St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.34/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a 330 mL bottle marked with a 'best by' date on the label of 01/08/2016. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.
Appearance - They sure know how to make a beautiful-looking beer at St. Bernardus. This one pours a hazy amber with a gradient of glowing starfruit yellow at the bottom of the glass that grows to a muted graham cracker brown just underneath the head. Above the shadowy golden sits a one finger head of stark white foam that covers the liquid like a blanket of wet snow. Retention is excellent, lingering for quite some time before fading to a moderate film with nice, silky lacing intermittently around the glass.
Smell - Pretty traditional tripel notes, with baking spice, some fruity phenols reminiscent of anjou pear and nectarine, but nothing aggressive. Gentle and delicate, so that spice notes of clove and yeast aren't overpowered. Some hints at the underlying estery heat as well, but nothing terribly boozy or unbalanced.
Taste - The excellent smell outpaces the taste a bit, but not by much. Here, the phenols are more overt with juicy notes of pear, nectarine and now white plum and even hints of plantain--the much less sweet cousin of banana. The clove is still lingering now with complementary notes of cardamom. Finish is slightly sweet and boozy, but just barely.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and just a tad on the thick/full side. Moderate carbonation that provides enough contrapuntal bite to the more viscous body. Finish is sweet, but not lingering.
Overall, a classic tripel that is right near the top of my favorites in the style. In fact it's close enough that I'd probably have to do a side-by-side with the others that standout in my mind to really have a good idea on which was my favorite. Sometimes, it's refreshing to know that such an well-done beer can be picked up on the shelf of about any liquor store you could walk into at any point in time.
Serving type: bottle
05-06-2014 05:43:15 | More by LambicPentameter
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
330ml Bottle from the Palm Desert CA Total wine for $5
Appearance - Gold colour with a massive size fizzy/frothy white head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Cloves, lemons, breads/grains
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, cloves and lemon juice/zest. There is also some banana, floral notes, and a peppery bite.
Overall - Great zesty/peppery flavour and a nice mix of fruity notes. This is world class stuff for sure. One of the better tripels I've had so far.
Serving type: bottle
04-29-2014 00:05:07 | More by spinrsx
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,395 ratings.