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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,289 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2289
Reviews: 1165
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


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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scottyb88

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a hazy, golden yellow with great lacing and nice head

S- yeasty bread with lemon and clove, a hint of apricots and tangerine

T-similar to the nose, but with a citrus peel flavor balanced by the sweetness of the malt and fruitiness of the yeast; the hops are noticeable, but not overbearing, to balance things out

M-crisp and smooth; great medium body; a surprisingly dry finish with a lingering taste of sugar coated tangerine (the orange gummy circles with sugar on top comes to mind); nice carbonation

O-really hard to find faults in St. Bernardus; always has been one of my favorite breweries; fantastic beer

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 05:26:19 | More by scottyb88
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JimTeal

Nevada

4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must come clean up front, I love St Bernardus beers, and shockingly this beer out of the bottle is darn near as good as draft in Bruge. I purchased a 4 pack at Total Wine (glad to see they are beginning to carry good variety of bottled 4 packs of Belgians) and this Tripel is excellent. The pour is delightful, not overly carbonated, really an almost perfect head. The golden haze is classic for a really good tripel. The initial taste is neither sweet nor too dry, just right, without the lemony aftertaste of most Belgian blondes which have their own category. The smell is as good as it gets for tripels, great balance, hint of banana/caramel, but really a clean and fine flavorful beer and the moderate alcohol makes this Tripel worth a try. I plan to enjoy this particular brew many times in the future, especially now that I don't have to buy the 22 oz expensive model every time. I am occasionally torn about the overall price of Belgian beer and I will be glad when our stateside brewers catch up, which they will. Unfortunately we are a bit short on monks supplying out of the back monastery entrance, but our micros more than hold their own. The St Bernardus range of beers is wonderfully thought out and each has a reason, taste and character for it's existence. So I am happy to include this with their Abt 12/8/6 and Wit.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 23:01:39 | More by JimTeal
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vidisad

California

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice Belgian triple. I got this bottle at Bevmo in Ventura, California. It comes in 330ml bottle. The foam was creamy and reach but lasted not so long. This beer has most of attributes of Belgian triples but it is not one of my favorite Belgium triples.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 07:52:49 | More by vidisad
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Maltmaiden

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful carbonation! Yellow/orange. Thick white head that goes away quickly but hardly leaves lacing or film. Murky. I have to say, the gorgeous color and carbonation of this tripel almost make up for the lacking in retention.

I smell that Belgian yeast right away. A tad metallic. Light notes of pineapple or apricot. Maltiness. Faint hops.

Definitely taste that apricot right away and to a lessor extent pineapple. Breadiness and bitterness from the hops (more than I was expecting, but I like). I can just barely detect a metal taste :( . Tiny bit of alcohol but that is very well hidden. Perfect amount of malt sweetness. Cloves.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick and is very smooth. The carbonation keeps it crisp and lively and there is just a touch of effervescence from the alcohol.

Pretty good tripel from this brewery, though I enjoyed their dubbel more. This one was very well balanced. Will probably buy again.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 02:06:53 | More by Maltmaiden
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Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Dark gold with a very slight haze. Aroma has notes of malt, wheat, yeast and dried fruits. Very smooth, creamy and somewhat foamy palate. Flavor has soapy citrus, peppery spices, some orange peel, coriander and floral notes. . Soft body. The alcohol makes a statement early, but the brew turns sweet, almost cloying, before spice and peachy fruit finish

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:14:50 | More by Serge
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gleemonger

California

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt yellow-orange with dark floaties tossed around by the high carbonation. Large, foamy white head with long retention and thick lacing.

Blast of sweet banana, clove and a spicy peppery fruit bouquet. Very pleasant.

A very well blended mix of the banana clove Belgian yeast flavors with some earthy hoppiness, and a sweet, fruity backbone. Spicy, sharp and refreshing. Nothing really lingers other than the yeast a bit. No real standout flavor here, as each kind of just bats down the other all the way through the finish.

