Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Watou TripelWatou Tripel

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Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 02-19-2002

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Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 537
Photo of stcules
2.21/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber red colour, beautiful foam, quite persistent.
Floral smell, quite pungent, with something like lavender. Sweet of ripe fruit (peach and pear). Cane sugar. But there is something too "heavy", not clearly definible. Mellow.
Sweet taste, honey, fruit (pear overall). Very sweet. Mellow. Alcohol perceptible.
Aftertaste: mmm.. Again too sweet. Light body.
Essentially unbalancet to the sweet.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.3/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Watou Tripel pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is big dark spicy aroma. The taste is yeasty with a smokey spicy flavor that leaves a weird bitterns. Flat body. Overall, strange spice notes, not for me.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a very unattractive brown color with a thin, sudsy head that vanished without a trace. very bad start

smells like sweet rolls that have been soaked in water. taste is similar. It's like liquid bread.

not sure what was wrong, maybe i got owned on the specific bottle, but it was not good at all

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Photo of Mitchster
2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Part of a mixed 6'er from the brewery. Pours out to a cloudy burnt orange, forming a large white head with good retention and lacing. Big bubbles...not very creamy or soft. Well carbonated, opening with a loud Pssssht. Yeast sediment in the bottle. Best by 08/20/13. 7.5% ABV. The nose is particularly buttery, which is odd for a triple. Mixed in is green apples, candi sugar, pears and faint vanilla. Powdery mouthfeel with a light body, ruddy middle, and bone dry finish. The taste opens with green apples, phenol, clove, green bananas, followed by a wet newspaper, a medium-light chemical hop extract bitterness, and powdered sugar in the aftertaste. Almost oaky in it's dryness, like a chardonnay.

Not digging this one at all. Definitely not a very good triple, and something I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of EPseja
2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from an 11.2 oz. bottle at recommended temperature in a chalice.

A - Orange-gold honey copper color with bits of translucent sediment in suspension. Marshmallowy head with bubbles of medium to small size and no particular order. Head settles to a thin, self-replenishing mat atop the surface. Looking good.

S - Mild, sour apple notes mixed with fruity esthers of apricot and banana. Trace spices and citrus. Standard, but nice Tripel fare.

T - What starts out as a nice, sweet fruity beginning is almost immediately shoved out of the way by a huge alcohol middle. There is some semblance of a pleasant tartness and honey-sweetness lingering in the aftertaste, but only in the shadow of the warm alcohol in your belly. Unfortunately, the lack of balance caused by the unchecked alcohol destroys all subtelty and finesse.

M - Unfortunately, the carbonation blows up in the mouth a bit and adds unnecessary sharpness. Aside from those detriments, it miraculously remains creamy, soft and pillowy.

D - If it weren't for the overcarbonation and the alcohol pulling a Jackie Chan on your palette, this beer would be much more drinkable. Granted, it gets easier to imbibe once your tongue becomes desensitized, but that doesn't change the fact that this is not a smooth drinking Tripel.

A disappointing offering from St. Bernardus. Thank goodness they've got their other Tripel (as well as their Abt 12) to make people look the other way.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/5/2008 (bottle):

Pours a golden amber colored body, very cloudy, with a foamy white color head, big bubbles. Alcoholy grapey aroma. Lightish aroma. spicey, watery, alcohol. Maybe banana. Light grape taste. Sweet. Some wheat, but nothing else.

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Photo of BeerStyx
3/5  rDev -25.6%

It's okay. Taste like what you would expect a "normal" beer to taste like (like it is the most quintessential beer that one could expect). Aftertaste is a bit strong. Ordinary, nothing special.

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Photo of Cresant
3.08/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 11.2 oz heavy brown bottle, dated 7/09/06 into a Chimay goblet.

One finger of creamy head sat atop a cloudy dull bronze/pale orange body. Head faded to a cap but sustained itself throughout the drink. Mottled lace lined the glass.

Smelled faintly of Concord grapes which faded to a generic fruit odor. Mild alcohol presence.

