Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Belgian Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 581
Photo of claytri
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer poured a cloudy gold with lots of floating sediment and two fingers of white rocky head. The aroma was rich with yeast malt a little berry and some grass. The taste is full malty and sweet with little bursts of sugar. The feel is thick and dry with some alcohol warming on the end. I found this to be a very pleasant beer, and I'm sure I'll be getting more. I'm not sure of it as a session beer, but a triple I will want again and again.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Duvel Tulip this beer looks awesome. Filled half way through the "Duvel" print with chunky, retentive foam filling the rest of the glass to the brim. After a minute or so it still hasn't moved more than 1/4" down. The beer is a deep yellowish-orange color with big chunks of flaky sediment rising and falling in a convective manor. The smell is also great. Peppery, but sticky-sweet orange aroma. Awesome belgian yeast, very slight hop aroma at the end including coriander, wheat, orange peel, and full, rich esters rising deep into the nose. The flavor is so hard to explain in only a few sentences. Rich, full, explosive, ever changing, and so on. Begins with a sticky sweet orange effect fading into thick and chewy nutty malt characteristic that I never expected. The hop at the end is so ripe and clean that I've never tasted anything like it before. The nutty taste in the middle fades into a chocolate/coffee taste (also very unexpected) before finally fading back into the fresh hop taste that provides a grassy, wheaty aftertaste. I like this tripel especially since it isn't a sugar bomb. It actually has some malt balance while also maintaining that thick, citrusy, sweet flavor that is expected out of a belgian tripel. The mouthfeel is also perfect. It coats the mouth but has a certain dry Saison-like feel that really makes it a great experience. Drinkability, through the roof. One of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Neehan
4.72/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into the St. Bernardus chalice, this looks nothing short of beautiful with a thick, fluffy head to go with the hazy light orange/golden body. The smell is of the richest spices with a faint hint of wheat and mild malts. Fantastic. The taste doesn't disappoint, and what sets this apart from other tripels is the strength of the spices that are presented in the nose and represented well in the taste. These spices add to a complex and strong-presenced mouthfeel and a fantastic beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love me a good Tripel, and this was quite a damn good one. It pours to a cloudy golden color with a fat head typical of the style. The head is nice and fluffy white, but not too thick that you can't get a drink on the first sip, and it dies down to a quarter inch after a short while. The smell is malty and sweet with a touch of yeast. Very potent bouqet that makes the mouth water.

The taste is sweet, sweet candy malts. The alcohol is very well hidden, but lets its presence known in the finish. The mouthfeel is harsh at first, but as the beer warms, it seems very light despite all the sediment. The retro-olfactory experience from this beer is unlike any I've ever had. It's like you're exhaling candy.

This was an awesome Tripel. Very drinkable though I would have to recommend the St. Bernardus Tripel also from the Watou brewery in place of this unless you've already had the St. Bernardus Tripel and would like to give this a whirl given the opportunity. It is definately worth it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Bier Temple in Brugges, Belgium. Best by Oct. 17, 2007, but I already let this sit 6 weeks, I just couldn't wait any longer!

Pours a very creamy, dense head that sat there forever on top of a gorgeous gold that went from a sunny yellow to burnt-orange. Beautiful. Back to that head: this is easily one of the creamiest heads I've ever seen. The fast bubble action keeps the bubbles regenerating, and the head bubbles are tiny, making for that slick, smooth surface. Light dots and splotches of lace seal the deal: this is a spectacular-looking beer.

The aroma just screams greatness. Such well-mingled spice, herb and fruit aromas it's hard to pick anything out in particular. The smell is bold, and its one that you just sit there smelling, almost forgetting you're here primarily to drink it. (Almost!) There's a good bit of alcohol coming into the nose too. Wonderful.

