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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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 543
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 TerryW
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
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 slitherySOB
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, muddy brown/orange with a huge, fluffy head that takes forever to settle down. Smell is simple but strong. Lots of sweet malts, shortbread, orange and spice. Taste is very sweet and complex, with alot of fruits. Orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, and other tart fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy. Delicious, well made brew.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orangey-brown. Medium tan head. The nose is sweet with honey and hints of bread and yeast. A little fruity. Taste is medium-sweetness off the top with some yeasty notes. Some spice on the finish and again, yeast lingers. Some earthy notes off the back. Mouthfeel and lively and turns to a drier finish. Finish remins me of Orval, meaning somewhat of a woody hint. A nice triple but hardly the best example of the style. Looking for a little more liveliness. Sweetness was good and overall drinkability was decent.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy gold/orange, huge white head forms and laces pretty well on the glass. Smell is honey sweet, orange, spice, citrus, and floral notes. Taste is vanilla/chocolate, honey sweetness and a spicy orange finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and highly carbonated. Pretty good tripel although not as good as the St. B tripel.

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Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yellow-brown, quite clear. Pours with plenty of head, leaves a little lace.

S: Not a lot of aroma. Mainly sweet, bready malt.

T: Quite earthy, probably from the yeast, as well as the hops. Only a hint of fruity esters, nice bittersweet balance, with a bready malt flavour. Triples often taste too much of alcohol for me, I like this one. Well rounded, smooth flavour.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The two bottles of this beer I tried (a week apart) both exploded when I opened them, leaking one third of their contents all over the floor, myself and my couch. Very annoying. None of the other St Bernardus beers I tried blew up like this, perhaps too much priming sugar.

It pours a burnished gold bronze with a generous creamy head and excellent lacing. The aroma is lemony and malty, with some sour notes and also earth notes. The taste is very citrusy and spicey. It reminds me of lemon drops with a spice rack full of spices stuck to them. Theres also some herbal earthy hops and candy sugar sweetness, but the tart fruit flavors are first. The mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly puckering (very nice), carbonation is plentiful.
The finish lasts for days with lots of citrus, hops and malt.

This is a great Tripel. Im not sure which one I like better, this or the other fine St, Bernardus Tripel. This one seems lighter and fruitier.

Its interesting that this tripel is 7.5% and the breweries prior 8 dubbel is 8%. Just a style nerd observation.

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Photo of tatterdash
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange with a bubbly white head that laces very well. I can smell it from almost a foot away, pears, butterscotch, a bit o' cloves... It's drawing me in. Taste was lighter than anticipated, be very welcome. Sweet light fruit up front, with a light slightly crisp finish. Didn't notice the alcohol except for the warming effect in the finish. Nice and smooth and perfect for this warm Indian Summer day.

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

Hazy peach colour with a boisterous, 1 inch head of small, white bubbles. Thick sheets of foam stick to the glass and turn to a delicate lace as it dries. Sharp fruit aroma, some citrus, quite sweet and a bit bready, yeasty. A bit spicy too. Mild flavour of malt and oranges, candi sugar sweetness, and a spicy finish. Some alcohol flavour and warmth kicks in towards the end and comes in a bit strong. Medium/light body, a bit sticky, with plenty of carbonation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of chunkylover53
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the St. Bernardus gift pack from the LCBO. It's this first one I've tried from the set today, so this review should be good and accurate. :)

This pours a lovely orangey-yellow with a big, sticky head. Smell is floral, fruity, and a bit bready. Nice, but not very strong. Nice, thick mouthfeel and tastes of caramel and hops.

Very nice.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellow golden color with a half-inch of thick creamy foam at first pour that was maintained by numerous bubbles rising. The head lasted the entire session, and left quite a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Lots of citrus and bready malts in the nose through the foam. There is some definitive sweetness noticeable as it warms, along with some subtle peppery spiciness.

Taste: Assertive citrus, bready yeast, and toasty notes dominate the flavor profile. Fruity/citrusy esters are the first thing you notice, and then the malts kick in to give a subtle sweet edge to the profile. Finally the finish is dry and fizzy with a noticeable alcoholic burn to linger long into the finish...even after the burp. As it warms, there is more of a creamy finish becoming apparent, but the beer doesn’t really gain much tartness...perhaps this is because it is pretty young.

