St. Paul Triple
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #229
Ranked #22,125
3.85 | pDev: 9.61%
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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Reviews by thesilverhand:
Photo of thesilverhand
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 AaronRed
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 ZAP
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Call me crazy but I get some banana and cloves off the nose...Hefe like....pours a nice golden with a white head ..Body is about medium heavyish.....taste is not terribly complex but very enjoyable and drinkable...Personally, I love the drinkability of this beer and it's flavor....but I expect a tripel to be more of a sipping beer, and this is so tasty and drinkable it is hard to just sip it....taste is sweet and sweet fruits.......nose reminds me of a "Hefe"...taste adds in some "Maibock" qualities...Body is "Blonde Doppelbock"ish...overall makes for a wonderful beer that I am thouroughly enjoying....

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Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 allboutbierge
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A Tripel very heavy in fruity notes and with an odd creme brulee aftertaste going on.

Voluminous Gobby head, tame aromas of spicy belgian yeasts, some fruity esters in there too. However, smell isn't as pungent as some of the top Tripels available. Taste is fruit heavy and yeasty notes are minimal. Mellow creme brulee like aftertaste. Could stand to be more yeast heavy and is lacking any notes of spice. Alcohol is undetectable and would allow a drinker to indulge in any extra one, in comparison to other tripels without tipping over.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 BeerBuilder
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep golden color with a white head. Leaves excellent lacing when sipped down. Aroma is malty, herbal and somewhat medicinal. There is also a slight fruitiness in the aroma. The flavor is also malty and spicy, again with an herbal flavor. It is an easy drinking, light-medium bodied beer. Overall a decent Belgian.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color, fine white head. Aroma is fresh and fruity, with peach, apricot in the front. Very bright fruitiness, with only a hint of citrus. Moderate hoppiness on the palate, just a taste, not too much. Smooth taste, light body, extremely easy-drinking. I'd applaud the brew, but for all that it lacks compared to others in the style. Lacks complexity and depth, the spark and liveliness, with a touch of the sweet, that I come to enjoy in a tripel is sorely absent. Perfectly balanced, tasty, and thoroughly enjoyable, otherwise.

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Photo of Andreji
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Globetrotter
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 TripelJ
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: St. Paul Tripel

Presentation: 1 pt. .9 oz. "dipped" bottle that looks like a small squat champagne bottle. Coating is white with black specks. Nice foil top.

This tripel pours a clear golden with a medium white head of fine bubbles. Lacing is minimal. Light fruity aroma (bananas?) with some spices to back it up. Mouthfeel is light but slightly creamy, but amazingly clean and dry in the finish. This is actually a tripel that is refreshing to drink. Tastes are sweet fruits--citrus, apples, the bananas appear again in the background just before the dry finish. Everything comes together as the beer warms up, keeping the balance and definitely making this one of the most drinkable tripels there is.

Notes: The first time I had this it was a tasting of most of the sterkens line. I don't remember liking it as much then as I do now, but I'm glad I bought it to try again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 Pepeton
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a tall half-liter glass. Pours a bright gold with a stream of tiny bubbles and a colossal head, nearly 3 inches tall, firm and persistent. This is the best pouring Sterkens beer I've gotten; most of the others have seemed rather flat. Nose is full of esters, mostly reminiscent of ripe pears, with a slightly tart twang. Firm maltiness initially, sweet and smooth, with flavorful spicy hops and moderate bitterness. A touch of peppery alcohol and pear-like fruitiness round it out, with a somewhat dry finish. Lots of carbonation and a crisp body.

Easily the best Sterkens beer I've tried. Very nice.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 paterlodie
2.81/5  rDev -27%
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 janubio
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
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 wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming in a slimmer-and-taller-than-normal 330ml green bottle, looking trendy~~ BB 01/02/11, served lightly-chilled in Tripel Karmeliet's branded long-stemmed tulip-shaped goblet. Note: the label states that the recipe conforms to the German Brewing Purity Law of 1516.

A: pours a cloudy, dark golden hue with an abundant input of light fizz, in support of a fast building-up white fluffy head with surprisingly good retention.
S: enjoyable and focused notes of zesty citrusness, aromatic Pils-malts, and light hints of ripened exotic fruits come with sweetened Chinese green-bean soup as evidence of fruit esters. The sweetness runs pretty smooth in parallel with the fruitiness. All in all, pleasant and not overly complex/complicated.
T: a softly-effervescent swallow of lightly sour-sweet and also grainy lager malts is closely ensued by the zesty-citric flavour, which gradually develops into a lingering powdery-dry yeastiness and bitterness of hops, with an intriguing chewy palate as of some unidentifiable dried bitter root-herbs and, well, "damp printing papers"(!!!). The overall flavour is like an integrated whole, while consistently showing an evolving structure from fruity-malts through yeastiness to the bitter conclusion.
M&D: the carbonation comes light and nearly soft, the body is just about right (medium level), the texture is rather dry due to the good level of hops and yeastiness, the alc. is well-hidden throughout the drink... overall, the flavour profile is satisfying for a medium-bodied Triple. Although this is the first Triple I've had in nearly two weeks, I'm quite sure my palates are not prejudiced as a result in favour of it. Pleasantly drinkable!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a syrupy amber. Makes me think of ver lightly carbonated amber. The stuff mosquitos get encapsilized in from thousands of years ago. Even though the liquid is hazey, you can tell there isn't enough carbonation for a tripel, or head for that matter. Light fruits with a hint of caramel and ream sort of set this tripel apart from most others. Other than that, very bland and very hard to pick out flavors or smells. The taste is more fruity, a little lite creamy and some warming alcohol. Good palate. You can feel the carbonation more than you can see it.

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Photo of mkultra
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 DaveFL1976
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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 davidchollar
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

as everyone has mentioned, this comes in a cool ceramic, swing-top bottle. pours into my tulip glass a great, dark golden color, but almost no head. in fact, there is a really weak little, big-bubbled head that dies after a minute. almost no carbonation. the color is very nice but overall appearance is disappointing.

smell is also underwhelming. i definitely smell a belgian ale, but not a strong one, not a lot going on. this was straight out of the fridge... ok. now i have come back to it after about 20 minutes, it's warmed up a bit and is probably the recommended serving temperature. the smell has opened up noticeably. it's still not fantastic, can't compare with westmalle, or a good saison. but it has that delicious belgian sweet smell, combo of yeast and light fruits, alcohol and peach. kind of reminds me of chimay white.

the taste makes me feel a little better about this purchase. tasty. you see, it was a little expensive, more so than the other tripels available at my local store. basically, i'm not disappointed. as you would guess from the appearance, the mouthfeel is thin-average, nothing special. but the taste has a pleasant bite, full, fruity flavor. complex enough to give it some character, i will probably remember this. easily drinkable. overall, it's not bad, right on that line between worth a try and recommended.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.9%

St. Paul Triple from Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 47 ratings