Light, crisp, refreshing with fairly heavy carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Very nice, but not quite at the level of some of my other favorite Tripels. I definitely appreciate how perfectly balanced and well crafted this is, though, for sure. A very, very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 03:10:36 | More by gleemonger
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml, bb 11 12 14

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-gold with a finger of frothy white head that settles to a skim fairly fast.

Smell. Roasted grains and bright, fruity belgian yeast with some classic belgian spice. Smells like the real deal.

Taste. Plenty of belgian yeast and some spice. Some great malts in there, lightly sweet and just a little bitterness. Lightly grassy and earthy. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fairly strong carbonation.

Overall. Admittedly, this isn't one of the best styles for me, but a very well made beer. I drank the whole thing, which is saying a lot for this guy.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 02:14:26 | More by Rutager
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with monster creamy white head. Smells of belgian spices, some light fruits, and a bit of dry yeast. Taste is light fruits like pears and apples, along with some spiciness and funky dry yeast. Good beer. Enjoyed this more than the Watou version.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 19:28:50 | More by BMMillsy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 7/18/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruits, honey, and yeast. Taste is much the same with some slight spice flavors on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 04:51:37 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before date 03/03/15, poured into a Chimay goblet

A: Slightly cloudy, dark golden. Good sized, dense white head.

S: Yeasty and bready. Spicy & clove notes from the yeast. A bit of a lager-y aroma as well.

T: Light sweetness on the start, but fairly dry overall. Mild apple flavor with a bit of spice. Finishes fairly bitter. Light alcohol contribution. Pleasant, but fairly uninteresting.

M: Strong carbonation. Quite dry in the month. Clean bitterness on the finish that lingers for about 30 seconds.

O: Good, but not exciting me that much. The bitterness seems a little out of balance and detracts for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 03:35:41 | More by kscaldef
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden honey liquid with excellent clarity and a lot of carbonation with 1" of foamy white head with nice lacing.

S: pears, sour yeast and grassy hops

T: Apples, pears, white grapes, and some grassy hops in the finish

M: soft, with medium viscosity and high fine carbonation. Some drying from the alcohol

O: World class. The appearance and taste of this tripel are phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:42:33 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Philousa

California

4.78/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed on tap at Smoke Eaters 8/22/12.

Cloudy gold with white, dense head that dwindles to a thin layer and laces well. Light barley with citrus zest and lots of spices on top: allspice and coriander come to mind. Malt backbone is solid yet light. Trending towards wheat slightly, the Belgian pilsner shines through the big lemon tang flavor. Very dry, the finish also brings the spices mentioned above. Balanced feel somehow pulls off being creamy and then effervescent in the same sip.

Light and refreshing, all the flavors shine without stepping on each other's toes. The spice of the yeast is showcased especially well, reminding me of what most Wits should scale back to. I'm especially impressed with how they've handled the Belgian malt, as it's a delicate animal that tends to leave a bad taste in my mouth of not used properly. This is definitely one of the best Tripels out there.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 16:24:10 | More by Philousa
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

St. Bernardus Tripel has a fizzy, ginger ale-type, white head and a hazy, golden-orange appearance, with lots of champagne fizziness and a plethora of suspended brownish-gray particles floating about. The aroma is of spicy bread, fruit, and sugar candy. Taste is of spicy fruit cake, bread, raisin, malt, and a lot of other stuff I can’t pinpoint. Bitterness is low with this one. The mouthfeel is tingly and medium, and St. Bernardus Tripel finishes mostly dry, tasty, and highly drinkable, which could get a drinker into trouble. Overall, it lives up to its reputation.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 14:07:17 | More by RonaldTheriot
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Greywulfken

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: hazy gold with a fluffy head that settles into a finely-bubbled cap with laces

S: citrusy hops and sweet pale malt, floral yeast

T: lemony honey, spice and faint clove; flavors blossom as the beer warms

M: medium body, fizzy cabonation, neither sweet nor dry on the finish - somewhat in-the-middle

O: a good tripel - I wasn't blown away by it the way I was by their Abt 12 - but there is no doubt that these guys know what they're doing when they're brewing

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 20:06:56 | More by Greywulfken
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bright, orangey-gold color with a decent size head of white foam.

