St. Paul Triple | Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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St. Paul TripleSt. Paul Triple

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-23-2002

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 38
Reviews by Pepeton:
Photo of Pepeton
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful ceramic 500 ml (1 pint) bottle.
Best before date of March 2007. I opened the bottle almost two years before the limit date so I assume it's OK.

Pours a nice golden brew with orange hues, little but lasting head. Nice lacing.
It didn't produced the typical 1.5 to 2 inch head may be, may be not, I chilled too much the bottle.
I have never had a beer from a ceramic bottle and yesterday was quite a hot day. At 10:30 PM my thermometer still marks 31°C (88°F).
I only left it all day in the fridge, but who knows. These beers wasn't made thinking in climate conditions that almost doesn't exist in Europe. (sigh!).

Smell is malty, of course it's a triple, and fruity.

Quite refreshing taste for a triple with a good hoppy and not too thick or creamy.

Dry and light bitter aftertaste, good for dinner or an hearthy early supper.

Of course I'll have another, if I can afford it since this one bears a steep tag for a Mexican economy: almost US$10.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This was a real foamer. It came right out of the bottle, so pop this one over the sink. The body was a gorgeous cloudy orange color and the head laced all of my glass when it finally went down.

Smell – Big malt flavors and fruits from the Dubbel were complimented by the alcohol notes and Belgian spices.

Taste – This is just as smooth and creamy as the Dubbel, but much more potent. The malt backbone was bigger here, and the light peppery spices more prevalent. The St. Paul fruit was out in force though, and this carried the show. Lots of peach and apricot flavors along with a tinge of banana, cherry juice, and apples.

Mouthfeel – Lightly carbonated and full bodied in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This was the James Brown of the bunch. The head came up and down quickly, yet the body was light, full, and excellent. Yes, after tasting two Dubbels, two Trippels, and a BSPA tonight, “I feel good.”

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Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed orange/gold color, lacy climbing head. Estery aroma, with some sweet grass. Medium bodied and tightly mannered dryness to the taste. Flavors are of nutmeg, just a slight bit of banana bread and peach. Hops break in to prevent too much fruitiness. Quite a nice beer, not as astringent and puckering as some and yet not a huge bowl of fruit either. Spicy dry and drinkable. Yet another beautiful Sterkens bottle...

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Photo of mattfancett
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pint was too much. Peachy fruit appearance with surprisingly small and dissipitating head on a triple. Too carbonated. Decent tangerine fruity yeast, but not too exciting. Medium mouthfeel, some malt. Drying finish and funky yeast noticed in second try two years later.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this brew very nice, but not as appealing as other triples. The overall appearance was OK, not much of a head for a triple, but a nice soft pale look made it look inviting. Nice aromas, fruity and pleasant, with a tame yeasty smell as well. Taste was also refreshing, but not overwhelmingly wonderful- given how much this beer costs. It has that unique Belguim tang, that makes it easy to drink and smooth. Overall a good beer, but not worth the money given what else is out there.

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Photo of desint
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. White head that drops fast. Not too effervescent. minimal lacing

Aroma: No dominate flavors. Smells slightly tripelish. No hops

Taste: Watered down tripel. You can taste the alcohol. Tart apple. Some candi sugar. Strong bready finish. Complex but underwhelming. Too malty

Mouthfeel: Slightly hot from the alcohol. Tart.

Overall: Doesn't taste like a tripel to me. More of a belgian pale.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful earthenware flip-top bottle, bonus points for that.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a big rocky off white head with amazing lacing. Aroma of sourdough, and plenty of corriander. Taste was very pleasant tartness up front with some cookie-like sweetness. Buttery thick mouthfeel. This beer was very very nice and good.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color on the pour is a hazy lemon yellow to orange with a prosperous head, the lace a lattice work that covers the glass completely. Nose is citrus with malted grain aromas, quite pleasant. Front is sweet, the top middling with a tartness that lingers to the end. The hops are pleasing in their spicy bite, the acidity biting with a quite dry aftertaste, a decent drinking beer, a middle of the road Belgian in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice white ceramic half-liter bottle with an amateurish professional label featuring a monk contemplating a large stemware glass of beer. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 9/04, I opened it on 10/5/03.

Poured a pale cloudy orangish pink under a thin off-white head that lingered and lingered and lingered. Nice lace down the glass. The nose was fruity sweet - apricots, perhaps. The mouth was light, sweet and very carbonated. The initial taste is mild fruitiness and the sweetness so common in francophone brews. The alcohol is certainly present, but I was (pleasantly) surprised by the strength of the hops, providing a lovely bitter finish to balance the sweetness. The aftertaste combines the hops and the fruitiness into a very enjoyable bittersweet experience. Sure, I'll have another.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The second time I've been disappointed by the carbonation level in this brewery's flip-top bottles.
Pours a flat-headed, golden colour. The body's beautiful, but no head whatsoever.
Fruity nose, and the same for the taste. A fusel alcohol fruityness, with the sweetnes of malt and barely any hops noticable; they blend into the background to provide bitterness. A quite tasty beer, but where's the bubbles?!?

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Photo of safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of mkultra
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: light caramel colour, slightly cloudy, good head retention - nice earthenware flip top bottle looks good too.

smell: sweet light malt and caramel aroma with a some of alcohol in the aroma.

taste: slight malt with caramel and alcohol notes, nice balance of spices with nothing standing out or being over powering.

mouthfeel: slightly creamy and full, good carbonation - just the right size bubbles on the back of the tongue on the way down :)

drinkabilty: i like this beer, nice balance of flavours, carbonation spot on for my taste, hint of alcohol is nice.

overall good tasting beer - would drink again.

