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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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1,220 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,220
Hads: 2,887
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 215
Gots: 338 | FT: 3
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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 garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Why did it take me so long to get to this one? Probably price, but no longer.
Surprisingly tight aroma. Soft doughy malt, mild spice, hints of fruit. Nice and on target, just really soft.
Big, but not huge, white frothy, fizzy head. Golden and somewhat cloudy body.
Oh, the flavor is where this one shines. Complex right away and all flavors good. Get the alcohol, in flavor and warmth, but it's nice. Sweetness. Soft and enjoyable fruit. Nice pale malt. Consistent and clear stream of flavor leading to hoppy bitterness. Finish is not hugely drying, but drying enough and is strongly influenced by the hops.
Fully carbonation, light and bubbly and filling.
This is good and better than that. But it is not life changing or close to a Wow beer. Very good, but a little disappointing compared to this brewery's other beers. (825 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a goblet.

A- Pours a hazy, honey colored body with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly and leaves some lacing.

S- Citrus, cloves, bananas, belgian spice, molasses.

T- Sweet unripe banana, candi sugar, molasses, caramel, sweet, roasty on the finish.

M- Medium body, medium carbonation

Very nice. Abt 12 was better but this was enjoyable and tasty. (389 characters)

Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Huge Head almost four fingers at first. Amber golden color. Consistent lacing.

S: Rich and deep. Malt and hops come through. Citrusy notes.

T: The alcohol really comes through. I was a little disappointed by the taste. At $6 a bottle, I was expecting something more. It starts off very smooth and sweet and ends bitter. Don't get me wrong, it's worth tasting. I was just hoping for something more from a beer rated so highly.

M: Goes down smooth. You can barely taste the carbonation. Aftertaste hangs on the back of the tongue.

O: Great beer? Yes. World class beer? Ehhh maybe. I can tell a lot of work went into making this beer. I really enjoyed everything about this beer other than the aftertaste. (710 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: standard brown bottle, pretty ordinary Belgian label. They just can't seem to do decent labels.

Appearance: straw yellow in colour with a one-finger head that hangs about for a short time. Settles to almost nil with sporadic lacing.

Aroma: an intense aroma of Belgian yeasts, honey, citrus and biscuit malts. Pretty good.

Taste: plenty of spices with a touch of those citrus and biscuits. Definite Belgian yeast up front however.

Aftertaste: lingers well, with a gritty bitterness that sits well in the mouth.

Mouth feel: quite smooth, particularly as the beer continues to warm. Medium in body.

Overall: a pretty impressive but ultimately far too expensive Belgian Tripel. I do prefer the Tripels from The Little Brewing Co (Mad Abbot) or St Feuillien, both of which come in at a minimum of $20 cheaper than the case price of over AU$125 (2013). (860 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz bottle marked 29-05-15. Sampled on July 3, 2013.

It pours mainly pale yellow with a decent white-fizzy head and plenty or carbonation. Slightly cloudy.

The aroma is delightful with a good dose of Belgian yeast, Belgian pale malts, biscuit, and the slightest herbal quality. Very mellow and easy to absorb.'

The body falls into the medium range and it is creamy too.

Everything about this beer is mellow and relaxing. The taste us a pleasant combination of pale malts, Belgian sugars, and low bitterness. Not as citrusy and tart as other Tripels I have tried, I enjoyed this brew. (604 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From Leura, BB 7/14.

A - cloudy straw, dense three-finger head, leaves film and clumpy lace. Superb.

S - Belgian sugars from the pfffttt. Lemon, apricot, yeast.

T - Sweet and dry, Belgian yeast, sugar, lemons, apricots. Complex and integrated.

M - light, zesty, creamy, but medium weight. Moderate alcohol warmth.

O - this blew me away from the moment I opened the lid. Superb example of a Tripel. World Class (414 characters)

Photo of freneticamnesic
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Bronzy gold, thick head, plenty of lacing

S - Spices, yeast, and citrus

T - Everything in the aroma comes back, plus honey and roast malts,some nutty flavours, and floral hops

M - medium bodied, lots of carbonation

O - Very very impressive. Definitely up in my favourite tripels: loving the complexity that goes into this beer without completely warping it away from the 'classic' tripel feel. (429 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Cloudy orange tinted golden body with a massive mound of ivory cream jiggling on top.

S: Pilsner malt, candied sugar malt, marshmallows, clove, pears, peaches, Granny Smith apples, gala apples, cinnamon, spicy barley, sugary pound cake and a great yeast strain. Subtle banana esters and coconut.

T/M: Spicy and fruity taste that follows the above mentioned ingredients. Yeast is great with earthy and fruit forward flavors that are semi powdery. Alcohol presence is sharp and spicy but complimenting. Great mouthfeel that finishes dry with tea tannins.