Aromas begin with a sugary sweet maltiness with hints of spicy hops, fruit-flavored bubblegum yeastiness, some slight booze and more honey candy.

The tastes begin with sweet pale maltiness with a bit of breadiness. Large dose of honey candy with a some lemony/citrus fruitiness and a drop of vanilla extract. As it warms you get more of the spicy, flowery hops that impart a medium-low bitterness. You can also detect a splash of bubblegum from the yeast with some light accompanying alcohol heat and peppery yeast.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with medium-high, slightly prickly carbonation. Finish is niether dry or sweet or anything really. A bit peppery if I had to choose one thing.

Overall this is a very good tripel from one of the staple Belgian brewers in the world. Not my favorite style but pretty much what I would want from a Tripel if I was ever in the mood to drink one. Not to the quality of Westmalle but close. Recommended for fans of the style, good place to start your craft beer exploration if it is just beginning.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 17:54:02 | More by claspada
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Arno


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Dark golden, almost orange slightly hazy color. Good white foam, nice lacing.

smell: I get some ripe tropical fruits, yeasty, wheaty and sugar.

taste: It starts with a fresh fruity and herbal flavor, into a more defined banana bread sugary flavor. Finishes surprisingly light and fluid with some caramel flavor to it. Can't really get my finger around it. There is also some creaminess to it.

mouthfeel: Quite creamy, but also quite some carbonation to break through it, making it fresh.

overall: I just love this beer. It's somehow hard to really pinpoint the flavors. There is so much going on, and yet it's a very easy to drink beer. It's a mystery to me. Making this beer very interesting when focused on it, and very, very drinkable when just relaxing and having a beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:17:36 | More by Arno
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus branded chalice

Pours a hazy gold with dark amber accents and a two finger bright white pillowy head. Abundant lacing as the head recedes. Incredible head retention. An amazing aroma of spices, Belgian yeast, and ripe fruit on the nose. Opens with herbs and flora with just a touch of spice, juicy fruit in the middle and finishes dry with some sweetness, extremely mild herbal bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is mind-blowing. Slightly heavy bodied, however slick with abundant velvet-like creaminess. A very uniquely amazing tripel and a brew everyone should seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 06:21:34 | More by chanokokoro
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicate pour into my snifter gets me a full three fingers of head over an amber body. Bubbles and sediment can be plainly seen floating freely in the glass. Keeps a little froth and a ring. Some decent lacing as well.

Yeast, wheat and Belgian candy sugar play all over your nose in this beer. Banana, clove and other light spices fill it out and give it that true tripel smell.

The sweetness of the sugar compliments the early yeast and wheat beginning. This takes on a light caramel tone as the yeast gets stronger and transitions into banana and spices. Awesome flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Coats the mouth a little without being sticky. Slightly bitter near the end, it finishes dry. Makes you want another sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 17:37:18 | More by CFHMagnet
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brouwer

Montana

4.98/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently bought a four pack of 11.5 ounce bottles. Poured into a trumpet glass. Very generous head with lacing and an abundant aroma. The mouthfeel is wonderfully fresh carbonation and a sweet aftertaste. I find this a great example of a tripel. I would recommend this to anyone with the desire to experience a great example of a tripel.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 21:16:25 | More by brouwer
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keithmurray

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ML Bottle poured into a tulip

Appearance - crisp clear golden colour with a bit of white head

smell - bready yeast, lemon peel, green apple

taste - lemon,green apple, bready yeast, ginger, pale malts, just a touch of heat (black pepper maybe?)

mouthfeel - smooth, heavier side of medium bodied, ample carbonation, just a touch of sweetness, dry finish. really refreshing, crisp and clean, not a trace of booze, either

overall - this is up there with the best tripels I've had, really nice balance to this. A must have for you tripel lovers out there

Price Point - $10.99/750ML bottle

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 19:59:19 | More by keithmurray
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viverlee

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Historical context, like many things, can be good in moderation. I’m most definitely interested in partaking of this bottle-conditioned beaut right here, today. But I also believe it’s worth pointing out that, at least according to scholars at the brouwerij, the St. Bernardus family of beers owes its stellar foundation to ancient rainfall, buried 150 meters below ground, and the canonized tears of Jeanne d’Arc.

