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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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2,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,694
Reviews: 1,195
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
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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 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.

Photo of mjtiernan
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. Best before 28 03 14.

A: A slow pour gave me a perfect proportion of head/body. White and pillowy two finger head tops a muted golden body. Some haze and lots of activity.

S: Oh my. This smells delicious. Very aromatic and complex. Light and dark fruits, orange peel, breadiness, some banana and clove/coriander. A dose of sweet toffee and light brown sugar. I could smell this all day.

T: A quick touch of sweetness instantly gives way to fairly intense acidic spiciness. Not many individual flavors are jumping out at me. White pepper, some biscuit, and bitter orange/lemon rind. A fair amount of alcohol burn in the bone dry finish. Faint malt sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: Highly carbonated and quite astringent. Light to medium body.

O: I got more enjoyment out of the incredible aroma than I did out of the flavor, but it’s complexity makes it easy to see why this is such a well regarded beer.

Photo of DaveBar
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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


Photo of isaacgomis
4.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CraftFan5
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jbmalta
4.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the bull and bush, they have really put in a lot of guest taps recently, including a lot of higher end belgian stuff, very cool. this is one of the classics, a great example of the style, and one of my personal favorites because of its relative lack of sweetness compared to its peers. hazy and very pale straw in color, with a smaller head than i was hoping for, but still close to an inch of lasting white airy foam. it smells floral from the yeast, like little white and purple meadow flowers, and a rather high dose of oats along with the wheat and barley in the grain bill. lots of body and just a touch of residual sugar. long grainy start turns into a dry yeasty finish, classic belgian yeast fruit esters pop all over the place, and prickly carbonation makes 8% abv feel dangerously light. its a classic recipe, a classic yeast strain, and a real artisan product that is rooted in tradition and timeless in flavor. this is one of my favorites because of its dryness. it doesnt sacrifice any body to get there either. light fruitiness is left on the tongue after the swallow, and a 750ml of this would not be too much for me in a sitting.

Photo of Otis6996
4.24/5  rDev 0%

Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a hazy, pale, golden straw color with a bubbly head to it that settled out pretty quickly.

The aroma has a nice mix of pale, grainy and toasted malts along with a lemon zesty citrus. The Belgian yeast also comes through nicely with some fruity, spicy characteristics. Everything comes together very well in the aroma and feels pretty well balanced.

The taste mixes the lemony citrus nicely with fruity and spiciness of the Belgian yeast. It finishes a bit on the dry side with just a bit of bitterness. The flavors are excellently balanced and all of them get to come through at one time or another. Very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very high with an almost champagne like bubbly quality. Drinkability is good, it was a very flavorful and well balanced beer overall and a fantastic example of the style.

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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