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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,499 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,176
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 166
Gots: 179 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Mikeluzzjr, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

WckdVbz, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of Onslow
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

just want to say thanks to mr.moneyman for my two bottles, much appreciated ... interesting brew ... some honey and belgian honeycomb blocks of caramel .... is a tasty little morsel ... never wear sunglasses at night.. would have to say this is a very mellow trippel, maybe to much for some...

Onslow, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of johnny29er
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

johnny29er, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of swierczt
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

swierczt, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of Saviorself
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Saviorself, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Alex5
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Alex5, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

MCMASTERSANCHEZ, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a St. Bernardus goblet in Poperinge, Belgium, whilst waiting for a belbus to pick me up to take me to the Westvleteren abbey. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head with nice cream lacing. Decent thickness. Hazy orange colour. Poor retention is understandable considering the 8% ABV.

Sm: Fruit esters: orange and citrus mainly. Hoppy but light strength.

T: Hoppy body with lingering estery notes through the finish. Relatively simple build for a tripel. Balanced but somewhat bland. Not a beer to be served at cold draught temperature; it's better suited as a summer afternoon beer to be sipped intermittently.

Mf: A bit chewy, but delightfully light. Nicely smooth and refreshing.

Dr: Nothing special, but fairly priced if you're in Belgium. Give it a go, but don't expect a great abbey beer.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

Poured with a thick two finger head that quickly vanished, but stayed pleasantly bubbly throughout the beer.

Appearance: Clouded, orangeish-brown with a bubbly head.

Smell: The smell was lovely and not too alcoholic, and not overpowering with hoppiness as well.

Taste: Very sweet for such a strong beer, but didn't seem to offer much else otherwise. Average taste wise, as I suppose I prefer more complicated flavors.

Mouthfeel: Was ideal. I enjoyed every sip in my mouth.

Murrhey, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of RandomExile
3.31/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: pale gold, translucent, carbonated; white, fluffy large-bubbled foam head, dissipates to a surface covering; almost no lacing
S: strong, flowery yeasty scent, pineapple, something musty or straw, raisin
T: flowery, fruity/pineapple, yeast, musty
M: light-medium-bodied, smooth and slightly savory
O: The musty/pineapple flavor is a turnoff for me, in what is otherwise one of my favorite styles. Others don't seem to mind it ...

750mL / $12.99

RandomExile, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of PorterLambic
3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy with zero head. A medium brown with a tinge of orange throughout. Not surprisngly, no lace.
Smell is malt, sour, banana, spices and sour apple. Well balanced.
Taste is weak witj malt, sour, green apple, light spice and a hnt of vinegar. Not as good as th nose.
Medium body with lighter than expected carbonation. I wish I could rate this as well as everyone else. I love theor other brews a lot but this one just came up short to me. I'm hoping this one is bad honestly.

PorterLambic, May 19, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A= a dark golden color with a huge head. This bottle gushed all over the place on me.
S= decent but not a great nose. Coffee and chocolate dominate.
T= watery with some coffee flavors in it. A lot more water than I expected.
M= watery. Maybe this one gushed out all of its carbonation.
D= average. This is a good intro to belgians I think. Its not over powering with the complex flavors but its still got the asic taste. Very nice.

jjanega08, Jan 11, 2009
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3.33/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

hazy golden orange with a frothy white head. leaves a touch of lacing.

fruity sweet aroma with candy sugar and a hint of the alcohol content. a touch of belgian yeast and belgian spiciness.

medium-bodied and a high carbonation. bready malts with herbs and an alcohol sweetness. much more subdued than the 12 in flavor. goes down easy, but fairly reserved for a tripel.

Prufrock, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of KiltedCulinarian
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a branded goblet, poured an orangey-yellow colour with a pure white head a full finger tall. A spicey nose that describes the flavour perfectly. Tasted like beer with hints of cardamom and a little cinnamon. Not as sweet and rich as I expected a Belgian Tripel to be.

KiltedCulinarian, Feb 19, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-cloudy dull gold with a white head that thins

S-pale belgian spices. medium strength with some bananas. smells malty

T-comes in with a smooth taste of banana and quickly becomes fairly harsh with a bitter taste of alcohol. this harsh taste doesn't last long and a good after-taste of banana and crackers comes in. this is a very predictable tripel.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-pretty average for a tripel. overall not as harsh as some tend to get. easy drinking and fairly boring, no something i need to get again.

AdamBear, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of Sludgeman
3.35/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip. Best before 1-25-16.

A tired looking beer with an underwhelming aroma saved by a great head. I was expecting more, not sure why. This tripel was disappointing. An above average beer, but unimpressive.