A good heat comes from the alcohol, that's the first sensation picked up in the flavor. And while it's not a wildly boozy beer, the 7.5% is strong enough to figure into the flavor pretty high. But it's neither overpowering nor cloying. Just helps give some intensity to the flavors. And the flavors remind of the aroma, in that there are myriad spices, herbs and fruits swirling around, but it's hard to isolate any one or several. Things like white grape, clove, honey, cinnamon, pepper, mango, and caramel flash by, but it's kind of different every sip. A woody, almost cork-like smack hits in the finish, but it's luckily downplayed and overtaken by the wonderful hot alcohol zing that keeps this beer going and going.

While drinking through the crazily creamy head is one of the best experiences this beer offers, the scattered, airy mouthfeel is the price you pay for that great head. Things just dissipate and dissolve too quickly in the mouth, breaking up the solid finish you want. Lacks some heft, it does. It's certainly not a bad mouthfeel, just...weird.

At 7.5%, you could have two or three and be in tripel heaven. Utterly enjoyable, a superb experience.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a off white head that starts falling fast. Decent lacing on the way down too. Nose is sweet and a bit yeasty. Typical stuff, but just right I think. Flavor is great. Slight sweetness with a spice that bites the tip of your tongue. The sweetness stays mild and is only joined by a yeasty influence, and never overshadowed. Really a smooth mix of brewing mastery I think. A lot of carbonation on the feel. It might border on being a bit much, but I think it still feels nice on the tongue. Masterfully created and continually drinkable. An amazing brew that is taking the position of one of my favorite tripels. More old school, with nothing schnazzy or wild about it, it’s a smooth and even production and another St. Bernardus piece of art.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. brown bottle with picture of abbey on the front. Beer poured a cloudy dark orange color with foamy off-white head on top that goes down moderately producing some lacing. Deep fruity aroma with perhaps just a hint of dark chocolate and brown sugar. Very light banana creampie or chocolate banana ice cream feeling. This is probably the most enjoyable smelling beer I've ever tried. Tasted of roasted malt with a bit of smokiness and burnt sugar. Roasted/toasted aftertaste. Nice warm coating on edges of tongue. Very balanced mouthfeel--not as thick or overbearing as you might expect it to be. I could drink another...if I needed to. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

St. Bernardus Watou Triple pours a slightly cloudy light orange/gold with a bubbly white head. The aroma is slightly vinous, with light, fruity malt and yeasty esters. The flavor is sweet pilsner malt, nice and fruity with a rounded yeast flavor. There is a lot of carbonation that expands into a creamy mouthfeel. There is some alcohol in the finish, but just a bit and not overpowering.

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Photo of kkipple
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fills my little Tripel Karmeliet goblet to the brim! a hazy, dirty yellow with an off-white soapy head. Alright, it's actually kind of ugly. On the plus side, there's some uneven lacing here. The head does not last long.

Immediately poured and cold, I'm getting musty apples and metallic yeastiness. Sweet esters, toffee, flowers, sugar. Damp. Not terribly appetizing. I'll let it warm.

5 minutes later this has improved and opened up, as they usually do. More yeast, more light fruit, more spice, even if it is all fairly restrained. Very little alcohol here, at 7.5% this is about as light as Tripels get.

I'm happy to report Watou tastes much better than it smells. This is a good tripel that hits all the right notes: we have the spice (clove, light pepper, mint?) the sweetness (candi sugar, light sweet malt, pear & tart apple esters) and the rest (bready, metallic, herbal, bubblegummy) all wrapped up in a FANTASTIC full, fluffy body. Balance is the word here. Nothing is out of place, and while the beer could be a little more alcoholic and spicy for my liking, the superlative blending tips this towards greatness. The finish is dry and sweet, all green apples and yeast.

Let me expound on the mouthfeel a bit. As you take this into your mouth you're thinking "oh, another light-bodied medium-fizzy tripel" - but then the beer expands, and expands further, and fills your mouth with a gentle, cracking carbonation that rushes the flavor to every cranny of your maw. As you swallow the beer it deflates and simply glides down into your astonished belly. Somewhere, a monk giggles.

