tart, apples, wheat dough, fruity notes, Feel: medium-light body, lively carbonation.

Overall: This is a text book example of a tripel. No alcohol burn. Not as sour as the aroma tells. This is a very good brew. Recommended. (423 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

From notes on 9/5/2013

Love the smell. Very sweet smelling. Appearance is very cloudy. You can see chunks of yeast floating. Sweet tasting, almost like banana. Overall, a great beer. (183 characters)

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

Update:
6-14-15 - Awesome. poured from the bottle and let it settle for about 10 minutes. Just as I remembered this Tripel. Great way to finish a weekend of throwing mulch. (175 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
3.85/5  rDev -9%

11.2 oz bottle dated 6/2/17. Poured in St. Bernardus chalice. Golden color, with medium head that doesn't last very long. Smells very pleasant; sweet fruits and spices. The taste is great, even though mild alcoholic hints are evident. Citrus flavor, with other fruit notes. Carbonation is on the high side. Overall, very good. (335 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 25.08.16, 11.2 oz into tulip. Deep gold as noted by most reviewers. I did get the spicy, mildly estery nose (some noted no or limited esters). Head white, fairly quick dispersal. Taste was, for me, true-to-form tripel with citrus-spice up front and yeasty in finish with very mild aclohol. Mouthfeel was pretty full-bodied with a more aggressive carbonation than it looked like it would give. Citrus lingers on tongue for awhile. Keeper, will buy more. (477 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 13 05 16 at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of coriander
Head average (4 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to
Lacing poor – occasional island of medium bubbles
Body initially light yellow, clear: as pouring continues sediment from the bottle rises and makes the beer medium yellow and hazy
Flavor is of spice and yeast, with the typical phenolic characteristics of most tripels. No alcohol, no malt, no hops noted.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

An unremarkable tripel which does not stand out from the crowd. (551 characters)

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

Look: hazy orange.
Smell: very fruity - apricots, pears, bananas, honey.
Taste: bitter-sweet-sour, orange peel, apricots, honey.
One of the best tripels. Not as good as Westmalle, though. Mild smell and taste, could be more intensive, but refreshing. (250 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 330 mL bottle marked with a 'best by' date on the label of 01/08/2016. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - They sure know how to make a beautiful-looking beer at St. Bernardus. This one pours a hazy amber with a gradient of glowing starfruit yellow at the bottom of the glass that grows to a muted graham cracker brown just underneath the head. Above the shadowy golden sits a one finger head of stark white foam that covers the liquid like a blanket of wet snow. Retention is excellent, lingering for quite some time before fading to a moderate film with nice, silky lacing intermittently around the glass.

Smell - Pretty traditional tripel notes, with baking spice, some fruity phenols reminiscent of anjou pear and nectarine, but nothing aggressive. Gentle and delicate, so that spice notes of clove and yeast aren't overpowered. Some hints at the underlying estery heat as well, but nothing terribly boozy or unbalanced.

Taste - The excellent smell outpaces the taste a bit, but not by much. Here, the phenols are more overt with juicy notes of pear, nectarine and now white plum and even hints of plantain--the much less sweet cousin of banana. The clove is still lingering now with complementary notes of cardamom. Finish is slightly sweet and boozy, but just barely.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and just a tad on the thick/full side. Moderate carbonation that provides enough contrapuntal bite to the more viscous body. Finish is sweet, but not lingering.

Overall, a classic tripel that is right near the top of my favorites in the style. In fact it's close enough that I'd probably have to do a side-by-side with the others that standout in my mind to really have a good idea on which was my favorite. Sometimes, it's refreshing to know that such an well-done beer can be picked up on the shelf of about any liquor store you could walk into at any point in time. (1,918 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total wine for $5

Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, floral notes, and a peppery bite.

Overall - Great zesty/peppery flavour and a nice mix of fruity notes. This is world class stuff for sure. One of the better tripels I've had so far. (633 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a bottle obtained from a St. Bernardus mixed pack (I wish more Belgian breweries did this) into a goblet. A live pour, although dropping the bottle on the floor first probably didn't help matters, with a ton of white froth that settled out to a more reasonable level. The beer itself presents as a cloudy honey yellow, with an aroma of shortbread, medicinal honey, apples, pears, woody/spicy Belgian yeast a plenty. The taste was more assertive than the smell, with an unusual and interesting butterscotch chip backbone, vanilla brownie, some grape-like lager character, tobacco, candied citrus rind, rosewater, a sweetish nuttiness, and sour green fruit all revealing themselves in a bit of a hodgepodge. Resembles its stablemate Watou Tripel in being on the sweet side for the style, although this one does have more heft in terms of both aromatic alcohol presence and a richer malt character. A touch thicker than other tripels and less fizzy as well. Nevertheless finishes on the dry side despite the initial sweetness, producing a tannic puckering effect on the mouth and thrusting some woody and gooseberry-like hops out there near the end. I like to compare my tasting notes to those of Micheal Jackson whenever possible, both as a reality check and a form of hero worship. In Great Beers of Belgium, he's got this one down as "vanilla, cookies, and sesame seeds, with a tangerine-like finish". I guess I did alright. (1,431 characters)

Photo of TrappistDev
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Amazing dark golden color. Poured yeast into the bottle along with the beer. It has a dark, golden, almost amber hue which is clouded by yeast. Excellent lacing, and creamy head that lasted a good while.

S: Not the best smelling tripel, and not many characteristics here. Faint hints of esters from the Belgian yeast, and slight cherries. Sweet fruity aroma.

T: Up front very malty sweet, with a little boozy aftertaste. The ABV is very well hidden by the sweetness, and there are some sweet fruits on the back end. Some raisens, and possibly some brown sugar flavor as well.

M: VERY creamy. This is the thickest tripel I've had. It almost feels like sweet cream with the sweetness of the beer and the creamy head (no homo).

O: A very good tripel, although not the best. I prefer a Westmalle or Rochefort over this due to the mouth feel, but that's extremely subjective on my part. Overall a good example of a tripel. (925 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.