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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
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2,720 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 1,200
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 194
Gots: 272 | FT: 2
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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 Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold with a fluffy head that settles into a finely-bubbled cap with laces

S: citrusy hops and sweet pale malt, floral yeast

T: lemony honey, spice and faint clove; flavors blossom as the beer warms

M: medium body, fizzy cabonation, neither sweet nor dry on the finish - somewhat in-the-middle

O: a good tripel - I wasn't blown away by it the way I was by their Abt 12 - but there is no doubt that these guys know what they're doing when they're brewing

Photo of irishkyle21
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of anchordrinker
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden and cloudy with a big head that dissipates to about one finger and lingers.

S- I smell sweet bananas and a pleasant yeast.

T- There are flavors of bananas, pears, and the yeast, making the flavor pretty similar to the nose. There is also a pleasing warmth on the finish.

M- Fine carbonation and a medium body, smooth despite the warmth from the alcohol.

D- I could kick back three or four of these if they weren't so expensive, very drinkable.

Overall, well worth the price for a once-in-a-while treat. (on my budget)

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured cloudy dark yellow in color with a finger high creamy white head that has excellent retention properties. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of light fruits and spices in the nose along with some hints of alcohol. Smells of bananas and pears stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors of spices are a bit stronger and there is a mild amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink considering its alcohol content, which is well hidden. I will definitely try this one again as it is one of the best representations of the style.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 9/25/2012.
Into my new St. Berdnardus chalice.

Pours a golden color with the slightest of orange, good sized white head that fades at a decent rate, a nice white cap remains on top.

Smell is that distinct aroma of Belgian candied sugar, light banana and clove aroma.

Taste has assertive carbonation yet is soft in the mouth at the same time, the banana and clove are more prominent and meld with the candied sugar nicely, the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of stortore
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Ninjabrew
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a 12 oz bottle, in to a Duvel Tulip glass produced a nice "three finger plus" head. Body is an orange/straw with suspended bubbles that just hang there. Laseing didn't quite stick around too long for a Belguim Triple that is.

Smell: In a word - Yeasty!

Taste: Butterscotch and bananas with maybe some clove taste on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I expected, for whatever thats worth.

Drinkability: Not bad, I could actually drink more than one of the 11.2 oz bottles.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow in color with some light visible carbonation and some visible sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: This beer has the aroma of banana, light fruit (pear), and some lighter notes of spice (like clove). There is a light presence of alcohol.

T: This beer is fairly sweet with banana and some light fruit (pear). In addition, the taste is much spicier than the smell with clove being the predominant spice.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is enjoyable but you can definitely detect the presence of the alcohol. I like the light fruit sweetness combined with the banana. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a session beer.

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Pours a hazy, golden-amber color with sediment clouding the body. Big, billowing, dense white head about two fingers thick that sticks around throughout the drink.

S: The nose gives off hints of juicy apples and pears. There is also a tangy/spicy profile reminiscent of cinnamon or cloves. The malt background just begins to poke through the fruity and spicy sweetness with a faintly grainy, biscuit-like aroma.

T: Tangy sweetness upfront, with the apple notes from the nose coming through most prominently. I can also dissect some pear esters and some white grape. Mid sip, the malts flavors start building up on the palate - wheat bread with clove honey; slightly grainy but freshly-baked; yeasty. A twangy, spiciness arises during the finish as cinnamon and clove notes step up along with a peppery flavor - no doubt from the alcohol. Finish is rather dry, champagne-like with the apple flavors coming back to the forefront.

M: Very crisp carbonation tingles the taste buds and creates a lively, powdery mouthfeel.

D: 8% ABV makes itself known, giving of a warming feeling in the finish, but this beer is still deliciously drinkable. Wouldn't be a problem reaching for another one as a follow up.

A delicious triple/tripel, especially as the fruit esters add a sweet, delicate fruitiness that nicely compliments the assortment of spices and the grainy malt character. I enjoyed the St. Bernie Tripel, but I must say it probably falls a close second to La Fin du Monde as my triple/tripel of choice at present. Nonetheless, this is quite a worthy Belgian Trappist ale and one I would definitely recommend to anyone seeking out exemplary Belgian beers.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Trois Pistoles snifter. Back label stamped 13 09 13.

Appearance - Slightly hazy yellow body. Huge white head with decent retention and low to moderate lacing.

Smell - Musky corn. Slight banana.

Taste - Very smooth. Very corny. Almost like an American Adjunct Lager. Well hidden alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Superbly smooth and creamy, especially due to the carbonation. The head and carbonation is beautiful and one of the best of any beers ever.

Overall Drinkability - This beer is all about the smoothness of the mouthfeel, and inoffensive characters. The first sip is really complex, but after that it levels off and becomes less so.