Watou Tripel is a fine Belgian Tripel from the celibate geniuses at St. Bernardus. The ugly appearance and subdued smell keep it from the top of my list, but it's one you should try and one I'll be glad to buy again.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 330 ml bottle with an expiration date of 16-07-17. Serving at about 50 degrees on March 14, 2016.

The pour is an attractive looking pale yellow with a lingering, soft and delicate white puffy head.

What an array of aromas including toasted breaded malts, orange, apple, coriander, clove, Belgian candied sugar, and Belgian yeast.

Medium and very soft, smooth texture.

Like the aroma the taste brings out a pleasant toasted sweetness in the Belgian malts, orange, lemon, and other fruity notes, spice, and a sweet low hop bitterness to finish. Extremely well balanced and easy to drink. I am stunned that I have never reviewed this one until now because I know I have had it before.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer gave a head for a short while. There’s no lacing on the glass. Just a very thin layer on top.
The colour is a misty ruby orange. I can’t see a lot of carbonation, but there is a reasonable amount of yeast floating around.
To my surprise, the odour is light and fresh. A lot of spices and fruit: garden spices and tropical fruit. Yeast is strong as is the malt.
It starts off with overpowering yeast, followed by reasonable carbonation. A lemon and tempered passion fruit sensation takes over. Milk chocolate malt and slight metallic alcohol. The yeast finishes off again.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Full bodied beer. It warms as it lingers in the mouth. A bit syrupy.
A mellow bitterness keeps swirling around the tongue, while yeast floats on the tongue. The orange has mixed with the saliva. My stomach glows of alcohol.

One word: Great!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With 4.5's across the board, this was without question the best Tripel I have had in a long time. Perhaps ever! Everything seemed big except the alcohol. Poured a cloudy yellow orange colour with loads of sediment suspended in the liquid. The particles themselves even were quite large. Some of them were perhaps 2 or 3mm in diametre. I find this very, very appealing in a most Belgian styles. Head was an enormous white froth that left behind a thick, sticky webbing of lace all about the sides of the glass. This looked positively delicious. Smell was caramel, sweet malt, cooked fruit, and very subtle alcohol. The caramelised sugar note was a bit surprising to me, as I do not recall having ever noted that aroma in a Belgian Tripel before. The taste was full of caramel, as well, along with a bit of cooked fruit, some very mild alcohol on the finish, and a very brief and gentle bitterness that vanishes as quickly as it became noticeable. An absolutely smashing Tripel!!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again, St. Bernardus offers one of the best beers per style on the market. A beer that concentrates more on flavor than power, but seems to make both bold and yet balanced anyway.

Beautifully fruity, malty, sugary, spicy, estery, and warming. Peaches, pears, apples, grapes, with a lightly cidery-honey sweetness. Reminescent of sweetheart candies.

Light and powdery to the mouth. Following up on Witbier spices and textures. Warming sweet alcohols thin the beer nicely with no off flavors. Finishes extremely clean for such sugared and fermented beer.

The body nor the head retention ever give in. The golden color offers a light haze with light yeast present. The aftertaste remains musky and dusty. I don't see a tripel getting much better.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice golden color, fluffy white head

Smell: Bready, yeasty, fruity, banana, cloves

Taste: Fruity, with some bready malts,cloves and spice, semi dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full Belgian carbonation

Overall: Another excellent tripel from St. Bernardus. Not sure what exactly the difference in flavor is, but both are welcome in my fridge any time.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Really nice thick white head on a darker cloudy golden body.
S- Really big banana, alcohol, cloves, a balance of grass hops, a spicey kind of yeast, and some caramel malts to top it all off.
T- A nice big blend of bananas, cloves, and alcohol. There is just the right amount of sweetness to help balance it out and it is all topped off by a light dry grass hop bitterness on the tip and mid tongue. A nice spicey yeast flavor comes through nicely also.
M- Medium/full body with medium champagne like carbonation.
D- I think this is a really nice tripel. So far St. Berny's has never let me down.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from my Duvel Tulip

A - Pour a hazy Golden colour with a large White head that retains well and laces.

