St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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4.6/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours with a dense meringue like three inch head. A cloudy deep gold color. Lightly sweet but dry at the same time. A bit of orange crosses my tongue. Smells Belgian in its complexity (imagine that), a fruitiness and a mustiness is here in the nose. A sharpness in the taste is present from the carbonation (this beer is well carbonated). There is some spiciness in the nose too. Very well put together triple, there is a certain softness/ roundness from the malt that ties this beer together very well. Definite alcohol notes if you look for it, but definitely not in your face. Displays the classic Belgian lacing as you work your way through your glass. One of the best, if not the best, examples of the Tripel style of beer.
10-27-2003 17:09:53 | More by Gueuzedude
3.8/5 rDev -10.6%
Tight near-white head. Notable cloud of yeast suspended in the glass. The color orange-light amber. Lots of clumpy lace.
Pleasant background brown sugar and molasses. Warming aroma of raw alcohol.
Creamy and mildly sweet. The finish is more sour than sweet. The body is thinner than most Tripels and the carbonation is near the level of soda. The alcohol presence is not overwhelming, which I like. Overall, this is an easy Tripel to enjoy.
01-17-2009 21:21:32 | More by smcolw
4.28/5 rDev +0.7%
330 mL bottle,
A: Pours yellow with a full white head with solid retention, light Belgian lace.
S: Candied pear, pineapple, spice, banana, various fruit.
T: Fruit along with various spice elements - coriander, pepper, and yeast esters make up the main flavour. Lightly boozy, but it melds with the flavour well. Hops are minimal, good balance between the diverse tastes.
M: Not overcarbonated which I like right off the bat, very smooth and drinkable.
D: Really nice tripel, it goes down almost too easy. Definite repurchase in the future.
11-27-2008 02:15:38 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
33cl bottle, best before 08 Mar 10. Had this bottle for some time, my wife and I are staying at the brewery in two weeks time, so I've decided to open the one remaining St Bernardus I own before we travel. Very suprised to see I've never reviewed the tripel before.
Poured carefully into a Westmalle Chaice; no sediment in the pour, so a clear old gold body sits in my glass, on top a solid foam blanket of bubbles. Bubbles rise through the beer, it looks inviting. The head has the power, strenght and condition to stay complete throughout the tasting, very rare, even on the best tripels. The sediment was poured into a small wine tasting glass, it was taken after the review.
Dough aromas, with yeast, but this isn't any sort of bread in my hand. The sediment had a more vinegarous and potent smell.
A deep warm glow desends down your body as you sip the beer, this is good stuff. It feels a lot heavier than the 8%ABV it admits too, some real body in this master of tripels.
I am very lucky (various reasons) and have had many Belgian tripels, both on tap and bottled, this is without doubt one of the best.
I mentioned in the review I would be staying at the brewery, well the first beer I had from the fridge in the Brouwershuys was a Triple and it was poured for me by no less than Hans Depypere, the owner of the brewery. The fridge is free to use if you are staying at the lovely appointed and furnished B&B.
10-28-2009 20:26:06 | More by BlackHaddock
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a gold color with a white medium sized head that remains through the drink. Some sediment is also there. Little lacing develops just above the surface. The aroma is of yeast, citrus, and bread. The flavor is a great balance of malt, bitterness, yeast, citrus, and nuttiness.
The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and some tingling develops in your throat during the swallow. The bread tones last long on the tongue. This is a meal in a glass. I'm going for another helping...
01-25-2004 02:05:53 | More by Gavage
3.3/5 rDev -22.4%
Served on draught into a St. Bernardus goblet in Poperinge, Belgium, whilst waiting for a belbus to pick me up to take me to the Westvleteren abbey. Reviewed from notes.
A: Pours a one finger head with nice cream lacing. Decent thickness. Hazy orange colour. Poor retention is understandable considering the 8% ABV.
Sm: Fruit esters: orange and citrus mainly. Hoppy but light strength.