Opinion: This is a spectacularly clean beer. I don’t know how much different this version is to their regular Tripel, but it seems that this one is more reserved than their “standard” offering.

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

Bottle at Microbar in London. Recommended by the bartender.

Very pretty reddish-brown colouring, nice big fluffy Belgian head that subsided to a nice lace. Smells almost like wine, a bit yeasty. Very pretty, delicate nose. Taste is immediately very nutty with a slight spiciness, coriander. A very mellow, warm brew, a bit of zing on the tongue. I really enjoyed this one to the last drop. Even after drinking, the nuttiness sticks in the throat. I'd drink more but for the ABV. I left Microbar rather buzzed after trying my few!

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

The beer poured into the chalice with a light haze and pale golden. The head was white and moussy and rose tall, falling slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity as the head was high and as the head fell created more of an earthiness. The aroma had a light Belgian yeast spice and a restrained yet present earthy character.

The flavor was light with an immediate dryness from a substantial bittering component. While this may say tripel to me it tasted more like a Belgian Pale Ale. The bittering was substantial and earhy with a very light spice from the yeast.

The finish was dry with a lasting earthy character and light Belgian yeast spice. The body was medium and the beer dry enough so the carbonation did not create a creamy mouthfeel. This beer was quite good and the only hints of alcohol were in the warming after consumption. Nice beer, but not my idea of a tripel, more of a Belgian Pale Ale and a nice one at that.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle. Purchased in NC, heck yead, at Brawley's for $8. Dating was on bail, best before 121009. The bottle says it can be aged for up to 5 years so this one must be fairly "fresh".

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
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 kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is mid-sized, fizzy, and an off-white cream. Beer is hazy, orange-gold. Cloudy on last pour. Sweet candy in the nose: citrus, bubblegum, some spice and a touch of wood. Nice! Fruity bubblegum pepper up front. It turns very buttery in the tingly, caramel middle. Leaves fruity, zesty, with loads of bubblegum. Some corn and alcohol in the aftertaste. It is good. Very tasty, fruity, buttery caramel middle. The only chink in the armor is a touch of rubbing alcohol in the aftertaste, but it goes away at a more appropriate drinking temperature. Man, I love a good tripel.

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Photo of medic25
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice from a 750ml bottle; hazy yellow color, with a thin white head that leaves a nice lacing. Odor is almost non-existent, other than a slight hint of Belgian yeast. Flavor is fairly sweet, with a little hint of lemon in the background. Quite malty, with the smallest trace of bitterness left on the tongue as an aftertaste. Not the best tripel I've tasted, but definitely very good.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.59/5  rDev +14.2%
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 phishgator
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A gourgeous pour into a bowl chalice with a large foamy head. The aroma is sweet like cotton candy. The taste and mouthfeel are thick and slick. Too much malt and candi sugars bring down the experience of this brew. The alcohol is well hidden but, you can feel it by the end. I would say that there are plenty of tripels out there to be drank.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First pour from a well settled bottle reveals a light golden hued pour into a tulip with a 60/40% split on the favor of the tripel. Loads of seemingly endless carbonation bubbles assault the 2 “ frothy ivory spumescent cap. Painted pillowy frothy sticky lattice lace left.
Second pour is obviously, more yeasty and cloudy.

Unadulterated yeasty broad scents. Musty notes of ripe apple. Bread dough follows up the nose.

First swigs: Biscuit dry flour pancake malts with a sprinkling of cloves and pears. Dry clean aftertaste with a spritz of apple cider or rummy apple cake. Becomes a bit peppery. The 7.5% ABV becomes palatable.

Chewy full body. A bit “full” for the style. Tacky on the lips and tongue and dry in the long run. There is no lack of carbonation here. This is a foamy frother.