O: As expected this is a great triple. Super complex profile while being well balanced as well. (657 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: hazy, golden amber, foamy persistent white head

Aroma: very aromatic,banana and clove with soft malt character, very yeasty with spicy hop additions

Taste: spicy with notes of banana and clove, malty depth

Mouthfeel: very smooth, rounded and balanced mouthfeel, little carbonation,

Overall Impression: A delicious and easy drinking Tripel, much easier to drink than Westmalle Tripel, and exhibits the spicey hops and yeast desired with strong malt background. (475 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Small creamy white head. Not much lacing. Slightly hazy straw body.

S: Sherbet powder.

T: Laquer/nail varnish and sherbet. Neutral bread base and a slightly sharp bitterness. Initially sweet but the bitterness evens it out eventually. Agreeable mouthfeel. Nothing else to add.

O: Not as great as I remember but having bought this bottle in Korea I imagine its three months on a container ship might have taken its toll. (425 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A: Hazy, golden/light-orange, head recedes quickly to just barely covering around the edges

S: Pretty typical tripel aroma, phenolic with a noticeable sting of alcohol, hints of white fruit as well give it a slightly tart edge, very pleasant

T: Wow, take every aspect from the aroma, starts with some slight alcohol burn and phenolic flavors, but the alcohol doesn't have the edge that I thought it would, instead of lingering and burning, it transitions to a slight sweetness thats a combination of apple and very very light caramel malt, perfect combination and so smooth for a strong, yeasty beer

M: Not dry, carbonation stings, body is medium but the carbonation brings it down and allows you to drink it like a lighter beer

O: This beer looks good, smells better, and tastes amazing. The further you go into experiencing this beer the better it gets. One of the best examples of the style and so easily available. (962 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with three fingers of dense white head. The head recedes slowly and the lacing is incredible.

S: Musty chamomile yeastiness starts out with orange zest and peach. The beer is very nicely balanced, yet on the dry side. Extremely complex.

T: Similar to the aroma - I get a nice spiciness with some sweet peach and orange zest. Fairly dry and very nice.

M: On the thin side with strong, yet creamy carbonation. A touch soapy.

O: A great Tripel. A touch of fruity sweetness with a complex spice to balance. Fairly dry throughout. No alcohol flavor whatsoever. (633 characters)

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

A: poured into a snifter to a cloudy light gold with a dense two finger white head that has excellent retention
S: smells of spicy yeast, fruity esters, fresh cut grass and bittering hops
T: tastes of fruitiness, sharp and spicy yeast and a bit of sweetness from some light candi sugar, slightly bitter noble hop flavor as well. swallow is more yeast and fruitiness with a bit of bitterness
M: heavy side of medium body with plenty of carbonation and is a bit prickly and a drying finish
O: a phenomenal beer and a hallmark of the style. Great flavors and pretty much all around perfect. (587 characters)

Photo of Blindpigbiz
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell: very clean yeast

Taste: sweet tangerines, butter cream, rich herbs, hints of flower pedals, delicate hop-spice with glazed almonds and faint sesame seeds pervade throughout

This beer is one of the most complex beers I have ever tried. There is nothing brazen within each taste, just a rich myriad of complex flavors that attach to your palette and then to your mind. This beer goes great with aged cured dried meats with red grapes, fig jam, and aged Brie (464 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.23.13
Dated 16.04.15

A - Pours a hazy light-medium orange with a huge foamy off-white head.

S - Lemon, peach, sweet candy.

T - Belgium yeast, fruity and sweet candy.

D - Tons of carbonation and a light body.

O - Sweet, fruity and very candy-like. So easy to drink. (289 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another beer that I picked up at Top Hops a few weeks back. I never had anything from Brouwerij St. Bernardus before and although this wasn't as highly regarded as the Abbey 12, I enjoyed this a lot and thought it was quite solid. Nothing terribly outstanding but it felt a lot weaker than the alcoholic content would have led me to believe.

The pour to this was golden, bubbly, and with a very frothy head. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen either as the suds slowly slide down the sides of my pint glass. A good amount of apple and pear could be detected in the taste here along with some grass, booze, and a sourness that grew in intensity during the duration of each sip. This wasn't completely clear but I really felt the wheat in this either, although the bubbles did a nice job of keeping this light and champagne-like.

To be sure, this was a strong beer and it as light as the mouthfeel was, the alcohol was easily detected from start to finish. Combined with the candy sugar, it made this just a bit stronger and more intense than I would have liked, but this was still a sold beer that had a lot going for it. Not the best example of a Tripel but not to be missed either if the time allots for the booze to settle in, since the lightness and flavors more than make up for the intensity. (1,309 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a cloudy, gold color with huge frothy head with excellent lacing as the foam resolves. Nice cloudy, cider like appearance.