T: Hoppy body with lingering estery notes through the finish. Relatively simple build for a tripel. Balanced but somewhat bland. Not a beer to be served at cold draught temperature; it's better suited as a summer afternoon beer to be sipped intermittently.
Mf: A bit chewy, but delightfully light. Nicely smooth and refreshing.
Dr: Nothing special, but fairly priced if you're in Belgium. Give it a go, but don't expect a great abbey beer.
06-01-2011 22:30:28 | More by kojevergas
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
5/15/05- Purchased at Draeger's Market in San Mateo, CA
Presentation- 750ml bottle caged and corked. A best by date on the cap of the cage. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.
Appearance- Brown, almost amber pour. Huge fat dirty blonde chunky head and excellent lacing. Huge chunks just clinging to my glass upon finishing. Literally could stick my finger against the dried lace and could pick up the glass without it falling off my finger.
Smell- Nice and sweet as well as a very sugary smell. Seems cookie dough is about best way to describe it as most reviewers of this have said about the same thing.
Taste- Sweet and sugary, maybe some vanilla, butterscotch?, caramel, and citrus fruit shavings (lemon, orange, banana). Almost like drinking a sweet fruit cocktail with a caramel suprise on the side.
Mouthfeel- Average to low carbonation, nice coating feeling from the thick caramel flavor.
Drinkability- Probably the best or at least comparable to the best tripel I have had. I just hope the store gets some more of these in soon. Time to stock up and age a few.
05-17-2005 06:13:43 | More by GClarkage
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Serving type: bottle.
Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Aroma of white fruits such as apple, grape, and pear. Also, strong alcohol and spice presence. Pretty carbonated at first but becomes intense as it warms. Nice balance of fruitines, maltiness, alcohol, and slight hops. Very crisp enjoyable tripel.
11-28-2008 09:32:50 | More by corby112
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
Appears a glowing orange/amber with a solid 1 finger white head that lasts for a few minutes and fades into a soapy white film and collar. Lots of sticky lacing.
Smell is of delicate pear, vanilla, and fruit coctail, making for the classic tripel aroma.
Taste is the same as the wonderful aromas with a classic taste.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a mild fruit and alcohol bite.
Drinkability is decent. Slight alcohol presence keeps it from being better than just good.
08-25-2005 16:55:08 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into my St. Bernardus goblet. A hazy golden yellow color with about two fingers of head. Not much lacing.
The aroma was floral and fruity, citrus notes, orange, lemon.
The taste was smooth and subtle, slight alcohol that fades quickly. Some bitterness to balance everything.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some good carbonation.
This is a very nice tripel that is very easy to drink at 8% ABV...
11-16-2010 00:32:50 | More by InspectorBob
4.45/5 rDev +4.7%
Absolutely gushing when uncapped, saved and poured into a tulip. Head bubbles bombastically at the start, but crackles itself out to just a half-centimetre of white large-bubbles. Lots and lots of carbonation through the slightly hazy deep golden coloured body. Looks decent, but not stellar.
Nose is ripe and rank with Belgian nuances. Hints of spice, yeast, orange peel, organics. Sweet, but with a backing aroma of something meatier to blend it all together. Yes, there's something complete about the nose, all the Belgian elements integrated together perfectly.
Taste is smoother and more gentle than I expected, none of the phenolics you often get. Light apple pastry softness on the front, with hints of spice coming forward on the back, and just a little upsurge in booze at the end - it's extremely subtle though, and just gives a quick sweep to cleanse the palate. Palate is extremely smooth but light, and while the carbonation seemed omnipotent when looking at it, it merely dances softly in the mouth.
Such a smooth and supple tripel. It's such a lightly done one, with everything so well integrated that I feel like many of the other examples just don't get it. Beautiful stuff.
10-30-2010 22:08:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Bottle served in a goblet.
I'm not impressed. Let me count the ways...
