St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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94
outstanding

1,214 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,214
Hads: 2,867
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 210
Gots: 330 | FT: 3
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 amicar
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sipped out of a chalice at Bastante, St. Louis...

Nice yellow- gold hazy appearance with appropriate sticky thin white head.
Smells of fruits, bananna, and candy... you can really drink in the smell...
The taste is first and foremost bubblegum; Sweet(ish), bananna, citrus fruit, and something that I swear is almosy fruitcake. Lots of interesting flavors, but a bit over the top and unbalanced for me. Too sweet, too fruity (and I like the style, thank you very much).
Feels slippery and full in the mouth. I could drink more than one easily, the alcohol is balanced nicely; but given other choices, I would take somethiing else....

Overall, very nice, but too many odd fruits and bubblegum. Although clearly high quality and world- class as a beer, I will likely always pick something else in the same price category and style type. (843 characters)

Photo of beertastegood
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (784 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle...darker than amber appearance with reddish orange highlights, murky and sedimented. Lots of carbonation to handle, nice head that's rocky and great at holding shapes. Laces like a champ, complex patterns in dry rings down the glass. Nice aroma, sweetish and fruity with unripe mellon, breadfruit, citrus and yeast all chiming in. Mouthfeel is lively -- seeming in style. An interesting take on a Tripel, lots of complex sweet maltiness more common in other styles -- fruits and dark earthiness, but a decent hop balance. The spritzy cartbonation combines to make this one fairly unusual. Estery finish. I like this one a lot, sweeter and not as dry as I usually expect, and in some ways, more drinkable for it. (722 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Giant airy pillowy beige head cap topping off a cloudy foggy orange sunset hue with a hither and yon carbonation bubble rising. Lattice lace spots the glass.

Aromatic scents of dough, yeastiness and a leafy nose with some coriander.

First swigs: The flavor mimics the nose with doughy yeastiness and a lingering dry aftertaste of sugary pecan walnut nutty characteristic.

Cushy soft carbonation with a medium chewy body.

Last swigs: Doughy vanilla pecan malt and yeasty. Enjoyed with a Westmalle tripel to do a side-by-side. St. Bernardus is more flour doughy.

Beer is good. Happy tripel beering. (613 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Tight, tiny bubbles fill my mini-chalice glass (that I scored at a second-hand store).

Strong whiffs of ripe fruit coupled with an alcohol tone. Phenolic and intoxicating. Hints of toffee and caramel in the finish. Layers of vanilla and the finish has a disarming, snap. Somewhat bright and perfumey in the finish...like a floral, french cologne.

The drinkablility is exceptional.

Beautiful, well-rounded sipper to have throughout a meal. (501 characters)

Photo of palma
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull golden color body. Decent white, maybe tannish head.
Big fruity aroma. Pears, apples, grapes in the nose.
Licorice, fennel, vanilla, cherry and banana flavors. A complex fruitiness. Real sweet malty backbone. Some grain in the aftertaste which was unexpected.
A very sweet brew overall but not without a raw alcohol favor present. A little too sweet IMO to be easy drinking.
Medium to high carbonation.
Nice sharp cheddar paired well with this brew.
I'm not a big fan of the tripel style but this one was pretty good in my book. (544 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz dark brown bottle.
It pours a cloudy orange-hued amber color with a medium-sized white head, which settles into a lasting fine, thin coating.
It smells a little like a horse stall. A smell of malted milk balls come to mind as does a light whiff of caramel.
The ample malt body house flavors of candy sugar, caramel, honey and mellow maltiness.
The hops have wide range of citrusy flavors. Tastes of lemons, oranges, pineapple and a hint of pears, along with a slightly astringent tartness vie for attention. A light peppery spiciness adds to the complexity of flavors. The too long lasting fizzy effervescence detracts from the overall mouthfeel. It takes nearly the entire glass for the flavors to meld into the total overall package. So after the initial first impression, let it sit awhile. (805 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic... everything a triple should be and more. Dark golden pour with smallish fluffy white head. Tropical fruit, earthiness, and leather in the nose, along with perhaps some pepper. Feels like it has a higher malt content than it probably does at first, but then the slightly banana/tropical/candied maltiness is quickly balanced by a beautiful musty, earthy, and relatively dry finish. Mouthfeel is incredible. This beer is so balanced in every way, the drinkability is off the charts.
I paired this with some Fratelli lobster ravioli in an alfredo sauce, and it had a perfect amount of sweetness to mingle with the lobster and the cream, but an acidic and dry enough finish to cut through the fat at the end. Superb. (725 characters)

