1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Not Rated.
St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,393 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 152
Gots: 139 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

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)
View: Beers (12) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Bernardus Tripel Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,393 | Reviews: 1,169 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of TR0219


4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-08-2013 15:31:51 | More by TR0219
Photo of kenito799

New York

4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belgian Room, St Mark's Place, served in Chimay goblet

Lovely golden color, lighter than I expected. Fairly small head dissipates but leaves copious lacing.

Sweet and fruity aromas up front, fairly typical and pleasant Belgian scents.
Mouthfeel nicely creamy, lively carbonation.

Flavors of light peachy fruits and malts with sweetness at first, but followed by bold hoppy bitterness. This bitter finish lingers and remains in the mouth until the next sip when the decently complex fruity sweetness cuts in. The bitter finish was excellent, but I found myself wishing the complex aromatic flavors lasted a bit longer before the bitterness came forward. Alcohol is pretty much undetectable until you stand up.

Excellent sipping beer after a hard day's work.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2006 04:03:03 | More by kenito799
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer on August 10, 2007 at The Esplanade Biermarket in Toronto. The beer was a cloudy brown in colour with a short lasting off-white head. The aroma was very yeasty with some spicy tinges in the background. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation while the flavour was full of yeast and wet bread. Another damn fine product from St. Bernardus!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:16:30 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of roblowther


4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750ml corked & caged, poured into a chalice. It is hazy copper gold with a rocky white head and active carbonation. Smells of honey, peaches, and a slight medicinal phenol. Tastes peppery and sharp, then dusky malt. It has a hay-like flavor that is very pleasant. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and slippery. Drinkability is great. Now excuse me while I finish this. Typing is making my beer foam up.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 23:51:37 | More by roblowther
Photo of Franch

New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-22-2013 06:51:20 | More by Franch
Photo of jmalex


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I've certainly had plenty of times but haven't gotten to review until now. Tonight that changes.

APPEARANCE: Pours a somewhat opaque golden yellow-amber into my Trois Pistoles chalice. A white head forms on top and gradually shrinks down to a foamy surface covering. Spider web lacing sticks to the side of the glass as I drink.

SMELL: Excellent balance of many different components. The Belgian yeast lets itself be heard giving off a decent amount of spiciness and phenols. Fruit is well represented in the form of apricots and oranges. A trace of alcohol glosses over everything rounding the aroma out.

TASTE: Fantastic. The beer is exceptionally fruity carrying over the same varieties as in the aroma. Everything else is somewhat held in check and in its place. In fact, the esters, phenols, fruit, alcohol, everything - all melds seamlessly together, it's difficult to isolate the flavors from one another.

MOUTHFEEL: The body is on the thinner side of averages, but it doesn't quite finish as dry as one would think. The carbonation is high and tight and absolutely perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Scary for an 8% beer. I'm almost through mine already and wish I had more. I instantly regret holding out for the 355 mL bottle when I've passed on the 750 mL so many times.

It's no secret how good this beer is. This review just confirms it to me. Definitely in the upper class of its style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:28:49 | More by jmalex
Photo of stephendr


3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back PalateMurky golden color, slight candy nose, light hops with earthy taste but a clean creamy body, after taste bitter and sweet in the back Palate

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 05:52:44 | More by stephendr
Photo of JasonTaverner


4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 23:39:42 | More by JasonTaverner
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Carefully poured into my snifter this pours out a clear golden amber with a fluffy white foamy head. Plenty of carbonation rising to the top helps to maintain the voluminous head. Nice thick lacing to boot!

Smells of yeast, white pepper, and earthy hops. Interesting, but not as complex as I would expect from a Belgian tripel.

Ahh, here is that complexity that was missing out. More spices and candy sugar goodness here. I'm noting clove, pepper, and yeast. The candy sugar sweetness is balanced by the hop background. Earthy and grassy hop tones rather than bitter or citrus. There's an air of funk similar to a saison. If you don't like that sort of thing this probably won't work for you.

Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is amazing no doubt both are helped by the careful use of the candy sugar. This was finished too fast. I highly recommend this tripel. Only the nose was disappointing, but everything else was great. Another solid offering from St. Bernardus.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 18:17:37 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of donteatpoop


3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy blonde color with a nice cap of white head that retains nicely for a whilke but eventually fades to a ring around the glass that leaves some lacing behind.

Smells bready sweet, farmhouse funk, and an underlying tartness.

The taste is excellent, flowers and bread-sweetness, unidentified fruit flavors.

Excellent beer, even more flavor as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 05:24:54 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of od_sf


4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2012 22:13:03 | More by od_sf
Photo of Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -5.9%

01-20-2014 12:21:58 | More by Schmoog
Photo of mikehillman


4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-26-2013 13:45:31 | More by mikehillman
Photo of keithmurray

New York

4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Photo of cnally


4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

That smarky smirking monk on the bottle would be so pretentious if the brewery didn't kick so much ass.

An opaque hazy goldenrod body. A white foamy head sticks decently.

Aroma of major yeast and citrus grain. Spicy and earthy.

The flavor really delivers on the candi sugar. A sweet malty beverage that teters on being too yeasty, but finishes nicely with a peppery hop and a lightly toasted malt.

Bodacious mouthfeel and highly bubbly, decently dry but not astringent.

Very tasty one and plenty to love.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 02:14:27 | More by cnally
Photo of rudy0908


4/5  rDev -5.9%

12-10-2011 03:22:48 | More by rudy0908
Photo of freemanj


4.25/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2013 04:37:10 | More by freemanj
Photo of a0lbudman


4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- straw to gold couldy look with about a 3 inch white foam that fades slow with a good lace.
S-orange, bananna with a little spice
T-the citrus flavor hit me at the start, then a sweet bananna came in followed by an alcohol taste. Spicy like is also there.
M- creamy and very carbonated
O- this was a great beer looking forward to the next one

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 23:51:29 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of jpaulsen


4/5  rDev -5.9%

02-20-2013 03:54:19 | More by jpaulsen
Photo of MightiestBeard


4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-08-2013 21:01:51 | More by MightiestBeard
Photo of kkmiller76

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-16-2012 06:08:24 | More by kkmiller76
Photo of Supergenious


4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

09-19-2012 01:18:54 | More by Supergenious
Photo of mmmbeerNY

New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

07-04-2014 02:18:08 | More by mmmbeerNY
Photo of BeanBone


4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-orange body with lots of bubbles around the glass and lots grainy sediment in the bottom. Up top, a finger and a half of very bubbly off-white head with average retention and lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, grassy hops, Belgian yeast, dark fruit, and golden fruit over a sweet pale malt body. A bare whiff of booze once it warms.

Flavor: Again, a mix of citrusy hops, golden fruit, white pepper, sweet cereal-grain malt, and thoroughly Belgian yeast. Everything is balanced well, with each element complimenting the others. No sign of the alcohol in the flavor, even after it warms. Pepper, yeast, and grainy malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-full body with medium carbonation and a neutral finish. No sign of the booze.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, especially given the moderately-high alcohol content.

Verdict: Full of character, balanced well, enjoyable throughout, and easily quaffable, St. Bernardus' Tripel is a great little brew. It's perhaps my favorite Tripel so far, as well as a stellar introduction to the brand.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 00:42:19 | More by BeanBone
Photo of Alex5

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

12-10-2013 02:34:38 | More by Alex5
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.