St. Paul Triple
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.

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Belgian Tripel
Ranked #228
Ranked #21,989
3.85 | pDev: 9.61%
Brouwerij Sterkens N.V.
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Reviews: 38 | Ratings: 47
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 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 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 Dzu
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 0.33 bottle into goblet.
L: Saturated amber color with a weak white foam head.
S: Citrus, apples, weak sourness.
T: Bittersweet , aplle, spices.
F: Medium carbonated tight body. Good balanced. Nice aftertaste.
O: Very good example of triple.

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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 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 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 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 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 fido
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don´t know but the pic is of St. Paul Double, or may be I have the same bottle with wrong label.

Any way; I think reviews refers St. Paul Triple.

Very nice ceramic flip-top bottle, Pours a cloudy golden color, decent white foam head; Some citrus and orange aroma; Taste is sweet and very carbonated; Dry but drinkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

Into a chalice.

Note: The now use a thin green bottle with a very long neck.

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger thinner looking white head that fizzes and pops down to a thick foam cap. Colour is an orange peel or amber orange with lots of carbonation evident. A good film remains and leaves lots of lace down the glass.

SMELL: Toasted malt and some sweet toffee. Fruity notes, like apple, apricot, and some peace notes. Definitely some spicy Belgian yeast with hints of clove and coriander in there.

TASTE: Toasted malt, sweet toffee, and lots of apple, peace and lemon notes. Clove and some spicy Belgian yeast in there, as well as a touch of alcohol at the end. Mild and short aftertaste is spicy with some alcohol presence at the end as well.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a slight bite at the end, and finishes with the appropriate amount of dryness on the palate.

OVERALL: A good slid triple. Weaker than average at 7.6%, but in no way does that detract from this top-notch brew. In fact, the lower ABV makes it all the more drinkable as far as triples are concerned. If you're a fan of the style, this is one worth seeking out. I'll certainly pick this one up again. Recommended.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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 +0.8%
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 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 FLima
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with an aired thin head with low retention, but keeping a constant plate and leaving some laces.
Faint aroma with some lemony sourness, Belgian yeast and sweet pineapples.
Sour taste with a predominant lemony sour and high quality white wine notes. Hints of Cointreau liquor, coriander, white pepper and tart green apples. Dry and sour aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation for the style. Alcohol of 7.6% abv is fairly well hidden.
Very refreshing and easy to drink Tripel, just acquired some complexity after it warmed up a lot, but I can’t denote anything unpleasant about this beer. I would be happy to have it again.

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