St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.25/5 rDev 0%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2009 01:09:23 | More by Buschyfor3
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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