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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,689 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,689
Reviews: 1,193
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 193
Gots: 259 | FT: 2
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 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

Enjoy!!

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

Photo of briang01
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Fcip78
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 2,689 ratings.