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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,428 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 1,170
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 160
Gots: 150 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my large St. Bernardus chalice. It pours a hazy honey golden color with a two finger head that is thick, frothy, and white. No real lacing or cascading to speak of.

S-Belgian yeast, some spice, and alcohol

T-Sweet from the alcohol, Belgian yeast, and a slightly tart finish. To me this is the best tasting version of the style, I love it.

M-Fairly thick and syrupy with the near perfect amount of carbonation.

D-I could drink this all day-its delicious and at 8% alcohol you could drink a few in a single session.

Overall, this is my favorite Tripel. I love this beer and I love this brewery. I must try for fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 03:07:04 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev 0%

04-01-2013 20:51:00 | More by Krakpoff
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
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

05-28-2012 00:41:12 | More by RyanGoodman
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

09-24-2013 17:20:08 | More by Beerontwowheels
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

12-17-2012 05:59:33 | More by jlindsey
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
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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4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

07-26-2013 10:51:39 | More by ComRock12
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

09-22-2013 23:39:42 | More by JasonTaverner
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-07-2012 02:30:52 | More by andthevolcano
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North Carolina

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

Hazy orange color with carbonation bubbles and particals of yeast visable when held to the light. Has a sticky white head that leaved level of lacing around the glass. THe aroma is sweet and fruity. A bit sour too, but in a good way. Hints of burnt sugar, oranges, and sweet malts can be found. Has a complex yet clean taste. Flavors of cirtus fruits, bready yeast, and sugar fill the palate. Small amounts of hop bitterness can be found. A bit tartness in the end, but finishes off clean. A very warming and tasty Abbey ale. Expensive but worth every dollar. Buy it if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 05:41:28 | More by Luigi
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

11-16-2012 06:08:24 | More by kkmiller76
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

11-05-2012 22:13:03 | More by od_sf
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

10-08-2013 15:31:51 | More by TR0219
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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 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
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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
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

01-22-2013 06:51:20 | More by Franch
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

05-05-2013 01:57:34 | More by capnamerica
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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
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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
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

10-03-2013 08:15:07 | More by abeeronthebeach
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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 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
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.