Photo of JackStraw22
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance: Hazy, golden/orange, nice big white, fluffy head. Great retention and good lacing. Drinking out of a St. Bernardous glass, it looks great.

Aroma: light and sweet, almost like champagne. grapes, cloves, alcohol. seems a little one dimensional though.

Taste: Wonderful. Very malty, sweet, but not overly so. This hides the alcohol well, unlike other tripples I've had. It's warming on the way down, nice.

Great mouthfeel, not sticky for such a sweet, malty brew. Crisp and refreshing. I want another sip as soon as I swallow. Awsome brew! (558 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There was a time when I couldn't stand any Belgain beer, what-so-ever. I couldn't choke any of it down. But in the last year or so, I have developed a real appreciation for them. I guess you could even say that I have grown to love them.
St. Bernardus Tripel is no exception. It is a magnificantly brewed beer in the great Belgain tradition.
Pours a hazy orange colour with lil specks of things (yeasties) floating around in it. The head is thick and rich, yet not uncontrolable.
The aroma is spicey, yet sweet. Bready and fruity.
The taste is that of pineapples, slightest hint of banana, cookies, white bread, sugars, and everything else that make life worth living.
This is a wildly complex beer that deserves to be among the greatest beers in the world. A ton of different tastes and smells makes it something really special. (834 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This was a lightly hazy, soft amber-orange beer. There were lot of tiny particles suspended in the liquid and a nice bead. The white head rose up easily to two fingers. It was coarse and settled down at an average rate. The bead sustained a thin cap of white foam on the top of the beer for the entire drink. The lacing was very light.

Smell: Lots of spicy alcohol and a lightly smokey component. Apples and grapes were present, though they were the strongest right after the pour. Hints of yeast and vanilla were just barely detectable. Overall, a classic tripel aroma.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with a nice chewy presence along the sides of the tongue. The carbonation provided a soft, fluffy feel.

Taste: Spicy alcohol and grapes as the beer hit the tip of the tongue. Chewy sweet malt kicked in in the middle. There were hints of roasted malt as well. The alcohol carried on into the finish and was joined by a decent amount of floral hops.

A good beer, but nothing really special. The alcohol was fairly strong, but never seemed overbearing. (1,156 characters)

Photo of horndecker
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the small 33cl bottle.

Brassy, orange tinged yellow color, huge head, very persistant froth, fine bubbles. Enthusiastic.

Big whiff of fruit, grapefruit, apricot, caramels or toffee. Something bright and peppery as well, orange zest, a bit of vegetal, cabbagey aroma, similiar to something I associate with good white burgundies.

After all that fruit in the nose, it's a surprise that the first taste is malt. Plenty of fruit rushes in after that, a little butterscotch too. It's so creamy and silky in the mouth. A wonderful full bodied spritz.

As it warms, other aromas make an appearance. Candied yams, perhaps carrots and brown sugar?

Exceptional, So quaffable. A treat. And easy to find. Hallelujah. (723 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $13.99 for the 4-piece sampler with 'sniffer' glass...

This ale pours a hazy amber golden base with a huge white head, exceptional retention and very nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma isn't too complex nor distinguished. I get a strong sense of malt and a sweet smell like lemon mixed with some alcohol.