STYLE: Belgian Tripel

ABV: 8%

LOOK: Pours a hazy, amber-orange base that won’t win any beauty contests. Not that it really matters because the head is to die for. Literally, when the world finally tires of this beer vivant’s act, I want to be buried in this shit. It’s a two-finger foam pillow, so flat, so inviting.

NOSE: It’s Belgian, yeah, but should I be getting more? Marshmallows, yes, and some citrus rind too … maybe lemon, probably orange.

MOUTH: Fuck yeah. Powdered sugar, clove, apricot, Fruit Stripes, pineapple upside down cake. Restrained Belgian yeast. If it weren’t for the excellent head it might be a little light. But all together the weight, it’s perfect. Not to sip, not to chug, just to enjoy.

Beeradvocate Rating: 94

Hayward Abbey Rating: 94

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:43:31 | More by viverlee
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sureshot08

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy light amber color with a white head that retains a thin layer. Some yeast sediment.

Smell: Wheat, Belgian spices, banana, candy sugar, apricot

Taste: Fruity with some caramel tones, dry finish, crisp, classic Beligan spice flavor

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but coats the palate well

Overall: Great beer. On par with the trappist tripels I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:25:28 | More by sureshot08
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz goblet.

A - Bubbly head, just under one finger off the pour. Off-white, slightly tan color. The beer is a hazy, burnt orange, with a lot of yeasty sediment. The head quickly dissipates, forming a thin ring around the glass. Slight spots of lacing appear, but soon slide back down the glass.

S - Lots of earthy, bready notes. Wheat, Belgian spices, and a slightly reserved yeastiness. A touch of dark fruitiness, with some light floral hops as well. A hint of Belgian candi sugar adds a dimension of dark sweetness to the already complex aroma. Slight scent of alcohol.

T - Light barley malt, wheat, fresh hay, and a strong kick of spiciness in the finish. Alcohol is minimal. The yeast feels vibrant and lively. Notes of fruit begin to pop up here and there. Golden apples, fresh apricot, and ripe banana all make an appearance. A touch of plum flavor also presents itself. Tasty Belgian spices linger in the finish. The hops do make an appearance in the finish, providing a grassy zest to the beers already full-bodied flavor profile. Slight bitterness.

M - Smooth, buttery and bubbly. Strong carbonation, but not overbearing in the slightest. Medium-bodied feel, with a slightly oily after-feel on the palate. Chalky film does build up after a while. Very smooth and drinkable.

D - A complex and enjoyable brew for sure. The focus is really on the finish, with lots of spices, hops, and earthy notes lingering nicely. A little less yeasty and bready than other representations of the style. An all around classic brew from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:59:17 | More by Converge
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Beelzebeer

Newfoundland (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, served in goblet, best before December 2nd, 2014, so a few years old.

A - Dark straw yellow, with dense generous head. Looks delicious.

S - A little darker in smell than your traditional tripel. A faint green pea smell on the alcohol. That might sound gross, but it works.

T - Darker malt than other tripels. A welcome taste. Unusual aftertaste. Maybe a liquorice? It feels like the taste quickly evacuates. Different, but quite nice.

M - Perfection. Medium-high carbonation that just floats over the tongue. Medium body. Goes down quite well.

O - I really like this aged! I wish I had a fresher one to compare, but being in Newfoundland, you can't find this within 2000km. Would gladly have again. and then again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:58:37 | More by Beelzebeer
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Milltown.

Pour is very light yellow with a cloudy hue. Light tight white head.

The smell, is just light. i want more of something/everything. Its got that peppery sicy yeast characteristic that you want, but theres a load balance. Booze is hidden. Taste is balanced for sure. Light pepper spice from the yeast, touch of banana/clove/bubblegum as well. yeast is light. Cant accentuate enough that the booze isnt really there.

I can see why its rated so highly on the list.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 23:34:56 | More by VncentLIFE
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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