The aroma and flavor are just basic bready sweetness with a big of yeast and tiny touch of hops. Yes, this beer is smooth and really hides the alcohol, but I find the flavor bland and uninspiring. I had no problem taking my time with this one and probably won't return to it. There are better tripels out there.
UPDATE: 11/8/08 on-tap at Lee Gribbons in Emmaus, PA.
A much more impressive beer this time around. It was a touch on the thick side, for the style, but there was a great range of phenols. I mean this beer was spicy, damn. There were also mellow banana and subtle clove, matched with a sizeable hops bite of herbal lemon and citrus rind. Yum. Very tasty, but I might have trouble drinking a few of these.
11-17-2007 05:42:09 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev -4.7%
Revisited 1.5 years since my last encounter, this bottle's BB date is 21/06/10, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed, tulip-shaped goblet.
A: dark orangey amber hue coming with light haze, abundant but fine carbonation, and a well-lasting off-white spongey froth.
S: perfumy fruit-esters abound, coupled with melted sweet orangey candy, vanilla-ish sweetness, fig paste, pale prunes, a touch of phenol (especially after a swirl), and an light touch of Chinese green-bean paste (the typical work of esters in this type of ale). All in all, the nose is soothing and pleasant, but alas not very complex due to the sweetness on the balance.
T: it seems to be very sweet on the foretaste with estery notes developing closely with a pronounced candy-ish sweet edge; luckily, a citric sour taste grows from the back of the palate to balance off the sweet edge, when a complex aftertaste takes over, featuring more tangy fruits, sour banana esters, vanilla-ish aromatic sweetness, lightly sweet Chinese green-bean paste, pale prune paste, and an everlasting edge of citric bitterness of good quality hops. Not as dry as many other Tripels I've had, but the fruity and yeasty finish is of really good quality as well.
M&D: like my previous bottle, the palate is absolutely soft with a key fizzy bite in the middle, while alc. is just attenuated at most. This fruity Tripel is not a very complex and dry example, but nevertheless an easy-drinking one.
* Tasting Date: 22/07/07
BB 15/09/08, served lightly-chilled in a large bulb wine glass.
4 A: dark teaish-amber hue, coming with a puffy white froth with good retention, then retreating to a thin velvet and even sheets of lacing; the semi-lively carbonation softens in its own time.
4 S: sticky-sweet orangey citrus fruits, caramely malts, Goldings fruity hops, cane sugar, plus lots of fruit-esters consisting of mainly figs, white dates, and faint bananas; a weaker touch of sweet prunes also stays behind. Overall, the nose is very fragrant in fruit-esters and dense in its maltiness, but never OTT.
4 T: bitter-sweet, mildly caramely+cane-sugary+bready malts come hand in hand with a flow of exotic yeasty touch like Chinese-green-bean paste; also at presence is a mildly bitter-sour touch of sweet prunes, as it appears on the nose. The maltiness, as it develops, is well-balanced with plenty of yeasts and a mild touch of sourness. The finish turns mildly dry with (a little spicy) hops creeping up and thus not falling sticky like some other Tripels do, although the residual sourness of malts at the rear of the tongue is not quite my cup of tea.
4.5 M&4.5 D: med-bodied, quite fluffy on the palate and pretty soft overall, and I wonder where the alc. is gone?! This is a good quality, well-balanced, and yet moderately-flavoured Tripel, with plenty of yeasty elements to entertain the palate and nose. It's less fruity and sweet on the palate than on the aroma, and that's a good thing to me! Another solid Abbey Ale, and, be warned, it is highly quaffable!
04-19-2009 17:16:56 | More by wl0307
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a very hazy golden with a quickly dissappearing head.
Smells of bubblegum and apples with a slight whiff of hops.
Wonderful bubblegum taste that fades to hop crispness and then to a waxy, but pleasant finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp but with a nice body.
Very drinkable. The yeast adds interest and the crispness and medium carbonation make it refreshing.
