Watou Tripel | Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
Belgium
sintbernardus.be

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 02-19-2002

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Ratings:
544
Reviews:
270
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.7%
 
 
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Ratings: 544 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity orange yeast with tropical notes. Orange colour and lace. Easy drink. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is present reminding you its booze, eh? So, it's a winter drink. Not the top, but a fine example of the style.
Another bottle a year later and observe yeasty malty. Two years later and observe head, malty, drinkability.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at a tasting at MrHirschybar's place.

Pours a murky orange-yellow with a white head that settles to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt, spices, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is of the same with a fruity finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and tasty tripel. I am glad I was able to try this one as I have never seen it around in stores.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Knapp85
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Tripel pours out as yellow color with a decent looking white head on it. The smell had a floral and earthy mix of aromas. The taste has a bit of spice, hop bitterness and a slight sweetness. The mouthfeel of this beer is well carbonated and has a bit of a stinging feeling. Overall the beer isn't a bad Tripel.

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a snifter glass with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties and gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast that contribute notes of bananas with notes of candi sugar and hints of peppery spices.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some malty sweetness followed by hints of spices towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer hides its alcohol rather well, but the high amount of candi sugar is what causes you to need to sip it. It’s a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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 biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy medium straw color, with two fingers of rising-flood-like, thin foamy, puffy white head, which leaves some nice stalagmite-esque lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of wheat grain, banana ester, clove, a bit of laboratory alcohol, and mild earthy yeast. The taste is fruity, sugary malt, a bit of peppery, savoury spice, and a subtle, almost totally hidden, boozy warmth. Any bubbles initially prevalent disappear quickly, rendering only a very mild overall carbonation. The body is medium weight, in the manner of fruit juice, and it finishes fairly dry, the alcohol and herbal hops, in a still very subverted manner, dampening the potential Belgian sugar bomb.

An easy enough triple to put back - the sweetness, whether sugar or alcohol oriented, kept very much in check.

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Photo of brentk56
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep orangey and slightly hazy color ale with a huge foamy head with excellent retention. Aroma of spices, malt and Belgian yeast. Taste does include a large dose of spices and honey with a dry finish and slightly funky yeast. Body is above average and carbonation is excellent. Still haven’t had a bad beer from this brewery.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy bronze color with golden highlights. It had a foamy, tan head that left streaks of intricate lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with notes of grains, banana and clove. There was even a slight funkiness.

T - It tasted fruity and spiced. Good caramel and grain flavors with a yeasty kick. There was some clove present.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium bodied Belgian ale.

D - St. Bernardus never fails to deliver a great brew. This tripel is is no exception.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into signature chalice, best by 10/25/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apricot, banana, clove, biscuit, bubblegum, candi sugar, herbal spice, and some yeast funk. Decent aromas that are a bit muted. Taste of lemon, banana, bubblegum, clove, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, floral, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of clove, banana, citrus, candi sugar, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Much more fruity than it is spicy. A touch on the dry side for a Tripel. Good flavor balance and decent complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and very smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink. Alcohol is almost invisible with almost no warming noticeable on the finish. Overall this is definitely a very nice, well balanced, and drinkable Tripel. I have to admit that I expected a lot more from St. Bernard on this one though.

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a very fizzy and bubbly 1 finger head that pops its way downwards somewhat quickly. The beer is yeast chunk filled and hazy toasty orange with hints of maroon.

The nose is not what I would expect for a typical tripel, but def has that St Bernardus aroma. Some Belgian malts, laced with lots of fruits, plenty of fig, raisin, apricot, little apple, etc. A hint of candi sugar.

Taste brings a nice blend of the same that the nose brought. Starts slightly dry actually, with some Belgian soft malts. Then the fruits come, pretty much the same boat with fig, raisin, apricot, apple, dates, etc. I get some nice light Belgian candi sugar, toffee, and slightest hint of a smoked taste later on teh palate. As it finishes it dries off even more, leaving a nice lingering soft malt and fruit flavors, with hints of dried candi sugar.

Mouth is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. It has a nice dry complexion, not bad flavors and nothing negative lingering around the mouth. Despite being 7.5% it drinks very well too, not boozy at all.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, Belgian yeast, some spice and touches of fruit and hops.

T: The taste starts with a flavorful burst of spice and fruit, followed by the breadiness of Belgian yeast. A little sweeter than most that I've had in the style but it works. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is quite clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this one is a little bit more sessionable than most Tripels, which makes it a very nice beer to drink for a whole evening, especially if you want a decently powerful Belgian-style beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: 21 06 10.

Appearance: Pours a bright, clear, golden body with a huge, foamy, white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of spicy hops, lightly bready malts, orange blossom honey, and cracked black pepper.

Taste: Lightly bready malts sweetened with honey and light caramel sauce. Spicy hops with a medium bitterness. Touch of peach fruitiness. Dash of hop spices. There's a little 'pop' of acidity. Odd hint of licorice comes and goes. This is followed by a bit of sourness. And this is followed by some alcohol warmth as you're led into the sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: I rather enjoyed it. A very nice tripel, a style, I'll admit, I can be a bit fussy towards. It's got the usual tripel traits, but it's like someone blended in a sweeter, bready Vienna lager into it. There, I had to get that off my chest. And you know what? It felt good. It's good to be honest.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.02 out of 5 based on 544 ratings.
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