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St. Bernardus Tripel - Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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St. Bernardus TripelSt. Bernardus Tripel

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2,746 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,746
Reviews: 1,205
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 196
Gots: 283 | FT: 4
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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-07-2001

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Ratings: 2,746 | Reviews: 1,205
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing this beer. Thanks to Jeff for leaving it in my fridge.

Served in a Duvel oversized tulip.

The beer is a murky orange color. The fluffy white head is gargantuan, encompassing the upper half of the vessel, leaving copious lacing on stuck on the walls.

The aroma is oranges, yeast, bread, spice. Wow, this smells fantastic.

Complex, well balanced, fabulous. Coriander really comes through. Citrus and yeast blended to perfection. One of the best tripels I have ever had.

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

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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter, foamy white head sticks around. Murky gold in appearance. Spotty lacing.

Big time juicy fruit aromas. Malty whiffs. Freshly cut hay.

Taste is very balanced. Tart green apple upfront. Tangy and has a nice belgian twang from the yeast. Has a mild spice componant, coupled with carmelized brown sugar. Hop is herbal and leafy, touch of lemon.

Full bodied and adheres to the palate. This beer is becoming a part of me. Finishes semi dry with a lingering sweet boozy note.

This one sure does drink well. Every sip makes me want to take another. Its fairly strong, but its not overpowering. Complex, yet mellow. Good brew here.

Photo of corby112
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

It took THIS long to try St. Bernardus Tripel? What in the world is going on? Well, the chance is here, splitting a 330 ml bottle with my cousin. On to the beer;

We're looking at an amber golden color with some cloudiness and a long lasting, puffy soapy head. Aroma...different at first. Sage and wildflowers notes rise out with a sweet, sugary crust. Warming allows canteloupe and apricot to appear, which helps boost the overall impression of the nose.

An interesting blend of flavors. Surprisingly complex, let me sort out the flavors I'm getting: honey, white pepper, canteloupe, wildflowers, and some phenol action. This beer dries up on the palate in a snap. The carbonation give the palate a massage with its bubbles. The alcohol is barely traceable.

Ok, so I expected a little more, but I'll leave this one being satisfied.

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of weeare138
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

Having passed over this year-round and easily attainable Tripel multiple times, I figured it was a nice time to grab open and share with my girlfriend over dinner. Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, poured into two tulip glasses, pair with braised Hawaiian jerk pork.

A: Golden rustic light copper body with an active stream of carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The retention cap is really nice but this beer lacks every bit of lacing. I wouldn't say it's detrimental but I've seen plenty of Tripels give a better appearance than this one.

S: Alcohol esters are immediate on the nose along with a base of doughy yeast and some milled grain. A nice amount of spice, lemon and orange come through. I was surprised I didn't get any notes of banana in the fruit aspect but it still took on a very traditional aroma.

T: Orange and lemon fruits bring a rush of flavor to the palate, followed quickly with the classic Belgian yeast notes I've come to love and expect to taste. Light white pepper spice hints are towards the end, along with banana and bubblegum into the linger.

M: Highly bubbly and active carbonation, fairly light-bodied with a general "spritzy" feeling to it. I'd like this a bit less carbonated with a solid medium body to it.

This is a very classic approach to the Belgian Tripel and is a very good, solid demonstration of it. For me, the high amounts of carbonation were a bit of a distraction but the flavor profile stood on it's own. Overall, one of the better Tripels I've had but not the best.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with a ton of dense, foamy head that has great retention. The nose has notes of spices, white grapes, faint alcohol esters, and of course Belgian yeast. The taste is wheat, spices, yeast, and faint hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

This isn't bad. It's well balanced, the Belgian yeast definitely does it's thing here, and the alcohol level is well masked. This is an easy drinking tripel.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first Belgian beer in India. Found it at Take 5 restaurant in Bangalore on 100 ft. street.
Keep in mind, this is like finding a gold nugget in a pile of poo. So I enjoyed it!
Nice pour, although in an Orval glass, but who cares at this point. Hazy light orange/golden color with rather thin head (due to wide glass I bet). Slick look to it, not a whole lot of cling to the glass.
Coriander and orange peel dominate the nose. Some slight bready yeast and sweet malt come through as well.
Taste follows nose. Coriander spice and orange peel. Some other citrus flavors and soft banana hints.
Good feel to it. Nice slight bite, clean finish. Went well with steak.
and grilled veggies.

Photo of smakawhat
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A classic foam white rock hard head but not building so much off the pour perhaps about two fingers. A dull yellow that is cloudy for the body but nice looking none the least.

Bouquet is an immediate dankness and yeast, but not much else it seems to be going on. Looking for something bold, or impressive and it's just not here. Good but kind of ordinary.

Taste and feel improves. Big sense of chewy bread, with an incredibly dense body. The beer feels like it has "girth" to me, it seems so large and bold but not overpowering or difficult to drink. It's a classic tripel density yeast feeling but the feel on this is so incredilbly dense even with a nice crisp snap on the finish it's kind of shocking.

Regardless of nose, it's still a fantastic brew. Wonderful tasting very unique and crushing feel beer. Delicious.

Photo of ejimhof
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of wl0307
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Zorro
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very mildly hazy gold with a puffy white head.

Smell sweet and spicy. Clean scent of ripe banana, cinnamon and cloves. Pleasant scent of honey, coriander and flowers. Alcohol carries a pleasant scent of black pepper and pipe tobacco.

Taste is sweet and fruity. Tasty honey and brown sugar dominate at first, then the spice gets stronger. Coriander is up front in the spice flavor. Nicely balanced flavor that doesn't let anyone aspect take over Mild acid shows up in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy without getting choking.

Excellent drinkability. I would drink this every night if I could find it and afford it! Probably THE example of what a Tripel should be.

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

(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.

Photo of akorsak
4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jdhilt
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Will pour a five+ finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Hazy pale amber color. Honey and fruit nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is light honey, yeast and pear. Nice triple. Higher ABV is hidden. $17.00 for a gift pak of four 330ml bottles from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Photo of billab914
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Pumking chalice. It poured a hazy, pale, golden straw color with a bubbly head to it that settled out pretty quickly.

The aroma has a nice mix of pale, grainy and toasted malts along with a lemon zesty citrus. The Belgian yeast also comes through nicely with some fruity, spicy characteristics. Everything comes together very well in the aroma and feels pretty well balanced.

The taste mixes the lemony citrus nicely with fruity and spiciness of the Belgian yeast. It finishes a bit on the dry side with just a bit of bitterness. The flavors are excellently balanced and all of them get to come through at one time or another. Very nice tasting beer.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is very high with an almost champagne like bubbly quality. Drinkability is good, it was a very flavorful and well balanced beer overall and a fantastic example of the style.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of John_M
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this on tap on several occasions here in Baltimore. While always good, there does seem to be considerable variation in the quality of the beer, perhaps based on how long the beer has been on the gas. In any event, had this beer on tap at Mahaffey's yesterday. I believe it was tapped at least several days ago.

The beer pours a hazy golden peach color with very good head retention and excellent lacing. On the nose I get a hint of citrus, honey and gingerale. The beer smells pretty good, but tastes even better. I get some moderate sweetness initially, but the beer finishes with considerable hoppy bitterness, leading to a pretty dry flavor profile. Nevertheless, there are attractive flavors of melon, apple, orange citrus and honey. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the beer is remarkably drinkable for the 8% abv. The alcohol is very well disguised in this beer, and this is one of the easier to drink tripels I've come across.

Perhaps not spectacular, but a very nice beer nonetheless.

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St. Bernardus Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
95 out of 100 based on 2,746 ratings.