Tasted spicy. Plums, pepper, and vanilla. creamy yeast. Saline dominated the beer as it warmed. Not especially compelling.

Mouthfeel was full bodied with a noticable but mild "burn" from the alcohol.

Not one I will revisit.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color a little cloudy. Bitter orange nose quite pronounced. A mouth spicy without being too much, we feel the bitterness, which undoubtedly comes from citrus character conveyed by yeasts. The finish is not great power and not so persistent if somewhat syrupy. A lack of body and flavor for a beer called "triple".

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Photo of TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dirty, murky looking beer - positively sinister. Substantial head and a fair bit of lace.

Very Belgian nose. Lots of orange and some mild spice. Not a lot of alcohol for a triple.

Sweet up front, a little spritzy. Malt taste, slightly bitter finish. Flavour domintaed by orange peel character, a hint of spice, yeastiness. Passably good, but not remarkable.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.17/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beern in my St. Bernardus goblet.The cap had this on it 11:41 052008.

Orange murky body with a off white head.tons of lacing and the head was in patches.tons of streaming bubbles.

belgian yeast and fruit

Very creamy and I taste orange.some lemon notes as it hits the back of my tongue or maybe hops.

Very creamy,goes down smooth.and the taste is pretty good.

this stuff was quite complex for me to distinguish all what it had to offer.I would have it again but not any time soon.Im glad I tried the almighty "St Bernardus" name and it was worth it with a nice goblet for 14 bucks.

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Photo of dnichols
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 330 ml bottle into the challis.

A: It poured a copper tinted gold with an unusually large number of floaties and a nearly white modest head. The head was only half a finger and dissipated quickly leaving a slight layer of bubbles across the top of the glass that lingers deep into the drink.

S: Is aroma was not very pronounced there were slight hints of fruity esthers and traces if spices.

T: It started as a sweet, malty flavor was quickly overtaken by a hoppy bite and the tartness of alcohol. There is a struggle going on between the malts, hops and alcohol…this is not a terribly well-balanced brew.

M – Very creamy but tart. It is comfortable on my palate but after leaves a modest bitterness and dryness that diminishes the experience.

D – This is a passable Tripel but not anywhere near the front of the pack. It is creamy and smooth but the sour aftertaste makes this a one and out beer.

Comment: Given that a world-class Tripel is made in the same brewery it is hard to get the stark contrast out of my mind.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden brown and slightly hazy. Smells yeasty like an old pub, which I suppose is how a Belgian should smell :-) the taste is well balanced and complex, sweet with the distinct alcohol flavor of a 7.5 ABV. Belgians aren't really my thing, but I find this one pretty agreeable. Would drink again.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Back label says best before end 03 03 14 or drink by March 3rd, 2014.

A- Pours a hazy dark gold color with a full finger of head that doesn’t do much to retain before rendering itself to a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a patch of surface foam. Not much lacing.

S- Has a funk to it that’s backed by some booze fumes. It’s more of a rich funk than a sour one.

T- Initial onset of Belgian yeast that fades quickly into bites of alcohol. Not much depth here. Just that typical Tripel flavor with some heavy booze in the back. A little bit of wet cardboard.

M- Surprisingly low carbonation for a St. Bernardus.

O- Pretty lackluster compared to the other offerings I’ve had. I would say it could be just a bad bottle, but the other beers from the same variety pack were perfectly fine.

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Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The ale is an orange color with a small head. There is a significant quantity of particles suspended in the beer.

S: The ale has a caramel aroma.

T: The caramel flavors continue into the taste. Those flavors are accentuated by a candied sugar sweetness. There are no peppery coriander notes though.

M: This is a strange ale. The tripel characteristics never really take hold but the taste is not too bad.

D: A drinkable ale, it just seems to defy conventions.