Photo of ferrari29
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served at the Bad Apple from bottle into St. Bernardus goblet

A - Beer poured with a golden colored body; cloudy with a reasonably low amount of visible carbonation; 1 finger white colored head formed from the server's pour and held very well

S - Subtle hints of vanilla; malty; sour yeast smell; subtle floral notes followed up by honey, apricot and spices

T - Sour lambic/acidic taste; very astringent; olive; thick malt backbone; wheat/grains; citrus; apricot and honey

M - Dry, sour aftertaste; slight twinge of bitterness; slightly effervescent but mostly flat

D - Great Tripel; great blend of ingredients to create a unique Tripel brew; love St. Bernardus beers; highly recommended

Photo of mgdeth
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Huge creamy head. Hazy pale orange color. Good Brussels lace. It almost glows!

Smell - Sweet, somewhat fruity. I'd swear I also smell some sort of natural rubber or plastic (phenolic). Ordinarily this is a bad thing. Here it is not too unpleasant.

Taste - Slightly tangy, with definite fruity flavors. Something makes me think about dried apricots when I drink this beer. This is a really complex beer with lots of different flavors hitting all parts of the mouth at different times.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated. A little bit sticky.

Drinkability - The multi-layer flavors in this beer should make it attractive to lovers of Belgian beers. A pint or so of this stuff is about all I need.

Comments - This is a great tripel, and should definitely be tried.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 8%

It pours a bright gold color with yeast haze. The head is spectacular like all St. Bernardus beers. Lacing is superlative. This beer just cant have a better appearance. The aroma is of fresh citrusy fruit with pepper and bread notes, theres also some sweet candy sugar. The taste is full of fruit and honey. Citrus, pears, honeydew and plums come to mind. Theres also a nice sweetness and some bread. Hops are on the light side. In the finish they really add to the flavor complexity. The mouthfeel is thick and textured with millions of micro carbonation bubbles. I love good bottle conditioned beer.

This is one hell of a tastey tripel. Almost as good as Westmalle and full of fresh flavors. A must try.

Photo of bnes09
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden yellow color with good clarity. Big head on the pour and good retention. Lacing nearly coats the glass.

Yeasty, citrusy, soapy and slightly skunky aroma.

Hints of lemon zest and candied sugar. Mild herbal, leafy fresh hop flavor. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Hint of apple. Dry overall with exceptional balance.

Lightish feel with a lively but not overdone carbonation. Smooth texture and dry in the end.

I like this beer a lot. Complex, delicious and true to the style.

Photo of BleedBlueUSAF
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one out into my Trappist Westvyleteren chalice, it's the first beer to be poured into it! I drank this brew pretty cold, not sure the effect on the taste.

This drink pours out a hazen golden brown, slightly orange and hardly transparent. Atop it sits a strong one inch layer of head and when it melts away it leaves a confused and random layer of lacing. Pretty good presentation, i'm pleased!

The smell is a little more timid then i'd expected but still floral and delightfully charismatic. Figs, nuts, a certain sweetness and i'm picking up a slight caramel tinge. Candy sugars as well, this is a sweet beer.

Taste - When it hits your lips it's perky and refreshing and fades to a mellow, with a smooth slightly caramel slightly fruity aftertaste. It's taking me a minute for this array of flavors to build on my palate and every drink i take of this brew it gets bolder. It's definately a triple and I can taste the sweet wheaty flavor in this the more I drink it. Good brew, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow, filling but still active on the tongue. I enjoy it!

Due to the sweeter nature of this beer the drinkability isn't through the roof but still very good for a triple.

good brew!! A !

Photo of allengarvin
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of Kadonny
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle into my St. Bernardus chalice.

A: Wow, floaty yeasties everywhere! A medium golden color with of course the large amount of floaties. Small white head that leaves some fine glass lacing.

S: Light fruits of apple, pineapple with cloves and yeastiness. A hint of pepper and sugar sweetness.

T: Heavy on the fruit flavor, just as a nice tripel should be. Flavors of green apple, pear, pineapple, some orange with a nice yeasty clove flavor. A bit of pepper mixes in with the bubblegum type sugar sweetness. Finish is a bit sweet, but not overly so. A little tartness sneaks in at the end. A great textbook example of a tripel.

M: Medium, a bit tart and sweet and some alcohol. Not overly lingering flavors.

D: Medium. Nice intense beer that should be sipped and enjoyed.

Overall another great beer by St. B. As I said earlier, this is a textbook tripel. Not real sweet, not real tart, just right. Great beer (as I expected anything less).

Photo of irishking1977
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: From an 11.2 oz bottle, pours an apricot/orange hue with a two finger white, head. Ample lacing left on glass as the head slowly disappears.

S: Hints of pear and pineapple with some candy sugar and an alcohol bite.

T: Sweet, with pineapple and yeasty bread finish. Candy sugar and a subtle, spicy citrus quality is also present. Mild bitterness, but also a slight alcohol burn at the finish. Alcohol is not pronounced, but not completely hidden either.

M: Supple and creamy. A delicate balance of carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. I was too pro-occupied with the intense and complex taste of this one to really be able to discern the mouthfeel.