S - Plenty of malt aromas and yeast quite strong.

T - Plenty of sweet malts up front and a good amount of yeast. Finishes with a little citrus spice and booze.

M - Lots of carbonation and a medium to full body.

D - I rate this higher than the St Bernardus version because it's much bigger and fuller.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rich amber with a hint of orange... like a ripe, juicy peach. The beer is lucent at the moment, but the bottom portion of the bottle is chock full of yeast that are just waiting for their chance to escape. Like almost all quality Belgian ales, the head on this one is a masterpiece made of foam. This is an outstanding looking tripel.

The nose is more golden fruity than most (pears greater than apples), is less spicy and is less alcoholic. At only 7.5%, the last of those is hardly surprising. I hate to insult this fine ale by comparing it to something other than beer, but the nose reminds me of a high quality, especially pear-like Chardonnay.

Watou Tripel may not be the deepest, most complex tripel on the block. However, it's one of the friendliest, most refined, most straightforwardly delicious versions that I've had in quite some time. I wonder how much the slightly lower alcohol content is contributing to both of those impressions. This would be a great choice to introduce newbies to Belgian beer in general and to the tripel style in particular.

Sun-ripened fruit is the centerpiece of this wonderous ale. Buttery pears, ripe bananas and zesty oranges swirl this way and that, the whole sprinkled with a perfect complement of ground clove. I can't emphasize enough how perfectly melded the various members of the flavor profile are. The beer is pale malty sweet, herbal hoppy (Target, Syrian Goldings) and warmly spiced from the Belgian yeast. I'm more and more impressed with each passing ounce.

This Brouwerij St. Bernadus offering may not be as multi-faceted as some, but it's still a perfectly polished gemstone of a beer. Nowhere is that more evident than the mouthfeel. I'm in amazement at how the feel matches the flavor: smooth, supple, soft and angelically light. A more Belgianesque amount of carbonation might have made it perfect, but who's to say? It's pretty damn good just the way it is.

I'm hardly alone in feeling this way, but I love St. Bernardus beer. This is my fourth one to date and they've all been incredible. I love bold, powerful, spicy tripels; and I love the more refined, polished ones as well. Watou Tripel is a proud member of the latter group and is a beer that I won't soon forget. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a magnificent head that only the Belgians seem to be able to produce, by and large; clumps of foam stick to the sides of the chalice

Smell: Peppery butterscotch, if you can believe it, with a pear tone underlying it all; hints of honey and vanilla come through as well

Taste: Sweet, bready opening with a developing yeasty aspect that imparts the pear, vanilla and honey elements noticed in the aroma; after the swallow, the sweeter and peppery flavors meld together very nicely for a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: If find many of the so-called great tripels a bit too boozy and sweet for my liking; this beer provides a nice compromise and therefore is readily drinkable

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Photo of RicoBrew
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a mix 6-pack.

A- Pours out a pale straw color. Slightly hazy, but still pretty transparent. Nice light, white foamy head, small bubbles.

S- Very malty, nice spicy belgian characteristic on the front that fades quickly

T- Slightly peppery up front, but fades quickly to that nice round malt flavor. Slight hint of caramel. Aftertaste is very clean. Little to no hop flavor.

M- Nice and light for a tripel. It's a little effervescent, but that's a good thing for this style of beer.

D- It's very light, very nice and could be a good intro beer to belgian tripels to the novice. It has all of the good characteristics of the style with none of the drawbacks.

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Photo of daledeee
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will give anything from St Bernardus a try.