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Photo of Jessefive
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bubbly and golden, with a short lived, but lingering head. The nose is strong and fruity, quite enticing. The first thing I noticed was a strong creamy body. It accentuates the fruity, sweet, almost dubbel-ish flavor. The flavor however dies off pretty quickly, ending with a flat, unmemorable finish. A good, drinkable beer, however, while first impressions are said to be the most important, it's the finish that sticks with you.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 25 04 16 at 45 degrees into
Aroma fruity
Head average (4 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty, few small irregular islands of small bubbles
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor light and somewhat fruity with no distinct fruit flavors. No alcohol, no hops, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends quickly.
Palate light, watery, very lively carbonation

Very champagne-like, nice aroma, average appearance, not much flavor, nice palate. This was part of a St. Bernard mixed pack.

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Photo of jrjohnso
3.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a healty white head with cloudy pale orange body.

Belgium candy sugar smell. Tastes sweet with alcohol backbone. The aftertaste is the best part of this tripel, nice lingering tongue-coating anise/yeasty taste.

Above average for the style, though not something I'd go out of my way to drink another.

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Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge near white head. It starts tight but dissipates to large bubbles s-l-o-w-l-y; leaves a rocky center. Hazy yellow color. Some interesting strands of darker yeast sediment are suspended in the broth.

Mild aroma of spent grains and freshly malted barley.

First impression is that this is highly carbonated, almost like a soda pop. There is a light lemony presence to an otherwise lightly sweet molasses touch. The aftertaste is toward the tart side.

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Photo of RunawayJim
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a thick white head. Smells slightly of spices and malty sweetness, but not much aroma. Taste is pretty mild. A little spice, a little banana, and some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is pretty bad. It severely lacks body. There's some yeasty breadiness, but it feels really thin and water. Despite that, it's drinkable. I don't think I'd buy another. The regular St. Bernardus Tripel is better.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle tried 7 Jul 2007.

Pours with a large light yellow head, well carbonated. Slightly hazy golden orange-wheat color. Smells earthy, sweet, bready and grassy. Starts quite yeasty, lightly spicy. Some citrus and caramel, sweetness increasing as it warms. Finish is drier with alcohol becoming more noticeable. Medium body, moderate alcohol.

Decent but not my favorite tripel.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watou Tripel

Appearance- orangey yellow with a big billowy head. Laced the glass nicely.
Smell- sugary sweet with hints of clove lemon and alcohol
Taste- super sweet with alcohol and spice dominant
Mouthfeel- warm and bubbly. sweet sweet sweet.

Overall- a decent Tripel, not worth the $9. Go with Tripel Karmeliet instead.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle in to a st bernardus goblet.

Pours a dense orange/ light amber with a nice tight head.

Tart apple smell with light bready yeast.

Even more tart taste with the same apple taste. Sour finish.

Sticky, thin mouthfeel.

Interesting drink, different than many tripels I have had. Not something I will seek out.

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Photo of sinistermadman
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale-orange with a finely bubbled head. Smell is of ripened fruit, spice, and clove. This one has a very spicy aroma. The brew kind of stumbles with the initial alcohol singeing, but melds into a spicy, fruit tinged finish. The body is mid-to-light with a high carbonation level. This beer’s tendency to be assertive with the obvious alcohol presence detracts from the drinkability. I have had brews with much higher alcohol contents that are much smoother than this. It’s kind of rough around the edges. The beer has some interesting flavor characteristics that warrant an initial visit, but nothing more than that.

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Photo of SigEp
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

St. Bernardus I love. So this was a very attractive 4 pack of "Watou Tripel" that came with a free St. Bernardus chalice. Awesome.
Onto the contents:
The beer poured smooth into the chalice, a light off-straw color with a hint of honey color. Good size head, about one finger but in the wide mouthed chalice that is not bad at all!
Tastes like a above-standard tripel; very belgian-yeasty nose; refreshnig quaffs of yeasty and candi sugar with only the very hint of the bittering hops sticking around in the finish. Overall quite nice, well put together. One flavor I always find in these tripels which people have argued with me about is a light celery-like flavor. It's hard to describe unless you are actually drinking one. I swear it's in there.
Anyways quite a good brew, doesn't really match up to their bigger guys but why should it have to?

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