D: This one is an excellent sipper, worthy of the price. (But it does hit the wallet kind of hard at $5 for an 11.2 oz. bottle) Out of all the tripels I've had, only a few have been below average. Out of all the tripels that originate from Belgium, this one is in the top five, so far, along with Westmalle, Tripel Karmeliet, Affligem and La Fin Du Monde (this ones from Canada, actually). Chimay and Golden Carolus are just behind these five. Each of these brews all offer subtle variances of the tripel style, so all are worthy to try.

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite St. Bernardus brews so far. I rate it up there with there Abt 12. Pours a hazy golden amber with an average size off-white head with excellent lacing (as all St. Bernardus brews seem to have). Another trademark of the monastery are the complex aroma's of there brews. This one has pine, lemon, chocolate, dough, apple, cinnamon, brown sugar, and banana. Very sweet smelling. Taste is clean with sweet start and mild bitter finish. Soft carbonation and an alcoholic finish make this beer a favorite in my book. My favorite Tripel!

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML into a tulip/ no freshness date

P: Clear yellow from the bottle, and glows an orange-tinted gold in the glass. The 3 fingered white crown is fantastic! A Statuesque, thick and pillowy head that looks like sea foam as it crumbles. Minimal lacing left in its wake.

A: Pale malts, herbal and citrus hops, lots of fruitiness, alcohol, yeast and spice.

T: This is quite fruity! Sweet malts at first that lay down a strong and sturdy foundation to hold up the rest of the flavors. Hops are herbal with some spice, and citrusy as well. Apple & pear is very present, but never overstep their boundaries. Also, some clove and white pepper are noticeable, while the Belgian yeast complements nicely. Extremely well-balanced and bitter overall, but not too much.

M & D: Medium-light bodied, very sharp and crisp. Aggressively carbonated for the perfect bite, but stays creamy underneath. Drinkability is very good, as the flavors shine brightly.

Notes: This is one fruity tripel! Very pleasant flavors all wrapped up in a nice, tight package. Nothing overplays its hand, and all the flavors work to counterbalance each other. Well-built, complex, and very easily drinkable. Nicely done!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle,

A: Pours yellow with a full white head with solid retention, light Belgian lace.

S: Candied pear, pineapple, spice, banana, various fruit.

T: Fruit along with various spice elements - coriander, pepper, and yeast esters make up the main flavour. Lightly boozy, but it melds with the flavour well. Hops are minimal, good balance between the diverse tastes.

M: Not overcarbonated which I like right off the bat, very smooth and drinkable.

D: Really nice tripel, it goes down almost too easy. Definite repurchase in the future.

Photo of searsclone
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky caramel color with floating yeast

S: it smells a bit like leather and nuts, a little alcohol smell as well

T: tastes like unsalted cashews covered in toasted caramel. maybe a little brown sugar.

M: crisp and foamy very little aftertaste

D: a great beer that I will enjoy again

Photo of danielharper
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orange body, very thick white foamy head. Hazy, highly effervescent. Leaves significant lacing.

Smell: Citrus notes up-front, strong aroma of orange peel and a hint of lemon. Aside from that is the standard Belgian tartness and hints of grapefruit. Sweet, malty, no notes of hops.

Taste: Strongly citrus, notes of Belgian yeast, with a slight... saltiness in the finish. Flavors of oranges most prominent. Somewhat drying on the finish, with a bit of a bitter bite. Crisp, clean, refreshing, with the alcohol hidden beautifully.

Mouthfeel: Moderate, somewhat thin for the style. Slight bit of a carbonation bite to the tongue and palate.

Drinkability: I'm not usually a huge fan of tripels, but I'm a fan of this tripel. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Greenfloyd
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of the triples in my life, this one is surely one of the benchmarks to go by....

Poured into my large tulip with a deep golden hue, the fluffy white head dissipating quickly. Wonderful intertwining smells of Belgian yeast, and candied sugar give way to faint alcohol tones (nowhere near what you'd expect out of a 8% beer). The taste mimicked the nose fairly well, in addition to the sweet malt backbone that trails off into a slightly tart fruity finish. The mouth feel was fairly substantial, and drinking more than a 750 at a time might be a stretch. This beer pairs great with Spanish Manchego, and Port-Salut cheese. As Garrett Oliver suggests, triples go very well with pesto dishes, and this one is no different. Enjoy.

Photo of beertastegood
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color with a big ol' head. Smells of grassy hops and brown sugar sweetness. Vanilla and a little clove in there too. Tastes malty sweet, but not as sweet as I would expect from a tripel. The caramel-like sweetness is backed up by some noticable hop flavors (straw/grass-like) and with a hint of the vanilla that was in the aroma. Just a bit of alcohol is noticable towards the end. Fades into a pleasant finish that is sweet and at the same time a little dry. Effervescent with a somewhat chewy body. This beer is one of the best balanced tripels I have had to date. Not too one-dimensional, which can be true of others. A great beer. Will buy again.

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.