The taste is supurb for a tripel. The body isn't too heavy but it's filling enough, the malt flavor is exceptional, the hints of fruit tones are adequate with the malt; however, the spices in this ale give the overall flavor a nice kick, but with the moderately strong body, is nearly perfect. The mouthfeel is smooth almost creamy in the mouth. The drinkability is a touch too heavy from perfection, but so close.

Final Thought: This Belgian is clearly the best that this brewery has to offer in terms of overall quality, which really says a lot... (877 characters)

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very little head resulted from my pouring of this beer, but a nice foam layer remained on top of the beer for the entire tasting session. The color is an opaque apple cider color. My beer had tiny bits of yeast (?) floating around in it, but I don't think they took away at all from the flavor. The smell was sour lemon and fruity which were primarily of apricots. The taste grows on you because it is light and fruity, again with the apricot hints, but it has a definite malt breadiness. The mouthfeel is tingly with a dry aftertaste. This beer should not be overlooked. It was quite refreshing to say the least. (613 characters)

Photo of dauss
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: very beautiful belgian style silk screened 750ml. Lots of information like alcohol, storing temp, serving temp, story about the brewery, and the best before date stamped on the top. 8% ABV. Says it can be stored for up to 5 years. Serve and store at 46F-50F.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange hue, small bone white head

Smell: flowery noble ups, strong upfront phenols, banana ester,s, sweet malt, and spicy pepper alcohol.

Taste: Explosive carbonation, very strong phenols with a sweet maltiness in the background. A dry finish with a little acidic twang.

Mouthfeel: explosive carbonation, good and complex, but the phenols/fusel alcohols were too much to enjoy a lot. (692 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle with best before date of 04-05-07. The label also indicates an abv of 8%. Perhaps they have taken it up a notch recently?

Poured into a goblet it looks like a wheat with a nice fluffy white head with good retention and some nice lacework. I did have a tough time keeping the floaties out. This could be due to not letting the bottle sit for a while before tasting. Must have gotten shook up pretty good while driving on dirt roads from the beer store.

Smells of bread, banannas, some cloves and hops make a stronger than usual account for themselves given the style. Nicely balanced.

The taste starts off sweet, then fades nicely into a dry hoppy finish. Very nice.

Has a good amount of carbonation that feels almost like champagne with the bubbles and hop character working in unison to tingle the tongue. Very drinkable. A beer for all seasons, be it sitting out a snowstorm or hanging out on the back porch on a warm summer night. (975 characters)

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle with with best before date of 9-7-07.

Poured a cloudy orangish-dark straw. I must have disturbed the yeast during transportation. Big chunky head.

Smelled very fruity. Apricot, buttery, spicy. Sweet and lots of bread qualities, vanilla later.

While in the mouth, malt and hops, in fact more hops than I'm accustomed to in a Belgian beer, but that is not a bad thing at all. On the contrary it added alot to the drinkability. The finish is where things got really interesting. Vanilla, cookie dough, lemon, apricot. Spicy with a great tartness. Again, hoppier than others, and I like it. Hell, I love it.

This beer went away too quickly.

As Pierre Rajotte notes in Belgian Ale, "Trying to classify Belgian styles is like attempting to impose guidelines on the Belgian brewmaster's creativity."

The king of tripels! (849 characters)

Photo of markman
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel: 11.2 oz bottle, best before 31-12-06, 57 º F:

Crystal clear gold with a nice frothy white head…a promise of beautimus lacing. But the aroma hits before the eyes can take it all in. Yeast, ginger, maybe even some pineapple. Creamy smooth on the tongue, and then there it is…the ginger again. Malt steps up to fill in with some subtly sweet tropical fruitiness. Finishes with a dry-fruity-malty-lightly-hopped flavor that sticks around for a while. This is one hell of a tripel and, unlike many it’s contemporaries, at 7.5% it is dangerously drinkable.

Cheers... (592 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a brilliant gold with a nice, thin white head. Tiny yeast particles float everywhere.