12-23-2006 00:17:03 | More by Georgiabeer
3.6/5 rDev -15.3%
Bottle into a matching St. Bernardus goblet. The brew appears a pale golden yellow color with a rich finger of white froth that slowly fades leaving a wall of lace sticking to the glass. Despite the most careful pour, a serious amount of yeast makes it's way into the glass making this look like one chunky brew. A swirl agitates about a finger back to the surface.
The aroma has some sweetness to it reminiscent of belgian candy sugar coupled with some pale fruit notes like apple and pear. There is a very mild yeasty spice almost like pepper also present before blending into a more familiar aspect of clove. A trace amount of herbal hops are also felt across the backend of the brew's nose.
The taste is a bit sweet and bready with notes of pear and apples with a complimenting fruity alcohol note contrasted by some herbal hops. Like some of the other St. Bernardus offerings, this one collectively almost comes off with a medicinal aspect to it. There are some earthy notes coming out of this mixing with yeast as the brew warms up.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate to lighter level of carbonation. Overall not bad, but not a tripel I would drop my pants and run to have again. Worth a try if you never had it before, but this one was a little underwelming for me. While it offered some nice complexity, it just was ok.
12-25-2012 04:08:45 | More by stakem
4.33/5 rDev +1.9%
small bottle, states in 2 languages, neither of which is English
" consume before the end of 2004" or something like that. Pours orangy/golden with chunks of sediment, raises a 1 inch head and leaves tons o' lace. Nose is powdery sugar and faintly flowery. Taste like golden honey, flowers, melons, wonderfully complex and silky smooth on the tongue. Wildy yeasty. Alot of excitement in a glass! seak this stuff out and enjoy.
03-30-2004 01:13:14 | More by Billolick
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
This is a 750 mL C&C bottle, poured into a Chimay goblet. The ale was cold when I opened it around 1930 this evening. Not it is near room temperature.
Appearance: The ale is a solid, hazy yellow color. Earlier, it was clearer, but there must be some lees giving me a haze. There is a small ring of lace around the glass.
Smell: The aroma of a sweet fruit is the first thing that I notice. I can't place it, but it is definitely sweet and fruity.
Taste: The ale has a slightly spicy pepper undertone. Over top of that is a nice fruity, yeasty softness. And for a tripel, the alcohol is very well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Spicy and sweet at the same time, excellent in the mouth.
Drinkability: I should have purchased a few more bottles, this is the best tripel I've had.
05-05-2006 02:14:23 | More by akorsak
4.25/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow in color with some light visible carbonation and some visible sediment in suspension. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed.
S: This beer has the aroma of banana, light fruit (pear), and some lighter notes of spice (like clove). There is a light presence of alcohol.
T: This beer is fairly sweet with banana and some light fruit (pear). In addition, the taste is much spicier than the smell with clove being the predominant spice.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: This beer is enjoyable but you can definitely detect the presence of the alcohol. I like the light fruit sweetness combined with the banana. Definitely more of a sipping beer than a session beer.
04-25-2012 01:06:50 | More by dbrauneis
4.13/5 rDev -2.8%
(Served in a chalice)
A-This beer pours a deep golden hazy body with a slight brown hue. The head is a very creamy smooth off-white that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles and nice lacing with each sip.
S- The soft smell of roses and slight perfume are mixed with notes of bubblegum and pale malt. There is a very faint apple and pear note as it warms.
T- This beer has a spiciness in the initial taste followed by a slightly sweet honey and pale and crystal malt notes with some dryness in the finish. There is a slight carbonic acid taste in the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel but it has a fizzy texture that makes it feel fuller. No alcohol warmth or astringency.
D-This beer has a wonderful aroma but the taste doesn't follow thru with all the complexity. It is still very easy to drink and it drinks pretty quickly.
01-01-2006 00:53:21 | More by rhoadsrage
St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
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