A – Pours a cloudy (-), pale orange with a huge white fluffy/mousy white/white head. Decent lacing.

S – Spicy, peppery, with funky phenolics.

T – Spicy, faint malty sweetness in the middle with some lemon. Bitterness beginning in the middle through to the finish. Some alcohol.

MF – Fizzy, effervescent, a dry finish and medium light body.

Sludgeman, Sep 04, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 11.2 oz bottle into a goblet. Date? on back of bottle is 05 10 10. Perhaps an expiration date?

Leaves about a quarter inch white fizzy head after a standard pour. Very cloudy and opaque with much sediment. Gold straw color. Some small head retention. Minimal carbonation.

Yeasty and spicy nose and taste with a banannas frutiness.

Medium body. Good carbonation.

ibbjamin, Jan 13, 2009
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3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is fairly good and pleasant but too characterless, bland, and dry, traits that I find all too often in dubbels and tripels and which make me sometimes wonder what people see in the style, before I again find one that is wonderful.

Bright, clear gold before the sediment makes it hazy, it has a huge white head that steadily but quickly shrinks to a lasting, thin wispy top and leaves a little uneven, foamy lace.

The aroma is lots of grain, light raisin, bread crust, mineral, some pear and hay, overall a bit like a nice malt liquor or a pale bock.

The taste is pear and hay at first, with mineral, slightly raisiny but mostly dry alcohol, and a hint of lemon pulp, but all thin and dry, with a finish and aftertaste of dry fruit candy without the sweetness. This leaves it largely one-dimensionl and bland.

Offa, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of maleman
3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into an SA glass (sorry, the closest thing I had to a chalice!). Poured mid-amber with a bubbly three-finger head with oily lacing. No freshness dating noted on bottle.

S - Superior malty smell, along with some spice..clove, maybe?

T - Yep, it was clove! But it's not overbearing. A bit of pepper in the aftertaste.

M - medium-bodied, you can sense the alcohol. Very good carbonation. I get the taste in the rear center of my mouth.

D - I once thought that Trappist Ales were the best beers available. As I get older the IPA's and the darker stuff has more appeal to me. Not bad, though...would drink again.

maleman, Aug 24, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy (due to a not so careful pour) orange color with two pillowy fingers of white head.

Smells of sweet grain with some light bubblegum and very light clove notes.

Very sweet grain upfront with a much spicier finish than the nose lets on...clove, and a bit of bitterness on the finish.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation and finishes dry and warming.

My first Tripel was Tripel Karmeliet and that kind of turned me off to the style as I wasn't a fan of the phenolic spicy qualities. I've since tried a few other examples and St. Bernardus has been the mildest in terms of these notes which I appreciate.

samie85, May 07, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A -
golden in color cloudy thick white head laces out after a while

S -
yeasty and fruity lite spice

T -
yeast spice up front finishes with a fruitiness

M -
light bubbly and drys the mouth out

D -
better then most triples i have had but still not a fan

bierguru, Dec 27, 2010
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3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into my Bruges snifter with a nice amber color with a thin one finger light white head which quickly receded. Lots of floating bits in this one. Not very clear. I think its cause i dumped the entire bottle and didn't stop like i probably should have.

S - Quite a subtle nose on this one. Gentle notes of belgian yeast come in up front as well as citrus and notes of sweet stone fruits come in next. Some spicy phenols and alcohol are present.

T - This really doesn't taste like it smells. Don't get me wrong, i like it, but is not what i expected. Its very dry and has a subtle Belgian yeast flavor. Hints of lemon and spice that i cant quite identify. It also has a decent herbal hop presence.

M - Very dry with a medium body and a strong carbonation. This is one crisp beer.

D - Although its as dry as cotton, its got great flavor and is quite drinkable. Definitely not a session beer, but a great one to end the night with.

dubinsky, Nov 23, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was generally underwhelmed by this one, but its still a quality drink. It just doesn't live up to the hype that the Abt 12 Quad left me with.

As previous reviewers have noted, the color is significantly darker than other Tripels and the aroma more subdued. Head pours boisterously and full of large Belgian type bubbles. However, retention is brief and shorter than expected given the relative low ABV. Aroma throws up some Apricots, mild notes of yeast, some biscuit...just aromatically different in comparison to other Tripels. Taste is mostly dominated by the biscuit and reminds me more overall of a very bready and unhoppy amber ale. No notes of alcohol, dried fruit, or anything one has grown used to in Tripels.

I was a thrown a curveball and while this beer was more than just drinkable, it wasn't what I expected when I bought it.

allboutbierge, Dec 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

JeffNev, Jun 21, 2013
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,499 ratings.