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Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the triple was by all means the best one of the lot, which is not surprising provided my bias to tripels for their full taste and body.

Pour was almost indistinguishable from the blonde except for the fact that the head seemed to last a bit longer and seemed a bit more compact if anything.

smell was more complex but still fairly hidden. fruitier by all means...some mango and apricot definetly there. alcohol comes off a bit steadier and does bite the nose a bit when sniffed vigorously.

Taste is nice. definetly sweeter than sour but no less citrusy, aiming towards the apricot-prune range and with a decent bitter finish. alcohol remains well hidden but the body seemed a bit thin and was my off-mark there.

in all this is the better one of the lot and at a decent price can (and will) be consumed regularly.

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Photo of paterlodie
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 25-11-2005. Poors in ok with its white head and golden beercolor. Nose is quiet oxidated, litle estery and lots of sweet wortsmell. Taste is oxidated too, sweet and then going into a low bitter aftertaste. Guess this beer is over the edge however from the date it should ok for 3/4 of a year. Shows that bottle conditioning( witch I doubt it has from this one) does a good work in keeping the oxigene out and preserving brews.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.9/5  rDev +1%

33 cl bottle (bb 13.11.16) poured into a tulip. Clear pale golden body, big white foamy head with good retention and chunky lacing.

Fruity, citrusy and malty smell with a hint of belgian yeast.

Taste begins with slightly tart bready malts, followed by fresh citrus and peppery spiciness, ending dry with a slight hop bitterness, leaving an aftertaste of citrus and pepper. Balanced taste.

Medium body, high carbonation, creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable with well hidden alcohol, I could easily drink another one. Overall a crisp, easy tripel. Not the best I've had in its style, but tastes very good nonetheless. Would have this one again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden color with orange highlights. It had a bubbly, white, two-finger head of foam that left some sudsy lace.

S - It smelled of grains, lemon and yeastiness.

T - Good blend of sweet and spicy. Sweet caramel and grain flavors backed up by spiciness and lemon tartness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish a slight alcohol burn.

O - This is a really good tripel. I like the painted, swing-top bottle, too.

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Photo of thesilverhand
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours - from the very cool half-litre ceramic bottle - a nice clear bright amber, with a decent white foam head. The head wasn't as impressive as I hoped for/expected, but it left excellent lace on my tulip.

Fruits - peaches and citrus - are prevalent in the aroma. Some sweetish grain aromas as well, and just a touch of spice. White pepper, perhaps. Fairly mild.

Decent balance. Not as sweet as expected from the aroma; there is a significant malt base here keeping everything steady, and just a touch of hops. There's still fruit, mostly citrus and banana, and a hint of spice. Pepper again, and maybe cloves. The alcohol is noticeable but reasonably well-integrated, although it grows more prevalent as the beer warms. Overall, a very nice triple.

Nice on the palate, medium-strong carbonation keeps it light. Very dry, with the high alcohol becoming apparent.

Definitely a good brew, well worth drinking. It didn't wow me, but I certainly enjoyed it (and probably will again).

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Photo of janubio
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with oranges hint, tiny head that does not hold for too lng, some lace. Aroma of spices, coriander, orange peels, melon, fruits. Medium to full body, thick palate. Taste of fruits, melon, orange, spices. Good.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL swing-top stone crockery bottle (awesome!) into a tulip. Date on the bottle says 4/9/12, which I assume is the bottling date.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a good haze and a huge effervescence. Head poured three fingers of pillowy white foam which has wonderful retention and leaves a good, chunky lace. Beautiful!

Smell: good malt aroma, though very much on the sweet side. There is a syrupy fruit aroma in here as well which is almost too sweet. Not bad but a little crazy.

Taste: good malty flavor, though not as thick and syrupy as some of the maltier tripels. Not over-sweet; really, a solid, middle-of-the-road tripel. I like its restraint.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a big creaminess. The cream is a little ephemeral to be wonderful, but it's darn good nonetheless.

Overall: I rather like this tripel. It tastes good, and is quite beautiful both in and out of the bottle.

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Photo of ATPete
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33ml bottle purchased from The Beer Koning in Amsterdam, NL.

A- i couldnt find the cool ceramic 500 ml bottles so i settled for the super slim 33...Pours a hazy yellow, good white head, definitely some sediment floating around.

S- Grassy, some hop character, spice, overall good balance.

T- not too much going on, very balanced, great clarity, its just lacking something...

M- Light, it hits the tongue and then disappears, good aftertaste holds it together.

D- its so light i could drink many

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Photo of vancurly
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heavy white frothy head. Golden colour with a touch of a blush.
Floral nose, almost oaky. Caramel & spice, with a late herbal hop aroma.
Flavour sweet & spicy.... musk candy, white pepper, some brandy-like notes. Honeycomb, with a fruity/pear-like aftertaste. Alcohol heat evident.
Big frothy mouth upon sipping, with an initial malt body. But it fades a bit, with not much mid-back body.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy gold color with lots of carbonation to start, medium head that dissipates to thin veil
s: sweet coriander with malts, spices and notes of alcohol
t: good carbonation upfront & all the way through, sweet malts and spices, with some fruity, citrus notes and strong malty finish
m: highly carbonated, medium to full body, very smooth
d: very good, sweet & smooth malty enjoyment. of the other st paul beers i've had, this is by far the most impressive. great beer

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St. Paul Triple from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 47 ratings