S: Bouquet hints of fruit (apple, belgian yeast, caramel, fresh grapes),

T: hoppy up front, followed by fruity esters, hint of sweetness and acidity results in clean finish.

M: Highly carbonated which contributes to its mild acidic/bitter taste, clean finish. good mouthfeel

Another incredible beer from Brouwerij

Serving type: bottle (475 characters)

Photo of hackmann
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: hazy golden orange body with a nice two finger head. A little sediment on the bottom of the bottle so, make sure to swirl the bottle with the last inch of ale.

Aroma: light overall, light fruity, good Belgian sugar and yeast; as the ale warms up the tropical notes start to come into focus, it is reminding me of pineapple/banana cotton candy.

Flavors: sweet malts and a touch of floral hops; there is a tart lemon/apple bite; the pineapple/banana cotton candy on the nose transfer to the taste;

Mouthfeel: a fine fizzy carbonation feel, medium-full body weight, the tart note controls the sweetness,

To the Point: a very nice Tripel, I’ll take Piraat over this all day. (692 characters)

Photo of Steamer
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A full 3 fingered, white head with large bubbles. Looks like cloudy apple cider or mango. Smell: Fresh cut apples and grape juice. Generally fruity flavor but apples is most prevalent, slightly bitter and a little dry, Has the feel of a sparkling wine, moderate to high carbonation. Overall: Excellent balance and blend, a great Tripel. (336 characters)

Photo of Mdez
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at a kiosk (Kiosk #25) outside of Luquillo, Puerto Rico. It was one of several great beers they had down there.

Had it straight from the bottle (they only had plastic 6-oz cups), so I couldn't really judge the appearance aside from me holding the bottle in my hand...which did look pretty good.

It smelled great, but tasted even better with a great mouthfeel, but this was all expected because of the brewer's reputation.

It was a very good beer, but note necessarily the best Tripel I've ever had; it's close to the top, but not the best.

I'me very glad I found this to try! (588 characters)

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blind next to Westmalle Tripel in some monk-on-monk action.

A: Very opaque gold and tons of sediment stagnating in the middle. Very white head. Bizarre and dramatic.

S: Significantly more muted than the other top-end tripels. Vague floral whiff. Tough to identify individual aromas here.

T: Neither a ton of sweetness or booze, but also a little undistinguished. While Westmalle is a freak of the senses, St. Bernardus is very understated, with somewhat floral flavors popping in and out of focus. Subtle and confounding.

M: Drier than some others. Average carbonation.

O: Elegant and very well-produced, but also somewhat anonymous in that no flavors or aromas truly emerge as dominant. For some, that's going to be why this is the best tripel out there. I like mine more aggressive, so Westmalle is my Trappist triple of choice. (844 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is just so easy to drink. smooth, hardly a hint of alchohol. Hint of flowers, citrus. Medium mouth. Superb, easy drinker that stands up to just about anything in this style. It may not be quite as great as the Quad, but it's still a beer I could happily drink if I could only have one choice for the rest of my life. Love it. (335 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly hazed golden body with a foamy cap that retains extremely well and generates gobs of lacing.

Complex, effervescent, fruity, light band-aid, belgian yeast, mild spice.

Matches up well with the nose. Lots of fruit esters, some warm alcohol, plenty of spice from the yeast and hops. Very complex taste.

Very dry mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

Awesome example of the style. Just an all around beautiful tripel. (423 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

.33L bottle (best by 8/2014 dated) served in a Piraat tulip glass.

A: The beer is a pale orange-amber color, hazy with a towering, creamy tan head, some of which lasts until the end, and leaves some lace on the glass.

S: The fruity/floral aroma reflects Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops. Excellent for style.

T: probably the best tasting tripel I've ever had. The toasted malts are a bit more apparent than usual, banana and clove make up only a small portion of the complex flavor, and the sweet/bitter/tart mix is superb.

M: Crisp and very smooth; medium body; medium-high carbonation, slightly dry finish.

O: World class; my favorite tripel{?}. (669 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Unibroue chalice.

A: Mildly hazy honeyed golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head don't budge an inch. A jagged blanket of lacing coats the glass.

S: Bready malts, chalky and nutty yeast, slightly musty. Esters take on a perfumey and floral character. Tropical and playful too.

T: Honeyed sweetness. Bread dough. Nutty yeast. Ghost-like clove. Pineapple, mango, and apricot esters. Almost juicy, even. Spicy tastes build a little. Drying yeasty finish with a slight musty taste.

M: Medium bodied. Very full, very creamy, and very lush. Somewhat aggressive carbonation. A beautiful mouthfeel that enhances drinkability tenfold.

O: This is up there with the best tripels in the world. Crazy drinkable. (740 characters)

St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
94 out of 100 based on 1,220 ratings.