Last swigs: Muted cloves meets pancakes and cider. Biere de garde. Started with a perfect pour and subsided from there. $8.30 bottle. Caged & corked with a smudged off top cap freshness date. Painted label back states that St. Bernardus makes this. A fine tripel,but lacks the bright Allagash of the Westmalle fruit.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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

750 ml silk-print corked (champagne style) brown bottle, bought in Denmark. Golden colour, slightly hazy, pours with an enormous, fluffy and lingering white head. Very nice aroma of yeast, oak, brown candy sugar, horse stable and cigars. Slightly spicy and peppery flavour with tolerable maltiness and hops, and a slight alcoholic bite. Aftertaste is okay, but does not last "forever". Not a particularly complex flavour, but a good beer all the same.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I tried the Watou tripel with a BB of: 02/04/07. The 330ml bottle with what I am assuming is the St Bernard abbey on the label poured a dull tangerine or flat honey colour, and large pieces of yeast freely floating despite the bottle being stored upright for 9 months in my cellar. Head is bright white and fine, with beautiful screen-lacing like fresh washed pillows or white blankets. The layer of foam stays consistent and creamy throughout, and actually becomes better after a few sips and some swirls. A very good look, though I do not fancy the free-floating yeast chunks. Strong green-apple peel immediately on the nose. Some light but buttery maltiness above the rim, followed by that tang, almost chemical-like, of the apple peel; candy apple, definite pear, some metallic notes, and roasted, nutty bread. Pear and green apple are the predominant aromas. The aroma is also quite bitter to the nose, like orange peel. An appetising, fruit-filled aroma. The taste is all malt at first, medium-roasted and doughy. In the middle comes a slight tartness from the fruit flavours, again all apples, with apricot and a hint of estery warmth. Iron, red malt, cider, white sugar, lime, and lactose. Some typical yeast tastes, adding a milkiness to the palate. The finish is quite terse, leaving little besides a subdued fruit and some hoppy dryness. No taste really lingers. A fine tasting beer, but not overly complex or original in taste. The lees were murky and offered a stronger, and better fruit taste. The aroma led me to believe the taste would be just as tart and fruity, but it was not; until I tasted the sediment separately. The mouthfeel is just how I like a beer: this is unctuous and mouth-coating, full bodied, syrupy and low in carbonation. Velvet in the mouth. Of course that aids drinkability, as does the relatively low bite of alcohol in the flavour. A very respectable tripel, and one I would love to try again.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger off-white head that goes slowly and leaves a good lace. Cloudy, light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is lemony. Some yeast is visible, taste is sweet that mellows to a tart finish. Alcohol is not noticeable. 750ml bottle for $8.90 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

Poured from an undated 750 into a chalice.

Bright gold with a large white head that leaves lots of lace and is supported by lots of carbonation.

Smells of lemons and flowers. Subtle spice and some belgian yeast. There's some sugar in there too.

Tastes of spiced green apples, dry hops, and some sugars mingle with the dry finish. Not bad, but it seems to lack depth.

Good mouthfeel. Light for the style, but full enough to let me know I'm drinking a real beer. I would have another.

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Photo of silenius
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a tripel, this beer should have a nice big foamy head. However, despite my best efforts, I could only coax out a finger thick froth that quickly died down to a skim on the top.

It does pour a nice orange-tinged gold and is fairly clear.

This beer has a lemon and honey scent with some flower-like notes. A little simpler than I hoped.

Taste is quite nice with a candied orange dipped in honey flavor. Not cloying, but the sweetness is a main component. On the back end I get a nice peppery bite that offsets the sweetness nicely.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but with a tingle mixed in with it from the carbonation.

I'd get a little bored with this one after one or two and want to move on to something else.

I brought this sample back from Brugge, Belgium. It has a drink by date of 17-03-08. My bottle says it is 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of clvand0
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy yellow color with a tremendous head that has good retention and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Looks more like a witbier, actually. The aroma is mostly comprised of spices and citrus. Not much else ... or those drown out everything else. The flavor has a lot of the spice and citrus as well as a grainy character with fruits and a slight alcohol. The flavor could be stronger, but isn't. The body is pretty full and creamy with lots of carbonation. The drinkability was good on this one.

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Watou Tripel from Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV
4.02 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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