This pours a nice light yellow with big white head and lots of bubbles. Nose is great with vanilla and bananas and butterscotch. Taste is clean and appealing. Citrus and apples with bananas. A little drier than the other triple from this brewery and a tad watery, not that bad though. Nice carbonation for the tongue and very drinkable. I think this is one of the better tripels available.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet glass. Best by date of 29/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A yeasty, fruity, and spicy Belgian aroma with good hints of citrus and spice. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, and funk. Lots of fruit esters with hints of banana, apple, pear, and white grape along with citrus hints of orange and lemon zest. Hints of Belgian candied sugar. Pale malt with hints of wheat, straw, grains, and cracker. Also some hints of grassy hops. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints, a fruity, yeasty, and spicy Belgian taste with big notes of zesty fruit and spice. Belgian yeast with some upfront notes of clove, funk, and pepper. Classic Belgian fruit flavors of banana, pear, white grapes, and green apple. Zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Sweet notes of candied sugar. Backing pale malt and wheat with notes of straw, grains, biscuit, and cracker. Subtle earthy backing notes of grassy hops. A very good Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a carbonation level on the heavier side of medium. Juicy, spicy, and drying on the finish. Some alcohol heat is noticeable but things are still fairly smooth.

Overall: A really good Belgian Tripel. Nice mix of zesty fruit esters and spicy yeast.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really enjoyed this beer. 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Light orange in color with a medium head that retains well; beautifully carbonated. Very spicy nose, with a little tart apple. Pleasantly spicy taste, yeasty, a little fruit. Light, good in the mouth, a little tart. Could drink a few of these.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Duvel tulip at just over fridge temperature. Best by 01 06 07.

Appearance- Color is bright gold, very clear right now... I'll be adding the sediment later. The head is creamy white and begins at about two fingers, gradually diminishing to an uneven coating of all different sized bubbles. Sporadic, runny lacing that is quick to make a run back to the beer.

Smell- Very nice and complex, the nose is a blend of warm butter cookies, honey, vanilla, candy sugar, dark fruit, banana, and hops... wonderfully engaging. I love the depth of aroma here, and cellaring this for about 8 months was probably a good idea.

Taste- Robust and full, this beer carries the load extremely well... the notes of vanilla, spices, and big overall flavor are in excellent balance, more malty than hoppy to my surprise. The lingering fruitiness in the mouth concedes only at the very end to a mellow, friendly hop bitterness that dries and satisfies.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Remarkably smooth and foamy, the kind of mouthfeel that really makes you love sampling a good beer. Miniscule, soft carbonation that swells ever-so-easily and leads into a truly enjoyable finish.

P.S. Adding the yeast late in the sampling introduced a darker, sweeter character that even brought with it notes of chocolate. Great beer overall.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy bright orange with lots of carbonation and a massive white head that lasts and lasts. Aroma is bright, sweet and citrusy with traces of yeast.

Taste is dominated by sweet orange rind (not orange flesh) with a malty, yeasty base. Bready, musty, not as sweet as the nose would suggest, but with elements of honey and mild spices -- light pepper, maybe a little coriander, lemon zest. Finish is gently bitter, balances the sweeter elements nicely. No trace of alcohol.

Marvelously smooth, velvety mouthfeel with medium heft. One of the best examples of the style I've found, I didn't get a lot of the cloying sweetness that others speak of. After a string of domestic, too-sweet tripels, this is a welcome, sessionable work of art.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork-n-cage bottle, conditioned, with 19/10/09 on the cap and a label that proclaims they are "bringing heavenly nectar within reach." After untwisting the cage, the cork loosened on it's own and almost rocketed out, leaving wisps of gunsmoke wafting from the bottle. It pours a hazed dark honey/peach with some floaties and medium carbonation going up to an off-white head that leaves moderate lacing. The aroma is fruity and sugary with melon, apple/pear, some spiciness, and light latex. The flavor is the same but with light hops that leave a mild yet pleasing bitterness, powdery yeast, and maybe a touch of cork. It starts with a lively, prickly carbonation on top of a medium body and becomes incredibly smooth as it warms. Close enough to being heavenly nectar for me.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 581 ratings