Smell: The smell of this beer is spectacular. I can't get over how the grain smell mixes with the fruityness. It's such a perfect combination.

Taste and Mouthfeel: I have to say this is without a doubt the best tasting tripel I've ever had. Smooth, sweet, creamy, fruity, malty, and so much more. The taste is so wonderful and complex yet perfectly balanced. Everything about the taste of this beer is perfect. One of the best beers I've tasted to date. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and incredibly inviting.

Drinkability and Overall: About as close to Tripel perfection as a beer can get. My first true Belgian Tripel and I'm blown away. I can't say enough about this beer. It's so rich and flavorful, yet so smooth a easily drank. I will be getting more of this very, very soon. (894 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured lightly hazy dark yellowish ale with a super huge head with excellent retention. Carbonation was extremely good and body was a thinner then expected. Aroma is quite particular with some weird but enjoyable sweetness (like some crazy candy my kids would love) and good strong malt. The sweet malt dominates taste with some undertones consisting of soft spices, candi sugar and yeast. Wow, this one was quite a surprise and probably ranked very close to my top Abbey Tripel. (487 characters)

Photo of Paddez
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden brew. Quite a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The smell is doughy, yeasty with a spicy and fruity undertone.
The taste isn't that of classic tripel. It's sour & sweet at the same time and fruity (lemon, apple, ...) with a strange underlaying flavour. Dry finish.
The yeast plays a big role in this brew.
Medium body, thinner than I expected. Lively carbonation. The acohol is pretty apparent for a brew that's only 7,5%

This was an unusual tripel, and one that I did not quite fully understand. A solid and enjoyable brew, but in my opinion not among the best in this style.

Imho, the St. Bernardus beers are a bit overhyped. Sure, they're all pretty solid beers, but maybe not as good as some others. (745 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy golden-amber body streams with a fine-bubbled carbonation beneath a full head of white froth. The head retention is excellent and it leaves walls of lace about the goblet. Bready, cookie dough-like, and even slightly toasted malt appears in the nose; accented by notes of yeast, vanilla, fruit (cherry, pineapple), flowers, and delicate spice. It's zesty on the tongue with a very fine-bubbled effervescent carbonation that warms to become somewhat creamy; although the medium-full body might have something to do with that as well! The flavor mirrors the aroma with the addition of some leafy hops and a stiff, balancing bitterness. It finishes dry and lingering with yeast and vanilla-laced cookie dough lingering amidst a dry, leafy bitterness. Impressive and unusual, the St. Bernardus Tripel is a not to be missed beer! (831 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: White pillowy, fluffy head with major fizz action just below it. Head sat atop a slightly cloudy, golden brew, with big-time carbonation evident.

Smell: Candy sweet, pineapple, tart and sour fruits, sour apples, Belgian funkiness. Yum.

Taste: Crisp, sour apples up front, like a sparkling cider. Slight pineapple flavors showed through occasionally. Bittering finish was gradual and solid. Very nicely balanced. ABV not noticeable at all. Great, great tasting stuff.

Mouthfeel: Full and smooth, yet crispy as the carbonation excites the tongue and mouth all the while.

Drinkability: Hey, it doesn't get much better than this in this genre. Wonderful. (674 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from an arrowine gift pack (with glass)

golden color with plenty of suspended yeast sediment. not much of a head, but a consistent foamy layer. i would have expected better as the heads on the two St. Bernardus dubbels are quite ample and poofy. some lacing

the nose is very citrusy with some light toffee/caramel hints
the flavor is again citrusy, and shows some spice (corriander, clove?). as well as apricot and light biscuit flavors.

the mouthfeel is slow. not chewy, but it coats the palate nicely. very spritzy at first. one criticism is that the word "chalky" came to mind in terms of texture, which is interesting since someone else made the same comment. yeast?

this stuff isn't as nice of an experience as Pater 6 and Prior 8, but still very good (769 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.